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N 6 B 219 C 0 E Sep 11, 2021 F Nov 26, 2021
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The Sulzer-engined BRCW Class 26 is widely regarded as BR’s best Type 2 design, outliving its updated Class 27 cousin by several years, albeit latterly confined to freight duties. Thus, whilst many received the grey ‘large logo’ freight livery, it is unlikely that any received the blue passenger-sector version depicted here. This fictional image is based on Barrow Hill-based 26007 (the pioneer D5300) photographed at Oxenhope on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (26-Nov-21).

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Tags:   Class 26 diesel locomotive BRCW Type 2 BR British Rail Inter-City

N 3 B 4.0K C 1 E Apr 24, 2011 F Nov 22, 2021
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In the later years of the National Bus Company era, Northern General painted its training fleet in NBC leaf green livery. In part this was to distinguish it from the passenger fleet (it had previously been yellow for the same reason, although the distinction in that case was lost in the Tyne & Wear PTE area). It was also a matter of convenience that the bulk of the training fleet comprised former Southdown Leyland PD3s, which were acquired in leaf green livery. Northern was, for a time, the largest operator of the distinctive full-fronted Southdown PD3s outside of their home territory. The fictional image supposes that Northern supplemented the Southdowns with examples of the similar Ribble MCW-bodied Leyland PD3 (14-Jan-12).

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Tags:   Leyland PD3 MCW Northern General NBC National Bus Company

N 12 B 3.3K C 0 E Apr 24, 2011 F Nov 22, 2021
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In its early days, Northumbria Motor Services assembled an impressive collection of second-hand, front-engined double-deckers for commercial and in-house driver training work. Most (if not all) of the acquisitions were opportunistic, driven by what was available at the time rather than a specific shopping list. Thus ex-Southdown Leyland PD3s mixed with ex-East Kent AEC Regent Vs. Had they been available, it is quite possible that ex-Ribble Leyland PD3s such as this would have joined them (03-Oct-15).

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Tags:   Leyland PD3 MCW Ribble Northumbria Motor Services driver training vehicle

N 9 B 440 C 0 E Apr 20, 2019 F Nov 21, 2021
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There’s no mistaking the purpose of this bus. Blackpool Leyland PD3A 520 (HFR 520E) became a permanent trainer in 1980, replacing similar 378 which had been prematurely withdrawn from the passenger fleet in 1973. Both buses carried yellow and black warning panels that were not perpetuated on subsequent trainers. Note also the off-white colour that replaced the richer cream for a period. This digital representation is based on preserved 512 (HFR 512E) photographed at Kirby Stephen in 2019 (21-Nov-21).

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Tags:   Leyland PD3A MCW Metro-Cammell Weymann Blackpool Transport driver training vehicle HFR 520E

N 7 B 503 C 0 E May 22, 2012 F Nov 20, 2021
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KBD 716D was a very well-travelled Bristol FS. New to United Counties in 1966 and used as a dedicated driver trainer from 1980, it was subsequently transferred to fellow NBC subsidiary Hampshire Bus for continued use as a driver trainer. After Hampshire Bus was acquired by the Stagecoach Group, it was transferred to Scotland to assist with driver training prior to the launch of the Perth Panther network then, surprising, sold to Skills of Nottingham for further use as a driver trainer. After withdrawal in 1992, it was exported via a dealer to Germany and later sold to an Italian buyer (20-Nov-21).

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Tags:   Bristol FS ECE Eastern Coach Works Skills Motor Services KBD 715D


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