|Colin Lloyd made regular visits to Acton Works in the late 1980s and took lots of photographs. He kindly let me take copies of many of these but there were lots more that I had not yet done when Colin sadly became ill and died a few years ago. His huge photograph collection has apparently been saved but I am told it will not be accessible for some time. Perhaps one day we will get to see the rest.
This photo is interesting as it shows a completely unmarked Ford Fiesta van in the DSM van yard at Acton Works on 8th May 1989. First licensed in August 1985, this van was taken on lease by LT in December 1987 and given fleetnumber 3577F. This was unusual as most vehicles were leased from new. I don't know if Colin took this photograph because he was aware of the vehicle's status, or because he just photographed everything. It was fortunate though, as the van was officially taken out of stock the following day. Another interesting point is that very few of the other vehicles visible appear to be 'proper' service vehicles. There is a Volkswagen minibus from London Car Rentals, and various unmarked cars. The Astra estate on the left may be 3212B (A196OHO), although that was reportedly returned off lease in March 1988.