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Damon Cross
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626X  TP

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Details: Not previously illustrated, 626X is a Fordson tractor now preserved at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville (near Lowestoft). Tractors were used by London Transport mainly to move buses, trams and trolleybuses within garages and works. 626X was one of four acquired in 1942 and it spent time at Hertford, St Albans and Edgware garages before disposal in 1966. To facilitate their use as shunters, most tractors were fitted with large buffing plates at front and rear, mounted on substantial metal sections that ran either side of the engine. The arrangement visible here, whereby the front of these sections is suspended by ropes that run over the radiator, suggests that the sections were pivoted from the rear. A similar tractor is preserved in the Acton Museum Depot (351X), though 626X differs in having pneumatic tyres and mudguards, while it lacks headlights and was never licensed, running on trade plates (013GJ and 046UL). Photographed on 1st July 2009.

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