Special Event at Wythall 27 August 2012 Pt.I

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TimBrown
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Special Event at Wythall 27 August 2012 Pt.I

Post by TimBrown » 19:35 Thursday 21st May 2020

A Special event involving The National Association of Road Transport Museums was held at Wythall on 27 August 2012. We were treated to many preserved vehicles not normally seen in the Midlands, especially those which travelled from the north of Scotland.

RFE 482 is a Bristol SC4LK chassis with ECW B35F bodywork new 08/61 to Lincolnshire Road Car as (2494).
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JS 1972 is a Ford Model T chassis with MacLeod B14 bodywork new 04/1924 to MacKay, Stornoway.
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A927 MDV is a Ford Transit with Carlyle B16F bodywork new 12/83 to Devon General as (7).
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LN 7270 is a Leyland X2 35 hp chassis with Tilling O18/16RO bodywork new 06/1908 to London Central as (14).
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RG 1173 is an Albion PMA28 chassis with Walker B31R bodywork new 04/1930 to Aberdeen Corporation as (79).
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AHU 803 entered service in 04/1934 with a petrol engined JJW chassis and C26F private hire coach body for Bristol Tramways as (J134). It was renumbered (749) in 1937 and re-seated to 34 for bus work in 07/1941. It was fitted with a Gardner 5LW engine in 02/1947, redesignated as a JOG5 chassis and renumbered (2355). It was re-bodied by Bristol at Brislington Works to B35R layout as seen in the photographs.
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LTA 729 is a Bristol LL6B chassis with Duple C37F bodywork new 03/1951 to Western National (Royal Blue) as (1250).
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HVM 901F is a Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 chassis with Park Royal H45/28RD bodywork new 03/1968 to Manchester City Transport as (1001).
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SBF 233 is a Leyland Titan PD2/28 which entered service with Harper, Heath Hayes (25) in 01/1962 with Northern Counties H36/28RD bodywork. It was fitted with a St Helens style front assembly in 1970 and passed to Midland Red in 09/1974 as (2225). Upon withdrawal in 02/1976 it was used as a driver training vehicle and converted to a towing vehicle in 07/1981.
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ARY 225K is a Scania BR111MH chassis with MCW B46D bodywork new 07/1972 to Leicester City Transport as (225).
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TSO 16X is a Leyland Olympian ONLXB/1R chassis with ECW H45/32R bodywork new 02/1982 to Alexander Northern as (NL016).
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LOU 48 is a Dennis Lance III Gardner 5LW engined chassis with East Lancs L28/28R bodywork new 03/1954 to Aldershot and District as (220).
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CVP 207 is a Daimler COG5 chassis with Metro-Cammell H30/24R. It entered service with Birmingham City Transport as (1107) in 11/1937 and was re-bodied in 06/1950 with a body built in 1939.
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ANDREW
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Re: Special Event at Wythall 27 August 2012 Pt.I

Post by ANDREW » 12:51 Friday 22nd May 2020

Great set of pictures , thanks for putting them up. I had to double check Manchester 1001 , it did not look as old as a F-suffix reg. :o Put a F-prefix Metrobus next to it and they would look pretty similar, [to me at least]. 8-)

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Re: Special Event at Wythall 27 August 2012 Pt.I

Post by TimBrown » 14:27 Friday 22nd May 2020

ANDREW wrote:
12:51 Friday 22nd May 2020
Great set of pictures , thanks for putting them up. I had to double check Manchester 1001 , it did not look as old as a F-suffix reg. :o Put a F-prefix Metrobus next to it and they would look pretty similar, [to me at least]. 8-)
Yes, it is amazing how some designers manage to get their buses and coaches to look timeless from the start and later designs by other companies look awkward and 'clunky' by comparison.

To my eyes LTA 729 the Royal Blue Bristol LL6B with Duple body is about as good as it gets for a half cab coach with just the right amount of polished brightwork and flowing lines that match the radiator and really suit the livery which was, and still is, one of the best around. Even that roof mounted luggage rack seems to blend in to make a classic coach with a lot of character.

How about that fabulous 100 year old London Central Leyland X2 double-decker, can you imagine driving that in a blizzard on say a 144 from Birmingham to Malvern Wells or conducting upstairs in all weathers - how about being a top-deck passenger in all weathers sitting on slatted wooden seats and feeling the road bumps via solid tyres at maximum 12 MPH! That said, the restoration job and attention to detail is as good as it gets, every replacement part has to be hand made; just look at the paint job, the different colours and every part with pinstripe lining out all by hand and eye - amazing craftsmanship.

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Re: Special Event at Wythall 27 August 2012 Pt.I

Post by MattW » 17:19 Friday 22nd May 2020

I like the transit minibus, I remember even in the early '90s we used to have a very similar vehicle but kitted out as a mobile fruit and veg shop come round regularly when I lived in Malvern.

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