04 January 2008

Leyland Nationals Part 2


© Peter Horrex

It was Peters posting of this photo on one of the Google groups that prompted a lot more Leyland National interest within the group. It seems so long ago that the Leyland National was part of the Plymouth transport scene. Just as Darts are everywhere now, so the Leyland National was back in its heyday.

WDR665M is also pictured below when still with Plymouth - looking well past its best!WDR665M

© aecregent

Perhaps the most fondly remembered livery is this one - the dual purpose version that later became Plymouth City Coach livery

WDR665M Plymouth

© Jos Van Hemert

Terry Partridge has done his research on these specials...

Two were converted

65 12/81 as DP41F

62   5/84 as  DP40F

73 was converted as the mobility bus in 11/85 B25DL

All three survived to enter PCB ownership but by then were numbered 362/365/373

362 WDR 662M became an exhibition bus

Withdrawn towards the end of 1989

365 went via Ripley to ND

373 went via Ripley to Kinch, Barrow-on-Soar

There are some great photos of the Leyland Nationals on aecregents Flickr set here taken around 1983.

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