041305 - Staff Coach
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- 041305 / 320837 - LNER TO
- New Bridge yard - NYMR
- May 1989
Dave Cullingworth (LNERCA)
7 March 2009, 11:51:06
Originally a Dia 27a Open Third built at Dukinfield in 1925 and numbered 12134. This coach was purchased by LNERCA mainly for sliding sidelights which we had many missing from other restoration projects. It was not considered a feasible restoration project itself due to having a flat steel roof and no original interior fittings. As ADE 320837 it had an interesting departmental life after conversion with an observation window in the roof and mounting brackets for a pantograph presumably for testing overhead wires. It finished life as an internal user at Ilford.
After it arrived on the NYMR it was broken up for spares. There was still a huge amount of electrical cabling on the interior.
17 June 2017, 12:00:31
DE320837 was converted along with DE320838 to form a two car unit used for testing overhead line equipment. It was converted by BR Eastern Region at Doncaster Carriage Works in conjunction with British Insulated Callender's Cables Limited, principal contractors for the high-voltage AC equipment. The purpose of the test unit was to ensure that the initial high standard of current collection was maintained in service. DE320837 was an instrumented coach fitted with two pantographs and a central observation dome. The instrumentation fit was carried out in a siding adjacent to the B.I.C.C. Research Laboratories at Wood Land, London. DE320838 was a generator coach to provide power for the instruments, lighting and heating, it also had a compressor to supply air to the pantographs, a workshop, darkroom, toilet and guards compartment. The unit was capable of travelling up to 100mph. Full article, diagram and photos in The Railway Magazine Feb 1962.