271. SUBURBAN UNITS.
Door arrangements. "Shot" estimates of cost and weights of suburban stock on the lines of new S.R. electric stock are as follows :-
|(A)||Z1||Motor Third Brake||15,800||15,300|
|Drg.DE||Z1||Motor Third Brake||33.1/2|
Mr.Gould anticipates that approximately one-third of the units for the Manchester area scheme would be apportioned of suburban type and it was agreed that the C.O.S. and C.C.M. should assess their definite requirements as a matter of urgency, including door arrangements, and submit figures before the next meeting.
272. 63'6" UNITS.
It was felt that in order to attain full interavailability of light weight units, they should all be constructed of 57 ft. length, whilst for inter-city services, working over main lines, 63'6" would be appropriate.
273. DIESEL UNITS FOR CONVEYANCE OF PARCELS TRAFFIC.
Possibility of three motor vehicles being constructed as diesel parcels vans to be considered by the Carriage & Wagon Engineer (see Minute 270).
Mr.Gould will consider whether centre guard's compartment is necessary.
274. SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE ARRANGEMENTS.
The Chairman said he had discussed with the General Manager the formation of the sub-committee to deal with servicing and maintenance arrangements and it had been decided that this should be a standing sub-committee of the main committee to ensure that the servicing and maintenance arrangements for all schemes proceed without delay and are complete before the units come into service. Mention was made of the difficulty of the members of the sub-committee giving the time required which entails visiting depots under consideration and the Chairman agreed there would be no objection to members being suitably represented where this was necessary.