Pacer trains :: Shared Description

The Pacer diesel multiple units (DMU) were built in the 1980s, to provide light and cheap trains for use on branch lines. Five classes were built (140 - 144). The bodies were based on bus components. The chasses only have 2 fixed axles (no bogies). This results in an uncomfortable ride, with squealing on tight curves.
Most of these trains are still in use (in 2018), on heavily used commuter routes and/or over longer distances than originally anticipated. (Leeds - Morecambe takes over 2 hours.)
To satisfy the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations, the Pacers will need to be withdrawn by the end of 2019, unless they are modified. (To date, one Class 144 unit has been modified.) Northern plan to withdraw theirs in any case.
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by Ian Taylor
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SD6169 : Pacer at Wennington Station by Ian Taylor
SD6169 : Pacer at Wennington Station by Ian Taylor


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Created: Tue, 12 Jun 2018, Updated: Wed, 11 Mar 2020

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