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The Bedford CF model was introduced in 1969 and, from 1977 onwards, was used by London Transport as an alternate to the similarly-sized Ford Transit. Most notably the bus publicity department operated successive large batches new in 1978, 1982 and 1987. The 1987 batch comprised 18 vans, some of which were used by other departments. These were destined to be the last CFs for London Transport, as the model went out of production in July 1987 (the same month that the last LT batch was delivered). All 18 vans had D3xxYBB registrations (originating in Newcastle) and sliding cab doors. It would appear that none actually carried their allocated fleetnumbers. The bus publicity vans just had a yellow label on the doors, though some later carried large 'London Transport Advertising' fleetnames.

The bus publicity department had an office beside the running-in road of Stockwell bus garage, and several vans could normally be found here. In Richard's photo taken on 13th February 1988, no fewer than 7 can be seen, comprising 5 CFs and 2 Ford Escorts. 3441B (D334YBB) is to the fore, and I noticed that the numerical part of the registration has been written in the dirt on the front wheelarch! Also visible are some of the buses (mainly B20 DMSs) allocated to Stockwell, and a Scottish Citylink coach taking a break between long-distance runs.
Photo ID: 7183
Photo date: 13/02/1988 Size: Regular
Date added: 30/07/2022