I was very nicely surprised to catch a train from Saltburn to my meeting in Redcar this morning and find it was a proper train, not a rattling old pacer. According to the train guard, we will be keeping it and getting more of them. These new ones, or at least new to us, are 158 trains, and the ancient pacer trains are 142s. She said the 142s are due to be phased out by the end of the year. I do hope so – when I got to Redcar I didn’t feel like getting off, but the delights of Licencing awaited me so thought I better had. Roll on the 158s!