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Pacers: The End

Discussion in 'Diesel & Electric Traction' started by DismalChips, May 24, 2018.

  1. Gladiator 5076

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    You may well be right Tom, but of course you could say the same thing about a Routemaster bus, and I doubt too many would say there should be less of them.
     
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    Victor Nat Pres stalwart Friend

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    Praise the Lord.:Resistanceisfutile:
     
  3. Dead Sheep

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    For the Foxfield pacer would be ideal for the Kent and East Sussex Railway. So I am going to use that Hackneyed expression, "Colonel Stephens would have used one".
     
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    Indeed. The bodies for station shelters, engines for generators, and the frames for bridges or water towers.
     
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    Should definitely be less of them! I worked on many in my days as a professional bus restorer and they are complex machines, with a number being poorly maintained. They also don't take well to not being used regularly.
     
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    That did make me chuckle. Colonel Stephens would have done exactly the same!
     
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    Can you imagine a 142 on Tenterton Bank!!!
     
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    Sidmouth Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

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    routemaster vs Pacer , one much loved , one almost universally derided

    one that continues to provide joy to many through preservation, one which is not finding its place and at worst is being scrapped
     
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    Yes, because I have travelled out of Bradford Interchange on one. The experience was made more interesting by the rain inside the unit.
     
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    That’s a wet dream for someone!
     
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    Some of the first generation BR diesel rail-buses survived into preservation, including a couple on the K&WVR. Are they still used?
     
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    One used to be on the NNR c. 1980 as I had a ride on it, I'm sure. I think it was one of the W&M machines of which four survive and as you correctly say, two are at the K&WVR (according to the UKPRSL) - E79962 and M79960. The same source also suggests that two of the AC Cars ones exist.

    I did have the idea of a 'Pacer' chassis being used as the basis for a re-creation of something early, but that'd be silly...
     
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    My father travelled on one of the Colonels Railbuses on the Selsey Bill line
     
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    There was one I noticed in service on the Haworth webcam a couple of Sundays back.
     
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    Was there a single vehicle version of the 'Pacer ' ( even as a prototype )? Cant imagine it being too difficult to make one if that met the needs of a particular railway better ...
     
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    Several actually.

    http://www.traintesting.com/LEVs.htm

    LEV1 is at Wensleydale, R3 is in Northern Ireland, RB002 is in Ireland, and RB004 is at Whitrope.
     
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    I think readers of this thread asking about further details for the surviving First Generation railbuses and Second Generation prototypes will find this page (and associated links) useful:

    https://preserved.railcar.co.uk/DRB.html

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    Looks like your wet dream would be fulfilled, then.;)
     
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    You don't need to preserve a Pacer for that experience; a Co. Donegal railcar will do for that.
     
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