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O.K. Motor Service, Bishop Auckland LJX15, an AEC Regent V 2D3RA with Metro-Cammell H40/32F body. New to Halifax Corporation (15) in 1960 it passed briefly to the J.O.C. in 1970 (retaining the same number) before being sold directly to OKMS, along with similar bus LJX17.
The OKMS livery was applied in the Corporation paintshop as part of the deal. Withdrawn by OKMS in 1973 it passed to Tally Ho !, Kingsbridge, Devon. It passed to Colin Shears (West of England Transport Collection), Winkleigh in 1977, then to David Hoare, Chepstow, but was later scrapped.
Fortunately similar J.O.C. bus LJX215 (sold by WYPTE for preservation in the mid-1970s) is currently being re-restored by Lance Blackman. These sixteen Mk. V's (eight Corporation, eight J.O.C.) were ordered back in 1957 along with eight similarly-bodied Leyland PD3/4's and like those the original tender specified traditional exposed radiators. However their build was delayed and by the time they were assembled AEC had withdrawn that option and they materialised with the standard 'tin front'. In the end only Leeds C.T. received 30-foot Mk.V's with the traditional radiator.
Photo taken by John Stringer, Saturday 3 April 1971
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