Mr.Nicholls reported that following consultation between the C.M.& E.E., C.& W.E. and Accountant's Departments the estimated first costs of diesel train sets and the repair costs per train mile had been reduced. The extent of further possible reductions in the diesel costs as the result of various modifications of the scheme had been advised to the Chief Operating Superintendent, Chief Commercial Manager and Motive Power Superintendent. It was noted that the scheme was at present being re-examined as to diesel requirements and steam savings.
The Chairman stressed the urgency of the final report being submitted.
Mr.Gould reported that good progress is being made with the preparation of this scheme and it is anticipated that the units spare at week-ends can be utilised locally.