Mr.Adkinson will supply the estimated monthlly fuel oil consumption up to the end of June 1957 in respect of diesel rail cars and diesel locomotives.
Three diesel parcels vans for the West Cumberland area on order from Messrs.Cravens, delivery date June 1957. Mr.Gould said that if these vans are delivered as scheduled and the limitations on oil remain, the vans will require to be stabled.
The General Manager has asked Mr.Randle to examine and supply alternative outlines for tapering out or streamlining to convey the impression of speed, power and modernity. Mr.Stanley said that sketches of various shapes were being prepared but pointed out that there is no advantage to be gained by streamlining for speeds under 100 miles per hour; also streamlining is very expensive, including maintenance costs.
Noted that it is not possible for a conclusion to be reached on this test until the engine has run about 50,000 miles, which will take approximately 12 months, and Mr.Finlayson will report after that time.
Mr.Salmon reported that this matter is still in the hands of the B.T.C.
Mr.Stanley stated that the additional cost of substituting metal racks for string racks was from £45 to £62 per vehicle and that arrangements are already in hand for the alteration to be carried out. Having regard to the fact that string racks have always been satisfactory and that it is more expensive to maintain metal racks, the Committee consider, in view of the additional cost, it is not necessary to make any alteration.