Photo of 6900 at Cambridge Up Sidings

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  • Jon Horswell

    10 May 2008, 19:13:29

    When were these vehicles converted for use as Sandites but more importantly does anyone know if they ever saw use as such as judging by the sightings they have been dumped at Cambridge for the last 8 years.

  • rob

    19 May 2008, 05:43:46

    6900 (ex 14145 / db977837) and 6901 (ex 14142/17142) were converted in 1993 for Intercity West Coast, 6900 operating from Edge Hill Liverpool and Crewe, 6901 operating from Wembley Intercity depot and Euston downside, both until 1997.

    With seats removed a large hopper was fitted together with pump and various tubes to allow sandite to be laid on each railhead.

    A small cement mixer was fitted wher4 a member of (railtrack) staff would mix dry sand and tubs of 'traction gel' (wallpaper paste) together to nake sandite, then manually load this into the hopper. The pump being turned on at various places on the route.

    Whilst more common dmu bubble cars did the same thing on the WCML based from Bletchley, these sandite coaches had to run circuits that did not involve running round, hauled by an AC electric loco.

    Operating in the small hours before start of normal service these out and back operations ran until 1996.

    Why they carried passenger series numbers is unclear.


  • Jon Horswell

    20 May 2008, 21:29:12

    Thankyou Rob. Always nice to find out operational information.

  • Ben Williams

    21 May 2008, 13:26:21

    Indeed - thanks for the info. I'm sure a lot of people will find it interesting. Background to any vehicles is always appreciated from anyone who worked with them as it is often a mystery to "outsiders" what goes on inside...

  • Ben Williams

    26 October 2008, 20:32:06

    Scrapped at Booths this week. 6901 remains intact for the time being...

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