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69, MDN449, was the second of two Reliances delivered to York Pullman in 1956 with Roe Dalesman II body and had central entrances before a 1966 OPO conversion and front entrance. The Dalesman coach body was built by Roe between 1953 and 1959 and during low production times, they were often built for stock.
69 is on its way to Holme on Spalding Moor and not too far to run to the terminus at Moor End by the side of Cross Keys Inn. A problem route and from York, 24 miles out to Holme on Spalding Moor where one bus could notch up 300 miles a day with many sections of the route running with low passenger numbers.
The route to Holme on Spalding Moor via Wheldrake, Thorganby and Skipwith, and was a 65-minute journey (5 journeys Monday to Friday and 2 on a Sunday).
York Pullman always presented their vehicles well, assisted greatly by their beautiful and unique maroon, cream and yellow livery; this being applied, over the years, in different styles. With good fleet maintenance and a rural "no frequent stop/start" operating environment that was also principally flat with few hills, the fleet became a honeypot for bus preservationists. Indeed, from the 43 vehicles in the fleet between 1960 and 1985, 10 vehicles went for preservation.
Photo taken by Travel Lens Photographic, Stuart Emmett Collection, Main Street, Bubwith
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