Lancing 1956

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Lancing 1956

In his BR Southern Region days, Glen was the Maintenance Control Engineer based at Croydon, having responsibility for the 24-hour Maintenance Control Office. His job involved liaising between Maintenance Staff and Operations Control, and the Programming Section for the scheduling of maintenance on loco-hauled stock as well as EMU and DMU vehicles.

I have had the pleasure of knowing him for well over a decade and that was entirely down to MREmag. With the advent of ‘the net’ he has helped many SR coaching stock enthusiasts with his wide range of knowledge via a number of Yahoo Groups that he has created. He is now one of the Bluebell Railway Museum Archivists as well as a valued member of the 9-man Wishlist Poll Team.

Glen has laboured long and hard with this book and it is refreshing to see one that is taken from ‘primary source information’ – the BR ‘Lancing Out Ledger’. This gives detail of all vehicles and EMUs leaving the Works between 28 November 1955 and 16 March 1965. The output consisted of loco-hauled and EMU vehicle overhauls along with new wagon builds, conversions and modifications. Glen’s book shows us the initial period up to 31 December 1956, so there is plenty of scope for follow-up volumes!

How did this ledger come into Glen’s hands? A railway enthusiast by the name of Frank Davis used to visit ‘Maintrol’ frequently and was always on the scrounge for documents. Upon Frank’s death, The Bluebell Railway Museum bought a number of documents from his collection and this was one of them.

The book is a pure reference volume (without photos) and Glen has done an excellent job of presenting the information in a number of ways to help the reader. Those are by: Vehicle Number: all vehicles out-shopped in date order. Vehicle Number: all vehicles out-shopped in vehicle number order. Vehicle Number: ‘loose’ loco-hauled vehicles in vehicle number order. Set Order: for vehicles in loco-hauled sets. Pullman Cars: name and number order. Electric Multiple Units: in unit number order.

In addition, vehicles attended to on Head Office Order (HOO) Numbers, such as refurbished Nol underframes for EPBs, are given at the beginning.

Let’s say I want to know about Set No.396 which was allocated to S&D line workings. I turn to page 138 and follow the Set Numbers down to 396. There, it tells me the date upon which this set was out-shopped; the vehicle numbers in the set; the types of vehicle (Compo etc); the livery (in this instance crimson lake and cream to green); what type of repair; and any notes. If the ‘next repair’ is known, that is also given.

This is a vital book for any dedicated SR enthusiast. Importantly, any proceeds creditable to Glen from the sale of the book will be donated directly to the Bluebell Railway Museum Research & Records Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lancing 1956

In his BR Southern Region days, Glen was the Maintenance Control Engineer based at Croydon, having responsibility for the 24-hour Maintenance Control Office. His job involved liaising between Maintenance Staff and Operations Control, and the Programming Section for the scheduling of maintenance on loco-hauled stock as well as EMU and DMU vehicles.

I have had the pleasure of knowing him for well over a decade and that was entirely down to MREmag. With the advent of ‘the net’ he has helped many SR coaching stock enthusiasts with his wide range of knowledge via a number of Yahoo Groups that he has created. He is now one of the Bluebell Railway Museum Archivists as well as a valued member of the 9-man Wishlist Poll Team.

Glen has laboured long and hard with this book and it is refreshing to see one that is taken from ‘primary source information’ – the BR ‘Lancing Out Ledger’. This gives detail of all vehicles and EMUs leaving the Works between 28 November 1955 and 16 March 1965. The output consisted of loco-hauled and EMU vehicle overhauls along with new wagon builds, conversions and modifications. Glen’s book shows us the initial period up to 31 December 1956, so there is plenty of scope for follow-up volumes!

How did this ledger come into Glen’s hands? A railway enthusiast by the name of Frank Davis used to visit ‘Maintrol’ frequently and was always on the scrounge for documents. Upon Frank’s death, The Bluebell Railway Museum bought a number of documents from his collection and this was one of them.

The book is a pure reference volume (without photos) and Glen has done an excellent job of presenting the information in a number of ways to help the reader. Those are by: Vehicle Number: all vehicles out-shopped in date order. Vehicle Number: all vehicles out-shopped in vehicle number order. Vehicle Number: ‘loose’ loco-hauled vehicles in vehicle number order. Set Order: for vehicles in loco-hauled sets. Pullman Cars: name and number order. Electric Multiple Units: in unit number order.

In addition, vehicles attended to on Head Office Order (HOO) Numbers, such as refurbished Nol underframes for EPBs, are given at the beginning.

Let’s say I want to know about Set No.396 which was allocated to S&D line workings. I turn to page 138 and follow the Set Numbers down to 396. There, it tells me the date upon which this set was out-shopped; the vehicle numbers in the set; the types of vehicle (Compo etc); the livery (in this instance crimson lake and cream to green); what type of repair; and any notes. If the ‘next repair’ is known, that is also given.

This is a vital book for any dedicated SR enthusiast. Importantly, any proceeds creditable to Glen from the sale of the book will be donated directly to the Bluebell Railway Museum Research & Records Centre.

 

Weight 700 g