This class of Pacer diesel train has been panned for years and they have acquired the derogatory nick name of ‘Nodding Donkeys’ because of their tendency to move up and down front to back.
John Pugh MP has long campaigned against them not least because they are regularly used on the Northern Rail services out of Southport to such places as Wigan, Manchester and Manchester Airport. Readers may recall that John featured in a TV programme about these disliked diesel units a couple of years ago.
But they are still in use, despite John and others campaigning for them to be replaced. Their future remains uncertain but to misquote a Trainline TV advert slogan the 142’s are ‘Brilliant for the scarp yard, rubbish for anything else’
This was the scene at Southport Station on Tuesday 16th September with 2 of the unloved 142’s sat awaiting their next turn of duty. A Merseyrail class 507 EMU is in the background in its startling new ‘Graffiti’ livery:-
Here is a close up of the Merseyrail EMU – put your sun glasses on!:-
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