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Colin Lloyd
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2397L A397SJD
3010F LBK673Y
SEBT42 

Location Link/s
Chiswick Works

Date added to site
08/12/2020

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Details: Chiswick Works had an open day in 1983 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of London Transport, and this was repeated in 1984 and 1985. At both of the latter events, Leyland Freighter lorry 2397L was on display in the back yard, and it had its crane extended both times. Photos taken of this lorry on both dates have already been published on LTSV, but I am adding this front view of 2397L at the 11th August 1985 open day because it shows a few differences to the similar 1984 photo. The front bumper has been repainted from grey to black while the London Transport lettering on the cab doors has been replaced by Distribution Services in the curious cursive style used for a few years. This is linked to a pair of pinstripes (in blue and black) which wrap around the front of the cab, broken by a small blue roundel in the center. The stabiliser legs for the crane are in the extended position and the lorry was coupled to cable-drum trailer SEBT42. Beyond that is a cement mixer (still in Chiswick Green?) loaded onto one of the large York trailers, with Dodge Commando dropside lorry 2307D on the right. At the far left is another Dodge, dustcart 2419D, which brings me to the grey Ford Transit minibus. This vehicle appears in the background of several photos taken on this date, but I am still unable to determine its identity. It is registered in the LBK---Y series and has windows all round. This means it is most likely 3010F (LBK673Y), but if anyone is able to confirm this I would be pleased to hear from them. Note that this Transit features hinged side 'cargo' doors, a feature I discussed last month. I have just realised that sliding side cargo doors do not appear to have been available on standard Mk1/2 Transits, only being introduced with the Mk3.

Back to the main subject for a minute, 2397L was owned until 1995 and is reported to have been repainted in the post-1990 white/blue livery, although I have no photos to back this up.

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Thomas YoungDerek very kindly dug out his notebooks for August 1985 and was thus able to confirm that the minibus seen here was indeed 3010F. Although it is only partially visible, I have added a subject link.Tue 15/12/2020, 00:36