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15-07-2012

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D1057 at Cardiff

The Warships larger cousins were the Westerns, marvellous locos that had far too short lives due to them being non standard. This example is D1057 Western Chieftain, seen here at Cardiff General in the last livery for this class, when it was new it bore maroon livery and was a regular on a diagram used for crew training on the type that included a Kingswear to Taunton stopper which I could get to see at Paignton after school.  Photo by B Tucker.

D1054 and D1728

Another Western is D1054 Western Governor seen here at an open day at Bristol Bath Road depot in the company of a class 47 D1728, one of the types that supplanted the Westerns.  The Westerns were better performers, keeping time with the Paddington - West of England trains where the 47's were always a few minutes late into Newton Abbot despite the recovery time between Exeter and there.  I worked for a summer at Newton Abbot station and well remember their smart getaways and the thunder of the exhaust when one started the 24 coach empty stock to Cardiff Canton at the end of a summer Saturday. Photo by B Tucker.

D1047

D1047 Western Lord is seen on a van train at Cardiff General.

 

D1013 at Cardiff

Another of Brian Tucker's photos, D1013 Western Ranger also at Cardiff.

 

 

D1035 and Peak

D1035 Western Yeoman is seen running in to Cardiff General with an Inter City working while a Peak (class 45 or 46) waits on the up through.  Yeoman was another regular at Paignton when the class first appeared in the area.  There's a couple of photos of D1010 masquerading as D1035 further down the page.

D1068 at Paignton

This view shows D1068 Western Reliance leaving Paignton with the 15.27 local to Newton Abbot on 4 August 1976.  You can see the old semaphore signals and the gated level crossing, with Paignton North signal Box in the background.  There is also a DMU just visible waiting at the down starter signal, this used to sway alarmingly when you were changing the oil lamp especially when you were out on the single arm post.

You can see how much has changed now by looking at Paignton 2002

Reliance was a regular at Paignton on the very first Western turns so this photo, combining as it does a loco and a location that figured large in my youthful "spotting" was a great find.

The photographer, Steve Marshall, was for many years a "railway friend" of mine, we've recently got back in touch.  He now produces railway videos which are available through his web site http://www.rail-video.com

Stoered westerns at Newton Abbott

A second photo from Steve Marshall sees three Westerns stored inside the old works building at Newton Abbot on 26 August 1974.  From left to right is D1051 Western Ambassador, D1062 Western Courier and D1014 Western Leviathan.

D1015 and 60085

On 29 August 2002 preserved D1015 Western Champion was en route to an EWS open day at St Blazey via working 6V70, a regular freight, with 60085 dead in transit as "insurance".  D1015 is preserved in its original golden ochre livery.

D1015 and 60085

A second view of the pair as they raced through Bridgwater, only 1 minute late - which was fortunate as the 16.27 up service had just cleared the view.

 

D1015 climbing Dainton

Further down the line Steve Marshall captured D1015 climbing Dainton Bank with 6V70.

 

D1015 near Lostwithiel

D1015 at Goonbarrow

D1015 at Luxulyan

Three shots of D1015 by Steve Marshall while working service china clay freights near Lostwithiel, Goodbarrow and Luxulyan.

D1010 as D1035 at Didcot

D1010 as D1035 at Didcot

Two views of D1010 Western Campaigner in the guise of D1035 Western Yeoman at Didcot in the late 80's.  The change of identity was due to Foster Yeoman, whose stone trains the Westerns used to work.  She is owned by the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group and is now based on the West Somerset RailwayPhotos by Jon Tooke

D1010 at Minehead

A more recent view of D1010, at Minehead in May 2003 during the WSR's Cross Country Weekend.

 

D1000 nameplate

D1000 numberplate

Now some photos by Glen, first of the name and number plates of D1000 Western Enterprise.

 

 

D1059 at Truro

D1059 Western Empire leaving Truro.

 

D1061 nameplate

The nameplate of D1061 Western Envoy on 24 Feb. 1973 by which time she was getting very run down.

 

D1061 at Plymouth

D1061 Western Envoy on a parcels train at Plymouth on the same date.

 

 

D1063 at Plymouth

D1063 Western Monitor light engine at Plymouth also on 24 Feb. 1973.

 

D1071 and D1003 at Old Oak Common

D1003 Western Pioneer and D1071 Western Renown around one of the turntables at Old Oak Common.

 

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Photos not otherwise credited are 2001/2002 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.