West Somerset Railway
Ian Brodie


The "Warship” Classes 42 and 43 were the immediate predecessors of the "Westerns” at the head of the Western Region Expresses and worked alongside them until the last examples were switched off in 1972. "Warships” did work freight services, but their light weight construction which contributed to their high speed running capabilities reduced their braking capacity on mineral trains and therefore they were more likely to feature of fast freight duties such as van trains. D832 is one of two survivors and is on loan to the DEPG from the Bury Hydraulic Group on the East Lancs Railway. She is due to return to the E&R after the mixed traction Gala this year.