Most of Oldham's PD2s that received the SELNEC orange livery were from this batch of Roe-bodied PD2/30s, but only about half of the batch of 24 were done before the decision was made to not fully re-certify them. Most then received a partial repaint in the old livery like 5359 in the background which features in another photo. By the date of this photo Oldham 431, PBU931, has become SELNEC 5331. It was withdrawn by GMPTE in July 1975.
In my view these were the finest buses Oldham ever owned. Attractive and well-specified, they looked magnificent in their original crimson and white livery which by my estimation also featured about one-eighth of a mile of lining out. That was a very elaborate livery for 1958, particularly for such a big batch. It's a great shame that the preserved example is from an earlier batch which, oddly, weren't lined out at all!
Photo taken by David Beilby, Sunday 16 May 1971, Wallshaw Street Garage
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