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Ray Monk
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CBT57 

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Acton Works

Date added to site
10/12/2019

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Details: Now onto trailers, specifically small trailers, a subject that I like because it often seems to involve mysteries and unknowns. Seen at the bottom end of the lorry yard at Acton Works on 21st November 2019 was a two-axle box trailer in white with LUL 'Engineering services' lettering and the fleetnumber CBT57. This was one of three small trailers that were latterly based at Lillie Bridge for use by the Ventilation section. They were normally used with the mobile generators mounted on Mercedes or Ford chassis, all being replaced by a pair of new Peugeot vans in about 2015. It was thought that the trailers would be disposed of, but in early 2017 one was seen in the lorry yard at Acton Works. We got a close-up look at this in April 2018, but it was reported that it did not carry any identity. Close examination of the details (including the dirt streaks!) seems to confirm that the trailer shown here is the same one, in which case either the number was somehow missed by our correspondent, or it has only recently been re-applied. The trailer is unlikely to have been used since arriving here, and it still has the registration plate KJ03DXA on the back. That mark belonged to Ford Transit 5474F which has not been licensed since early 2016.

CBT57 is a Cobul/Indespension 480D trailer that was new in November 1993 (followed a couple of weeks later by similar CBT58) and initially based at Junction Road, Holloway. It still carries its original lettering, this style pre-dating the creation of Tube Lines and Metronet in 2003. It would appear from this photograph that the front bull-bars wrap around the offside but not the nearside. If so, that would make it the trailer on left in Kim's 2008 photograph at Lillie Bridge.

Update: I have been looking through photos taken from trains passing Acton Works. In February 2015, three box trailers were here, including two Cobul 480Ds, which I reckon were CBT57 and CBT58. The third was not CBT46 from Lillie Bridge though. It looked rather like CBT64, but it was clearly not that either. By August 2016, that and CBT58 had gone, leaving CBT57 to remain there until now.

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