Cambrian Heritage Railways took delivery of two Class 144 Pacer trains yesterday, Friday, May 22, 2020.
The Class 144s were built in 1987 and recently retired from service with Northern and delivered by rail to CHR – a first for the railroad.
The intent of the Class 144 is to provide equipment to operate the community rail service from Oswestry to Gobowen.
This now means that Cambrian Heritage Railways controls the railways, stocks and parliamentary powers to manage the service.
The Pacers were organized following discussions between the CRP and Porterbrook CEO Mary Grant.
CHR President Roger Date said: “We are extremely grateful to Porterbrook for all his help. It is ironic that these trains were built in part as a cost-effective means of supplying new stock for routes that would otherwise have closed, upon retirement, they will again supply profitable modern stock to the traveling public. ”
The Pacers, 144006 and 144007, arrived in Gobowen after driving on the main line under the name of 5Z44 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway at Gobowen Cambrian Heritage Railways.
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