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Many of us bus enthusiasts who worked for the Midland Red were rather dismayed when, instead of putting the Company's own design D10 into production, they chose instead to go to the Daimler Company in Coventry for the next batch of double deckers. The economics of the situation and the difficulty of retaining sufficient coachbuilding staff at Carlyle Works would have been lost on a teenager like myself at the time. However the DD11 was the 'writing on the wall' for Company vehicle production. Here we see 5273, 5273HA, parked on Birchall Street awaiting its next turn of duty soon after delivery. 5273 was barely two months old at the date of this picture and was a Daimler Fleetline CRG6 with Alexander 77 seat bodywork.
She remained at Digbeth until a move to Sutton Coldfield came in June 1967. Subsequently loaned to City of Oxford Motor Services in April 1973 she was acquired by that company in February 1975 becoming their no 917.
Photo taken by Bernard Warr, Sunday 14 July 1963, Birchall Sreet, Deritend, Birmingham
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