8. GEC Z5698U.

Spotted by Paul Leon on Thursday, 15th June 2006, on a footpath between Brierfield Way and Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover (officially on Bradwell Close - the entrance to which is just round the corner).

What I think happened: Having now had a look at the damage myself, I can see that the lantern has taken a severe beating  - the canopy has broken off its hinges (it is hanging by the wires supporting the NEMA socket) and the bowl and lamp are missing completely - although I found the mica support disc from the top end of the lamp in the grass nearby. As the ring above the bowl (which the canopy is meant to hinge onto) is still in-situ, I would think that the lantern was attacked by someone standing at ground level and throwing missiles upwards.

It is sad to see this lantern in this state, as I have been past it many times when it still worked - the present SS3DR cell was fitted in mid-2003; replacing an SS4.


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A week after the damaged lantern was spotted, a WRTL Arc had been fitted in place. I thought that replacement would probably be what would happen - even if another bowl could be found, the bodywork of the Z5698U may still have been damaged from the impact.

     

Whilst earlier batches of Arcs were fitted with NEMA sockets, the later ones used minicells instead - as is the case here.

 

The lantern uses a 70 W SON-T lamp.

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