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Recent deliveries to Acton Works have included two Nissan Navara pick-ups (one of which is numbered 8730N and has 'Point Care' lettering) and three Renault Kangoo Maxi vans in LUL response vehicle livery. The latter could be to replace the elderly Citroen Berlingos on the Central Line (at West Ruislip, White City, Leytonstone and Loughton).
Our contacts at Acton Works have very kindly provided an updated fleetlist, hence we now know fleetnumbers for all the vehicles seen being delivered over the past few months. There are still gaps in our knowledge though, since the list included ten new vehicles, most of which we don't know the operators of. The highest number so far used is 8726T, as usual with quite a few gaps still, mainly in the range from 8660 upwards. There are no real surprises in the recent additions, the majority being of just five types (Ford Transit, Renault Kangoo, Toyota Yaris, VW Caddy and VW Transporter).

The vehicles for the Elizabeth Line have been given numbers in the 8634 to 8653 range. Four 'unseen' vehicles (VW Transporter 8644VW and Ford Transits 8645F, 8648F and 8650F) fall within this group so it would seem likely that they are also in the white/blue/purple livery. Reports of the fleet have been sparse to say the least! One person mentioned seeing a Renault Kangoo possibly in Elizabeth Line livery, which means the range could include 'unseen' 8632R and 8633R. And at the other end, Ford Transit dropside 8654F could also be for them. Keep 'em peeled...

TfL Taxi-Private Hire recently replaced two of its 14-reg Toyota Yaris cars with new examples (numbered 8690T and 8691T). I had expected a third, to replace LL14VOJ at Kingston, but the adjoining numbers (8689 and 8692) have already been used. So, um.

Not much news on the bus company fleets. Stagecoach now has four new Hyundai minibuses at Rainham. Their national fleetnumbers have a gap at 93649, but this could be elsewhere within the company. It might be worth keeping an eye on West Ham to see if their Fords are also to be replaced. Reports would also be welcomed from London United and London Sovereign territory. Recent bus route changes have seen them acquire various cars and vans for use as crew ferries. These are all unmarked and in non-standard colours, which suggests they may be hired. London United was one of few companies to apply markings (and fleetnumbers) to the majority of their 'permanent' service vehicles and hopefully this policy has not changed.
The first central vehicle in the 8700's has been noted at Wakering Road. Further Ford Transits continue to arrive, mainly for Elizabeth line use it seems. Stagecoach have taken at least another three Hyundai minibuses into stock at Rainham, where three of the Ford Transit Custom minibuses are known to have been withdrawn and auctioned. (R)
Vehicles continue to arrive! Noted in the staff car park last weekend were three Transporter crew vans and a couple of Toyota cars (one Yaris, one Prius) for LUL, along with two Transit crew vans for Elizabeth line use. Disposal of vehicles is still slowly progressing, it seems. (R)
A couple of Toyota Yaris cars for TfL PCO arrived recently as have around eight Renault Kangoo Maxi vans for LUL. Metroline have a new Ford Tourneo Custom minibus (noted at HT during the open day). Tom is still busy so I have input recent deliveries/changes so don't take them as 100% correct. (R)
Steve found the first RX68*** reg vehicle at the VW dealers on 19th August and a number have since been delivered to Acton and are now in LUL livery. Another Renault Zoe has been acquired by Sullivan Buses, the damaged vehicle LN17XXG also having returned to use. (R)
Eleven Volkswagen vehicles are being delivered for Elizabeth Line service. Most are Caddy crew vans but there are also two Transporter Shuttle minibuses RV18LMX/Y. Ford Transits for LUL continue to arrive. (R)
A couple of the recent Renault Kangoo ze (electric) vans have been seen working out of Lillie Bridge and it turns out that they are in fact crew vans, with additional side windows. Rather surprisingly, these are the first crew van Kangoos for the central fleet (some of the earlier deliveries may have extra seats but lack the additional windows).

Withdrawals of leased vehicles are now encroaching on those numbered in the 80xx series, routine departures including a couple of Kangoos (from Lillie Bridge, significantly...?) that had just managed three years service. More surprising is the disposal of Ford Transit dropsides 8071F and 8072F, which were late arrivals and lasted less than two years each.
With the London Overground livery seemingly on its way out it comes as a nice surprise to note that at least one vehicle (new LM18GFX - fleetnumber not yet known) has been seen in 'Elizabeth Line' colours and roundel. Electric Kangoos are still arriving as are additional diesel versions. (R)
Not a great deal to report recently. Somewhat unusual additions are a pair of Kia Soul electric cars now used as crew ferries by Arriva Southern Counties at Hemel Hempstead. Photos of both have just been uploaded.

Central fleetnumbers have not made much progress lately, although 8664F was seen at Northumberland Park Depot in May (on an LUL Ford Transit dropside). The registration number was not visible but it may have been one of the three LT18Uxx registered vehicles seen on delivery earlier in the month.

The Go-Ahead London Volvo recovery truck at Putney may have been re-registered again. LN04CHL (which it carried since surrendering VLT46 last year) is no longer current. Any observations would be welcomed.
Deliveries of Renault Kangoo's, both diesel and electric, have picked up again while Toyota Prius continue to arrive in small quantities. Deliveries of Ford Mk.8 dropside trucks have also continued. Since Arriva Rail London took over London Overground operations many of the Acton supplied vehicles have been disposed of, with only a couple still (apparently) remaining. They have replaced many of the vehicles with new dealer stock in white without logos. (R)
The first 18-reg service vehicle has now been reported, the prize being shared between Steve and Derek. They both saw new LUL Renault Kangoo van 8617R (LX18ZUA) at Acton Works car park last week.
A couple of observations from a run-past of Acton at the weekend. Firstly, the two old police-liveried Atego rescue tenders are currently parked in the lorry yard. As mentioned previously, the reason for retaining this pair following the arrival of the new Volvo tenders last year is not known. Crane-fitted artic tractor 2591M is the latest to gain LUL white/blue/red in place of Tube Lines white/blue. And the three remaining facilities vans look like they are being kept, all three being parked in their usual place in the lorry yard. Curiously one of the 2008 vans has been kept, along with two of the 2013 batch. No 18-reg service vehicles were evident in the yard or the car park.

A new fleetlist was received today, which has sorted out a few numbering queries. The highest number allocated so far is 8630T. There was no mention of the proposed Ford Transit Custom electric vans, though 8605 to 8607C are a trio of Citroen Berlingo electric vans. These apart, the few other additions were fairly routine, including Toyota Prius cars and vans based on Ford Transits, Transit Customs, Renault Kangoos and VW Caddys.

Not much to report from the bus companies apart from a few additions and the application of new RATP-group fleetnumbers to the Vauxhall Meriva cars at Epsom. VM75032 (ex 10) has not yet been visually confirmed but the six should now be VM75030 to VM75035.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've not had many reports of vehicles over the past week or so. I did get passed a press release about TfL's 'green' service vehicles though. This stated that the six Renault Kangoo electric+hydrogen vans are based at Acton for trials lasting until April 2020. There is also to be a one-year trial of three electric Ford Transit Custom vans, with one each at Acton, Lillie Bridge and Stratford Market.
A few more Renault vans and Toyota hybrid cars have been added in the past couple of weeks. The most interesting development though is the withdrawal (seemingly without replacement) of most of the remaining facilities vans.
Not much to report in terms of fleet additions lately. A second DAF LF dustcart has been seen at Acton (DX67KXH joining DX67KXJ), which will no doubt see the departure of plain white DS16YNU/V. Also leaving the fleet in recent months are all but one of the 'first-generation' facilities vans, leaving just 6517F and the seven newer vans delivered in 2013. No word on whether any new toilet vans have been received as replacements. If not, the bottom end of the lorry yard at Acton will be a bit less crowded now...

Various database updates today, including photo links, vehicle additions and withdrawals and detail improvements.
Fifteen new photos have just been published, all from the past year or so. Some of the database tasks are still outstanding.
The vehicle database has been updated with the additions from the recently-received list, and the fleetnumbers have been added to those entries which did not yet have them. Some of the photo links have not yet been updated with this new information. I will also be going through the list to check for withdrawn vehicles and to improve descriptions where appropriate. There have not been many photo contributions lately but I certainly have enough to make up a new batch. Crumbs, is this 'news' or just my 'to-do' list?!
I am about half-way through bringing the database up to date again (edit: now completed), and links have now been added for those photos from last week that didn't initially have them.
Catch-up time. I have just published a set of 27 photos covering the main news items of the past couple of months. As usual, yet more new photos have been received during the time it took me to prepare this batch, including the first 87xx numbered vehicle and more Stagecoach Hyundai minibuses. These will be featured next time, hopefully in early November. Please note that the vehicle database has not been fully updated yet so some of the new photographs do not have vehicle data links. These will be added in the next day or two. Oh and thanks go again to Ray (R) for his recent updates and news items.
Further to yesterday's news, I have now replied to all recent e-mails. If you have not had a response to your e-mail then it may be best to assume that I never received it. The vehicle database will be updated later today.
As of today, LTSV has been on-line for exactly 15 years. It doesn't feel that long! You may have noticed a lack of updates recently, such as there being no photographs for September. I have some other short-term commitments at present and I am unable to spare much time for the website. Thanks go to Ray and Steve for adding the newest vehicles to the database (and indeed for countless other reports and photos over most of the past 15 years). I am also finding it difficult to keep up with e-mails but be assured that I will reply to all of them when I can. As for developments with the next iteration of LTSV ('more secure, easier to use, prettier and low in sugar'), these have been minimal over the summer. As soon as I have something to show, I will show it.
Hacking away at the backlog, another set of 25 recent photos has just been added. I hope to complete the database update in the next day or two.
A batch of twenty recent photos has just been uploaded. There are lots more to come but I figured it would be best to at least get some up now. A vehicles database update will be completed shortly.
Rather predictably, my plan to publish a second set of photos during July has fallen by the wayside. In fact I am now away on holiday for a week so there will be a slight delay to the first August photos.
After a slight delay (due to excessive heat at LTSV HQ) the database has been brought up to date again.
The database has been brought up to date again, including fleetnumbers that are now known for a dozen vehicles delivered over the past few weeks. Because of the advent of the Elizabeth Line livery (white/blue/purple), I have decided to re-title the livery used by TfL Private Hire as 'white/blue/lilac'. All references have been retrospectively amended.
July already! Just published is a new batch of 30 photos, all taken over the last couple of months and including some rare and unusual vehicles. Sorry if your submission did not make this first cut but I do have another large batch in preparation which should appear in the next week or two. Please note that, due to an administrative/accounting error, this batch of 30 photographs actually contains 31 photographs!
I have had my crayons out again, the result being the addition of 27 further icons, covering a variety of recent types (mainly VW Golfs and Transporters and MB Sprinters). Although the icons appear quite small on the screen, they are based on much bigger artwork. The next version of the LTSV website will make more use of the larger images.
The vehicle database has been brought pretty much up to date over the past couple of days, and I have also added a further 14 new icon images including the new Elizabeth Line livery on the Toyota Prius. A bundle of photos has been received from Derek (many thanks as always) pushing the total for the last month to over 350! A batch of 54 has been shortlisted for publishing but I will probably spread these over two sessions, hopefully the first in the next week.

Background work is also ongoing on the next generation of this website. In brief, changes to software versions mean that I cannot currently change the design of any pages on LTSV, only make changes to the data content. There is a workaround but, having discovered that my coding is also rather out of date, I have opted to go for a complete re-design. It will be some time before anything appears but don't worry; though the new site may look rather different, it will work in fundamentally the same way as now.
The vehicle database has been brought up to date and I have also added 20 recent photographs.
Another 23 recent photos have now been uploaded.
A largish database update was performed yesterday, covering recent additions, withdrawals and adding a lot of newly determined allocations. Today I have uploaded 22 recent photographs. I was going to say that these include some from no fewer than four new contributors. However, I have since realised that both Steve Warman and Neal Marshall have submitted a couple of photos a few years ago. Peter Terry and Dave Warby are all-new. Many thanks to you all, and to all the regular contributors. I hope to provide a fleet news round-up later today.
29 new photos have just been uploaded.
The fleet data has been updated based on recent observations and also a newly-received company list. A new batch of photographs is in preparation for later in the week.
The database has been brought up to date. For various reasons I did not add any photos during February.
A set of 21 new photos has been uploaded, mostly still from the last big batch submitted by Derek Everson.
The database has been brought up to date.
A bundle of 66 new vehicle icons has been uploaded, covering a lot of the types added over the past few years. I have applied these to almost 200 individual vehicles so far and the rest will be done over the next few days.
The database has been updated with numerous withdrawals reported over the past couple of months.