Western Champion - Class 52 Diesel
Class 52 Western Diesel - John Austin Railway Art Print
When converting to diesel traction in the 1950s, the Western Region of British Railways considered diesel-hydraulic power to be a better system than the diesel-electrics being evolved elsewhere. Experience from Germany had already shown this to be successful and the region produced four major types before standardisation to diesel-electric on BR forced the surviving classes into retirement.
Of these classes, the most successful were without doubt the Class 52 or Type 4 disesl-hydraulic as they had earlier been classified. Though generally well-liked, the class could struggle at times to reach their claimed 90mph top speed.
Always a favourite with enthusiasts, the class never wore their TOPS numbers (52 000) and instead kept their D1000 numbers to the end. As the flagship of the WR, all locomotives had names beginning with 'Western'
In the second of two Railway Art Prints we have showing Class 52, we see D1016 'Western Champion' exiting Parsons Tunnel, west of Dawlish in the 1960s.
This fine art Limited Edition print of 500, each numbered and signed by the artist has an Image size 560mm x 375mm. Overall size 635mm x 450mm.