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By the 1980s the regular Acton to Neasden parts shuttle was being performed using articulated lorries. Due to the tight turning spaces within Neasden depot, only short trailers were suitable for use and this may account for why LT had so many single-axle trailers. Ford D-series tractor units would have been common on such work but the undated photo here shows an oddity. 2251B was a Bedford TK tractor unit new in April 1980. London Transport only bought 4 examples of the TK model. First was a 3-axle flatbed lorry acquired second-hand in 1974, followed by a (new) 2-axle tanker in late 1979. Arriving with 2251B was dropside lorry 2252B. The TK model was about to be replaced by the new TL, and LT did go on to buy a number of that type. There are two notable points about 2251B and 2252B. Firstly, they both had cabs that were in a slightly darker shade of grey than the Ford Cargo Grey normally applied. Secondly, they had out-of sequence registrations when most vehicles bought at the time had matching ones. Ironically, the more suitable fleetnumbers of 2300B and 2301B were later used for a pair of Bedford TL artics. The trailer is most likely one of the six York ones bought in 1971 (YT22 to YT27) although unfortunately the number cannot be read.
Photo ID: 6823
Photo date: c.1982 Size: Regular
Date added: 12/07/2021