Battery-electric for Lamp Maintenance
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A' part of the overall scheme to convert all street lighting in the Metropolitan borough of Wandsworth to electrical operation, some 4,000 lowmounting lamp standards up to 15 ft. high have been installed. Routine maintenance of these standards is being assisted by a Manulectric Standon battery-electric built by Sidney Hole's Electric Vehicles, Withdean Works. London Road, Withdean, Brighton, 6.
Deriving its power from a D.P. 24KAI 1 battery of 160 a.b. capacity, the vehicle travels from 10-18 miles each day while the operator works on 35-45 lamp standards.
Exchange lamp units and other equipment are carried in a large locker, whilst a smaller compartment houses spares and gear for the vehicle itself. A water tank and bucket are provided, there being a special clip to secure the bucket while the machine is in motion. An aluminium ladder which extends to 15 ft. is carried on top of the two equipment lockers.
All the borough's lamp-maintenance vehicles have been recently fitted with radio-telephones. In this way the shortstandard maintenance appliance is in constant touch with the municipal offices, and repair and spotting vehicles on the road, and with the van of the public lighting superintendent.