Delivered to Newcastle Corporation Transport in 1966 as fleet number 118. Batch consisted of 28 vehicles, 106 to 133 (KBB 106D to KBB 133D).
Transferred to Tyneside PTE on 1st January 1970.
Rebuilt to O44/34F in May 1974 for use at South Shields.
Painted in a special Black & White striped livery for Newcastle United, 1974.
Painted in a special livery for Newcastle Festival 1974, still sporting 118 fleet number.
Renumbered 218 in July 1974.
Painted in a special livery for Newcastle Festival in 1976.
Painted in a special Livery to commemorate The Olympians of Gateshead, at Montreal Olympics in 1976.
Painted into Silver Jubilee livery in 1977, which it carried when used for transporting Muhammed Ali around the North East in July 1977. This is the livery KBB will be restored in.
Painted into a special commemorative livery to mark “100 years of Public Transport on Tyneside” in 1978 and renumbered 1218 in May.
Repainted in a special blue livery to publicise the coastal service in 1984.
Withdrawn and sold to Galway Tours, High Ryan, Moycullen, Co. Galway, date unknown (c.2000). Operated on sightseeing tours in Galway, Ireland, with registration number ZV 1510. Last operated April 2004.
Donated to NEBPT by Galway Tours owner, Michael Healy, Castlegar, Galway, Ireland, August 2006.
We have been looking for some time for funding to get this vehicle back on the road again, as some significant work was required, therefore we are delighted to announce that we have secured Awards for All England funding from the Big Lottery Fund to enable KBB to be professionally restored.
The vehicle has now departed from our premises and will be restored over the coming months. Keep an eye out for regular updates on our Facebook page
We are seeking funds to complete the restoration of this fine vehicle, as despite being fortunate to be awarded a grant from the National Lottery, Big Lottery Fund, we still need to find a considerable amount to finish the work. Can you help ?