SCT '61 Photo Index
Birch Bros
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Birch Brothers garage at Rushden.
Photo taken May 1959, Rushden
2. GYL983
Moore Brothers, Kelvedon GYL983, seen at Braintree was a Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27/28R (8'0" wide) body fitted in 1954. When new as Birch Brothers K103 in 1945 it had a Weymann L27/28R body and passed to Moore in June 1951. In 1963 it became Eastern National 1029 on the acquisition of Moore Brothers.
Photo taken Saturday 6 December 1958, Braintree Bus Park
3. HLY480
Birch Brothers Leyland Titan / MCW HLY480 which along with others in the batch were regular visitors to London Kings Cross on service 203 from Rushden via Bedford. This is seen on the more local 212, Luton to Henlow Camp.
Photo taken October 1960, Luton Midland Station
4. HLY480
Birch Brothers took delivery in 1946/7 of ten Leyland PD1s with Birch L28/25F bodies. Seven of them received new MCCW H30/26R bodies in 1956/7 and the first of these K180, HLY480, is seen at Bedford after the rebodying acting as a relief on the 203 service to London.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
5. HLY482
Birch Bros. K182, HLY482, was a Leyland PD1 new in 1946 with a Birch L28/25F body. It was rebodied in 1957 with an MCCW H30/26RD body as seen here outside the garage at Rushden.
Photo taken Sunday 14 March 1965, Rushden Garage
6. HLY483
Birch Bros. K183 HLY483 is seen carrying the original Birch L28/25F bodywork on its 1946 Leyland PD1 chassis. In 1956 these coaches were downgraded to bus work and received MCW Orion style rear entrance bodywork remaining in service until 1965.
Photo taken 1950, Judd Street Coach Station, London Kings Cross
7. HLY483
Birch Bros K183, HLY483 was a Leyland PD1 new in 1946 with a Birch L28/25F body. It was rebodied in 1956 with an MCCW H30/26R body as seen here outside the garage at Henlow Camp.
Photo taken Sunday 14 March 1965, Henlow Camp
8. HLY483
A second shot of Birch Bros K183, HLY483 which was a Leyland PD1 new in 1946 with a Birch L28/25F body. It was rebodied in 1956 with an MCCW H30/26R body as seen here outside the garage at Henlow Camp.
Photo taken Sunday 14 March 1965, Henlow Camp
9. JXT492
JXT492 seen in Windsor with Blue Bus, Slough was a Leyland PS1/1 which had been new in to Birch Bros., London N.W.5 in September 1948 with an Eastern Coachworks C31R body. It passed to Ronsway, Hemel Hempstead as DP32R in March 1959 and to Blue Bus. Slough in February 1960, being withdrawn in May 1963.
Photo taken Saturday 23 June 1962, St Alban's Street, Windsor
10. KXU671
Birch Brothers KXU671 was the first of five Windover C32F bodied Leyland CPO1 Comets new in 1950.
Photo taken Saturday 3 December 1960, Park Street, Luton
11. LXM20
Birch Brothers LXM20, a Windover C39C bodied Leyland PSU1/13 Royal Tiger seen at Wembley
Photo taken Saturday 11 April 1959, Wembley Stadium
12. LXM22
Birch Brothers K22, LXM22, was a Leyland PSU1/15 Royal Tiger with Windover Kingsway C39C bodywork, part of which, with a nasty dent on the corner, is seen in this shot at Kings Cross, London.
Photo taken Saturday 19 November 1960, Pancras Road, London Kings Cross
13. LXV213
Birch Bros K213, LXV213 a Guy Arab III with Willowbrook FH27/26F body, new in 1951.
Photo taken May 1960, Pancras Road, London Kings Cross
14. LXV215
LXV215 was the last of six Guy Arab IIIs with Willowbrook FH27/26F bodies delivered in 1951. Numbered K215 it was named 'Prince Eugene' and is seen in Bedford on the 203 service to London.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
15. LXV215
A Birch Brothers Guy Arab III with Willowbook FH27/26F body, K215, reg LXV215, delivered in 1951 on its way to Rushden
Photo taken Saturday 13 June 1959, Hatfield Railway Station
16. LXV222
Birch Brothers K222, LXV222, seen at Bedford was a Willowbrook FH27/26F bodied Leyland PS1/4 new in 1951 and named 'Oudenarde'. After withdrawal it passed in June 1960 to Dale, Manchester.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
17. PYK61
Birch Brothers K61, PYK61, was a Beadle C41F bodied Beadle-Commer TS3 new in 1955 seen at Ascot.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, Ascot
18. RYT31
Birch Brothers switched to AEC for their coaches for a few years and the first of the 1956 batch K31, RYT31, a Weymann C41F bodied AEC MU3RV Reliance, is seen in Bedford on the London service. The first AEC had been K30, PLA830, delivered in 1954.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
19. RYT33
Birch Brothers RYT33, an AEC MU3RV Reliance with a Weymann Fanfare C41F body new in 1956
Photo taken Saturday 11 April 1959, Wembley Stadium
20. UYT41
Martindale of Ferryhill, Co. Durham UYT41, an AEC Reliance from 1958 with Park Royal bodywork, formerly with Birch Bros.
Photo taken April 1971, Martindale's Garage off Durham Road, Ferryhill
21. UYT41
Blenkinsop (Scarlet Band), West Cornforth UYT41 was an A.E.C. MU3RV Reliance with Park Royal body B40F body which had been new to Birch Bros. Ltd., London N.W.5 in 1958.
Photo taken Friday 1 August 1969, Station Road, West Cornforth
22. UYT41
Martindale of Ferryhill UYT41, an AEC Reliance MU3RV built in 1958 with Park Royal B45F bodywork.
Photo taken May 1970, Martindale Garage off Durham Road, Ferryhill
23. WJJ11
Birch Bros., London N.W.5 fleet number K11, WJJ11, was a Bedford SB8 with a Duple Vega C41F body new in 1959 seen on Madeira Drive at Brighton
Photo taken Sunday 19 April 1959, Madeira Drive, Brighton
24. WLW42
WLW42 was an A.E.C. 2MU3RV Reliance with a Park Royal DP43F body and had been new to Birch Brothers, London N.W.5 as fleet number K42 in 1959.
Photo taken early 1971, Shrewsbury, Barkers Gardens(?)
25. WXR50
Birch Brothers K50, WXR50, was the first of three Willowbrook Viking C41F bodied Leyland PSUC1/2 Tiger Cubs new in 1959 and is seen here in Bedford loading for the 203M service to London.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
26. WXR52
The third of Birch Brothers 1959 Willowbrook Viking C41F bodied Leyland PSUC1/2 Tiger Cubs was K52, WXR52, which was caught in Bedford on the 203M Motorway service to London.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
27. YYT18
Birch Bros K18, YYT18, a Bedford SB/1 with Duple C41F body, new in 1960
Photo taken July 1960, Pancras Road, London Kings Cross
28. 82CYV
St Kevin's Bus Service, Glendalough, Eire, ZNI456, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R built in 1962 with Willowbrook B51F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1975, Glendalough, Ireland
29. 84CYV
Birch Bros K84, 84CYV, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R with Willowbrook DP51F body new in 1962 seen in Midland Road adjacent to St. Pancras Station. It was rebodied by Plaxton, as DP49F, in 1969.
Photo taken Sunday 13 October 1963, Midland Road, London St. Pancras
30. 84CYV
Osborne, Tollesbury, 24 84CYV, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R built in 1962 with Plaxton Derwent DP49F bodywork from 1969.
Photo taken Sunday 6 August 1978, Trans-Pennine Rally, Harrogate
31. 84CYV
Birch Bros K84, 84CYV, one of three Leyland PSU3/3R Leopards new in 1962 with Wilowbrook DP51F bodies. It is seen here in Midland Road, St. Pancras shortly after being rebodied with a Plaxton Derwent II DP49F body.
Photo taken Saturday 13 September 1969, Midland Road, London St. Pancras
32. 91FXD
Birch Bros K91, 91FXD, one of six Leyland PSU3/4R Leopards new in 1963 with Park Royal C49F bodies seen in Pancras Road at the London terminal of routes 203 and 203M.
Photo taken Saturday 13 September 1969, Pancras Road, London Kings Cross
33. 91FXD
A frontal view of Birch Bros K91, 91FXD, one of six Leyland PSU3/4R Leopards new in 1963 with Park Royal C49F bodies seen loading in Pancras Road at the London terminal of routes 203 and 203M.
Photo taken Saturday 13 September 1969, Pancras Road, London Kings Cross
34. ALD27B
Birch Bros K27, ALD27B, one of five AEC 2MU4RA Reliances new in 1964 with Harrington Grenadier C41F bodies. It is seen here outside the Lancashire United garage at Atherton whilst on an enthusiast weekend visit to Lancashire operators.
Photo taken Sunday 10 September 1967, Atherton