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Private Handle

Private Handle
Prakash Tendulkar, February 2001

 

  These private handles were issued in 1960 when new rakes started joining the fleet. They were made up of steel and each one had a unique serial number. Subsequently, they were replaced by a pair of aluminum spanners, one for reverser and the second for brake controller.

1928 stock needed only one spanner, i.e. for reverser. It had a spring clip to hold it in place. 1950 Metro Cammell used the same spanner for reverser but added one for brake controller.

1960 stock replaced Spring clip reverser handle with a modern one. 

spannner2.jpg (53497 bytes)  Same spanner viewed from other side

spannner3.jpg (40754 bytes)  Cheap imitation made by car shed.

Nevertheless, these spanners can easily be used as a substitute for Railway pass between Churchgate to Virar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Karjat / Kasara as well as platform tickets. I have saved them as momentos.

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Prakash Tendulkar 2001