|Built:||1962 British Railways Crewe|
|Power Unit:||2 x Maybach MD655|
|Transmission:||2 x Voith L630rv|
|Power Output:||2 x 1,350 HP||Weight:||108 Tons|
|Maximum Speed:||90 MPH||Length:||68' 0"|
|Train Brakes:||Vacuum and Air||Height:||12' 11¾"|
|Train Heating:||Steam Heat (Isolated)||Width:||8' 8"|
Western Prince was bought for preservation in May 1977 and is one of the original diesel locomotives based at Bury in the very early days of the ELR, part of the Bury Hydraulic Group fleet. As of May 2013, D1041 will have had 36 years in preservation.
D1041 has always been a popular peformer but following 'A' End reverser and cooler group problems it was stopped in 2004. An attempt to revive Prince in 2006 failed and the decision made to give the loco a thorough overhaul including a full re-wire as electrical issues had also become a massive problem.
The Western Prince project is ongoing with massive progress made on the re-wire and restoration of the cabs. Significant metal rot has damaged the cab floors and nose end structure at both ends, all of which is being cut away and replaced with new steel. Detailed restoration reports and photos can be seen at the Western Prince Website