aims of CFPS - mainline
"The Society does not merely wish to 'stuff and mount' a static Class 40. We feel that a member of the class should be preserved in full working order, operating on a preserved railway or on special trains on B.R. The policy of British Rail towards restored diesels at present
forbids such locomotives from travelling under their own power on B.R. lines. However, since B.R. had previously adopted this policy towards steam locomotives we hope that they will reconsider their attitude to preserved diesels, enabling our 'Whistler' to work special trains on B.R. metals."
A great deal of administration has been carried out to prepare the Society for the financial, legal and contractual implications involved in running trains on the main line. The CFPS constitution was updated early in 2002 in line with our main line aims, and preparation work on the locomotive was completed on time. Resco Railway Ltd certified the loco fit to run on the mainline following successful test runs on 28th October 2002.
A huge 'thank you' also goes to Engineroom Art, who kindly donated a profit-share from the sale of the first artwork, 'Class 40 Trio'. Engineroom Art have continued to support us in the MLR project by assisting with publicity, along with promotion and donating prizes for the 2002 CFPS-mainline draw.
Thank you also to American Express. We received a contribution of several hundred pounds in October from the Charities Aid Foundation, thanks to an application by one of our long-standing Members, Andrew Walton, made under an Amex employee scheme.
Many thanks also go to Pathfinder tours for their support and co-operation throughout the project. Pathfinder very kindly allowed us to distribute publicity material and hold the on-train raffle on their sell-out tour 'The Post Festive Freighter' in June 2002, raising several hundred pounds towards the fund.
On 28th October 2002 Resco certified the loco fit to work on the mainline, and the dream of running Class 40 hauled passenger trains is now a reality once more