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Bedlington & District, Ashington GFY396 was an all-Leyland Titan PD2/3 H30/26R new in May 1950.
It was the first of a batch of fifteen at Southport Corporation purchased to replace worn-out pre-war stock and extend services in the post-war leisure boom.

Returning to the contrasting Northumberland winter, it still carried previous owner's livery and fleet number when seen at North Seaton Colliery, terminus of B&D's sole short stage service from Ashington. It appears to be dedicated to the service with permanent destination blind insertions, quite creditably done.

Southport withdrew it as 96 in 1967, so I would imagine that it was purchased by the independent in that year. Disposal may be in the PSV Circle Southport history, it was gone by May 1972 when the first fleetlist for Northumberland was published.

The loose coal isn't overflow from the eponymous pit but part of concessionary fuel allocated to employees' families at their homes, once a familiar part of life in the area. A scene I'd never capture again though -part of a half-term public transport tour, 8d fare on the bus shown then a short walk to the North Seaton Hotel for United R61, KHN761D, on the 31A route to Morpeth.

Photo taken by Alan Walker, Tuesday 20 February 1968, North Seaton Colliery

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