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

North East Bus and Coach Show
North East Bus and Coach Show
At the Metrocentre Coach Park

A selection of classic and modern buses & coaches will be on display, accompanied by trade stalls.

A free classic and modern bus service will operate to Tanfield Railway & Beamish Museum.

MetroCentre Coach Park depart 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500
Tanfield Railway arrive 1018 1118 1218 1318 1418 1518
Beamish Museum arrive 1028 1128 1228 1328 1428 1528
Beamish Museum depart 1030 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530
Tanfield Railway depart 1040 1140 1240 1340 1440 1540
MetroCentre Coach Park arrive 1058 1158 1258 1358 1458 1558

An additional journey may operate at 30 minutes past the hour from 10.30 to 14.30 from the Metrocentre, returning from Beamish Museum on the hour from 11.00 to 15.00 if we have sufficient volunteers.

Beamish Museum are holding a Public Transport Weekend for details click here - Normal admission charges apply.

To travel to the event by public transport catch any bus or rail service serving the Metrocentre and walk over the footbridge to the Metrocentre Coach Park.

For additional information on the location of the Metrocentre Coach Park, click here

Sunday 7th May 2023
Time 10:00 AM

RegPhotoYearMakeExhibitor History
JH21 COMScania Higer JH Coaches
JH23 COMScania Higer JH Coaches
OSK 831OSK 8311958Karrier BFD3023 Plaxton C14FAlan Dixon 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.
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.
6249 UP6249 UP1963Leyland Leopard PSU3/3RT, Alexander DP51FGordon Noble New to Venture Transport as fleet no. 249, passing to Northern as 2830, later 4264. Withdrawn in 1980 and sold to APT, Lincoln. Purchased by the late Michael Reed and partly restored. Completely restored to as-new condition over a couple of years.
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.
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.
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.
KBB 118DKBB 118D1966Leyland Atlantean MCCW O44/34F North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd This vehicle was delivered to Newcastle Corporation Transport in 1966 as fleet number 118 and transferred to Tyneside PTE on 1st January 1970. It was rebuilt to O44/34F in May 1974 for use at South Shields and Renumbered 218 in July 1974. In 1977 it was painted into Silver Jubilee livery, which it carried when used for transporting Muhammed Ali around the North East in July 1977. It was 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. Kindly donated to NEBPT by Galway Tours owner, Michael Healy in August 2006. We were delighted to secure Awards for All England funding from the Big Lottery Fund which enabled KBB to be professionally restored.
TMS 585HTMS 585H1970Alexander Y type bodied Leyland Leopard C49FDavid Herron New to RTITB (Wembley) - Restored in Venture Transport Colours
GBB 516KGBB 516K1972Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 Alexander H48/30DDavid Warren Fleet Number: 680 Body Number: AR J40/2369/9 New: June 1972 History of Tyneside PTE Leyland Atlantean GBB 516K Introduction. In June 1972, the Leyland Atlantean 680, with registration number GBB 516K, was introduced to the Tyneside PTE as part of a fleet of 25 long wheelbase PDR2 Atlanteans. This iconic bus became a familiar sight on the streets of Newcastle, operating out of Byker depot. A Journey Through Time. The Leyland Atlantean 680, affectionately known as GBB 516K, served the Tyneside PTE faithfully for nearly a decade before embarking on a new chapter in its illustrious history. In 1981, along with fifteen of its counterparts, 680 was sold to the Isle of Man National Transport Company, where it was re-registered as N875 MAN and given the fleet number 65. Why was the Leyland Atlantean 680 sold to the Isle of Man? The decision to sell 680 and its fellow Atlanteans to the Isle of Man was driven by the need for newer, more advanced buses on the streets of Tyneside. The Isle of Man provided a new home for these iconic vehicles, where they continued to serve the community for another four years. What happened to the Leyland Atlantean 680 on the Isle of Man? During its time on the Isle of Man, 680 saw service as a reliable mode of transportation before being replaced by the newer AN68 Atlanteans. While some of its counterparts returned to the UK mainland or met their demise, 680 found a new purpose as a racing support vehicle at the Jurby Racetrack, where it remained for fifteen years. How was the Leyland Atlantean 680 preserved? Despite being earmarked for scrap, 680 was saved by local enthusiasts on the Isle of Man who recognized its historical significance. The bus was purchased, stored, and eventually restored to its original Tyneside PTE livery. On May 3rd, 2003, 680 made its triumphant return to the Northeast, where it has been a prominent feature at various classic vehicle displays. It was repainted in 2017. Present Day: The Legacy of Leyland Atlantean 680 The Warren family acquired ownership of the Leyland Atlantean 680 in November 2018, ushering in a new era of preservation and appreciation for this iconic bus. A great deal of cosmetic and mechanical work has been carried out on the vehicle, complementing the 2017 repaint and restoring it to its former glory and ensuring its continued presence at local events. For enthusiasts and historians alike, the Leyland Atlantean 680 serves as a tangible link to the rich history of public transportation in the Tyneside area. Its journey from everyday commuter bus to beloved classic vehicle is a testament to the passion and dedication of those who recognize the value of preserving our transportation heritage.
SHN 80LSHN  80L1973Bristol RELH6G ECW DP49FLee Garrett SHN 80L (6080) was new to United in the summer of 1973. The vehicle spent the majority of its operating career working from Bishop Auckland depot and chiefly used on the Bishop Auckland to Newcastle service. The vehicle entered preservation upon withdrawal in 1987 and has a number of owners since then. The bus was repatriated to its native North East by its current owner of this year. The plan is to eventually repaint 6080 into NBC poppy red and white, the livery the bus wore whist operating for United.
WHH 556SWHH 556S1978Leyland Vehicles REV01 - Leyland National 11351A/2R, chassis 05034 Workington Transport Heritage Trust REV01 was built with a dual-door 21 seat body and retained by Leyland to develop its advanced multiplex electrical system and later, with Torotrak, continuously variable transmission system. It was converted to single door with 52 seats and latterly returned to West Cumbria and fitted with a DAF engine and used on school services until 2009. It then passed to WTHT and, in 2015 was repainted into its white, blue and orange Leyland test bus livery as REV01. It continues to be a great performer and is popular on long runs as the two heating units create a warm atmosphere.
PUM 149WPUM 149W1980ECW bodied Bristol VRTSL6LXB, ex West Yorkshire Road Car CoNeil Halliday
WUP 961VWUP 961V1980Leyland Leopard/Duple Dominant II Express 53 seater coachwork. Burrells Coaches Owned since new in 1980, this vehicle is still in everyday use. Has a 6 speed ZF box, 680 engine, FM pump.
HYR 175WHYR 175W1981Volvo B58 Plaxton Supreme IV Royale Bleu EcosseJonathan Dodsworth Ex Glenton Tours of London
B251 NVNB251 NVN1985ECW bodied Leyland OlympianSimon Wiles
B741 GNLB741 GNL1985ECW bodied Leyland OlympianLee Garrett Restored in Express Link livery
F805 FAOF805 FAO1988Leyland Olympian/Alexander new to Carlisle Carlisle Bus Group (Lee Paul Wardle) This bus was new in September 1988 to Stagecoach Cumberland. It was the third bus that Stagecoach bought for Carlisle and one of the first of its type in the country. Upon arrival, the double-decker bus was given the fleet number of 1005 and carried the iconic Stagecoach 'Stripes' livery. 1005 was part of a batch of nine vehicles of the same type which started life at Stagecoach Cumberland's Carlisle depot, where they were mainly purchased for use on the city network of services. In early May 2010, the vehicle was painted into a heritage cms Cumberland livery, in time for the annual Stagecoach North West Open Day which took place at Carlisle depot. Sadly on 20th September 2012 it received minor accident damage while in service with Kendal depot, and with the return of Olympic-loaned vehicles, it resulted in its final withdrawal from service. The vehicle was subsequently transferred up to Carlisle depot for storage, ironically where it all started twenty-four years previously. The Olympian sat at Carlisle pending disposal from the group. Throughout September, October and November the newly formed Carlisle Bus group negotiated with Stagecoach to purchase 1005, and finally in December got the green light and received the paperwork which passed the ownership of 1005 to Carlisle Bus for onward preservation. It has since received full restoration.
G251 SRGG251 SRG1989DAF SB220 Optare Delta.Mick Rochford 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.
K723 PNLK723 PNL1992Dennis Dart 9.8SDL Alexander Dash B40F Trevor Hines This vehicle was the first of a batch of six new buses 1723 - 1728 (K723 PNL - K728 PNL) delivered to Sunderland Busways in 1993. It was named 'CITY OF SUNDERLAND' to commemorate the granting of City Status in 1992 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
M223 SVNM223 SVN1995Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympian 500 Group Delivered new to Stagecoach Transit in 1995, but in Transit livery, and working at Stockton depot for 4 years before transferring to Stagecoach in Hull. Finally withdrawn by Stagecoach in 2010 and disposed of to Ensignbus (Dealer) whence it passed to independent Red Kite, Leighton Buzzard, who operated her for the better part of a decade. Approaches were kindly made by Red Kite during 2019 and the group successfully purchased her in June 2019. We showed her in as acquired condition at the Seaburn and Keighley rallies towards at the end of the 2019 season. During early 2020, 223 was given a full external restoration, regaining her iconic green, white and yellow Transit livery, complete with the authentic “Part of The Stagecoach Group" strapline. Because of Covid it would be mid-2021 before she debuted in her new, as original, guise, attending the NEBPT MetroCentre and Seaburn rallies and providing an evening Group outing. Having already travelled to Whitehaven for the Leyland National 50th Anniversary event, we hope that 2022 will, at last, allow a full year's rallying.
R855 PRGR855 PRG1998Volvo B10BLE Wright Renown. Volvo D10H engine with ZF HP400 gearbox. Northern National Restoration Group (Craig Smith) New to Chester le Street in June 1998 4855 was the final member of the second batch of 8 B10BLE that were bought to run the service 21 and morning 734. After 2 years the batch was reallocated to Stanley for use on the service 775 and 778 replacing the popular DAF SB220's. Then in 2008 48 found herself back at Chester LE Street to run the "branded" lime. From there she was withdrawn in 2015, displaced by Wrightbus Streetlite's. The NNRG took delivery of 4855 from Saltmeadows Road bodyshop in September 2015. Restoration started straight away and she was unveiled in her original livery in 2016 as a surprise entry at the North East Bus and Coach Show. 4855 has the distinction of being the first low floor bus that was preserved from Go Northeast in 2015, and has been a popular attraction on the rally field since 2016.
BIB 4843BIB 48432000Vanhool bodied DAF SB3000Chris Bibby
W645 RNDW645 RND2000Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident (Open Top) Stagecoach North East
JH59 COM2009Scania Omnidekka JH Coaches
MX60 BXD2010Streetlite WF JH Coaches
MSU 8302011Scania Irizar i6 JH Coaches