Railways Try Out Battery Eleetries
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FOUR battery-electric vehicles will form the basis of eneriments to be carried out by British Railways in the use of this type of machine for parcel and goods delivery.
The vehicles are of various makes and will be operated in different parts of the country. One N.C.B. 20-cwt. van, supplied by the constructors, will be based on Coventry, another, a 20-cwt. electric, will be based on Bath and a Ien-Helecs 40-cwt. articulated vehicle will be delivered to Eastbourne. The fourth van, a Brush 18/22, is due to start work in Glasgow next week.
This vehicle, supplied by Henlys Commercial Vehicles Division, Osnaburgh Street, London, N.W.1, has a Luton-type body, giving an internal headroom • of .6 ft. 6 ins, and cubic capacity of 350 cubic ft. The internal length is 8 ft. 11 ins, and internal width is 5 ft. 7 ins. Roller shutters are provided at the rear, .as well as a hinged tailbdard. Rubbing strips protect the sides and poster space is available.