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JLJ402 was new to Bournemouth on the 6th April 1949 and has a Burlingham body that was originally classed as FC32F. There is already a 1954 photo of it on SCT61 and Roger Burdett comments on that link that the DP seats were later replaced with bus seats.
It was restored in its current cream/blue colours by Alex Mackin, an employee of Wrights of Newark, after he bought it from Quantock Heritage. He then took it on tour to Belgium in 2013, but offered it for sale on ebay in 5/15 for £12,750. It did not sell at that stage, but later passed to Christopher Matthews, who in 2009 had begun t/a Red Bus Days of Keighley. He offers private hire, trips and wedding transport and keeps some of his very interesting collection of buses and vintage and replica cars at Keighley Bus
Museum. JLJ402 is known as 'Jilly' and is still listed on the operator's website as part of the active fleet, so presumably it has been laid up for the winter at the back of the bus museum.
I understand that it has a manual sliding door, but there is also a control in the driver's cab to convert the door operation to power-assisted. This control was reportedly disconnected at some stage in the past. I would find it interesting if anyone would like to elaborate on this set up.
The website lists some of the buses and cars in use and is well worth a look.
Photo taken by Peter Hadfield, Sunday 28 April 2019, Keighley Bus Museum
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