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James Mair
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4985F V544DGN

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Details: The first 17 photos in today's batch are all devoted to the Ford Ranger, one of my favourite types. Based on an American-style pick-up truck, the Ranger has only been available in the UK since 1998 and fewer than 50 in total have been used as service vehicles. Unfortunately, the type tended to be quite elusive as well as rare, and there are at least a dozen of which I have no photos.

The first Ford Ranger service vehicles were a trio acquired in 1999/2000, of which 4985F was numerically the first, even though it arrived some 5 months after the other two. All were first generation Rangers (with the square front grille pattern) and were allocated to LUL Lifts and Escalators. Following the division of infrastructure work between Tube Lines and Metronet in 2003, the Rangers came under the BCV (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria) section of the latter company, and had the appropriate logos added. The trio all had double-cabs (with additional side doors) and seemed to be 4-wheel drive versions, based on the higher ground clearance and larger wheelarches. A 2-wheel drive option was also available. 4985F was photographed in Northwood on 27th July 2004, and it was to be withdrawn a couple of months later.

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