Class 195 roll-out continues – but ‘Pacers’ will run into 2020

DELIVERIES of new DMUs and EMUs to Northern by CAF are running late, although the company introduced a further nine Class 195s over the Calder Valley line between Leeds and Chester via Manchester and Warrington in October. 

It takes the number of ‘195s’ in traffic to 29, exactly half the order. 

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Class 142 and 144 ‘Pacers’ will be clinging on for a bit longer: Here, Nos. 142048 and 142019 sit in the south-facing bay at Preston on June 26. CHRIS MILNER

Northern has said because of the continuing delays in unit delivery, particularly those units being assembled in South Wales, it will mean the retention of up to 23 Class 144 sets on the eastern side of the franchise until May 17, 2020, with 11 Class 142 sets, for nine daily diagrams, working on the western side until February 17. 

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