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Dave Warby
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8642VW RV18LNE

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Details: The new Crossrail train service linking East and West London had been due to start at the end of 2018 and, in preparation for this, a fleet of 24 service vehicles was delivered between July and October. These wore a smart new livery variant of white and blue with a purple stripe. Unfortunately the opening of the line was seriously delayed, with no firm date set as of the end of 2021. A couple of the vehicles were redeployed to LUL and re-liveried accordingly, while others can be seen parked up at the Plumstead Depot. Although the public services are not yet running, there is a need for vehicles to support the commissioning and testing of the trains, stations and equipment, and the service vehicle fleet has indeed been bolstered by a couple of LUL-liveried Ford Transit dropside trucks. The most numerous vehicles are Volkswagen Caddy Maxi crew vans, of which there are 9. On 17th March 2020, the last of these (8642VW) was photographed somewhat off the beaten track at Chesham. The van may have been in use with LUL, though it is equally likely that it was just parked 'at home'. Note the Elephant and Castle pub sign in the background, the building having since been converted into a private residence.

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