Display and Running Day at the Council Office Car Park (near the Oak Leaf Centre), Newton Aycliffe

Entrants, summer 2023

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] TUH 7 1960 Albion Nimbus single-deck bus
Alan Dixon of Stanley
This bus worked originally for Western Welsh. It moved from there to Darlington where it was restored by the current owner.
[2] 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.
[3] M223 SVN 1995 Leyland Olympian ONL10 with Northern Counties Palatine I double-deck body.
500 Group of Middlesbrough
New to Stagecoach Transit as an early allocation from the Stagecoach Group order. Under the terms of the sale, delivered in Transit livery and worked at Stockton Depot for 4 years before transferring to Stagecoach Hull. Withdrawn in 2010 and disposed of to Ensignbus (Dealer) and passed to Red Kite, Leighton Buzzard, who operated the vehicle for over a decade. Approaches were kindly made by Red kite during 2019 and the vehicle was shown in as acquired condition at Seaburn & Keighley rallies that year. During 2020, 223 was given a full external restoration, regaining her green, white and yellow "Transit Livery" complete with authentic 'Part of The Stagecoach Group' strapline. Because of Covid 19 it would be the end of 2021 before she debuted in her "as new" guise and 2022 has been the first full year on the rally circuit. As well as the popular local rallies, her "long legs" have allowed relatively pain-free attendance further afield, such as Whitehaven and Rotherham.
[4] FTN 710W 1981 Leyland National mark 2.
Northern National Restoration Group of Newton Aycliffe
The vehicle worked a full service life with Go Ahead Northern, firstly from Philadelphia and then from Deptford, before a final period as a driver-trainer. It recently travelled to Workington to celebrate 50 years of the Leyland National. It currently has a white bumper as a tribute the recently demolished Philadelphia depot (where at one time all the bumpers were white!).
[5] 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.
[6] 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.
[7] 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.
[8] 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.
[9] 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.
[10] YSF 87S 1978 Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R with Alexander "Y"-type 53-seat bus body.
Rob Hughes of Darlington
This bus was new to Fife Scottish as their FPE87. It subsequently moved to Strathtay Scottish and then to Stagecoach at the take-over.
[11] JJD 530D 1966 AEC/Park Royal Routemaster 2R2RH.
North-East Bus Preservation Trust of Sunderland
The bus was built for London Transport as a 72-seat double-decker with open rear platform. It was refurbished with a new Cummins engine for extended service in London. Then it served as a hospitality bus before being acquired by NEBPT.
[12] PPT 446P 1976 Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R with Plaxton Derwent 55-seat bus body.
Graeme Scarlett of Shildon
New to Summerson Bros (The Eden) West Auckland in 1976 as part of a batch of 4 bought that year. The bus is known as Leopard 14. The Eden bought the first and last Derwents built by Plaxton. Sold to Bygone Bus, Biddenden, Kent. After service with Bygone, L14 was bought by Steve Foster of Autumn Leaf preservation (now Yesterbus). After some years in store the bus was offered to Graeme Scarlett the current owner who has spent a number of years overseeing its restoration to it current condition in the livery of original owner, The Eden. L14 was retested for the first time in 18 years in June 2013.

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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