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D1010 Western Campaigner, though they renamed it D1035 Western Yeoman, and preserved it as a static exhibit at their quarry in Merehead. D1010 remained there until being moved to the West Somerset Railway in 1985 so that it could restored in working condition. But what it things had been different? Yeoman get their fleet of ‘Westerns’, paint them into some version of their eye-catching white and blue wagon livery, and used them to haul stone trains through the late 70s and into the 80s. That is, of course, precisely what Yeoman did when they bought a small fleet of GM-built Class 59s almost ten years after the ‘Westerns’ were withdrawn. If nothing else, this story captures the essence of the ‘Westerns’ perfectly: dramatic and fascinating, but full of what-might-have-beens; a class with so much potential that ultimately that was never quite fulfilled. But as railway modellers we have the chance to replay their history, thanks to some outstanding ‘Westerns’ in all three major scales.

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Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017  
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