New Dapol Class 142

Posted by Warren Bennett on

A new run of Dapol Class 142 two car Pacer Units are also to be produced. Five new releases as part of this range in DCC Ready and DCC Fitted.
Versions to be produced Northern Rail, Provincial, Regional Railways Red/Grey/White, First Great Western Blue/Gold and Regional Railways Original.
Pricing as follows
 DCC Ready - £137.70 (RRP £162.00)
DCC Fitted - £174.42 (£205.20)


The Dapol Class 142 features:

  • Powered and dummy car sets
  • Detailed bodies with flush glazing and close coupling
  • mechanism with corridor connector
  • Scharfenberg coupling mechanism fitted as standard
  • All wheel drive and pick up on power unit
  • Directional lights on both cars
  • Independently controllable internal (where fitted) and external lighting
  • Accessory bag with optional fitted components

The British Rail Class 142 is a type of diesel railbus multiple unit designed to run in pairs for use on branch lines in Northern and South Western England and North Wales. Ninety six of the sets were built by BREL at Derby between 1985 and 1987 and followed on from the design of the Class 141. Initially, the Class 142 exhibited many operational problems including the inability to negotiate tight curves, a lack of power with poor
braking and a rough uncomfortable ride. The class was extensively modified in subsequent years to overcome some of these shortcomings with the adoption of a more powerful diesel engine, uprated brakes and a plethora of internal and external detail improvements. Even with these changes the Class 142 was deemed unsuitable for working the tighter curves of the South Western rail system and the fleet was transferred post privatisation between NW Trains and Northern Spirit, where they are still used primarily on commuter routes between the major cities of the region.


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