The last movement the FGW Pacers
Transport for Wales still operate a large fleet of both class 142 and 143 Pacers although I don't know for how much longer they are to stay in service.
Photos of today's movement kindly courtesy of Adrian Watts. Photos of Welsh 142s are mine.
Regards, Guy Vincent
1) 143611 5J93 1352 BTM-WSB passing Trowbridge 19.02.2016.
2) 143611 2J93 1520 WSB-EXD at Castle Cary 19.02.2016.
3) 143619 5J93 1302 EXD-WSB at Berkley Marsh 11.12.2015
4) 143619 2J93 1520 WSB-EXD at Westbury 11.12.2015
5) 143620 at Bristol Temple Meads on the late evening of December 12th 2017 prior to forming the 2157 stopping service to Exeter St Davids. The unit had been receiving maintenance at St Phillips Marsh.
The class 143 units, 25 in total, were built in 1985-86 and based in the North East before moving south circa 1990. Prior to 2011 the 143s were based in Bristol and saw daily use on the Severn Beach line, between Taunton and Cardiff / Bristol Parkway, Bristol and Warminster / Castle Cary and between Westbury and Swindon via Melksham. On departure of the class 142s from Exeter the 143s moved en-masse to Devon and have stayed there ever since.
I heard today on 'the railway grapevine' that there is the POSSIBILITY of three of the recently withdrawn 143 units moving on either Thursday 17th or Friday 18th direct from Exeter Depot to Newport Docks for disposal. Best to check Real Time Trains nearer the time. I understand there are already a couple of sets at Bristol St Phillips Marsh but whether they are for scrap or further use I am not sure.
Watch out for those funereal journeys.
To see what used to happen in London. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9EFfD-5VHIk