18/01/2013

Looking back... Norfolk independants double deckers 1978-81 - part 1

In this two part Looking back... photo special we take a look at some of the interesting variety of colourful double decker buses operated by independant operators in and around Norfolk between 1978 and 1981.

Norfolk (like many parts of the county) was once home to many small independant bus/coach operators, most no longer exist whilst a small number still continue trading, all of the photographs included in this two part special were kindly supplied by David Bell.

Norfolk independants double deckers (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Matthews Of Shouldham - Leyland PD3 HNW 365D which was new to Farsley Omnibus Co, seen beside is Daimler CVG 3259 NU which was new to Chesterfield Corporation, Matthews Of Shouldham continue to operate to this day although it is many years since they last operated double deckers.

Norfolk independants double deckers (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Cullings Of Claxton Leyland Atlantean DAU434C, this vehicle was new to Nottingham Corporation, it is pictured in Cullings yard which was just off Ber Street in Norwich.

Norfolk independants double deckers (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Towlers Of Emneth - Guy Arab V RBX700 which was new to West Wales Omnibus Co, Towlers are another company that continue to operate, but unlike Matthews mentioned earlier they continue to operate double deckers - mainly Leyland Olympians on school contracts.

Norfolk independants double deckers (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Coleman Of Leverington, Northern Counties bodied AEC Regent V, new to Barton , pictured on an excursion in Hunstanton this vehicle is now preserved.

Look out for the second part of our Norfolk independants double deckers photo special - coming soon!