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    UKP: BR Diesel: 52

    Diesel Loco

    Class 52 Western

    The British Rail Class 52 is a class of 74 Type 4 diesel-hydraulic locomotives built for the Western Region of British Railways between 1961 and 1964. All were given two-word names, the first word being "Western" and thus the type became known as Westerns. They were also known as Wizzos and Thousands. All remaining examples now preserved.

    Gauge 1435mm
    Transmission Diesel Hydraulic
    Wheel Arrangement C-C
    Builder BR Swindon, Crewe
    Max Speed 90mph
    Introduced 1961-64
    Withdrawn 1977
    Length 20730mm
    Width 2640mm
    Height 3960mm
    Weight 110t
    Engine Maybach MD655 X2
    Power 1007kW X2
    TE 297kN
    Driving Wheel Dia 1092mm
    Wheelbase 1666mm

    Photo: John J Cordrey

    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Pool Base Owner
    D1010 D1035   89437   Western Yeoman   Western Campaigner P Awaiting Repairs MAR PR MBDL West Somerset Railway DEPG UK70/52
    D1013 89413   WESTERN RANGER P Undergoing Overhaul BRB KR MBDL Severn Valley Railway WLA UK70/52
    D1015 89416   WESTERN CHAMPION P BRB KR MBDL Severn Valley Railway DTG UK70/52
    D1023 89424   WESTERN FUSILIER P BRB DI MBDL Didcot Railway Centre NRM UK70/52
    D1040 89462   WESTERN COURIER   D1062   Western Queen P Running as D1040 Western Queen for the Jubilee BRB KR MBDL Severn Valley Railway WLA UK70/52
    D1041 89441   WESTERN PRINCE P Undergoing Overhaul BQ MBDL East Lancashire Railway BDG UK70/52
    D1048 89448   WESTERN LADY P BRB SK Severn Valley Railway WLA UK70/52