The Class 141’s were the first production 4-wheel units (the prototype being the Class 140), 20 2-car sets being produced in 1984. Not terribly successful, the class suffered design issues which were later ironed out making subsequent classes (142. 143 & 144) far more reliable and long lasting. Consequently, during the late 1990’s, all 20 sets had been withdrawn and were disposed of.
Interestingly, most were exported for further use abroad, with four sets (8 vehicles) being retained in the UK, sold into preservation, three of which have been returned to service. They have become the first 2nd generation units to see regular preservation use.
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