Sur­viv­ing Class 40s to star at 60th an­niver­sary event

Rail (UK) - - Fleet - Con­tribut­ing Writer Andy Coward rail@bauer­me­

RE­UNIT­ING as many of the pre­served Class 40s as pos­si­ble is the aim of the Class 40 Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (CFPS), at a spe­cial event to cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­sary of the in­tro­duc­tion into ser­vice of the first mem­ber of the for­merly 200-strong fleet.

The English Elec­tric Type 4 lo­co­mo­tives, which be­came Class 40 un­der the TOPS renum­ber­ing scheme, was one of the most suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar de­signs to come from the 1955 Bri­tish Rail­ways Moderni­sa­tion Plan.

The first lo­co­mo­tive (D200) was ac­cepted into BR stock in March 1958, be­fore mak­ing its first demon­stra­tion run be­tween Lon­don Liver­pool Street and Nor­wich on April 18 1958.

The three-day 60th an­niver­sary event, at the East Lan­cashire Rail­way (ELR) on April 13-15 next year, will fea­ture the Class 40 Ap­peal’s (CFA’s) 40012 Aureol and Shaun Wright’s D213 An­da­nia join­ing the CFPS’ 40106 At­lantic

Con­veyor, 40135 and 40145 to haul trains on the ELR be­tween Hey­wood and Rawten­stall.

Agree­ment has also been reached in prin­ci­ple with the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum (NRM) for pre­served pi­o­neer D200 to at­tend the event, al­though this will be as a static ex­hibit be­cause the lo­co­mo­tive is cur­rently un­ser­vice­able await­ing gen­er­a­tor re­pairs. The pi­o­neer lo­co­mo­tive was re­painted into BR green livery by Her­itage Paint­ing at the NRM last year, re­turn­ing it to an im­mac­u­late as-built ap­pear­ance.

The event is likely to be the fi­nal work­ing ap­pear­ance of 40145, which will be with­drawn fol­low­ing the cel­e­bra­tions to al­low the CFPS to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for fit­ting new tyres to the bo­gies of its main line-reg­is­tered lo­co­mo­tive. It is ex­pected that the ‘40’ will be out of ser­vice for around 18 months while the bo­gie work is car­ried out.

The sur­viv­ing cab from 40088, which now forms part of the CFPS mo­bile sales stand and is mounted on a road trailer, is also ex­pected to at­tend from its usual base at Crewe Her­itage Cen­tre.

This will be the largest gath­er­ing of Class 40 lo­co­mo­tives in preser­va­tion his­tory, and CFPS Chair­man John Stephens stated his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the CFA and Shaun Wright for agree­ing to their lo­co­mo­tives tak­ing part, as well as the NRM for the loan of D200.

The only pre­served Class 40 ex­pected to miss the cel­e­bra­tions will be 40118, which is un­der­go­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­build and restora­tion at Ty­se­ley Lo­co­mo­tive Works in Birm­ing­ham. The restora­tion of 40118, which has not worked a train since be­ing with­drawn by BR, is pro­gress­ing well but is not yet com­pleted.

More in­for­ma­tion on the CFPS can be found at


The pre­vi­ous largest gath­er­ing of pre­served Class 40s also took place at the East Lan­cashire Rail­way, in Septem­ber 2016, when D213 An­da­nia joined D335 (since re­painted into BR blue as 40135), 40106 At­lantic Con­veyor and 345 (since renum­bered 40145)....

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