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Barton Transport W963, a Daimler CJ charabanc, the chassis having been acquired from an unknown source and the body being a replica built by Barton in 1952/53 to represent their first vehicle that inaugurated the Long Eaton to Nottingham service.
The original W963 had been a 1908 Durham-Churchill bought from the manufacturer when only three months old, having been repossessed from its original Scarborough-based operator. This is said to have had a 4-cylinder 28hp Aster engine and 4-speed gearbox with charabanc body possibly built be Tomlinson of Sheffield. Durham-Churchill had asked £450 for it, but Mr. Barton instead offered to pay £12 to have it on three months trial, and then if successful pay £12 per month until the asking price was paid off. The replica built on an acquired Daimler chassis - somehow they had managed to retain and transfer the Durham-Churchill's registration number - is seen here on an enthusiasts' visit in April 1973 when still painted in a green livery, though later it was repainted into the more familiar red.
Photo taken by John Stringer, April 1973, Barton's Chilwell Depot
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