Pacer trains promised to museum yet to arrive as they are still

Trains promised to National Railway Museum have not arrived because they are still needed on the beleaguered Northern line, it has been claimed.The National Railway Museum in York said it had plans to display a Pacer model, which was built in the 1980s, as it was an important part of the UK’s railway heritage.However, the timing of the Pacer’s arrival as an exhibition has yet to be confirmed – as the carriages remain in use on Northern-operated railway routes.The distinctive carriages are well-known across the north of England as they feature a bus body welded to a chassis. The models have been in service since the 1980s.Northern offered its assurances that there were no plans to retain the trains beyond the end of 2019 – but Aslef, the train drivers’ union, said it showed passengers were being treated “little better than cattle”.A spokesman for Northern responded: “We will start operating new trains worth £500 million during 2019 and are upgrading the rest of our existing trains that will be in use in 2020 and beyond.”This upgrade does not include the Pacer trains because they will be leaving the Northern network.”It is understood trains are usually donated to the museum, who express an interest in certain models while they are still in service. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The museum said the timing of any arrival depended on Northern and Angel Trains, which lease them to the train operator.However, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union accused Transport Secretary Chris Grayling of another “significant move in his master plan to turn Britain’s railways into a global laughing stock”.The union claimed plans to add a Pacer train to the museum’s collection has been put on hold because they are in still in service across the North of England.RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Nothing sums up the state of Britain’s railways under failing Grayling better than the fact that a clapped out, antique piece of obsolete kit cannot be donated to a museum because it’s still in service.”Mick Whelan, leader of Aslef, said the Pacer train was now a museum piece, highlighting the problems passengers and staff have to deal with.Around 100 of the units are believed to still be in service.A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Pacer trains are leaving the network this year and passengers across the North are starting to see the investment that will create space for 40,000 extra passengers.”Both Northern and TransPennine Express have brand new or completely refurbished trains to improve people’s journeys.”

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