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NEBPT Annual General Meeting
Thursday 25th April
Time 07:00 PM
At The Barley Mow Club, Birtley

North East Bus and Coach Show
Sunday 5th May
Time 10:00 AM
At the Metrocentre Coach Park

Durham Vintage Bus Gathering
Sunday 16th June
Time 10:00 PM
At Howlands Park and Ride site

Seaburn Historic Vehicle Display
Monday 26th August
Time 10:00 AM
At the Recreation Ground

 

Alexander bodied Daimler Fleetline - RCU 838S



Registration Number RCU 838S
Chassis Daimler Fleetline FE30 AGR
Body Alexander H44/30F
Date New 1977
Fleet Number 838
Original Owner Tyne & Wear PTE
Acquired for Preservation 1998
Current Status Restored

Historical Information

RCU 838S is the penultimate member of a batch of 40 Alexander bodied Fleetlines delivered to Tyne and Wear PTE during 1976/1977. It represents the end of 64 years continuous Daimler operation in Sunderland as well as the one of the standard vehicles delivered to Tyne and Wear PTE in the mid 1970s. Originally built to H44/27D configuration, its Alexander H44/29F bodywork with nearside staircase also represents the design pioneered by Newcastle City Transport for one person operation and subsequently adopted as standard by Tyne and Wear PTE

This vehicle passed to Busways Travel Services and then Stagecoach Busways. After being identified as the best of the remaining survivors it was purchased directly out of service in 1998 and restored in Sunderland Busways livery.

This vehicle spent most of its working life in Sunderland. The exceptions to this were two spells in South Shields, one immediately after deregulation and another immediately before withdrawal in June 1998.

Remarkably, it will have been preserved and owned by NEBPT for 25 years this year.