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Venture Transport 200, 164BUP, was an Albion Aberdonian with Willowbrook B45F bodywork, formerly an unregistered demonstrator dating from 1958. It entered service in January 1959 and was Venture's first bus to have a three-track number blind, somewhat superfluous for a company whose highest numbered service during its independent existence was 88. It was allocated to Blackhill depot and I well remember it coming through our village displaying 500 instead of 005.
Its front panel underwent a number of changes over the years. Delivered with a front grille and the Albion badge on the waistband, it later acquire some extra embellishment on the front. By the time of this photograph it had lost both grille and embellishment; in addition the Albion badge had been moved down to allow the application of the fleetname to the waistband whilst the fleetnumber had been moved from the waistband above the sidelight to a position alongside the light as seen here.
It is seen in Stanhope Market Place, having operated the morning run from Shotley Bridge on service 14. This most rural of Venture's services ran twice daily to/from Shotley Bridge/Consett (once in the morning and once in the evening). Climbing over wild and desolate moorland to the 1561' summit at Edmunbyers Cross, it descended alongside the track of the former Stanhope & Tyne Railway before dropping down the fearsome Crawleyside bank into Stanhope. Rarely busy, the service came into its own each year on Stanhope Show day in early September when through extras ran to and from Newcastle via Shotley Bridge. Not surprisingly, it was a casualty of Venture's cuts in September 1968 which saw a number of rural routes and sections of route withdrawn.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, c.1968, Stanhope Market Place
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