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British Rail Class 143 "Pacer"
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143605 at Cardiff Central railway station
In service 1985 - present
Manufacturer Andrew Barclay and Walter Alexander
Family name Pacer
Number built 25
Number in service 23
Number scrapped 2
Formation 2 car
Capacity 106
Operator Arriva Trains Wales
First Great Western
Line(s) served Bristol local lines, Valley Lines
Specifications
Car length 15.2 metres
Width 2.7 metres
Maximum speed 75mph
Weight 26.3 tonnes
Engine(s) Cummins LTA10-R (Originally Leyland TL11)
Safety system(s) AWS, TPWS
Gauge 1435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)

The British Rail Class 143 is a diesel multiple unit, part of the Pacer family of trains introduced between 1985 & 1986. They originally worked around North East England but were later transferred to Wales. The coaches are based on an Alexander bus body mounted on a chassis from a freight or Goods truck.

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