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Peter Osborn
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1405B JLA90D

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Stockwell Garage

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Details: The Bedford HA van was introduced in 1963 as a derivative of the Vauxhall Viva 'HA' car. Initially the 6-cwt models were coded HAE and the 8-cwt ones HAV but these were later changed to just HA. London Transport bought 4 HAVs between 1965 and 1967, of which the third is shown here. 1405B was new at the end of 1965, entering service at Camberwell Garage but soon being transferred to Stockwell. It was withdrawn in 1969 but later returned to service with the Signal Engineer and finally at Aldenham Works before being sold in 1974. There was a ten year gap before LT bought any more Bedford HAs, but a total of 74 were added between 1977 and 1982, the model being discontinued in 1983. It is notable that the design was changed very little over its 20-year life, 1405B being almost identical to much later vehicles such as 3082B. This photo was taken at Stockwell Garage in 1966, and also visible are a pair of Civil Defence Corps Operations Vehicles. A similar vehicle (Thames SXF186) is preserved and can usually be seen parked at Charlton Station.

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