Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion, Shildon, Co Durham

Entrants, summer 2008

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] JKH 194V 1979 Leyland Leopard with Plaxton Supreme 4 coach body.
Tony Hull of Newcastle upon Tyne
This vehicle saw service with East Yorkshire, Cherry coaches, Lee's of Durham and Scarlett Band before preservation. It was know for a while as OAT 536V.
[2] EJR 111W 1981 Leyland Atlantean AN68 with Alexander double-deck body.
Treble-one Preservation Group of Newcastle upon Tyne
New to Tyne and Wear PTE in 1981; it passed to Busways in 1986. It worked first at City Busways from Byker then most of its time at Slatyford on fastline services. It had brief spells on Magicbus and at Sunderland and ended up at Stagecoach Transit from where it was bought by the Treble-one Group in 2004. It has recently had a new gearbox fitted.
[3] UFJ 292 1957 Guy Arab IV 6LW with Massey 56-seat highbridge body with open rear platform.
Karl Shaw of Spennymoor
New to Exeter City in 1957. It was bought by Shaw Bros of Byers Green in 1971. It passed to United when the company sold out. It is now again owned by the Shaw family. It was unusual for a bus of that date to be built with an "exposed" radiator instead of the conventional "new look" front. It has a four speed constant-mesh gearbox and a Gardner 6LW 8.4 litre six-cylinder engine.
[4] LCU 112 1964 Daimler CCG6 with Roe double-deck body.
South Shields 140 group (c/o Gary Sinclair) of South Shields
The bus appeared in the 1964 Earls Court Motor Show. It worked for South Shields Corporation, often on 24-hour shifts. The bus has appeared in a Tesco advert. It is mechanically a hybrid of a Daimler chassis, Guy drive-line and Gardner 6LW engine. The radiator design was fashioned in fibreglass by Manchester Corporation's engineers for Manchester's Daimler buses, and was subsequently adopted as Daimler's standard. The bus is now the only double decker left in South Shields!
[5] JHL 701 1956 Bedford SBG with Plaxton Consort coachwork.
Derek Thompson of Morpeth
New to Swan's of Berwick.
[6] ENT 778 1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Burlingham single-deck coach body.
Chris Lediard of Morpeth
This half-cab coach served most of its working life in East Anglia. It was restored from 1973 by Premier Travel (Watford). Its current owner lives near Morpeth. The Leyland Tiger PS1 was Leyland's first post-war single-deck model; it has a conventional frame with front-mounted engine. Its mechanical units, 7.4 litre six-cylinder engine and 4-speed constant mesh gearbox, were derived from those used in wartime tank production.
[7] 221 JVK 1961 Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 with Alexander double-deck body.
David Slater of Newcastle upon Tyne
The bus was new to Newcastle Corporation and worked for the city until 1977. It was sold for preservation and passed through various hands until the job was finished by Jimmy Storey. The present owner acquired it in 2004. It is one of only two with this design of Alexander body to survive.
[8] MSF 750P 1976 Seddon Pennine 7, with Alexander M-type coach bodywork, with 42 seats for motorway work.
750 Coach Group of Glasgow
This coach was new to Eastern Scottish. It operated the overnight services between London and Edinburgh during the late seventies and the eighties. It did further service with small independents from about 1989. It was purchased for preservation in 1996. Now presented with original trim and in original livery.
[9] LHN 860 1949 Bristol L5G with Eastern Coachworks 35-seat single deck body.
Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society of Newton Aycliffe
Bought by United originally in rear-entrance format; converted to front-entrance format for one-person operation in 1960; out of service 1966. It has a five-speed gearbox and will cruise at about 45 mph. Purchased by Bellway for use transporting building staff. Into preservation in the 80's. Restored 1996
[10] GHN189 1942 Bristol K5G with Eastern Coachworks 53-seat lowbridge double-deck body with open rear platform.
Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society of Newton Aycliffe
This is an example of a wartime unfrozen bus: after an embargo of bus production in 1942, it was built from stocked parts by permission of the Ministry of Supply. The first wartime body was replaced in 1954 by a 1949 one transferred from another chassis. The sunken side gangway upstairs results in the reduction of 12 inches (30 centimetres) in height, to pass under lower bridges. The bus was restored by 1988; it has recently had a new gearbox.
[11] NDL 769G 1969 Bristol LHS6L with Marshall 35-seat single-deck bus body with front entrance.
Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society of Newton Aycliffe
This bus was new to Southern Vectis for service on the Isle of Wight. It was acquired by United in 1977 for use on experimental Flexibus services in the Ripon area. Then in 1981 it was used in Newton Aycliffe on the Newtonian 79 town service, before the Road Ranger minibus era. The Bristol LH is a light-weight high-framed chassis. It has a Leyland 0.400 engine, mounted horizontally underfloor, and a Turner five-speed synchromesh gearbox.
[12] CC 1087 1914 Leyland Torpedo 32-seat bus.
Mike Sutcliffe of Nottingham
This vehicle was built for the London and North-Western Railway as its fleet number 59. It has a 4-cylinder petrol engine of 36 horse-power. Its remains were purchased in 1980 with the remains of a detachable body some time later from Preston. It was restored by Mike Sutcliffe between 1996 and 2000. That year it won the Concours d'Elegance at the London to Brighton Commercial Vehicle Rally.
[13] PCW 203J 1971 Bristol RESL6L with Pennine single-deck bus bodywork.
Phil Logie of North Shields
The bus was new in 1971 to Burnley, Colne and Nelson Joint Transport, passing to Burnley and Pendle with the reorganisation of local government. It was withdrawn from service in 1983. Now in its livery of 1980, it is the only survivor of this combination of chassis and body. The Bristol RE was the most successful of the first generation of underfloor rear-engined single-deck chassis. This example, like a large number of those produced, has a Leyland six-cylinder engine. Although the engine is mounted in-line behind the rear axle, the gearbox is in front of the same axle.
[14] JDC 544L 1972 Daimler Fleetline CRL6 with Northern Counties 70-seat double-deck body with separate entrance and exit.
500 Group of Yarm
This last-surviving Teesside 'standard' was acquired for preservation in 1989. It has covered over 1 200 000 miles! The Daimler Fleetline was introduced in 1960 and rapidly acquired a following owing to bettering its rival, the Leyland Atlantean, in both reliability and economy. It also had the advantage of a drop-centre rear axle which enabled a low overall height. The usual engine for the model was the Gardner 6LX or 6LXB, but this example was one of a limited number built with the Leyland 0.680 unit.
[15] KTJ 502 1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Burlingham 35-seat single-deck bus bodywork
Chris Lediard of Morpeth
The vehicle served its time as a service bus with Haslingden Corporatation in Lancashire, and it is preserved in its original livery. It saw further use on a fruit farm near Dundee. Its current owner was responsible for restoration of the interior. The Leyland Tiger PS1 was a short-term design using war-time standard production units, but the units were well matched to the needs of the time, and it continued in production to the early fifties, despite the appearance of more powerful and advanced designs from Leyland.
[16] TCO 537 1960 Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 with Metro-Cammell 77-seat double-deck bodywork.
Alan Shepherd of Washington
This bus served with Plymouth Corporation before sale into preservation. It is an example typical of many of the earliest production rear-engine double-deckers. The Leyland Atlantean was a ground-breaking design which in its important features of front entrance ahead of the axle and rear engine mounted transversely proved the definitive pattern for the future.
[17] HKL 826 1947 AEC Regal with Beadle single-deck open-top body.
North-East Bus Preservation Trust of Sunderland
The vehicle was new to Maidstone and District, in whose livery it is preserved. It worked commercially until recently on tours in the Cotswolds. It was a member of the preserved fleet of the late Chris Moyes, until it was donated to the Trust by his family.
[18] 204 UXJ 1961 AEC Routemaster with Park Royal 64-seat double-deck bodywork.
Paul Ogilvie of Newcastle upon Tyne
The bus was put into service by London Transport as RM1058, an example of the original production short-length vehicles. After privatisation it was inherited by Go Ahead's London Central and worked from New Cross garage. It was retired into preservation in 2005.
[19] KHH 378W 1981 Leyland National mk 2 with 52 seat bus body
Workington Transport Heritage Trust c/o Alistair Grey of Workington
Built at the National factory in Workington and new to Cumberland. Restored in 'deregulated' colours.
[20] OKP 980 1952 Beadle rebuild based on Leyland units.
Philip Thornes of Selby
This rebuild was executed for Maidstone and District, from pre-war Leyland units built into an integrally constructed body. It now has a post-war engine.
[21] NHN 250K 1972 Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX-36 with Roe 48-seat dual-door single-deck body.
North-East Bus Preservation Trust of Sunderland
The bus was delivered to Darlington Corporation in August 1972. It was one of a batch of 12 that survived until the very end of Darlington Transport Company (DTC) in November 1994.

Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society is registered charity number 1 158 142. Its VAT registration number is 809 3809 11.

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