Saving the ‘40s’
Pioneer ‘40’ 40122 was withdrawn in August 1981. Model Rail’s sister publication, RAIL, embarked on a campaign to save it. BR confirmed that D200 would return to traffic over an overhaul at Toton depot, where it would become the last Class 40 in revenue-earning service. In January 1988 it needed replacement wheelsets and these were salvaged from 40013 – which had been hauled around, unpowered, for exhibitions. One rather embarrassing incident involving 40122 was its March 12 1988 railtour. Instead of its famous BR green livery, it wore undercoat; the locomotive was due for a repaint, but it wasn’t possible to complete the work in time. D200 was due to be withdrawn again in May 1988 and so, in April that year, it made its final trip to York to take its place in the National Railway Museum, where it resides today. The Class 40 Preservation Society owns three ‘40s’: D335, 40145 and its most recent acquisition, D306 ‘Atlantic Conveyor’, as well as the cab from 40088. D213 Andania has an active future before it, as it will be part of the Locomotive Services Ltd main line fleet at Crewe. It will run on the main line as part of the LSL fleet for the next three years. Sister D212 Aureol is in regular service at the Midland Railway – Butterley, while 40118 is under restoration at Tyseley Locomotive Works.