Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion, Shildon.

Entrants, summer 2011

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] 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
[2] 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.
[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] 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.
[5] 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.
[6] 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.
[7] 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.
[8] 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.
[9] RGF 231P 1976 Bristol LHS6L with Plaxton 33-seat coach bodywork.
Michael Burke of West Auckland
The vehicle was new to Epsom Coaches. It was acquired by the current owner in 2003.
[10] SIB 6711 1975 Leyland National Greenway rebuild (1992) with Gardner engine.
Craig Owen of Ashington
This bus originally went into service in 1975 on London Country Green Line express services as HPF 310N, a standard Leyland National bus. It was rebuilt as a Greenway in 1992 and entered service first for London and County, then Arriva Guildford and West Surrey. It was acquired by the current owner in 2010 and is currently undergoing repaint into Northumbria Motor Services livery.
[11] ENT 778 1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Burlingham single-deck coach body.
Chris Lediard of Morpeth
This half-cab coach served most of its working life in East Anglia. It was restored from 1973 by Premier Travel (Watford). Its current owner lives near Morpeth. The Leyland Tiger PS1 was Leyland's first post-war single-deck model; it has a conventional frame with front-mounted engine. Its mechanical units, 7.4 litre six-cylinder engine and 4-speed constant mesh gearbox, were derived from those used in wartime tank production.
[12] 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.
[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] 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.

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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