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48 C-prefix registered vehicles joined the leased fleet, though I only had two photos on file that had not already been shown on LTSV. The first is this one showing Bedford Astra van 3360B at St Pancras Station on 21st April 1986. This was one of a large batch of 15 petrol Astra vans with C8xxFME registrations, and which initially operated without fleetnumbers. LT documents show that they were 'additional' vehicles (i.e. not acquired as replacements for existing vehicles), and were intended for use by LT Builders. The vans were given large 'work force' fleetnames and labels on the cab doors showing the Parsons Green address of LRT Builders. The focus on this photo is a little off, being centred on the vehicles in the background. Among them are an MCW Metrobus (which looks fine in unrelieved red) and a Bristol LH single-decker (which does not - they originally had white relief). The 95 Bristol LHs in the London Transport fleet (along with a smaller batch of shorter LHS buses) were a bit of an oddity. They were the only Bristols bought since the 1950s and they were used on routes that could not handle the standard single-decker at the time (the Leyland National). Most of these routes were in outer London, but the C11 came in as far as Kings Cross.
Photo ID: 7071
Photo date: 21/04/1986 Size: Regular. An extra large copy of this photo is available.
Date added: 18/02/2022