Perspex Cab Roof for Tower Wagon
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ARANY interesting features are LVI included in a new Karrier Gamecock tower wagon supplied to Uxbridge Urban District Council by the local branch of Locomotors, Ltd. The crew and workshop compartment is fitted with seating for four people. It contains a built-in work bench on the off side, and ample locker space is provided for tools and equipment. Interior lighting has been installed for night work. At the rear of the crew compartment there is a sliding door leading to a catwalk which encircles the base of the tower, and at the rear of the vehicle there are a step and hand-rail, thus the crew can enter or leave without using the side door. This is because this type of vehicle is used extensively at night and it is an attempt to obviate the danger of members of the crew being struck by passing vehicles when mounting and dismounting through the side door. ' On the near side of the vehicle there is a special wide door. The purpose of this is to enable the whole engine to be lifted out without dismantling. When the vehicle was being designed, an official of the council pointed out that one of the principal preoccupations of a lighting officer is the problem of lamp inspection at night, and he asked' that a clear field of view should be provided from the cab. To give -this, a domed Perspex window is fitted in the roof of the cab over the windscreen, and the inspecting officer has a clear view of street lamps while approaching and passing beneath them. The actual tower, constructed by the Eagle Engineering Co., Ltd., Warwick, is of the latest four-stage type which, when extended on this particular vehicle, gives a working height of 35 ft. The revolving platform on which the tower is mounted is 5 ft. long.