28th November 2020 LAST DAY OF NORTHERN RAIL PACERS
27th November 2020 saw the last 142 pacer in service for Northern Trains Ltd, this was operated by 142004 on a West Kirby to Manchester Victoria Station, thee was a good turn out of Enthusiast who traveled on the last service, and also a presence from the BBC Northwest team as well running a report on the final service.
11th September 2020
142055 FINALLY AT ITS NEW HOME We are pleased to announce that our unit 142055 was finally transported from Gascoine Woods to Foxfiled Railway Friday 11th September, the unit arrived safely and was coupled together once unloaded and then did a short test run to which all went well. Training for both Driver & Guard will commence soon ready for the 2021 season.
Photos copyright Wayne Skeffington & Simon Thomas
16th June 2020
FORMAL GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT The Pacer Rail Group in conjunction with Foxfield Light Railway Society has the pleasure to announce the successful purchase Class 142055 from Angel Trains. The unit is currently being stored at Gascoigne Wood Sidings under warm store conditions and is in good working mechanical order. Arrangements are being made to move the unit by road to the Foxfield Light Railway Headquarters at Caverswall Road Station in Blyth Bridge, Staffordshire. Once lockdown restrictions have been relaxed to allow safe access to the unit, training to operate the unit at Foxfield Light Railway will begin and once the Safety Management of the Heritage Railway has been satisfied it is hoped the unit will be introduced into passenger service at the Foxfield Railway line. If you have previously supported the PRG in achieving its goal of preserving a Class 142, the Committee would like to thank you for your help. However, the hard work will soon begin in maintaining the unit in service, so any further support is most welcome. You can help support the unit by either becoming a member of the PRG, donating to the group or by purchasing merchandise from our website shop page. The PRG is fully supporting the Foxfield Light Railway and once the current lockdown restrictions have been relaxed and railway begins operating and allowing passengers to visit again, we would like to encourage our members to give as much support to the Foxfield Railway as possible.
07th May 2020
We can now confirm that the Pacer Rail Group has secured a Pacer Unit, this unit is currently in storage and waiting release from Angel Trains, also the home for the unit has also been agreed and agreements between the PRG & the Heritage Railway have now been signed off. Their will be a formal announcement very soon between the PRG & the Heritage Railway.
25th April 2020
We are currently in discussions with Angel Trains to purchase a unit, we are aiming to secure a unit imminently although there are a couple of fine details to agree before making the purchase.