Pacer DMU on the bridge over the River Calder in Mirfield, Thursday 11/04/2019
The pacer trains are all due to be retired in 2020. No doubt one or two preserved lines and heritage railways will happily collect a few for future generations to enjoy !
Originally, the carriage body was developed from a Leyland National bus and the chassis was developed from a four wheel goods wagon and this combination provided a low cost solution for cash strapped, British Rail, in the 1980's.
They were only intended to be local stopping trains, but rolling was in short supply and the pacer units had to stand in on long distance work, such as Scarborough to Holyhead services ! Incredibly the units are now over thirty years old and most are still in service during 2019 with only a few months to go, until retirement.