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Welcome to the Class 40 Preservation Society

Registered Charity No: 326323


7 February - Win a Cabride on 40106 in our fundraising raffle - Details here

The 2016 East Lancashire Railway running dates are now available here

 The 2016 Driver experience dates are now available here to include the new 'Silver' Premium package

The CFPS are delighted to announce the successful purchase of 40106 which will join D335 and 345 at the East Lancashire Railway.  The latest from our Chairman - Sunday 15th November:

"Confirmation that I announced at The CFPS AGM on Saturday afternoon that The CFPS completed the purchase of 40106 from Neil Boden late on Friday afternoon.  The locomotive has been paid for in full by way of a combination of:

1. A chunky sized “6 month interest free loan” by a class 40 enthusiast who wishes to remain anonymous.
2. Funds already in The CFPS bank account obtained from fundraising, sales of CFPS Merchandise and also membership income.
3. Some marvellous Donations from a small number of CFPS Members. THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS.

The agreement related to the interest free loan is that we will pay the amount back by 31-05-16. Having “enjoyed the moment” yesterday, as of now, I am on a mission to repay £40,000 by the above date and I won’t relax until that has been completed. If anybody wants to help us achieve that target, that will be wonderful, but if not, I will I will pay it myself as I don’t intend letting down the person who showed the faith in us.

Cheers, John Stephens"

Our Donations page is at


D335 & 345 at Baron St Works. Photo Paul Cobbe

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 1970’s 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.