see here. Successors to Class 140s and 141s, Class 142s were built by Leyland and British Rail Engineering in 1985. The body was based on a Leyland National bus, as here. The class has a capacity of 120 passengers per two-car set.
The Pacers were built inexpensively and running costs were to be low. They feature a modified bus body, and other bus components such as the seating. Each carriage has four wheels on a fixed wheelbase, rather than the more usual eight wheels on bogies.
Most of the Pacers still in use are in service with Northern, that franchise, a division of Arriva, beginning in April this year. The company has made a commitment to replace the Pacers by 2019, see here.
here, as it formed part of the original Stockton and Darlington Railway. The Stockton to Darlington railway opened on September 27, 1825.
see here. I'm rather fond of the place! Here I am getting up close to the wheels of LMS Stanier Class 5, no 5000, built at Crewe in 1935.
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