"At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows."
Started by Zetetic, May 28, 2019, 08:23:13 PM
Quote from: Zetetic on May 28, 2019, 08:23:13 PMThe Pacers have been the workhorses of the north's rail network, connecting communities for more than 30 years, but it is clear that they have outstayed their welcome.
Quote from: Al Tha Funkee Homosapien on May 28, 2019, 09:06:19 PMMobile Gegs?(Sorry its all gone a bit Happy Shopper Cold War Steve)
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on November 27, 2020, 10:05:45 PMI turns out one got sent to america to test on an ailing Septa lines. They ran it once up the tracks that hadn't been used for ages and went 'fuck that'.The decay of SEPTA is quite interesting in general:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWxbAoOK2o
Quote from: idunnosomename on November 28, 2020, 11:46:01 AM all participants must present themselves in fit state to rive the unit ,no one under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed to drive the unit
Quote from: buzby on November 28, 2020, 01:32:16 AM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on November 27, 2020, 10:05:45 PMThe decay of SEPTA is quite interesting in general:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWxbAoOK2o
Quote from: Zetetic on November 28, 2020, 02:17:10 PMThis finally got me to listen to WTYP, which I'm grateful for.
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 28, 2020, 11:37:13 AMCheck this shit outhttps://www.afrps.co.uk/new_page_6.htm
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on November 28, 2020, 11:51:58 AMInteresting it sounds like the podcast I link conflated the two then as they told it as one train being ran in Pennsylvania then stuck in a yard. It was I guess a footnote on SEPTA's decades-long demise.
Quote from: buzby on November 28, 2020, 01:32:16 AMThe ones (as there were two of them) sent to the US for testing were not strictly a Pacer as we know them. but were parallel developments of the original Leyland LEV1 Railbus prototype.One was called LEV2 and was built purely as trial unit for an export model for the US market (the original LEV1 single car prototype had been sent over there for demonstrations and the US DoT/Amtrak were impressed enough to order a modified version for further trials in 1980. Like LEV1 it was a single car rather than a 2-car DMU and was stretched to 50ft by the addition of 2 extra Leyland National window bay modules. It also had standard Leyland National II bus cab ends. It was built by Wickhams from components supplied by Leyland and BREL as anything built by a state-owned manufacturer would have been difficult to import into the US. On arrival it was initially sent for trials with the MBTA in Boston but was involved in a level crossing accident as it was too light to operate the crossing signal switches reliably. It was then sent to Rhode Island and operated briefly on Northeast Corridor services until being withdrawn. It then passed through a number of preserved railways and is now sat in the scrap line at the Connecticut Trolley Museum (see the above picture)Later on,in 1984, Leyland and BREL developed another single car export demonstrator from the LEV2 concept called RB002. This featured the 3-window strengthened cab ends developed for the Class 141 Pacer.It was sent over to Canada and the US for trials (including Washington, Virginia and it's brief stay in Pennsylvania) before returning to the UK and then being sent for trials in Denmark and Sweden. It returned to the UK again and was sent to a railway on the Dutch/German border for trials and then returned back to the UK again. It was eventually sent to Ireland, where it now sits decomposing at a now defunct preserved railway. No export orders were forthcoming from it's many trials.The only actual Pacer to make it over the Atlantic was Class 142 142049 which was sent to Vancouver as a demonstrator during Expo 86 (we sent a Pacer as an example of the cream of British engineering prowess).
Quote from: phes on September 09, 2021, 12:31:38 AMPacers weren't much fun to ride for long or outside of a moderate temperature range. How does it come to be that we sent them to a bunch of big places with more extreme temperatures. Did we just badger them and they said oh go on then...wait, what fuck is this?
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