Cambrian Heritage Railways took delivery of two Class 144 Pacer trains yesterday, Friday 22nd May 2020.
The Class 144s were built in 1987 and have recently been withdrawn from service with Northern and were delivered by rail to CHR – a first for the railway.
The intention for the Class 144s is to provide stock to operate the Oswestry to Gobowen Community Rail Service.
This now means that the Cambrian Heritage Railways has control of the railway, stock and Parliamentary Powers to run the service.
The Pacers were organised following discussions between the CRP and Porterbrook CEO, Mary Grant.
CHR Chairman Roger Date said “We are immensely grateful to Porterbrook for all their help. It is ironic that these trains were built in part as a cost-effective way to provide new stock for routes that would otherwise have shut, in their retirement they will once again provide cost-effective modern stock to the travelling public”.
The Pacers, 144006 and 144007, arrived at Gobowen after running on the mainline as 5Z44 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Gobowen Cambrian Heritage Railways.
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