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This month’s model favourite has been chosen by MKMRS member Wayne Webb. Wayne has been a member of MKMRS since 2009 and is especially interested in N scale modelling, being part of our Norgate team.

Wayne Webb


Wayne Webb

Wayne has selected the Graham Farish class 52 Western model as his favourite. This model was originally bought as Western Yeoman, but was resprayed as D1000 Western Enterprise by Wayne.

Wayne particularly likes the look and design of the Westerns and remembers, as a child, standing on the platform at West Ealing station in West London, watching the Westerns travelling through on the Great Western main line. He likes the ochre colour in which this model is presented as it is unusual which is why he chose to respray the model.

Dapol will also be producing a model of the Western, but Wayne likes the running characteristics of the current Graham Farish model. He often runs the model on the MKMRS Norgate layout which is out and about at several exhibitions over the next few months, including our own in Milton Keynes on 15 February 2014. See for details.

The class 52 ‘Western’ entry on Wikipedia states:

British Rail (BR) assigned Class 52 to the class of 74 large Type 4 diesel-hydraulic locomotives built for the Western Region of British Railways between 1961 and 1964. All were given two-word names, the first word being Western; thus the type became known as Westerns.

Although designated Class 52 under the TOPS scheme, no Western ever carried its “52 0xx” TOPS number. As withdrawal was already planned when the TOPS numbering scheme was introduced and because of the cast number plates, it was not considered cost effective to renumber the locomotives. Some class members did run with the “D” of their number painted over – TOPS classification removed the need for locomotives to indicate their energy type in the running number (D = Diesel, E = Electric), rather grouping locomotives into relevant class number ranges based on power output and energy type combined (this convention has become somewhat blurred in recent years), 01 to 69 being diesel, 70 to 97 electric, and 98 all steam types.

When the display of destination headcodes/reporting numbers on the front of trains was dropped in 1976, the instruction was given for them all to be set to “0000”. On many Westerns, the headcode was set to display the loco’s number in contravention of this directive and most surviving members of the class ran like this until they were scrapped. If used for routeing, such reporting numbers would be interpreted as a passenger express terminating on the Southern Region.


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