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2003: More Alexanders: DLA 322-389Another large batch of Alexander-bodied DLAs started to arrive in February 2003, DLA322-344 going to Thornton Heath where they displaced L-class Olympians to Norwood. They started service on the 109.
DLA325 and 376 in Croydon, March 2010They were followed by DLA345-369 at Edmonton, where they took over on the 34 as well as appearing on the 125 in place of Ms.
DLA369 crawls up the hill to High Barnet while DLP93 rushes down on a 307, May 2007. Still on the 34 in February 2011, DLA62 heads for Walthamstow Central.In May deliveries began of DLA370-389 for Clapton, where they are for the 242 and 253. In jTottenham received new Wright-bodied Volvos, displacing some DLAs to Clapton.
Now a year old Clapton's DLA381 heads for Homerton Hospital on the 242 in June 2004, while DLA378 goes the other way to St.Paul's.
South London gets older DLAsIn August/September 2003 there was a wholesale shift of some of the older DLAs into Thornton Heath from Norwood and Clapton, displaced by Volvos (VLAs and VLWs). The DLAs displaced Ls from the 198.
DLA38 on 198 to Shrublands, Shirley, May 2009. DLA50 on 198 to Shrublands, Sandilands, October 2007.
DLA140 on 198 to Thornton Heath, Shirley, February 2010. DLA60 on 198 to Shrublands, Shirley, January 2010.
Also in August 2003 Croydon received new DWs, They were intended for the 412, but there was a width problem, involving their large mirrors. So the 412 received DLAs, and DLAs as well as DWs became mixed on the 194, the 264, the 50 and the 468. I had reason to stay sometimes near Sandilands, and the 194 appeared to be exclusively DLAs.
DLA136 on a 412 to Purley threads its way round the low-bridge avoidance route at South Croydon, March 2005. DLA187 on the 194 shares the road with tram-tracks between East Croydon Station and Sandilands, April 2010.
DLA180 on a garage run off the 194, West Croydon, January 2009, by now in all-red livery minus the cow-horn. DLA 156 sports a super-rear advert in February 2010.
DLA189 on 50, Streatham High Rd, December 2009.