Ex People’s Provincial Leyland National 85/385 (NPD 134L)
A Leyland National observation coach? I don’t think even Orme White could have dreamt this up! Actually the roof is from ex Southdown PD3 201 (AOR 158B) with the remains of National 397 (HTX 729N) providing an unusual storage unit.
Withdrawn Bristol VR 506 (UVX 2S) at Hoeford in 1998 after taking part in an exercise with the Fire & Rescue Service.
A late 1990s view of Leyland National 334 (TPX 41T) undergoing cannibalisation at Hoeford.
Ex Hants & Dorset Mk 1 Leyland National 60 (CRU 143L) in the process of being stripped for spares at Hoeford on June 11th 1988.
Guy Arab 65 (FCR 201), minus fleetname and number, waiting at Hoeford to be collected by a dealer.
Fort Wallington again – this time in August 1970 featuring ex Red & White Guy EDG 975 (latterly Provincial 31), and VOR 339 which was a familiar sight in the Portsmouth area where it was used as a staff bus by John Hunt, the contractors.
A sad scene at Fort Wallington in April 1969 depicting AEC Regent coach 68 (OCG 444) alongside the remains of open toppers 18, 54 & 56.
Purchased form Mansfield District , this 1955 Bristol LS/ECW was due to have been Provincial No.6 but was found to have a defective chassis. It was sent to a local scrap merchant a couple of weeks after this photo was taken in September 1970.
Seddon 44 (MHO 193F) was just 7 years old when this photo was taken at Hoeford on September 5th 1975.
Park Royal bodied 38 (CAA 700) looks in a sorry state as she awaits her fate at Fort Wallington on March 1, 1967.
The aftermath of the Hoeford fire on 18th June 1957. Two gutted AEC Regents can be seen here, No’s 36, 37 (BOR 768,769)
Seen at are 4 Provincial buses and one Hants and Dorset Bristol K. Just peeping into view on the left is what I believe to be 60 (EHO 967). I stand to be corrected , but I think this was the only one to have a side destination box in that position. Next are two ex Red & White Guy Arabs, and what looks like the prototype Guy/Deutz conversion 59 (EHO 965).
A line up of three buses in the process of cannibalisation and one boat! at Hoeford. From left to right are AEC Regents 1 (JX 7048), 2 (BUS 107) and 33 (ACN 172).
Stagecoach Western Leyland bus 25761 (GCS61V) out of service and by the looks of it being used for spare parts for other buses of the fleet.
Taken at a scrapyard for buses this picture is of a former Blue Line bus, number 426. (no plates visible).
Several old busses of operator Docherty of Irvine (Scotland). NFS170Y and CSF159W (Leyland chassis, Alexander AT body, built in 1982) both out of service, for ever I would imagine.
Rather than being sent straight to the scrap yard, an unwanted bus at Arriva’s Harlow depot has been used to help firemen from the nearby fire station …
From the outset it was decided that the bus would be completely refurbished with no compromises. Four years on from the start of the project the bus has been rewired throughout, new exhaust manufactured, the radiator generously made available by the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust rebuilt, the chassis painted with several generous coats of red oxide primer, grey undercoat and black gloss, the fuel tank, front mudguards and driver’s cab inner wing repaired, new interior trim produced and much of the timber replacement complete. A prelude to the main work was a thorough and competent sand blast of the chassis, the front end of the bus and interior, which proved a good investment and is paying dividends by providing clean and corrosion free work areas. The 32 years that Northampton 129 had spent at Molesworth greeting both the warmth of the summer sun and the winter icy rain had taken its toll on the front end of the bus the nose of which had enquiringly jutted out of one of two large barns for all that time. A rebuild of the cab frame and reinforcement of the front canopy was therefore essential together with replacement of the beading around the top front windows and destination box that had rotted.
Seen at Fort Wallington breakers yard are 4 Provincial buses and one Hants and Dorset Bristol K.
Languishing in a scrap yard in Camborne on 6th May 2007 was ex Truronian (originally Western National) AFJ753T.
For many years now old British buses that have escaped the scrap yard have been exported around the world. Imagine my surprise when I came across an old Bristol Lodekka parked up just 10 kms south of Parthenay. MCS756 is now in use as a roadside café and restaurant at La Croix des Vignes on the D743 down to Niort.
The bus came into France from Belgium via Les Bus Anglais up at Le Mans and originally saw service with Western Scottish Motor Traction. The downstairs is now fitted out as a kitchen.
For a short while the SMS was replaced by MBs brought out of the scrap yard for the 244 due to the continual failures of the SMSs