gb Northern Class 142 Angel Trains

UK: Angel Trains has raised more than £80 000 for the Railway Children charity through the sale of withdrawn Class 142 Pacer diesel multiple-units to heritage railways, community railways and the emergency services.

The leasing company is also to donate a further £20 000 as part of its continued sponsorship of the charity’s annual Railway Ball, which has been postponed this year.

Railway Children funds work to support street children in India, East Africa and the UK, and the £100 000 donation will support outreach programmes, with aid work in Tanzania a particular focus as many schools there have closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Whilst the Pacers have come to the end of their life-cycle on our railways, it’s great to see how they continue to deliver for this fantastic charity’, said Angel Trains CEO Kevin Tribley on August 3. ‘We’re delighted to have raised this milestone amount of money and look forward to seeing how it will make a difference to children’s lives across the world at a challenging time.’