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James Mair
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2419D B419XYU

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Details: Apart from the four Leyland tow trucks (which only gained their marks following changes in trade plate rules in 1990), the only B-prefix registered large lorries were a trio of Dodge Commando dustcarts bought in March 1985. These were the first 'modern' refuse vehicles for London Transport and were used to collect rubbish from tube and bus stations. As an aside, does anyone know what arrangements were in place before these vehicles arrived? The Dodges wore standard grey livery but were slightly unusual for having four fleetnumbers each. The numbers were applied on the front (either side of the radiator grille) as well in the more normal positions of the front corners. This feature can be seen in this undated photo of 2419D on Station Road in Edgware. The three lorries had been modified with bin-lifting equipment a couple of years after delivery. Although the equipment is not visible in this view, the four additional hydraulic lines on the left side of the front of the bodywork can be seen. Two of the Dodges were withdrawn in 1990 (following the arrival of a pair of larger Mercedes dustcarts), while 2420D was kept until 1996.

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