Photo © Alan R Hall. Please do not re-post without permission.
By the 1970s E J Deeble & Son of Upton Cross operated a number of services including that between Looe Station and the pretty fishing village of Polperro. Providing perfect train-bus interchange, their TCK726, Leyland Leopard PSU3/3RT with Harrington Cavalier C49F bodywork is seen awaiting its next departure time. Looe Station is situated in East Looe and some of the housing in West Looe can been seen in the background. The twin towns are connected by a bridge across the River Looe. The station has occupied three sites over the years and that pictured here is the second site, since when the line has been shortened still further.
TCK726 was new to Ribble Motors in June 1963 (their 726) and was one of twenty delivered that year. It was allocated to Ambleside from new but, in its later years, was transferred to Kendal depot. It was sold in May 1974 to North's from whom it was purchased by Deeble. On withdrawal in May 1978 it passed to Gainsbury of Chadwell Heath who used it until April 1980 when it was converted to a mobile storeshed. It is one of the vehicles which come under the auspices of the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust and has been with its current owner since June 1982; it is currently undergoing restoration.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, mid 1970s, Looe Station
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