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Thomas Young
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8641VW RE18KOX

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Plumstead Depot

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Details: A puzzle developing in autumn 2018 was where the Elizabeth Line vehicles had gone. Some of the Ford vans are still at Acton Works, but the initial batch of mainly Volkswagens had pretty much disappeared following delivery in August. Romford was mentioned by staff, and there is a very large Network Rail facility there. The Elizabeth Line has its main depot at Old Oak Common (where you can currently see a very impressive line-up of class 345 trains awaiting entry to service), and a smaller depot is currently being developed at Plumstead, the site having been used as a base for construction trains for the past few years. While cycling to Plumstead along the Ridgeway on Christmas day, I spotted one white/blue/purple van in a recently opened (but temporary) yard otherwise occupied by contractor's vans mainly in unmarked white (with yellow safety stripes). I returned with my camera the following day (26th December 2018) and identified the van as 8641VW. I also noticed that at least one of the vans close to the fence nearest the camera was also an Elizabeth Line vehicle, but I could not get an ID on it.

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