D212 / 40012 / 97407 AUREOL
40012 was a celebrity in her own right, carrying the name 'AUREOL' for part of her main line career. The loco was also one of the favourite Class 40's amongst the followers. Retaining her train heating boiler until the end, she could be found at the head of passenger services throughout the year. 40012 was withdrawn from service on 8th February 1985, but thankfully reinstated to departmental traffic as 97407 on 20th May that year for use on the Crewe area remodelling scheme.
The loco was finally withdrawn from BR service on 4th April 1986, and bought by the Class 40 Appeal in June 1988. The loco operates at The Midland Railway - Butterley, Derbyshire.
After a substantial restoration, she was re-launched to the public at 'Longsight 150' in April 1992, and the name 'AUREOL' rededicated by Pete Waterman. Manchester's Longsight TMD had long associations with Class 40's, including an allocation at the end of the main fleet's service.
Aureol was first restarted on 18th October 1992, and her first passenger train working in preservation was on 17th July 1993.
Since preservation 40012 has visited various rail centres and private railways for open days and galas. The loco had serious bogie frame fractures at the end of her BR career, and the CFA faced real problems in March 1995: 40012 failed a main line inspection for the return journey after visiting the Mid Hants. Railway, despite passing the inspection for the outward journey. The situation effectively resulted in a movement 'ban' from the main line after her eventual return, preventing the loco from visiting other railways.
40012 joined our own 40135 and 40145 at Basford Hall Open Day in August 1994. This was the first ever gathering of three preserved Class 40's, and the first time in several years that three operational Class 40's had been in one location.
Update at May 2005
Repainting work continues inside and out. The group returned the loco to traffic as D212 in Dark Brunswick Green at the 25th June 2005. This marked the 20th anniversary of the Class 40 Appeal.
Planning work for the bogie repairs continues. Of three options considered, the CFA have decided to weld-repair the bogies currently underneath the loco (as opposed to stitch-welding or using their spare bogies). Initial documentation has been completed, allowing the welding work to go ahead using a suitably-qualified firm. The group are now looking at competitive quotes for the job. Total repair costs are likely to be in the region of £7,000 to £8,000 including paperwork.
Operating status: undergoing bodywork repairs and repaint. Awaiting bogie fracture repairs
Steam heat status: steam heat generator awaiting restoration
Livery: Dark Brunswick Green
Running number: D212
The CFA are custodians / owners of Class 37, no. 37190 and Class 50, no. 50007. The group were previously custodians of 40013 'ANDANIA', however the agreement was terminated early, and the loco left site in January 2003.
For operating dates and timetable details, etc. visit The Midland Railway Butterley website, or contact 01773 747674.