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Last updated: 17 September 2018

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This month’s choice is one of a batch of five second-hand coaches to increase the available fleet soon after the new Seddon Pennine VIs came into service in 1968. The arrival of a new manager, H. H. G. Woollford saw a change in the ordering of new stock with the purchase of second hand vehicles to expand the fleet.
OTT 33 became no. 58 in the fleet when it arrived at Hoeford in 1969. It was a Bristol LS6G coach with C39F ECW body which started life with Western National in 1953. The four other similar vehicles purchased were nos. 28/9 and 30 (MAX 131/2/4) which were delivered new to Red & White in 1954 and no. 67 (OTT 74) a fellow Western National coach, new in 1953 as well. This was at the threshold period of the National Bus Company. When NBC stock arrived it met the standard policies and some of the unconventional buses were destined for the scrapyard. These five coaches only operated with Provincial for a few years – OTT 33 and 74 were withdrawn in 1971, while the other three survived for one more year just as the first Leyland Nationals were appearing on the streets.

Photo: John Sherwin’s collection
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AEC Cougar on the Chawton Circular outside Jane Austen's house in Chawton.

02 Sep 18 (John Sherwin)


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