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Yorkshire Woollen District 337, KHD917K, a Leyland Leopard PSU3B/4R with Marshall B53F body, new in 1972. Behind is similar 336.
Creeping slightly over the 1970 limit for this site, but these were from a batch of fourteen, three of which had been intended for Hebble if only it had lasted that bit longer (at least as a stage carriage operator). They were the first new single deckers for YWD since the BHD-C registered Leopards and the first to be delivered in predominantly red since the Olympics of 1951. They were without any shadow of doubt service buses, having very basic low-backed seating in a red material, jarring horribly with their orange formica panelling. Very 1970's ! The pair are pictured loading for a 'coastal' journey to probably either Blackpool or Scarborough on the first Saturday of Halifax Wakes Week, accompanied by a rather grubbily presented ex-Hebble Panorama coach. By this time such departures had been transferred from the traditional location of Harrison Road on the opposite side of town to the inhospitable, rough, puddle-ridden, oil stained bus park above Cross Field Bus Station with its 'cattle shed' shelter, and the adjacent Great Albion Street. I often used to ride the 26 miles from Halifax to Manchester on these Leopards when travelling to work there and though great performers they were dreadfully uncomfortable with minimal legroom, noisy and an interior decor that made me feel distinctly queasy, so I sympathise with those poor souls here facing a 60 or 80 mile journey with their cases on the back seats and mostly sat sideways in their cramped seats.
Photo taken by John Stringer, July 1972, Cross Field Bus Station Bus Park, St. James's Road, Halifax
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