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Do the 195's have recycled 142 chassis !!! :P

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The Chasewater railway has taken delivery of its pacer 142030... so we get to experince basic trains for a bit longer. One hopes that they have also got a shed load of spares (and that the body is good on this one!)

 

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The refurbished 144012 with a 153 leading, passing Rotherham Parkgate on today's 1332 Sheffield to Doncaster:

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On 13/01/2020 at 21:26, Phil Mc said:

 

I've only been one 1 class 195 so far, it was standing room only.

I ended up standing just inside the door, there was that much condensation on the inside of the glass that I couldn't see out !!

 

Cheers,

Phil.

But as others keep saying its better to stand on a new train (if you can actually get on it) than get a seat on a Pacer!

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There’s comment on another forum suggesting that a Northern internal communications document has mentioned a “Pacer farewell tour later this year”.  No further information than that at the moment.  

 

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11 hours ago, 4630 said:

There’s comment on another forum suggesting that a Northern internal communications document has mentioned a “Pacer farewell tour later this year”.  No further information than that at the moment.  

 

 

Will it get as far as the 308 farewell railtour, as that was quietly forgot about as there was a Driver shortage at the time and Arriva (still Cowie group then) did not want to upset West Yorkshire Council & PTE running it and cancelling service trains at the same time!

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11 minutes ago, Mark Saunders said:

 

Will it get as far as the 308 farewell railtour, as that was quietly forgot about as there was a Driver shortage at the time and Arriva (still Cowie group then) did not want to upset West Yorkshire Council & PTE running it and cancelling service trains at the same time!

 

The next month or so could be interesting depending on which alternative the DfT decides for Northern; either a tightly specified management contract for Arriva, or ‘Directly Operated Railways’ takes over lock, stock and barrel. 

 

And then there’s the rumour about splitting the operating structure back to east and west of the Pennines - turning back the railway clock 20 years.  

 

With all that to contend with I think a ‘Pacer Farewell Tour’ run by anyone will be fairly well down the list of priorities. 

 

You could well be proved right in your analogy with the 308 farewell railtour. 

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10/1/20 -

 

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144010 at Wombwell

 

 

16/1/20 -

 

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144023 at Elsecar

 

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Thanks for posting that newbryford, i was wondering  whether they were still giving some away. 

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Farewell tour Lancaster - Morecambe - Lancaster - Heysham Port - Lancaster?

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22 hours ago, newbryford said:

Using a Pacer to improve patient experience? Some hospitals have roofs that leak more than Pacers do in the rain!

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142034 passing Hereford on 21st January 2020. On route to Newport Docks for cutting up.

 

142034 at Hereford on 21st January 2020

 

 

142046 on rear

142 046 at Hereford on 21st January 2020

 

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A few pictures from today, 23/1/20

 

Barnsley - 

 

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144019 working the Sheffield to Huddersfield service

 

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144023 working the Sheffield to Huddersfield service 

 

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144012 working the Leeds to Sheffield local service. Seen first in Barnsley then at Elsecar. Took a couple of interior shots to show the differences between this and the rest of the class. 

 

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Bit random this I know, but 144021 has just passed Elsecar at speed. A little curious to what working this was I have checked RTT and found it to be ' 5B58 1435 Sheffield to Huddersfield '. ECS, so obviously not stopping anywhere along the route. Never previously noticed this as a working before, does anybody know if it is a one off or a regular working?

 

Edit - just looked into it and the passenger service at that time was cancelled. Presumably making up time

 

Jack

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Found the answer to my own question
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I was out today  enjoying  some "bashing" of   the 144s   out of Sheffield,  I'm pleased that some of the class  will enter preservation, and I hope that the traditional skills of the coach builders will be employed to modify  the utility interiors to give an ambience of say a BR mark 1 coach which would be in keeoing with our heritage railways

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2 hours ago, Pandora said:

I was out today  enjoying  some "bashing" of   the 144s   out of Sheffield,  I'm pleased that some of the class  will enter preservation, and I hope that the traditional skills of the coach builders will be employed to modify  the utility interiors to give an ambience of say a BR mark 1 coach which would be in keeoing with our heritage railways

 

Bouncy horse-hair flea-ridden seats of a Mk1 - no thanks...............

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On 16/01/2020 at 15:52, newbryford said:

How did this one make the final cut...

 

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Private Individual, Annan – Continue using the Pacers but updating to ensure they meet regulations

 

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If you want to see a bit of sadness, try to count how many pacers you see at 10m50s

 

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Thanks, that's another thirteen down...

 

 

Kev

(...who is enjoying this thread countin' 'em out!).

 

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The Class 142 withdrawals seem to be having a negative affect on services:

 

Today, only four 142s were in service and the 10:35am Kirkby to Manchester Victoria was short formed with a single 150/2. Usually on a Saturday it is a 150 and 142.
There were quite a lot of cancellations today. Among them were:-
The 11:55 Manchester Vic to Wigan Wallgate (apparently due to 'more trains than usual undergoing repair').
The 18:00 Stalybridge to Manchester Vic.
The 18:26 Manchester Vic to Kirkby (apparently due to 'problems with lineside equipment').
The 20:10 Wigan Wallgate to Blackburn.

All of the Southport services that I saw were only two carriages and very full.

 

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Shouldn't it have been the ghost of a Leyland National posed on the bridge in Jack Mc's post ?

I'd ring all the bells along Tynedale once the last Pacer has gone to the cutters' torches; their shrieking has given me decades of migraines

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28/01/20

 

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Destined to preserved at the GCR(N), 144003 is seen at Barnsley working a Sheffield - Leeds service. I imagine it won't have the volume of passengers use it in preservation as it did on this service, standing down the corridors as usual on the peak time services. 

 

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Seen alongside 195001. Not the best photo as the 195 had just started moving and the camera refocused as the picture was taken.

 

Also nice to hear that 144004 has a future at the Aln Valley Railway.

 

Jack

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