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Old 17th April 2017, 20:08   #16
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"I remember the 140 doing a test run on the West Highland Line in the early 1980s when I lived in Fort William".

Yes, it was in Oban circa 1979 (ish). I had an original publicity handout, might still have it somewhere.

The 140 travelled the length and breadth of the BR network - it was their great hope for the future - and eventually formed the test bed for the 156's. At that time we didn't realise that BR wanted to DMU-ise the entire railway in Scotland!

I went to see the 140 at Dufftown about ten years ago, it was almost derelict and looked very dated! Apparently it's been refurbished and shedded now - but I still don't like it!

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The Class 58 dates from 1982. They were only 20 years old when withdrawn in 2002. Just think, in five years they'll have been withdrawn as long as they were in service.

There's also the Class 457 carriage preserved at the Electric Railway Museum in Coventry. Currently the only Mark 3 EMU vehicle preserved I believe, and younger than the PEP (313/4/5 507/8) designs that will hopefully have a few examples preserved when they start dying off on-masse in the next couple of years.

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It's hard to think what is most likely to join the world of preservation next, other than Class 142 units, as it seems increasingly unlikely the 144 (and of course HST) fleets have come to the end of their working lives.
What makes you say that about the 144s? My understanding is that the 2-car examples will all be withdrawn by 2018 with the 3-car ones following by late 2019.

Given the Pacer Preservation Society is a thing, I imagine examples of all three pacer classes (probably a couple of each) will turn up in preservation. Not counting the 141s already kicking about.

It does make one wonder if we're going to run out of railway for all this stock.
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What makes you say that about the 144s? My understanding is that the 2-car examples will all be withdrawn by 2018 with the 3-car ones following by late 2019.
Withdrawn from Northern yes.

Given that the ROSCO apparently wanted the 144s back before the 142s, and given the lack of solutions for ATWs 142s i would not bet against the 144s entering service with ATW.
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Slightly different but this is an operational preserved Ballast Regulator on the NYMR built in Germany 1984.
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Slightly different but this is an operational preserved Ballast Regulator on the NYMR built in Germany 1984.
That's an interesting looking machine. Would you call it preserved though? Or is it doing the job it was designed for on a preserved railway?
Sometimes the lines are a bit blurry.
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Downpatrick have a 450-class dating from 1985, although it's a question of whether it is from then, being built on surplus Mark 1 chassis and electrical equipment from the 1950's!

Also there's 1987-build Mark 3's in preservation. Trying to think whether any narrow gauge stuff is later

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Downpatrick have a 450-class dating from 1985, although it's a question of whether it is from then, being built on surplus Mark 1 chassis and electrical equipment from the 1950's!

Also there's 1987-build Mark 3's in preservation. Trying to think whether any narrow gauge stuff is later
Wasn't sure whether to mention those mark 3 sleepers various railways use for stores/accommodation or not. I wouldn't quite class them as preserved.

There's also the Mark 3 buffet at Midsomer Norton, if that's still there.
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