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Durham Vintage Bus Gathering
Sunday 18th June

At Howlands Park and Ride site

Whitley Bay Bus Rally
Sunday 16th July

On The Links

Open Top to the Seaside
Tuesday 25th July



Seaburn Historic Vehicle Display
Monday 28th August

At the Recreation Ground

 

Park Royal bodied AEC Routemaster - JJD 530 D



Registration Number JJD 530 D
Chassis

AEC Routemaster

Body Park Royal H08/00R
Date New 1966
Fleet Number RML 2530
Original Owner London Transport
Acquired for Preservation 2012
Current Status Restoration in Progress

Historical Information

This Routemaster entered service as London Transport RML2530 in 1966 It was refurbished in the 1990s and fitted with a Cummins engine and was latterly a First Group bus at Centrewest.

After withdrawal in 2004 it passed via Ensign to Gillingham Football Club and was converted to a promotional vehicle with a trailer, having conversion work carried out by South East Coachworks.

It was acquired by McCains in 2007 and converted into “The Potato Bus”, which travelled extensively around the country promoting McCains and explaining the story of the potato to school children, most of whom did not know that chips were made from potatoes! It is complete with video screens up and down, display cases upstairs and a galley kitchen downstairs.

It was acquired by Rydale Folk Museum at Hutton-le-Hole near Pickering from McCain’s in October 2010. Following an enquiry from Keith Kitching of Scarborough it was acquired by the NEBPT in April 2012



A view of the lower deck


 
A view of the upper deck