SCT '61

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Former Halifax J.O.C. 251, RJX251, an Albion Nimbus NS3AN/Weymann B31F new in 1963. Withdrawn after only three years' service in the Summer of 1966, it passed to Booth & Fisher of Halfway, near Sheffield, having been repainted for them at Halifax. It is seen here at their depot in 1973. I believe there were some extremely low railway bridges in their territory and the prominant Halifax-specified destination box had been cut down - not very neatly - to allow for this.
It passed with the Booth & Fisher business to South Yorkshire P.T.E. (as their 1059) and was withdrawn by them in Autumn 1978.
Just as with Wile's of Port Seton, Booth & Fisher seemed to have been able to cope with Nimbuses quite well - the area being a little more condusive than Halifax's. They had a number of other Nimbuses, including two Willowbrook-bodied ones bought new in 1961 (363/364 MRA), a similar one ex-Barrie, Balloch (537 JTC), an ex-Western Welsh Harrington-bodied one (TUH 7), and more interestingly five ex-Great Yarmouth Willowbrook-bodied examples (CEX 490-494). Halifax's General Manager Geoffrey Hilditch had been at Great Yarmouth previously and had suffered from 'Nimbusitis' there with these, only to arrive at Halifax to find that his predecessor Richard LeFevre had kindly left him with ten more to contend with.

Photo taken by John Stringer, 1973, Booth & Fisher's Depot, Halfway

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