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|Details: This Ford Transit minibus is unusual in a couple of minor ways. Firstly it has larger than normal lettering and fleetnumbers. Secondly it has a type of luggage roof-rack not previously seen, including an airfoil. Thirdly, a Lancashire registration number is carried. Many leased vehicles carried regional registrations but not often from that particular area. 3606F (F817VFR) was new in 1988 and allocated to the training school at White City, where it was photographed on 24th November 1990.|
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|Michael Ellis||I have driven 3606F many times during my time as an Instructor at White City it replaced 2203F, apart from general use, the minibus's main use was for the Duke of Edinburgh award sheme for LT apprentices.
During the spring and summer months 3606F was used to places such as the New Forest, Dartmoor and Exmour and would normally be away from Sunday to Friday, during April - September. the large rack (which was very heavy) was used to carry rucksacks etc and with up to 10 apprentices in it some time's, it was a very slow bus to drive, it had only a 1600 or 1800 engine in it if i remember.
3606F was replaced by J263LLT, fleet number 4133F, I picked it up from Acton on the day it was delivered, 4133F had a factory fitted roof rack, the Minibus was reallocated once the LT apprentice scheme ended.|
Note: Edited by Michael Ellis, 31/01/07, 23:34.
Note: Edited by Michael Ellis, 31/01/07, 23:41.
|Wed 31/01/2007, 23:26|
|Thomas Young||Hi Michael, welcome aboard and thanks for the comments. We have a picture of 2203F in the snow on Exmoor here. I also have a photo of 4133F at Acton in April 1993, still with its roof rack. I will publish this shortly.||Thu 01/02/2007, 20:04|