30/03/2013

Delaine Buses heritage running day 29/03/13 - photo special!

Yesterday (Good Friday 29th March 2013) saw Delaine's special Leyland heritage bus running day take place on their routes between Bourne, Market Deeping and Peterborough, our regular correspondant David Bell braved the cold weather and attended the event, he has kindly sent us some photographs of the three heritage buses that took part in the day...

The first bus taking part was the main focus of the event - Leyland Atlantean 72 ACT 540L which was new to Delaine in 1973 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Delaine Running Day, Good Friday 29th March 2013 (c) David Bell
Leyland Atlantean 72 ACT 540L, Market Deeping © David Bell.

Delaine Running Day, Good Friday 29th March 2013 (c) David Bell
Leyland Atlantean 72 ACT 540L, Peterborough bus station © David Bell.

The second bus taking part was Willowbrooke bodied Leyland PD2 45 KTL 780, new to Delaine in 1956. David enjoyed a trip on this bus which was working short journeys between Peterborough and Market Deeping, he shares his memories of this interesting vehicle - "It was very nostalgic for me riding on KTL 780 again as I was a member of the Kings Lynn & District Omnibus Preservation Society who bought the bus from Delaines in 1979. We rallied it for a couple of years then sold it to some people in Derby. It eventually ended up on Herbert's of Sheffords premises in Bedfordshire where it stood disused for a few years before being rescued by Delaines".

Delaine Running Day, Good Friday 29th March 2013 (c) David Bell
Leyland PD2 45 KTL 780, Market Deeping © David Bell

Delaine Running Day, Good Friday 29th March 2013 (c) David Bell
Leyland PD2 45 KTL 480, Peterborough bus station, the Atlantean is visible in the background © David Bell.

The third and final bus taking part on the day was Yeates bodied Leyland PD3 50 RCT3, new to Delaine in 1960, it is one of only two double deck bodies ever built by Yeates, both were made especially for Delaine.

Delaine Running Day, Good Friday 29th March 2013 (c) David Bell
Leyland PD3 50 RCT3, Peterborough bus station © David Bell.

Certainly looks like it was an enjoyable day, many thanks to David Bell for allowing us to share his excellent photographs from the event with you.