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Philip Hambling
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3495F E252LJT

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Details: The second-generation (Mk3, 4 & 5) of the Ford Transit emerged at the start of 1986 and was radically different from the first (Mk1 & 2) chiefly in having a 'wedge' front, with the bonnet raked back at the same angle as the windscreen. London Transport took to the type and leased several hundred over the next 15 years. 3495F arrived in September 1987 and was the second in a batch of five consecutively numbered (and registered) petrol-engined, long-wheelbase vans. It was allocated to Baker Street and official lists show it as being assigned to the 'Light Inst.' department and (shortly later) the Signal engineer. When seen outside Kings Cross Station on 25th November 1987 its only lettering was the fleetnumber and 'Installation Manager'. This was soon after the major fire at this station and various other service vehicles were also present. The cab roof of Bedford Midi van 2457B can just be seen, a photo of that van from the opposite side showing 3495F in the background. The grey livery previously applied to LT's Ford Transits does not seem to have been available on the new model, and red was the most common colour until the white/blue livery was introduced in 1990.

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