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requesting to make it illegal for Historic Vehicles to be processed through scrappage schemes. They are (left to right) Burnham's 1948 Regal III CFK 340, Eastern Belle 1953 Regal III NXL 847, York Pullman 1954 Regal III JVY 516 and (my favourite) Salisbury / Standerwick / Ribble 1934 Regal I FV 4548.
At first sight it seems unlikely that anyone would agree to have a classic bus destroyed in order to save a few pounds on a new car, but one never knows what unscrupulous car salesmen might do to make a sale. Rachel Fielding from Blackburn emailed in October 2017 to say that she and Paul Fielding have purchased KTJ 502, an ex Haslingden Leyland Tiger PS1 with a Burlingham body and are enjoying her to the full. Thanks very much to Ken Jones for the photo - it made my day!
In March 2017 I inspected the coach in Bruges and then, at the end of April, we brought her 'home', storing her by chance very close to her birthplace in Wolverhampton.
RU 7858 was No.11 in the fleet, so this has to be one of the other three. At first I assumed that the inscription "Visiting Gough's Cave Cheddar" under the coach was an addition stuck to the photo after the event but I now understand that there were a number of photos taken at this exact location. Mike Rhodes of the Black Country Museum Transport Group kindly sent me this picture of West Bromwich Corporation Daimler CVG6 No.174 (GEA 174).
A local photographer must have quite a good little business going, but would have needed to move fast to get the processing and printing done while the passengers visited the caves, which I presume is how it was done. It was new in 1952 with a Weymann 56-seat body and ran in service until the early 1970s when it was given to Dudley Libraries by WMPTE for the then fledging Black Country Museum.
The bus was in store for many years but then had a complete rebuild over 9 years.
Since 2013 it has been regularly taken to shows and is on display at the Black Country Living Museum where it is the flagship of the vehicle fleet. Mike also told me that West Bromwich No.32 (EA 4181), a Dennis ES bus dating from the end of 1929 is at the Museum and nearing the end of restoration as a runner.