SCT '61 Photo Index
Albion Nimbus
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1. NSG869
Albion Motors built the lightweight Nimbus in the fifties. NSG869 was originally a demonstrator with a body built by Scottish Omnibuses. It ran for many years in the fleet of Berresfords of Cheddleton in whose livery it is seen here.
Photo taken Sunday 21 June 2009, Chatsworth
2. KST54
Albion Nimbus KST54, new in August 1956, was Highland A5 and carried an Alexander C29F body. It is seen entering Farraline Park Bus Station, Inverness.
Photo taken Friday 24 July 1959, Farraline Park Bus Station, Inverness
3. KST55
One of six Albion MR9 Nimbus chassis new in 1956 fitted with Alexander C29F bodies, A6, KST55.
Photo taken Saturday 25 July 1959, Farraline Park Bus Station, Inverness
4. ZP4438
Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Albion Nimbus single decker, No.92, ZP4438 at Letterkenny station yard. Church Hill was a station about 10 miles north west on the former Burtonport line.
Photo taken Summer 1966, Letterkenny Station Yard
5. XTA839
Two variations on the small single decker theme. Preserved Devon General XTA839, SN839, is a 1958 Albion Nimbus NS3AN with Willowbrook B31F bodywork, whilst preserved East Kent EFN568 is a 1950 Dennis Falcon P3 with Dennis B29F bodywork. Both are seen here at the 2003 Worthing Rally.
Photo taken July 2003, Marine Parade, Worthing
6. XTA839
Preserved Devon General XTA839, SN839, a 1958 Albion Nimbus NS3AN with Willowbrook B31F bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2005, Alton
7. XTA839
Preserved Devon General XTA839, SN839, is a 1958 Albion Nimbus NS3AN with Willowbrook B31F bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 17 September 2017, Dartmoor
8. XTA843
Yuill, Hartlepool based contractor, XTA843, an Albion Nimbus NS3N of 1958 with Willowbrook B31F bodywork
Photo taken August 1972, Yuill's Hartlepool Depot
9. 335KPL
Brady, Forest Green (Brown Motor Services) put 335KPL, an Albion NS3N Nimbus with a Willowbrook B31F body into service in July 1959 and it is seen here in the Farnham Road Bus Station in Guildford on his service to Holmbury St. Mary.
Photo taken Monday 31 August 1959, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
10. CEX490
Great Yarmouth bought six Albion NS3N Nimbus buses with Willowbrook B31F bodies in 1959. Seen here at the garage is 90, CEX490, the first of the batch.
Photo taken Sunday 11 October 1964, Caister Road Garage
11. CEX494
Among the second hand Albion Nimbus' purchased by Booth and Fisher were five with Willowbrook 31 seat bodies from Great Yarmouth Corporation, CEX490-494. The last of that batch, CEX494, is seen at Halfway Depot in South Yorkshire PTE days.
Photo taken Sunday 9 July 1978, Halfway Depot
12. 1309
Guernsey Motors 23, 1309, a 1960 Albion Nimbus with Reading bodywork, acquired with the Watson's Grey business. The white number in the windscreen is the route number.
Photo taken 17 August 1979, St. Peter Port Bus Station, Guernsey
13. 1309
Watson, St. Martin 1309 seen at Pleinmont was an Albion NS3N Nimbus with a Reading B36F body new in 1960 and was Watson's newest bus.
Photo taken Saturday 26 May 1973, Pleinmont
14. 1309
A rear view of 1309 of Watson, St. Martin seen at Pleinmont. This was an Albion NS3N Nimbus with a Reading B36F body new in 1960 and was Watson's newest bus.
Photo taken Saturday 26 May 1973, Pleinmont
15. 1309
A rear view of Guernsey Railway Company 23, 1309, which was an Albion NS3N Nimbus with a Reading B36F body. It had been new to Watson, St. Martin in June 1960, was acquired in February 1978, and is seen in the parking area at the St. Peter Port Bus Station.
Photo taken Friday 27 April 1979, St. Peter Port Bus Station
16. 315LKK
Maidstone & District 3315, 315LKK, an Albion Nimbus NS3N with Harrington B30F body, new in 1960.
Photo taken Tuesday 14 July 1970, Hastings Bus Station
17. 316LKK
Maidstone & District SO316, 316LKK, an Albion NS3N Nimbus with a Harrington B30F body was seen outside Tonbridge Garage.
Photo taken Saturday 21 July 1962, Tonbridge Garage
18. 363MRA
Among the Albion Nimbus units operated by Booth & Fisher Ltd. of Halfway, was this NS3N model, 363MRA, new in January 1960 with Willowbrook B31F bodywork.
Photo taken Monday 12 April 1971, Depot, Halfway
19. 364MRA
Booth and Fisher assembled a collection of ten Albion Nimbuses (or should that be Nimbii) with two examples coming new to the operator. One of that pair was 364MRA a NS3N model with Willowbrook B31F bodywork which survived long enough to become SYPTE number 1057. Alongside is sister 363MRA which outlived its twin by a short period.
Photo taken Sunday 9 July 1978, Halfway Depot
20. 537JTC
Booth and Fisher acquired 537JTC, a former 1960 demonstrator Albion Nimbus NS3 Willowbrook B31F from Barrie of Balloch in 1963. They went on to purchase identical vehicles both new and second hand.
Photo taken Sunday 9 July 1978, Halfway Depot
21. OMS243
OMS243 was number N10 in the Alexander Midland fleet, being an Alexander C29F bodied Albion NS3L Nimbus and was seen at Falkirk garage. It was one of ten such coaches new in 1960.
Photo taken Tuesday 27 July 1965, Falkirk
22. OMS244
OMS244, an Albion Nimbus NS3L with Alexander C29F bodywork, new in 1960 to W. Alexander's as their N11. Pictured being overtaken by weeds at the rear of Doune Motors, Doune, Stirlingshire and surrounded by by a fascinating collection of derelict Albion commercials.
Photo taken Friday 22 August 1986, Doune Motors, Doune, Stirlingshire
23. TUH13
Western Welsh 13, TUH13, a 1960 Albion Nimbus with dual purpose Harrington body.
Photo taken 1994, off Charlestown Road, Halifax
24. TUH5
This Harrington DP30F bodied Albion Nimbus, TUH5, was numbered 5 in the Western Welsh fleet and is seen in the garage yard at Haverfordwest.
Photo taken Wednesday 15 August 1962, Haverfordwest
25. TUH7
Booth & Fisher Ltd. of Halfway operated an interesting assortment of single deckers. TUH7 was formerly Western Welsh No.7, and was an Albion Nimbus NS3N with Harrington DP30F body dating from 1960.
Photo taken Monday 12 April 1971, Depot, Halfway
26. TUH7
Former Western Welsh 7, TUH7, was a Harrington DP30F bodied Albion Nimbus, which entered service on 1 August 1960 and was one of a batch of 24 delivered between April and October of that year. It was withdrawn in March 1967 and sold to Booth & Fisher of Halfway, for whom it operated until 1975. Now preserved by Alan Dixon of Annfield Plain, it is seen at South Shields at the end of a rather damp Tees-Tyne Run.
Photo taken Sunday 1 June 2008, Bents Park
27. WAJ112
Plaxton Consort IV bodywork seeing out its last days in the yard of Doune Motors, Doune, Stirlingshire. It was WAJ112, an Albion Nimbus with Plaxton Consort IV C29C body, new to Watson of Huntingdon, York in 1960.
Photo taken Friday 22 August 1986, Doune Motors, Doune, Stirlingshire
28. WKG41
Western Welsh 41, WKG41, a Weymann DP30F bodied Albion NS3AN Nimbus, waits for the next departure from the Coach Station at Cheltenham.
Photo taken Saturday 20 July 1963, Cheltenham Coach Station
29. 11674
A rear view of Guernsey Railway Company 88, 11674, which was an Albion NS3AN Nimbus with a Reading B35F body new in January 1962 as Guernsey Motors 88, and acquired from them in October 1973.
Photo taken Friday 27 April 1979, St. Peter Port Bus Station
30. 11675
Albion Nimbus 89 (11675) was one of many such vehicles with Reading bodywork of a style dating back to the 1940s/50s, this one having been new to Guernsey Motors Ltd in 1962. Both the main Guernsey companies had been under the control of the Red & White United Transport group since 1949 (GR) and 1951 (GM) with the resultant standardisation on Albions. Acquired by GR in 1973, 89 is seen here after the GM and GR fleets merged.
Photo taken August 1978, Guernsey
31. LHF32
Merseyside P.T.E. (Wallasey) 32, LHF32, an Albion Nimbus NS3N with Strachan DP31F body, new to Wallasey Corporation in 1962.
Photo taken Sunday 2 August 1970, MPTE Wallasey Depot
32. LHF34
Merseyside PTE 34, LHF34, a Albion Nimbus NS3AN built in 1962 with Strachan DP31F bodywork.
Photo taken September 1971, Liscard Road, Liscard
33. RJX258
Seen at Holcombe Brook near Bury on a gloomy January day in 1975 is a former Halifax Albion Nimbus that was with its fourth local authority owner having been operated by Halifax, Warrington and Ramsbottom before joining the PTE fleet in 1969.
Photo taken Thursday 16 January 1975, Holcombe Brook
34. 432RYD
Wilson of Carnwath, 432RYD, an Albion Nimbus NS3AN built in 1963 with Harrington bodywork.
Photo taken August 1978, Carnwath
35. RJX250
Halifax bought a small number of Albion Nimbus chassis in 1963. All carried stylish Weymann coachwork. 250, RJX250, survived long enough to be preserved and is seen in the centre of Halifax.
Photo taken 2001, Westgate, Halifax
36. RJX250
Former Halifax Albion Nimbus 250, RJX250, after its short career in Yorkshire, spent a number of years in Cornwall with Harveys of Mousehole to operate their service to Penzance.
Photo taken 1968, Penzance Station
37. RJX250
Harvey, Mousehole, operated RJX250, an Albion NS3AN with Weymann 31 seat bodywork which was new to Halifax JOC as their 250 in May 1963 and withdrawn by them in 1966.
Photo taken c. 1973, Mousehole
38. RJX251
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.
Photo taken 1973, Booth & Fisher's Depot, Halfway
39. RJX252
Halifax Nimbus 252, RJX252 at the bus station
Photo taken Thursday 19 December 1963, Crossfield Bus Station
40. RJX253
Former Halifax 253, RJX253, served several years with Baddeley Bros as their 87 and it lasted long enough to become the second of the batch to be owned by a PTE, with 258 having earlier joined SELNEC PTE having passed through the ownership of Warrington Corporation and Ramsbottom UDC along the way.
Photo taken Sunday 18 August 1974, Holmfirth Bus Station
41. RJX253
Baddeley Bros. had two ex-Halifax Nimbuses - formerly 253 and 256. Here 253, RJX253, is seen outside Baddeley's garage in Holmfirth as their no. 87. New in 1963, Halifax J.O.C. had sold it in 1967, having done the repaint for its new owner. It was finally broken up by a Barnsley dealer in 1975.
Photo taken 1973, Baddeley's Garage, Holmfirth
42. RJX253
A rear view of Baddeley Bros., Holmfirth's ex-Halifax Weymann-bodied Nimbus RJX253.
Photo taken 1973, Baddeley's Garage, Holmfirth
43. RJX254
Halifax 354, RJX254, was an Albion Nimbus NS3AN with a Weymann B31F body of 1963.
Photo taken 1965, Halifax Depot yard
44. RJX255
Yet another ex-Halifax Nimbus - though this one did not stray just as far as the others.
Photo taken Summer 1970, The Chatham Street Centre, off Pellon Lane
45. RJX255
Halifax Weymann bodied Nimbuses 255, RJX255, and 251, RJX251, new in 1963.
Photo taken Thursday 14 May 1964, parking adjacent to Crossfield Bus Station
46. RJX256
Yet another ex-Halifax Nimbus, but a bit closer to home this time. 256, RJX256, was new in 1963, renumbered 356 in 1966, and then sold in February 1967 to Baddeley Bros., Holmfirth who numbered it 88.
Photo taken Sunday 10 March 1968, Upperhead Row Bus Station, Huddersfield
47. RJX258
Halifax Nimbus 258, RJX258, so far unrepresented in this Nimbus collection, which is surprising as it probably had the most interesting history of all, despite 250's longevity. 258 had what must be the unique distinction of being owned by Joint Omnibus Committee (Halifax), a municipality (Warrington), an Urban District Council (Ramsbottom) and a PTE (SELNEC and later GMPTE).
Photo taken April 1970, Ramsbottom
48. RJX259
1963 Albion Nimbus NS3AN, RJX259, with Weymann B31F body. New to Halifax JOC as their 259 it is seen here in service with Wiles, Port Seton.
Photo taken early 1970s, Port Seton, East Lothian
49. 14626
Guernsey Railway, an associate company of Guernsey Motors, bought this Albion Nimbus with Reading B35F bodywork with a very rounded rear end. 172, 14626, when delivered in 1964 was numbered 72. Partly visible is a Reading bodied Albion Victor.
Photo taken 17 August 1979, St. Peter Port Bus Station, Guernsey
50. 14628
Guernsey Railway Company 20, 1787, was an Albion FT39AN, Victor with a Reading B36F body still in the livery of Watson, St. Martin to whom it had been new in June 1954 and from whom it had been acquired in February 1978. Alongside is Guernsey Railway Company 96, 14628, an Albion NS3AN Nimbus with a Reading B35F body new in April 1964.
Photo taken Friday 27 April 1979, Guernsey
51. 16216
Guernsey for many years had very strict rules about vehicle size which resulted in small buses being the norm. This Albion Nimbus NS3AN has a Reading 35 seat body and dates from 1965. When new it was 75, 16216, in the Guernsey Railways fleet and was the last Guernsey Nimbus to enter service. Now preserved it carries a UK 1965 registration, JNP590C. It is seen at the Aire Valley running day
Photo taken Sunday 12 October 2014, Coach Street Car Park, Skipton
52. 16216
A rear view of Guernsey Railway 75, a 1965 Albion Nimbus with Reading bodywork showing the vintage styling of the rear.
Photo taken Sunday 12 October 2014, Coach Street Car Park, Skipton