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|Details: A surprising (but not totally unexpected) appearance at Acton Works on 16th June 2018 was the first reported service vehicle to carry a new variant of TfL livery for the Elizabeth Line (nee Crossrail). The first sections of this new railway service will start (hopefully) at the end of this year, with the full operation in place a year or so later. As with London Overground, the routes will effectively still be part of the national rail network but the service will be marketed as something more akin to a tube line. The vehicle seen here is a Toyota Prius numbered 8653T, and it features a purple stripe and roundels. This presents LTSV with two problems. Firstly, where is this car going to be based? The new railway depot at Old Oak Common would seem to be a prime candidate. I tend to assign allocation codes ending in D to railway depots (and xxS to stations, xxB to bus stations etc). So, instead of the obvious OOC, Old Oak Common would either be OOD or OCD. Hmmm... Secondly, the livery uses a darker (more regal) shade of purple than that on the TfL PCO vehicles (like Toyota Yaris LL14VOJ). To distinguish the two liveries, I am considering changing the latter to white/blue/lilac.|
On the right can be seen recently delivered Renault Kangoo Maxi van 8659R. Ray photographed this in unmarked white/blue six days earlier, but it has since gained the green stripe livery of Tramlink.
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