We're fortunate that a large number of buses, coaches, trams and trolleybuses have been saved and preserved but there are also gaps, the ones that escaped the preservationists. This gallery is everyone's chance to nominate the one they think got away and really should have been preserved.
Please let's have your nominations, max two per person. You can add your nominations (or change your mind) via the "If you could save just one bus ...." thread on the message board.
Alan Hall's first and second choice, YUP487, a 1958 Leyland PD3/6 with Roe H41/32RD bodywork. In my view it was without doubt the most beautiful creation of man and was the first new 'decker owned by OK Motor Services
Barry Spence's choice, a 1950s Hull Coronation trolleybus. The Corporation scrapped the fleet as quickly as possible - and it has been suggested as a deliberate act to beat approaches from preservationists. A perfect success, then, as none survived, but on mere appearance of lines and livery, one should have been preserved. Imagine it running at Sandtoft! More importantly, these dual door Sunbeam/Roes were the only UK trolleybuses complete with pull-down wires (as in every other country) - a truly unique feature that alone would have justified preservation.
Malcolm Pelling's choice, it would have to be a Southdown Leyland Tigress of 1936. There were six of them with Burlingham bodies for long distance luxury "coach cruises". Inside there was 2+1 seating in glorious armchairs & they were endowed with a wonderful long bonnet. Near perfection? I think so. How I wish there was a picture of one of these for you all to enjoy on SCT61. They were 318-23, registered CUF318-323
Malcolm Pelling's second choice, it just has to be Southdown 315, GUF250D. This must be the most modern looking traditional front engined decker. Panoramic windows all round, BET curved windscreen. It looked more modern than many rear engined deckers. It had been exibited at the 1966 commercial motor show & I believe this was the last time a Titan appeared at such an event. The 1967 batch were supposed to look like this but they got the normal winscreen arrangement & never looked quite right & certainly not as striking as 315. This was a real marmite bus but I absolutely loved it, there really was nothing else like it & it looked superb in traditional livery. (sorry we haven't a photo yet of 315)
Brian Pask's first choice, one of the two Southend Regals of 1931 (203/4) which survived (in rebuilt form) into the 1960s.
Brian Pask's second choice, one of Southends 1938 Regents (211-7) or alternatively how about Southends last trolleybus, 128.
David Beilby's first choice, one of the two South Yorkshire Bond bodied PD2s. I remember these two examples well and they were the last Bond bodies in service as they lasted until 1975 and also the only lowbridge examples. When I visited South Yorkshire in early 1973 they each had over 1.1 million miles on the clock and would have added to that total before withdrawal. Superbly appointed inside, these must also belong on the list of buses that weren't preserved but should have been.
David Beilby's and Peter Williamson's second choice, a real gap in the preservation world. Manchester's Streamliners were so redolent of the era and very distinctive. The Leylands and Daimlers were fine and very long-lasting vehicles, but the epitome has to be the Crossley Mancunian with the wide tapered radiator that seemed an integral part of the vehicle design in the way that Leylands and Daimlers didn't. Peter vaguely remembers them and some of the noises they made!
Peter Williamson's first choice, my favourite batch of coaches of all time were these Northern General Guy Arab LUFs with Weymann Fanfare bodies (I know many people prefer the Picktrees but I never had the pleasure of meeting them). These were perfectly suited to the Newcastle-Liverpool express service, and contributed to my belief that the Arab LUF was the finest coach chassis of its generation. I wish one of these had been preserved.
Chris Hough's first choice, one of the Guy saloons owned by Leeds CT as a bus that should have been preserved. These were 34 seat centre entrance buses with a standee vestibule opposite the steep steps and doors. Very smooth buses and interesting as a very fifties bus.
Chris Hough's second choice, of all the many gems that have slipped through our fingers one chassis stands out, the AEC Q in double deck form. I am too young to have either ridden on one or even seen one but I would love to have had the opportunity. Ideally the LCT one would be my choice but really any one would suffice.
David Lang's choice, one of the Southend Bridgemasters. When I first became interested in buses, these were the latest in the SCT fleet and so different from all the rest with lowbridge bodies. The Bridgemasters seemed so large, so modern, bouncing up and down on their air suspension. In later years as a temporary conductor, they were my favourites, the smoothest ride to work on.
Barry Spences second choice, Northern General Guy Arab LUF with Picktree body. In Barrys & no doubt others eyes one of the most beautiful coaches ever built. Who can argue with that?
Keith Clarks first choice is a West Riding centre entrance AEC Regent with Roe body. The vehicles bring back fond childhood memories for Keith & they looked most impressive in the red livery. A shame that none have survived.
Eric Bawdens choice is the Wonderful Samuel Ledgard Ex London Transport Daimler CWA6 Utility that was rebodied with a Brush body taken from a pre war Maudslay. A super choice Eric & a truly superb vehicle.
John Stringers first choice is a Halifax Daimler CD650 with East Lancs body. With that big chromed radiator & superbly proportioned appearance an all time classic.
Donald Hudsons choice would be this splendid Leyland Tiger TS6 with ECOC body. Understated, half cab & not a line out of place. An excellent choice Donald.
The interior of Donalds choice.What a wonderful place to be & pure quality. unlike modern vehicles.
Chris Barkers first choice is this Foden PVD6 with Salmesbury body. One of a pair delivered to Green Bus of Rugeley. Chris has long admired their rugged but attractive appearance.
Chris Barkers second choice is a Birch Leyland PS1 with willowbrook double deck body. These distinctive vehicles have fascinated Chris for many years & he wished he had had the chance to travel on one.
John Stringers second choice would be a pre war Bradford AEC Regent with Weymann body. We dont yet have a pre war Bradford example but this is a broadley similar vehicle from the Sheffield fleet. hopefully a Bradford example will be found.
Eric Bawdens second choice is HMB395 a Foden PVD new 1945 as a demonstrator. The chassis was sold to warrington in 1948 & was fitted with the pre war body seen here, The original Willowbrook body was mounted on a new Foden chassis & became KMA570, This was the only two stroke engined Foden Decker. If you have followed thus far the vehicle seen here is the original chassis under the pre war body with Warrington & we are still looking for a shot of KMA570. Phew!
Paul Haywoods choice is this splendid Daimler CVD6. originally a coach it was rebodied by Roe in 1956 & used by Kippax & District & Farsley Omnibus. Paul remember these refined & reliable buses with great affection. Just please dont tell him if you happen to know of a survivor!!.
Paul Haywoods second choice is a Roe utility bodied Guy Arab of West Riding. as paul says these rugged & austere buses lasted much longer than intended & served many operators very well. An all time classic.