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05.12.14

What will the Pacers be replaced with?

Source: Greyoldgrumpy

All well and good to talk about new DMUs, but can someone please tell me where suitable diesel engines are coming from? As I understand it, currently there aren't any diesels suitable for placing beneath the floor of a DEMU available – there aren't any which meet current EU and US emission standards and fit within the space envelope available.

So after the general election, we'll probably get a message from government saying something like ‘don't blame us – we tried to replace the Pacers but those nasty people at Porterbrook etc wouldn't play ball.’

I understand it would be ok to build a new DMU with engines recovered from the Pacers though; emission rules relate to the procurement of new engines, and there aren't any reasons why a good old EE 12CSVT can't carry on belching out exhaust fumes indefinitely.

Re: Osborne confirms Pacer replacement, not just ‘modernisation’

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Melvyn   03/01/2015 at 20:12

One plan. being looked at involves replacing pacers with D78 District Line trains which would have diesel motors installed and be formed of up to 4 carriages ! When this idea first arose it was thought to be an April fools joke but it's really really serious! After all the word NEW has several meaning and while politicians use it hoping voters will think they mean just out of the factory brand new trains. The replacement of pacers by D78s reclassified 278s are still new trains to these lines !

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