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While many of the Astra cars and vans operated by London Transport were employed as inspector's vehicles, other departments also used the type. Kim's excellent photo shows 3-door estate car 3533B parked outside Euston Station. The date is not known but it is possible that it was during the flooding incident in 1987 or 1988. 3533B had been leased in 1987 for use by the Building Services Engineering Division (as shown on the side lettering), but was later listed as being with the LUL Fire Protection Engineer based at Lillie Bridge. Of note is that the car was registered in Preston. With suffix (1963-1983) and prefix (1983-2001) registrations the last two letters in the 3-letter block indicate the licensing office, though you would need a list to be able to decode them. FV was a block issued by Preston, while most other LT Astras had come from Norwich (AH, EX, NG, PW and VF) or Manchester (BU and NA).
Photo ID: 7192
Photo date: c.1988 Size: Regular
Date added: 30/07/2022