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Durham Vintage Bus Gathering
Durham Vintage Bus Gathering
At Howlands Park and Ride site

This event will feature a selection of classic buses on display, trade stands and a free bus service between Howlands Park and Ride site and Durham City Centre.

The first bus will depart at 11:00 and a regular service will operate until the last bus at 16:30.

To travel to the event by public transport catch any bus service to Durham City Centre and catch the free bus service to the site.

For additional information on the location of Howlands Park and Ride site, click here

Visit our sponsors: Durham County Council http://www.durham.gov.uk/

Sunday 17th June 2012
Time 10:00 AM

RegPhotoYearMakeExhibitor History
DPT 848DPT 8481939Leyland Tiger TS8 Roe B32FBob (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 Withdrawn 1954 and sold to J Watson, East Boldon for conversion to caravan in connection with his business (he had bus chassis as drilling rigs on farms).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!
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.
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.
EJR 111WEJR 111W1980Leyland 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.
HKL 826HKL 8261946AEC Regal I, Beadle OB35FAndrew Dolan North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd An unusual open-top conversion of a Beadle bodied AEC Regal bus, new to Maidstone & District and restored in their livery, Acquired by the late Christopher Moyes from Guide Friday, now in the care of NEBPT.
PHN 829PHN 8291952Lowbridge Bristol KSW6B ECW L27/28RAndrew Dolan Ex-United BBL67, operated from Ashington depot. Passed for further service to Thames Valley before being acquired by the Cheltenham Car Club for use as a commentary post. Acquired by current owner in 1987, rallied extensively between 1988 and 1993 when it was sold and ended up with an operator in Switzerland (LONDAG), later passing to Murg Hanner in Germany. re-acquired in 2011 being driven from Germany to the north-east over a period of 5 days in July.
JDC 599JDC 5991959Dennis Loline (Gardner 6LW engine) with Northern Counties double-deck H36/31RD body 500 Group, 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.
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!
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.
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.
DV 7890DV 78901931Leyland Lion LT2 Burlingham C31FHoward Snaith Coaches New to Pridham of Lamerton.
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.
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.
YFY 4MYFY 4M1974Leyland National MK1Stephen Foster Leyland National MK1. One of 8 dual doored nationals delivered new to Southport Corporation in 1974. Yesterbus acquired this vehicle in to the fleet in 2008 and she retains her original 510 engine.
SCD 693X1981Leyland Leopard Plaxton C53FLeyland Leopard with Plaxton Supreme V body
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scania L94UB, OK Motor Services Livery.Fleet number 5229. This vehicle is currently in the new OK Motor Services livery to celebrate 100 years of OK Motor Services 1912 - 2012.