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of the more unexpected fittings, seen here on one of the pilot vehicles at
the Mechanization Experimental Establishment in Chertsey, is the
special crane attachment that can be erected in the bucket. Powered by the
winch cable it can handle payloads up to 4 tons, and its seen here
dropping a demonstration load into a Thames Trader. Seven of these
prototypes were built, followed by 141 production machines, two other
functions, which are not illustrated, include a pusher bar, used when
launching pontoons or bridging units into a waterway and a facility to
detonate external demolition charges from within the vehicle.
Once again we see CET proceeding effectively in reverse; the manual gearbox provides four speeds in either direction with a top forward road speed of 32 mph but the reverse ratios reduce the speeds by half which is more suitable for earthmoving tasks. Power is provided by a Rolls-Royce C6TFR turbocharged diesel, a six cylinder in line unit, and Rolls-Royce also manufactures the steering system. In this photograph, the vehicle is again moving with the bucket end leading, and is carrying a roll of steel track way than can be release to unroll by setting off a small charge. CET is capable of handling Class 30 and Class 60 track way which it unrolls by pushing gently with its bucket. Since it weight no more than 18 tons, CET exerts very low ground pressure and can move across ground which other vehicles would bog, and for this reason it would be the obvious unit to lay track way. Like many light weight armored vehicles of this period CET is of welded construction using Aluminum armor developed by the Alcan Company.