- London Transport Service Vehicles on the web
Photographer / Copyright: John Marshall
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Date added to site:22/01/12
Details: Having illustrated lots of service vehicles with four wheels, a few with three or two, and one with just one, here is one with five! Sadly, the fifth wheel is not visible in this photograph taken at a slushy South Harrow Station on 17th February 1970. Ford Thames 400E 1317F was used as a route survey van for which it was equipped with a retractable spoked wheel for measuring distances. The wheel can be seen in the photographs published in SUP15B and the Capital Transport SV book. Other modifications included a window in the front roof, presumably for checking potential overhead obstructions. Also note that the fleetname is carried on a removable board, perhaps so that the vehicle could be operated covertly if required! New in 1964 it remained in stock until 1972.
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