Sav­ing the ‘40s’

Model Rail (UK) - - Masterclas­s – Class 40 -

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.

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