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Malcolm Conway
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1020 B919UBM

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Luton Garage

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Details: Having recently mentioned the Bedford TM as being one of several 'squarish' lorry designs fashionable in the 1980s, I am now able to illustrate one in use as a service vehicle. Photographed at the Luton garage of Luton and District, B919UBM was a recovery truck with fleetnumber 1020. Although the picture is undated there are some clues. The vehicle behind is Ford Transit dropside truck D803LVS, new in August 1986. The recovery vehicle is carrying a trade plate as well as a normal registration plate. The use of trade plates on recovery vehicles ended with a change of legislation in January 1988, although it is possible the photo was after this date and the vehicle was on test. In any case, the vehicle was withdrawn by the end of 1992. Note the dual Bedford/Vauxhall badging on the lorry, and also the 'Detroit Flyer' name on the grille. The livery is identical to that still used by Lantern Recovery Services, suggesting the vehicle was acquired from them. This and several other Luton and District vehicles will be added to the database soon.

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