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Derek Everson
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2588 RX06FBV

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Details: Derek has made several visits to Bollo Lane over the winter, and he very kindly sent me a CD with a load of photographs on. Despite contending with the poor light (and a camera fault), most of the images are excellent, and some of the subjects were very interesting. First up is this view of MAN demountable lorry 2588 arriving at the Works on 21st January 2015. Although it is slightly blurred, I have included this shot for two reasons. Firstly, the lorry seems to have lost the high-level exhaust pipe it had last time it was shown. I believe these were fitted to stop the exhaust from staining box bodies when these were carried. Perhaps the delivery of re-bodied lorry WX08KUY means the demountable box bodies are no longer used. The second point of interest is the body being carried here. It is unfortunate that its number is not visible, since I cannot positively identify it. It has deeper dropsides than any I have seen before and also lacks the wheelarch cut-outs that several bodies were modified with to enable their use with the Volvo chassis. Of the three short bodies with plain dropsides, only DB10 did not gain these cut-outs. My best guess would therefore be that this is DB10 with new doors. Further reports or photographs would be appreciated.

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