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ERF E6-18/JDC Control Unit. E784 JEH
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No: 6002   Contributor: Yelp Bullhorn   Year: 1987   Manufacturer: ERF   Country: United Kingdom
ERF E6-18/JDC Control Unit. E784 JEH

Staffordshire's rather unique ERF Control Unit. It once operated from Longton station in Stoke-on-Trent, but now turns-out from the retained station in Stone.
Picture added on 02 February 2008
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During the summer of 2008, this appliance was replaced by a state-of-the-art Mercedes Sprinter - see picture #11005.

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 03 January 2009.
Excuse me, but I never thought 'state of the art' and 'Mercedes Sprinter' could be used in the same sentence! Give me 'proper' control units like this ERF any day.

Added by Barry. on 03 January 2009.
I believe this appliance is now on the run in Southern Ireland.

Added by John Mc Ateer on 03 January 2009.
I think the 'state of art' refers to the equipment fitted to the Sprinter rather than the vehicle itself. Command and Control programs involving the internet downloading of mapping has been revolutionised over the past 3 years.

Added by Barrie Green on 03 January 2009.
The above ERF was recently sold to County Carlow, Southern Ireland, where it now runs as 87-CW-1377.

Added by Ian Moore on 03 January 2009.
You are right, Barry; I should have elaborated a little!

The new Sprinter cost over £100, 000. It has three laptop computers and mobile phone and internet connectivity. It possesses the ability to link directly with the Police helicopter to display live images and photos on internal and external TV screens. Hi-tec mapping software can display Ordnance Survey maps as well as localized maps with fire crews, appliances and equipment locations overlayed.

Not only externally, but internally it bears little resemblance to this 20 year-old ERF which is basically a van containing white boards, magic markers, walkie-talkies and a phone. Who says that progress has to be pretty?!

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 05 January 2009.
Barry -

If you like big ICUs, look up Karlsruhe's ICU on this site. It is based on a Neoplan double deck bus!

Added by Rob Johnson on 17 September 2019.
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