What was the DBSO fiasco? Also, Oscar Bravo mentions Health and Safety issues. I don't really understand, does anyone know what these are, or if not what they could potentially be?
Sorry to ask so many questions, it's just that I find this all quite interesting but I don't have the background knowledge to understand it.
The DBSO (Driving Brake Standard Open) was a UK Mark 2f driving trailer/cab car obtained by NIR. Once commissioned either one of the push pull 201s or, after mods were done, the NIR 111s could push the Gatwick set controlled from the DBSO at the front end.
The DBSO arrived in Belfast over a year late by which time a lot of the need for it had passed but even then it never seemed to do anything even for rugby specials - the Class 3000 had taken over. NIR kept the set in storage, with ministers continually telling the assembly the set was fleet even as vandals got at some of the carriages. This thread from IRN with commentary below will give you a flavour of what ducks and drakes have been played (and what money wasted) on this project.
EDIT: did not see csd's post before hitting save on mine.