West Somerset Railway
Ian Brodie

CLASS 52 "WESTERN" No. D1010 "WESTERN CAMPAIGNER"

The "Westerns” were first introduced by British Railways in 1961 and began to appear in numbers on West of England express services from 1964 onwards. Fast and powerful, the 74 locomotives that made up the Class soon attracted a major enthusiast following and their early demise, as a non-standard class, in 1977 was much regretted.

However as mentioned earlier they also worked stone trains from the Mendips and on withdrawal D1010 was purchased by Foster Yeoman with a view to putting her on display at the entrance to their Torr Works. She was also given the identity of it scrapped class mate D1035 "Western Yeoman”. After a number of years there, she came into the possession of the DEPG  who have restored her to working order and restored its original name and number.