It is preferable for the experiment to be made on a line already closed, if possible without signalling. Services to be continuous each way, stations not to be staffed, guards to issue tickets, and units to stop at crossings and halts.
Messrs.Gould and Read will consider as a matter of urgency. (See also Minute 427(3) re Hooton - West Kirby).
Noted - that B.T.C. authority has now been given for the supply of three diesel parcels vans for West Cumberland area; including improved interior lay-out, apart from a few minor points which Messrs.Varley, Gould and Stanley will consider.
Discussion arose as to whether the 300 H.P. of the parcels vans would be sufficient to haul the required tail traffic and it was agreed that tests be made with a 300 H.P. diesel motor car hauling the heaviest type of tail vehicle suitably loaded, if this test does not prove satisfactory, tests to be continued with other lighter types of tail vehicles until a decision can be made.