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No D1053 Western Patriarch - Western Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

No D1053 Western Patriarch - Western Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive


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Filename: D24 014.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2398 (587KB)

Date: 17th April 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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No D1053 Western Patriarch - Western Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

Class 52 locomotive seen here outside Swindon Works

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 442455

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Class 52 Swindon Western


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1. Title: "A Glimpse into the Past: No. D1053 Western Patriarch at Swindon Works, STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway" This evocative photograph captures the majestic presence of No. D1053 Western Patriarch, a Western Class 52 locomotive, standing proudly outside Swindon Works at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway. The image transports us back in time to the golden age of steam rail travel. The Western Class 52, also known as the "Westerns" or "Warships," were designed and built between 1951 and 1959 by the British Railways Western Region. With their distinctive appearance and powerful capabilities, these locomotives were a testament to the engineering prowess of the era. No. D1053 Western Patriarch, specifically, was named after the last steam locomotive to be built at Swindon Works in 1959. The locomotive's nameplate proudly displays its number and moniker, adding to its historical significance. In this photograph, the Western Patriarch appears in all its glory, with its polished brass fittings gleaming in the sunlight and its large, powerful wheels resting on the tracks. The steam pipes and chimney, adorned with the iconic double-headed "Western" emblem, release plumes of steam into the air, adding to the scene's romantic allure. The backdrop of Swindon Works, with its red brick buildings and industrial surroundings, provides a stark yet fitting contrast to the locomotive's elegant design. The image encapsulates the essence of the steam railway era, a time when engineering marvels like the Western Patriarch ruled the rails. This photograph is not only a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the past but also a reminder of the rich railway heritage that continues to be celebrated and preserved at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway.

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