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Welcome to the Class 40 Preservation Society

Registered Charity No: 326323


40135 rostered to work the ELR Diesel Diagram Sunday 3rd September 2017

ELR Diesel Gala - 23rd & 24th September 2017 - 3 x 40 to feature

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

40106, 40135 and 345 perform regularly at the East Lancs Railway.  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.