Class 40 Profile and Models

Class 40

D213 (40013) 'Andania' at St Philips Marsh in May 2016. ©Hugh Llewelyn

A fleet of 200 Class 40 locomotives were produced in the late-1950s and early-1960s for British Rail. The class were for a time, the pride of the early diesel fleet and saw great success in service. Despite this, by the time the last examples entered service, they were already being replaced on top-link services.  The class saw use across most areas of the UK, although only very rarely in the Western and Southern regions. By the mid-1970s the class were mostly used on services in the North of England. The 40s were withdrawn by the end of 1985 and seven were preserved.

(Information provided by Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



English Electric at Vulcan Foundry
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns

Build Dates

1958 to 1962

Total Built


Tractive Effort

52,000 lbf

Power Output

2,000 hp

Top Speed

90 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until


Surviving Examples



O Gauge (1:43 Scale)