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Who let that littl'un in here? Former South Wales Transport 38, 282DWN, is dwarfed by the massed ranks of second-hand (sometimes third or fourth-hand) RTs on a foggy day in Ashington. It was an AEC Regent V with low-height Roe B37F bodywork, one of eight similar vehicles purchased by SWT to operate principally on the routes in the New Dock area of Llanelli where some of the bridges have as little as 9' clearance.
282DWN was one of six purchased in 1963 to join two others from 1959. After withdrawal in 1972 it was sold to Bedlington & District in whose ownership it is seen here. After withdrawal by B & D it was purchased by the West Yorkshire Transport Circle. The National Museum of Wales acquired it in the late eighties with SWT restoring it for display. The Swansea Bus Museum finally acquired the vehicle in 2011 and undertook a programme of restoration; unfortunately the bus failed its MOT last month but will be re-submitted once some further work has been carried out.
It is the only one of the eight to survive and much more information about the restoration project can be found on the Swansea Bus Museum's website from which I've obtained much of the above information.
A John Kaye colour shot of sister vehicle 37 in SWT service is already on the site together with a b & w picture (also by John) of one of the 1959 duo.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, c.1973, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington
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