The Anonymous Widower

Minister Quotes Definitive Dates For Final Northern Pacer Withdrawals

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Eail Magazine.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Class 142 Pacers are expected to be withdrawn by Northern by February 17 2020, with all the ‘144s’ out of service by May 17 2020, according to Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

This is a mess and a mess, where the main culprits are not those usually blamed by the unfortunate travellers; Northern Rail  and the Government.

  • Network Rail made a terrible hash of installing electrification, mainly it appears to some bad surveying, some bad management decisions and their hiring of Carillion.
  • CAF for the late delivery of Class 195 and Class 331 trains.
  • Porterbrook and their contractor for the late delivery of Class 769 trains.

There was a similar problem on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line as Bombardier were having problems with the computer systems on the Class 710 trains, which came into service several months after the electrification was finally complete.

So Bombardier put their hands up and paid for a free month’s travel on the line.

Surely, those that are responsible for the Pacers still being in service, should follow Bombardier’s  lead.


October 31, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Pacers’ epitaph has been written more times than Mark Twain’s – I will believe it when I see it.

    Main culprit on the electrification through Bolton was the collapse of the Farnworth tunnel – engineers did not read the history books or they would have known the ground conditions were dire.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | October 31, 2019 | Reply

    • As I said it was bad surveying. It was the same on the Goblin in East London., where many of the pantries were made tge wrong size and they hit a surprise sewer.

      Comment by AnonW | November 1, 2019 | Reply

  2. In principle your not wrong but Northern aren’t getting units into use quick either.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | October 31, 2019 | Reply

    • Everybody seems to be slow at training new drivers and retraining existing ones.

      Greater Anglia bought a couple of simulators to help, but they are still slow at introducing the new fleet. They have also created a special team to run trains all night to get them fit to enter service.But they do have a several hundred miles of track without trains in the middle of the night!

      Comment by AnonW | October 31, 2019 | Reply

  3. does any one know, where the first northen pacer ran to on its first journey ?

    Comment by ERIC CHRISTIE | November 11, 2019 | Reply

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