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Ribble 930, FCK430, the fifth of fifteen Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/16s with Burlingham Seagull C41C body new in 1953, one of England's finest seen in the parking area at Carlisle Ribble Bus Station, Lowther Street on St George's Day, 1966.
If I recall my reading correctly, Ribble got by on the coaching front until 30ft machines with underfloor engines and quality bodies were available, a wise move with hindsight. The fifteen were new C32C for extended tours, this one was converted to more normal seating in May 1961, its compatriots were altered around the same time. Five more with FRN registrations followed in 1954.
The PSU1/16 featured air brakes, whereas predecessors 901-25 with Leyland bodies for express work were had vacuum - PSU1/15. I believe Buslists and Ian Allan who had company cooperation to be correct on this point; to my surprise the PSV Circle history of 1982 shows all as /15 with no correction in the supplement, and would welcome further thoughts. Three of the fifteen's exact months are also missing including this one, which will probably have to wait for further research and publications.
430 had a really long life, lasting with Ribble until sold to the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway as fleet number 112 in June 1969 and serving with others for another ten years.
An unusual full-frontal view, I clearly had good taste as a 13-year-old schoolboy but sadly was never able to ride on any Seagull in service.
Photo taken by Alan Walker, Saturday 23 April 1966, Carlisle Ribble Bus Station, Lowther Street
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