Break time on CMCR9

CNV00063 CMCR9 Break Time

Copyright John Abbott, no reproduction without permission.

This photo is of break time on the outside broadcast scanner, CMCR9 – Pebble Mill’s first CM1.

The liquid refreshment seems to be beer, as opposed to tea!

Sitting on the stool is Engineering Manager, Bob Chaplin. Bottom left may be Steve Searley. Sitting on the ground, possibly John Allinson. The other man may be Peter Hodges.

Thanks to Janet Collins, John Duckmanton and Jane Maclean for identifying the heads!

Update on CMCR9

Prospero North 3 JC


















Copyright Jerry Clegg, no reproduction without permission.

This article from the BBC retirees’ magazine, Prospero, by Jerry Clegg gives an update on the OB scanner CMCR9  – Pebble Mill’s original CM1, and later Manchester’s North 3.

The scanner will be on display several more times this year, in case you would like to visit it, see the article for the details.


Ron Lane with CM1

CNV00014 CMCR9 Ron Lane

Photograph from Engineering Manager, John Abbott, no reproduction without permission.

Rigger driver, Ron Lane, standing proudly next to the scanner CMCR9, Pebble Mill’s CM1, which later became BBC Manchester’s North 3. The location is probably a Gardeners’ World outside broadcast, possibly  at ‘The Magnolias’, Percy Thrower’s garden, where the weekly gardening show was recorded in much of the 1970s.

CMCR9 – Cheshire Commercial Vehicle Run

North 3 at Lymm B 28 Roger D copy
Photo by Roger Dowling, no reproduction without permission.
Owner, Steve Harris took CMCR9 CM1/ North 3 and two friends on the Cheshire Commercial Vehicle Run last Sunday and sent the ‘postcard’ below. That will have blown a few cobwebs out of the system, ready for the summer show season. The run was 112 miles!
Jerry Clegg
CMCR9 on the Cheshire Run JC

Restored Scanner CMCR9 Events for 2013

CM1/North 3 in the snow

CM1/North 3 in the snow













The restored former BBC scanner CMCR9/ North 3 is booked to display at the following events this summer:-

  • Kelsall Steam and Vintage Rally, near Tarvin, Cheshire. 21st/22nd June 2013
  • Wilmslow Show, Wilmslow High School, Cheshire Sunday 14th July   (Not yet confirmed. Please check nearer the time.)
  • Astle Park Traction Engine Rally, Chelford, Cheshire.   10th/11th August 2013
  • 51st Shrewsbury Steam Engine Rally, Onslow Park, Shrewsbury. Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 25/26th August 2013

(Thanks to Jerry Clegg for making this information available).