Northern Rail is famous for its crap traction. The state of its rolling stock has been the subject of much comment in this publication, the national press, industry publications, social media and communications from the rail unions.
Off The Rails readers will probably be aware that the next Northern franchise is one of the likely destinations for the 'new' DEMUs currently being developed by the chancers at Vivarail.
These units will actually be re-furbished ex-District Line trains, retired from service on the Tube because they are outdated and not up to scratch safety-wise. In its