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The majority of the 135 leased service vehicles new in 1986/1987 were of four basic models, the only exceptions being four Peugeot 504 pick-ups and a single Ford Fiesta van. You could also count the single Astramax supplied as being different to the standard Astra vans but, otherwise, everything was an Astra, an Escort, a Transit or a Bedford CF. Both the Astra and Escort came in both car and van forms, with LT taking slightly more vans than cars. 3482F was a fairly typical Ford Escort Mk4 van and was new in November 1986. It was slightly unusual for being assigned to the Commercial Operations Manager's section (soon to be renamed London Coaches), which perhaps explains its anonymous red livery when seen at Battersea Garage on 3rd January 1987. As already shown, 3482F later gained large London Coaches fleetnames. Battersea had closed as an operational bus garage in late 1985, only to be reactivated for the new operation in early 1986. London Coaches moved to the larger Wandsworth Garage in 1988 but Battersea remained in use by them, and later by Kentish Bus / Arriva London as an operational garage, before finally closing for good in 2009. Note that what looks like a cupboard behind the van is in fact the door to the Union office!
Photo ID: 7188
Photo date: 03/01/1987 Size: Regular
Date added: 30/07/2022