worked its last train in January 1985 and was initially withdrawn in February 1985 due to it being surplus to requirements after over 26 years of active service. It was a popular locomotive and a favourite amongst followers of the class as it had retained its train steam-heating boiler until the very end. In May that year it was reinstated to departmental traffic for use on engineering trains for the remodelling project at Crewe station.
40012 was finally withdrawn from BR service in April 1986 and bought by the Class 40 Appeal
in June 1988.
After a substantial restoration 40012 was presented to the public at Longsight 150
in 1992, and rededicated by Pete Waterman. The locomotive was first restarted in October 1992 and its first passenger train working in preservation was in July the following year. The locomotive currently resides at the Midland Railway Butterley