Seven Class 142 Pacers will be withdrawn this weekend, Northern has confirmed.
Owned by Angel Trains, 142005/016/021/022/025/046/066 were due to be removed from traffic from August 10 and stored ahead of disposal. A further five, 142012-014/030/033, will move to Heaton.
The diesel multiple units will be replaced by an internal cascade of DMUs, following the introduction of new Class 195s built by CAF. The CAF DMUs entered traffic from July 1 (RAIL 883), several months later than planned.
Northern has 79 Class 142s in its fleet, and all were due to be withdrawn by the end of the year - as were the 23 Class 144 Pacers. However, delays introducing the new DMUs means the ‘144s’ will stay in traffic into next year (RAIL 884).
The Class 142s being withdrawn are based at Newton Heath (142012-014/030/033) with the rest at Heaton. The Newton Heath-based trains are being replaced by the new CAF trains, while those at Heaton are being replaced by Class 156s and ‘158s’ cascaded from the North West.
For the FULL story, read RAIL 885, published on August 14, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from August 10.