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Saving the best for last again, Tim Israel recently got in touch with four excellent photos of service vehicles taken by him (or his father) in the late-1950s. First up is this shot of AEC Mercury Tower Wagon 76Q. I couldn't place the location, though I did note that Manor House was marked on the cabsides. However, it seems that all tower wagons carried this, perhaps because that was the headquarters of the Electrical Engineer's section. 76Q was in fact based south of the river at this time. It was variously listed as being at Earlsfield Sub-station and Garratt Lane Sub-station. Given that Garratt Lane is the main road through Earlsfield, I wondered if these were one and the same location. Some digging suggested otherwise, as the Miscellaneous Vehicle Advice Book shows a licensed transfer of 76Q on 12th June 1959 from Earlsfield to Garratt Lane. As the trolleybus network contracted, 76Q later had short spells at West Ham and Stonebridge Park before withdrawal and sale in 1962.
Photo ID: 7290
Photo date: 1958 Size: Extra Large. View regular size
Date added: 23/10/2022
Note added Mon 10/07/2023 by Clive G

This vehicle is parked across the entrance to the tower wagon shed at the substation located at 520, Garratt Lane, Earlsfield. There is no evidence of any other substation in Earlsfield or in Garratt Lane.