|On 11th June 2020, Derek paid a visit to the Emergency Response Unit depot in Battersea and found Volvo tender 2604 parked outside. I am adding photos of both sides of this vehicle, as there is something of interest in each view. Well, I think they are interesting...
Perhaps the most significant point to note is the 'To Let' sign in the background. This is clearly related to Unit 6, which is where the ERU base is. Presumably there are plans to move the vehicles elsewhere in the near future. As for the vehicle, this nearside view shows the arrangement of the crew cab. As seems to be normal with modern lorries, the crew cab is designed to make use of the same basic door parts for both the front and rear sections. This explains the raked-back leading edge to the second door (and the resultant odd shape of the infill window), the black moulding panel below the window (where the mirrors would be attached) and the cut-out at the rear of the lower edge (to clear the wheelarch). I feel that the appearance could be greatly improved if the rear compartment could use a different door design. Having said all that, the two doors on this side are obviously different, the forward one having an additional 'kerb' window. Something I had not noticed before was that the Volvo FL model features these windows on the nearside but not on the offside.
Another item that I have only just noticed is the way the space within the main bodywork is used to the fullest. As well as the three main compartments (each with a roller shutter door), there are smaller cubbyholes around the wheelarch and up the front end.