Photo © Alan R Hall. Please do not re-post without permission.
WPT796F was a Ford R192 with Plaxton B48F bodywork, one of three which were new to Trimdon Motor Services in September 1967. Following the acquisition in 1970 of Jersey Motor Transport by Bob Lewis (who already owned TMS) and the relaxation of Jersey's strict 7'6" width limit, this was one of eight Ford's transferred to Jersey from the mainland in 1971, followed by two more the next year. This bus was re-registered J43161 on Jersey.
It is seen in Bishop Auckland Market Place loading for a journey on the hourly service 69 (sometimes numbered T69) to Stockton via Spennymoor, Ferryhill and Sedgefield. The history of the 69 service is far too long and complicated to detail here but, suffice it to say that TMS operation on it came as a result of the decision by the Harwood family (who traded as Favourite Service 2) to sell their shares in the service to TMS in April 1967; this was because the Harwoods had been incensed that Wilkinson's of Sedgefield (who in 1963 had acquired the share belonging to Scurr's of Stillington) had decided to sell out to United two months earlier. In 1990 United finally acquired the TMS and service 69 was operated solely by them and their successor Arriva North East virtually unchanged for the next twenty years before it was withdrawn, resulting in the fracturing of a number of important links.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, c.1968, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
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