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Southall Shed ATC ramp without contact strip

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Southall Shed ATC ramp without contact strip

Unread postby TimMiller » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:16 pm

Please refer to the photo of 6106 leaving Southall shed and passing over what looks like an ATC ramp without the usual contact strip.
https://flic.kr/p/Shs9ce
The engine is heading west, to Taplow, on 26th March 1966. The famous footbridge is in the background.

Thanks to Frank Dumbleton for the photo.

Was this arrangement to always test the equipment on leaving the shed?
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Re: Southall Shed ATC ramp without contact strip

Unread postby S&TEngineer » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:56 pm

Thats a standard GW ATC test ramp. There were usually two short ramps provided at most GW loco depots.
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Re: Southall Shed ATC ramp without contact strip

Unread postby JRB » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:56 pm

The reduced height and flat contact strip were to apply a more stringent test to the shoe than a normal running ramp.
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