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|Details: Four Mercedes-Benz 410D box trucks were bought in 1993 for use alongside larger vehicles in the Emergency Response Unit Fleet. Initially the only indication of their role was the flashing beacon on the cab roof and the small cab-side lettering. At least some of the batch later acquired full ERU livery with Emergency lettering and red and blue chevrons. The main reason for including this picture taken near Pimlico on 31st August 1994 is however to show the additional cab windows. These were not present when the vehicle was photographed the previous September (link to picture).|
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|1260F||After these vans had been in service for a short while, staff complaints were received about the lack of crew-cab windows. They were returned to Mercedes-Benz Edgware Road, who supplied the chassis and carried out all servicing and repairs, for windows to be installed. At least one, if not both, of the windows could be used as emergency egress in the event of an accident. This could be identified by the red coloured glazing rubber insert, with a ring-pull attached. Pulling the ring removed the rubber insert and allowed the glass to be pushed out of the frame.
When the bodies were being built and fitted at Feltham Coachworks, it was noticed that the first two bodies had been installed on their chassis before the blue and red chevrons had been painted on the front bulkhead panel. To avoid removing the body, the chevrons were applied in situ. Because it was impossible to reach the whole of the front panel, the chevrons were only sprayed around the edges of the cab outline, leaving a plain white area behind the cab. I think the two vehicles involved were 2529M and 2530M. The bodies for the other two vans, had the chevrons painted over the whole of the front panel, before the bodies were mounted on their chassis. |
Note: Edited by 1260F, 03/10/06, 21:19.
|Tue 03/10/2006, 21:15|