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Video on electric staff working in NSW

Unread postby Andrew Waugh » Tue Jun 9, 2015 1:05 pm

The last sections of electric staff working on Sydney Trains network were recently decommissioned. As part of this process, Sydney Trains commissioned an oral history on the use of electric staff. This resulted in a 36 page booklet and a 17 minute video, both of which are accessible from http://www.sydneytrains.info/about/heritage/oral_history

The comment has been made that it is an 'oral history' (i.e. some facts aren't), but it is of interest.
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Re: Video on electric staff working in NSW

Unread postby Is Line Clear » Tue Jun 9, 2015 8:02 pm

Only one thing to say - BRILLIANT.
People who worked it explaining in straight-forward terms how the Webb & Thompson Miniature Train Staff system worked.
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Re: Video on electric staff working in NSW

Unread postby stevej » Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:07 am

G'day Andrew and ILC,
I shot some video of ETS working at Georges Plains NSW.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vlHKgxfSWU
NSWR ETS was my favourite safeworking system.
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Re: Video on electric staff working in NSW

Unread postby David Holden » Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:22 pm

Nice video Stevej, the instruments appear taller than usual, to hold more staffs.
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Re: Video on electric staff working in NSW

Unread postby stevej » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:47 am

G'day David,

Mention is made about type B and type G instruments in various documents that I possess. I don't know what the difference is.

We also had large size ETS machines. I encountered those when first working west to Parkes in the late 1980s, the staff being at least double the dimensions of the miniature version, being hollow metal to reduce the weight. Those instruments were replaced by the miniature type.

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