Darlington Running Day

Entrants, summer 2022

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] JDC 599 1959 Dennis Loline (Gardner 6LW engine) with Northern Counties double-deck body.
500 Group of Middlesbrough
This bus was an exhibit at the Earls Court Motor Show when new. It was taken out of service in 1972 and sold to a Scottish operator. It was rescued from scrap and rebuilt to emerge on the rally scene in 1998. The Dennis Loline was a Bristol Lodekka built under licence to make the model available to operators who were not owned by the British Transport Commission. It has a drop-centre real axle to enable a lower height bus, in this case to facilitate services under a low railway bridge in Middlesbrough. Since the relaxation of Covid restrictions, she has once again attended a number of rallies close to Teesside to get her out and about again whilst respecting her seniority.
[2] 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.
[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] FHN 923 1940 Bristol K5G conversion with towing gear
Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society of Newton Aycliffe
The vehicles served as a standard double-deck bus with United before conversion to a towing truck. In the latter form it was preserved by the late Charlie Bullock and left to the Society on his death in 2005. It has been refurbished in the care of the Society.
[5] 304 VHN 1964 Daimler CCG5 with Roe 61-seat double-deck body with open rear platform.
Beamish Museum of Beamish
The bus served a full life with Darlington Corporation before preservation. It is now owned and run by Beamish Museum, part of their working bus fleet.

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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