Welcome to the Class 40 Preservation Society
Registered Charity No: 326323
ABOUT THE CFPS
In late 1979, with the growing recession and a downturn in freight traffic, a group of enthusiasts decided to try and preserve a Class 40, and the CFPS was formed. The inaugural CFPS meeting took place in February 1980. As plans for the second phase of withdrawals were rumoured, word spread quickly, and Class 40 followers throughout the UK came together, aiming to save at least one working example of these fine and well respected locomotives from the cutter's torch.
A total of seven Class 40's were saved from the scrap lines, of which the Society owns 40106, 40135 and 40145. The CFPS locomotives are proudly based at East Lancashire Railway in Bury, Lancashire, where they regularly haul passenger trains in one area of their old operating territory, the north west of England.
The CFPS has approximately 500 members, and is run on a purely voluntary basis by a Management Committee. The membership are kept up-to-date with regular magazines and newsletters, and here on the website.
All members are invited to have their say on how things are run, as the locos are owned by the combined membership. An annual general meeting is held, where the Management Committee are elected for the coming year, and Society business, financial accounts and activities are discussed.
About restoration, maintenance and funding:
To maintain our commitment to the locomotives, the Society needs a steady flow of income. We have a regular sales stand at various railway events, selling items of leisurewear, books, videos and other railway memorabilia. The locomotives also generate revenue when used on ELR passenger and engineering duties. This, however, only pays for general maintenance of the locomotives. For more expensive spares, repairs, materials, re-manufacturing of unobtainable parts, and hiring of specialist services, we rely on regular, targeted donations from the CFPS membership.
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