April - Rochdale Model Show
The Rochdale Model Railway
Group (which CFPS Membership Secretary Karl Crowther is a member) will be
holding their annual 2 DAY Exhibition on the weekend of April 11 & 12th.
The CFPS attended last
year’s event with a sales stand and we have been invited back again this
year. Thank you to Peter Rigby for his kind invitation which I have
The location is The
LITTLEBOROUGH COACH HOUSE on Lodge Street Littleborough, which is close to
the Railway Station. Admission to the event is only £3.00.
Please see the
link for further details.
April - Personalised Membership Numbers
Since Karl Crowther took
over the position of CFPS Membership Secretary he has been a really busy
His relocation from Bristol
to Clitheroe was quite a demanding exercise and having settled in to his
new home, he has now settled into his CFPS role.
Having got up to date with
all the membership renewals and reminders, I asked Karl if he would kindly
produce an up to date list of available class 40 numbers for members to
request to have as their own personalised membership number.
Knowing what the favourite
class 40 was back in the 1970s and 1980s, for most of you chaps, II was
surprised to see ‘certain’ numbers still being available.
How about grabbing those
favourite Class 40 numbers whilst they are still available? A £5 donation
is requested per number request, which will cover the admin costs of
sending a new membership card and will also give us a little extra in the
If you would like to enter
into the spirit of the idea, please contact Karl Crowther and state your
preferred choice of loco number, be it PRE TOPS or POST TOPS. It might be
as well to state an alternative just in case your preferred choice has
been snapped up.
Please email Karl Crowther
at: email@example.com with
You can transfer the fiver
direct into The CFPS Bank Account, the details being…..
SORT CODE :- 20-16-08
A/C NUMBER:- 10719102.
Karl will also be arranging
to have the details put on the CFPS Website. Please see his committee
report in Whistler 131, which hopefully, most if not all of you, will have
received in the last day or so.
Note: The available numbers
are now on the website at:
March - Books - EE Traction Volumes 1 & 2 - Offer
The CFPS recently sold its
stock of Volume 1 of the book “EE Traction Chester to Holyhead” 1959 to
Not surprising really as it
is littered with Class 40 images throughout its 96 pages but
unfortunately, 3 customers orders were delayed as a result. However, we
now have the item in stock again and after fulfilling the back orders a
small quantity of Volume 1 remains available for sale priced at £17.95.
We have good stocks of Volume 2 which is also priced at £17.95.
Volume 2 can be purchased
for just £10 per copy if you order it with Volume 1, or alternatively, the
£10 offer is also available on Volume 2 if you order it with The NEW CFPS
Book titled “Class 40 Country WALES” priced at £14.95.
In both cases, please add
£3.50 to the cost of the book prices to cover post and packing.
For details of ordering
options, please visit the sales pages of The CFPS website at:
March – Joint Book Offer
Just to clarify, the ’joint
offer’ is 2 books, and nothing to do with smoking !
I wanted to give you some
further info about the New CFPS Class 40 Book compiled by Steve Morris of
TY MAWR Publications.
The Book contains 181
photographs spread over 96 pages. There are 33 images in mono and 148 in
The locos featured are……
211, 212, (214 + 368)
215 (216 + 233) 219, 220, 222, 223, 226, 230, 269, 292, 295, 297, 314,
319, 320, 328, 332, 334, 337, 343, 397.
40001, 002, 004, 009, 010,
(011 + 023) 012, 015, 019, 020, 023, 022, (024 + 141) 025, 028, 029,
030, 033, 034, 035, 037, 044, 046, 050, 052,
055, 056, 057, 058, 060,
063, 067, 069, 072, 079, (080 + 196) 082, 086, 087, 093, 094, 097 and
40101, 102, 106, 107, 108,
111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 122, 126, 129, 131, 135, 136, 140, 143,
145, 148, 155, 158, 160, 162, 165, 168,
(171 + 24087) 172, 176,
177, 181, 183, 184, 185, 193 and 40194.
(97405 + 97407) and
As if Steve hasn’t helped
The CFPS enough, he has kindly given us additional discount on his Cardiff
Canton Anniversary book shown above.
The book can be purchased
for £10.00 IF you order it together with the NEW CFPS Class 40 Book,
whilst we have stock.
Sent with the CFPS Book,
the postage cost will be covered within the same £2.55 charge for post and
The CFPS BOOK £14.95
CANTON BOOK £10.00
P and P charge. £ 2.55
TOTAL COST… £27.50
Please send Cheque payments
to the usual postal address.
Alternatively, Please give
your order and address details by EMAIL or TEXT and make payment direct
into CFPS Bank Account.
For details, please visit
the Sales Pages of The CFPS website at www.cfps.co.uk
March – Whistler Magazine Update
Pleased to report that The
latest Whistler, issue 131, was posted out to all The CFPS members on
Thank you to those members
who also ordered the NEW CFPS Book titled ‘Class 40 Country WALES’ to be
sent with the Whistler Magazine.
Please note that if you
ordered the book by Thursday evening, you will be receiving BOTH items as
a combined package in a light grey bubble coated jiffy bag.
Thank you to Caterina for
her help with the labelling, stuffing and sticking, of the envelopes.
Thank you to Eric Davies
for travelling from Wigan to help us with the stuffing and then taking me
and the 500+ mags to The ELR for franking and then on to the Sorting
Office at Bury Post Office.
As ever, thank you to The
ELR for allowing The CFPS use of their facilities, particularly David,
Laura and Paul the new Station Manager, who gave assistance at Bury and
were delayed going home as a result.
Finally, thank you also to
the very nice lady at Bury sorting office who listened to my pleas and
grovels at the staff entrance and then allowed us to drop off all the
envelopes for distribution some 40 minutes after they had closed!
Whistler 131 and New Book Available "Class 40 Country - Wales"
Undeterred by the various traumas encountered with the previous issue of
the Whistler Magazine, Andy Coward got stuck into learning the new
software programme and has produced issue no 131, on schedule.
The Magazine is now at the printers and being prepared for production. My
aim is to have it despatched to the membership by the end of March.
By the time the Whistler Mag arrives from the printers, the latest CFPS
Publication should have been received.
This is Volume 1 of the series CLASS 40 COUNTRY and covers WALES.
The book has 96 pages and contains 180 photographs, many in colour and
hardly any previously produced elsewhere.
The book is £14.95 plus £2.55 post and packing making £17.50 in total.
Why not order your copy NOW ? and either send a cheque to the usual
address or pay the money direct into the CFPS Bank Account.
The details can be found on the sales section of the CFPS Website at www.cfps.co.uk
You can EMAIL your order or TEXT it to 077 882 40088 stating delivery
details and then make your payment direct into the CFPS Bank Account.
If members get their order and payment for the new book into me quickly,
I can then organise the Whistler Mag and your book order, to be posted
Please remember, the proceeds from the book sales will help to fund the
cost of the replacement tyres on 345.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Steve Morris from TY MAWR Publications for all his
hard work compiling the new Book.
List of Available Whistler Magazines available for Sale
The UPDATED LIST of Whistler Magazine back issues available at present is
1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11. then, 13 to 71 INCLUSIVE.
73, 74, 75, 87, 88. then, 90 to 99 INCLUSIVE, then issue
103 to 131 INCLUSIVE.
£1.00 per mag up to issue number 87.
£1.50 per mag for issue numbers 88 to 99 and also issue numbers 101 +
£2.00 per mag for issue numbers 103 to 126.
£3.50 per mag for issue numbers 127 to 131.
POST and PACKING is £1.50 up to 5 issues then add an extra £1 for the
next 5 issues and then an extra £1.50 for the next 10 issues after that.
Please make cheques payable to … “ THE CFPS ”
The postal address to send orders is CFPS Sales, 38 Watkins Drive,
Prestwich, Manchester. M25 0DS
Whistler Magazine Update:
After numerous difficulties with Issue 130 of the Whistler Magazine, I am
pleased to report that the final batch of this edition was posted out to
the members on Monday afternoon (9 February 2015).
Thank you to Eric Davies and Robert Purcell for travelling from their
homes in Wigan and Sale respectively, to help me with the distribution
John Stephens - Chairman
Sales Stock Update:
Another book added to CFPS
Sales stock is 1970s DIESEL & ELECTRICS.
This book is the same format as
the D for DIESELS series EXCEPT that it is FULL COLOUR and therefore costs
The 72 Pages cover an
assortment of images ranging from Hydraulics, Class 76 and WCML Electrics,
20s, 24s,37s, 50s and pictures of:
40039, 40115 and 40001 + 40098
RRP is £12.99, on sale at
£11.50 at CFPS Sales Stands.
For orders to be despatched by
post please add an extra £2 to cover P & P.
Please see the sales pages of
www.cfps.co.uk for other books on sale and options on how to order.
Whistler Issue 130:
By now, issue 130 of The
Whistler Magazine, “should” have been printed, and also been received by
the CFPS Membership.
Due to circumstances, such as
The November AGM, preparing The Railtour admin, packing and posting off
sales orders together with Andy Coward being extremely busy, the magazine
had already been running behind schedule.
Recently, with all the
compiling, proof reading and corrections undertaken, Andy Coward was about
to send off the “Master File” to the printers when an error message
appeared on it.
Andy tried opening it but was
unable to do so and after several attempts, he turned to the “Back up
File” but that wouldn’t open either.
Despite being well versed on
the product, Andy contacted Microsoft for a diagnosis and had to part with
money for specialist support.
The first team of “clever
people” in Microsoft couldn’t find a solution and a genius in the
corporation had to tracked down, then an appointment booked, which was
Alas, on the day that The
Microsoft genius made contact, his 2 hours on the phone to Andy Coward
failed to solve the problem.
Frustratingly, for Andy in
particular, the whole Magazine is now being recreated.
One pleasing thing from my
viewpoint is that the genius who couldn’t solve the problem, couldn’t come
up with a good enough reason to not give us our money back !
With the magazine printers
flatly refusing to cancel their Christmas holiday in Australia, we are
having to wait until they return in January 2015 to get “The Whistler” on
A BIG Thank you to Andy Coward
for ALL the effort he has put into this issue, especially as I know that
it has come at a very difficult time for him.
Members bookings for 29th November Railtour
Jackie Crawford has advised that ticket letters for those Members who have
booked via the CFPS have been posted on Monday 24th November. Ticket
letters should therefore be received on Wednesday / Thursday. Any queries
should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
should be noted that the ticket letter that you will receive confirming
your booking will constitute your ticket for the Tour. No separate tickets
will be enclosed.
Railtour - Saturday 29th November 2014
Thank you for the messages placing orders for The CFPS 2015 Calendar.
I will get those ready for people to collect on the train. The CFPS will
have a sales stand on the train in COACH C.
I have had more CFPS Branded clothing produced and we now have fair stocks
in each of the regular sizes.
Does anyone want to order any of the following to pick up on the train ?
The prices are as follows……..
Polo Shirts. £18.95
Baseball cap. £8.00
Woolly Hat. £8.00
ELR Sales Stand - 22 November 2014
The ELR kindly allowed The CFPS to have a sales stand at The ELR during
their “Lancashire” event over the weekend.
I was on the footbridge for a change as the platform space was being used
by dancers. Being the only sales stand there, I was able to make use of
the space on the footbridge and spread the clobber out.
Takings were £429.00
Thank you to PAUL MORRIS who risked some grief from “her indoors” by
nipping out from his home near Bury to help me pack up and load up on
Railtour - Saturday 29th November 2014
On the Southport to York and Saltburn Charter, with there being limited
space available, The CFPS will only have a small selection of products for
sale on the train.
However, if anyone wishes to pre-order any items, these will be brought
with the rest of the intended sales stock and handed to you at your seat
on the train. You will not have to prepay, payment can be made when you
receive your order on the day.
Please take a look at the sales pages of our website at www.cfps.co.uk/sales.htm
if you are unsure of the range of products available.
I will also be happy to take payments for any membership renewals that are
due in the next 6 months or so!
I have been handed a few old
editions of the Whistler Mag in recent weeks.
I know some of you out there
still have requirements.
The batch is made up of the
following issue numbers…
Whistler Issue Number 2 through
to Whistler Issue number 42.
1 copy each of the 41 issues
Issue numbers 45, 46, 49, 52,
54, 73 and 87.
If anyone wants to purchase
these, they are £1 each.
Postage and packing is ..
£1.00 for 2 copies.
£1.50 for 5 copies
£2.00 for 10 copies.
£2.80 for 25 copies.
Cardiff Canton Book
A few years ago, CFPS Member
Steve Morris produced a softback book depicting images relating to Cardiff
The book was a sell out and I
have regularly been asked if we have any copies of it.
The good news is that Steve has
had the book reprinted and it has also been updated to reflect the current
situation and and the depot celebrating its Golden Anniversary. Please see
the attachment above.
The book will be published
around October 30th and The CFPS will be stocking the book.
The book price is £12.95 and
post and packing will be an extra £2.
Alternatively, The CFPS
Calendar will be published soon.
Why not order both the book and
the calendar together and the book can be sent inside the calendar
The Calendar will be priced at
£12.00 again + £2.95 post and packing. You will therefore save £2 postage
on the book.
2015 CFPS Calendar
I have spent some time with
Martin Walker at Beaver Sports this week arranging The CFPS 2015 Calendar.
It has now been compiled and will be printed shortly.
The aim being to have it on sale at The CFPS AGM on November 15th.
An image showing a small image of each months picture along with the
cover photo is shown below.
40167 is the Cover photo.
The other locos featured are....
40002, Jan. 40124, Feb. 40093 + 40180 + 40 143, March. 40074 +
40183, April. 40061, May. 40141 + 40169, June. 40126, July.
40004, Aug. 40193, Sept. 40196, Oct. 40016, Nov. 40126
Calendar is £12. Plus £2.95 post and packing which is the same price as
last year when 110 copies were sold.
In addition to the photo images
requested for the planned new book, Andy Coward, Editor of The Whistler
Magazine, would welcome a few stories relating to the period up to Jan
Pete Calderley has written a
few good reports but there are several other characters out there with
interesting or humorous recollections.
Why not jot down a few lines
and send them to Andy Coward and he will convert them into a good story ?
Perhaps send in a couple of
images to support your words.
CFPS Book Plans
Just a polite reminder that we
are seeking images of class 40s for the intended new book that CFPS member
Steve Morris is producing in conjunction with The Society.
Photographs of 40s in the
following locations are being sought……..
West of Swansea.
If you have any images or know
someone who does, please make contact with us.
Diesel Diner Discount for CFPS Members:
The offer is for FRIDAY evening
07/11/14. Please book for the Diner direct with Laura at The ELR on …
0161 764 7790 quoting 'CFPS Diner Offer'.
The following day, Saturday
08/11/14, there is an event at The ELR which will have 345 in action along
with 31466, D1501 and D9019.
Message from ELR reads……….
As a token of our appreciation
for the use of 345 & 335 throughout the year we offer our Diesel Dining
Train hauled by D9009 at £29.50 (Saving £10) to all CFPS members.
The menu for the evening is:
· Cream of Vegetable
· Supreme of Country
Chicken with a white wine sauce
· Homemade Jam Roll
ELR Autumn Diesel Gala Report:
As usual, The CFPS had a sales
stand at the 2 Day ELR Autumn Diesel Gala last weekend, Sep 28 & 29.
Saturdays sales figure was
£924.05 with £ 3.77 donations.
Sundays sales figure was
£253.35 with £13.16 donations.
A further £52.50 was produced
by Lynda Jopson in multiple with her CFPS Teddy Bear, selling CFPS raffle
tickets on the trains on Sunday morning before the draw took place.
Total income over the weekend
The easier bit of the 2
sections to attending an event is the manning of the sales stand.
Whatever sales figure is
achieved we always require a group of volunteers to be at Bury early on
Saturday to help with unloading the van, carting all the clobber from the
car park across to platforms 3 & 4 and then later in the day moving the
stock into the buffet for overnight safe storage.
A group of volunteers are also
required on the Sunday to undertake the same tasks but in reverse order.
Saturdays gang of helpers was….
Lance Cook (from Telford), John
Wantling, Caterina, Grant Marks and Mike Marren.
The Sunday gang was…..
Lance Cook, John Wantling and
Caterina again, plus Andy Walton and Paul Morris.
Thank you to all of the above
for their invaluable help.
Finally, thank you to Eric
Davies for his help with the CFPS raffle draw on the Sunday and also for
folding ALL of the 8000 raffle tickets that were entered into the CFPS
CFPS Engineering Blog
Officer has comprehensively updated the Blog. Please click the link:
2014 CFPS Raffle Results
The draw for The CFPS 2014
Annual Raffle was made at 14.15 hours on Sunday afternoon 28/09/14 at The
ELR Bury Bolton St. Station.
Tickets were drawn by 12 separate people and the numbers are as follows……
£200 Cheque. Ticket no, 06747
L. J. INKERSOLE. CFPS Member.
Replica Class 40 Nameplate CARONIA.
Ticket no, 15869
M. RAYNOR. CFPS Member.
£100 Cheque. Ticket no, 14785
IAN MUNRO. CFPS Member.
Class 40 Cab ride on The ELR.
Ticket no, 20010
3 x RAILWAY DVDs. Ticket no, 20519
M. SIRANNI. CFPS Member.
Ticket no, 11936
S. HENDERSON. CFPS Member.
NEW STRATHWOOD BOOK. 60s D & E DAYS REMEMBERED.
Ticket no, 06738
L. J. INKERSOLE. CFPS Member.
Ticket no, 06123
A. GOOCH. CFPS Member.
1 x RAILWAY DVD .
Ticket no, 12492
J. POLLARD. CFPS Member.
Ticket no, 24382
BOOK. “EE TRACTION CHESTER TO HOLYHEAD” by Steve Morris.
Ticket no, 14632
Ticket no, 11605
Thank you to
everyone who supported our fundraising efforts.
will go towards covering the cost of the replacement tyres on 345.
Roger Whittle - RIP
We have been notified of the sad news that former CFPS Member Roger
Whittle from Tilehurst near Reading passed away on Friday September 12th.
Rogers funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium, Headington, Oxford
OXI 4PS, at 12.45 this coming Thursday 25/09.
Our heartfelt sympathies to Rogers family and friends at this difficult
Whistler Magazine Update - 17 September 2014:
As a result of the help received from Eric Davies, Robert Purcell and
Caterina, the magazines were posted out TONIGHT
to the members by 2ND Class
Thank you to David Layland at The East Lancs Railway for allowing us to
use their franking machine.
It was a big help and speeded up the despatch process of the magazines.
also to Shaun Higginbotham for printing all of the address labels and
delivering them to Bury.
Proposed New Class 40 Books -
Fundraiser - Images required - Can you help?
CFPS Member Steve Morris who
has produced several railway books with his “Ty Mawr Publishing” Company,
has offered to assist The Society with our next fund raising project.
Steve Morris and Ty Mawr publishing will produce a series of 4 Books with
the aim of producing a comprehensive record of Class 40 operations
throughout the UK.
Whilst Steve will do the work,
The CFPS will fund the production costs and stock the books. All the
income received from the sale of the books will go to The CFPS.
The first Book in the series
will cover WALES and whilst Steve has quite a lot of photographic
material, he has insufficient at present to produce the book with the
number of pages he wants to achieve.
Steve has plenty of material
that covers North Wales but he is seeking images of class 40s taken in the
1) Caernarfon Branch.
2) Shotton to Wrexham.
3) Central Wales
4) Cambrian Coast
5) South Wales, especially
beyond Cardiff into West Wales such as Carmarthen and Milford Haven.
If anyone has any Class 40
images taken in the above mentioned areas and is willing for it to be used
by The CFPS to help us with our fundraising efforts, would you in the
first instance please contact Steve Morris to give him details of what you
Steve can be contacted at: email@example.com
OR, by phone on, 07866 424869
The images need to be of good
quality but can be in colour or Black and White and ideally have at least
the date of the photograph.
Additional information such as
details of the actual working involved would also be helpful.
The ideal method of submission
would be a scanned image (minimum 300 DPI 7 x 5 inches) emailed to Steve.
If that isn’t possible, the image can be sent in any format by post and
Steve will scan them himself.
As The CFPS is a Registered
Charity and this project is intended as a fund raising venture to try to
secure funds to pay for the re-tyre work on 345, we are unable to pay any
copyright fees. However, in recognition of peoples goodwill, a
complimentary copy of the respective book will be sent to those people
whose material is used. Copyright will remain with the photographer.
The first volume is targeted
for release in early 2015 and thereafter Steve will be seeking to obtain
images taken in Scotland to enable the 2nd book in the series to be
produced. Volume 3 will focus on The EASTERN REGION and the 4th volume is
intended to cover The LMR.
Some of you may have various
images taken across the UK in electronic format. If you are willing to
help with this project, Steve would be happy to receive these on disc and
use them as and when he produces each volume.
The CFPS face a mighty cost for
the work on 345s tyres and we are planning ahead for when the time will
come in the next year or so, that 345 will have an enf orced period out of
action. The length of time it will be out of action will depend on what
funds we can raise and whilst doing so, we also have to ensure that the
needs of D335 are not neglected.
We trust this plan appeals to
everyone and hope we can rely on your support.
Thank you everyone.
16 September 2014 - Neil Morgan
We are sorry to report the sad news that Neil Morgan, known to many as
“Slim” passed away yesterday morning after losing his battle with Cancer.
Neil had been a member of The CFPS for a number of years, and befitting
The Society he was a larger than life character.
He also had a passion for Class 50s and was a founder member of The Fifty
Fund and did a lot of volunteer work in Diesel Preservation.
After he was informed of his illness, Neil dealt with his problems and
carried on doing the things he enjoyed such as travelling and he was in
Germany only last week.
Also on his schedule was a visit to The East Lancashire Railway tomorrow
for a specially arranged drive of The Class 40s.
Such a shame that he was unable to fulfil this wish and such a shame he
passed away at an early age.
Neil had a great wit and a sharp mind and he really will be missed by
His funeral is to be held at Woking Crematorium at 14.00 hours next
Monday, September 22nd.
12 September 2014 - CFPS 2014
The replica CARONIA nameplate, 2nd Prize
in The CFPS 2014 Annual Raffle has been collected from “Charnley” Couriers
A photo of it resting in my garden a short time ago is in the attachment
draw takes place in 17 days and ideally we could do with all, or at least
the bulk of, the sold ticket stubs returned
to me by Monday September 22nd .
This requested date is to enable all those ticket stubs to be folded and
placed in the hat (which is actually a large plastic bag!)
for when the draw takes place at The East Lancashire Railway Diesel Gala
on Sunday September 28th.
Given that we lost
considerable revenue and fund raising opportunities owing to 345 not being
given clearance to go to The Mid
Hants Railway, I am hoping that those who still have to sell and send back
their ticket stubs, will crack on with the task in hand!
This will help to reduce the amount of counselling I require in coming to
terms with the loss of revenue The CFPS suffered as a result.
John Stephen - CFPS
*** 2 September 2014 - Breaking
SORRY TO REPORT that we have
just been informed that 345 will NOT be able to attend The MID HANTS GALA
due to gauging issues.
The problem appears to be a
restriction in ALDERSHOT Tunnel.
As I send this message, WCRC
are making urgent arrangements to send a WCRC loco to The ELR tomorrow
morning to undertake the transit move of the 3 other visiting locos.
The WCRC loco will ONLY take
the Convoy to The Mid Hants and there are NO plans are for it to attend
the Mid Hants Gala.
The WCRC loco is likely to go
LD to Southall after dropping off the Convoy at Mid Hants Railway.
Truly Sorry for those people
who have booked accommodation and Rail Tickets.
I am sure you will understand
that the situation is entirely outside the control of The CFPS.
Thank you for your
understanding and once again my sympathies to everyone else affected by
this breaking news.
John Stephens - CFPS Chairman
30 July - Roster Update
Just to advise that D335 had
been allocated to run on the ELR during the weekend of September 6th and
However, with 345 scheduled for
a visit to The Mid Hants Railway that same weekend, there has been a
change to the loco roster and D9009 will now be working the diagram in
September in place of D335.
will now operate on the ELR Diesel Diagram on 16th & 17th August instead
30 July - Fundraising Update
Update from John Stephens:
The ELR 3
Day Gala - 4th ,5th, & 6th July
Lance Cook travelled up each day to help with setting up and packing up.
Karl Crowther helped on Friday and Saturday. Birmingham Based Andy Walton
also helped on Friday and Saturday.
Seton Spencer helped get D335 back in action after its failure on Saturday
afternoon caused some disruption to the event.
helped on the sales stand on Friday and Saturday. Linda Jopson helped
with raffle ticket sales on Saturday and Sunday. Paul Morris helped us
with the packing up on Saturday and Sunday. A good team effort which
resulted in sales of £1806 over the 3 days. As well as a big thank
you to the above helpers, thank you also to Mark Hornby for yet another
chunky donation to The CFPS.
everyone for helping to keep things moving in the right direction.
19th July - The DRS Charity event.
heavy rain meant that the overhauled 40088 cab was just on display rather
than in use for sales.
We managed to
find a corner of the Maintenance shed to set up 3 tables and display some
of our range of sales items. Despite only being able to display some of
our range, takings on the day were in excess of £700.
My thanks go to
Robert Purcell and Steve Morris for their days stint. Thank you also
to Pete Scott and Stuart Hood who each helped out for half a day and thus
ensured we each had a small break and some respite during the very busy
3 Day ELR
Class 14 event - 25th, 26th & 27th July
Thank you to
those of you who paid us a visit, either to purchase goods, hand in your
raffle ticket stubs with payments or, to just stop for a quick friendly
Thank you to
Karl Crowther who travelled up from Bristol and was a huge help on each of
the 3 days.
early to assist me with setting up the sales stand, then spent each day on
the trains selling raffle tickets and then helped with the packing up at
close of play each day.
Thank you to
Lynda Jopson who on Saturday and Sunday was also out on the trains selling
CFPS raffle tickets.
The sales stand
was very busy on The Friday and I am grateful to Robert Purcell who spent
the day with me. On Saturday night, Nigel Bryer and Paul Richardson
helped us with the packing up.
night, it was the turn of Paul Morris and John Wantling to help us with
Thank you again
to everyone for their help at Bury, the CFPS now have a further £1100 as a
23 July - 40088 Cab Refurbishment
Work commenced at the end of June on the refurbishment of the 40088.
The prep work and painting was undertaken by the friendly and enthusiastic
staff at Crewe Heritage Centre and the CFPS are very grateful and thank
their team of helpers for their help and hard work.
After the chaps at Crewe Heritage Centre had done the bulk of the painting
on 40088 CARL HOLT kindly stepped forward to do some much needed welding
work on the corroded cab.
CFPS Member Rick Davenport, who owns 37108 which is based at Crewe
Heritage Centre, loaned his equipment to The CFPS and gave Carl a hand.
Carl Holt came to assist and played a big part in getting the cab
completed in time for it to visit The DRS event at Crewe Gresty Bridge
Carl welded some corroded areas of the cab and also fitted the new vinyls
which included letting the world know who owned it.
HUGE THANKS to Carl for his efforts which took place in the blazing sun
and resulted in him getting sunstroke.
12 June 2014 -
Mid Hants Railway Visit & Compass Railtour
Booking Update from John Stephens:
"Confirmation that The CFPS have agreed terms with The Mid
Hants Railway for 345 to attend their 3 day Gala.
The dates are September 5th, 6th and 7th and the loco
should be in action there, all 3 days.
345 has also been hired to haul other guest locomotives to
and back from, The Mid Hants event.
With both our Class 40s attending The JULY ELR Diesel Gala,
345 attending The Mid Hants Railway in September
and 345 now scheduled to haul The Compass Charter from
Southport to York and Saltburn on 29/11/14, there is
something to look forward too.
Please note, the dates have been announced now to help
those who need to arrange Annual Leave at their place
Although this is a COMPASS TOUR, there is the intention to
produce a Members Booking Form to ensure that members
get allocated the STANDARD Class Seating behind the loco.
Please bear with us for a couple of days whilst we
undertake other duties, organise matters and try to recover from
last weekend !
Jackie and Gordon are “likely” to be handling the members
bookings, but please give us time to put a routine in place
and compile a booking form, after all the tour isn’t until
the end of November.
Please also be mindful to respect their social time and
avoid “phoning” a booking through.
Bookings for PREMIER DINING, or FIRST CLASS SEATING or just
the YORK to SALTBURN Mini Tour, can be made DIRECT
with Compass Tours"
21 May 2014 - D335 at the Nene
Sunday afternoon May 18th, D335 having worked the 16.02 Wansford to
Peterborough service failed at Peterborough Nene Valley Station.
fault on D335 just prior to departure with the return service resulted in
a Class 31 loco having to drag D335 and its train back to Wansford.
From what was
described to Lee Kenny, it appears to be a minor but frustrating failure
rather than a serious one.
The failure didn’t
prevent D335 being scheduled to return home to the ELR on Tuesday May
However, due to
the convoy leaving The NVR late, the return move was caped at Peterborough
at 12.45 Hours.
The hauling loco,
56312 and its load comprising of 37324, D335 and 47402 (in that order)
were then stabled up alongside Peterborough power box just North of the
The convoy is now
scheduled to head home to The ELR tomorrow and is due to leave
Peterborough at 12.01 hours.
3 May - CFPS Climbing Team Success
A message received from Andy
Walton to say that the climbers successfully achieved their mission when
reached the summit of Whernside
at 18.40 hours tonight.
At MID DAY, the team were on the
summit of Pen-y-ghent and had done 7 miles in 3 hours 20 minutes.
By 15.30 hours Ingleborough had
been climbed and at that point 15 miles had been tackled in 7 hours.
Well done to all of the team for
their energy, determination, fitness and loyalty to The CFPS in generating
for The Society.
29 April - 345 to feature at ELR
'Thomas Event' this Weekend
Just to make
you aware that 345 will be in action at The ELR this coming weekend.
It will be
featuring in the THOMAS event hauling passenger trains between Bury and
this will be operating on Saturday, Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday.
A DMU will be
operating shuttles on the Bury to Heywood section.
The 40 should
start the day with the 09.00 hours service ex Bury.
14 April - Rochdale Model Show
Report from John Stephens
The CFPS were invited to have a
sales stand at the 50TH event of The Rochdale Model Railway
Group which took place this last weekend at The Littleborough Coach
It made a nice change to man the
sales stand in the warmth of the indoors which was well attended
and well organised.
As a result, the CFPS came away
from the 2 day event with £737 in sales and 4 bookings for our June
Thank you to Shaun Higginbotham
who moved the sales stock to the event on Friday Evening and returned the
unsold items back to our Prestwich warehouse on Sunday night.
Thank you to Rob Purcell who
helped me man the stand all day Saturday and to Jonny Stevenson who did
likewise on Sunday.
This event didn’t just require a roster
for the sales stand, it required a roster for people to be taxi drivers
also as I was unable to drive following another op, this time for a knee
Thank you to Grant Marks for
collecting me from home on Saturday morning and taking me to the event.
Thank you to Rob Purcell who
took me home from the event on Saturday night.
Thank you to Jonny Stevenson who
collected me from home on Sunday morning.
Thank you to Shaun Higginbotham
who took me home on Sunday night.
Most importantly though, Thank
you to Peter Rigby, The event organiser and CFPS member Karl Crowther who
arranged the invite for us and also made space available for us to sell
A final thank you to young Rhys
Higginbotham who eagerly assisted us with the packing up and unloading
on Sunday night.
A good weekend and a good all
round team effort.
4 April - D369 Model & Rochdale
received its delivery from Bachmann of the D369 Model last night. Some of
the stock is allocated against orders, but some is available to purchase.
Please visit the sales page of the CFPS Website for price and ordering
information. We also have the D211 Model in stock, but the 40141 model has
have stock left, the class 40 models will be on sale at The Rochdale Model
Railway Exhibition being held at The Coach House on Lodge Street in
Littleborough on Saturday and Sunday, April 12th & 13th. The CFPS will be
having a sales stand at this popular event which celebrates its 50th show
20 March - Information regarding
the Photo Shoot on 21 March 2014
A message for the benefit of those people participating in the Class 40
photo shoot this Friday night March 21st.
The ELR have kindly agreed to open the Buffet situated on Platform 3 and 4
of Bury Bolton Street Station.
The opening of the buffet will serve 2 purposes, It will be the location
for anyone who wants to attend the photo shoot, to book in and make your
In addition, the very supportive Irene has agreed to travel to the Station
to set up the counter facilities for the sale of hot drinks, hot pies and
a range of snacks and cold drinks.
The photo shoot is scheduled to run from approximately 19.30 hours to
21.30 hours. The buffet will be open from approx. 18.45 hours to 20.00
Anyone interested in attending can do so and just turn up and pay up on
The ELR are operating a Steam Hauled Diner Service on the night, scheduled
to depart at 19.30 hours, so you have the opportunity to photograph that,
if you arrive and book in early enough.
The main reason for informing you though, is that it is important to
recognise that there will be train movements taking place at The ELR and
everyone attending should be diligent at all times and observe any
instructions given by ELR Staff who will be on duty.
Thank you for supporting our
latest fund raising effort.
18 March - Information regarding
the Photo Shoot on 21 March 2014
The latest CFPS
fundraising effort is taking place this Friday night at Bury Bolton Street
It will be a
night time photo shoot featuring both The CFPS Class 40s and will offer at
least 6 different cameos.
The price is
£15 per person and it is scheduled to run from 19.30 hours to 21.30 hours
please let me know if you are planning to attend as the ELR may open the
Buffet on platforms 3 and 4 for the sale of HOT DRINKS, light snacks and
possibly HOT PIES, if a sufficient number of people are attending.
that there won’t be a sales stand on the platform, however, If anyone
attending wants to order a specific item such as the brand new BACHMANN
model of D211, or the NEW CFPS Badges, or the new “E for Electrics” and “D
for Diesels 5 Books”, then I will bring them with me on the Friday night
13 March - Information about the
DMU 'Drag' on Saturday & generally
As previously stated, 345 will be in action this Saturday giving people
the opportunity to drive it from Bury Bolton Street over the ski slope and
then to the section signal and return.
Following a number of requests and suggestions for last year’s Class 40
DMU DRAG to be repeated, The ELR are happy to serve up this rare
Last year D335 did the drag after its stint with the driving
So this year, the task of the DMU DRAG will be given to 345. The train
concerned will be the 15.15 hours service from Rawtenstall to Heywood.
The DMU DRAG however, will ONLY be FROM Bury to HEYWOOD and return.
The departure from Bury will be at 15.55 hours and the return from Heywood
will depart at 16.20 hours.
Now it is being provided, do please turn up to travel on it won’t you !
The day promises to be a nice mix of nostalgia with 2 trains being
operated by DMUs and the other train being loco hauled using Class 47
number D1501 in the two tone Green livery.
345 will be tootling in and out of the station every so often for most of
the day before doing its DMU drag from Bury to Heywood and return..
As well as that, The CFPS will have a sales stand on platforms 3 and 4 at
Bury Bolton Street selling their 2 new badges, the brand new D211 MODEL by
BACHMANN and the new DVD by Visions titled “ RAW “.
There will be loads of other items on sale including a comprehensive range
of the much sought after old magazine titles, and an assortment of railway
books, depot stickers etc.
There will be a pile of CFPS Membership application forms for people to
complete if they so wish!
With regard to membership, If you want to hand in any renewals on the day,
you can do so and I will pass these on to Richard Clayton for you.
I do hope you can bob along on Saturday and support the efforts of The
CFPS and The ELR.
Please remember also, that on the following Friday, March 21st, The ELR
and CFPS have arranged a Class 40 NIGHT TIME photo shoot in conjunction
with IAN FURNESS and The WNXX website.
Thanks for listening folks.
11 March -A further update upon the drive 345
event this Saturday
Just to confirm and clarify.
The plan announced yesterday ( see at the bottom ) relating to the drive
of Class 40 loco number 345 this Saturday has now been changed.
The ORIGINAL plan was to offer people a drive of the class 40 from Bury
Bolton Street Station to Baron Street gates and return for a £10 charge.
The REVISED plan has now been enhanced and offers a slightly longer and a
more interesting driving opportunity.
You can drive 345 from Bury Bolton Street Station OVER the SKI SLOPE and
beyond to the Section Signal, and return.
Please note, this £15 offer is the ONLY one available.
There are NOT TWO x driving options available on Saturday.
It is important to pre-book this opportunity so that we are as organised
as we can be and then we can notify people if it becomes fully subscribed
and help avoid people travelling to Bury and then be disappointed.
For those participating, it is BOOK in ADVANCE and PAY on the Day.
On Saturday, HAVING RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION of BOOKING, please first
report to The CFPS Sales Stand on the station situated between platforms 3
Please then pay your £15 and I will then hand you a CFPS LETTERHEAD with
your name on it and the time of your driving slot. It will state £15 PAID
on it and you need to show that to the ELR Driver instructing you on the
The drives will probably go off platform 2, so please turn up at least 30
minutes before your booked driving turn. On a VERY SERIOUS note and stated
with intended respect, please comply with the Drivers Instructions and DO
NOT consume any alcohol or partake in smoking any unusual tobacco!
The driving opportunity is there for you to enjoy, but there are health
and safety rules that The ELR have to comply with.
The methods to book are via…..
EMAIL :- firstname.lastname@example.org
TEXT :- 077 882 40088
Thanks again for your interest and support everyone.
11 March - Update upon the drive 345
event this Saturday
Re the opportunity to
drive Class 40 loco 345 on Saturday.
The ELR have come up with
a great idea.
Rather than the 40 just go
from Bury Bolton Street Station to Baron Street gates and back. It has
been suggested instead that 345 runs onto the Heywood line and over the
ski slope to the section signal further along.
This lengthens the range
of the driving, adds a touch more variety and should increase your
enjoyment of the experience.
The flip side of the coin
is that it takes a wee bit longer, uses up more loco fuel. Therefore the
cost for this opportunity will need to increase from the previously stated
£10….. to £15.
There have been a number
of bookings already for this, so I will contact each person who has booked
to see if they still want to retain their booking for Saturday at the
Thank you everyone.
10 March 2014 - Drive 345 at the ELR on 15 March 2014
Saturday, March 15th, it is the annual DMU Theme Day at The East
At Last year’s
event, the opportunity to drive our Green Class 40, number D335 from Bury
Bolton Street Station down to Baron Street Gates and back was made
available, if you parted company with £10.
The ELR are kindly
allowing The CFPS to repeat the “drive a 40 offer”, THIS Saturday, within
Station limits, again for just £10. On this occasion, BLUE Class 40 loco
number 345, will be made available.
Should this rare
opportunity to drive our Main Line Registered Loco, appeal to anyone
Please send an
Please send a text
to 077 882 40088 to book a driving slot.
The driving slots
were really popular last year and I had to decline some applications due
to the time constraints on the day. If you are interested, please respond
quickly to avoid disappointment. The sooner I know the better as it will
give me time to make the arrangements with The ELR who once again are
supporting the fundraising efforts of The CFPS.
Driving slots will
be allocated on first come first served basis. When responding, please
state an approximate time within at least a 90 minute period of when you
prefer to be allocated a driving slot.
Please note that
you need to be at least 16 years of age and that anybody participating
must refrain from drinking any alcohol prior to driving the loco.
Please don’t put
the loco crew in a difficult position by having a “swift half” whilst
waiting for your booked turn!
I will reply to
all communications stating either an approximate driving time or notice
that all the slots have been taken.
Thanks everyone, I
look forward to hearing from you.
7 March 2014 - THE ELR THIS WEEKEND
Just a reminder
that both class 40s will be working on both days at The ELR this weekend.
It is the
Railways Spring Diesel Gala and D335 starts both days by hauling the 09.00
from Bury to
RAMSBOTTOM and then the 09.37 hours RAMSBOTTOM to Heywood.
The CFPS will
be having a sales stand on the platform at Bury.
The 2 x new
CFPS Badges will be on sale, at £5.95 each or £11.00 for both.
The NEW DVD
from VISIONS titled Raw has just arrived and will be on sale at £19.
You will also
be able to book for the March 21st Class 40 photo shoot, reserve your
order the NEW D211 Model
on its way to
us from Bachmann, and renew your membership with The CFPS, even if it’s
not yet due!
7 March 2014 - Both Loco's Operating today
Both our Class 40s will be in
action today at The East Lancashire Railway.
Will work during the daytime
hauling the fully booked ELR organised FXP train.
For anyone wishing to
photograph this, it usually operates between 09.15 to 16.30 hours.
However, it only runs between
Heywood and Ramsbottom.
Will then tonight, haul The ELR
Diner Train THROUGHOUT the 24 mile round trip of the line.
Departure time from Bury will
at 19.30 hours.
5 March 2014
Bachmann Class 40
Model Update from John Stephens:
I have just
spoken to Bachmann to progress our orders for their models of D211 and
informed me that they are despatching our order for the D211 models (code
32-480ds) tomorrow, Thursday 06/03/14 and we should receive the delivery
early next week.
told me that delivery of the D369 model (code 32-481ps) should follow in
approximately 2 weeks from today.
Bachmann 40141 model:
I also enquired
about the slim prospects of the balance of our order for the 40141 model
being delivered. The code for this being & #8230;.32-475dc.
advised that they have no stock left and are still considering whether or
not to do another production run of this model. Even if they did, it will
be quite a while before stocks arrive.
Should you feel
that you are awaiting delivery for this model from the CFPS, then please
contact me by email.”
19 February 2014 - The next mission - A Class 40 Photo shoot
The ELR have kindly agreed to a
photo shoot involving The 2 x CFPS Class 40s.
It is scheduled for FRIDAY
NIGHT, March 21st at The East Lancashire Railway.
The time span for this is
likely to be from approximately 19.30 hours to 21.30 hours.
Further details will follow
when the arrangements have been finalised
This message is advance notice
to enable you to pencil it in your Diary.
Thank you to those of you who
requested this event.
Having obtained permission to
organise it, we will be heavily promoting the photo shoot
in an effort to make it a
success for both The CFPS and also The East Lancashire Railway.
The price should be no more
than £20 but we are aiming for £15.
It would be helpful if you
could register your interest at this stage and we can get back to you
and confirm the details as we
18 February 2014 - Diner Update
Please note that the Class 40
Hauled Diner for Friday March 7th is ALMOST sold out.
At present, there is JUST one
table of 4 seats available to book.
Thank you to everyone who has
booked and done it so promptly.
February 2014 - Update from John Stephens Re: Sunday 16th February
at the ELR
Just a reminder that BOTH Class 40s will be operating the Diesel Diagram
this SUNDAY at The ELR.
They will be operating ONE diagram, ALL DAY in TOP and TAIL mode, in lieu
of the DMU originally scheduled.
The reason for this being to celebrate 30 years of Class 40 Preservation
at The ELR.
I hope you can all turn up for this event, partly to help the ELR cover
their extra costs in using Diesel Locos in lieu of the DMU. Also in memory
of DAVE HARMER who passed away a couple of weeks or so ago.
Each loco will carry a wreath on their leading end in memory of DAVE whose
funeral will be taking place on the following day, Monday the 17th, at
Manchester Crematorium near Chorlton, at 14.00 hours. I intend to go
through the train with a card or cards, and invite those who knew him to
leave a message and sign the card(s) which I will then pass on to his
brother on the Monday at his funeral.
ON TRAIN plans for Sunday Feb 16th:
The train will comprise of 4 coaches.
We have also paid a small fee to the ELR to have their chocolate and cream
OBO Observation Coach added to the formation.
OBO will be at one end of the train and the idea is that for a Donation of
£4, you will be able to travel in it for one round trip on the line, or
£2 per single journey if space allows. It seats 25 or so people, so if we
can fill that up each trip, that could possibly bring in a much needed
I hope at least some of you will try the experience, seeing as The ELR
have trusted us with it!
Please be aware that you will ALSO need a valid ELR ticket for the Day as
well as the donation to travel in the OBO. Stewards with expertise of
“assorted travelling methods” !! will be on duty to organise your travel
in the OBO.
The CFPS will have a SALES STAND on the train, covering 2 bays of 4 seats.
It will comprise a small selection of items and not the usual 7 tons of
We still have 4 or 5 of the CFPS 2014 Calendars to shift. There is also a
small amount of EE Branded Clothing we would like to clear as well, before
we indulge in a range of CFPS Branded Clothing.
The 2 x NEW CFPS Badges will be on sale.
The NEW “D for DIESELS 5” and “E for ELECTRICS” books will be on sale as
well as the earlier ones in that range.
The 2 x ENGLISH ELECTRIC TRACTION Chester to Holyhead Books, by Steve
Morris will be on SPECIAL OFFER. The 3 x CFPS 50 YEARS OF 40s Books will
be on sale which includes a reprint of volume 1 which we had sold out of.
Separate to that, The NEW Bachmann model of D211 should be released in 7
to 10 days and CFPS have 36 on order.
Most of that 36 we have orders for, but some are unallocated, so if you
are interested, then please book one on Sunday.
The D369 model should, follow 2 weeks or so after D211.
We have 24 of them on order at present, and again we have some unallocated
and your orders are invited.
The CFPS members doing the marathon climb in May, in aid of The Society,
are seeking sponsorship. Karl Crowther is one and Paul Richardson is
another member of the team. They should be about for some of the day if
you wish to support their efforts.
If your CFPS Membership is due for renewal soon, why not renew it on
Richard is not available on Sunday, but I AM and I will be happy to take
your payment and associated paperwork.
As ever, thanks for your marvellous support.
February 2014 - CFPS Sales Stock
CFPS FUNDRAISING &
Further to our
recent news that we are now an Official Bachmann Stockist, the CFPS
Committee are continuing to review our Sales stock with a view to raising
much needed funds.
If you think that
there is something we should be selling then please email me at: email@example.com.
I hope to collate a list of suggestions and thereafter, if we can viably
stock it, we’ll add it. Thank you for your support.
CFPS Publicity Officer
February 2014 - Running Information for 8 February 2014
coming Saturday at The ELR, D335 is scheduled to work The Diesel Diagram
starting with the 09.30 hours departure from Bury to Rawtenstall. 345 is
also scheduled to be in action on the same day, departing at 10.15 from
Bury in the Heywood direction.
HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE 345 will be operating a CFPS organised FXP which some
CFPS Members have pre-paid sizable donations in order to drive the loco on
that day. 345 is now likely to be hauling passenger coaches and not
freight wagons but it is NOT for the use of the general public to travel
x class 40s should pass each other on 5 occasions during NEXT Saturday FEB
8th, and if all goes to plan they should meet as follows….
BURY APPROX. 11.00 hrs. 335 heading to Heywood and 345 heading to
Ramsbottom 12.15 hrs. 345 heading to Heywood and 335 heading to
13.20 hrs. 335 heading to Heywood and 345 heading to
Ramsbottom 14.36 hrs. 345 heading to Heywood and 335 heading to
BURY 15.50 hrs. 335 heading to Heywood and 345 heading
the day as things stand, this FXP is fully subscribed.
Should anyone wish to make a sizeable donation in order to drive A CLASS
40 loco, please make
with our Chairman who may be able to arrange a further such event if the
demand warrants it.
those who have paid for Saturdays driving turn, John Stephens will be in
touch to notify you of the time of your driving slot.
you for your support and interest everyone.
January 2014 - CFPS 2014 Calendar Update
Having sold out of our first
batch of calendars, a small top up order was placed to fulfil
a further bunch of orders. Just
5 Calendars for 2014 now remain in stock.
Is there anyone out there who
doesn’t want to see us left with unsold stock which if sold
would produce a further £60 for
Rather than pay the £2.95
postage, why not order the calendar and have it delivered to your
seat when you attend either the
Feb 8th or Feb 16th outings with our class 40s at The ELR ?
27 January 2014 - Update on Bachmann
Class 40 Deliveries
The CFPS have received a shipment of the 40141 models.
Unfortunately, it was only a part shipment of 16 models.
Those have all been processed for customers in the order
that they were received.
We have a further 16 models on back order, which when / IF
received, will cover our immediate requirements
for our customers.
Delivery information on the balance of our order is still
awaited from Bachmann, so I am unable to give any
further news at present.
Thank you to those of you who have ordered a model from us
and apologies to those of you who are on our
back order list.
I have notified the lucky ones who are getting a delivery
of the model.
If any of you are not sure, please
If you have paid funds direct into The CFPS Bank Account
and are on our back order list, please be assured your
money is safe and will be reimbursed if you choose not to
wait for the balance of our delivery from Bachmann.
27 January 2014 - The New CFPS Enamel
Badges have arrived!
We are pleased to
inform you that the NEW CFPS ENAMEL Badges were delivered to us on Friday.
Later that same
day, one order was hand delivered to our customer and 2 others were posted
out that night.
orders are going out in the post today, Monday 27/01/14.
For those who
haven’t yet seen the badges, images of both of them are below.
The price for one
badge is £5.95. Alternatively order BOTH badges for £11.
Post and packing on
one or both is just an additional £1.
Please send your
order details by email to :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Please TEXT your
order details to :- 077 882 40088
your payment into The CFPS Bank Account at :-
A/c no: 10719102
Orders with a
cheque payment, please POST to :-
38 Watkins Drive.
Thanks again for
your interest and support folks.