SCT '61 Photo Index
Southport Corporation
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1. FFY401
Southport Corporation owned FFY401, an all Leyland Titan PD2/3 dating from 1947. This was part of a batch of 12, the first PD2/3s to be delivered - there is a photo of FFY401 being tilt tested at the Leyland works in Doug Jack's book The Leyland Bus.
Photo taken August 1980, Trans-Pennine Rally, Harrogate
2. FFY402
FFY402 is Southport Corporation Leyland Titan PD2/3, with Leyland engine and Leyland 56 seats (converted to open top 1962). It was one of 12 delivered in 1947 and is a very early example of the PD2 model, indeed the batch was the first to 8 feet width.
Photo taken Monday 17 April 2017, Wythall Transport Museum
3. FFY403
Ex-Southport open top Leyland bodied PD2 FFY403 has been working on a sightseeing tour of the Torbay area and is seen here at its loading point in the centre of Torquay on 13th September. It was new with fleet number 86 in 1947 and converted to open-top in 1962 and renumbered 186 in 1973.
Photo taken Friday 13 September 2013, Cary Parade/Strand, Torquay
4. FFY404
Merseyside PTE (Southport District) 187, FFY404, a Leyland Titan PD2/3 with Leyland O30/26R body. New to Southport Corporation in 1947 as its 87, it was converted to open-top in 1962, and renumbered 187 in 1973, before the Corporation was swallowed up by the MPTE in April 1974. Thankfully it has survived and is nowadays part of the North West Museum of Transport's collection at St. Helens.
Photo taken Sunday 18 August 1974, Marine Drive, Southport
5. FFY406
A line up in Southport's garage with the right hand open topper 89, FFY406, a Leyland PD2/3 with Leyland H56R body built 1947.
Photo taken 1963/64, Southport Garage
6. FFY40?
Two rare moments in one scene. First, where the police have closed major roads from Wilmslow Railway Station to Albert Square, Manchester, to allow this Southport open top Leyland Titan PD2/3, O30/26R, new in 1947/48 to travel along the A34 (Kingsway) through Gatley. It is one of the FFY401-12 batch, painted in Southport cream with red. Thousands lined the route on that Sunday to watch the bus or more probably to see the other rare moment, the FA Cup winners of 1969, Manchester City on their return from Wembley - they had to wait 42 years to win it again.
Photo taken Sunday 27 April 1969, Junction of Gatley Road and Kingsway in Gatley, Cheadle, Cheshire
7. CRN993
Southport 12, CRN993, was purchased from Ribble in 1963 and converted to "open top". A Leyland PS2/5 with Burlingham O35F, no.12 unloads on the Promenade whilst a healthy crowd patiently waits to go for a breezy trip.
Photo taken Sunday 1 September 1974, Promenade, Southport
8. GFY396
Bedlington & District, Ashington GFY396 was an all-Leyland Titan PD2/3 H30/26R new in May 1950.
Photo taken Tuesday 20 February 1968, North Seaton Colliery
9. GFY406
Rear view of Southport 106, GFY406, a Leyland PD2/3 with Leyland H30/26R body, new in 1950
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2011, Alton
10. GFY406
Profile shot of Southport 106, GFY406, a Leyland PD2/3 with Leyland H30/26R body, new in 1950
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2011, Alton
11. GFY406
Former Southport 106, GFY406, a Leyland PD2/3 with Leyland H30/26R body, new in 1950
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2011, Alton
12. GFY406
Former Southport 106, GFY406, Leyland PD2/3 with Leyland H30/26R body, new in 1950
Photo taken Sunday 5 April 2009, Wisley Aerodrome
13. GWN816
Southport Corporation 116, GWM816, a 1951 Crossley SD42/7 with a Crossley B32F body at Brough during the 2014 Brough & Kirkby Stephen Rally.
Photo taken Saturday 19 April 2014, Brough
14. WFY49
Southport Corporation 49, WFY49, a Leyland Titan PD2/40 with Weymann H37/27F body, new 1962.
Photo taken 1969, Southport Corporation Depot
15. CWM151C
Southport made the switch to rear engined chassis quite late in its existence. The 1965 deliveries included this Leyland Titan PD2/40 with MCW bodywork. It has an angled cab window for use as a one person operated bus. When new it was 51, CWM151C, in the Southport fleet. In later years it was converted to open top in which guise it is seen here.
Photo taken Sunday 2 August 2015, Harrogate Trans-Pennine Rally
16. CWM154C
The late 1970s saw me chairing a local 18 plus group and attending national conferences. In 1979 the conference and dance were held in Southport and their 18 plus group hired open top CWM154C Leyland "thingy" to take Miss 18 plus around the town.
Photo taken March 1979, Southport
17. CWM154C
Southport remained loyal to the Leyland Titan until the late 1960s. New in 1965 as 54 CWM154C was this Leyland Titan PD2/40 with front entrance Weymann bodywork. It was adapted for one man operation in the late sixties/early seventies.
Photo taken 1995, Huddersfield
18. GFY55E
Former Southport 55, GFY55E, a Leyland PD2/40 with Met.Cam. 64 seat body, with Merseyside PTE which, I believe, allowed the Southport fleet to retain the traditional livery for a while.
Photo taken Saturday 15 March 1975, Chapel Street, Southport
19. JWM68F
Southport bought their first rear engined chassis in 1968, Leyland Panther PSUR1A/1s with MCW bodywork. 68, JWM68F, is seen in Merseyside PTE livery. Southport became part of the PTE in 1974 following local government re-organisation
Photo taken 1975, Chapel Street, Southport
Mention was made of the Southport Pier tram closing. Here it is running in October 2014 giving the impression of operating for many years to come! The pier had been renovated and was in a fine condition.
Photo taken Thursday 23 October 2014, Southport Pier