Western Champion re-engined but woes continue after festival

MAIN-LINE certificated Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion is seen at Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Kidderminster, ex-works, on September 15. 

Owner Diesel Traction Group has installed an overhauled MD655 engine in the B end, which was started successfully, and the loco participated in the SVR’s October 3-6 diesel festival. 

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However, the A-end engine has deteriorated because of a drop in oil pressure and a coolant leak. 

Following the gala this engine will be replaced with the 538-series engine that has been rebuilt at Kidderminster. 

An engine bought from Germany will be kept as a maintenance spare as its mountings require modification.

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No. D1015 has been repainted in BR Rail blue. The previous livery was BR maroon and prior to that it carried BR experimental golden ochre livery. Picture: KEITH BULLOCK

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