Tangmere was again absent from today's train, but an interesting substitute had been arranged D345 aka 40.145. I had decided that this was worth a look as in days gone by class 40 diesels regularly worked up Wilpshire Bank. As usual, the weather forecasts were as different as chalk and cheese; BBC said an afternoon of sunshine and showers whilst the Met Office opined, dry. In Darwen, apart from a couple of the briefest flurries of light drizzle, it was dry (1 nil to the Met Office). Over to Ramsgreave and Wilpshire, on the way there was some watery sunshine. As I headed the last couple of miles the sky darkened, ominous clouds gathered - surely not again! I parked up as it began to rain. RTT showed that the train had left Hellifield and was heading for Horrocksford Jn, there was a sizeable gap between service trains and the NB could run early, so no point hiding in the car. As I walked to the station the rain was falling but reassuringly no harder. Onto the platform, the rain continued, still no time at Clitheroe. The rain began to fall harder, time for a brolly (BBC equalise, 1-1). Holding the brolly in one hand and my phone in the other I checked and rechecked RTT for a sign that the train had left Clitheroe. There was no such sign. It was now teeming down and with no Mrs W to hold the brolly I was trying to work out the best way to hold the brolly and get my camera and microphone onto the tripod. As I continued to ponder the rain eased enough to discard the brolly and sort out the camera. The sky brightened and the rain stopped - yes! A few more people wandered down onto the platform. Still no RTT time for Clitheroe, but sometimes it "appears" later. A distant toot from a diesel horn, then the sound of a big diesel engine working hard, the class 40 was not too far away. Then into sight from around the distant bend, a heavy fug above her roof, thundering towards the station, a good blast on the horn before she reached the platforms. The sound grew louder and louder, seemingly shaking and rattling everything in its path. Young Philip gestured to the driver for another toot - and got one. D345 looked immaculate and sounded spot on. The coaches sailed by and 57.313 pushed away on the back. 15C (12C after the rain), 5E & 26mph. It's not steam but it'll do (for now).