BR Western C - C diesel hydraulic D1023 Western Fusilier

The Western class diesels were the last gasp of Western individuality. While the rest of BR opted for diesel electric locomotives, the Western Region opted for diesel hydraulic locomotives in their Westersn, Warship and Hymek class diesels for their first generation fleet to replace steam.

The Westerns were introduced from 1961 to work main line services and Western Fusilier, built in Swindon in 1962, is one of seven preserved. 

The locomotive is owned by the National Railway Museum and spent a few years on the Buckfastleigh line, although it rarely worked there. 

It is currently at the National Railway Museum in York.


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