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Derek Everson
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1668F JGF464K

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Details: Six of London Transport's 143 Ford D-series lorries were articulated tractors, referred to at the time as Prime Movers. All six were delivered in 1971/1972 and they all lasted for at least 10 years. Derek caught 1668F passing through East Acton on 5th August 1981, this being one of two DA1610 tractor units that had a HIAB crane mounted behind the cab. It was coupled to a single-axle, step-frame York trailer, the fleetnumber of which is unfortunately obscured by the crane. It is likely to be either YT15 or YT20. These trailers were fitted with a high bolster at their front ends, which would enable them to carry over-length loads such as poles. However, it would also seem to limit the ability of the crane on the tractor to reach loads on the trailer (unless of course the tractor was uncoupled and then repositioned). When seen, the trailer was loaded with a mobile compressor which appears to still be in the traditional green livery.

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