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Bob Greenaway via Ian Dyckhoff
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1279LD ALM842B

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Neasden Depot

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Details: I don't think anyone could call London Transport's eight Leyland Titan breakdown tenders attractive, although the later 1416LD was an improvement with its continuous roof-line. 1279LD seen at Neasden Depot on 14th March 1970 was one of the four allocated to the Rolling Stock Engineer, recognisable by the large sliding doors in the bodysides (which the Permanent Way vehicles lacked). There were in fact several other differences between the two sets of Titans. The bodywork on the RSE vehicles was about a foot taller, with a more pronounced curve into the roof. The cabs of the PWE vehicles (such as 1276LD) had a beading strip along the sides, round corners at the bottoms of the door windows, 2 foot steps below the crew-cab doors and none under the front doors, and there was a pronounced lip over the front windscreens. As seen above, the RSE vehicles had no cab-side beading, square corners all round on the door windows, a single large foot step under the crew-cab doors and an extra foot step under the front doors (both with kick-plates), and a smooth curve into the roof above the windscreens. 1279LD was withdrawn in 1980 following the delivery of new Ford D-series box trucks, though fortunately it survives in preservation.

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