Class 142

142002 Blackburn 19 July 1992

The Blackburn Arena in the background clearly identifies this location. 142002 leaves the town with the 18:15 Blackburn to Manchester Victoria service on 19 July 1992. I was very lucky with the sun at this location, considering the amount of cloud that was about. Just look at the long line of unbroken cloud curving from the centre to the right of the picture!

142002 Agecroft 10 June 1994

142002, wearing the colourful Greater Manchester PTE livery, passes Agecroft on 10 June 1994 with the 07:50 Wigan Wallgate to Manchester Oxford Road service. The lamposts devoid of any lamps in the background, are not the result of vandalism, but council recycling, as the road over the bridge is disused and has been further cut back since I visited the location.

142003 Thorne South 28 November 2016

Still bouncing along, after over three decades as a 'stop gap' low cost DMU, but not for much longer! 142003 approaches Thorne South on 28 November 2016 with the 2P69 12:19 Scunthorpe to Lincoln Central Northern service.

142005 Goole 11 March 2009

With Goole's landmark 'Salt and Pepperpot' water towers on the horizon, 142005 rattles its way north with the 09:46 Doncaster to Hull Northern Rail service on 11 March 2009. Also visible in the distance is a more recent landmark in the flat East Yorkshire landscape - the Guardian glass factory.

142012 Lostock Hall Junction 10 May 1997

142012 pulls away from Lostock Hall station on 10 May 1997 and passes Lostock Hall Junction with the 11:10 Blackpool South to Colne Regional Railways service. The line diverging to the left connects the Preston to Blackburn line with the West Coast Mainline. This route is electrified which explains the last catenary post visible on the left, on the adjacent sidings.

142014 Maud's Bridge 14 March 2007

142014 passes Maud's Bridge on 14 March 2007 with the 10:25 Sheffield to Scunthorpe Northern Trains service. Thorne church can be seen in the background, while on the extreme left is the brickwork of a bridge over a lineside ditch, which is also a favourite spot for photography.

142019 Maud's Bridge 24 November 2011

The clouds part on the morning of 24 November 2011 to provide some perfect low autumnal lighting for 142019, as it scuttles past Maud's Bridge with the 2R61 08:24 Sheffield to Scunthorpe Northern Rail service. Unfortunately the excellent lighting conditions were only temporary, as the clouds soon rolled in from the west, blocking out the sun once more.

142017 Hatfield & Stainforth 15 March 2007

Still wearing Arriva livery, albeit with the branding removed, 142017 arrives at Hatfield & Stainforth station on 15 March 2007 with the 08:23 Sheffield to Scunthorpe Northern Trains service. This is one of the hourly all stations trains, calling at: Rotherham, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Mexborough, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Kirk Sandall, Thorne South, Crowle & Althorpe.

142018 Sleights 8 May 1993

142018 arrives at Sleights on 8 May 1993 with the 16:02 Whitby to Middlesbrough service. The unit is just crossing over the Iburndale Beck bridge, which clearly show that this was once double track. The stream enters the River Esk just behind the boarded up signal box.

142019 Cargo Fleet 18 November 1995

142019 rounds the curve at Cargo Fleet on 18 November 1995 with the 11:51 Saltburn to Bishop Auckland Regional Railways service. I doubt if anyone viewing this scene at the time would have imagined that the Pacers would still be in use two decades later, especially as they were considered something of a stop-gap until something better came along!

142019 Hexham 14 September 1996

142019 leaves Hexham station on 14 September 1996 with the 11:45 Regional Railways service to Sunderland. Note the massive difference in height between the two starting signals. Whereas the taller one has to be seen by trains approaching from the other side of the roadbridge, the short post on the left only applies to eastbound trains starting the station.

142021 Thorne South 18 April 2014

142021 arrives at Thorne South on 18 April 2014 with the 2P73 14:19 Scunthorpe to Lincoln Central Northern service. There are two modern encroachments on the landscape visible here. Palisade fencing - ugly, and wind turbines - a matter of opinion!

142021 Kirton Lime Sidings 6 September 2014

142021 approaches Kirton Lime Sidings on 6 September 2014 with the 2H00 11:00 Cleethorpes to Sheffield Northern service. This train only runs on a Saturday. As can be clearly seen in the background, this is where the Brigg to Gainsborough line changes from double to single track.

142027 New Mills South Junction 30 November 1991

142027 passes New Mills South Junction on 30 November 1991 with the 12:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Doncaster service. The destination blind is not much help, being set between Sheffield and Southport! The unit is still wearing the pseudo Great Western chocolate and cream livery from its early days in Cornwall. They were not a success in the West of England due to excessive flange squeal while negotiating the tight curves of the area's branch lines.

142029 Micklefield 26 November 2005

142029 leaves Micklefield station on 26 November 2005 with the 12:29 Wakefield Westgate to Selby Northern Rail service. Note the staggered platforms in the background. Hopefully there is more traffic from this station on a weekday, otherwise the car parking arrangements seem a little over optimistic!

142045 Lostock Junction (Lady Bridge Lane) 12 April 2003

Still wearing MerseyRail's startling yellow livery, although now rebranded First North Western, 142045 passes Lady Bridge Lane, near Lostock Junction, on 12 April 2003 with the 11:58 Wigan Wallgate to Shaw & Crompton service.

142049 Warton 9 June 2005

A pacer meeting at Warton (near Carnforth) on 9 June 2005. 142049 heads for Lancaster (for once, a clear destination blind!) with the 12:41 Northern Rail service from Carlisle, while 142007 heads in the opposite direction with the balancing Carlisle working. Note the contrast in liveries.

55703 M6 Junction 16 27 August 1995

The Pacer fleet has suffered a number of fires over the years, and several units have been withdrawn as a result. 142053 was slightly luckier, in that it survived once such incident. The engine literally fell off 55703 on the Cumbrian Coast line, derailing the train! The fire damaged vehicle is pictured on an Alleys Transport trailer near the M6 Junction 16, on 27 August 1995.

55703 M6 Junction 16 27 August 1995

Fire damaged 55703 (from unit 142053) sits on a trailer next to the M6 Junction 16 roundabout n 27 August 1995. The unit became derailed near Siddick, on the Cumbrian Coast Line, when a engine literally fell off. Quality British workmanship!

142053 Mobberley 20 July 1996

The yellow MerseyRail livery, as applied to many units in the 1990s was certainly distinctive. Here we see 142053 rattling its way towards Mobberley on 20 July 1996 with the 09:27 Northwich to Southport service. A bit of an oddity on this route, as most trains ran from Chester to either Manchester or Bolton.

142054 Newton-le-Willows 28 July 1992

142054 arrives at Newton-le-Willows with the 09:22 Liverpool Lime Street to Preston service on 28 July 1992. The viaduct carries the line over both the A49 Winwick to Haydock road and the valley of the Newton Brook. Completely straight track here, so no ear splitting shrieking from the unarticulated wheels of this 'bus on rails'!

142057 Seascale 2 May 2005

With the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant dominating the skyline, 142057 approaches Seascale on 2 May 2005 with the 08:35 Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness Northern Rail service. The area of sand dunes between the railway and the nuclear plant is used as a golf course. Presumably the areas of rough and sand traps were not that difficult to construct from sand dunes!

142058 Farington Junction 29 December 1990

142058 is just a couple of minutes into its journey, as it passes Farington Junction on 29 December 1990 with the 10:20 Preston to Liverpool Lime Street service. This is the point where the line from Lostock Hall Junction joins the West Coast Mainline.

142067 Orgreave 11 August 1990

142067 passes Orgreave on 11 August 1990 with the 13:32 Sheffield to Retford service, while in the background, the Class 101 unit working the 12:27 Lincoln Central to Sheffield disappears into the distance. This line was formerly electrified, using the 1.5kV DC overhead system, so at a time when my local lines are being ruined (from a photographic point of view) by electfrication, it is interesting that at this location the opposite has happened! This was formerly the junction for the line to Orgreave Colliery, a location that hit the headlines in 1984 during the miners' strike.

142067 & 150139 Newton-le-Willows 3 December 2000

In strikingly different liveries, 142067 & 150139 arrive at Newton-le-Willows station on Sunday 3 December 2000 with the 10:19 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly First North Western service. This shows the usefulness of a standard multiple working system, not something you would necessarily expect between a basic non-bogie 'bus on rails' and a conventional DMU.

142068 Edale 28 March 1999

142068 passes Edale on 28 March 1999 with the 11:14 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly North West Regional Railways service. After heading up the valley of the River Noe, the unit will soon be entering Cowburn Tunnel, to take it under the highest part of the Peak District.

142071 Brocklesby 10 May 2003

142071 approaches Brocklesby on 10 May 2003 with the 06:43 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes Arriva Trains Northern service. A mammoth three and a half hour trip, bouncing across the Pennines! Note the remains of the goods loading dock in the background.

142073 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 July 2005

142073 passes Troedrhiwfuwch (between Pontlottyn and Tirphill) on 16 July 2005 with the 14:10 Rhymney to Penarth Arriva Trains Wales service. Note the single line token visible through the centre windscreen.

142076 Badgeworth 4 May 2015

A close up view of 142076, as it passes Badgeworth on 4 May 2015 with the 2G52 07:05 Cardiff Central to Cheltenham Spa Arriva Trains Wales service. Cheltenham is the limit of Arriva's operations, and the unit would soon be heading back to Wales as the 2L49 08:46 departure to Maesteg.

142078 Crowle 1 May 1999

142078 runs alongside the Stainforth & Keadby Canal at Crowle on 1 May 1999 with the 08:23 Sheffield to Scunthorpe Arriva Trains Northern service. The side of the canal had recently been stabilised with large rocks, giving a striking white edge to the water. Vegetation has long since covered this up. The Stainforth & Keadby Canal, which connects the River Don Navigation near Doncaster to the River Trent at Keadby, was opened in 1802. Although commercial traffic survived until relatively recently, it is now principally used for leisure traffic, although don't expect to see a procession of narrowboats like you would on the Grand Union or Oxford Canals!

142084 Godnow Bridge 4 June 2015

142084 passes a couple of uninterested horses at Godnow Bridge on 4 June 2015, as it runs alongside the Stainforth & Keadby Canal (just visible on the left in the background) with the 2R67 11:24 Sheffield to Scunthorpe Northern service.

142089 Caerphilly 20 July 2000

142089 waits in the sunshine at Caerphilly station on 20 July 2000. It had just arrived with the 15:47 Valley Lines service from Barry Island, and is now waiting to depart with the 16:39 to Cardiff Bay. As Valley Lines was superceded by the Wales & Borders franchise the following year, 142089 never got to wear the Welsh company's livery.

142090 Seamer West Junction 31 March 1997

The two semaphore signals at Seamer West Junction (now sadly removed) form a perfect frame for 142090 as it takes the Bridlington line with the 16:43 Scarborough to Hull Regional Railways North East service on 31 March 1997.

142092 Goole 13 April 1998

142092 leaves Goole on 13 April 1998 with the 09:27 Goole to Doncaster Regional Railways North East service. It is passing Jefferson Street, behind which, now mostly hidden by a couple of new houses, is the Goole Football Club ground.

142092 Ryther 1 October 2009

142092 rattles past Ryther with the 10:20 York to Selby Northern Rail service on 1 October 2009. This is a relatively new section of railway, opened in 1983. Known as the Selby diversion, it not only avoids the town of that name with its sharp curves and swing bridge, but also took the East Coast Mainline away from the developing Selby Coalfield with its possible problems of subsidence.

142093 Retford 17 September 1996

142093 negotiates the sharply curved line between Retford and Whisker Hill Junction with the 12:53 Retford to Wakefield Kirkgate service on 17 September 1996. It is just about to join the Gainsborough to Worksop line, which is at a considerably lower level in the cutting just out of the picture in the foreground. This line burrows under the East Coast Main Line near Retford station, hence this tightly curved line connecting the two routes.

142094 Thorne North 25 June 2014

142094 crosses over the bridge over the A614 road, as it arrives at Thorne North station on 25 June 2014 with the 2C76 16:25 Lincoln Central to Hull Northern service. The small Yorkshire town of Thorne has the luxury of two stations. This one is on the line to Goole, and Thorne South is on the line to Scunthorpe.

142094 & 158787 Melton 3 October 2017

142094 & 158787 pass Melton on 3 October 2017 with the 1W32 09:30 Sheffield to Hull Northern service. This would normally be the 09:30 Sheffield to Scarborough train, but an amended service was in operation due to RMT strike action. The signalman in Melton Lane Signal Box in the background has already retuned the signals to danger behind the train, and cleared the signals on the opposite line for the 1J25 10:51 Hull to Sheffield (normally the 10:11 Bridlington to Sheffield), which was rapidly approaching from behind me.

142095 Gilberdyke 19 July 1992

142095 comes off the Goole line at Gilberdyke on 19 July 1992 with the 10:50 Sheffield to Hull Regional Railways service. Not a great deal has changed here. A quarter of a century later the signal box and semaphores are still there, although a radio mast does impinge on the view a little, as does the inevitable tree growth.

142096 Crowle 25 September 1999

142096, still wearing its original Regional Railways livery, arrives at Crowle station with the 09:03 Doncaster to Scunthorpe service on 25 September 1999. Note the long closed signal box at the end of the platform. The Stainforth & Keadby Canal parallels the railway for several miles here, and is in fact just over the fence on the left. Crowle station is actually in the village of Ealand, Crowle being a mile further north on the road towards Goole.

142096 Maud's Bridge 13 November 2013

The highest numbered Class 142, 142096 passes the wind turbines at Maud's Bridge on 13 November 2013 with the 2P63 09:19 Scunthorpe to Lincoln Central Northern Rail service. A precision fit between the masts, and a bit of a glint, turns the mundane subject into a pleasing picture.