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Old 13th December 2019, 20:49
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Pacer to be preserved

Great news! All the passengers missing the Pacers as they are withdrawn from service, will soon be able to travel on a Pacer in preservation!
Class 144 No.144003 will be moving to the GCR(N) during early 2020 and should be operational when it arrives.
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/12...ottingham.html
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Old 14th December 2019, 09:51
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All well and good if it's just used on a Diesel gala or even a DMU gala. Can't see the average visitor who'd spent years commuting on one of these things being filled with joy if he turns up with his family to find it at the platform on a general running day at the GCR (north)
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Old 29th December 2019, 20:57
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It seems I'm a bit behind the times and there's more preserved than I realised! (although the unit going to the GCR(N) is the first class 144 to be preserved).
140001 is at the Keith & Dufftown Railway
141108 is already preserved and in traffic at the Colne Valley Railway
141113 is owned by Llangollen Railcar Group, but is currently based at Midland Railway, Buttlerley
142001 is now part of the National Collection, initially going to Shildon
142029 is at Chasewater

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Old 25th February 2020, 19:52
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And there's more!

142017 is at the East Kent Railway, where driver training is taking place. The EKR is also raising funds to hopefully purchase 142036 when it comes out of main line service with Northern in May 2020.
142019 & 142020 are preserved with the Waverley Heritage Route Association.
142023 is set to move to the Plym Valley Railway when withdrawn from main line service with Northern in May 2020.
142028 & 142060 are now at the Weardale Railway and have started operating services.
142030 has joined 142029 at Chasewater.
142038 has been purchased privately, to be used on the Mid Norfolk Railway
142084 & 142091 are preserved by the Rushden Historical Transport Society, arriving at Wellingborough in late January
143603 is scheduled to move to Swindon & Cricklade Railway when it comes out of service with Great Western Railway.
144004 is due to move to the Aln Valley Railway when it comes out of main line service with Northern
144011 is earmarked for the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway when it comes out of main line service with Northern, expected to be in May this year.

I make this Twenty units preserved (or due to be)!

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When do we get a Pacer gala somewhere?
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Interestingly, the Spa Valley Railway posted a statement on their facebook page only 2 days ago, specifically denying rumours that they are going to acquire a Pacer. They say they haven't got space for much more at the moment, and they want to concentrate on stock appropriate for the line, or at least the South East, wherever possible.
And besides, the East Kent Railway has already acquired a Pacer (and may get a second), so South East England's Pacer fans are already being catered for!

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Are these antiquated sheds on wheels being donated free of charge to those who desire them?
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Are these antiquated sheds on wheels being donated free of charge to those who desire them?
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Mostly being paid for Stuart! I think the heritage railways are buying them not for their looks, comfort or any sort of nostalgia, but as (relatively) modern, economical units which should prove useful for off peak services.

However, another three units have been donated to community groups across the North of England, via a competition for the most innovative re-use after withdrawal. The competition was run by Porterbrook Leasing and the Department of Transport. These units have gone to (or are going to) a mental health charity on Huddersfield Platform 1, Airedale NHS Trust to help improve non-clinical services and to Fagley Primary school (near Bradford) for use as a new science lab.

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.co...ers-announced-

Additionally, unit No.142033 has been acquired by South Wales Police for use in training exercises at Bridgend.

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Thanks Tony.
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142038 arrived at the Mid Norfolk Railway in early March.

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