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Recent deliveries to Acton have seen fleetnumbers reaching into the high 88xxs, with 8882R being a Renault Kangoo Maxi. There are still many 87xx numbers yet to be reported, so presumably there are still a lot of vehicles on order. Several of the VW Caddy vans seen at the dealership recently are now in service (eg 8864VW/8866VW/8867VW). However, something odd is happening with the batch of Toyota Yaris cars delivered in April (known fleetnumbers 8837T to 8842T). These were all given LUL livery shortly after arrival, but it appears that most have now lost their red stripes and had the lettering changed from LUL to TfL. Curious.

The first reported change to the lorry fleet in over a year sees the two long Iveco Stralis demountable lorries (LK08LDV/LDY) being sold through Manheim, together with their bodies DB22 and DB23. Might be worth keeping an eye on the yard at Acton in case any replacements are bought.

As mentioned last time, we were looking out for two more Go-Ahead London MB Vito minibuses, to make up a batch of eleven. Well, RF19UZN and RF19UZP have now been seen. However, these were licensed almost a month after the RJ19HSx batch. Could it be that there is another batch now arriving?
A couple of items of bus fleet news. Stagecoach has a new Ford Transit Custom van at Catford (MX68ZMU). We don't yet know if this is a replacement for similar MC16FGV or additional, perhaps to cover the Kangley Bridge outstation. At Go-Ahead London, nine MB Vito minibuses registered in the RJ19HSx series have now been reported. There are therefore two more to be found. One is likely to be RJ19HSZ, but all other HSx registrations are accounted for. Also reported are another pair of similar minibuses new last year (RK68GVR/GVV). We now have six in that batch (GVR/T/V/X/Y/Z) and it looks as though there might be two more in the shape of RK68GVU and RK68GVW. Reports of any of these would be welcomed.
At least six recently delivered Ford Transit Custom vans (not crew vans) were moved to Frank Pick House this morning, and luckily our man was on the scene once more. Fleetnumbers 8776F to 8780F were noted, and I suspect the sixth will have been 8775F. Details will be on the database shortly, and there will be photos in the next set. Some of the Toyota Yaris cars delivered last month have had a change of livery already, with at least 8841T having been photographed in LUL white/blue/red a few weeks ago and now photographed in TfL white/blue. I don't know if this is due to a change of plans or a slip-up in communications. These photos will also be in the next set. Finally, a large number of VW Caddy Maxi crews are congregating at the dealership in Bedfont. Only one had a blue skirt, the remainder being all white. I would not be surprised if they are all destined for LUL though.
More Renault Kangoo vans, Toyota Yaris cars and VW Caddy vans have been delivered recently, the highest reported fleetnumber so far being 8842T. One rarity is 8833VW, a new Volkswagen Crafter box van, presumably to replace Acton's 7749F. Photos next time.
One thing I forgot to add last time was that the 'withdrawn' vans at Acton (the three facilities vans and the cleaners van) were quite quickly relicensed. Their 'withdrawal' may have just been a clerical error. Confirmed withdrawals continue unabated, eating into the low 8xxx-numbered vehicles. Surprisingly some relatively elderly vehicles are still active, such as Tube Lines-liveried 7278F and LUL 7240F both running out of Lillie Bridge.

Not really fleetnews but, having identified the two Elizabeth Line Renault Kangoo vans at the Romford ROC as being 8632R and 8633R, I figured it was time to put that line's locations on the database. Added today are Bow Substation (our code BWE), Ilford Elizabeth Line (IDE), Old Oak Common Depot (OOD), Plumstead Depot (PDD) and Romford ROC (RDR). Observations suggest between 2 and 8 vehicles are kept at each of these locations, apart from Old Oak Common (where none have yet been seen). However, apart from the Romford pair, the actual identities of each location's vehicles are not known.
Lots more vehicles have been seen on delivery over the past week, including Renault Kangoo vans, Toyota Yaris cars and Volkswagen Caddy vans (the last seen while still at the dealers). However, these seem to be outnumbered by the amount of vehicles being withdrawn. It is understood that lots of replacements are on order for non-ULEZ compliant vehicles, but that there may be a need to use hires for a while.

The last vehicle in London Overground white/blue/orange (VW Golf 7982VW) is among the departures.

A fourth RJ19Hxx Mercedes Vito minibus has been reported with Go-Ahead, although I have been informed that there are in fact eleven! I hope to track down the others (spread around garages at Silvertown, Northumberland Park and Croydon) soon.
Deliveries of new Ford Transit Custom crew vans for Frank Pick House have continued, with Ray 'Lucky' Monk catching seven being moved to their new home on Friday. Pictures soon. Ray has also found loads of recent withdrawals, including the Westdown Road Renault minibuses, the Upminster Transit van, the Baker Street Mondeo and several Ford Fiestas. There is no info on any replacements for these. From the Acton-based fleet, the Transit box truck, the 'cleaners' van and the three remaining facilities van have all been delicensed and/or sold. Having said that, the facilities van seem to still be around. It could be that all these withdrawals are as a result of the ULEZ.

Go-Ahead London is taking yet another batch of unmarked red Mercedes Vito minibuses, with three so far reported with RJ19HSx registrations. There may be more.
Lots more new deliveries in the past week including more Transit Custom and VW Caddy crew vans together with yet more Renault Kangoo Maxi vans. Fleetnumbers have reached 8834VW though there are still loads of gaps in the 87xx series. Presumably a lot more vehicles are on order, perhaps in connection with the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in a couple of days time.
Deliveries have picked up with a quantity of Caddy crew vans coming this week while last week saw, what is expected to be, the start of the replacement of a number of Transit Custom crew vehicles at Frank Pick House. A new Tramlink vehicle is 8729F (another Transit Custom van) and the highest delivery noted inside Acton today was 8803F, a Transit 350 van. (R)
The four Renault Kangoos in Incident Response Vehicle livery which were new in November/December last year lingered at Acton Works for quite a while. All were in the car park in early February, while two were still there at the beginning of March. Amongst a few Ford Transits delivered recently was a new crew van for the Emergency Response Unit, presumably to replace 7726F. The new van is KF68KLX, fleetnumber not yet known. (Update: It is 8684F)

A couple of recent deliveries have odd numbers. Firstly a Ford Transit Custom van was seen at Acton carrying number 8731F. This duplicates 8731N, a Nissan Navara new to Arnos Grove late last year. Incidentally, there was also a report that sister Nissan 8730N may carry fleetnumber 8731N on the nearside (it is not clear in the photo we have published). If true, the number 8731 is currently on three different vehicles. The second oddity was also at Arnos Grove and was a Ford Transit dropside truck new in October 2018 but first reported in late February. This carried fleetnumber 8314F on the nearside at least. This number has not previously been used but it is almost two years old, other vehicles in the 83xx series having arrived between autumn 2016 and spring 2017. We won't know whether the number carried is correct until we get another fleetlist from Acton.

Leaving the fleet in the past few months have been almost all of the vehicles previously used by London Buses Infrastructure Development. This section was transferred to TfL Asset Management in early 2017, and many of the vehicles had been moved to new locations, believed to be Highways Alliance yards. No replacement vehicles have been reported so perhaps their function is now performed by contractor's vehicles. Vans involved are VW Transporters 7834-7837VW and 10 VW Caddy Maxis from the batch numbered 7890-7902VW. Only 7900VW and 7901VW have not been noted going for disposal, although nor have later, one-off VW Transporters 8149VW and 8267VW (the latter being the only one to carry TfL white/blue). Reports of any of these, or of any new vehicles at locations like Uxbridge Station, would be welcomed.

Another departure is 7864M, one of the LBSL Incident Response Unit vans based at Morden. This needed repair work but, with replacement of the batch likely to commence soon, it was decided not to bother.

Official information from the bus companies is rarely received, but some from RATP has been made available lately. A variety of new and youthful vehicles have been acquired or hired recently, some being allocated fleetnumbers in the series ST75067 to ST75073. I had thought that ST may stand for Short Term, but I now suspect it could be Staff Transport. Observations suggest that most are operated in anonymous condition anyway. Given the common fleetnumbering series, I may need to amend the vehicle records on LTSV (which currently distinguish between subsidiaries London United, London Sovereign and Epsom Buses).

The database is now up to date again.
The database has been updated with recent additions. I also have a bundle of withdrawals to mark up and I will try and do these later today. Update: Most of the withdrawals have been added but I am going to have to leave the last dozen for another day.
The database has been brought up to date again. And again, later the same day.
26 recent photos have been uploaded.
The vehicle database has been updated again. I have also added 5 new locations for the Elizabeth Line, and edited the related sightings and photos.
It is getting hard to keep up with the pace of changes recently. I have just updated everything I know about.
Database updated again with more fleet additions and lots of withdrawals.
Seven more new vehicles have been added to the database, along with improved details on several others.
23 photos have just been published, most of which were taken over the past week or two. I didn't expect to finish them tonight so they are actually dated for tomorrow! I have also brought the database up to date with the latest reported deliveries, withdrawals and changes.
The database has been updated with the additions mentioned in fleet news, as well as recent withdrawals. I just added some SVs that I have seen over the past couple of weeks and this has taken the number of sightings recorded on LTSV to exactly 100,000!

There is a bus event this Saturday (30th) at Barking and River Road garages, to mark our departure from the EU the 40th anniversary of the last service RTs. See you there.
Having skipped February I have just uploaded 20 photos taken over the past few months. As usual, I have a few withdrawals to catch up on and these should be added shortly.
The database update has been completed, and I have posted an overview of some recent events in Fleet News. I suppose I had better think about catching up with the photos next...
I am about half-way through bringing the vehicle database up to date. Once complete (hopefully later today), I will also add some fleet news commentary.
Milly's 65th birthday party this weekend! Milly, the AEC tow truck better known to us as 1456MR, turns 65 this month, having been completed in February 1954. Owner Andy Lambert has invited anyone who is interested to come down to the Brooklands Museum around noon on Sunday 24th February 2019 for a little celebration.

I haven't updated the website for a couple of weeks now but, for various reasons, I am going to have to continue this hiatus. There is not a great deal going on (or at least not a great deal being reported to me) anyway.
I have just updated the database with a few additions and withdrawals but not much seems to be going on at present!
Happy new year. A batch of 25 photos has just been uploaded. A few were taken recently but I have also taken the opportunity to use some other photos from the past few years.