It wasn't 153 but 901155. I obviously mistook the 5 for a 3. Got closer this time and a pic of the number to make sure. Have updated records. This ties up with 152. Both were last recorded at Derby in 2012.
The trailer recorded for the first time also still there
and number checked.
Apologies for my poor eyesight. Chemo makes them a bit hazy.
There's a photo of this on Facebook in 2016 still with rail gear. It appears it was bought with the rail gear removed but it was then refitted and exhibited at a show of some sort. I'm trying to establish more if possible...
Well confused here with the name CC, could be one of two.
Did you also operate the Canron and later the 09's? If yes, then think I know, also maybe linked to the fire service.....
Interesting the comment on the "Quad Lights" this was a cheaper and simpler version to the laser lining system.
A trolley set ahead of the machine, a projector light under the tower cab beaming forward, this was received by a receiver on the trolley set ahead of the machine with headlights to reflect back to the operator in the tower which way to use the lining front wire offset joystick.
Sounds correct though, as it was a 32 tool machine, the front of the engine had an extra triple hydraulic pump, the pressure hoses for this pump ran through the top RH of the base of the engine bay, later modified to run through under the base of the engine bay due to this fire.
Roger may remember better about the post mod hydraulic hose re-routing....
Yes I questioned myself when entering but at the time I noted that 152 & 153 were parked together both very clean and newish looking. I made mental note to check next time I pass or until someone proves me wrong at Hargreaves.
Great stuff Roger! Thanks for confirming...I would be inclined to say all of the logged sightings of 917085 over the last 2 - 3 years at Bolsover are not of this vehicle, but are instead the unregistered 'E74 EFJ' imposter.
There is a recent sighting of the vehicle at Plumstead, that, I would say is the actual 917085..
Many years ago, 73432 set on fire while working, was quite a fireball I was told.
The Operators gave up with the portable extinguishers, managed to contact a signalman who arranged for the fire brigade to attend.
The operators then retreated up a high embankment to a position of safety and sat on the ground watching the machine burn furiously as they could do no more.
One operator then proceeded to open up his sarnie box and flask and commenced enjoying his dinner while the flames engulfed the machine in view in the near distance.
The other operator, after observing his college eating his pack-up, suddenly realized he had left his pack-up on the machine that was now very well burning, and he quickly vocally expressed his concern with engineering language!
This operator then very quickly scuttled back down the embankment, back across the tracks, entered the rear cab through the smoke of what was now an inferno,.
His mission was to retrieve his pack-up, which was successful, then after scuttling back up the embankment to enjoy his dinner, sitting along with his college while the inferno continued and waiting for the fire brigade....
On a visit to Bolsover yesterday (1st May), I checked the vehicle carrying ' E74 EFJ ' and the builders number is 413727. Our guide told us that the real E74 EFJ / 917085 is at Plumstead, and the one in the yard has no documentation at the moment, so it can't be registered. At present I don't know the builders number of 917085.