D1041 Western Prince
Current Status: Major Restoration Project
Current Livery: BR Blue
Running Number: D1041
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"
D1041 is one of seven preserved Class 52 'Westerns' from an original 74 built by British Railways at Swindon and Crewe. D1041 is a Crewe example and entered traffic in October 1962. The Class had a relatively short lifespan with BR and Prince was withdrawn in February 1977, just 14½ years.

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

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A selection of photographs of D1041 Western Prince through the years
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery

With such a large fleet of different locomotives it can be easy for those which are out of service undergoing restoration or essential repairs to get 'lost' or forgotten about. The following is a selection of links to individual locomotive group appeal pages. If you have a little to spare towards a favourite cause they will be extremely happy to hear from you.