End of an Era!


Its official! The fleet of Ranger vehicles has changed colour!

Since the mid seventies, Rangers’ vehicles have been painted two-tone green; Coniston green as a base colour with a lighter green added to the top section of the vehicle. This complimented the similar colours used on the temporary information cabins that existed in those days.

Two Tone Green Land Rover!

Two Tone Green Land Rover!

 Rumour has it that when the first vehicle, an Austin Gipsy, was painted in these colours, the Ranger was told not to wash his vehicle as the paint was likely to peel off! Someone had forgotten to de-grease the metal work before applying the paint. In those days it cost the princely sum of £15 to complete! 

As Land Rover have now stopped offering Coniston green as a base colour, it was decided that the cost of repainting the whole vehicle was too high, so standard silver has become the order of the day. (No jokes about Lone Rangers and Silver please!)

Each Ranger’s vehicle is also decorated with a scene from their area of Dartmoor along with a message from our current ‘Paws on Dartmoor’ campaign.

Silver Land Rover with picture of Ranger Area

Silver Land Rover with picture of Ranger Area

 This new design was rolled out a few years ago on the first vehicles to be replaced but since then the old style header boards have also been added.

Header boards retained aswell as 'Dartmoor Ranger' across old air vent area

Header boards retained aswell as ‘Dartmoor Ranger’ across old air vent area

The rear of the vehicle has also changed to meet current Health and Safety legislation.

Health and safety requirements on rear!

Health and safety requirements on rear!

It’s great to have vehicles which are  ‘fit for purpose’ but will they still be as recognisable to our visitors and local people? Time will tell!

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5 Responses to End of an Era!

  1. I loved those two colour Land Rovers. But the new ones look cool, too. Could one buy any of the old ones, now you’re not using them any more?

  2. PS: I took a picture of one of the old ones at the Postbridge car park, with the Ranger’s dog inside. If you’re interested, I could send it via email :)

  3. steve Jones says:

    Love your header picture, you should do a couple of videos on a sunny day, cheer us all up.
    Love the site…….Steve Jones

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