Battered & Bruised Buses & Coaches
A bus or coach is only new once and they can soon look a bit jaded. This is a look at vehicles that have seen better days, Battered, Bruised & downright scruffy.
Well, let's start with this Yeates bodied Bedford. If I had booked a coach for my private hire and this turned up, I would not be best pleased. An attractive body, a not unpleasant livery, but it is so scruffy & down at heel. Probably OK for the school run, but not much else.
Green Bus were more than capable of turning out a scruffy bus & this rather down at heel Burlingham bodied Guy illustrates this for us. Its not exactly an elderly vehicle, but just looks unkempt & generally run down.
A bus which had certainly seen better days was this once magnificent former Birmingham Daimler COG5. These were beautiful looking buses & finished to an extremely high standard. Its sad to see one nearly at the end of its life.
Only slightly bruised & will live to fight another day is this Kippax & District Daimler CVG6. This had been new as a Wallace Arnold coach & had been rebodied, hence the odd platform treatment. Im sure the driver ended up on the carpet after this.
Enough to make you weep, well, me anyway. This most magnificent creation seen in much reduced circumstances. 273 was a good bus, but when I saw it here, the poor thing could only just about drag itself along. Scrapping must have been a happy release for it.
Trying to maintain dignity despite its squalid appearance is this, once lovely, former Aldershot & District Dennis Lance. Still in its A&D livery & looking utterly filthy, but I can only hope that it did eventually locate a bucket of water and a mop, though it would have taken some cleaning.
Extremely battered is this unfortunate Burlingham bodied Leyland Tiger Cub of Ribble. It certainly collided with something very substantial & I can only hope that no one was badly hurt. The coach was not rebuilt.
This all Leyland TD4 had been new to Samuel Ledgard in 1935 & gave sterling service. When seen here, it was withdrawn, partly dismantled & just about ready for the scrapyard. A sad spectacle indeed.
Our very own Chris Y was at the helm of this Wallace Arnold AEC Reliance when it sustained this battering. Chris was not to blame & thankfully he, & the others involved escaped injury. No doubt the coach was soon back on the road.
Lough Swilley was another operator that could be relied on to produce a scruffy bus & this sorry specimen is no exception. To be fair, it was withdrawn when seen here, but was probably in better condition than many of their buses still being used.
Looking in a pitiful state & surely deserving better after such long & loyal service is this Southend AEC Regal. Despite the rebuilding & modifications, I have never understood how these buses were all lost, Surely one should have been preserved?.
Looking very sorry for itself & no doubt remembering better times is this once magnificent Burlingham bodied Leyland Tiger. Still earning an honest crust after 19 years with a contractor. Ive always liked this full front variation of the Burlingham body.
Most certainly past its prime when seen here is this former Manchester Corporation Crossley DD42 which once had a Crossley body. These were wonderful buses & I know that many of our Manchester contributors will be sad to see this bus in this state.
A sad sight for tram lovers, this former London Feltham car found its way to Leeds after service in the capital. It is seen here in a scrapyard shortly before being destroyed. It still looks capable of many years service.
This Eastbourne Corporation AEC Regent collided with a coach going the other way and ran out of control. It collided with a Public House & sustained the damage you see here. The bus was rebuilt & carried on in service. It still exists today as a recovery vehicle having lost most of its body for a second time.
Meanwhile on Jersey, this wonderful all Leyland TD1 was found living rough in a field. This shot was taken in 1973 & having survived that long, this bus deserved to survive.
Another bus seen at the end of its days is this splendid Brockhouse bodied Albion Valkyrie. It's another of those vehicles that having survived into the 70s really should have found its way into preservation. Sadly that was not to be
In a quite deplorable state, this Duple bodied Leyland Royal Tiger was in use as a contractors vehicle. I don't for one moment suppose that the Navvies that travelled on this coach appreciated what a fine vehicle it was.
Perhaps this bus is in quite the worst condition that I've seem a bus moving on the highway. West Riding would have looked after it, so the new owner can't have done. Or, maybe the utility body is the culprit?
Another rather shabby looking double decker is this Saltburn Motor Services all Leyland PD2/12. The front dome & roof seems to have suffered in particular. This bus originated with Southdown & may be unique in being sold by SMS & acquired by SMS
Another rather sorry looking vehicle is this Harrington bodied Leyland Tiger. It was latterly with Harpers of Heath Hayes & is seen here still largely intact some time after withdrawal.
This Leyland Tiger Cub had been new to Delaine of Bourne. It had an attractive Yeates Europa body & ended its days with Vaggs. It is seen here in somewhat reduced circumstances following withdrawal.
Its difficult to believe this vehicle is only nine years old in this view. This Sunbeam had been new to Reading Corporation in 1961 & had passed to Teeside in 1968. These vehicles had the last Burlingham double deck bodies produced. These two are in quite deplorable condition.
Oh dear, what went wrong here? This West Riding National found itself in this unfortunate predicament after coming off the road & ending up in a large Ditch. The bus survived quite well & I understand no one was injured. I hope the driver had fresh trousers with him.
Still looking every inch a classic is this very nice Duple bodied Guy Arab. It had oeiginated with Red & White before going to West Wales. Looking ripe for restoration here, after withdrawal.
Two for the price of one here, in the shape of these SouthNotts all Leyland PD2s. South Notts had a habit of keeping withdrawn vehicles on their premises, which was of great interest to enthusiasts. Even so, these two failed to survive.
Its enough to make you weep isn't it?

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