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Minutes 589 - 598

DIESEL TRAINS COMMITTEE

Minutes of 56th meeting held on Wednesday, July 16th 1958

PRESENT :-

Mr. A.J.Pearson, Assistant General Manager (Chairman)
" E.H.Baker, Motive Power Officer, Euston
" George Dow, Commercial Officer, Euston
" J.Elliot,  Assistant Engineer (Permanent Way), Euston
" J.J.Finlayson,  Assistant M.& E.Engineer, Derby
" T.Fiske, Assistant to General Manager (Modernisation), Euston
" N.Nicholls, Assistant to Regional Accountant, Euston
" W.O.Reynolds, Assistant Operating Officer, Euston
" A.T.Salmon, Assistant Public Relations & Publicity Officer, Euston
" E.Stanley, Assistant C.& W.Engineer, Derby
" R.Varley, Assistant to General Manager (Special Duties), Euston
" C.Lakin, General Manager's Office, Euston   (Secretary)

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MINUTES OF MEETING OF JUNE 16TH, 1958

Agreed.

589.  GENERAL MATTERS OF POLICY

(1)  Programme of Diesel Train operation

The Chairman referred to the general use of multiple unit diesels, and said that whilst the policy in the past had been to introduce these units on a large scale, the B.T.C. had now asked for the services already in operation or projected to be reviewed, and where the losses were heavy and the prospect of improvement slight, for each Region to consider whether their continuance or introduction was really justified.  On the other hand, there were areas on the Region in which operation by multiple unit diesels would probably be economically advantageous, e.g. St.Pancras and Marylebone suburban, and as the position in respect of cuts in capital expenditure has been eased for 1959, it was essential that all apparently profitable new schemes should be progressed with the utmost vigour and the services introduced without delay so that the net revenue of the Region would benefit.  Schemes which are not likely to show an increase in net revenue should not be submitted, but in considering existing schemes the desirability of continuing to "show the flag" of modernisation should be borne in mind.

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