Pacer


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Pacer

 

a horse whose natural gait is a pace; both harness and saddle horses can be pacers.

A horse at a pace has less tractive force than at a trot; therefore it is more suitable for drawing light carriages (sulkies or sleighs) than for drawing a heavy load. In racing in the USSR it is considered poor form for a trotter to lapse into a pace. In the USA pacers compete in races and are faster and more spirited than trotters. They are comfortable riding horses over long distances. With a rider they can cover 10 km an hour and as much as 120 km in a 24-hour period. They are not well suited to changing gaits.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Northern MD David Brown said: "The Northern network is busier than it has been for a generation - more than 100 million customer journeys will be made on Northern services in 2019 - and the introduction of new trains and the retirement of the Pacers is at the heart of our transformation.
A spokesperson for rail operator Northern said the firm was "working hard to remove the Pacers by the end of the year" but the timetable for taking the last train out of service was "under review".
Pacers have been serving the railways of the North and Wales, including the Mid Cheshire line, for more than three decades but are much maligned.
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However, sources are now indicating that Wales will still need Pacers after that deadline.
Pacers were built in the 1980s as a stop-gap solution to a British Rail funding crisis.
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