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8 January - Further Railtour information announced for 9/10 June 2017 - ELR 2017 Running dates now available - Click the ELR DG link for details


NEW RAILTOUR ANNOUNCEMENT **Updated 8 Janaury 2017

The CFPS are pleased to announce that our friends at WCRC have agreed that the CFPS can run a CHARTER TRAIN on SATURDAY JUNE 10th 2017.

The CFPS have now also got consent from The ELR to run a Charter train to Bury on FRIDAY evening 9th June. We are therefore making plans for another Carnforth to Bury one way stock positioning move which if successful will offer passengers a 230 mile romp on the Friday afternoon.

Going on to The ELR on Friday evening offers us the opportunity to clean and water the coaching stock and refuel the 40 on Friday night.   We plan to have a Bury start for our SATURDAY June 10th Charter though for operational reasons we are NOT planning to terminate at Bury on the Saturday night.

The intention is to have Pick Up and Set Down points at Manchester Victoria and hopefully a couple of other convenient locations in the Greater Manchester area, possibly a little bit North of Manchester.   Warrington will also be a PU and SD point on the Saturday as the aim that day is for 345 to visit Llandudno and also take in a quick trip to Blaenau and Holyhead.

We canít yet put out a booking form as the 2 Charters have not yet been priced, but hopefully this info will help you with some of your planning for that particular weekend.

One thing is for sure though, after we have run the next Charter, we will then be making plans for 345 to have the new tyres fitted.


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.