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Another articulated lorry being used on the regular Acton to Neasden shuttle (and parked in the same place as 2251B inside Neasden Depot) was Ford Cargo 2444F. London Transport bought a total of 28 Ford Cargo lorries between 1982 and 1988. As with the earlier Thames Traders and D-series lorries, the Cargo lorries were to various configurations, including 4 as articulated tractor units. Delivered in grey livery in July 1986, 2444F lasted until 1995 and is believed to have been repainted in the post-1990 white/blue livery. The Cargo artics were eventually replaced by Mercedes-Benz 1520 units between 1993 and 1995, that model also being small enough to get around the confines of depots such as Neasden. The trailer fortunately has its fleetnumber on the offside, showing it to be Crane Fruehauf CT33 from a batch bought in 1984. Compared to the preceding York trailers, these were also single-axle but had metal dropside doors (instead of wood) and lacked the bolsters at the coupling end. The 1984 trailers were also repainted blue and they outlasted several generations of tractor units. Although CT33 was withdrawn in 2000, several others remained in use into the 2010s, and at least one (CT36) is still in stock at present (July 2021).
Photo ID: 6824
Photo date: c.1989 Size: Regular
Date added: 12/07/2021