Our first issue of rebooted ‘The Contactor’ newsletter is now a joint publication with the Suburban Electric Railway Association (SERA) and was published, printed and posted to all members of both organisations in October 2019.
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Our Big News in June 2018
First reported in our pilot issue newsletter in June, the new home for the 4-SUB unit is the Locomotive Storage Limited facility in Margate, Kent which many of you will know this as the former Triang / Rovex / Hornby factory.
The four vehicles of ‘4732’ now reside inside a secure shed along with all three coaches of the ‘LMS Class 503’ and the spare ‘EPB trailer car’ that was formerly part of ‘5176’ but is now a donor vehicle for the ‘4-SUB’ project as months of planning and executing the clearance of the Electric Railway Museum site finally came to an end. All eight vehicles are becoming the property of a new charitable trust called the Heritage Electric Trains Trust to plan and execute their eventual restoration. After almost a decade out in the open, the vehicles will be safe, dry and secure whilst this massive undertaking is planned. For further info’ see our FAQs page which answers questions we’ve been asked.
Making the move happen
Unit No. 4732 was one of the last to leave the Electric Railway Museum and, as such, there was a lot of work required to prepare her to be moved by road.
One of the biggest problems was to get the crown nuts undone on the three link couplings between the vehicles. These were eventually persuaded to turn and loosen with the application of a lot of spray lubricant, a giant set of stilsons and some industrial language!
Other tasks were the removal of the tarpaulins that could blow off on the motorway and also to remove any windows that were cracked or shattered; there were a few on the compartment trailer and unfortunately the outward opening secondman side cab front window had to be removed too. This was a necessary safety precaution as glass that has lost its integrity could be a danger to other road users. The vehicles were shunted at Coventry so they were loaded in the opposite order to how they were marshalled there to allow the unit to be unloaded and set in the correct formation at Margate.
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