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English Electric Type 3 D6781 (37081 37797) at Thornaby Shed 1963

English Electric Type 3 D6781 (37081 37797) at Thornaby Shed 1963 - Low Resolution Image

English Electric Type 3 D6781 stands in the yard at Thornaby Shed 51L on 21st July 1963 with a brake tender to the right of it. It was renumbered as Class 37/0 37081, then as Class 37/7 37797. It was withdrawn in August 2005 and and cut up by Booth-Roe Metals, Rother in February 2006.

A trainspotter, wearing a sheepskin jacket, slacks and carrying a BOAC bag, can be passing by the brake tender.

Diesel brake tenders were introduced after it was discovered that the newly introduced diesels in the 1950s and 1960s had insufficient brake force when used on unfitted goods trains, so these vehicles were introduced to increase the braking available. A total of 122 vehicles were built and were numbered between B964000 and B964121. The vehicle would normally be placed in front of or just behind the diesel locomotive.

The tender took the form of a hollow box, low enough to avoid obscuring the driver's view when pushed. The body was carried on a pair of former carriage bogies, which provided the automatic brakes. The body was filled with scrap steel to raise the weight of the vehicle to 35½-37½ tons; consequently increasing the available brake force. Four lamp brackets were provided at each end to display locomotive headcode discs describing the class of train - when propelled, the tender obscured the front of the locomotive, and hence the headcode. Introduced around 1962, they were taken out of use in the 1980s when the practice of using unfitted trains was discontinued.

Date Photo Taken 21/07/1963
Date Uploaded 09/12/2013
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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