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Halifax Corporation 25, MJX25, a Leyland Titan PD2/37 with Metro-Cammell H36/28F body, new in 1960. (May possibly have been taken in the early days of WYPTE).
25 had previously been dispatched all the way south to Essex to be overhauled and repainted by Ensign into a proposed WYPTE Calderdale District livery of buttermilk and orange. The overhaul and repaint took longer than was expected and in the end a later PD2, 68, was repainted that way instead at Halifax in order to be in time for the four buses from each district to be assessed - and in the end rejected. On arrival back from Ensign it was immediately repainted into one of General Manager Geoffrey Hilditch's own experimental proposed liveries of Transport Green and Buttermilk with orange backed fleet name (also rejected) as seen here. It is pictured turning from Bank Edge Road into Furness Drive whilst operating route 9 to Raw Lane. My first regular full-time rota line covered lates and middles mostly on Raw Lane, and I must have taken that same turn hundreds of times - often with that same bus. The Mini - also MJX-registered - was a contemporary of the old battleaxe PD2. Both would have had a hard life, but I feel the Mini had probably fared worse !
Photo taken by John Stringer, 1974, Bank Edge Road/Furness Drive, Halifax
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