|Photographer / Copyright: Ray Monk|
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Date added to site:02/05/19
|Details: At least 50 new vehicles were delivered in March and April 2019, the most numerous of which were Ford Transit Custom crew vans for LUL. Most of these are destined for the Lifts and Escalators section to replace similar 7911F to 7927F. The L&E section is based at Frank Pick House in Acton and regular readers will recall that there is now a road connection between this location and the lorry yard of Acton Works. This connection is however treated as a one-way road. Vehicles arriving at Frank Pick House use the existing entrance off Bollo Lane (near Bollo House), while departing vehicles use the lorry yard and the ramp down to the main works exit. On 12th April 2019 a batch of seven vans was ferried from the works (where they had been prepared and liveried) to Frank Pick House, and fortunately Ray was on hand to photograph each of them over a half hour period. Rather than show several, I have composited them all together. The main image is of 8757F while along the bottom (left to right) are 8739F, 8740F, 8744F, 8746F, 8747F and 8753F. Ray did well to catch all of these from across the road without traffic getting in the way, although the last was very slightly obscured by a passing lorry. Note that the livery application now includes a sliver of white between the skirt/stripe and the black 'rubbing strip'. It should be mentioned that, although these vans were taken to Frank Pick House, they will most likely be kept elsewhere once in service.|
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