|Interest in service vehicles probably reached its nadir in the 1980s and 1990s, with only a handful of individuals still photographing and tracking them. Fortunately, service vehicles do often appear as peripheral content in other photographs, such as this view of the covered forecourt of Norwood Garage taken by Phil Eames in about January 1994. On the left is Ford Escort van 4055F, new in May 1991. The livery of this van is slightly puzzling. As seen in Colin's photo taken the month it was delivered, the van had fleetnumbers and a large London Buses roundel on the offside at least. However, another photo from July 1992 showed it having a completely unmarked nearside. Phil's photo shows the offside and rear, both of which have roundels. The fleetname of South London has also been added, along with that well-known South London landmark of Tower Bridge!
Other points to note are that the L-class Olympian on the right carries the registration number from Routemaster RM1330, while the nearest RML has via points for route 2 applied along the cantrail panels. The route 2 has been associated with Norwood garage seemingly forever, and it still covers the core section between Norwood and central London.
|Photo date:||01/1994||Size:||Regular. An extra large copy of this photo is available.|