Oldham 368, FBU827, was a Crossley DD42/8S new in July 1950. It had a Crossley H30/26R body and lasted to become Oldham's last non-Leyland bus at the end of 1967. It was the subject of an early preservation project and passed to the Buckley Wells Bus Enthusiasts (later the Crossley Omnibus Society) after withdrawal.
Oldham had been very supportive of the project and allowed 368 to be kept in the garage. Their final gesture just before the formation of SELNEC was to repaint 368 in original lined-out livery for a final open day at the garage.
This photograph was taken at the Rochdale Motorcade the following year, one of the few events 368 attended in this condition. The body had suffered serious corrosion and a lot of work took place. From 1974 to 1989 this bus was in my ownership and has since changed hands a couple of times, now being in the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport. Remarkably, to my knowledge, it has yet to spend a night outdoors!
Photo taken by Eric Langley, David Beilby collection, Sunday 14 June 1970, Rochdale Town Hall
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