Pacer - class 141, 142, 143, 144 BR multiple unit DMU - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Pacer - class 141, 142, 143, 144 BR multiple unit DMU

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Pacer - class 141, 142, 143, 144 BR multiple unit DMU


With an aging fleet of Diesel Multiple Units, British Rail sought a low-cost solution to the problem of replacing a large part of their fleet. A series of prototypes were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which led to British Rail ordering the Class 141–144 railbus family, often known as ‘Pacers’. Using British Leyland bus body parts on four-wheel underframes, these units are typically found in the North, South Wales, and south-west England. Often underappreciated by passengers, the Pacers arguably saved many rural lines from an uncertain future in the 1980s.

New regulations aimed at making trains accessible to disabled passengers mean that the Pacers are now entering their twilight years, with Northern set to replace their entire fleet by the end of 2019 with a combination of new and cascaded stock.

Here, Rich Mackin offers readers the opportunity to examine these hardworking units during their final years as they head towards retirement.

Book ISBN 9781445676180

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages



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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.

Contact Us

Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom

Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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