News and Information
The locomotives air receivers have been removed and are currently undergoing their periodic inspection and hydraulic testing.
An overhauled MD655 has recently been craned back into the locomotive and initial testing indicates a very healthy oil pressure.
The data recorder unit has been dispatched as it is due for its periodic internal battery replacement and testing.
A few body side blisters are receiving attention, something Westerns were prone to all their lives, especially Swindon built ones.
A number of minor tasks remain to be completed before the loco returns to traffic on the SVR where It is intended that running will now take place to bed in and thoroughly assess the new engine. A range of work also continues in returning the loco to mainline service.
D1015 is one of seven preserved Westerns from the original 74 built by BR at Swindon and Crewe. The loco has a DTG nickname. 'The Mule'
Western Champion gained mainline certification in 2002 and has since travelled all over the UK network, hauling railtours as far as Penzance in the South and Kyle of Lochalsh in the North.
|Power Unit||Maybach MD655 x 2|
|Power Output||1,350hp at 1,500 RPM x 2|
|Tractive Effort||66,700 lbf Maximum|
|Transmission||Hydraulic Voith L630rv, 3-speed x 2|
|Max Speed||90 MPH|
|Train Brake||Dual Vacuum or Air|
|Train Heat||Steam heat boiler|
|(currently removed, out of use)|
D1015 speeds along the North Wales coastline at Llanddulas, 16th February 2008 © Darren Armstrong
See the Railtour Archive for more details and photos of Western Champion around the country.