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NEA101F - new in 1968 to West Bromwich Corporation and is a Daimler Fleetline CRG6.
The shade of ivory livery is thought to be that of the West Bromwich ambulances that were then also maintained at the Corporation bus garage. Existing West Bromwich double-deckers continued with the ornate old livery of cream and two shades of blue, lined out in black and gold. It passed to the new West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive on 1 October 1969.
These 'low bridge' buses were retired in 1981-2 except for no. 101, which became 'semi-preserved'. It re-entered service in October 1985 after considerable repairs.
But there was no room for buses like 101 in the post-1986 deregulated era and it arrived at Wythall in August 1988, joining the collection at no cost, thanks to the generosity of Travel West Midlands. External restoration work took place in 2003-5 and finally the necessary mechanical work was tackled in 2018 to return the bus back on the road.
Photo taken by Ken Jones, Monday 31 August 2020, Wythall Transport Museum
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