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|Details: Pick-up trucks have never been common as service vehicles (My definition of a pick-up truck is a car-sized vehicle with an open or covered load space at the rear - Ford Transit trucks are thus not included). Still rarer are pick-up trucks fitted with tail-lifts, these normally being found only on larger vehicles. The only known examples were a batch of 5 Peugeot 504s for the East London bus unit in late 1992, these being among the last vehicles supplied by CDS to one of the bus operators. Numbered 4205P to 4209P, they were used as garage engineering vehicles and most passed to Stagecoach when that company bought East London in 1994. 4205P was allocated to North Street garage in Romford and lasted for about thirteen years. Damon photographed it at North Street on 17th September 2005, showing the Stagecoach logos applied to the doors and the tail-lift. Note also the neat rack of chains hanging nearby. The vehicle had been allocated Stagecoach national fleetnumber 95027 but it is not known if this was actually carried, and it was to be withdrawn a few weeks later, following the arrival of Ford Transit Connect van HK05PZC.|
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