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1972 Tube Stock Guards Controls

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Photos - 1972 Tube Stock Guard's Position

Fig. 1:  Original 1972 Tube Stock Guard's Position

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Guard's position of 1972 Tube Stock showing the arrangement of the control panels.  This arrangement was introduced with the 1931 Standard Tube Stock and, on the basis that it didn't need fixing, remained virtually unchanged until the 1967 Tube Stock.  It was perpetuated on later stocks where necessary for two-person operation.  Photo by Tube Troll.

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Fig. 2:  1972 Tube Stock - Guard's Controls No 1 Side

72 TS Guard Controls No1 Side 72132.jpg (35762 bytes)The guard's controls on the No 1 side of the train.  This side has the key operated "position switch", which activated the position when required by the guard.  The position switch was normally overed by a sprung, hinged flap - missing in this photo.  This flap was used to indicate if the position switch was closed by being held partially open by the key in the "on" position.

Train lighting was also controlled from this panel.

Note the stand to the right of the control panel which was used to house a fire extinguisher.  These were removed from time to time when vandalism reached epidemic proportions.  They were replaced whenever there was a management fire scare.  This sort of yo-yo management style still exists today.   Photo by Tube Troll.














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Fig 3:  1972 Tube Stock - Gurad's Controls No 2 Side

72 TS Guard Controls No2 Side 72133.jpg (39744 bytes)The The No 2 side guard's control panel carried the train heating switches and the "loudaphone" communication system connecting the operative guards position and driver's cabs.  On this side the brake pipe air gauge (train line) and an emergency valve (above it) were provided to allow a brake pipe continuity test to be carried out.

The emergency valve was one of the former passenger alarm valves which all trains had until they were withdrawn during 1989-90.   Each car was provided with 3 or 4 valves which, if operated, caused the train's emergency brakes to apply.

Below the air gauge, there was a desk which could be unlocked and dropped down to provide the guard with somewhere to write if necessary.

Under the desk was a small lockable, drop down seat.  Photo by Tube Troll.











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