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Colin Lloyd
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2528M K478RLA

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Details: LUL bought four of these Mercedes-Benz 1520 artic tractor units (with LN2-series cabs) in 1993, followed by a fifth in 1995. All replaced Ford Cargo units. One of the first quartet (2527M) was disposed of in May 1997, the fact that it was never again licensed after October 1996 suggesting that it may have had a serious accident. The other three remained in use until 2002 (being replaced by Ategos 2580/2581M), while the newer 2552M lasted until 2008. LT/LUL had a variety of semi-trailers with either 1, 2 or 3 axles. It has to be said that the smallish 1520 artics looked most comfortable with the single-axle Crane Fruehauf trailers, eight of which had been bought in 1994 with a ninth in 1990. Most of these trailers were dropsides and were delivered in grey livery, but all were later repainted blue. 2528M was caught on film on 13th September 1994 heading west along New Broadway in Ealing. It was coupled to trailer CT34, which may still be in stock 25 years later. It was last seen working in February 2017, but could well still be lurking in the yard at Acton. Note that the tractor unit has been 'named' Dobbin!

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