Class 142 - 142 061
Derby Litchurch Lane Works
DMS & DMSL
Current Number Held
British Railways Class 142 DMU
The British Railway Class 142 Diesel Multiple Units were built by British Rail Engineering Limited and Leyland Vehicles Limited at Derby Litchurch Lane Works between 1985 - 1987, with a total of 96 units (192 cars) being produced.
During the classes 35 years in service (1985 - 2020) they unfortunately became very unpopular with rail commenters due to their poor ride quality at speed and being able to feel every joint in the track. Starting in the early 1990s the entire fleet was mechanically upgrade due to the original parts starting to fail, this consisted of a new more powerful engine and associated transmission.
By mid 2020 all remaining 94 units were withdrawn from service due to them no complying with the Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability. A total of 26 units (52 cars) were sold into preservation with the remainder being scrapped.
142 061 (55711 & 55757)
Diesel Multiple Unit 142 061 is formed of vehicles 55711, a Driving Motor Second, & 55757, a Driving Motor Second Lavatory.
Upon the unit being withdrawn from mainline service in 2020 the unit was stored at Gascoigne Wood before being delivered to the MNR in September 2020 and then entering service in May 2021.