Local Philips MI 50s

The MI 50 is a rare lantern on Derbyshire's roads; this can be attributed to Thorn's own side-entry 35 W SOX lantern, the Beta 5, already being an established and well-used product in the County by the time that Philips launched the MI 50. The later GRP-canopied successor to the MI 50, the MI 26, is a far more common sight, however.

This remotely-geared MI 50 is located on a short 1980s' extension to an existing cul-de-sac in Church Gresley. It is attached to a 5 m British Steel column.

 

The lantern still retains its (potentially original) Royce Thompson P42 two-part photocell detector.

 
 

Elsewhere in South Derbyshire can be found another remotely-geared MI 50; this example attached to a 5 m British Steel hockeystick column is in Swadlincote.

 

Once again, a P42 photocell detector is fitted to the lantern's canopy.

 
 

Remaining in the Swadlincote area, this MI 50 attached to a somewhat oversized swan neck bracket can be seen in the suburb of Newhall.

 

The bracket almost looks as if it was going to be manufactured for use with a top-entry lantern but was then changed to be a side-entry type instead.

 

A non-original Zodion SS6 photocell is fitted to the lantern.

 

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