BR Class 40 40106 Atlantic Conveyor
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 40 40106 AtlanticLocomotive with a 4-4-0 wheel configuration Conveyor|
40106 at Kidderminster in October 2020
|Built By||Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd|
|2018||Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on hire|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 40 40106 AtlanticLocomotive with a 4-4-0 wheel configuration Conveyor is a diesel-electric locomotive which has been on hire to the SVRSevern Valley Railway since August 2018.
The 200 examples of the Class 40, also known as the "English Electric Type 4The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 2000 bhp to 2999 bhp", were built between 1958 and 1962. They were initially used by BRBritish Rail or British Railways on express passenger services; 25 of the class which hauled express trains to Liverpool were named after ships operated by companies based at the port of Liverpool including Cunard Line, Elder Dempster Lines and Canadian PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration Steamships. The Class 40s gradually moved onto secondary passenger and freight services as their 'top-link' duties were taken over by more powerful locomotives. Class 40s are sometimes nicknamed "Whistlers".
40106 in service
The majority of the Class 40s were built by English Electric but this example was one of 20 built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd at Darlington. Initially numbered D306 (and never named by BRBritish Rail or British Railways), the locomotive entered service in BRBritish Rail or British Railways diesel green livery at Crewe on 13 October 1960, moving to Edge Hill later the same year. In June 1964 it suffered a severe fire due to electrical overload/arcing, resulting in damage to the insulation material. After repair, service continued with allocations to a number of other North West depots.
In March 1974 the locomotive was re-numbered 40106 following the introduction of TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock.. It was allocated to Longsight, Manchester in 1976 where it remained based for the remainder of its BRBritish Rail or British Railways service. In September 1978 40106 was one of the last Class 40s to be repainted into BRBritish Rail or British Railways blue and yellow livery, with a further repaint in Dark Brunswick green with full yellow ends following almost immediately. In that form 40106 was used on a number of railtour and other special passenger workings, including a visit to the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 5 May 1979 with the Severn Valley Pioneer railtour. It also participated in the 'Rocket 150' celebrations at Rainhill in May 1980.
The locomotive was finally withdrawn from BRBritish Rail or British Railways service on 21 April 1983.
40106 in preservation
40106 was bought by the late Gerald Boden in March 1984 and delivered to the Great Central Railway. On 11 August 1984 the locomotive, re-numbered D306, was named "AtlanticLocomotive with a 4-4-0 wheel configuration Conveyor" in memory of the Cunard cargo ship and those on board who lost their lives in the 1982 Falklands war. Following the naming ceremony, D306 became the first Class 40 to work a passenger train in preservation. In October 1987 the locomotive, disguised as D326, was used in a re-enactment of the 'Great Train Robbery' for the film 'Buster'.
D306 visited the SVR for diesel galas in 2011 and 2014. In November 2015 the locomotive was purchased by the Class 40 Preservation Society, based at the East Lancashire Railway in Bury. In 2018 the SVRSevern Valley Railway signed a contract with the Society to hire one of their Class 40s, initially for a 12 month period. Being fitted with vacuum brakes and steam heating equipment, it would be capable of working passenger services during the winter period, and could also cover for BR Class 37 37688 Great Rocks which was not then able to operate vacuum braked coaches. 40106 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 2 August as a temporary replacement for the nominated locomotive 40135.
In the event, difficulties with completing work on 40135 led to 40106 remaining on hire. While on the SVRSevern Valley Railway, 40106 is being maintained by SVRSevern Valley Railway-based CFPSClass 40 Preservation Society members with a knowledge of the Class. On 21 July 2020 the locomotive temporarily moved back to the ELREngineer's Line Reference, East Lancashire Railway to be lifted for segmental bearing and steam heat pipework repairs, returning to the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 15 October.
Steam heating boiler
A failure of the steam heat boiler ('baby Stones' OK4625) restricted its use during winter 2018-19. The boiler (OK4610) from 40135 was palleted down from Bury and fitted to 40106 in the Diesel Depot, to fulfil the commitment to the SVRSevern Valley Railway of providing a steam heat 40. It was recommissioned on 18 September 2019 and saw use from winter 2019-20.
The Class 40 Preservation Society
The Class 40 Preservation Society is Registered Charity No: 326323. Its principal activities are "To preserve and restore to full working order and operate at galas around the UK, 3 x heritage English Electric Class 40 diesel electric locomotives".
- BR Database (Retrieved 24 September 2019)
- CFPS website
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 203 p. 48.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 206, p. 22.
- Charity Commission
- British Rail Class 40 on Wikipedia
- Class 40 Preservation Society website
- Class 40 Preservation Society on Charity Commission website