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J. Johnson, Wyke, near Bradford, BCP536, an AEC Regent III 9612E with Roe H31/25R body, new to Halifax Corporation in 1949 as 347, then renumbered 73 in 1952 and 173 in 1965.
Withdrawn in early 1966 it passed - along with similar bus BCP537 - to Johnson almost immediately afterwards. Used on local mill contracts it lasted for about a year before being sold to Parker, Bradford, for scrap.
This was one of a pair originally ordered as Regal III/Roe single deckers, but due to a change in requirements the order was revised for one for Regents instead. 73 (as I remember it best) was always my favourite Halifax bus when I was a young lad, somehow seeming so much more refined than all the others. It is seen here on a cold and rather colourless winter's day shortly after being acquired It is parked awaiting its next job on the main A641 road near the owner's home.
The photographer - my good friend Peter Berry - obtained a driving job with Johnson's simply in order to fulfill his ambition to drive a Halifax Mk.III. He was intending to purchase one of the pair for preservation upon withdrawal, but finding suitable accomodation proved a problem and the plan fell through and they were both scrapped. Lovely buses.
Photo taken by Peter Berry (John Stringer collection), early 1966, Woodside Road (A641), near Wyke, Bradford
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