143623 at Hall Dene, August 1991, Graeme9022/Wikimedia Commons.

Help urgently needed! The WR have been successful in acquiring a class 143 unit to complete the set of those which lasted over 35 years in service. What makes this even more special is that it is an ex Tyne and Wear PTE unit (143623). We may be the only railway to have one of the 3 142/3/4 classes of pacer. We had hoped to fund the rail move by running a rail tour to cover some or all of the cost. Sadly, Covid and some route restrictions have prevented the tour and may even prevent the rail move. We are asking for people to help us complete the set by donating whatever they can to try and ease the burden on the railways coffers. The leasing company need an answer in the next couple of days so if you can help please do. In return for your support, anyone who donates over £20 will be invited on the inaugural run of this unit in service on our Bedale – Scruton service. For £50 you receive this trip and a run to Redmire when we reopen on a dedicated charter with a free pint of Nodding Donkey Ale.