A GEC Z8596 fitted with a 70w SON-T lamp. Switching is by a 1966 Venner MSQP clock. The column is a Cohen steel.
Update- September 2005: the lantern was replaced by an Urbis ZXU1 due to time clock removals.
An AC Ford AC848 on a swan neck and cast column. The column pattern is a common one throughout the city. The lamp is a 70w SON-T and switching is by a clock in the control box. This lantern would have been an early replacement of a lantern running a tungsten lamp or a mercury/tungsten blended lamp, such as a GEC Z5001. As there is no space for control gear in the control box a geared lantern was required and at the time the AC848 was an ideal choice.
Update- October 2005: the clock was the undoing of this lantern, and it has now been replaced by a ZXU1.
Another AC848 on a cast column. This example has a base compartment to hold the time clock, while control gear is in the lantern. The lamp is a 70w SON-T.
Update- October 2005: the clock led to the removal of the lantern- now a ZX1 is fitted.
Another AC Ford AC848 on a cast column and swan neck. The control box is in fact made by Venner, and would originally have held a timeswitch. Today's lantern has a NEMA photocell on the canopy however.
Update- August 2007: the column, along with a few casts in the area has now been replaced. A new 5m steel column and Urbis ZXU1 lantern is now in place.
A pair of AC Ford AC848 lanterns. The first is mounted on a 5m CU column, and controlled by a 1962 Venner MSQP timeclock. The second is fitted to a CU concrete with swan neck bracket. This example has a photocell on the canopy.
Update- 2010: the last few years has seen the removal of both these concrete columns.
A GEC Z8896 lantern surviving with a venner MSQP time switch controlling it. The lamp is a 70w SON.
The timeswitch was the undoing of this lantern, and a ZXU1 was fitted in early 2010.
An AC Ford AC848 lantern on a large swan neck mount and cast column. The lamp is a 70w SON and control is by a SELC 841 cell on the canopy.
Update- August 2005: the lantern has now been replaced by an Urbis ZXU1.
Update- August 2006: the replacement of Internally Lit signs in the city has meant that a new 6m column has now been fitted with new reflective sign plate and T7 flood.
An AC Ford AC848 lantern on a 5m Stewart & Lloyd column. The lamp is a 70w SON and control is by a timeclock. This lantern and bracket would have replaced an Eleco PT828 lantern in the early 1980s, and it is the only lantern from that era left along the road. The column dates to around 1963 and would have been installed with the PT828 lantern.
Update- Yet another timeclock gone. The lantern was replaced in late June 2006 with a new Urbis ZXU1 and minicell.
The sole surviving concrete column complete with its original lanterns on Mutley Plain. The road was lit entirely with these columns erected in the late 70s, but now all have been removed save for this one. The column is a 10m Concrete Utilities (CU) and the lanterns are 250w SON-T Thorn Alpha 3s. Control gear is in the column base and switching is by NEMA photocells. When these lanterns went up, NEMA photocells would have been quite new technology to the city.
This sole survivor bit the dust in early 2010 and a steel column is now in place.
This is the only Gamma 4 lantern in the immediate area, and it was installed to light the carpark. It is no longer lit, and the carpark has bulkhead fittings along the perimeter wall. A pair of 250w SON-E lamps are fitted (dating from 1996) , and there is a NEMA cell on the canopy. It almost certainly dates from the early 1970s when the carpark was constructed, and, judging by the old silver paint, hasn't been painted since!
In early 2010 a decision was made about the column due to dangerous rusting at the base. The column was immediately cut off just above the neck to remove and risk of collapse.
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