Hydraulic Legends

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By: Key Publishing
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It’s hard to believe that it is 41 years since the final Class 52 Westerns were withdrawn from service, a class that was responsible for an upturn in the fortunes of diesel preservation that has since saved hundreds of locos from the scrapman.

 

In this 100-page special magazine we chart the inspiration, development and careers of some of British Railway’s most enigmatic locomotives and investigate the fascinating subject of industrial hydraulics.

 

Features include:

 

D800 Warships
The first of the diesel hydraulic Type 4s to be produced were the Warships,

built by BR at Swindon and also North British in Glasgow. Weighing just 78tons, they were a powerful lightweight loco with an impressive performance.

 

The Western
The ultimate incarnation of the diesel hydraulic concept in the UK was the Class 52 D1000 Western. The charismatic design was immensely

popular, powerful and highly capable

 

The Hymeks
The most numerous of the Western Region’s diesel hydraulics were the Type 3 Hymeks. Able to handle almost any train, they proved to be an excellent mixed traffic design, but were sadly not to last as long as they deserved.

 

And much more!


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