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One benefit of the National Bus Company era was more interworking across long-established company boundaries. Here United 6062, MHN62K, a comfortable Bristol RELH6G with ECW DP49F body new in June 1972 is seen in Tynemouth & District territory at a newish Cullercoats extension of route 346.
Traditionally this had been an indirect Newcastle to Whitley Bay Bus Station route.
These excellent vehicles had tragically short lives compared to compatriots further south, 6062 being sold for scrap about November 1984, probably after parts recovery. Many United RELLs by contrast survived via sale to Northern Ireland but only relatively briefly, due to a high casualty rate in the 1980s. The exact location in Cullercoats near a stone church should be obvious but isn't; for a built-up established area the amount of new building evident in Google Streetview is amazing, even on the sea front.
Photo taken by Alan Walker, Wednesday 14 January 1976, Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear (formerly Northumberland)
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