‘Western' buying guide

‘Westerns’ buying guide

Sixty years ago, the first of British Rail’s (BR) Type 4 diesel-hydraulic C-C ‘Western’ Class locomotives rolled off the production line at Swindon Works. MARK CHIVERS looks back at some of the models of these distinctive diesel-hydraulics through the years in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge.


Dapol introduced the latest generation ‘OO’ gauge Class 52 ‘Western’ in 2013. Here D1016 Western Gladiator pilots a Class 50 on Paul Tomlinson’s Exeter Road recreating a scene from the final year of ‘Western’ service (HM136). Mike Wild.

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