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Richard Eversden
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2464L E693GLT

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Wood Green Garage

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Details: So, I am starting a photographic review of the year 2000 with a photo taken eleven years earlier! 2464L is worth illustrating though as it was the last Leyland vehicle in the central fleet by 2000, and was itself withdrawn towards the end of the year. New in 1988, 2464L was the last of thirteen lorries to feature the Ogle-designed T45 cab. These comprised two Cruiser artic tractors, six Freighter recovery trucks and five Freighter dropside lorries. Among all of these, 2464L was unique in featuring an extended (in both length and height) cab of the type usually used to provide sleeping space for long distance drivers. It was also unique in having a tail-lift, and it was quite a tail-lift, with a very large, fold-down platform. This feature was specified for its use by the lifts and escalators division based at Griffith House, although official fleetlists gave 2464L's allocation as being Acton Works. The large tail-lift can also be seen on earlier 1514F and 2276B, both of which also had the tilt-cover as featured on 2464L. Later lorries such as 2535F, 2579, 2585I and the current RK14ETT and RK14ETU dispensed with the tilt but continued the use of large platform tail-lifts.

At the time of 2464L's delivery, grey livery was still standard for lorries. 2464L was unusual for pairing this with white fleetnumbers, other lettering being in rounded boxes, as featured for a few years in the late 1980s. 2464L was repainted in the post-1990 LUL livery of white and blue sometime before 1998. In this photo, taken on 8th May 1989, the lorry was parked outside Wood Green Bus Garage with its tail-lift lowered. This location is about a hundred yards from the tube station so it is possible the lorry was being used for other purposes, perhaps delivering to the bus garage, or the offices on nearby Watsons Road. Wood Green garage was in Leaside district and operated mainly MCW Metrobuses for many years. Interestingly, the only bus visible is a London Forest district Leyland Titan from Walthamstow, working on route 123.

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