Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion, Shildon

Entrants, summer 2010

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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] 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.
[4] 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.
[5] SHO 800 1957 AEC Reliance with Duple Britannia 41-seat coach body.
Philip Thornes of Selby
This is the first season appearance after a complete restoration at Cobus! This coach, new to Creamline of Bordon (well known for the conveyance of military personnel and a stoic supporter of the British Coach Rally), first appeared at the 1958 Rally driven by owner Margaret Wilkins. Between 1952 and closure in 1967, Creamline purchased over 120 brand new coaches, replacing many of them at only 18 months old. Only two have survived, both now owned by Thornes Independent of Hemingbrough. SHO 800 is unusual in featuring a semi-auto gearbox.
[6] EUP 405B 1964 AEC/Park Royal Routemaster.
David Slater of Newcastle upon Tyne
New to Northern General; one of only 50 built for use outside London; used for medium-distance services until preserved in 1980.
[7] 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.
[8] 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.
[9] JDC 599 1959 Dennis Loline (Gardner 6LW engine) with Northern Counties double-deck body.
500 Group of Yarm
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.
[10] 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.
[11] 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.
[12] 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.
[13] K101 JMV 1992 Leyland Lynx mark 2
Alan Shepherd of Washington
First into service with Metrobus but ending its days with Northumbria Buses. Entered preservation in September 2009 and seen in current owner's Red Rider livery.
[14] 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.
[15] JJD 443D 1966 AEC/Park Royal Routemaster with 72-seat bodywork with with open rear platform.
Nigel Walker of Bishop Auckland
This was one of the Routemasters which survived several purges of the type to be one of the last in service.
[16] OSK 831 1958 Karrier BFD3023 with Plaxton 14-seat coach body.
Alan Dixon of Stanley
Originally in service with Brocksbank of Leeds.

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