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BR coach 15971
Moved to Carnforth 2/20

975xxx series
OHL Construction & Maintenance


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West Coast Railways, Carnforth** *** ****Kev Adlam
Portobello OHLM Depot** *** ****Hez
Portabello OHLM Depot** *** ****Paul Cheesemore
Portabell OHLM depot2019-07-19robert west
Portabello OHLM Depot2019-02-28Paul Cheesemore

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    10 December 2009 - Bill McTavish

    wheres the "roof access"? is it just a trapdoor hatch>?

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    10 December 2009 - Phil Hetherington

    The ladder up the end, perhaps?

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    10 December 2009 - Bill McTavish

    they all have those? but only some are specifically referred to as "roof access"?

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    10 December 2009 - kev

    the roofs access & ladders stay locked ...for the obvious reason !!

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    10 December 2009 - peter Cummings

    I've always took it to mean that the roof was converted as it was for the access it gave to what was above, i,e, access FROM the roof, not TO it.

    You'd only be accessing the roof itself within a possession anyway, so presumably you used the nearest convenient ladder.

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    10 December 2009 - Dave Carson - Rail Audit Services Ltd

    Some 'Roof Access' vehicles had a drop-down ramp to floor level moving equipment from stores to work area. When not in use the ramp was pushed back up (probably by counterbalances) and lock up at roof level.

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    15 December 2009 - Rob Morel

    I don't think this is a roof acces coach, back in the day each OHLM depot ran a six car formation (plus one or two cable drum wagons)

    The scottish set allocated to Portobello had

    975 681 pantograph coach

    975 685 stores and generator

    975 686 stores

    975 687 stores and roof access

    975 688 staff office

    975 920 cable drum carrier

    so I think the caption is wrong this is just a stores coach.

    From my memories of working these an internal staircase with slide back roof was used on the roof access coaches with only one of these coaches per set.

    the end ladders were seldom used and had a safety hinged plate fitted (lockable) to prevent misuse. The staircase being similar to that found in your house but wider (wooden construction)

    The above caption then should just read OHLM stores coach.

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    16 December 2009 - Ben Williams

    Thanks Rob - now amended. The lists will also be amended soon.