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Derek Everson
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2381F NYR381Y
3011L LHW793Y
3333I B817RLB

Location Link/s
Acton Works

Date added to site
01/11/2012

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Details: An instantly recognisable service vehicle in the 1980s was Freight Rover Sherpa van 3011L. Delivered in grey livery, it was later repainted into a 'heritage' style comprising red and cream with a black roof. Used by the London Transport Museum, it was photographed at Acton Works on 11th August 1985 during an open day. Parked alongside was Ford Cargo lorry 2381F, with Leyland Boxer 2302L behind. However, perhaps of most interest (to me at least!) is the white van in the far background. This is the only known photo of 3333I, one of two Fiat Ducato vans new in 1985 as the first imported vehicles in the leased fleet. Both were allocated to Chiswick Works and lasted only around 2 years. The I fleetnumber suffix (F was not used for obvious reasons) did not reappear until 2003.

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