This vehicle was delivered in February 1949 and had the shortest in service life, 13 years, 8 months. No 100 survived in Sunderland with No 13 as mobile polling booths until bought by dealer Lister of Bolton in 1972. Subsequently they moved to the St Helens transport museum after being acquired by Norman Myers.
ABR 433 when in use as a mobile polling booth
It was purchased by David Marshall in 1998, whom had it towed back to the North East. He carried out a lot of restoration over the next nine years, including fitting a replacement engine and a set of the correct pattern seats.
It was acquired by the trust in February 2014 due to accommodation problems within the Tyne & Wear Bus Preservation Group.
We have been looking for some time for funding to enable a major restoration of this vehicle to take place, therefore we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable ABR 433 to be professionally restored.
ABR 433 departed our premise to Gardiners where the vehicle was to be
restored, however a certain world wide event during 2020 & 2021 stopped any
progress from being made for some time.
Restoration has since progressed and there follows some views of the
progress that has been made by the end of 2022.
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