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