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Miscellaneous: Operating Equipment & Practices

Maintenance of the Permanent Way: misc_equip238

Extract from the November 1937 GWR pamphlet entitled ‘Instructions for the operation of the Motor Trolley System

Extract from Great Western Railway pamphlet issued in November 1937 entitled ‘Instructions for the operation of the Motor Trolley System’. This system was used on the Shipston-on-Stour Branch line from 28th September 1931 (gwrmm1001) to increase productivity of the Permanent Way Staff by reducing the time spent in; travelling and transporting materials, to work locations. A description of the system, its development, and the static equipment used, is given in misc_equip237. This pamphlet includes how the motor trolleys shall be driven, together with safety and inspection requirements. There are several paragraphs on fire extinguishers probably reflecting the increased risks associated with petrol engines and paragraph 21 identifies the record keeping required.

Robert Ferris