Vintage Bus Display and free bus services

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] 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.
[2] 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
[3] AHN 451B 1964 Daimler CCG5 with Roe 61-seat highbridge double-deck body with open rear platform.
Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society of Newton Aycliffe
New to Darlington Corporation Transport and in service from 1964 until 1980. This vehicle is typical of a small number of vehicles produced by Daimler after the arranged marriage of Guy and Daimler under the Jaguar umbrella: it has a Guy drive-line with Gardner 5LW engine and constant mesh gearbox. The Corporation's preference for a small (7 litre) 5-cylinder engine was very unusual by that late date. The bus was purchased by ADBPS in 1980.
[4] 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.
[5] 304 GHN 1958 Bristol LS6G with Eastern Coachworks 39-seat single-deck coach body.
Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society of Newton Aycliffe
The coach was originally part of United's prestigious extended tours' fleet, in 34-seat coach format, in which it worked from 1958 to 1961. It was subsequently reseated to 39 for shorter distance work until finally sold off in 1971. Restoration began in 2000 and was completed in 2012.
[6] 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.
[7] DSD 936V 1979 Seddon Pennine 7 with Alexander T-type 45-seat single-deck coach body.
Scottish Vintage Bus Museum of Dunfermline
The coach was new to Western SMT. It worked from Stranraer garage. It was acquired by Stagecoach with the take-over of Western, and was donated to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in 1999. The Pennine 7 was produced by Seddon with the encouragement of the Scottish Bus Group as a Gardner-engined alternative to the contemporary Leyland Leopard.
[8] RDC 106R 1977 Bristol VRT with Northern Counties 74-seat double-deck bodywork.
500 Group of Yarm
New to Cleveland Transit, a local authority owned undertaking as their Fleet No H106. Worked from Middlesbrough then Stockton depot. Sold for further service in 1989 to Jones of Holyhead Anglesey. Recovered by 500 Group in 2006 and rebuilt for the rally scene by 2105.
[9] 6249 UP 1963 Leyland Leopard PSU3 with Alexander Y-type single-deck bus body.
David Herron (Dave's D/C Models) of Rowlands Gill
The vehicle ran a full service life with Venture of Consett. It has recently been restored and made entrance on the rally scene.
[10] M10 DVS 1995 Optare Vecta 45-seat single-decker
Joseph Makepeace of Eggleston
New to Black Prince, Morley; last operated by Stagecarriage , Grangetown.

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