97407 Basford Hall Junction 3 July 1985

I do not normally photograph light engine movements, but had to make an exception in this case as I failed to see this particular locomotive actually on a train! The final Class 40s were withdrawn in January 1985, with the exception of D200 which was retained for railtour duties. However, four locomotives were subsequently reinstated into the departmental fleet to help with the Crewe remodeling project. As such they received departmental numbers in the 97 series and were used on ballast and general engineering trains. 97407 is pictured here ambling along towards Basford Hall Junction on 3 July 1985 with not only its original 40012 number clearly displayed on the nose, but also a painted representation of its former Aureol nameplate on the side.