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These 7 Leyland TS7’s were amongst 50 vehicles acquired by Southdown for their 8.6 litre diesel engines for their plan to run an all diesel engined fleet.

They were not operated and the majority had their engines replaced with redundant petrol units and resold immediately.

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United and West Yorkshire were both part of the nationalised British Transport Commission and their mainstream buses were generally of the same types: Bristol K/Eastern Coachworks (lowbridge type): Bristol K/Eastern Coachworks (highbridge type): Bristol FS/Eastern Coachworks: Bristol L/Eastern Coachworks: Bristol LS/Eastern Coachworks; Bristol MW/Eastern Coachworks: United also had their ten seafront service buses: Hardwicks Services to Ebberston etc – They had three double deckers which I photographed circa 1967.

Two were Leylands which were new in the early 1950s so would have definitely been around in 1962. with=36746820 Naturally, coaches of East Yorkshire, United and West Yorkshire were very familiar as were coaches of scores of other companies. By the way just where in Scarborough is Gallows Close?

Chris Smith Company wise there are four possibilities for local bus operators around Scarborough in 1962.

Some links to photographs of the types follow: East Yorkshire Motor Services ran south to Filey, Bridlington and Hull.

As far as I am aware, Murgatroyd’s are still in business, although the livery changed to dark blue at some point. ) Checking on buslistsontheweb, Simpson purchased a number of new coaches from 1949 to 1962, including the aforementioned RYG 609.

Dredging up memories from the mid 1960s when I was at school in Harrogate, I recall an operator called Simpson of Ripon who had what I remember as a blue & cream Bedford SB RYG 609. They purchased an OB, JWT 848, in 1950 but may, of course, have had other, used, purchases.All of the foregoing is subject to the vagaries of memory, but it might prompt recollections from others.All of Simpsons OBs were bought new-JWT 848 was the last and remained in use until 1968.Thruscross is a hamlet in the Washburn Valley, lying west of Harrogate and north of Otley and Blubberhouses, so this could tie in with the Harrogate-Ripon school contract you mention.In the 1960s I remember Wray’s of Summerbridge, W Pyne & Sons of Starbeck and Dodsworth’s of Minskip (near Boroughbridge) operating their coaches on school work, alongside various buses and DPs of West Yorkshire Road Car, and the vehicles were all smartly turned out members of their respective fleets.Leyland Titan PD2/Roe: AEC/Park Royal Bridgemaster new 1962: United Automobile Services operated the town bus services with country services west to Pickering etc; south to Filey and Bridlington; and north to Whitby etc.

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