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Welcome to the Class 40 Preservation Society

Registered Charity No: 326323

3 October 2016 - Thank you to everyone who supported our successful Railtour 'The East Lancs Firebrand'


A reminder that the AGM is on Saturday 12th November at 12.45 prompt in the Grant Arms at the top of Bridge Street in Ramsbottom.

"To save valuable money by reducing postage costs and not sending every one of our 545 members a copy of the last AGM minutes, I usually let members contact me by e-mail and request a copy. The fact that very few take up the offer shows what a financial waste it would be to send a copy to everyone. Any member wishing to see a copy of the 2015 AGM minutes please contact me via Please quote name and membership number."

Thank You. Eric Davies, CFPS Hon. Sec.

Photo: Paul Greenwood

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.