Following the delivery of Southend's first two proper coaches (Leopard/Plaxton 201/2), one of the dual door Marshall bodied Leopard buses, 208 GJN508D, was converted as a back-up.
The work was extensive, with the peaked destination box and centre doors removed, seats replaced with DP ones bought from Eastern National (reputedly removed from an RELH coach which EN was converting the other way, from DP to bus spec) and semi auto gearbox and power steering fitted. Repainted in the two-tone coach blue livery, it was rarely used as a coach and generally was found on town services. Here it is seen substituting for an open topper on seafront service on Derby Day, when all Southend's open toppers were usually to be found at Epsom racecourse on private hire duties!
Click here for more details from the Southend fleet list pages.
Photo from the Peter Cackett collection, photographer unknown, taken Kursaal, Southend
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