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Malcolm Conway
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Details: Seen in the arrivals hall of Victoria Coach Station on 8th February 2019 was DAF XF artic AY08EDK belonging to Edwards of Llantwit Fardre in Wales. Edwards is one of several companies to provide vehicles for National Express services, and the truck was attending to their Volvo B11RT BN64FKZ. As with most current National Express coaches, this one has Caetano Levante bodywork. Although it looks like a normal artic tractor unit, the DAF is lettered for Recovery. It had brought a recovery trailer with it, just visible parked on the left. This was of the 'sliding bogie' type, shown on LTSV back in 2008. It is not known if recovery was needed but, if so, the manouevre out onto Elizabeth Street must have been tricky!

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Malcolm ConwayThe recovery did take place. The tractor unit towed the coach out using chains across to Elizabeth Bridge. The coach was left there whilst the tractor returned, collected the trailer and returned to Elizabeth Bridge where the coach was loaded and then transported back to South Wales.Wed 13/03/2019, 23:44