Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion, Shildon, County Durham

Entrants, summer 2009

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] ABV 43B 1964 Leyland Titan PD2A/24 with East Lancs 63-seat highbridge double-deck body, with open rear platform.
Malcolm Hodgson of Appleby in Westmorland
New to Blackburn Corporation in 1964, one of a batch of 12. Withdrawn from service 1981, but retained as a heritage vehicle by Blackburn Corporation until 2005. In private preservation since then.
[2] ESC 847S 1978 Seddon Pennine 7 with Alexander Y-type body
Iain Docherty of Edinburgh
Ex Eastern and Lowland Scottish. Allocated to EdinburghJune 1978, then to Dunbar 198; transferred to Lowland 1986. Sold in 1990 for further use in Devon before returning to Scotland in 2006 for preservation.
[3] GSX 121N 1975 Bedford YRT with Alexander Y-type body
Iain Docherty of Edinburgh
New in 1975 to Edinburgh Corporation Transport as a 49 seat coach. Converted after a year to a 53 seat bus. Sold on after only 7 years in service. Purchased in 2001 for preservation and restored to Lothian Region Transport's madder and white bus livery.
[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] VHO 200 1959 Seddon mark 19 chassis (with AEC engine), with Harrington Wayfarer IV coachwork.
Philip Thornes of Selby
This is an unusual combination of chassis, engine and bodywork preserved by a current operator of PCV's. It was exhibited at the Commercial Motor Show in Earls Court in 1958. Only 30 examples of the model were produced, and this is the only once to run in the UK.
[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] CKB 166X 1982 Leyland National Mark 2
Stephen Foster (Yesterbus) of Darlington
The vehicle's history began with Merseyside Transport which metamorphosed first into MTL and then into Arriva. It was sold and stored from about 2000. Thence it worked with Gilmoss Training. It has been a regular at North-East rallies since acquisition by the present owner in 2006.
[8] 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.
[9] SMK 686F 1968 AEC/Park Royal Routemaster with 72-seat highbridge double-deck body, and an open rear platform.
Edwin Jones of Bedlington
The iconic Routemaster has now been phased out of main-line service in London. This was one of the last batch in service, operated by Arriva. It is of the longer RML variety characterised by the additional small window amidships where the original design was extended. Many of these long-lasting buses were refurbished some years ago; this one was fitted with a Cummins engine to replace its original AEC unit in 1991. It was acquired by its current owner in 2005 and is being restored to 1968 standard.
[10] HHN 202 1947 Bristol L5G with Eastern Coachworks single-deck bus body.
David Slater of Newcastle upon Tyne
The bus was new to United in the summer of 1947, with fleet number BLO 202. It was allocated to subsidiary company Bell's Services of Westerhope, Newcastle carrying the standard red and cream livery. Next, in 1951, it was returned to the main United fleet as BG 216. In 1959, the bus was transferred from United to subsidiary company Durham District Services, with whom it ran in green and cream livery, numbered DB 216. It was sold for preservation in 1968. It has appeared in an ITV production of Catherine Cookson's The Round Tower.
[11] G251 SRG 1989 DAF SB220 with Optare Delta Citybus body.
Kevin Richardson of Stakeford
Built in 1989 for Northumbria Motor Services of Newcastle upon Tyne. It was the their first full sized single-deck vehicle and the first of a batch of four built to a higher spec than a normal Optare City bus, with dual-purpose seats, digital display screens and additional grab rails. It was also the first vehicle to be painted into Arriva livery in 1998. The bus was bought from Arriva in 2005, and restored over a three year period to enter the rally scene at Showbus in 2008.
[12] JFT 413X 1982 Scania 112 DH with Alexander double-deck body
Keith Buckley of Newcastle upon Tyne
New to Tyne and Wear transport, this vehicle has been fully restored, and is the only remaining example of the batch still extant.
[13] 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.
[14] JHL 701 1956 Bedford SBG with Plaxton Consort coachwork.
Derek Thompson of Morpeth
New to Swan's of Berwick.
[15] 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.
[16] 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.
[17] 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.
[18] RHN 548 1952 Austin K8/Plaxton Venturer 14-seat motor coach
Keith Kitching of Scarborough
This coach was an exhibit on the Plaxton stand at the 1952 Commercial Motor Show. It was new to Scott's Greys Ltd of Darlington, from where it passed to Grierson's in 1956. It was rescued from a scrapyard at Ossett in 1984 and restored in 1985/6. For the last six years it has been housed at Scarborough. Its present owners also own the company Scott's Greys Ltd.

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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