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Bob Milner
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1492B SMK783F

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Aldenham Works

Date added to site
27/04/2020

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Details: London Transport had an ambulance at each of its main works, the final examples being a pair of Bedford CALVs with Lomas bodywork new in 1968 and 1969. Both have survived into preservation and were displayed together at Brooklands in 2013. While Chiswick's 1532B has been shown during its time with LT, photos of 1492B at Aldenham seem to be rather rare. The photo shown here was taken at the works, and it appears to have been during an open day, although we are not sure if this was the 1979 or 1983 event. There are not many contextual clues but perhaps someone out there (with a very good memory!) can provide an answer. As was common with London Transport at the time, the ambulance carries a registration in series with several other buses and service vehicles. SMK658-760F were RML buses, while SMK761-776F were used on service vehicles numbered in the range 1469F to 1490F. SMK777-782F and SMK785-790F went onto staff cars, and SMK783F was on the first ambulance. It is notable that the registration SMK784F was not issued, and perhaps it had been reserved for the second ambulance (which eventually appeared as VLW688G). Apologies for the slightly poor quality of this photo. It was a print that was photographed using a phone camera!

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Thomas YoungNo updates on the date of this photo yet, but James mentioned something which I thought was quite interesting. He used to see this ambulance fairly regularly at Edgware Station forecourt, picking up or dropping off staff. It presumably accrued a bit more mileage than its Chiswick counterpart.Fri 08/05/2020, 18:12