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Welcome to the Class 40 Preservation Society

Registered Charity No: 326323

22 Septmber 2016 - Confirmed departure time for Friday 30 September Stock move - 12:35 


4 x 40 Spectacular at ELR Autumn Diesel Gala 24 & 25 September

Featuring D213, 40106, D335, 345 & others.

Timetable (including loco allocations) here


"The East Lancs Firebrand" Railtour

Friday 30 September - Carnforth (Dep -12:35) to Bury ELR (via Buxton) Stock move

Saturday 1 October - Bury ELR to Stratford upon Avon & Return

Booking Forms here

(£44 fare available from North West Stations to Sheffield - bookings close for this offer at 6pm 25.9.2016) - Offer details here

The Class 40 Preservation Society was formed in 1980 and are the proud owners of three English Electric Type 4, Class 40 locomotives, 40106, D335 (40135) & 345 (40145). All of our locomotives are based at Bury on the East Lancs Railway. D335 and 40106 are currently painted in British Railways green livery, whilst 345 is running in BR Blue. We also own the cab of 40088.

Our three locos were part of a 200 strong class of mixed traffic locos introduced between 1958 & 1962. Each loco was fitted with a single 2,000 hp engine, which made them a Type 4 under the British Railways diesel classification. In the early 1970ís the locos became part of Class 40 under BR's computerised TOPS classification system. Our first two locos were bought from BR upon withdrawal, D345/40145 in February 1984, D335/40135 in May 1988. 40106 was purchased in November 2015.

345 and D335 perform regularly at the East Lancs Railway. 40106 will arrive at the ELR in Summer 2016. A major milestone for the society occurred in October 2002, when D345 was certified to run on the national rail network. Since then the loco has worked many railtours to places the length and breadth of Britain. On the pages of this website you can find out about the history of the class, find the latest class 40 news, download booking forms for 345's railtours, take a browse through our sales items and lots more.

** Expected Publication date - Mid September 2016