SCT '61
Portsmouth City Operator Index

Portsmouth 170, CTP200, a Bedford OWB/Duple is still mostly with us. It was new in May 1944 as B32F.
The utility slatted wooden seats soon had leather coverings to the horizontal parts (were the rears of Portsmouth's citizens particularily tender?). The seats were then replaced with upholstered ones using seats from the 1932 batch of English Electric bodies in 1949 as B27F. It was later reseated to B26F in July 1960 before being withdrawn in December 1962. It served with two churches before entering preservation in April 1967. After passing through several owners, the original body was dismantled in August 1985 and replaced over the period 1986 to 1993 with a new B26F body utilising parts supplied by Ulsterbus (who had done a similar job on another OWB). You can now have endless hours of fun comparing this body with the replica body also on SCT61. It is creditably pretty close but there are a few minor differences e.g. the weatherstripping over the windows, the leading edge of the mudguards and perhaps the interface between the bonnet and the windscreen edge.

Photo taken by the late Roy Brown (the late Roger Janes Collection), June 1950, Havant B.R. Station

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