Re: Class 5E1 body shape change

Ashley Peter

Hi Andre -

I do know that some of the round-fronted Class 5E1 units were changed to flat-fronted following accident repairs so these could have been out of sequence older units with square fronts fitted later.


On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 21:01, André Kritzinger
<grela@...> wrote:
Back when I wrote their Wiki articles, I deduced that the change in the Class 5E1 body shape from rounded corners to squared corners occurred on the Class 5E1 Series 5 somewhere between no. E941, which had rounded corners, and E948, which had squared corners, based on pictures I took of them and a bunch of others at Ladysmith shortly before they were sold.

Then Les Pivnic came up with a picture of Class 5E1 Series 4 no. 869 and one other, both with squared corners, in Soul of A Railway. See p
icture 30 in
In every other picture I’ve ever seen of Class 5E1 Series 1 to 4, all of them had rounded corners and only the higher numbers of Series 5 (E948 and up) had squared corners. I asked oom Les, but he has no idea when exactly the new look began. Does any of you know when (from which number) the change in body shape happened exactly and whether it was done on a test basis on some more Series 4 units before the squared corners finally became the permanent new look?
Peter Stow, Leith, can one of you you perhaps help?
André, Cape Town
Converted from Horribly Oversized to Nano in 1978

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