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.
Leyland Tiger TS8 Roe B32F
Bob (NEBPT) Kell
New to Sunderland District Omnibus Co no.159 in 1939. Worked services to major towns - Sunderland, Consett, Durham, Bishop Auckland, Newcastle, South Shields, West Hartlepool.
Withdrawn 1954 and sold to J Watson, East Boldon for conversion to caravan in connection with his business (he had bus chassis as drilling rigs on farms).
Purchased by Bob Kell in 1969 and converted back to bus by the late 1980s. It was one of the earliest preserved buses, attending the second ever HCVC Event at the AEC Works in 1958. Mr Watson is still alive age 101!
Bristol L5G ECW B35F
Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society (Peter Mitchell)
Bristol L5G with Eastern Coachworks 35-seat single-deck saloon body.
This vehicle entered service with a rear entrance, but was converted mid-life (1960) to front entrance for one-person operation. It was withdrawn from service in 1966. It has a five-speed gearbox and will cruise at about 45 mph.
It has appeared in the TV series "Heartbeat"".
Leyland Titan PD2/11, Roe H33/25R
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.
Karrier BFD3023 Plaxton C14F
New to Brocksbank of Leeds, Original reg 6666 U, later BVH 157A, formerly owned by John Hogarth and Ray Thornton. Some restoration work recently carried out at Gardiners of Spennymoor.
Dennis Loline (Gardner 6LW engine) with Northern Counties double-deck H36/31RD body
This bus was an exhibit at the Earls Court Motor Show when new. and entered service as Middlesbrough 99. 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.
Bristol 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 It was withdrawn from service in September 1973, and passed through a number of private owners until acquired by the late Chris Moyes in 1996.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.
Bedford CA 11-seat minibus
Kenebrake bodywork, one of very few remaining. Purchased in Wales by the current owner in August 2008.
Daimler CCG6 with Roe double-deck body.
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.
AEC 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.
AEC Routemaster Park Royal H40/32R
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.
Bristol RESL6L with Eastern Coachworks body
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.
Daimler Fleetline CRL6 with Northern Counties H43/27D body
This last-surviving Teesside 'standard' only 13'5" high, was acquired for preservation in 1989. It has covered over 1,200,000 miles!
Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Panorama coach body.
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.
Former Devon General bus now preserved in the North East
Leyland National Greenway
A Leyland National MkI converted by East Lancashire Coach Builders to National Greenway specification in December 1992.
Bristol LHS6L with Plaxton C33F bodywork
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.
Seddon Pennine VII with Alexander Y-type body.
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.
Leyland Atlantean AN68A/2R Alexander H49/37F
Bedford YMT Duple Dominant II
XNM820S is a 1978 Bedford Ymt Duple dominant 2 53 seater new to Armchair of london who at that time would operate vehicles for 1 season then sell them since they could recoup the full cost then buy new again for the following season.So this one was registered on 03/03/78 then on 05/03/79 was sold to Lodges of high Easter essex who operated it right up until April 2008 when i bought it for preservation.I roped my brother and my mate into going down to look at it then decided to take it away that day and drove it 402 miles home without incident.
lodges keep all their fleet to a very high standard and XNM was no exception and required little work to go through another full psv test other than freeing off sticking brake expanders and adjusters which showed up at its test as a brake imbalance.
A full respray was then carried out and at that time various panels were replaced and some structural welding undertaken,It has been painted with "Duples continental" lines which were popular around that time.The plan being to portray the coach as a Duple demonstrator would have looked.
Like all preservation projects it is an "in progress" restoration and a link with the north east would be that the donor vehicle for those obscure Bedford/Duple parts is WPT445V another YMT/Dominant 2 which i purchased for spares from Hunters of Tantobie.
Leyland Leopard/Plaxton Supreme C53F
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.
Bristol VRT SL3 501 Eastern Coach Works
Northern General 3406 was new on 02/01/1979, and entered service at Murton Depot. In 1982 the vehicle was one of three (3404-3406) to be upgraded to dual purpose status and fitted with coach seats, which were purchased from United Auto Services. The bus later moved to Chester le Street, for use on local express services and painted into 'TYNELINK' livery. Withdrawn in 1993, the bus passed to Blue Triangle of Bootle. Having served with a number of other operators, 3406 passed into preservation with the County Durham Bus Preservation Group in 2002. By this time having been re-registered LDS190A. The original number plate was re-issued by the DVLA. The vehicle has undergone a number of repairs, including replacement of the gearbox. The bus has recently been by purchased by Jonothan Ruddick, and remains part of the CDBPG collection. Having gained an MOT, the bus has returned to the road for the first time in several years. Restoration work is currently ongoing with the vehicle.
Leyland Atlantean AN68C/2R with Alexander double-deck body.
Treble One Group (Dave Hemsley)
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.
Leyland National Mark 2
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.
MCW Metrobus Mark 2, ex Northern 3501 with MCW bodywork H46/31F
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.
Volvo D10M Eat Lancashire
Chesterfield Falcon 40 Preservation Group
Nottingham City Transport 321, now preserved by the current owner
DAF SB220 Optare Delta.
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.
Leyland Lynx LX2R11C15Z4S B49F
Entered service in 1992 with Metrobus of Orpington, and later in life served with Northumbria Coaches of Ashington, passing with the sale of the company to Go North East. In current ownership since September 2009, and seen in the owners Red Rider livery.
Nottingham Bus Enthusiasts (Paul Seaman)
A vehicle from the Silverdale Fleet will attend the Bus And Coach Show 2011. Here pictured is an example of one of the vehicles in the fleet.
Random Vehicle from the Operational Fleet
Kingsley's Coaches Ltd (Dave Kingsley)
Kingsleys Coaches will represent this rally with a random choice of vehicle from their Operating Fleet, this could be a service bus to a coach
Random vehicle from the Operational Fleet
Weardale Motor Services
Weardale Motor Services will represent this rally with a random choice of vehicle from their Operating Fleet, this could be a service bus to a coach
Mercedes Benz Plaxton
Weardale Motor Services
A recent addition to the Weardale Motor Services fleet, thie 33 seater Plaxton Cheetah.