Difficult choice but I think I would go for Northern 155's over a 142, they are clapped out dirty smelly, built by a bus company on a very bad day, god awful design with high windows, cramped seats, noisiest of all sprinters and generally a lousy medium distance train, and least we should be getting rid of the 142's while probably stuck with the 155 for another 10 years.
Voyagers followed by voyagers followed by voyagers
442 without a doubt.
Coming from the north I wonder if someone can explain why the 442 is so hated?
Based on a MkIII, air conditioned, plug doors, looks reasonable enough. Does it perform well? is it reliable? What are its running costs?
I would have thought removal of traction motors and excess electrical equipment would render them ideal candidates for converting into loco hauled sets, either diesel or electric.
Before anyone suggests it, I am not a troll, I am genuinely interested.
Neither am I a spotter so ideas like, "they are the wrong colour" or "they all look the same so there is no variety" go completely over my head.
142s and Voyagers - joint equal!