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Railways (Fuel-Oil Conversion)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will take steps to persuade the railway companies of the advantage of utilising oil boats operating on our rivers and the adjacent storing facilities for fuel oil, particularly in the area served by the River Trent between Hull and Nottingham, and so help the progress of the conversion of coal-burning locomotives to oil that is at present being retarded by the lack of railway oil trucks and storage facilites.

The progress of conversion is not at present being retarded by lack of oil tank wagons or storage facilities, but by difficulties in obtaining delivery of essential equipment for the erection of oil fuelling installations at locomotive depots and for the conversion of locomotives.