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Re: Drakelow Power Stations

Unread postby S&TEngineer » Fri Sep 8, 2017 5:27 pm

Integra panels in the UK were solely licenced to Henry Williams Ltd. The panel was probably supplied by them. Didcot power station panel was of the same type/manufacture.
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Re: Drakelow Power Stations

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Sat Sep 9, 2017 8:47 am

So just like the mainline,there appears to be no standard supplier. CEGB presumably asked for quotes and chose the best just as BR/NR do.
As these panels worked to BR/NR boxes were their signalman trained to mainline standards?
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Re: Drakelow Power Stations

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Sat Sep 9, 2017 7:58 pm

Wouldn't they be considered more akin to GFs by the big railway than signalboxes?

If they were effectively doing the same job as BR employees, I think the unions had sufficient influence to get them equivalent conditions of employment and remuneration, but surely it would be up to the CEGB to decide whether or not their job title was signalman or something more related to their industry. It could conceivably have been to the mens advantage to be equated to some technical grade.
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Re: Drakelow Power Stations

Unread postby JRB » Sat Sep 9, 2017 9:59 pm

Te power station management would not have machinery to negotiate with the NUR/RMT, so the men would belong a different union and not have their pay linked to railway grades.
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Re: Drakelow Power Stations

Unread postby Pete2320 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:26 pm

left wrote:
RDNA wrote:
Post by Ashley Hill » Thu Sep 7, 2017 4:25 pm

Thanks. Yes some excellent shots. Trying to figure out Ironbridges manufacturer. Enlarging the photo distorts it but it appears to say Integar Systems.


I think it's Integra Systems Ashley, there was a small blockshelf mounted panel of very similar construction, with the same logo on a corner tile, in Stafford No 1 when I went there at the end of 1971, it was for the Penkridge area. When No 1 closed in 1974 it went to Stafford No 4 for a while until replaced by buttons on an enlarged 'down man's diagram'.

Purely a guess, was 'Integra Systems' the supplier of the 'domino tiles' used to make up the panels?

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Definitely yes, it's the Swiss company's logo.

Integra panels were quite common, standard on the Western Region. Most, maybe all, UK examples were supplied by Henry Williams and Co.
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Re: Drakelow Power Stations

Unread postby JRB » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:32 pm

As S&T Engineer said, HW were sole agents for Integra in the UK.
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