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A rare photograph of the all-over stone livery applied to the re-bodied Midland Red coach cruise vehicles for the 1962 season. Seen loading passengers in Digbeth Coach Station is CL2 Scottish Coach Cruise Coach 3352, KHA352. One of a batch of twelve type C2 coaches, new in 1948 with BMMO underfloor engined chassis and a solid and very comfortable Duple 26 seat body.
Constructed to a width of 7'-6" they proved ideal for the narrow roads of the Scottish Highlands. By the early 1960s the Company felt that the bodywork was a little dated for such prestigious work so three examples were selected for re-bodying. The builder was Plaxton of Scarborough and the 26-seat body shown was fitted. The remainder of the C2s were reseated to 30 seats in 1954 and 1959 and used for long distance coach services. 3352 remained in service until January 1971. Various owners followed including a jazz band in Wakefield from where she was sold in to preservation in 1997.
Photo taken by Bernard Warr, Monday 4 June 1962, Digbeth Coach Station, Birmingham
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