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Walsall 56. XDH56G. the Daimler CRC6-36 with Cummins V6-200 9.63 litre engine. Originally had automatic gearbox but this was changed to semi-automatic. Body by Northern Counties with 86 seats.
The Cummins engine was mounted in the rear offside corner and, at 36 ft (11 metres) long, there could be 86 seats despite a second staircase and door at the very rear. It was intended as a driver only bus and a closed circuit tv system monitored the rear exit. 1968 technology meant the cctv was unreliable so the bus always ran with a conductor.
Walsall’s fleet passed to the West Midlands PTE in 1969. This bus mostly ran on the 118 Birmingham-Walsall service until briefly operating from Harts Hill garage prior to premature sale in 1975 due to unreliability. A succession of small operators saw its large capacity as useful for school contracts. It was fortunate to pass to the Hale brothers at Bishops Stortford in 1978 whose persistence and enthusiasm enabled it to run until 1986. It was saved for preservation in November 1988
Photo taken by Ken Jones, Monday 25 April 2011, Wythall Transport Museum
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