Prior to yesterday I had only ridden on one Pacer Railbus - from Paignton to Torquay on our South West Minigolfing Roadtrip in 2015. They're a 'popular' train up north and we quite often see - and hear - them squealing along the many lines in Greater Manchester.
|At Paignton station in the summer of 2015|
While in the city I managed to make a trip from Ashburys station in Openshaw one stop along to Manchester Piccadilly riding in Pacer Railbus 142037.
|I wasn't the only one catching the train from Ashburys. However, I was probably the only person who'd specifically gone there to get on a Pacer Railbus|
Prior to its arrival a four-coach Pacer had sped through the station. I also saw a Class 323 and a Class 150 heading towards Hadfield and New Mills Central respectively.
|Ashburys railway station|
My final destination was back home to Cheadle Hulme, but as I didn't fancy waiting around for the next train I hopped aboard my second Pacer of the day, 142013 to Chester via Stockport where I alighted for a walk home.
|Back in the borough|
Quite the day out!
|Ashburys railway station is in Openshaw, Manchester. Ashburys doesn't refer to the area, rather it's taken from the name of the company that built the station in 1850|
|The station is the closest to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium|
|There was some unexpected greenery under the stairs on an unused bit of the other platform|
|One of the most interesting things at Ashburys station was this abandoned glove|
|Network Rail have a signalling centre very close to the station|
|323230 arriving at Ashburys station|
|I was looking in the wrong direction and hadn't even heard this Pacer until it was almost too later|
|Sprinter 150147 heading away from Ashburys station|
|Pacer Railbuses 142037 & 142054 at Manchester Piccadilly station|
|Down the other end they were Pacer Railbuses 142030 & 142054|
|Earlier in the day I'd seen Pacer Railbus 142067 at Manchester Piccadilly|
Related blog posts:
- Top Trainspotting
- Pacer Railbus 142037 at Ashburys railway station in Manchester
- Pacer Railbus 142013 at Stockport railway station