Class 142 diesel multiple units

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Introduction

 Northern Rail Class 142 - Retford Railway Station

Class 142 diesel multiple units were conceived during hard times at British Rail in the early 1980's. Based on an original bus design they were intended for use on rural branch lines. Because of their harsh ride and poor performance on tight curves however, most were eventually banished to Northern (currently Arriva Rail North) with a few also going to Arriva Trains Wales.

Ninety-six two car units (numbered 142001-142096) were built by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) in Derby between 1985 and 1987.

Due to Government legislation that will require all public passenger trains to be accessible by 1 January 2020, it is anticipated that this class of train will have to be phased out by the end of 2019 as they will not meet the new standards.
Now may be a good time to document their presence before they vanish from our lives forever.

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