Class 40 Andania joins the LSL TOC diesel fleet

In another addition to our ever growing fleet of locomotives, we are pleased to announce that Class 40 No. 40 013 Andania will spend the next three years with Locomotive Services TOC Limited.

We are pleased to confirm that Locomotive Services TOC Ltd. has signed a contract with the owners of No. 40 013 to exclusively operate the locomotive for at least the next three years. Currently wearing original BR Green livery and number of D213, she one of the younger members of the class. No. 40013 also bears the name Andania, after the Cunard Line vessel of the time.

Taking Andania mainline

At present the locomotive is not certified for mainline operations, lacking some of the modern safety equipment now compulsory for all trains operating on the mainline. Such equipment includes the mandatory Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) and Network Rail’s GSM-R communication system.

We are planning to fit this equipment to No. 40 013 in the very near future, which when fitted, will allow No. 40 013 to venture onto the mainline. Once complete we are looking forward to operating a number of excursions with the ‘Whistler’ later in the year.

D213 Andania at Barrow Hill with sister No. 40 012

About the Class 40s

The British Railways Class 40 diesel locomotives were built between 1958 and 1962 by English Electric. 200 were produced for British Railways for use on express passenger trains, however most were swiftly relegated to less prestigious duties as more powerful alternatives entered service. During their life the class gained the nickname ‘Whistler’ after their distinctive sound.

We are thrilled to have added Andania to the growing fleet of diesel locomotives working with LSL TOC, which now includes a Class 40, Class 47s and Class 55 Deltics. These are a superb compliment to our steam locomotive fleet, growing our operational flexibility and allowing us to expand the number and variety of rail experiences we offer. You can learn more about our upcoming steam experiences on our travel page.

Photography courtesy Geoff Griffiths.

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