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27/03/2020
The database has been updated with the last few reports received prior to the lockdown resulting from the Coronavirus problem. Among these were more LBSL IRUs seen at the Bedfont dealership. It is presumed that delivery of these will most likely be postponed. The 20-reg IRUs seen so far have been numbered in registration order. Subject to confirmation in due course, 9068-9072VW are RK20UZA/B/C/D/E while 9083-9087VW are RK20UZF/G/H/N/O. Registrations RK20UZU/V/W are also on similar vans and so could eventually become 9088-9090VW. This would give a batch total of 36, so another ten or so should be expected. Also seen at Bedfont were some more VW Caddy Maxis (RK20UYA/B/E plus others unidentified), while at least two Ford Transit crew vans had made it to Acton and gained LUL livery (9030F, reg unknown, and LR20FEM, fleetnumber unknown). A dozen vehicles (including seven of the replaced Mercedes IRUs) were listed by British Car Auctions as being auctioned at Wolverhampton today.
15/03/2020
The first 20-reg vehicles have arrived, comprising Ford Transit crew vans for LUL (9016/7/8/9F) and a Renault Kangoo for Trams (9119R). Mitsubishi Outlander 9054MIT has indeed replaced 8005H at Harrow-on-the-Hill Station, with a third of the type arriving as 9104MIT in TfL white/blue. The next batch of LBSL IRUs are in preparation at Bedfont, although they are not expected to be delivered for a week or so. Noted so far (all with 20-regs) are 9068VW, 9071VW and 9083VW. Also at Bedfont are some more VW Caddy Maxi crew vans now in white/blue, including RK20UYA and RK20UYE. At the bus companies, a list from Go-Ahead London has clarified a few allocation queries and also added two previously unreported vehicles at Silvertown (Vito minibus RF19UZK and Transit Custom van EF19HHE). The 30 Dacia cars for RATP Dev are now all in service but reports have been scarce (perhaps understandably given the current public health concerns). Withdrawals of some of the existing vehicles have been traced. The ST750xx number series seems to have been used (but not carried) on most of the short-term (ST!) vehicles used over the past couple of years. Thirteen numbers in the range ST75075 to ST75090 are unaccounted for, though we have listed 15 vehicles during this period. Most are probably now gone anyway.
04/03/2020
Another 13 LBSL IRUs were licensed towards the end of February (9065-9067VW and 9073-9082VW). Also new was a second Mitsubishi Outlander for LUL (9054MIT), perhaps to replace 8005H at Harrow-on-the-Hill.
24/02/2020
A few more gap-fillers have arrived, including Transit Custom vans 8723F and 8724F for Trams. The first ten LBSL IRUs (9055VW to 9064VW) are now in service, though other examples remain at the dealership and are not yet licensed. RATP's new Dacia cars are also entering service. The first 8 are at Epsom, though reports from other locations (Hounslow Heath, Edgware etc) would be welcomed.
19/02/2020
Lots of fleet additions in the past week or so. A mixed bunch of Ford Transits and Transit Customs has been seen at Acton Works, with fleetnumbers in the 88xx, 89xx and 90xx ranges. One carried fleetnumber 8625F, which seemed rather odd. However, although it is a couple of years 'late', the number is still available. Notably, this means that all 100 numbers between 8600 and 8699 have been used, not a common occurence recently. Lots more LBSL Incident Response Unit have been noted awaiting entry to service. These had fleetnumbers in the range 9065VW to 9082VW and were curiously seen in full livery while still at the dealership. As they are not actually licensed yet, the registration numbers could be liable to change. Delivery of the batch may take a while, and Crafters pre-registered RK20UWB and RK20UZB have also been noted at the dealership, albeit still in unmarked white.

Fleetnumbers for the last few RATP Dacia Sandero cars are now known. One has not actually been visually confirmed but there was only one reg and one fleetnumber outstanding so I put two and two together and got D75118. Examples of the cars have been noted at Hounslow Heath garage, but with the large quantity involved (30), they are likely to be allocated to a variety of garages.
12/02/2020
The first 10 new LBSL IRUs have been added to the database. Nine of these are numbered 9056VW to 9064VW. The number of the tenth is not confirmed but believed to be either 9055VW or 9065VW. I would expect the total order to be for about 40 vans.
10/02/2020
A number of new VW Crafter Incident Response vehicles have been noted at Acton and at the dealers. They are all white with red/yellow stripes on sides and rear. Some of those at the dealers carry numbers and, along with some Caddy vans, carry xx20xxx registrations. The first are expected to enter service imminently (R)
05/02/2020
The batch of Dacia cars for RATP-DEV has now reached 30, and I would be surprised if it gets any bigger. Numbers are in the range D75101 to D75130, although the reg to fleetnumber tie-ups are not yet known for five of them. Arriva the Shires renumbered their service vehicle fleet into a new 97xx series in December 2018. Information on this has only recently been made available and the database has been updated accordingly.
30/01/2020
More new vehicles have arrived recently including a VW Crafter van for LUL (8934VW), further Ford Transit and Transit Custom vans in the 88xxF and 89xxF ranges and yet another 3 Dacia Sanderos for RATP, taking their batch up to 27 cars.
22/01/2020
Further to Monday's news item, a visitor to Twickenham yesterday found new Dacia cars numbered D75111/2/3/5 (D75114 was not seen), which had been delivered last week. He also found ten more Dacia cars that had only just arrived and were still in unmarked white. So it looks like the batch will total at least 24. Some of the earlier arrivals had recently departed, presumably to start work. I would guess that Hounslow Heath garage should be getting quite a few.
20/01/2020
There are now four Renault Kangoo vans in TfL white/blue livery, electric 9114/9115R and diesel 9117/9118R. The gap in the numbers suggests that more may be on the way. Likewise for the RATP Dacia Sandero cars at Twickenham, with one numbered D75112 appearing in the background of a recently submitted photo. None of the Dacias has been reported in service yet.
17/01/2020
Seen at Acton Works earlier in the week was a new Renault Kangoo van in TfL white/blue livery, the first to carry this. Numbered 9117R, it is not yet known which department it is for. Also seen were two former Elizabeth Line vehicles, now reliveried for LUL. This is presumably because the full fleet of Elizabeth Line vehicles will not be required until the line opens, and the opening date has been pushed back again. The vehicles noted were VW Transporter crew van 8643VW and Toyota Prius 8653T. Reports of any others would be welcomed.
07/01/2020
The nice people at Acton have supplied another updated fleetlist, enabling us to catch up on recent deliveries. Only seven new vehicles had not already been seen, including 6 more Ford Transit dropsides (making a total of 20 of these in the last two months of 2019). Fleetnumbers are now known for a further 8 vehicles.

The number of Dacia Sandero cars for RATP-DEV has doubled, fleetnumbers D75101 to D75110 all now having been seen at Twickenham. This suggests to me that the cars are intended for use at various garages, presumably to start replacing the 19 remaining Ford Fiesta vans from 2012, or perhaps to replace some of the unmarked cars and vans operated over the past year. Observations (and photos) of the new cars would be welcomed.
02/01/2020
A couple of bus company items to start the new year. Five new Dacia Sandero cars with RATP markings and fleetnumbers in the range D75101 to D75105 were found at Twickenham (NC) garage over the holiday. It is not yet clear if they are based here (in support of the Ealing 'Slide' minibus operation) or destined for elsewhere. At Arriva London's Palmers Green garage, a trio of new Citroen DS3 cars was seen. Although in unmarked white, it is assumed that these are new crew ferry cars for the runs to locations such as Edgware.

29/03/2020
The latest batch of photos (slightly increased to number 27) has just been uploaded. These might be the last 'new' photos for a while....
27/03/2020
I hope you are all keeping yourselves safe and well during these difficult times. I have just updated the database with the latest reports, which may well be the last for some time. I have also being working on a batch of 25 photos, mostly taken in early March, which I hope to put up before the end for the month. After that I expect I will have to look at older photos for future additions. There are plenty available. Though many are in effect duplicates, I have over 18,000 SV photos that have not been published. That should keep me busy for a while! Finally I have started work on the database that will in due course run the next version of this website. If you have any suggestions for changes or improvements, now would be a good time to make them.
15/03/2020
It has only been eleven days since the last update but there was a lot to add to the database today, including new deliveries, withdrawals and allocations. I also took the decision today to standardise the operator names for vehicles operated by London United, London Sovereign and Epsom Buses. Since these all now use a common fleetnumbering scheme it made sense to group them all under the parent company name of RATP Dev. This has been applied to all current vehicles and also to most other vehicles operated since the takeovers in 2011, 2014 and 2012 respectively. I have a lot of new photos to show but these will have to wait until next time.
04/03/2020
The database has been updated with new additions (including three from the 1990s found in photos on Flickr), allocations and withdrawals.
24/02/2020
The vehicle database was updated yesterday, and today sees the addition of 23 new photos, mainly covering the central fleet (including the first views of the new VW vans for London Buses).
19/02/2020
The database has been brought up to date with lots of fleet additions and other changes. The IT situation has been resolved, apart from some minor issues trying to customise my new set-up. Reports and photos can be e-mailed to the usual address.
12/02/2020
As Ray mentioned, my main PC has suffered a failure which seems to be unrecoverable. I can still update the website using other devices (I have just added the first of the new LBSL IRUs), and I have limited access to e-mail. Hopefully I will be back to full capability within a week or so.
11/02/2020
Tom has been over-working his computer and it has now passed on. Could any reports be copied into Ray so that they can be entered on the site (hopefully). Thanks (R)
02/02/2020
The 28 photos covering recent central fleet developments have now been uploaded.
30/01/2020
The database has been brought up to date and I have also added 22 new photos, focusing on the bus company and 'other' fleets. I have received a lot of new photos over the past few weeks, including some showing some interesting developments in the central fleet. However, there were too many to do in a single batch so I decided to split them into two. Also, as the bus company coverage often takes second place to the central fleet, I decided to do them first for a change. This also allowed me to clear out some photos that have been sitting in my 'to publish' folder for a few months. The central fleet photos will follow shortly.

For new visitors it might be worth re-iterating how the data and photos on this website are categorised. What we call the 'central fleet' is the vehicles operated by Transport for London (TfL) or one of its subsidiaries (chiefly London Underground and London Bus Services Ltd, but not the bus companies that are contracted to provide the TfL bus services). The central fleet currently comprises a little under 1,000 vehicles. After a few fallow years, we are now once again receiving regular official updates on the central fleet, although we are still reliant on observations for details such as liveries and allocations.

Vehicles belonging to companies that run bus services are grouped as (unsurprisingly) 'bus companies'. There include the companies providing services under tender to TfL as well as those running other bus services in London and the home counties. Despite the larger area covered, there are fewer than 500 service vehicles listed for all of these companies combined. Having said that, very little official information is received and most of what we know comes from observations. Coverage of the TfL operators is fairly good but less so for the 'country' operators, particularly the smaller companies. As such, the actual number of service vehicles employed may be somewhat higher than 500. Coach and tour operators are not generally covered, although photos of their service vehicles may sometimes be included.

A third category of 'Other companies' covers companies engaged in work connected with public transport in London, or of associated interest. Examples include bus recovery contractors, railway companies and transport infrastructure companies. These vehicles are not generally included in the database but do sometimes appear in photos. Finally there is occasional photo coverage of service vehicles with operators from other parts of the UK and abroad, although again these vehicles are obviously not included in the database.
22/01/2020
A bundle of new cars for RATP-DEV has been added to the database. They are logged under London United, although some may be destined for London Sovereign garages.
17/01/2020
The database has been brought up to date. I have also been making more technical changes. Users should not notice anything different but, if you do, please let me know about it.
09/01/2020
I have made some technical changes to the website today. These should be invisible but if you encounter anything odd or broken, please let me know.
07/01/2020
The database has been brought up to date again, additions including some from the latest Acton Works list.
02/01/2020
Happy New Year to all! I have updated the database with the latest additions, and have also cleared out a few vehicles that were withdrawn over the past couple of years.