Monday 29 July 2013

Worthing Bus Rally 2013

Former Portsmouth City Transport No 2 LRV992
As part of the Worthing Seafront Festival, the annual bus rally was held in the town yesterday

It was attended by a variety of vehicles reflecting a wide range of operators

I have included some photos of a few of the more interesting vehicles which attended and further photos can be seen on 2013 Worthing Bus Rally Group

The first shows ex Portsmouth City Transport No.2; LRV992 is a 1955 Leyland Titan PD2/12 with Metro Cammell O33/26R bodywork. This vehicle was converted from No.100 in the early 70's as a replacement for the 1935 TD4's. No.2 was itself replaced by a converted Atlantean in 1983, and went on to be operated by Stagecoach and Thames Transit before entering preservation.
Mac Tours Leyland PD2A DHC784E

The second photo shows former Eastbourne Corporation Leyland PD2A-30 No 84 DHC784E. New to Eastbourne in 1963, she was converted to open top six years later.
In 1989 she went to Blackpool Transport in exchange for a Leyland PD3. She then found her way to Mac Tours of Edinburgh.
DHC748E is now owned by the Southdown Historical Vehicle Group
Harrington bodied half cab AEC Regal III PPF492

Next up is a lovely half cab. PPF492 an AEC Regal III with Harrington C37F body. She was new to Surrey Motors of fleet no.36 in 1951

Several former London AEC Routemasters made the journey to Worthing including RM188 VLT188, RM254 VLT254 and RM1955 ALD955B. 

RML 2334 CUV334C also attended, sporting post NBC London Country livery

As expected many ex Southdown
Former Southdown Queen Mary Leyland PD3 FCD294D
buses participated in the rally, including Leyland PD3 FCD294D. As fleet number 294, she was delivered new to Chichester garage in March 1963.

Her apple green and primrose livery last until November 1972 when it was replaced by National Bus Company green with a white band.
After a period as a driver training vehicle in the late 1970s and 1980s she was repainted in Southdown's green and cream in May1989. She was acquired for preservation in July 1995.

Further pictures from the rally can now be seen on the eastnorfolkbus Flickr site

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