Something I recently learnt which might be of interest to others was that CF5023 and CF5025 were the two single deck interurban power cars fitted during 1967 with Fabed jumper cables for trials preparatory to the advent of S10 set.
Geoff Moss's book, at p58, mentions the testing of new jumper cables being considered for double deck in 1967, the two cars mentioned above being fitted with Fabeg - not Fabed - cables. Electrical connections were provided by a 36-pin arrangement, in which there was a permanent anchorage for the cable under the off-side front window (CF5025) and a receptacle under the driver's window on CF5023.
Haven't checked the Goninan cars yet, but some of the Comeng motor cars only seemed to have had them at the No.2 (driving) end, whereas the jumper cables seemed to have been pretty well standard at both end of the trailers.Comeng and Goninan are the same.
FABEG Patent US4549783 - Connector for optically connecting an electrically-energizable light source.By my reckoning, the following Sydney suburban double deckers were fitted with FABEG cabling:
By my reckoning, the following Sydney suburban double deckers were fitted with FABEG cabling:
Tulloch motor cars - C3801 -C3804.
Tulloch trailer cars - T4839 - T4895.
Comeng motor cars - C3741 - C3765, C3805 - C3986.
Comeng trailer cars - T4921 - T4987.
Comeng driving trailer cars - D4011 - D4095 (of which 10 in the last series were renumbered D4001 - D4010).
Goninan motor cars - C3001 - C3080, C3501 - C3608.
Goninan trailer cars - T4101 - T4170, T4171 - T4274.
Goninan driving trailer cars - D4096 - D4099.
Dont know what a FABED jumper or recepticle is, but the type currently fitted to the whole fleet is made by WILCO. WILCO was taken over by CLIPSIL but original WILCO stuff is still produced. Recently (like two weeks) we were advised that the complete recepticle assembly is no longer made, only some parts such as the backerlite inserts, pins etc will be made in future.I've found some websites for the FABEG system and other references. There are diagrams for various sub-items. I'll dig them out in the next couple of days.
Most (if not all) electrical inter-car or multiple unit connections on the NSW Railways were made by WILCO, the only other manufacturer was MARACHELL who now make the 415volt AC auxiliary supply jumper heads and recepticle, used on Tangara (for shore supply) C sets K sets & V sets. Also Endeavour/Xplorer have them for shore supply/stand by. All electrical equipment uses Amphenol cannon plugs (and some specific connectors in Tangaras).
Do you have a photo of these FABED jumpers/recepticles?
The double deck interurbans don't have an external mounting for the jumper cables. They seem to "disappear" through the ends of the car body.