Oldham bought 90 PD2s with tin fronts. They had a variety of bodies, Roe being the favoured builder, but two orders featured Northern Counties bodies, such as PBU959. These didn't quite have the elegance of the Roe body and, when new, suffered by comparison as they weren't lined out, but they were attractive buses. This vehicle has just come back from overhaul at Stockport who made a very nice job of it and it retained many more original features than it would have done if overhauled at Oldham. Because it wasn't a full five-year recertification it has retained Oldham livery as more coats of paint would have been required to ensure the orange and white livery covered the old scheme.
This is another Oldham bus featuring the Stardrops advert and was almost the last of the tin-fronts delivered. It was new in January 1959 and was a Leyland Titan PD2/30 with Northern Counties H37/28R body. It just about made it into GMPTE ownership, being withdrawn in May 1974. I could always recognise this bus from a distance and couldn't work out why for a long time. The distinctive feature was the registration plate which was between the two foot steps on all the others of the batch.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Sunday 16 May 1971, Wallshaw Street Garage
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