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A sad and undignified end to all those years of hard work and service to Samuel Ledgard and to the public. The vehicle in the foreground is one of KW7944/5, new to B & B Tours in 1930 and taken over in 1935. It is a Leyland Lion LT1 with Burlingham C31F bodywork.
Behind are the sad remains of two of the five Bedford OWBs operated by Samuel Ledgard. Three were new in 1942 (JNW347/8 and JUA670) with Roe bodies, the other two came in 1944 (JUA989/991) with Duple bodies.
No further praise is needed from me for the plucky little Bedfords. All five spent their whole careers at Yeadon depot working the two incredibly busy services between Otley and Horsforth, through areas of heavy industry. It is humbling to recall that many of the passengers will have been going to AVRO to manufacture the Lancaster bombers and AVRO Ansons and so forth. Overloading was common and unavoidable, challenging gradients and bad roads were everywhere, and yet their little 28hp petrol engines did the impossible year in, year out. I remember them with great fondness and utter admiration, and taking this snapshot was obligatory but was not a pleasant experience at all.
Photo taken by Chris Youhill, late 1953, Scrapyard of G.W.Butler, Eller Ghyll, Otley/Menston
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