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Ray Monk
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8470F LN67KGO

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Acton Works

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Details: An excellent find in the lorry yard of Acton Works on 16th April 2019 was Ford Transit van 8470F. Rather obviously this is no standard Transit van, being fitted with a Versalift hydraulic hoist (or 'cherry picker'). Steve noted this vehicle at the Hartwell dealership in Dunstable in November 2017, when it was in unmarked white/blue and parked with several other vans destined for SV use. A week later Ray saw it being delivered to Acton Works. It was fortunate that it had been seen because the official lists that we occasionally receive showed this vehicle as being a normal van. But where was it and who used it? No further reports were received until Ray caught it entering Acton Works again in April 2019. He obtained permission to go to the lorry yard (where it was to remain for over a week) to photograph it. It could be that it had returned for repairs to the damage visible behind the rear wheelarch. As to where it has been, we do at least now know that it carries LUL livery. Perhaps it is with the power supply section (whose Renault Kangoo van 7713R was coincidentally parked alongside). The only other cherry picker van was equally elusive, 6296F carrying TfL livery and lasting for less than two years. There have also been a couple of hoists mounted on chassis cabs and used by LBSL (6794F and 8232M).

Mention should also be made of facilities van 6517F parked on the right. The three remaining facilities van (this and newer 7674F and 7675F) were thought to have been withdrawn earlier this year based on their licensing details. However it looks like this might have been an error and all three are still normally to be found parked here. 6517F is nearly eleven years old and still carries Tube Lines lettering.

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