D1000 1960s Birmingham Snow Hill
The first �Western� Class diesel hydraulic, No.D1000 Western Enterprise, waits with the 9.10am Paddington to Birkenhead, a train which the WTT described as running to a �Special Timing� with a journey time to Snow Hill of exactly two hours. Its experimental desert sand livery is looking in need of a repaint. It did not have a yellow warning panel until November 1962 and was eventually repainted into the standard maroon adopted for the �Westerns�, in October 1964. Unlike the rest of the class which had a circular carriage style BR roundel No.D1000 had two cast aluminium BR LMR ac electric pattern crests which lasted until it was repainted blue in June 1967. Its numberplates were also non-standard and were deeper, the same depth as the nameplates.Ed Purcell says- "Despite being a diesel, this particular loco was popular with the spotters at the platform end. So was 'Lion' during its time on Birmingham line services. I suppose they were that little bit different."