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ERV250D is a MCW-bodied Atlantean PDR1/1 new to Portsmouth as 250 on 1/7/66 and was originally in H43/33F format and part of a batch numbered 246-54.
Portsmouth bought 54 similar PDR1/1s between late 1962 and 1966 and they wore the standard deep-red/white livery. From 7/77 onward, 254/249/50/2/1 were cut down to open-top format, renumbered 7-11 respectively and repainted to mostly white with deep-red skirt and two bands to replace Titan PD2s on Route 25, Southsea seafront service. The buses received half-height upper deck side windows; this being a legal requirement for OPO and at this stage they retained their front domes. ERV250D survived into the Southampton CityBus era and was repainted to green front/blue rear and renumbered 506 in the operator's Red Ensign coaching arm. It was withdrawn in 1990 and soon passed to Guide Friday, being repainted to cream/dark green and becoming fleetnumber 3. Guide Friday also bought sister ERV254D for the Brighton tour and they had their domes cut down to the top of the front windows. After several years on the Plymouth tour ERV250D was transferred to Stratford-on-Avon, but was withdrawn there in 1999. It passed to Ensign (dealer) Purfleet and was stored under cover until late-2006 when Phil Blair t/a PB Bus Marketing Specialists bought it and by 3/07 had repainted it to its Portsmouth open-top guise (but without the front dome). He offered it for sale in mid-2008 at £3750+VAT and on 19/11/11 preservationist Jason Rayner of Winchester acquired it.
After finding that ERV250D's engine had two broken pistons, a full engine rebuild was carried out. However it was put for sale in late 2016 at £6495, with lack of use, storage limitations and a preference for vehicles from the former NBC companies being stated as the reasons for sale. In 10/16 it passed to Terry Barker, director of Barkers Motors Ltd. at Llan-y-pwll, Wrexham, initially for private preservation, but from 2/18 it featured in the business for trips/hire. In 10/18 it was again put for sale for £14995, due to a fleet reduction plan, but does not appear to have sold. Guess we'll have to see if it appears on Barker's trips this summer!
Photo taken by Peter Hadfield, Sunday 3 September 2017, Heaton Park Manchester
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