Class 144 ‘Pacer’ for KWVR

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is pleased to announce that following 34 years of service on the local railway lines of West Yorkshire, Class 144 ‘Pacer’ Diesel Unit number 144011 will be transferred to us from Porterbrook Leasing Company, current owners of the Class 144 units.

The Class 144 ‘Pacer’ unit will move to our base in Haworth following its retirement from operation on the national rail network with Northern, currently expected to be in late May.

Click HERE for comments from KWVRPS Chairman, Matt Stroh, Porterbrook’s Head of Communications and Engagement, Rupert Brennan Brown, and KWVR Director, Tim Moody, and for further information about the latest acquisition to the KWVR diesel fleet.

If any readers of this post have photographs of unit 144011 from introduction in 1986 in their collection, we will be delighted to receive them for our historical records of this unit in service on the national network. Please email them to

Furthermore if diesels units and their maintenance are an interest to you, why not join our our group of DMU volunteers who are always keen to recruit new volunteers of all ages and skill to help maintain and restore our fleet of Diesel Multiple Unit and Diesel Railbus vehicles at Haworth. Interested? Email

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