40135 (D335, 97406)
Photo: Rory Lushman
This locomotive was from the
batch of twenty (D325 to D344) built with 'split-box' type headcode. Train
identification roller blinds were housed in illuminated units on either side
of the nose ends. This enabled interconnecting gangway doors to be fitted.
These were a little-used facility for crew changing purposes on
'double-headed' locomotive workings. This same locomotive batch included the
notorious D326, involved in the 'Great Train Robbery' of 1963 and various
40135 was built by English
Electric at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, entering service on 11th March
1961 allocated to 5A Crewe North. She was later reallocated in April 1966 to
Western Lines, June 1968 to D05 Stoke Division, May 1969 to D09 Manchester
Division, Jan. 1972 to D08 Liverpool Division, May 1973 to Springs Branch,
August 1973 to Carlisle Kingmoor, and May 1975 to Longsight, where she
remained until withdrawal on 22nd Jan. 1985.
From this point, the locomotive
led something of a charmed life. Thanks to behind-the-scenes intervention, the
loco avoided a very close call with the cutter's torch at Doncaster Works.
Having survived scrapping, she was one of four Class 40's miraculously
returned to departmental traffic in May 1985, for use in the remodelling of
Crewe Station approaches. Based at Crewe Diesel TMD and renumbered to 97406,
she and the other three 97's worked around Crewe and on various other freight
duties in the London Midland Region.
Final withdrawal from British
Rail service came on 16th December 1986. Thankfully, further intervention
prevented the loco from reaching Swindon Works for scrapping. After
painstaking negotiations and discussions, 40135 was put onto the BR tender
list, along with 40012. The CFPS successfully tendered for the loco in May
1988, and she was delivered to Bury later that year.
The CFPS carried out their
first locomotive repaint on 40135 during the summer of 1991 to a very high
standard. Steam heating was restored in December 1991, which included the
re-manufacture, virtually from scratch, of the boiler water tanks. The loco
then went on to become a reliable ELR winter passenger loco for a considerable
period. The Clayton steam heat generator was subsequently transferred to
40145. A light overhaul of the power unit was completed in 1997.
The loco unfortunately suffered
engine damage in April 1998. After lengthy repairs, D335 was successfully
restarted in September 2000, in time for the ELR Diesel Gala. Following this,
bodywork restoration and a repaint into rail blue were completed for the ELR
July 2001 Diesel Event.
The loco is currently out of service pending
Out of service at The East Lancashire
Mainline Registered: Not at present
Steam Heat Boiler: Not Operational
Livery: BR Blue
Running Number: 40135
345 (D345, 40145)
D345 was the first locomotive
of the final delivery batches, constructed with centre-headcode panels. Along
with 180 of the 200-strong fleet, the loco was built by English Electric at
Vulcan Foundry, entering service on 17th May 1961. D345 was one of four (D345
to D348) which were allocated to 55H Neville Hill, and used to upgrade the
short-lived 'Queen of Scots Pullman' running between Leeds and Edinburgh /
Glasgow, replacing L.N.E.R. Pacific steam power.
She was subsequently reallocated in Jan. 1963 to 50A York, Jan. 1967 to 56B
Healey Mills, Oct. 1969 to 52A Gateshead, Feb. 1976 to Healey Mills, Oct. 1976
to Gateshead, March 1978 to Haymarket, and finally in May 1978 to Longsight.
She was based at Longsight until withdrawal on 10th June 1983 after sustaining
derailment damage in Stourton Yard, Leeds. Fortunately, this was one of the
final Class 40's to receive a General Overhaul at Crewe Works in November
1980. 40145 was purchased and delivered to Bury in February 1984, the first
Class 40 to enter preservation.
The loco has since undergone
extensive repairs to the derailment damage, bogies, springs, and an axle.
Various sections of bodywork were also re-panelled, followed by a full repaint
into corporate Rail Blue in 1994. The standard of this work and the relatively
short time between works overhaul and withdrawal leaves 40145 as one of the
best diesel locomotives in preservation. She has always been a consistent and
reliable performer on the ELR, and won the title 'Best Presented Preserved
Locomotive' at the 1995 Crewe Railfair.
40145 visited the West Somerset Railway for their September 1995 Diesel
Weekend, where she proved very popular. This was the first time a Class 40 had
ever been on the line. In autumn 1999, 40145 revisited the WSR, followed by
visits to Severn Valley Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors.
Steam heating was restored to
the loco early in 1996, including the 'transplant' of D335's Clayton steam
heat generator. Again, this required the re-manufacture of boiler water tanks
from scratch, as those fitted to the loco for cosmetic reasons (ex 40172) were
too corroded. As with D335's water tanks, this was contracted to Riley & Son
(E) Ltd., based on site at ELR.
40145 was repainted again in
summer 1997 into original all-over Dark Brunswick Green, returning to running
The loco gained a certificate for mainline operation on 28th October 2002. As
promised twelve months beforehand, D345 hauled her first mainline railtour
since preservation on 30th November 2002 - "The Christmas Cracker IV".
In service at The East
Mainline Registered: Yes
Steam Heat Boiler: Isolated
Livery: BR Blue
Running Number: 345