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Alexander P331, WG4445, looks more modern at first glance than it is and is seen at the end of the 1976 Trans-Pennine Run in Harrogate and appears to be having some attention. This vehicle was new to Simpsons and Forresters as their 45 in 1937 and absorbed into the Alexander fleet the following year. In 1949 it was rebodied Alexander C30F and ran as a tour coach in the Lawson fleet, but was fitted with 39 bus seats in 1959. It passed to the Midland fleet on the division of W. Alexander in 1961 but didn't run for them very long.
Sadly time hasn't been kind to this vehicle. It is now stored indoors and fairly secure but clearly has spent a considerable time in a less sheltered environment and is no longer in the smart condition seen here. I don't know what plans there may be for its restoration.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Sunday 1 August 1976, Trans-Pennine Rally, Knaresborough Road Stray, Harrogate
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