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Diesel Special

Diesel Special - Class 40 D345

23rd June 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a special diesel locomotive for two trips on the Dalesman. Thanks to The Class 40 Preservation Society, we will be running D345 for the diesel part of the journey on the  5th & 14th July.  https://westcoastrailways.co.uk/.../settle-to-carlisle-line 

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. 

The Class 40 Preservation Society is a non-profit making organisation with charitable status dedicated to preserving and operating working examples of English Electric Type 4 (British Rail Class 40) locomotives for the general public, and to promote their interest and history, being part of our nation's industrial and railway heritage. Registered charity number is 326323. Further details can be found at www.cfps.co.uk

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