|The change from C to D prefix registrations also marked a major change in London Transport's Ford Transit fleet. Not only was the model changed from the bonneted Mk2 to the streamlined Mk3, but the standard colour changed from grey to red. The Mk3 Transit had actually been introduced at the beginning of 1986 and a couple of C-prefix registered examples eventually turned up as second-hand acquisitions in bus company fleets (notably Westlink C612KWC). It is possible that 3378F (C667KWC) was also a Mk3, this being leased in September 1986 after use as a demonstrator. If anyone has a photo of 3378F I would be interested to hear from them.
Kim photographed Transit Mk3 3408F round the back of Ealing Common Depot in about 1988. The van is lettered for 'London Transport, Rolling Stock Engineer (Railways)' and had been delivered in March 1987 as a replacement for Bedford CF van 3037B. It was returned off-lease after a little over 3 years. It is notable that many of the early Transit Mk3s appear to be in a lighter shade of red than normally used by London Transport, though this may be partly down to the vagaries of colour photo processing and reproduction. Certainly this van, and the similar one visible in the background, do appear to be more towards the orange side of red. Curiously, Ford Escorts delivered in the same era seem to be a more exact colour match to LT red.
|Note added Mon 08/08/2022 by Kim Rennie|
Although colour sides can suffer from decolourisation over the years, I do recall that these were in an orange/red shade.