Small but important

17 Jul

Three red vehicles are stored in the Dockline Tram Barn.  The smallest, obediently in a corner, should not be overlooked.  It’s the EBV – Emergency Backup Vehicle in the form of a 1950s “Fergie” tractor.  I spotted it earlier in the year on a trial run after mechanic Clinton Pearce had finished giving it a new lease of life.  The Ferguson brand farm tractor gained fame in 1958 when our Sir Edmund Hillary drove one of the same colour to the South Pole while supporting the British Trans-Antarctica Expedition.  Don’t have misgiving about its diminutive appearance.  It can easily tow either of the Dockline Trams around the track in an emergency such as an impromptu power failure.  So far it has not been called on to do so.  Its biggest “emergency” mission,was being called in to carry an over – sized package of fish ‘n chips back to the Tram Barn!

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