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Ray Monk
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1494F VLW617G

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Chalk Farm Garage

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Details: Saving the best to last today, this is a rather interesting photograph. Taken at Chalk Farm Garage on 17th June 1972, it shows a Ford Cortina estate car in grey (or beige?) livery with London Transport lettering on the doors. It had been new in 1968 as fleetnumber 1494F, and was one of just three examples of this long-lived model to join the numbered fleet (the other pair being red saloon cars used for radio control, 1463F and 1464F). Records show that this vehicle was transferred to the staff pool fleet in May 1972, while published sources state that it was originally red. Given that this photograph was taken after the transfer, and that the car has LT lettering (which pool cars did not), it seems likely that it was in fact grey from the start. The disposal date is not known but it remained licensed until 1982.

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RayThis seems to be a very lucky shot if one considers the history details now available. It would appear to have been grey from acquisition and had not been altered for its very short period (from 2nd June) as a 'pool car' prior to de-licensing some nine days (26th June) after the photograph was takenTue 22/04/2014, 17:11