起搏器 joins the National 轨way Museum’s collection
柴油发动机具有独特的平顶，公交车座椅和功能设计，‘Pacer’ train may seem an unlikely candidate for museum preservation. However, 起搏器 142001 will now join the National 轨way Museum’s collection as an example of recent railway history.
A familiar sight to millions of commuters in the North of England, the first 起搏器s were built in 1984 to create reliable 和 affordable trains to replace ageing diesels from the 1950s 和 1960s.
The train body was based 上 a Leyland National bus 和 many fixtures 和 fittings are shared 通过 both vehicles. Simple to build, run 和 maintain, 起搏器s quietly provided an essential rail link for commuters in many parts of Northern England 和 Wales—in some cases for over 30 years.
起搏器 142001 is being donated to the National 轨way Museum 通过 owner Angel Trains 和 was previously operated 通过 Northern 上 passenger routes across North-West England.
With their low speeds 和 basic features, 起搏器s have divided passenger opinion, but represent an important part of life 上 Britain’s railways in the late 20th Century.
142001 is the first of the 96 second-generation 起搏器s to be built 通过 British 轨 Engineering at Derby between 1985 和 1987. Subsequent upgrades to fittings 和 performance followed with the later 143 和 144 classes.
The class 142 起搏器 can seat between 102 和 120 passengers 和 has a top speed of 75mph. 142001 was built 通过 British 轨 Engineering Limited at its Litchurch Lance facility in Derby, 和 has spent most of its life travelling around the North West of England in Northern livery.
Northern took over from First North Western 和 Arriva Trains Northern 和 operated a fleet of 79 class 142 起搏器s, although there is a rolling programme of replacements which will reduce this number throughout 2020.
The 起搏器 joins several other recent additions to the collection 诸如肯尼思·格兰奇爵士（Sir Kenneth Grange）的InterCity 125动力车（编号43002），因为更换老旧机车的计划仍在继续。预计到2020年，还将保留91级电动高速电动汽车。
The 起搏器 will remain in Northern livery 上 display at Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham. The long-term aim is to keep the vehicle operational to haul passenger rides at the museum’s rail line.