This article was published in “New Zealand Trucking”, August 2020. To read the original version please click here.
Reproduced with permission from New Zealand Trucking – https://nztrucking.co.nz/
Story by Ruth Slavid. Photos by Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group.
A newly formed charity in England is preserving and using a number of vintage outside broadcast trucks that were originally used in the UK in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Continue reading “Recreating the magic of TV’s early days”
Paul’s latest “lockdown” report:
Here is a picture of the new Marconi Mk III camera test facility that I’ve put together.
Continue reading “MkIII Camera Test Facility”
Here is a photo of one of the restored Mk II/III PWM EHT units.
Continue reading “MkIII PWM EHT Module”
Latest photo – I managed a few more hours today.
Continue reading “Fourth Vivat PWM Part 3”
Whist waiting for answers to some ‘real work’ questions, I’ve gone for ‘first light’ on the PWM.
Continue reading “Fourth Vivat PWM Part 2”
This weekend I’ve been working on the ‘final’ Vivat PWM – this is the ‘US spec’ one that we changed the mains transformer on. The electrolytic capacitors are stamped ‘1953’, so it’s a good early one from MkII days.
Continue reading “Fourth Vivat PWM”
Carry on Trucking –
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”
Dan Cranefield writes about the time that MCR23 was pressed into service when the LMCR was damaged.
Continue reading “How engineers kept Z Cars on the road”
We have moved the content of the old “projectvivat.co.uk” site to the BECG website so it will be kept with all our other projects. The old site will be redirected to this one in due course.
Please see the “
Project Vivat” page for the entry point to the pages.
Vivat Videos and Photos
This page was imported from our old website “projectvivat.co.uk”, please excuse any rough edges!
Here are some (old) videos and photos that show how the project is progressing. More items will be added later.
See our “
Latest News” page for an overview of how we are getting on! Each entry contains a description of the work and more photographs. Initial vehicle preparation video
This video by Dicky Howett was shot in 2010 and 2011 and shows some of the early work that took place, mainly stripping old paintwork.
Later videos on YouTube
These three YouTube videos by Dicky Howett show various aspects of the refurbishment of the exterior and interior of the truck.
This first one contains some of the material from the original video above but also includes some later items.
Repairing corroded steps and other body parts.
Fixing the Formica on the ceiling panels.