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Ray Monk
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 EF10UUX

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Northumberland Park Garage

Date added to site
24/08/2012

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Details: Another slight mystery is presented by this photograph taken at Northumberland Park bus garage on 16th August 2012. This operation passed from First to Go-Ahead at the end of March 2012. We later learned that a Volkswagen Crafter van (VO59XSD) was included in the deal, although it subsequently moved to Go-Ahead's Stockwell Garage. Vauxhall Combo EX03MHA is also still on site and still licensed but does not appear to be used much (ever?). The discovery of this low-roof Ford Transit van was puzzling. Its age (over 2 years old) and side lettering (seems to read 'Engineering Dept' in a similar style to that on VO59XSD) suggests it was bought new by First London. But then where it has been for the past two years, and why would First go for a Ford at a time when they had standardised on Volkswagens? Maybe it was acquired by Go-Ahead more recently, or perhaps it isn't actually a bus company vehicle at all. I don't know OK, so just get off my back about it will you....

Ahem. Also visible are some of the silver Ford Galaxy minicabs used as crew ferries, and a couple of buses renumbered by Go-Ahead. Rather than integrating them with similar types, Go-Ahead started new series with prefixes modified with an N. For example, PVN4 on the right is pretty much identical to a Go-Ahead PVL, while the WVN on the left is likewise akin to a WVL.

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slrIf it helps, I was in NP garage on 26/08/12 and it was in the garage for the few hours I was there, I believe it is their engineering van. Doesn't look like a Go-Ahead purchase as they normally go for mid-roof and wouldn't add yellow lettering to it. Also saw MF1 in there (electric dropside transit) The Galaxy cars on the left are owned by Addison Lee, to whom Go-Ahead pay a fortune for ferry duties, honouring an earlier contract entered into by First Group.
Note: Edited by slr, 01/09/12, 01:38.
Sat 01/09/2012, 01:37