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MetroCentre Rally
A display of vehicles at the MetroCentre Rally
Free bus rides from the MetroCentre; classic buses on display.
MetroCentre Rally

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

Sunday 4th May 2008
Time 11:00 AM

RegPhotoYearMakeExhibitor History
Scania L94UB, Fab 56 Go North East, Sunderland depot This vehicle carries Fab 56 orange livery.
Volvo B7TL, The Angel. Go North East, This vehicle carries The Angel livery
Dennis Trident, Coaster Go North East,, Percy Main depot This vehicle carries Coaster livery
Scania OmniCity, West Durham Swift. Go North East, Stanley depot This vehicle carries the West Durham Swift livery.
Daf SB220GS, Team Valley Clipper Go North East, Winlaton Depot. This vehicle carries Team Valley Clipper livery
Mercedes-Benz, Red Arrow Go North East, Washington depot This vehicle carries Red Arrows livery
Volvo Olympian. Yellow Bus Go North East, This vehicle carries Yellow Bus livery.
Scania OmniCity, Cobalt Clipper Go North East,, Percy Main depot Cobalt Clipper livery
Scania L95UB, Wright Solar. (Loop) Go North East, Gateshead Depot. Loop branded, driven by Ian Stannes.
Scania L94UB, Prince Bishops. Go North East, Sunderland depot This vehicle carries Prince Bishops Livery with the name of the late Christopher Moyes OBE, former Chief Executive of Go-Ahead, and President of NEBPT. Fleet No. 5217
JHL 701JHL 7011956Bedford SBG Plaxton Consort C41F Just The Ticket Bus Preservation (Derek Thompson) This vehicle was new to Swan of Berwick upon Tweed. Withdrawn by them in the 1980s and sold for preservation, passing to the present owner in 2002. A major restoration was carried out and a brand new engine, obtained from the MOD, was fitted. The vehicle has attended events all over the north in the past few years and completes an overseas trip to Holland each year.
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 Withdrawn from service in 1970, she was acquired by a Scottish independent operator, initially running on hire to, and later sold to the Bellshill Bingorama Ltd.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.
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.
FBR 53DFBR 53D1966Leyland Panther PSUR1/1R Strachan B47D North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd New to Sunderland Corporation as No. 53. Sold to Tyne and Wear Museums on withdrawal from service passing the present owner in 1992 and rallied extensively since then. Acquired by the NEBPT in 2018
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A771 WVP1984MCW Metrobus Kingsley's Coaches Ltd (Dave Kingsley)
K761 SBB1990DAF Optare DeltaKevin Elliott Formerly Go-Ahead 4761, now operated by Tyneside Travel
K756 SBB1993DAF Optare Delta Kingsley's Coaches Ltd (Dave Kingsley)
NK08 CGFNK08 CGF2008Mercedes-Benz Citaro Go North East, Gateshead Depot. This vehicle carries CityLink 58 livery and is based at Gateshead depot. Fleet no. 5287 will probably attend this event. Driven by Barry Grice
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.
KRN 104T1978Leyland Leopard/Duple Dominant 2 Ratcliffe Buses (c/o Dave Ratcliffe) New to Ribble, then passed to Cumberland Motor Services.
CKB 166XCKB 166X1982Leyland National Mark 2Stephen Foster New to Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive in 1982 and its metamorphosis into MTL and Arriva. It was sold and stored from about 2000, thence worked with Gilmoss Training. Yesterbus acquired this vehicle in to the fleet in 2006 and she retains her original 680 engine.
L551 GHNL551 GHN1994MAN 11.190/Optare Vectra B42F Arriva North East Ltd (Stuart Gray) 1551 was the last of 51 Optare Vectras ordered by North East Bus and was initially allocated to Darlington depot. 1551, with a few others was fitted with a Cummins engine in a trial to improve reliability of the type. After a loan spell to Arriva Scotland West, 1551 returned to the North East in 2007 at Bishop Auckland depot.
SN56 AXW2007Dennis/AlexanderLewis Williamson
V213 DJRV213 DJR1999DAF SB 3000/Plaxton Prima Inter-urban Dual Purpose vehicle.Originally new to Redcar for services X4/X14. Now at Alnwick depot for 501/505 "Main Road" services to Berwick, the North Northumberland Coast and Newcastle. Sporting the Arriva "Inter-urban" variation of the Acquamarine and Stone livery
TCP 897TCP 8971964Bedford PJK with Plaxton Supreme coach body.John Leyland Restored in Durham District Services livery but never operated for that company.
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.
VHN 527GVHN 527G1968Daimler Fleetline SRG6LW-33 Roe B43DMr & Mrs D. A. Yates First operated by Darlington Transport in 1968. One of their first batch of Fleetline Saloons as part of a conversion to one person operation. Purchased in 1983 by the present owners for preservation.
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.
GHN 189GHN 1891942Bristol K5G ECW L27/26R Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society 1942 Bristol K5G with 1949 Eastern Coachworks lowbridge 53-seat open rear platform double-decker. Jun 42 - In service with United Automobile Services Limited, Darlington (BDO29) May 51 - Fleet number changed to BGL29 1954 - Rebodied with 1949 ECW L27/26R (3162) (ex Leyland PD2 - LLL21 - HN 9019) Jan 59 - Out of service with United Automobile Services Limited, Darlington (BGL29) Mar 59 - In service with Silcox Motor Coach Company Limited, Pembroke Dock (32) Nov 69 - Out of service with Silcox Motor Coach Company Limited, Pembroke Dock (32) Jan 70 - M Banks, P Battersby & G Holt, Hull <1977 - P Battersby, Teeside Jul 81 - Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Group, Newton Aycliffe
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.
JFT 228NJFT 228N1974Leyland Atlantean PARK ROYAL H43/28D later O43/34F North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd Originally new to Gateshead as RCN 111N, later Northern General 3285, this vehicle was sold to York Pullman, Durham Travel & Dunn Line, before being acquired by NEBPT in 2005. It had lost its original registration and then carried reg. no KKH 372N. Unable to regain the original number, a Tynemouth plate was allocated by DVLC, The complete restoration of body and interior was carried out by Arthur Pearsall and Alan Shepherd in a 12 month period.
ULS 658TULS 658T1979Leyland Fleetline with ECW H43/32F body.Thomas Graham This vehicle was new to Midland Scottish as MRF133 in 07/79, and in 06/85 became Kelvin Scottish, then Western, F133. It later saw service with P&O Lloyd and Smith of Bristol. It was purchased from Helms of Eastham in 09/2007 for preservation. It wears the very short-lived Kelvin Scottish two-tone blue livery.
LHS 747VLHS 747V1979Volvo Ailsa Mk. 2James Duncan Restored in the Kelvin Central Buses livery of red and cream with yellow front.
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
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.
H669 BNLH669 BNL1991Leyland Olympian Northern Counties Palatine open-top body. North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd This vehicle was one of a batch of eight delivered to Sunderland Busways. It became Stagecoach 14669 after the take-over of Busways. Stagecoach converted it to part open-top in 2007 for use by City Sight-Seeing. It has subsequently been converted to full open-top by Gardiners of Spennymoor in March 2008
UUA 212UUA 2121955Leyland Titan PD2/11, Roe H33/25RDave Briggs New to Leeds City Transport as No. 212. Was in use as a driver trainer and had some modifications for this use. Has now been returned to original condition.
BIG 8385BIG 83851991Leyland Olympian (tri-axle) with Alexander double-deck body. Nottingham Bus Enthusiasts (Paul Seaman) This bus was new to China Light Power for workers' transport. Its original interior is intact and fitted with dual purpose seats. After import by Ensign Bus in 2006 it operates for Patron Travel on school transport in Newark and Nottingham as well as transport for Nottingham Bus Enthusiasts' Club to UK events.
M377 FTYM377 FTY1994Volvo Olympian/Northern Counties Palatine 2, H45/30F Mark Westgarth This vehicle is based at Arriva's Hexham depot. Fleet No. 7377
YN57 FYOYN57 FYO2007Scania N27OUD Omnidekka, bodywork by East Lancs H27/25F. Brighton and Hove Bus & Coach Co. (Robert Ashcroft) New to B & H on 27.10.07. This vehicle is named Chris Moyes, after the late Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead group.
UHG 142V1980Leyland Atlantean with Alexander bodyworkChris Grierson One of two vehicles acquired from Preston Corporation and in everday use
NK57DXX2007Myllenium LowlanderChris Atkison New to Arriva in 2007.
B206 WULB206 WUL1985Ex London Transport Metrobus.Stephen Bovingdon Converted to a motorhome with special needs/medical facility. Resprayed 2007.
E500 LFLE500 LFL1987Leyland Olympian/Optare Gardner 6LXBJohn Atkin This is a semi-automatic vehicle, owned by Tees Valley Coach Travel
204 UXJ204 UXJ1961AEC Routemaster Park Royal 64-seat double-deck bodywork.Paul Ogilvie The bus was put into service by London Transport as RM1058, an example of the original production short-length vehicles. After privatisation it was inherited by Go Ahead's London Central and worked from New Cross garage. It was retired into preservation in 2005 after service 36 was converted to driver-only operation. Restoration continues on the vehicle, including seats re-trimmed in original Scott tartan. Original registration 58 CLT.
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.
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.
CUV 186CCUV 186C1965AEC Routemaster Park Royal H36/24RMike Mann New in 1965, operated from numerous London garages, selected for commemorative Shilibeer livery in 1979,(one of only 12), red again by January 1980. Continued in service until 1999 with MTL on route 189. Used by Tuxedo nightclub on Tyneside, bought in 2002 for preservation and totally restored to Shilibeer livery by 2007.
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.
XCG 979K1971VW Micro BusBruce Sinclair Just been fully restored