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At least the Black Prince name lives on now, thanks to Brad McMullen & David Crowther, as Brad's superb looking Merc 0405 Optare Prisma is now preserved, and surprisingly 2 out of the trio of MAN Optare Vectas survive, and are to be restored to their original liveries, one of which I suspect Rapunzel of this parish has driven

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Shame, V1 was out to play in Morley, in it's fresh LT livery, but I doubt V3 will end up back up north, V3's body is actually still fairly twisted if you look carefully too, and needs tens of thousands more chucking at it to be right. 

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My mate with the Ailsa fetish in the midlands, it's now immaculately restored to near original guise, and is still Voith'd. It's had a hell of a lot of work done recently including new roof panels, several bits of bodywork, flooring sections, wiring, gearbox work, engine work. V1 didn't really get a livery at BP, just red with a yellow waistband, and an all over advert, V2 did, that survives somewhere down south still in BP yellow and red, but I believe it's more or less derelict.

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Thread bump. Also whilst in Yorkshire I met up with a mate who has a small fleet, plus visited Dewsbury Bus Museum. I got to play with my mate's Leyland Leopard, which is a real beast. Goes like stink, and it's even had its fuel pump cut back. It has a 680 power plus lump in. Also drove his Mrs' Iveco Daily Robin Hood Loaf tin :) The green Mk2 National used to be in my care, and is XUA73X, which is now almost completely restored, just a few bits of electrics and trim to sort. More photos to come once I get time to edit them. 

 

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They all look ace :)

 

This thread popping back up reminded me that I spotted something sat in a nearby farmyard recently.  A mate works on the estate there and confirmed that the Lady of the house did like to buy things at auction and a look online confirmed it was that auction.

 

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God knows what shes going to do with it but it will be nice to see it pottering about.

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Nice to see that CityPacer preserved as it owes its survival to an operator near me who bought it from a scrapyard for spares but it proved good enough to put into service. I visited the Buses Festival at Gaydon yesterday so stand by for some bus porn once I've sorted though the hundreds of photos I took.

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That might actually be the other CityPacer that now belongs to my mate. That was dragged from a scrappies near Ipswich a few years back and is rough, but a runner. The Magic Rider example is a non runner, and has had little done to it for a while

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They all look ace :)

 

This thread popping back up reminded me that I spotted something sat in a nearby farmyard recently.  A mate works on the estate there and confirmed that the Lady of the house did like to buy things at auction and a look online confirmed it was that auction.

 

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God knows what shes going to do with it but it will be nice to see it pottering about.

I was sat next to here at the auction, she also bought the horse drawn caravan.

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More shite from the shed of delight. A bloody Guy Wulfrunian, one of 2 survivors from the once mahoosive West Riding fleet, this one new to County Motors of Lepton near Huddersfield, t'other is in Dewsbury bus museum being slowly restored. An ex Caldaire Mk2 Airfix kit/Stynx, and my mate's wife's Optare CityPacer VW LT55, which the exhaust fell off of on Saturday. Oops. if anyone knows of bits for one of these going spare, such as a back bumper and front windscreen, let me know.

 

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The Wulfrinian is a fascinating thing with the sort of specification you'd cook up after 8 pints of bitter and a half dozen whiskey chasers.
And how did we get a mention of East Yorkshire without the Beverley Bar roof?

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An excellent answer to a local problem that allowed buses under the Beverley Bar in York Beverley without resorting to the awkward lowbridge layout.

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VKH44 644 East yorkshire AEC Regent V by martin arrand, on Flickr

 

An excellent answer to a local problem that allowed buses under the Beverley Bar in York without resorting to the akward lowbridge layout.

 

The Beverley Bar is actually in the town of Beverley... ;):-P:-D

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The Wulfrinian is a fascinating thing with the sort of specification you'd cook up after 8 pints of bitter and a half dozen whiskey chasers.

And how did we get a mention of East Yorkshire without the Beverley Bar roof?

 

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An excellent answer to a local problem that allowed buses under the Beverley Bar in York without resorting to the akward lowbridge layout.

 

Cough, Beverley Bar is in Beverley, cough.

 

Edit I should really read everything before replying!

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OK good people, brace yourselves for some hardcore bus and coach porn from Gaydon on Sunday!

 

Great British Afternoon Tea on a Great British Metrobus

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Phwoar, Merc 0303!

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Phwoar again, Setra Imperial!

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Irish DAF-engined Leopard

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Something for the Scots

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Preserved Paramount

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Dommy bus

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Baby Bova

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HK Limpalong

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One of Walsall's famously weird Fleetlines

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Supreme VI with added wheelchair lift

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Another for the Scots

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Cypriot Bedford

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Double-decker rebodied as single-decker

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Alexander M-type. Utter filth :)

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At least the Black Prince name lives on now, thanks to Brad McMullen & David Crowther, as Brad's superb looking Merc 0405 Optare Prisma is now preserved, and surprisingly 2 out of the trio of MAN Optare Vectas survive, and are to be restored to their original liveries, one of which I suspect Rapunzel of this parish has driven

2 of the 4 MAN Vectas survive, 73 and 75 IIRC; we ran 75 for some time as M10 DVS (think we were only the third owner) and it is gave us virtually no hassle in all the time we had it.

 

Two lads came up from Yorkshire two or three times, perved all over it (and under it), we spent a bomb putting it through MOT for an agreed price and they then offered us a third of what was agreed so it very nearly went for scrap. We sold it on to an operator in the North East who passed it on to the lads who own it now.

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to those who posted eyms buses and khct buses, thank you. my home town and growing up in the 90s i remember vr's and atlanteans being everywhere, aswell as mcw's and later the ollies. one day i will own an atlantean, in hull corp livery.   

 

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lag 188v, nw preserved by hull bus restorers. 

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wkh 526x, also with hul bus restorers. 

 

i rode on both when in service. you never forget the noise from a nat2, or the voith scream from an mcw.

 

and this darling, sadly a bit before my time. i remember the later atlaneans.

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