Pacer Class 142 Withdrawl Begins

Northern Trains Class 142 Pacer Withdrawls

The first Northern Trains class 142 was withdrawn from passenger service this week, with Northern pledging to remove them all from service before 2020.

The class 142, family name ‘Pacer’, is a type of rail bus, which were built between 1985 and 1987.

Pacer unit 142005 was the first to be withdrawn from Northern, along with 6 others, having clocked up over 3 million miles since 1987.

Upon Withdrawl, class 142 number 142001 will be preserved by the National Railway Museum.

Class 142 Number 142001
Class 142 Pacer, number 142001 stands at Exeter St Davids in a star livery. 142001 will be preserved at York NRM upon retirement. The above photo shows the 142 in its days with First Great Western, prior to transferring to Northern.

Whilst 142005 is now permanently out of service in cold storage, the other six, could be brought back at a moment’s notice if the new Northern Trains class 195s have any problems.

Class 142 Fleet

Transport for Wales run 15 class 142 Pacers, leased from Angel Trains.

142002, 142006, 142010, 142069, 142072, 141073, 142074, 142075, 142076, 142077, 142080, 142081, 142082, 142083, 142085

With the above exception of those now in storage, Northern Trains‘ fleet currently stands with 72 :

142001, 142003, 142004, 142007, 142009, 142011, 142012, 142013, 142014, 142015, 142017, 142018, 142019, 142020, 142023, 142026, 142027, 142028, 142029, 142030, 142031, 142032, 142033, 142034, 141035, 142036, 142037, 142038, 142039, 142040, 142041, 142042, 142043, 142044, 142045, 142047, 142048, 142049, 142050, 142051, 142052, 142053, 142054, 142055, 142056, 142057, 142058, 142060, 142061, 142062, 142063, 142064, 142065, 142067, 142068, 142070, 142071, 142078, 142079, 142084, 142086, 142087, 142088, 142089, 142090, 142091, 142092, 142093, 142094, 142095, 142096

Northern Trains also run other Pacers such as the class 143. The Pacers are being withdrawn due to their non-compliance with Persons with Reduced Mobility. Pacers have had widely negative feedback from people, especially rail enthusiasts, being nicknamed Nodding Donkeys.

Pacers Stored / Scrapped

142005 - 12/08/19 - Pending Disposal
142016 - 12/08/19 - Warm Storage
142021 - 12/08/19 - Warm Storage
142022 - 12/08/19 - Warm Storage
142025 - 12/08/19 - Warm Storage
142046 - 12/08/19 - Warm Storage
142066 - 12/08/19 - Warm Storage

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