Bachmann Class 40 D211 'Mauretania' in BR Green with Indicator Discs 32-480DS
A Brief History
The Class 40s, representing the earliest main line diesels were delivered to the Eastern, London Midland and Scottish regions from 1958 onwards. Nos D210 - D235, including this locomotive, were all named after famous ocean liners during 1961, and went to the West Coast main line. Many of the nameplates were soon removed, and sometimes handpainted examples took their place. Mauretania was a favourite with your writer, having been hauled by this loco along the North Wales coast main line in 1962 on The Irish Mail to connect with the ferry service from Holyhead to the Irish Republic. You knew it could only be a Class 40 at the head of the train with its distinctive whistling sound which gave the class the universal nickname "whistlers"!.
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