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Ray Monk
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Bexleyheath Garage

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Details: Go-Ahead London was the first London bus company to operate a modern electric service vehicle, in the form of Ford Transit dropside truck NK09CZX, new in 2009. Sadly this vehicle was destroyed in a fire at Camberwell garage in January 2010. At about the same time, Go-Ahead announced plans to eventually operate an all-electric ancillary fleet, and indeed a Transit van entered service at Merton. In mid-2011 a second dropside was acquired. This carried the same fleetnumber (MF1) as NK09CZX so is probably intended as a direct replacement. MF1 may stand for Maintenance Fleet 1 or perhaps Milk Float 1! NK11GVD also has a similar (but not identical) livery of red with green leaves, while the lettering has been slightly amended to include an apostrophe but omit the Transport for London references. A final difference is the fitting of a mesh headboard and bolster. The new MF1 was photographed on a visit to Bexleyheath Garage on 7th September 2011. Visible on the left is LDP202, the only remaining Plaxton Dart based here following the influx of many Enviro 200s earlier in the year.

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