The last of the Western Region's diesel-hydraulic classes of main-line locomotives to enter service, the 'Westerns' (or Class 52s) were first to enter traffic in December 1961. The most powerful of the hydraulics by some margin, the 74 members of the class were all in service by December 1963, having been constructed by Swindon and Crewe works. Used on the Western's main-line passenger services following the demise of steam, the class was eventually to see service on a wide range of both passenger and freight traffic as diesel-electric traction came to dominate. This last class of diesel-hydraulics to remain in service was withdrawn in early 1977, though seven examples of the class survive in preservation. This volume is a wholly new all-colour album celebrating 50 years of the type; the book includes c1000 words of introductory text allied to c85 colour illustrations, the vast majority of which are previously unpublished. The book concentrates almost exclusively on the type's service on BR but a small number of post-preservation images are also included.
The examples that survive in preservation are located in: West somerset railway Severn valley railway East lancs railway National railway museum Birmingham railway museum Midland railway
Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing ISBN: 9780711036581 Dimensions: 184 x 240 x 11 mm
Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect.
Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.
Thank you for your reservation
Your order is now being processed and we have sent a confirmation email to you at
This item can be requested from the shops shown below. If this item isn't available to be reserved nearby, add the item to your basket instead and select 'Deliver to my local shop' at the checkout, to be able to collect it from there at a later date.
When will my order be ready to collect?
Following the initial email, you will be contacted by the shop to confirm that your item is available for collection.
Call us on or send us an email at
Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order
Please try again or alternatively you can contact your chosen shop on or send us an email at