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City of Oxford L184, WJO184, was the middle bus of a trio of AEC Regent V MD3RVs with Park Royal L30/26R or L30/26RD bodies new in 1955 or 1956, the continued use of exposed radiator was quite unusual. It's seen during an enthusiast tour at Frosterley after sale to Pinnington of Crook, Co Durham.
Unusually, vehicle details are quite vague as the PSV Circle history PE1 was published in 1969 and is thus difficult to consult, only two addenda have appeared since. Buslists shows it new in 1956 without platform doors but Circle FAA1 has 1955, it certainly gained platform doors by 1964 but potentially had them from new. I believe that the L prefix to fleet number lasted until withdrawal.
Sale date to S M Pinnington & Son shown here is also not known to me beyond late-1960s. They were a coach and contract operator - probably for miners - with depot in Milton Street which in on a revisit a few years ago appeared to have simply been cleared completely by developers. The tour was organised by member Charles Marshall and the Omnibus Society Northern Branch. It started at Newcastle Marlborough Crescent and covered many operators and vehicles, worthy of an essay in itself, a real tonic to myself with GCE A levels coming up.
WJO184 was sold to Armstrong of Westerhope in February 1971 and passed briefly to Tyneside PTE with that business in August 1973. Double-decks at Armstrong didn't use fleet numbers.
Photo taken by Alan Walker, Sunday 19 April 1970, Frosterley Inn, Front Street, Frosterley, Co Durham
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