|This photo has been included for information rather than for its quality! New contributor Dave Wolstencroft had reported seeing some Elizabeth Line service vehicles at Royal Oak Station recently, including one of the two Renault Kangoo Incident Response Vehicles. These had latterly been based at Romford Rail Operations Centre and it was only when LX68MHU moved to Whitechapel in May 2022 (following the opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line) that we discovered it was numbered 8633R rather than the officially allocated 8632R. I wanted to check the other IRV but did not know where it was now based. So, when Dave reported it at Royal Oak, I paid a visit myself. This photo was taken on 22nd August 2022 from the LUL station platforms (alongside the lines out of Paddington Station) looking north towards the elevated A40 Westway road. Two vans can be seen, but the presence of fences and several containers meant it was hard to get a good viewing angle on them. Using my mega-zoom camera I was eventually able to confirm that this Kangoo (LX68MJO) is indeed numbered 8632R instead of 8633R. As the identities have simply been transposed, the LTSV database has been updated to reflect the actual numbers rather than the allocated ones.
The Ford Transit van on the right is 8656F, though only the last two letters of the registration could be seen. VW Caddy Maxi crew van 8635VW was also present, but in another part of the yard to the west of the station and again requiring optical assistance to identify.
I have added this location to the LTSV database, as Royal Oak Elizabeth Line with code ROE, though I suspect it may only be temporary. The Elizabeth line is currently being run as three separate sections. Trains from Reading and Shenfield still terminate at Paddington and Liverpool Street stations, as before, while the new service from Abbey Wood terminates at Paddington (Elizabeth Line) station. Trains then continue out of service, rising to the surface to reverse in sidings at Westbourne Park, just to the West of Royal Oak. The through service is now scheduled to commence in November 2022.
|Photo date:||22/08/2022||Size:||Regular. An extra large copy of this photo is available.|