This weekend marked a day in history as the first preserved Class 142 pacer trains operated in passenger service at the Wensleydale Railway.
The pacers worked the 1030 & 1430 from Leeming Bar to Redmire and the 1200 & 1600 from Redmire to Leeming Bar running virtually on time throughout the day.
The weather for the first departure was dismal; however, as the day progressed, the sun fought its way out of the clouds to allow some fantastic picture opportunities to mark the occasion.
At the end of the day, both pacers were withdrawn from service until further notice so the Wensleydale Railway can progress with work on them fixing the issues caused by its neglect during their final months on the mainline and returning the interior & exterior to original condition.
It is hoped the first of the two units will return in the summer. It is not known at this point which of the original liveries the units will return in. However, it is assumed that each unit will be put back into its ‘as-built’ livery.
Article and photos supplied by Anthony Ward Photography – see their Facebook page by clicking here.
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