Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion, Shildon.

Entrants, summer 2012

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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] 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] 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.
[5] 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.
[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] YFY 4M 1974 Leyland National mark 1
Stephen Foster (Yesterbus) of Darlington
This bus began its working life with Southport Corporation, later absorbed into the Greater Manchester PTE fleet. It was acquired for preservation by the present owner in 2006.
[8] 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.
[9] NVK 341 1950 AEC Regent III with Northern Coachbuilders double-deck body
David Slater of Newcastle upon Tyne
This bus worked a full life with Newcastle Corporation before preservation in 1970. It served again at the Queen's jubilee.
[10] 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.
[11] 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.
[12] 377 TOB 1958 AEC Reliance with Burlingham "Seagull" coach bodywork.
Neil Millington of Leeds
New to Flights' Coaches of Birmingham. Used as Aston Villa team coach. Repurchased and restored by Flights' ten years ago. Now privately owned.
[13] 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.
[14] SHN 80L 1973 Bristol RELH6G with Eastern Coachworks 49-seat dual purpose single-deck body.
Richard Waterhouse of Ripley
SHN 80L entered service in the North East for United Automobile Services Ltd in July 1973 as number 6080. It was garaged at Bishop Auckland Depot for most of its service, then Ripon and latterly Richmond. Withdrawn from service in February 1988, it was purchased from United for preservation by Richard Waterhouse. It has recently had a reconditioned Gardner 6HLX engine fitted.
[15] B251 NVN 1985 Leyland Olympian with Eastern Coachworks double-deck body.
Veolia Transdev (fao Nigel Eggleton) of Harrogate
The bus was new to United as 251. It moved on to Arriva Merseyside in 2000, to Northern Blue in 2006 and to Transdev Burnley and Pendle in 2009.
[16] G251 SRG 1989 DAF SB220 with Optare Delta Citybus body.
John Fickling and Tony Kennan (c/o Kevin Richardson) of Morpeth
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.
[17] SCD 693X 1982 Leyland Leopard PSU5, with Plaxton Supreme V coach body.
Alan Dixon of Stanley
The vehicle operated successiviely for Alpha Coaches of Brighton and Rhodri Evans Coaches of Ffoshelig. It was acquired by the current owner in April 2019.
[18] APT 808W 1980 Bristol VRTSL3/6LXB with Eastern Coachworks 74-seat front-entrance double-deck body.
Giles Isaacs of York
The bus had an 18 year life with United, surviving in that fleet into the era of Arriva North East, and passed finally to Arriva Scotland West. After disposal to a Yorkshire dealer, it did a further few years with Stephenson's of Easingwold. It is now in preservation. The Bristol VRT was for many years a standard bus of the National Bus Company, and many worked for United.
[19] UTN 501Y 1983 MCW Metrobus mk 2 integral construction double-decker
Lee Garrett of Co Durham
The bus was the first mk 2 version for the National Bus Company. It went in to service with Northern General from various depots in its working life until 2000. The present owner acquired it direct from Northern in that year. The Metrobus was a highly successful attempt to break the dominance of the UK market by British Leyland.
[20] LFM 756 1950 Bristol LL6B with Eastern Coachworks 39-seat rear-entrance single-deck body.
Ian Hunter and Neil Halliday of (unknown)
The bus began its service life with with Crosville Motor Services Limited as its KW175. In May 1958 its fleet number changed to SLB175. It finished its service life with Crosville in 1968. It was acquired by Merseyside Folklore Research Association for further use. It is now preserved as Crosville SLB175.
[21] NK 55 OLG 2006 Scania L94UB with Wright Solar 43-seat single-deck bus body.
Go North-East (c/o Keith Lee) of Gateshead
Go North East is marking the centenary year of OK Motor Services with this vehicle, bus 5229, which carries OK Motor Services' livery and special decals. The OK company was founded by Wade Emmerson, who ran his first bus between Evenwood and Bishop Auckland in April 1912.
[22] 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.
[23] LFW 326 1955 Bristol Lodekka LD6B with Eastern Coachworks 58-seat low-height double-deck body.
Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society (c/o R Belton) of Ealand
The Bristol Lodekka was the first production double decker to be built to low height (13 ft 6 in) specification but with a normal centre gangway in the upper deck instead of the more traditional, but less comfortable side gangway. This was made possible by a dropped centre axle and offset transmission line. (In recent years 'Low Floor' buses have used a similar method). This one operated for Lincolnshire Road Car, mainly from the Skegness and Boston depots before withdrawal in 1973. Bristol-engined Bristols like this were also very much a United standard.
[24] 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.
[25] 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.
[26] PHN 829 1952 Bristol KSW6B with Eastern Coachworks low-bridge double-deck body with open rear platform.
Andrew Dolan of Crook
The bus operated from new with United. It was subsequently sold to an owner in Germany but has now been repatriated.

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