Vintage Bus Display (invitation event)

Entrants, summer 2016

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[index] and vehicle identity year, make and model
[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
[4] 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
[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] 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.
[7] 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.
[8] 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.
[9] OSK 831 1958 Karrier BFD3023 with Plaxton 14-seat coach body.
Alan Dixon of Stanley
Originally in service with Brocksbank of Leeds.
[10] 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.
[11] 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.
[12] 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.
[13] 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.
[14] 8124 WX 1961 Bristol MW6G with 39-seat Eastern Coachworks coach body.
North-East Bus Preservation Trust of Sunderland
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.
[15] RDC 106R 1977 Bristol VRT with Northern Counties 74-seat double-deck bodywork.
500 Group of Yarm
New to Cleveland Transit, a local authority owned undertaking as their Fleet No H106. Worked from Middlesbrough then Stockton depot. Sold for further service in 1989 to Jones of Holyhead Anglesey. Recovered by 500 Group in 2006 and rebuilt for the rally scene by 2105.

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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