40135/D335
Current Status: Stopped, Electrical Fault
Current Livery: BR Blue
Running Number: 40135
Built: 1960 English Electric
Works Number: Vulcan Foundry 3081/D631
Entered Traffic: 10th March 1961
Power Unit: English Electric 16SVT MkII
Electrical Equipment: English Electric
Power Output: 2,000 HP Weight: 133 Tons
Maximum Speed: 90 MPH Length: 69' 6"
Train Brakes: Vacuum and Air Height: 12' 10"
Train Heating: Steam Heat Boiler Width: 9' 0"
40135 is one of twenty class 40's built with 'split-box' route indicator and interconnecting gangway doors seen on various classes of BR diesels but ultimately under used. D335 entered traffic on the 10th of March 1961, becoming 40135 under the TOPS system in May 1974 and had dual brakes fitted in December 1975. A life-long BR London Midland Region loco, 40135 was originally withdrawn on the 22nd of January 1985.

Luckily this was not the end, 40135 lived on as a departmental loco, becoming 97406 from the 8th of May 1985 and working on the remodelling of Crewe approaches being withdrawn as surplus to requirements following this on the 16th of December 1986.

Often referred to as 'The People's Engine', 40135 arrived in Bury in 1988 and has been a popular performer throughout her 25 years in preservation!

D335 has twice had the honour of hauling the East Lancashire Railway Diesel Diner on Friday the 27th of September 2013 and Friday the 7th of March 2014. D335 visited the Nene Valley Railway for their Diesel Gala, 16th-18th of May 2014 along with Class 47, D1501 and Class 37, 37324 'Clydebridge'.

Following the Autumn 2014 Diesel Gala appearance, including AC Electric Drags with 86259, D335 was stopped for some TLC including C Exam, General Repairs, deep clean and internal repaint along with bodywork repairs.

2016 saw D335 back in service, externally representing the Class 40s in the 1970s, running in tired shabby BR Green later temporarily enhanced to include full yellow ends and renumbering to 40135. July 2016 saw 40135 visit the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for their diesel gala along with 40106 and 33109.

40135 went away to Barrow Hill for bodywork repairs late in 2016 and a full external repaint into BR Blue at Derby early in 2017, arriving back on Friday 17th of February. Sadly, an electrical fault prevented the loco from taking part in the Spring Diesel Gala as planned. Repairs are underway.

The CFPS still need help with the upkeep of the Class 40s. Why not Join the CFPS if you haven't already or simply Make a Donation.

Thanks to all of you who continue to support the CFPS.

Please consider joining the society if you haven't already or make a donation to help keep all three 'Whistlers' going strong.

Please visit the CFPS website for more information

A small selection of photographs of 40135 through the years
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery

With such a large fleet of different locomotives it can be easy for those which are out of service undergoing restoration or essential repairs to get 'lost' or forgotten about. The following is a selection of links to individual locomotive group appeal pages. If you have a little to spare towards a favourite cause they will be extremely happy to hear from you.