Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion, Shildon, County Durham

Entrants, summer 2013

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
[4] 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.
[5] 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.
[6] 8124 WX 1961 Bristol MW6G with 39-seat Eastern Coachworks coach body.
North East Bus Preservation Trust of Bishop Auckland
This coach originally worked for the West Yorkshire Road Car Company, in whose fleet it was CUG27. It was acquired for preservation in 2007, and was bequeathed to NEBPT by the late Chris Moyes.
[7] 6249 UP 1963 Leyland Leopard PSU3 with Alexander Y-type single-deck bus body.
David Herron (Dave's D/C Models) of Rowlands Gill
The vehicle ran a full service life with Venture of Consett. It has recently been restored and made entrance on the rally scene.
[8] 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.
[9] LCU 112 1964 Daimler CCG6 with Roe double-deck body.
South Shields 140 group (c/o Gary Sinclair) of South Shields
The bus appeared in the 1964 Earls Court Motor Show. It worked for South Shields Corporation, often on 24-hour shifts. The bus has appeared in a Tesco advert. It is mechanically a hybrid of a Daimler chassis, Guy drive-line and Gardner 6LW engine. The radiator design was fashioned in fibreglass by Manchester Corporation's engineers for Manchester's Daimler buses, and was subsequently adopted as Daimler's standard. The bus is now the only double decker left in South Shields!
[10] 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.
[11] 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.
[12] 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
[13] 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.
[14] 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.
[15] LFS 296F 1968 Bristol VRTLL/6G with Eastern Coachworks open top body.
Keith Andrews of Ingleby Barwick
New to Eastern Scottish. It passed to Southdown when the great swap of Scottish VR's for English Lodekkas was made. Then it moved to Alder Valley, who removed its roof to run it on their Windsor service. Its final service was with Shoreline in Scarborough.
[16] AFB 586V 1980 Bristol LH6L with Eastern Coachworks bus body.
Rob Hughes of Darlington
The bus was new to Bristol Omnibus. Thence is passed to several operators successively for further service, before becoming a home for New Age travellers.
[17] YUP 6 1948 Leyland Tiger PS2/1, built 1948, rebodied as a double-decker by Roe in 1958 (H37/28RD).
Keith Davison of Crook
The bus was originally a single-decker which worked for Weardale Motor Services. Weardale commissioned the rebodying as a double-decker and it stayed with them to the end of its service life and beyond. It was parked at Frosterley out of use for many years, but has recently been restored.
[18] 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.
[19] VJB 396H 1970 Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R with Plaxton Panorama Elite coachwork.
Neil Millington of Leeds
Wallace Arnold commissioned the vehicle and operated it for seven years.
[20] 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.

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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