I know I have been banging on about the Class 142's but the end has come for the Pacers operated by First Great Western.Yesterday FGW held a farewell tour. The first half if the day consisted of:
Exeter St Davids-Alphington Road-Exeter St Davids.
Exeter St Davids-Newton Abbot-Heathfield-Newton Abbot-Exeter St Davids.
After a 35 minute lunch break the trio began the second half of the day:
Exeter St Davids-Crediton-Okehampton-Meldon Quarry-.Okehampton-Crediton-Eggesford-Barnstaple-Eggesford-Exeter St Davids.
Exeter St Davids-Plymouth-Exeter St Davids.
Initially the tour used 142001,142063 and 142068 however 068 developed a Coolant Fault so the crew poured cold bottled water in there. Later on the brakes were dragging. 142063 developed wheel flats (whatever that is) . On arrival to Exeter before the Plymouth run, 142063/8 were taken off and replaced with 142009.
It was a great but sad day and I will make a final farewell video in due course.