PACER REPURPOSED

As train leasing companies explore repurposing opportunities for their Pacer diesel multiple units, an imaginative solution has come to our attention. Turning them into road-going buses.

The partially completed Enviro143EV at the Falkirk factory, alongside the second train body.
KEITH McGILLIVRAY/IAIN MacGREGOR

This brings their story full circle, as the 1980s Pacer was a rare example of a public transport vehicle that embraced road and rail technology. It combined light and robust bus bodywork with the underframe for a four-wheel railway freight wagon, creating a cost-effective replacement for British Rail’s 1950s multiple units.

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