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- 96182 - Pendolino Barrier van
- 5 May 2004
11 October 2005, 13:06:06
Seems that this "barrier vehicle" only has a kit-form Dellner coupler attached to its coupling hook. Although it seems odd that a purpose-made coupler wasn't attached to the van in lieu of its buckeye, I suppose in hindsight the conversion would soon have been rendered a waste following the Dellner conversions to the class 57/3s. Rather than attaching the (usually) class 47 straight to the class 390, I think two GUVs (or BGs were sometimes used) were left at either end to aid running round; dismantling the kit-form Dellner from one end of the 47 only to put it at the other, and repeating it 53 times for each Pendolino set would have been annoying!
24 March 2006, 15:49:42
The GUV vans were also used as "hand brakes" as the F/liner crew's were not able to operate the parking brakes on the uncommisioned trains