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Derek Everson
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1072Q TXV899
1663F JGF462K

Location Link/s
Chiswick Works

Date added to site
01/06/2021

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Details: London Transport bought 16 examples of the 1950s AEC Mercury model (plus one second-hand in 1971) and also operated the very different 1930s and 1970s versions. Many of the 1950s lorries were specialised vehicles to support the trolleybus network, and most of these were withdrawn in the 1960s. Three open lorries remained until the late-1970s, perhaps as a result of their being fitted with tail-lifts. One of the three was 1072Q, seen at Chiswick Works on 12th August 1974 parked with newer Ford D1614 open lorry 1663F. A couple of points to note about the livery of the AEC. New with a green cab and unpainted metal bodywork, it had by this time been repainted grey. It also has the green cab roof, and in this view it does look to be the same shade as used on the bolster, this being fairly close to the old Chiswick green. The London Transport fleetname is in white lettering rather than the normal red. This was non-standard but does seem to have been applied to several vehicles.

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