The once great Leeds system finally 'died' in November 1959 and thus didn't quite make it into the new decade.
I was busy chasing about the country then but somehow only managed to visit less than two-thirds of them between 19*, from the smaller fleets such as Hartlepool and Lowestoft to the four-figure giants of Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow.
PLEASE THEREFORE BE PATIENTAbout ten years later an earlier and almost identical delivery, No.248 of 1965 with subsequent modernisation of its destination display, is seen at work picking up passengers at the Dallington Green terminus about two miles from the town centre.
Eventually Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire, Merseyside, Tyneside West Midlands and Clydeside fell under the aegis of this 'gigantomania'.
Aberdeen Accrington Barrow-in-Furness Bedwas & Machen Blackburn Burnley Darlington Darwen Dundee Exeter Haslingden Lancaster Leigh Leeds Llanelli Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Merthyr Tydfil Morecambe & Heysham Plymouth Pontypridd Ramsbottom Southport St. The opportunity afforded by the earlier large loss of data for this page is being taken to re-organise it into some form of geographical order and fleets are now being shown in specified UK area paragraphs.
A few of this batch of Leyland TD4s in fact lasted much longer as open-toppers but I was surprised and delighted to snap and later ride on this one in November 1962.
Unusual in municipal service, Portsmouth, until the early sixties, ran several of these Bedford OWBs dating fro the late wartime era.
No.87 shares the stand at Old Steine in the sixties with a Southdown 'Queen Mary' Leyland PD3.