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MetroCentre Rally
MetroCentre Rally in 2008
At the MetroCentre Coach Park

This event will feature a selection of classic buses on display, trade stands
and a free bus service around the local area.

Buses will leave the Coach Park bus stop at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour on a circular route
via Dunston. The first bus will depart at 11:00 and the last bus at 16:00.

To travel to the event by public transport catch any bus or rail service serving the MetroCentre
and walk over the footbridge to the MetroCentre Coach Park.

For additional information on the location of the MetroCentre coach park, click here

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Sunday 3rd May 2009
Time 10:00 AM

RegPhotoYearMakeExhibitor History
MV 8996MV 89961931Bedford WLB Duple C20F North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd Originally a demonstrator for the coachbuilder, Duple, this vehicle passed to Howard of West Byfleet, and later to Teesdale of Lincoln for preservation. Purchased by Gerald Cox of Durham and eventually to the late Chris Moyes of Durham. Now in the care of NEBPT.
HHN 202HHN 2021947Bristol L5G with Eastern Coachworks single-deck bus body.David Slater The bus was new to United in the summer of 1947, with fleet number BLO 202. It was allocated to subsidiary company Bell's Services of Westerhope, Newcastle carrying the standard red and cream livery. Next, in 1951, it was returned to the main United fleet as BG 216. In 1959, the bus was transferred from United to subsidiary company Durham District Services, with whom it ran in green and cream livery, numbered DB 216. It was sold for preservation in 1968.
JDC 599JDC 5991959Dennis Loline (Gardner 6LW engine) with Northern Counties double-deck H36/31RD body 500 Group The first of nine Dennis Lolines purchased by Middlesbrough Corporation to allow a normal seating layout in a double-decker low enough to pass under the Middlesbrough Station (Albert) bridge. It was the only one of the nine to have an open rear platform and was exhibited at the 1958 Earl’s Court Commercial Motor Show. Withdrawn from service in 1970, she was acquired by a Scottish independent operator, initially running on hire to, and later sold to the Bellshill Bingorama Ltd. operation. Saved from a scrapyard at the last minute by Ron Maybray in 1977, she was moved to Derby and stored in his garden pending restoration! In 1991 she was purchased by the 500 Group for a nominal fee on condition that she was restored to as new condition. She was restored in time for her fortieth birthday in 1998. The bus has now spent far longer with the 500 Group than it did in commercial use! She has attended many rallies and other events over the years but is mainly used for ceremonial duties these days.
221 JVK221 JVK1961Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 with Alexander double-deck body.David Slater The bus was new to Newcastle Corporation and was operated until 1977. It was bought for preservation by the Four to One Group, who carried out much work on it. It later passed to Jimmy Storey who completed the restoration work.
8124 WX8124 WX1961Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F bodywork. North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd This vehicle was new to West Yorks RCC as fleet no. CUG 27. It was withdrawn from service in September 1973, and passed through a number of private owners until acquired by the late Chris Moyes in 1996. Thoroughly overhauled by Go-Ahead and extensively rallied, this vehicle later passed to NEBPT ownership.
VSL 528VSL 5281962Bedford CA 11-seat minibusBrian Clarke Kenebrake bodywork, one of very few remaining. Purchased in Wales by the current owner in August 2008.
EUP 405BEUP 405B1964AEC Routemaster 3R2RH, Park Royal H41/31FDavid Slater New to Northern General as fleet no. 2105; one of only 50 built for use outside London; used for medium-distance services until preserved in 1980. Restored in the original livery in which it entered service.
LCU 112LCU 1121964Daimler CCG6 with Roe double-deck body. 140 Group The bus appeared in the 1964 Earls Court Motor Show. It is a hybrid of Daimler chassis and Guy driveline with Gardner engine. It has appeared in a Tesco advert. The vehicle was new to South Shields Corporation as No 140. On withdrawal, it was retained by Busways and later Stagecoach, and has been maintained by the 140 Group for 32 years. It has been in preservation longer than it was in service. The only double decker remaining in South Shields.
PCN 762PCN 7621964AEC Routemaster Park Royal H41/31F North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd This bus was one of 50 AEC-Park Royal front entrance Routemasters that were new to NGT, fitted with Leyland 0.600 engines. Originally registered RCN 699.It passed to Stevenson's of Uttoxeter, then to Stagecoach for use on Magicbus routes in Glasgow, reregistered as EDS 508B, and by then powered by an AEC engine. Re-purchased by Northern, passing to the late Chris Moyes OBE and given registration mark PCN 762. Now in the care of NEBPT.
TCP 897TCP 8971964Bedford PJK with Plaxton Supreme coach body.John Leyland Restored in Durham District Services livery but never operated for that company.
WBR 248WBR 2481964Atkinson Alpha with Gardner 6HLW engine and Marshall 48-seat single-deck body. North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd No. 48 in the Sunderland Corporation fleet was one of a batch of three Atkinson chassis, which were to be the last Atkinson passenger chassis to enter service in this country in 1964. Atkinson was better known for its lorry chassis and the company were approached by Sunderland to build these vehicles after unsatisfactory performance from the Corporation's AEC Reliances. The vehicles had Gardner 6HLW engines mounted horizontally underfloor. The bodies were by Marshall to the contemporary B.E.T. specification, similar to other local vehicles at the time. The twin-door bodies were specified to operate on the Pay-As-You-Enter system. The steps into the saloon were very high, compared to the low-floor buses of today. Seating capacity was only 45 due to the dual door layout.
JNP 590CJNP 590C1965Albion Nimbus / Reading B35FAlan Dixon This bus spent its entire working life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, registered 16216. It was sent to a railway museum in Somerset, then bought and restored by present owner.
JJD 443DJJD 443D1966AEC Routemaster Park Royal H40/32RNigel Walker New in 1966 with London Regional Transport, this Routemaster spent many years in London before being preserved 14 years ago by the current owner.
SMK 686FSMK 686F1967AEC Routemaster Park Royal H40/32RTed Jones New to London Transport as RML 2686, one of the last batch of RML's in service and latterly run by Arriva until the demise of RM operation in London. The bus was refurbished some years ago and was fitted with a Cummins engine, bought by Cooper of Annitsford, Northumberland, and acquired from them by present owner in 2005 after driving it up from London. On going restoration to its 1968 looks.
RKJ 292G1969Bedford Beagle vanBruce Sinclair Fitted with four seats.
VMP 10GVMP 10G1969AEC Reliance 6U3ZR, Alexander Y B57FJohn Carson The only 12m Alexander Y type bus seat built. New to RTITB as a training vehicle and not used as a PSV until 2002 when entered service with WJC Buses
JDC 544LJDC 544L1972Daimler Fleetline CRL6 with Northern Counties H43/27D body 500 Group This last-surviving Teesside 'standard' only 13'5" high, was acquired for preservation in 1989. It has covered over 1,200,000 miles!
321 YHN321 YHN1973Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Panorama coach body.Peter Elliott The coach was new to National Travel South East as VYH 500M. Then it worked for James Meffan of Kirriemuir from 1985, before becoming a motor home in 1997. Bought from a scrapyard in 1999, it has been totally refurbished by the current owner. Restored in United Tyne-Tees livery.
GSX 121NGSX 121N1975Bedford YRT with Alexander Y-type body.Iain Docherty New in 1975 to Edinburgh Corporation Transport as a 49 seat coach. Converted after a year to a 53 seat bus. Sold on after only 7 years in service. Purchased in 2002 for preservation and restored to Lothian Region Transport's madder and white bus livery.
RGF 231PRGF 231P1976Bristol LHS6L with Plaxton C33F bodyworkMichael Burke The vehicle was new to Epsom Coaches in 1976 then to G E Sykes of Appleton Roebuck near York. It was acquired by the current owner in 2003.
ESC 847SESC 847S1978Seddon Pennine VII with Alexander Y-type body.Robert Carlyle Ex Eastern and Lowland Scottish. Allocated to Edinburgh in June 1978, then to Dunbar, transferred to Lowland 1986. Sold in 1988 to Red Bus service . Bought for preservation 2006.
SCN 268SSCN 268S1978Leyland Atlantean AN68A/2R Alexander H49/37F North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd This Tyne and Wear standard Leyland Atlantean entered service based at South Shields, and passed to South Shields Busways after deregulation in 1986. It is preserved in the livery of South Shields Busways.
JKH 194VJKH 194V1979Leyland Leopard/Plaxton Supreme C53FTony Hull Plaxton Supreme IV bodywork, ex National Express (East Yorkshire). It then went to Cherry Coaches of Hull, before returning to East Yorkshire Motor Services, it spent some it's later years with Lee's of Durham, Classic of Annfield Plain, and Scarlet Band Coaches all in the Durham area, before being preserved by the present owner Mr Tony Hull.
LAG 188VLAG 188V1980Leyland National 2 (11.6m)B49F. Hull Bus Restorers Ex East Yorkshire 188, this vehicle is historically significant as the first production Mark 2 Leyland National by chassis number.
PHH 149WPHH 149W1980Bristol VR with Eastern Coach Works double-deck body.John Burrow This bus was originally owned by Cumberland Motor Services, then by Stagecoach Northwest, for whom It was the last VR to be operated. The current owner bought it for preservation in October 2006 and repainted it in CMS Cumberland Ayres red and cream. The original registration was KRM 471W, fleet no. 431
XBR 644V1980Morris Marina 440 7cwt VanM Sidney Purchased new by the current owner for his carpet business. Used as a private vehicle from 2000. First entered in classic shows from 2004. Won various other awards. Also won its class at the Tyne Tees Run for the last 7 years.
EJR 111WEJR 111W1980Leyland Atlantean AN68C/2R with Alexander double-deck body. Treble One Group (M Mackenzie) 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 is restored in Newcastle Busways livery.
JFT 413XJFT 413X1982Scania BR112DH Alexander H47/31FKieth Buckley & Vince Minto New to Tyne & Wear Transport in 1982 as fleet no. 413. Only two of these vehicles were purchased, and only this vehicle survives. It has been recently refurbished at Gardiners of Spennymoor.
UTN 501YUTN 501Y1983MCW Metrobus Mark 2, ex Northern 3501 with MCW bodywork H46/31FLee Garrett New on the 12th June 1983, as the first Mark 2 Metrobus to be delivered to Northern and also the National Bus Company. Delivered in NBC poppy red, this vehicle was one of only 12 Metrobuses painted in this livery from new. 3501's first depot allocation was Chester le Street, and moved to Murton Depot after a year at it's previous depot, remained here until Murton closed. 3501 was withdrawn in 2000, and after restored won the best 1980's double decker award at Showbus Rally in Duxford in 2009. The bus is powered by Gardner engine linked to a 4 speed Voith gearbox. The vehicle is fully restored in "as new" condition. The bus was withdrawn fifteen years ago and has been in preservation with its current owner ever since.
B252 PHNB252 PHN1985Leyland Olympian with ECW bodyAndrew Scott Originally United Auto 252, recently purchased by present owner, will soon be painted in NBC Poppy Red livery.
C771 OCNC771 OCN1986MCW Metrobus Mk 2Mark Westgarth Formerly Go Ahead Northern 3771 C771 OCN was based in Gateshead. Recently preserved, Restored to Go-Ahead Gateshead livery with route branding for services 58 and 59.
E446 TYG1987Iveco 191 DP25FIan Hunter Ex West Yorkshire, now in Keighley Hopper livery
Q723 GHGQ723 GHG1987Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/SP / ECW B51F + 25 North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd The only example of a rear-engined Leyland Tiger ever built. Initially built as an export vehicle but never left these shores. It served for a while as the transport for the Leyland DAF band before being sold to OK Motor Services. The bus then served for a number of operators before being purchased by TM Travel as part of their collection of Leyland Tigers. It has seen extensive restoration work and is currently carrying the TM livery in the OK style.
G251 SRGG251 SRG1989DAF SB220 Optare Delta.Mick Rochford Optare Delta 251 was the first of a batch of four vehicles (251 to 254) ordered by Northumbria Motor Services Ltd of Newcastle upon Tyne on the 4th of July 1989 251 was delivered to Northumbria in October 1989 after it appeared in the Bus & Coach Show at the N.E.C. It then travelled to France & Holland with the Directors & Senior Managers at the end of November 1989. Originally based at Gallowgate depot, 251 worked out of most of the Northumbria depots at some time in her life before the sale of the Company to British Bus then ultimately Cowies (Arriva) Ironically on the 15th of January 1998 251 became the first bus to be painted in Arriva livery! Between the 11th of January 2006 and the 21st of September 2008 251 was expertly restored by Gardiners of Spennymoor before making her debut at Showbus 2008.
MK51 BFY2001Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano B33FGraeme Torrance One of five acquired 30th April for contracts in Darlington
J944 MFTJ944 MFT1992Dennis Dart 9.8SDL/Wright B44FChris Atkison New to Northern as fleet no. 8044 in 1972, recently purchased by present owner from Shropshire.
N474 RVKN474 RVK1995Mercedes Benz 709 MinibusChris Cartwright Alexander 24 seat bodywork, recently purchased from Stagecoach, Slatyford deport, Newcastle as fleet no. 40474. This is the last minibus in Stagecoach colours to leave north-east service
AE06 VPU2006M.A.N.14.220, MCV Evolution B43FLewis Williamson Purchased new by Munro's of Jedburgh for service 51/52- Jedburgh/Kelso to Edinburgh.
NDL 769GNDL 769G1969Bristol LHS6L with Marshall single-deck bus body. Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society First registered in 1969 by Southern Vectis. It was last in service with United in 1984. The vehicle was restored to 'Newtonian' livery in 1998 as part of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the new town of Newton Aycliffe. Purchased by the society because of its association with the Newtonian service between 1981 and 1984. It was the precursor of the Roadranger services. The vehicle was returned to its original United livery by the Society when acquired in 1984. The bus is unusual because of its body design by Marshalls of Cambridge who are a well known for specialist vehicles and aircraft conversions. Regular drivers of LH vehicles compliment the condition of the vehicle. The type was noted for its heavy steering, manual gear change and a 'bouncy' suspension.
JJD 551DJJD 551D1966AEC Routemaster Park Royal H40/32RSteve Griffin This Routemaster entered service as London Transport RML2551 in 1966, initially on route 6, and after refurbishment on route 12. Refurbishment was of both interior and of the driveline, when a Cummins engine replaced the AEC original. The current owner intends to preserve it with its route 12 branding.
YPT 796YPT 7961958AEC Reliance MU3RV, Roe C41CMartyn Callaghan New to E W Wilson (Economic) as No.3. Acquired by Tyne & Wear PTE in Jan 1975 but disposed of immediately to North's at Sherburn in Elmet. Saw further service with a traveller, complete with coal fire, before being saved for preservation. Restored by Alan And John Purvis. Now owned by Martyn Callaghan from Hemingfield, near Barnsley.
P552 ESAP552 ESA1997Volvo B10M/Alexander 140 Group New to Stagecoach, Glasgow in June 1997, this bus would run busy express services in that city. It was then transferred to Stagecoach South Shields for the busy and popular route X34 to Newcastle. It carries a special pink livery promoting cancer awareness. One of three ex-Glasgow B10Ms sent to South Shields. Driven by Mark McCann Photo courtesy of Steven Hodgson
CFT 501VCFT 501V1972Ford D Series flatbed lorry.Bob Shipley New to ICI Teesside as decontamination unit in 1972. Not road registered until ICI disposed of it in 1980. Presented in the livery of Vaux Breweries.
SCN 276SSCN 276S1978Leyland Atlantean AN68A/2R Alexander H49/37FLee McHaddan New to Tyne & Wear PTE as No 276. Shown as acquired, prior to restoration work beginning.
415 VYA415 VYA1987Leyland TigerAndy McCombie The only Tiger built new for Strathtay Scottish, ST18. After a life on Scottish Citylink and school contracts it is now preserved in the collection of the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust. Currently under restoration, it recently passed its MOT and will be at many shows around the country. This is an opportunity to road test the bus, it will be painted soon and hopefull will be back again next year.
not known1950Bedford Green Goddess Fire EngineBilly Armstrong
PFT 117L1972ERF HCB/Angus Water Tender/Major Pump AppliancePaul Pearson
OVL 494OVL 4941960Bristol SC4LK, ECW B35FEddie Brewster New to Lincolnshire as 2485.
JJD 546DJJD 546D1966AEC Routemaster Park Royal H40/32RNeil Stratton The vehicle was acquired in 2006 and since then has been refurbished to original 1966 condition for private hire work.
SRU 981SRU 9811956Bristol Lodekka LD6B, ECWNew to Hants & Dorset in 1956 operating in the Southampton area for most of its life. Recently purchased by present owner and restored to H & D livery.
GYE 533WGYE 533W1979MCW Metrobus open-top double-decker.Neil Stratton This vehicle served with Arriva London Sight-Seeing until 2005. It has been repainted in traditional London Transport style for use on private hire work.
WIL 92071995Dennis SLF Lance/Berkhof A-Line Coaches Ex Heathrow Airport/McKindlass Wishaw
ECU 201EECU 201E1967Bristol RESL6L with Eastern Coachworks bodyPhil Logie This bus was the first Leyland-engined Bristol RE to be delivered to a non-Tilling operator. It was sold by Busways in 1977 for service with a succession of further operators before reacquisition in 1988. It has been preserved since 1998.