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From The Odds Folder 6/9

 

Number 154

 

I saw this old Leicester City Transport bus parked at a pub/restaurant we went to during last summer and felt it deserved a few shots.

 

Leicester City Transport 1950 Leyland Titan PD2 bus number 154 was part of an order for 160 buses that was placed by Leicester City Transport in the mid-1940s to replace the last of the trams and a large number of the pre-war buses.

Arguably the Leyland PD2 was the most successful type of bus ever to operate in Leicester with many of the buses completing twenty years service before being withdrawn. No.154 was delivered in December 1950 and was withdrawn in May 1970.
Initially sold to a dealer it was acquired by an operator for further service work before ending up with a farmer in North Lincolnshire who used it for six years to transport his strawberry pickers. No.154 was then sold to a dealer from where Leicester City Transport re-purchased it in 1981.
The bus was given a comprehensive two year restoration and it was then used for private hire and occasionally in normal service. It was sold to private preservationists in 2008 and is an important member of the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust collection of buses.

From The Odds Folder 6/9

 

Number 154

 

I saw this old Leicester City Transport bus parked at a pub/restaurant we went to during last summer and felt it deserved a few shots.

 

Leicester City Transport 1950 Leyland Titan PD2 bus number 154 was part of an order for 160 buses that was placed by Leicester City Transport in the mid-1940s to replace the last of the trams and a large number of the pre-war buses.

Arguably the Leyland PD2 was the most successful type of bus ever to operate in Leicester with many of the buses completing twenty years service before being withdrawn. No.154 was delivered in December 1950 and was withdrawn in May 1970.
Initially sold to a dealer it was acquired by an operator for further service work before ending up with a farmer in North Lincolnshire who used it for six years to transport his strawberry pickers. No.154 was then sold to a dealer from where Leicester City Transport re-purchased it in 1981.
The bus was given a comprehensive two year restoration and it was then used for private hire and occasionally in normal service. It was sold to private preservationists in 2008 and is an important member of the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust collection of buses.

comments (21)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Apr 2011, 00:29
I l8ike how you have presented these photos
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Apr 2011, 02:18
Beautiful vehicle.

Very fine montage, Brian, except that the bottom image is [relatively] weak, and drags down the montage a notch, IMHO.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray. Yes I agree that one is a bit mundane but I hadn't any further decent shots.
interesting background on this bus. seems to have done a yeoman's service
Brian Walbey: They were really good workhorses Ayush.
Do you know Brian I might of actually have ridden on this when it was in service. I came to Leicester in 1968.
Brian Walbey: I wouldn't be surprised of that Richard if you were a regular bus traveller around Leicester at that time.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Apr 2011, 07:27
It certainly looks to be lovingly restored Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes and it used for excursions etc.Chris, which is what it was doing on this day.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Apr 2011, 07:38
Very nicely done Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tony.
A fine looking bus Brian.
Brian Walbey: They don't make them like that any more Bill.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 11 Apr 2011, 09:08
reat collage
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Apr 2011, 09:09
Looks really pristine Brian - almost like a matchbox model! Especially like your shot of the 2/3rds profile.
Brian Walbey: Yes it was good to see Mike, thanks for your comment.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Apr 2011, 09:21
It is rather special too Brian.
Brian Walbey: Very well restored and looked after Chad.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Apr 2011, 12:14
It's funny how such a utilitarian workhorse is now held in such regard - rightly so, of course. I can well imagine the driver's left leg getting very warm in summer. A fine presentation, Brian.
Brian Walbey: No doubt his leg would get warm Alan, the nature of the beast. Thanks for your comment.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Apr 2011, 12:31
This is a fine collage of a lovely bus smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Savo.
Grand old bus, some cars and vehicles just seem to have charm built into them smile
Brian Walbey: Yes John, I can still remember, in my mind, what these old buses used to sound like.
A lovely presentation Brian. These old buses have a lot of charm about them.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Laurette, indeed they do.
Much like the London Routemaster, it seems??
Brian Walbey: Certainly mthe forerunner of the first Routemasters I should think Tom.
I remember riding on these when they were in general service Brian.
Brian Walbey: So can I Stanley, I can remember the engine sound as well as anything.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Apr 2011, 18:53
Lovely old bus - I wish they were still in service. I tend to agree with Ray - I think 3 would have been enough to get the measure of the vehicle and show it off to its best.
Brian Walbey: Your probably right about the fourth image Ingrid, thanks for your comment.
Grand old bus, certainly built to last. Riding on these old double deckers was always an experience.
Brian Walbey: It certainly brought back some memories when it drove into the car park of the pub where we were enjoying lunch in the garden.
Nice collage, Brian, and an interesting summary of a chequered history.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme.
Nothing like riding on a double decker. You feel like an old sailor. Nice presentation Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Janet.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 11 Apr 2011, 23:25
And a dammed fine looking old bus Mate and i love the way that you presented it....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Peter.

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