These marmite, love/hate DMUs from the 1980s have been a running joke for decades on the British railway network, before slowly transforming into an adored relic from a time when cheap and cheerful maybe wasn’t as cheerful as it should have been. Initially planned to be temporary replacements for older DMUs, the Pacer classes eventually saw active service well into the 21st century and were withdrawn as recently as 2021 to fulfil a second life on heritage railways up and down the country.
Blackpool Branches: Preston – Blackpool & Ormskirk, you can take control of this ‘bus on rails’ on local services around Lancashire circa 1986, when the units were fresh on the network ferrying holidaymakers and locals to Blackpool and beyond.
Exploring the route on foot yields other finer details. A number of signal boxes can be entered with modelled interiors to admire as the trains pass by and the customary collectibles are around to hunt down, from posters and signs to golf clubs and... gingerbread!
I am really like my new train route and my favourite place is Blackpool at night time