Brits have it bad too

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In­ter­est­ingly, the UK — which gave birth to the In­dian Rail­ways — is go­ing through a sim­i­lar prob­lem with out­dated Pacer trains still run­ning in north­ern and south-west England, as well as in South Wales. Th­ese trains were man­u­fac­tured be­tween 1980 and 1987, and are es­sen­tially just old bus frames by Ley­land Mo­tors mounted on train wheels. They are still in ser­vice to make up for a short­age in rakes, but they are set to be phased out by 2020. “Stop-gap trains like Pac­ers were use­ful in re­duc­ing costs on mi­nor lines, but they should not be sus­tained for long. The Pac­ers here have long out­lived their use­ful­ness and de­ter peo­ple from trav­el­ling by rail, as they are so un­com­fort­able. Train travel has to meet cer­tain ba­sic stan­dards,” said in­ter­na­tional rail ex­pert Chris­tian Wol­mar, au­thor of The Iron Road: The Il­lus­trated His­tory of the Rail­way.

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