D200 / 40122
Part of the UK National Collection, Class 40 pioneer D200 is currently based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway York. The fact that the loco still exists was due to a massive effort by people outside British Rail, notably Murray Brown, Howard Johnston and other staff at 'RAIL Enthusiast' magazine. They persistently lobbied BR to reinstate the loco to traffic after initial withdrawal in August 1981. The loco did in fact return to service in April 1983, after restoration as an apprentice training scheme at Toton TMD.
Please see The Class 40 Story for more details and photos.
Despite reinstatement to traffic, and well deserved recognition for representing an important historical stage in the modernisation of our railways, the locomotive's long-term future was far from certain, as the National Railway Museum were simply not interested in taking the loco into the National Collection. Luckily the decision was reversed in time after further lobbying and policy changes, and the loco was literally driven straight into retirement at the museum, after withdrawal from traffic on 16th April 1988 - almost 30 years to the day after her inaugural main line service train.
D200 has operated only occasionally since withdrawal, until its move in 2005 to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The loco can often be found working the diesel diagram at the NYMR and is also used at the line's diesel gala.
With working relationships and friendships formed between East Lancashire Railway and the National Railway Museum, D200 was first loaned to ELR from summer 1997 to summer 1998. Main generator problems were noted, however, during preparations for the 1997 running season. After discussions with the NRM, main generator investigation work was authorised, and repairs subsequently sanctioned. The lifting of the first Class 40 power unit in preservation occurred in January 1998, enabling the generator to be removed.
The repair work was completed along with treating and polishing faded paintwork, restoring all-over Dark Brunswick Green, and repainting the bogies. The loco then took part in the ELR Roaring Forties event, on 18th April 1998, celebrating the 40th anniversary of D200's inaugural passenger working from London Liverpool Street.
The loco made a welcome return to ELR in 2001. Joining us for the summer season, D200 operated at both the July and September diesel events.
Operating status: operational
Steam heat status: steam heat generator not currently certified
Livery: Dark Brunswick green
Running number: D200