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OK Motor Services OUP650D was an AEC Reliance 4MU3RA with Plaxton Highway DP51F bodywork which the photographer remembers with great fondness. New in June 1966, it was transferred to the associated fleet of E Howe (OKMS) at Spennymoor in June 1970.
Edward Howe had retired in 1968 and his business interests, including the Spennymoor depot and his two-thirds share in the Newcastle service, passed to Mr Emerson. Howe's buses had carried a distinctive livery which was predominately cream, and carried both Howe's and OK fleetnames. The depot in Marmaduke Street was retained for a further 11 years, together with separate drivers and conductresses. Even after the closure of the depot, the Spennymoor duties were not fully integrated for some time longer.
In May 1973 OUP was transferred back to the main fleet (such transfers were not unusual during this period) but was withdrawn in November of the same year. After operating for two coach hire firms in Barry, South Wales, it was finally scrapped in November 1976.
It is seen in Bishop Auckland loading for the Newcastle service, a journey which it must have operated countless times during its seven years with OK.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, c.1968, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
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