D1000
D1000 'Western Enterprise' at Exeter St. Davids in 1966.
Image Ⓒ Strathwood Library Collection.


D1000
D1000 'Western Enterprise' Pre Production model
D1000
D1000 'Western Enterprise' Pre Production model
D1000
D1000 'Western Enterprise' Pre Production model


D1000 was released into traffic from Swindon Works in December 1961. The loco carried the desert sand livery from then until the October 1964 when it was repainted in BR maroon with small yellow warning panels.

While carrying this livery D1000 had some modifications to its front valances to have some grilles added. We haven’t found a definitive answer to why these were added but ideas vary between ventilation for the brakes or experimental horn grilles. It seems these were plated over when the loco was painted into BR Blue in June 1967.

The number & nameplates fitted to D1000 were larger than the ones adorning to the other members of the class and D1000 was the only Western to have cast aluminum BR crests. The non-standard name & number plates were carried until scrapped, but the BR crests were removed when the loco was repainted into BR Blue.

D1000 was first allocated to Plymouth Laira before moving to Old Oak Common & then back to Laira. D1000 was withdrawn in February 1974.


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