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Class 142: The Bus That Became a Train

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ISBN:9781781558232, SOFTBACK

  • A unique photographic narrative with unpublished colour images
     
  • An in-depth and exhaustive examination on how the 142s were maintained, serviced and operated
     
  • Detailed coverage of the various interior fittings and layouts
     
  • Superbly written and researched, this is essential for the historian, train enthusiast and modeller
     
  • A review of scale 142 Pacer models produced is included


The British Rail Class 142 Pacer was an attempt to produce a cost-effective train to replace the worn-out and elderly first-generation BR Diesel Multiple Unit fleet that had been introduced in the late 1950s.

The Class 142 concept was a marriage of proven bus technology, traditional railway chassis and powertrain by utilising modular Leyland National Bus Bodies mounted on a substantial steel underframe and powered by conventional underfloor diesel engines.

They came at a time when the network was lacking in investment, and when first introduced from 1985 onwards, they presented a fresh, bright and clean image, breathing new life into many suburban and rural services. Unfortunately, soon after introduction, there were serious reliability problems, which necessitated much re-engineering and design issues.

However, the British Rail Class 142 Pacer became a familiar sight across the network. With the remaining ninety-four trains now all past their thirtieth birthday, the fleet is due to be retired by 2020.

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