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Halifax Corporation 103, BHD222C, a Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX with Alexander H44/31F body.
New in 1965 (but entering service in January 1966) as Yorkshire Woollen District 983, it was renumbered 132 in 1967, passed to Hebble as their 350 in 1969, was renumbered 624 in 1970, passed back to YWD in February 1971 now as their 146, passing to Halifax Corporation as 103 in September 1971 (replacing the existing Fleetline/NCME 103 - ECP 983D - which moved to the Calderdale JOC fleet as 293). It became WYPTE 3103 in April 1974 and was withdrawn in 1978 passing to Rollinson's of Carlton for scrap in the April.
During its time this bus carried four different liveries - YWD red with cream band (twice), Hebble red and cream, Halifax Corporation green, orange and cream (as here) and WYPTE verona green and buttermilk.
It always looked odd to me how it had wheelarch surrounds at the rear painted black, which cut into the cream band, and none at the front. I believe it had originally been intended to be allocated to Calderdale JOC at Todmorden where there was a 13ft 6in height restriction at the garage - on the understanding that it was low height (which is how they looked), only to discover that it was built to an intermediate height and was a few inches too tall. Instead it went to the Corporation fleet, yet strangely the ex-Halifax Fleetline that moved to the JOC fleet had a full height body and couldn't go to Todmorden either. Geoff Hilditch moved in mysterious ways !
Here it is however seen being used by CJOC from Halifax working the 8 Leeds-Halifax-Burnley service.
Photo taken by John Stringer, late 1971, Todmorden Market Ground/Bus Station
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