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Steve Smith via Ian Dyckhoff
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1279LD ALM842B
1986F OJD986R

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Details: Back to Holborn in October 1978 and this photo shows the group of service vehicles parked nearest to the station in the aftermath of the derailment of an engineer's train. To the fore is a gleaming 1986F, a Ford D0710 new in late 1976. Initially allocated to Ealing Common, it spent a few months delicensed in 1977 (for reasons unknown) and transferred to Neasden in 1978. Six similar Ford D lorries followed in 1978-1980 to replace the Leyland Titans in the emergency role. These six had a revised design of crew cab, while the final four had an updated front grille design. Compared to the Titans and Traders, the large warning sign on the front was still a feature but no longer internally illuminated. Most of the Fords remained in service until replaced by Mercedes demountables in 1990. Behind 1986F is Leyland Titan 1279LD also from Neasden, while behind that is Ford Thames Trader 1282F (meaning that all three red Traders were in attendance). 1282F had by this time been converted into a Communications Vehicle, as evidenced by the additional white lettering on the bodysides. Unless there was something else tucked in behind 1282F, the last service vehicle in this photo is Morris Marina estate 1997M, this car being allocated to the Breakdown Foreman at (can you guess?) Neasden.

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