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|Details: Two transitions are shown in this photograph taken at 'Ferry Lane, Tottenham' on 15th April 1989, being that from the Mk.2 to the Mk.3 Ford Transit and from the grey livery to other colour schemes. Almost all of London Transport's Mk.2 Ford Transits were delivered in grey, the last vans coming in early 1985. Conversely, none of the Mk.3 Transits were grey, featuring red, blue or white instead. On the right is late Mk.2 3226F, over 4 years old and destined to be withdrawn within a couple of months. Mk.3 Transit 3614F on the left was only 2 months old and was one of several to have large London Transport Advertising lettering and logos. Note that the Mk.2 van has sliding cab doors, while the Mk.3 has hinged ones. Sliding doors did become available on the Mk.3 later on.|
As for why I have put the location name in quote marks, well it is neither Ferry Lane nor Tottenham! The commercial advertising section had a base just north of Forest Road close to Blackhorse Road Station. The confusion seems to have arisen due to this being within 'Ferry Lane Industrial Estate'. Further complicating things, the old AEC works taken over by LGOC in 1930 are referred to here as 'Ferry Lane, Walthamstow' but were presumably west of the River Lea, near to Tottenham Hale. The location shown above is still in use today and home to lots of vans, but now owned by CBS/Viacom.
Finally I should apologise for the slightly poor quality reproduction of some of Derek's excellent photos. My old printer/scanner died about a year ago and I bought a new (and supposedly better) one. Despite fiddling with the settings, scans from prints on the new machine are just not as sharp or vibrant as the old one.
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|Thomas Young||Following some correspondence it has been determined that the AEC works was actually in the same location as the later Ferry Lane Industrial Estate (ie to the north of Blackhorse Road Station).||Sun 25/08/2013, 12:41|