Arriva Trains Wales operated “Pacer” 142080 departs Cardiff for the South Wales Valleys with the 10:42, Bridgend - Aberdare service, 17th April 2010.
The class 142 (Pacer) was built by British Rail Engineering in Derby between 1985 and 1987. The train body is based on that of the Leyland National bus and many fixtures and fittings of the bus can be found on the trains. The class has a capacity of between 102 and 120 passengers per two-car set. Amazingly, for what was a cheap and nasty stopgap, these units are still going strong approaching twenty five years service with no real sign of replacement. 142080 was initially allocated to Neville Hill for Leeds area local duties. It transferred to Cardiff around 2000 as part of a swap between Arriva Trains Wales and Arriva Trains Northern of fifteen class 142 units with fifteen class 150/2 units.