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Following recent messages, attached is a later shot of RM980 working on LT contract route 248 on the last day of Frontrunner operation on this route on 30th June 1989 (the contract was taken over by Ensignbus the following day). It is at the Cranham terminus of the route with, alongside, one of the more normal vehicles on the route, ex-GMPTE KBU912P (although this one appears not to be in service).
Photo taken Friday 30 June 1989, Cranham
(added 26 August 2014)
HOT851, which had been new in May, was the first of two Leyland CPO1 Comets with Reading C33F bodies delivered to Chisnell (King Alfred), Winchester in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
(added 26 August 2014)
Chisnell (King Alfred), Winchester had two Leyland CPO1 Comets with Reading C33F bodies which were new in 1950. HOT852, the second of them, new in June, is seen at Whipsnade Zoo with the other one to its left.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
(added 26 August 2014)
Midland Red 3888, OHA888, was a B.M.M.O. S13 new in 1952 with a Brush DP40F body. Along with 3879-3887 and 3889-3918, 3920-3975 it was repainted into the red and black coach livery in 1956.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
(added 26 August 2014)
JHA860, Midland Red 3260, seen at Whipsnade Zoo was a B.M.M.O. S8 new in 1948 with a Metro Cammell B40F body. In 1951 it was, along with others extended by Roe to become B44F. The whole batch of 3200-3299 were so treated by Roe in 1951/2.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
(added 26 August 2014)
Plenty of interest was generated by the Hants and Dorset LL6B at Sandbanks. This was the view from the deck as the ferry approached Sandbanks. This bus has overtaken the long line of cars by using its own dedicated lane and is now up there in front for the next crossing. The unidentified bus is showing service "7" and "Swanage".
Photo taken August 1969, Sandbanks Ferry
(added 26 August 2014)
Alexander Midland MRD206, SVX279D, ex Eastern National 2880 at Larbert Garage in October 1978 repainted in the last Alexander Midland livery with a revamped fleetname. The depot code under the fleet number (Kh) is for Kirkintilloch Garage. The offside traffic indicator has yet to be refitted. The previous fleetname style is still applied under the radiator!
Photo taken Sunday 7 May 1978, Larbert Garage
(added 26 August 2014)
This photograph has found its way into my collection. No idea the photographer or date, but the registration looks like CID714 and the radiator badge says "Leyland". Arva(gh), on the destination screen, is a town in County Cavan in Ireland, and Jackson appears to be the operator. Any ideas gentlemen?
Photo taken Ireland?
(added 26 August 2014)

SHMD 76, VTU76, ran in preservation for only a very short time in as-withdrawn livery, before acquiring a silver roof as a prelude to restoration to the original dark green and cream livery, which took quite a few years. 76 is seen here on its first public outing on the 1972 Trans-Pennine Run along with four other vehicles which were all based at the accommodation we had at the time in Greenfield.
Photo taken Sunday 6 August 1972, Bradford Road, Guiseley
(added 25 August 2014)
GNU750, the longest serving Blue Bus Daimler COG5, new in 1939 and withdrawn in 1965. (added 25 August 2014)
Advert for Blue Bus Services shows BRB645, a 1935 Daimler COG5 with Willowbrook 39 seat body, withdrawn in 1949 and sold to Stevensons of Spath near Uttoxeter. (added 25 August 2014)
112CH, the Chevrolet Quad used by Trent from 1948 to 1958
Photo taken mid 1950s, Derby Bus Station
(added 25 August 2014)
Trent 453CH, an ex-WD AEC Militant new to Trent in 1976, original Reg No 36 BM 04. It was converted by Trent in the Central Works using a lot of ECW parts, as the RE/VR looking front testifies.
Photo taken late 1970s, Trent's Meadow Road Garage
(added 25 August 2014)
Trent bought a batch of twelve Windover C32F bodied A.E.C. O682 Regal IIIs in 1947 and 606, ACH436, the seventh of them is seen at Whipsnade Zoo.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
(added 25 August 2014)
Smith, Reading acquired ENT709 in June 1957 from Lowe & Son, Trench. It was a Dennis J3 Lancet III with a Yeates C35F body which had been new in 1948 to Lowe.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
(added 25 August 2014)

Eastern Counties LFS94, CVF294B, a 1964 Bristol FS5G with ECW H60RD body.
Photo taken Thursday 17 July 1980, Cambridge Railway Station
(added 24 August 2014)
United Counties 272, ORP272F, a 1968 Bristol RELH6G with ECW body.
Photo taken Monday 14 July 1980, Charles St Depot, Stockport
(added 24 August 2014)
United Counties 711, WLT980, a 1963 Routemaster seemed to do the rounds of the early Stagecoach companies, I assume as a demonstrator to establish in what circumstances Routemasters were suitable. Here on hire to East Midland (or "Frontrunner" as they were briefly titled) it made for an interesting run from Chesterfield via Slack Hill.
Photo taken Saturday 22 April 1989, Causeway Lane, Matlock
(added 24 August 2014)
United Counties 250, 250FRP, a 1964 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C47F body, thier first RE coach dumped in the Wellingborough "graveyard" amongst other scrap vehicles
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1980, United Counties Depot, St. John's St, Wellingborough
(added 24 August 2014)
Glasgow SGD250, D267, a Daimler CVD6 with Alexander H33/28R body starting the long cross city journey from Millerston to Clarkston in August 1971. This was the last Daimler rear entrance bus to enter service with Glasgow Corporation in 1959 and was fitted initially with a Daimler engine and then a Gardner unit. Some of this batch were delivered in the previous green, cream and orange, but Alexanders was instructed to change to the livery shown mid-build.
Photo taken August 1971, Cumbernauld Road, south of Station Road, Glasgow
(added 24 August 2014)
Spot the odd men out at Westover Road bus station, Bournemouth in August 1969. Hants and Dorset 916, MRU124F, Bristol RELH with Duple Commander 111 body is awaiting passengers for a day trip to Swanage: unidentified Wilts and Dorset MW is helping out with an excursion and a W & D Lodekka has arrived on a relief journey on service 38 and just visible is an open top decker! Holidays didn't get much better than this! Third from right is a Bedford ORU579C ??
Photo taken August 1969, Westover Road, Bournemouth
(added 24 August 2014)
SHMD 76, VTU76, a Daimler CVG6DD with centre-entrance NCME body, new in 1956, in serious trouble. (added 24 August 2014)
SHMD Board 76, VTU76, a 1956 Daimler CVG6 with a Northern Counties H35/23C body at Dalton Lane Campus during the Keighley Bus Museum Running Day in July 2013
Photo taken Sunday 7 July 2013, Dalton Lane, Keighley
(added 24 August 2014)
With reference to the recent picture of Samuel Ledgard 1952U in King Street, Leeds here is a better view showing the tell tale "dimple" in the destination screen panel - a minor blemish which hides quite an unusual drama early in the career of this fine vehicle.
Photo taken 1958, Crossgate, Otley, within yards of the Ledgard depot in the Town
(added 24 August 2014)

Ellis Bros. MMB838, an AEC Regal with unknown body.
Photo taken May 1964, Blackpool
(added 23 August 2014)
Cliff Owen, Progress Motors, WH6577, a Leyland TS6 new in 1935 and rebodied with a Duple C31F body in 1950, former Ribble 768.
Photo taken May 1964, Blackpool
(added 23 August 2014)
Hollis Coaches JP8152, a Leyland Comet seen in Blackpool in 1964
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1964, Blackpool
(added 23 August 2014)
Canham, Whittlesea NKD330 seen at Peterborough started life in 1938 as Bristol Omnibus Company 2099, EHW449 with a Duple C32R body. In September 1939 it, along with others from the batch, was converted for use as a civil ambulance and in June 1941 it was loaned to the War Department for use as an ambulance, returning in November 1946 and was withdrawn in 1951. In 1952 the chassis was rebuilt by Yeates to 30' length, numbered WSY/O6622899/189, and fitted with a Yeates FC37F body for McShane, Liverpool entering service in September 1952.
Photo taken Saturday 30 September 1961, Peterborough
(added 23 August 2014)
Delaine, Bourne 50, RCT3, was a Yeates H39/34RD bodied Leyland PD3/1 new in 1960 and was the second of the only two double-deckers built by Yeates, both for Delaine. It was seen in Peterborough Bus Station.
Photo taken Saturday 30 September 1961, Peterborough Bus Station
(added 23 August 2014)
Seen in Peterborough Bus Station, MPT588 was a Maudslay Marathon III with a Burlingham FC37F body which had been acquired by Canhams in March 1958 from Meadowfield Motor Company (Cosy Coaches), Meadowfield to whom it had been new in August 1951. It passed in June 1964 to Marriott (contractor), Kettering.
Photo taken Saturday 30 September 1961, Peterborough Bus Station
(added 23 August 2014)
New in 1954 to James, Birmingham OOK295 had been acquired by "B & E" by the time it was seen in Peterborough Bus Station. It was a Bedford SBG with a Yeates Riviera C36F body.
Photo taken Saturday 30 September 1961, Peterborough Bus Station
(added 23 August 2014)

XGA17J, LA519: GCT bought 822 Atlanteans and 16 Leyland Panthers all with Alexander bodies between 1962 and 1973. Representing the intakes around 1970, the fad at the time was for two-door OMO double deckers. The exit doors were seldom used and disliked by crews and passengers and were eventually removed and a bench seat fitted in the space. The orange dot was to indicate that the bus was OMO. "Lazy" destination displays were meant to make the driver's duties easier!
Photo taken November 1971, Cathcart Road at Gushetfaulds, Glasgow
(added 15 August 2014)

A line up of Blue Bus Daimlers, CDs PRA387, PRA388, SRB424 & SRB425, and CVs YRB483 & 702PRA. The PRAs were new in 1951, the SRBs in 1953, YRB new in 1955 and 702PRA new in 1960. The photo was possibly taken during an enthusiasts tour.
Photo taken Garage, Repton Road, Willington
(added 14 August 2014)
Line up of Blue Bus CD650's and the four Daimler Fleetlines.
Photo taken Garage, Repton Road, Willington
(added 14 August 2014)
AEC Regent CCP609, ex Halifax Corporation, with Green Bus Company.
Photo taken July 1968, Lichfield Bus Station
(added 14 August 2014)
When the exchange of S B G Bristol VRs for Lodekkas took place, for a short time, the English exchanged buses were operated in their original liveries. While this was barely noticeable with Western SMT, AA977 (KVF478E) from Eastern Counties was used in Edinburgh amongst Eastern Scottish green stablemates. Apart from the Eastern Scottish fleet number, livery changes have yet to be made.
Photo taken April 1973, St Andrew's Square Bus Station, Edinburgh
(added 14 August 2014)
For all rear view fans, United fans and Bristol fans, here is ex United L262, THN262F, still in Tilling red/cream but with Western fleetnames and adverts standing at Anderston Bus Station, Glasgow in March 1973. The conductor has obviously realised there is such a thing as a rear number screen, and has correctly displayed it for the service to Eaglesham. Comparing the reds, there doesn't seem to be much difference in this slide anyway between Western and United.
Photo taken March 1973, Anderston Bus Station, Glasgow
(added 14 August 2014)
FDO573, an AEC Regent pictured in Folkingham. This slide has remained a mystery to me as its one of a very few that I did not record any details whilst on a whistle stop tour of the area and with no legal lettering visible when snapped. It had been new in March 1953 to Camplin, Donington, an AEC Regent III with Willowbrook H32/26RD body.
Photo taken Wednesday 21 July 1971, Folkingham
(added 14 August 2014)

West Riding 325, CHL233, seen in Marshgate, Doncaster was a Daimler CVD6 with a Roe L27/26R body, one of six new in June 1949 to Bullock, Featherstone. It passed, with Bullock's business, to West Riding in September 1950, retaining its original fleet number.
Photo taken Friday 2 June 1961, Marshgate, Doncaster
(added 13 August 2014)
West Riding 653, BHL800, was the first of the nine Leyland PD2/1s with Leyland H30/26R bodies delivered in 1948 and is seen in Marshgate, Domcaster.
Photo taken Friday 2 June 1961, Marshgate, Doncaster
(added 13 August 2014)
West Riding 756, GHL305, seen in Wakefield Bus Station was a Leyland PD2/22 with a Roe L24/26R body, one of ten new in 1954.
Photo taken Saturday 24 August 1963, Wakefield Bus Station
(added 13 August 2014)
Portsmouth 5, RV6358, a Leyland TD4 with an English Electric O26/24R body is seen in Emsworth. This had been hired by the Omnibus Touring Circle for a trip from Portsmouth to Williams, Emsworth after a visit to the Portsmouth Corporation garage,
Photo taken Sunday 19 June 1966, Sultan Road, Emsworth
(added 13 August 2014)
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
(added 13 August 2014)
In complete contrast with Western SMT 1664, Central SMT L559, GM8059, a 1957 Leyland PD2/20 with Alexander L312/28R body operating from Old Kilpatrick Garage, in Kilbowie Road, Clydebank. The destination sticker was all-too typical of SBG. Service 139 ran to Glasgow, but once it reached the city boundary at Yoker, its passengers could not be picked up on inward journeys, to protect the GCT tram and bus services. A rather dismal scene from March 1973
Photo taken March 1973, KIlbowie Road, Clydebank
(added 13 August 2014)

Premier Travel 113, KGY940, a Dennis Lancet with Duple C35F body. I have no other information having lost my note books.
Photo taken c.1959, Kings Cross Coach Station (Pentonville Road)
(added 12 August 2014)
Premier Travel 73, HVE402, a Daimler CVD6 with Wilkes & Meade FCL27/26RD body new in 1950.
Photo taken c.1959, Kings Cross Coach Station, Pentonville Road
(added 12 August 2014)
Eastern Counties Bristol Lodekka FS5G/ECW LFS54, 54CPW, dates from 1963. After withdrawal it was converted to a caravan for family members but after the death of the owner in 2004, it passed to various dealers and preservationists and its future remains unclear.
Photo taken Sunday 10 August 2014, private site near Burnett, North Somerset
(added 12 August 2014)
CVL850D is a 1966 Bristol RELH6G with Eastern Coach Works DP47F body and new to Lincolnshire Road Car as No. 1431
Photo taken Sunday 10 August 2014, Brislingon Park & Ride
(added 12 August 2014)
RCS362, Western SMT 1664, a Leyland PD3A/3 built in 1961 with Alexander L35/32R body. Pictured at Ayr on a Sunday school private hire and showing the self-advertisement for Western long distance coach services, 3.25 to London. Western later changed the livery to include cream wheels, which were much harder to keep smart.
Photo taken July 1971, Sandgate
(added 12 August 2014)
Hants & Dorset 679, KEL407, a Bristol LL6B built in 1950 with rebuilt ECW full front body in 1961. This rear view shows the cut away rear overhang which was necessary as the buses on the service between Bournemouth and Swanage incorporated a trip over the mouth of Poole Harbour on the chain ferry. On this occasion in July 1969, the bus was meeting foot passengers off the ferry on a gloriously warm day, evidently all possible windows being fully opened!
Photo taken July 1969, Sandbanks Ferry
(added 12 August 2014)

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