SCT '61 Photo Index
Colchester Corporation
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1. PV4790
Colchester's only trolleybus was only used by ladies: as a mobile toilet it was towed to serve major outdoor events in the borough. The green and white livery more or less perpetuated that of its previous owner Ipswich Corporation, number 82, PV4790, a locally built Ransomes with Massey body seating 48. Capacity in its latter role would have been significantly less!
Photo taken late December 1965, Middle Mill Council Yard, Colchester
2. KEV331
Colchester Corporation 46, KEV331, was a Bristol K6A with Duple utility H56R body new in August 1945. It was photographed on a peak hour journey in the queue leaving Colchester Bus Station just before withdrawal in June 1964.
Photo taken June 1964, Colchester Bus Station
3. KPU516
KPU516 was one of four A.E.C. O661 Regents with Massey H30/26R bodies new in 1947 and was Colchester 52.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Colchester
4. KPU518
Colchester Corporation 54, KPU518, an AEC Regent II with Massey H30/26R body, new in March 1947, seen during its last year in service.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1965, Colchester Bus Station
5. KPU519
Colchester Corporation 55, KPU519, a unique vehicle in the fleet, a Crossley DD42/3 with Massey H30/26R body new in November 1948, photographed on a wet April Saturday afternoon.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1965, Colchester Bus Station
6. KPU519
Crossley DD42/3T with a Massey H30/26R body was Colchester 55, KPU519. and was the sole new bus in 1948.  It ran on trial for two weeks in November 1948 and then its torque converter transmission was replaced by a normal clutch and gearbox.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
7. OHK432
Colchester Corporation 4, OHK432, a 1949 Daimler CVD6 with Roberts H30/26R body, seen here at Brighton after being preserved.
Photo taken Sunday 5 May 1968, at Madeira Drive, Brighton
8. OHK432
Colchester Coporation bought a mixture of chassis after the second world war. Amongst these were a small batch of five Daimler CVD6 with body by Roberts of Wakefield which were delivered in 1949. The batch was withdrawn between 1966 and 1968. Number 4, OHK432, was saved for posterity and has been restored to its original colour scheme
Photo taken 2003, Meadowhall, Sheffield
9. OHK432
OHK432 is Colchester number 4, a 1949 Daimler CVD6 with Roberts H30/26R body, part of the LVVS collection.
Photo taken Sunday 1 November 2009, near LVVS Road Transport Museum, Lincoln
10. OHK433
A selection of cars of the period and a bus. This Colchester Corporation H30/26R Daimler CVD6 with Roberts body arrived at Colchester in 1949 and was believed to have been withdrawn in 1966. 5, OHK433 is seen climbing North Hill, Colchester, a hill I learnt to drive on.
Photo taken Sunday 13 March 1960, North Hill, Colchester
11. SVW451
Colchester 6, SVW451, the first of a pair of Crossley DD42/7s with Crossley H30/26R bodies new in 1951.
Photo taken February 1966, Colchester Bus Station
12. TVX496
Crossley bodied Crossley DD42/7 registered TVX496 and operated from new in 1952 by Colchester Corporation Transport.
Photo taken Friday 7 August 1959, Colchester, near to Colchester North Railway Station
13. TVX496
Colchester Corporation 8, TVX496, a Crossley DD42/7 with Crossley H56R body new in October 1952.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1965, Colchester Bus Station
14. TVX496
In 1952 Colchester purchased two Crossley DD42/7s with Crossley H30/26R bodies and TVX496, number 8 in the fleet, is seen here.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
15. TVX497
TVX497 was the second of two Crossley DD42/7s which were new in 1952 and was Colchester number 9 with a Crossley H30/26R body.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
16. WPU732
A pre-delivery photo of Colchester Corporation 10, WPU732, an AEC Regent III with Massey H30/26R body, one of three new in September 1953.
Photo taken 1953, near or outside Massey's works in Pemberton, Wigan
17. WPU732
Colchester 10, WPU732, was the first of three A.E.C. 6812A Regent IIIs with Massey H30/26R bodies new in 1953.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Colchester
18. WPU733
Colchester Corporation 11, WPU733, an AEC Regent III with Massey H30/26R body, one of three new in September 1953.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1965, Colchester Bus Station
19. 680HEV
Colchester 14, 680HEV, an A.E.C. D3RV Regent V was one of four with Massey H33/28R bodies new in 1956.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
20. 682HEV
Colchester Transport 16, 682HEV, an AEC Regent V with Massey H33/28R body. New in September 1956, seen here repainted in an experimental ivory and cherry red livery.
Photo taken July 1975, Colchester Bus Station
21. 682HEV
Colchester Corporation 16, 682HEV, an AEC Regent V with Massey H33/28R body, new in September 1956.
Photo taken Friday 27 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
22. 682HEV
682HEV was an A.E.C. D3RV Regent V with a Massey H33/28R body and was new in September 1956 as Colchester number 16.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
23. 1296F
Colchester 18, 1296F, was one of four A.E.C D3RV Regent Vs with Massey H33/28R bodies and was new in May 1957.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
24. 1296F
Colchester Corporation 25, SWC25K, Bristol RELL / ECW B53F, new May 1972, and 18, 1296F, AEC Regent V / Massey H33/28R body, new in May 1957.
Photo taken July 1972, at Suffolk Showground HCVC Rally
25. 193MNO
Massey H33/28R bodywork was fitted to this A.E.C. D3RV Regent V to become Colchester 21, 193MNO, in 1959.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
26. 194MNO
Colchester Corporation's 22, 194MNO, a Massey bodied AEC Regent V of 1959, was chosen to wear this commemorative livery to mark the undertaking's sixtieth anniversary. It ran for a week in early October 1964 spending a day on each of the town's main routes.
Photo taken early October 1964, Greenstead Estate Terminus, Colchester
27. 195MNO
Colchester 23, 195MNO, an AEC Regent V with Massey H33/28R body, new in 1959. It lasted in service until 1971.
Photo taken Friday 27 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
28. 9667VX
Colchester Corporation 24, 9667VX, a Leyland Titan PD2/31 with Massey H33/28R body, new in November 1960.
Photo taken Friday 27 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
29. 9668VX
Former Colchester Corporation 25, 9668VX, a 1960 Leyland Titan PD2/31 with Massey bodywork seen after sale to Lonsdale Coaches of Morecambe
Photo taken 1977, Heysham
30. 9669VX
This Leyland PD2/31, with a Massey H33/28R body, was Colchester 26, 9669VX, and was one of five which were new in 1960.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
31. 9671VX
9671VX was the last of five Leyland PD2/31s with Massey H33/28R bodies and entered service as Colchester 28 in 1960.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
32. 652GVA
652GVA, Colchester 55, caught on camera whilst on a flying visit to the town in 1971, a Plaxton bodied AEC Reliance new to Irvine of Salsburgh in 1963.
Photo taken Friday 23 July 1971, High Street/Cowdray Crescent, Colchester
33. MWC129
Colchester Corporation 29, MWC129, a Leyland PD2A/31 with Massey H33/28R body, first of a batch of seven new in 1963
Photo taken Sunday 9 May 1965, Colchester Bus Station
34. MWC129
Colchester Corporation 29, MWC129, a Leyland PD2A/31 with Massey H33/28R body, first of a batch of seven new in 1963.
Photo taken early 1970s, Colchester Transport Depot
35. MWC130
Colchester 30, MWC130, was a Leyland PD2A/31 with a Massey H33/28R body and was one of seven new in 1963.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Mile End Road, Colchester
36. MWC135
The last of Colchester's seven Leyland PD2A/31s with Massey H3/28R bodies, new in 1963, was 35, MWC135, which entered service in March that year.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
37. MWC135
Colchester Corporation 35, MWC135, a 1963 Leyland Titan PD2A/31 with Massey H33/28R body.
Photo taken Friday 27 March 1964, Colchester Bus Station
38. CWC36B
Colchester Corporation 36, CWC36B was a Leyland PD2A30spl (7' 6" wide) with Massey H61R body, one of a trio newly delivered in June 1964 in the brighter "cream sandwich" livery. Seen here leaving Colchester Bus Station it positively shone! It lasted until May 1977 when ousted, along with many of its contemporaries, by a batch of ten OMO Atlanteans.
Photo taken June 1964, Colchester Bus Station
39. CWC37B
Colchester Corporation 37, CWC37B, a Leyland PD2A/30 with Massey H33/28R body, new in 1964
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1965, Colchester Bus Station
40. CWC37B
Colchester Corporation 37, CWC37B, Leyland Titan PD2A/30 with Massey H33/28R body, new in 1964.
Photo taken August 1972, High Street/Cowdray Crescent, Colchester
41. OVX140D
Colchester 40, OVX140D, a Massey H33/28R bodied Leyland PD2/30, was one of ten new in 1966, which were the first 8' 0" wide buses in the fleet.
Photo taken February 1966, Colchester Bus Station
42. OVX141D
Colchester Corporation 41, OVX141D, Leyland Titan PD2A/30 with Massey H33/28RD body, new in February 1966 with an Eastern National Bristol LD / ECW in the background.
Photo taken Saturday 10 March 1973, Colchester Bus Station
43. OVX142D
Colchester Corporation 42, OVX142D, a Leyland PD2A/30 with Massey H33/28R body, new in 1966.
Photo taken mid to late 1970s, Lewis Gardens, entering Colchester Bus Station
44. OVX143D
OK Motor Services OVX143D, a Leyland Titan PD2A/30 built in 1966 with Massey H33/28RD bodywork.
Photo taken July 1980, Bishop Auckland Market Place
45. OVX143D
Colchester Corporation 43, OVX143D, a Leyland PD2A/30 with Massey H33/28R body, new in 1966.
Photo taken early 1970s, Colchester Transport Depot
46. OVX143D
OK Motor Services OVX143D, a former Colchester Corporation Leyland Titan PD2A/30 with its Massey H33/28R body later fitted with platform doors.
47. OVX144D
Colchester 44, OVX144D, a Massey bodied Leyland PD2/30 was the last of ten new in 1966, which were the first 8' 0" wide buses in the fleet.
Photo taken February 1966, Colchester Bus Station
48. AVX53G
Sometimes "the back end of a bus" does not live up to the rest of the design of this Massey bodied Leyland Atlantean AVX53G, Colchester 53, from 1968, with the odd sliding window on the rear emergency door and the oily back bumper, which seemed to be a feature all over the country.
Photo taken Friday 23 July 1971, High Street/Cowdray Crescent, Colchester
49. YWC648F
Colchester Corporation 48, YWC648F, a 1968 Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 with Massey body, now an open top tour bus owned by Maghull Coaches of Liverpool.
Photo taken Saturday 28 October 2006, Pier Head, Liverpool
50. YWC648F
Colchester Corporation 48, YWC648F, a Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 with Massey H43/31F body, new in June 1968.
Photo taken early 1970s, Colchester Bus Station
51. SWC25K
Colchester Corporation 25, SWC25K, Bristol RELL / ECW B53F, new May 1972, and 18, 1296F, AEC Regent V / Massey H33/28R body, new in May 1957.
Photo taken July 1972, at Suffolk Showground HCVC Rally
52. OWC723M
Thanks to strong personal contacts, from time to time Southend helped out Colchester Borough Transport and vice versa. Colchester RELL 23, OWC723M, was loaned to ST between August and November 1978.
Photo taken Friday 8 September 1978, Benfleet Station
53. JHK495N
One of three ex-Colchester Borough buses now owned and operated by Talisman Coachlines of Great Bromley, ECW bodied Atlantean JHK495N, new in March 1975, is immaculately presented in Colchester livery.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2007, at Labworth Car Park, Canvey Island
54. MVK538R
Colchester Transport 51, MVK538R, Leyland Atlantean AN68A/2R / Alexander. New in December 1976 to Tyne & Wear as their 538, to Colchester in 1983. Ex-dual door with a staircase on nearside.
Photo taken June 1984, Colchester Bus Station
55. YNO77S
Talisman Coachlines operate this former Colchester Borough Transport Atlantean/ECW, YNO77S new in April 1978, on summer sightseeing tours of Colchester.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2007, at Castle Point Transport Museum, Canvey Island
56. YNO82S
Colchester Corporation 82, YNO82S, Leyland Atlantean AN68A/1R with ECW H43/31F body, new in June 1978.
Photo taken 1980, Colchester Bus Station
57. DHK102T
Colchester Borough Transport 102, DHK102T, Leyland Leopard / Duple. New in February 1979, see here on National Express 084 to London.
Photo taken 1982, Colchester Bus Station
58. MEV87V
Colchester Corporation 87, MEV87V, Leyland Atlantean / ECW. New 1980.
Photo taken June 1980, Southend