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    UKP: BR Multiple Unit 141

    Diesel Unit

    Class 141 Pacer

    The British Rail Class 141 was the first production model of the Pacer diesel multiple unit (DMU) railbus.

    During the 1980s, British Rail (BR) was interested in replacing its first generation diesel multiple units, particularly in the use of railbuses to service its lightly used branch lines. It was decided to develop such a vehicle with a high level of commonality with the widely used Leyland National bus, leading to its modular design serving as the basis for the design.

    Several single and two-car prototypes were constructed and evaluated, before an order was placed with British Leyland for twenty two-car Class 141 units during 1984. During their operating lives, the units were tasked with various passenger services across the UK for 13 years. Following withdrawal, a large portion of the units were exported to Iran where they operated for a further eight years, giving the Class 141 a total lifespan of 21 years.

    Following the end of their career with British Rail, 12 Class 141s were sold to Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and were exported during 2001/2002. All units have since been withdrawn and replaced by new DMUs. Two units (106 & 112) were exported to the Netherlands, but these were both scrapped during 2005. Only a handful of units have remained in the United Kingdom, of which two units are in preservation: 141108 at the Colne Valley Railway, and 141113 at the Midland Railway – Butterley. Two units (141103 and 141110) were formerly preserved at the Weardale Railway, of which 141103 and the one remaining car from 141110 were scrapped in March 2018.

    Length 15.45m
    Introduced 1983-84
    Builder BREL/Leyland Bus
    Power 152kW 141108 165Kw 141113
    Weight 26+26.5tonnes
    Engine Leyland TL11 141108 Cummins L10 141113
    Transmission Mechanical
    Max Speed 75mph
    Width 2.5m
    Height 3.906m
    Withdrawn 1997
    Wheelbase 9m

    Photo: Dan Cardwell

    Number Altnumber Status Formation Note Livery Depot Base Owner
    141103 141002 X 55503,55523 scrapped 2018 Weardale Railway UK/141 UK70/141
    141108 141007 P 55508,55528 BLG PR Arlington Fleet Services - Eastleigh Works LSL UK/141 UK70/141
    141110 141009 X 55510, 55530 UK70/141
    141113 141012 P 55513,55533 WYP PR Midland Railway - Butterley LRC UK/141 UK70/141