Manufacturer catalogue image - please note that pre-release images may be CAD renders or CGI images rather than photographs
Era 5 (1957 to 1966) British Railways Late Crest
Era 6 (1967 to 1972) British Rail Blue (Pre-TOPS)
The Class 52 diesel hydraulic locomotive was introduced by BR Western Region in 1962 to provide improved top end freight and passenger service unobtainable from the lesser powered Hymeks and Warships. At this time the required power output was not achievable by a single power unit and the Westerns were fitted with two Maybach engines coupled with a Voith 3 speed hydraulic transmission.
This had the added advantage that the locomotive could run, if necessary, on one engine which reduced the levels of breakdown and rescue previously experienced. The major drawback with the design however, was the high gear ratio experienced with the Voith hydraulic transmission. This meant that the acclaimed top speed of 90MPH was very hard to achieve and the locomotive experienced increased wear and tear, resulting in high maintenance and overall operating costs.
In the end these disadvantages resulted in the replacement by 1977 of the Western with Class 50s and Class 43 HSTs. The classic elegant design, sweeping curves and unmistakable presence has meant that this locomotive has been a firm favourite with diesel aficionados. The Dapol OO Western has captured this character through detailed collaborative work with fellow modellers and from a detailed laser scan of Western Champion.
These great little models feature lots of details including etched grills, directional lighting, and finely printed external logos and numbering.
* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.
Western Yeoman BR Class 52 D1035 Western Yeoman Green SYP
Western Yeoman BR Class 52 D1035 Western Yeoman Green SYP - DCC Fitted
Western Harrier Class 52 BR Maroon Yellow Buffer Beam D1008
Western Harrier Class 52 BR Maroon Yellow Buffer Beam D1008 - DCC Fitted
Western Dragoon Class 52 BR Maroon SYP D1034
Western Dragoon Class 52 BR Maroon SYP D1034 - DCC Fitted
Western Duke Class 52 BR Chromatic Blue SYE D1043 Large Double Arrows
Western Duke Class 52 BR Chromatic Blue SYE D1043 Large Double Arrows - DCC Fitted
Western Gladiator Class 52 BR Maroon FYE D1016
Western Gladiator Class 52 BR Maroon FYE D1016 - DCC Fitted
Western Prince Class 52 BR Blue FYE D1041
Western Yeoman BR Class 52 D1035 Western Yeoman Green SYP - Sound Fitted
Western Duke Class 52 BR Chromatic Blue SYE D1043 Large Double Arrows - Sound Fitted
Western Gladiator Class 52 BR Maroon FYE D1016 - Sound Fitted
Western Harrier Class 52 BR Maroon Yellow Buffer Beam D1008 - Sound Fitted