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Malcolm Conway
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E288 R961SLL

Date added to site
17/06/2011

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Details: Here's a picture with a lot of history to it! No, honestly. Bear with me. Mercedes Sprinter minibus R961SLL was photographed in Ilford on the 19th of May 2011. Latterly with the East Thames Buses operation, I had marked it down as being withdrawn, based on a lack of sightings. It is hard to be certain from this photo but perhaps the vehicle has moved within the Go-Ahead group to the Docklands Buses operation based at Silvertown. This minibus started life as a London Dial-a-Ride vehicle and various remnants of their livery can still be seen. Notably the rear carries its original local fleetnumber of 32, along with the later London-wide number of D288. The latter was changed to E288 by East Thames Buses, perhaps to avoid any confusion when the vehicle was parked at the Mandela Way base (also home to many Dial-a-Ride vehicles). The location is slightly ironic. East Thames Buses was formed to take over the services of Harris Bus, who were of course big in Ilford.

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