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Last updated: 31 August 2017

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For those who attended last year and this year’s rally at Stokes Bay, the restored Guy Arab no. 57 (EHO 869) would have caught their eye. There is evidence of plenty of work to provide the vehicle with a replica of its rear platform doors and coach seats representing a time when it was a Coach-Bus. However, there was a time when it was in normal daily service as a conventional double decker while with Provincial.

As the demand for faster and more luxurious coaches came from the public as new models were being produced, 57 returned to the road for regular traffic. This photograph taken by Fred York on 22 November 1963 shows the bus on route 3 in Fareham Road travelling from Gosport towards West End. To emphasise the unusual aspect of this particular shot, Fred has written these words on the reverse of the print: “Shortly after being rebuilt out of coach form with removal of platform doors, luggage racks etc.” There must have been a time when local enthusiasts thought that they would never see 57 in this guise ever again. Now, after fourteen years of restoration, the bus will soon be back in the Coach-Bus status bringing back many memories for staff, residents and enthusiasts.

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On 10 February, 2017 the latest re-branded former Eclipse Volvo B7RLE poses in the yard at Empress Road depot just before leaving for its new home in Weymouth. Only one remains to be re-branded now and it is planned that one - no. 69554 - will be joining the others soon. Photo: John Sherwin



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Fleet Number Reg No Status
67172 YX66 WBJ In Service
67173 YX66 WBL In Service
67174 YX66 WBM In Service
67175 YX66 WBN  In Service
67176 YX66 WBO In Service
67177 YX66 WBP In Service
67178 YX66 WBT In Service
67179 YX66 WBU In Service
67180 YX66 WBV In Service
67181 YX66 WBW In Service
67182 YX66 WBY In Service
67183 YX66 WBZ In Service
67184 YX66 WCA In Service
67185 YX66 WCC In Service
67186 YX66 WCD In Service
67187 YX66 WCE In Service
67188 YX66 WCG In Service

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