West Somerset Railway
Ian Brodie


The smallest of the diesel hydraulics the Class 14’s were the orphans of the storm, being built to replace the family of Great Western pannier tanks just as many of the duties performed by the panniers on branch line and local duties were vanishing in the wake of the Beeching Report. Although the engines did little work in their short time in state ownership quite a number passed into useful employment in industry. In the case of D9526 it became the works shunter for Blue Circle Cement at Westbury.

When acquired by the DEPG it showed plenty of evidence of its time in this role but since being comprehensively cleared of cement dust and restored it has been a useful part of the operations of the WSR.