Pete Waterman, Porterbrook Chief Executive Mary Grant and media personality Tim Dunn are among those appointed to the judging panel for the Government’s ‘Transform a Pacer’ competition.
Three Class 144 vehicles are to be donated by Porterbrook when Northern returns them next year, with each vehicle to be modified and used for a community cause. Applications will be made, and the panel will select the best ideas.
Also on the panel are Association of Community Rail Partnerships Chief Executive Jools Townsend and MP Trudy Harrison (Conservative, Copeland).
“Pacers have connected communities across the North for more than 30 years, but they have outstayed their welcome,” said Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris
Dunn, a railway enthusiast, broadcaster and historian, said: “Taking an old train and turning it into something else is tricky - it requires not just creativity, but a serious plan for ongoing maintenance. too."
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