Rain and Old Steel by Doran Eirok

Rain and Old Steel

Doran Eirok

3 February 2018 at 05:03:38 MST

The British Rail Class 142 Pacer is a 'rail bus' created by mounting a bus body on a rail platform, intended as a practical and affordable short-term solution to shortages in rolling stock in the UK during the 1980s. Lacking conventional bogies for the wheels, they're bouncy, uncomfortable and loud. They were never meant to remain in service this long but they've held on stubbornly, mostly due to lack of money to replace them with something newer and better. By 2020 they'll have to be retired from service as they won't meet new accessibility requirements that are coming in, but until then they're part of what get me to work during my office days.

At first I hated them and grumbled about them like most people, but their charm has grown on me since hearing the story of this odd contraption. And, uncomfortable and outdated or not, they're better than nothing and make up a lot of the local, rural and commuter services in northern England.

// WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE? //
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacer_(train)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35725299

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    i can hear the screeching as they brake at platforms from here haha, really great art tho!

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      Heheh, yep! Both braking and turning, those squeals are loud and distinctive. >..< Thanks much!

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        distinctive in a weird sorta, homely way like you described! having something so repetitively close to home makes things like that grow on ya over time definitely ^^
        i'll take first transpennine over these anyday if given the choice tho x3

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          Hehe yeah, their charm has really grown on me but if given the option I'd generally take just about any other type of train. XD

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    Metroliners are more 'murican.