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Edinburgh's first PD3 was a rather unusual one as it carried this unique Homalloy front. 998, PWS998, was a PD3/2 new in late 1957 and fitted initially with an automatic gearbox. It carried the usual Alexander body and was joined later by similar 999 and four PD3/3s. Edinburgh reverted to shorter purchases for some time before returning to the PD3 in 1964. These first six PD3s all left the fleet when quite young and passed to Highland, 998 becoming HB5 in that fleet.
By the time of this photograph this bus (along with others from this group of six) was owned by Avro, Stanford-le-Hope but is seen here quite some way from its base. It was a preservation candidate but as it turns out this rather odd vehicle did not survive this photograph by more than a couple of years.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Sunday 14 September 1980, Sheffield Park Station, Bluebell Railway
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