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The passing years aren't always kind to those we have loved but here's proof that, thankfully, the opposite is open the case. Middlesbrough 52, XG9304, is a Leyland PD1A with Northern Counties L27/26R bodywork, one of three new to the Corporation in June 1947.
All three were withdrawn in December 1958 but 52, along with sister vehicle 50, found its way to Barton Transport in October 1959. (Sister bus 51 did a few years with Garnerís of Bridge of Weir as their 70.) Unlike 50, which was sold for scrap in August 1966, 52 served with Barton until December 1971 and, upon withdrawal, passed into preservation. After short periods with two other preservationists, it passed into the hands of D Hoare of Chepstow in May 1977 and, as far as I know, itís still in his ownership although kept at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond.

Photo taken by Alan Hall, Saturday 20 August 2016, SVBM, Lathalmond

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