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Philip Hambling
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2465F E845HLM

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Walthamstow Garage

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Details: Four Ford Cargo 0811 dropside lorries were bought in 1988 and given fleetnumbers 2465F to 2468F. For some reason they do not seem to have been photographed much, and I have never seen pictures of 2466F or 2467F. The only image of 2465F that has come to light is this one of it parked in Walthamstow Bus Garage in April 1988. Walthamstow was usually home to quite a lot of service vehicles because, like Stockwell, it was used by Distribution Services as an outstation. While SW was virtually my local at the time, I think I only visited WW once, in about June 1983. The only allocation information available for 2465F shows that it was based at Acton Works by June 1990. Also unknown are the disposal dates for this quartet, though I suspect they all went in the early 1990s, giving them a very short working life. Apart from seven Routemaster trainers, the bus allocation of Walthamstow at this time was made up entirely of Leyland Titans (about 83 in total) like T316 parked alongside. According to my notes, during my 1983 visit the garage contained eleven service vehicles and two preserved RFs, in addition to seventeen Titans and one each of RMA and RMC.

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Clive GMy understanding is that vehicles mostly visited for routine docking and repairs. That was the case previously with Putney Bridge, and then Riverside, before Stockwell took over the work. It would be interesting to know why and how the work was divided up when Walthamstow became involved. Sadly of course it closed in 1991, post privatisation, when a strike had a result that the many ex LT staff never anticipated. Sun 15/11/2020, 17:31