The stricken Unit 143 602.

Even though it looks ok there was a lot of damage done to the unit and the drivers based there at the time told me it couldn't be declared fit to be towed.

Also the crane which done the hard work is busy in the background assembling the lifting jig  the the job

The different approach was to drive into the road opposite and reverse out as there was no street furniture to get in the way


Doing this article has brought back a some good memories of a cold wet November day in South Wales


Words and Images by Amy Adams

Totally stuck

because of a small wall just out of shot on the right he couldn't take a wider swing and the railings and bus stop on the left is preventing it swinging round. At this point everyone was starting to thing the railings would have to be removed but they decided to take it from another angle.

Doing the final checks for the lifting harness before the first lift

The lift wasn't an easy one due to the location of everything on the site.

The truck couldn't park alongside the unit as there were gas pipes just under the surface and they were worried about rupturing them and there was nowhere to park up winch the vehicles on board, so the trucks had to park at 90 degrees to the truck.

you may think thats an easy enough link but bear in mind the station building was in the way for a simple swing round.

Also it couldn't be lifted over the building, because of the rigging straps on the lifting harness the crane could lift it much higher 

The next problem was to get the trucks out of Station Road, like a lot of small town stations the approach road leaves the main road at 90 degrees so it has a tight turn to negotiate.

The first of the duo had some problems getting round but after a couple of repositioning moves managed to get round

The second vehicle was the harder to load, as it also had to be turned an additional 180 degrees.

This was the lead vehicle which struck the object and if you look around the skirting below the coupler and equipment under the cab in these shots you can see traces of damage, there was a lot of damage done underneath

As I write this in March 2020 The Pacers are starting to become history I remembered this incident which happened where I used to live at Treherbert in South Wales

In 1996 some youths places a concrete block on the track near Treorchy A couple of miles down the line.
This caused severer damage to underneath the train and actually distorted the chassis, the train 143 602 had been moved to Treherbert just up the line where from there it could be loaded for road movement to the works for repair.

I can't find any reports about the incident and I still don't know anymore about it as it was just before all news agencies went online and its to new to be given priority to as they update their digital libraries.

On 1st November 1996 A crane was hired along with two of Allelys trucks to move the unit to the works, I think it was rebuilt in Crewe but I could be wrong

This was the view which met me on the was to the station on the Friday morning, 2 of Allelys finest Dafs on the station forecourt.

It was a good job at the time I was in art college studying photography and I happened to have my camera with me with a load of film 

The second truck however was a different matter  the trailer was a lot longer and just couldn't get round nobody know how this was to get round


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