Money is available to start the rebuild of ABC Unit 5 / Thames Unit 2 – GNF 951E, but the biggest problem during the current conditions has been to find people who are willing to start work on mechanical and exterior restoration.Continue reading “ABC / Thames on the move!”
by Phil Nott
TV in London is 65 years old in 2020, remaining vital throughout a period of external pressures as well as the changing viewing habits of the population. In this article, I look at the birth and evolution of London Weekend Television, and at the role that technology played in developing its sport and drama output.Continue reading “London Weekend Television’s Pioneering Technology”
Part 1 (1968 to 1980)
By Phil Nott
If you want to understand the history of Thames Television’s outside broadcast (OB) trucks, it is necessary first to appreciate the tortuous way that the broadcaster came into being. Therefore, I am starting this review of the Thames OB fleet with a little history.Continue reading “A review of the Thames Television OB fleet Part 1”
Carry on Trucking – Jeffrey Borinsky
While many enthusiasts collect radios and televisions, broadcasting equipment is a more neglected area. The Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group (BECG) is a group of people who rescue, restore and conserve historic UK television equipment, focusing on the engineering aspects. We aim to use this to present television history to the public. Continue reading “Carry on Trucking”
Here is a short (5 minute) video showing some of the activities during our strip-out of the vehicle.
We have made our first foray into restoring our latest acquisition – the ABC/Thames Outside Broadcast Unit “GNF951E”. As detailed on the Project Page, this vehicle was converted into a mobile home by the previous owners, so we had to start by removing the modifications. A project team consisting of Paul, Richard, Martin, Jeffrey, Dave, Phil, Dicky, Jill, Margaret and Ruth assembled to start the work.
Our latest project is the restoration of ABC TV’s “Unit 5”. This was one of three new vehicles ordered by ABC in the mid-sixties. It passed to Thames and then to Sony before being converted into a domestic vehicle.
Please see the Project Page for further information.