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Pacers- Still Alive And Well

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by TinTin_57, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. TinTin_57

    TinTin_57 Well-Known Member

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    I’m at Lancaster station, foreground and background they’re still just about alive and well ✅

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  2. Reeon1999

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    Transport for Wales are still running them around the south wales valleys and the vale of glamorgan lines. To be honest, other than the fact they usually only run in two and the occasional four car formations here I don't find them too bad. I'd only wish they put 6 car variants out to cope with the demand but I understand why they can't. For frequent stopping and low distance journeys like the ones i said above they're more than okay but they'll never meet the 2020 accessibility standards so to the scrap yard they go.

    Edit: if not to the scrap yard then I believe the government is looking for ideas was to what they can do when they're no longer in service such as a cafe or something. I'll try and find a link.

    Edit1: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...acer-trains-retire-from-the-passenger-service
     
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  3. Gae14

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    That's nice to see ! Do you have any idea in which places I am most likely to find a 142 ? I would love to see one IRL in the upcoming months when I'll visit England.
     
  4. Reeon1999

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    In Cardiff Central platforms 6 onwards you'll see one. Valley lines are run by either a 142, 143 or 150/2
     
  5. TinTin_57

    TinTin_57 Well-Known Member

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    I am going Carnforth to Preston and had to change at Lancaster. They run regularly between Lancaster and Morecambe which is where ‘my’ pacer was going.
     
  6. Gae14

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    Thank you both. I feel like I really need to not delay too much my trip because they are not going to stay forever (hopefully for 2020 it will be ok)
     
  7. Manclion

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    Northern will be keeping some of theirs into 2020 due to late arrival of replacements, often seen around Manchester Piccadilly on Rose Hill and Sheffield services.
     
  8. Gilly

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    Get the odd one now and again up here on the Cumbrian Coast but rarer now than they were. Its saying something when push pull 37's are more common!!
     
  9. Digital Draftsman

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    On plain welded rail track the ride on a Pacer is as good, if not better, a Sprinter. It's just unfortunate that the ride is appalling on jointed rail tight radius curves, which was what they were intended to run on.
     
  10. JJTimothy

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    I still see them on the original Stockton and Darlington route running past Darlington Railway Museum (a.k.a. Head of Steam but don't Google that because you'll just get a pub in Gateshead) and Locomotion in Shildon- something for the itinerary if you're even slightly interested in trains. The Weardale Railway that runs on from Bishop Auckland to Stanhope used to run Pacers (the only two Class 141s that weren't exported to Iran if memory serves) but has been using a Class 122 for at least the last couple of years.

    Edit: If you're wondering my profile picture was taken at Locomotion. Mallard has since returned to York.
     

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