UUA 214

Privatly Owned Not for Hire

Leyland Titan PD2/11

ROE H33/25R

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The Story

PIC2Leeds were to be an ardent customer for AEC, Leyland and Daimler chassis, although small fleets of Crossley and Guy were also purchased. During 1949 and 1950, Leeds had taken delivery of a batch of standard all-Leyland PD2/1s. Later PD2 deliveries were of a nonstandard specification to Leeds’ own particular requirements. A batch of 10 buses in 1953 were designated PD2/14 and featured Wilson pre-selector gearboxes, a feature unique to Leyland Titans outside the London Transport fleet.

In 1955 a fleet of twenty PD2/11 Leyland Titans were delivered, the first to be fitted with pneumocyclic gearbox on a production PD2 model and although this was later to become a standard option, this batch remained the only PD2s built with this particular combination of gearbox, air brakes, exposed radiator and 7’6″ width. A later model, designated PD2/ 35, was offered with the same features, but none were built.

Of this batch, 5 vehicles numbered 216-220, were bodied by Metro-Cammell, whilst the initial 15 (201-215) had 4 bay construction built locally by Charles H Roe. Leeds 214 first entered service in May 1955 and was withdrawn from service in January 1971, when, together with a further 9 members of this batch it was converted to join the driver training fleet, entering this as number 12 in August 1972, and sporting a new dedicated dark green and white livery.

Upon the amalgamation of the local municipal fleets in 1974 to the newly formed West Yorkshire PTE it retained its fleet number but was subsequently retired from training duties in 1978 as early Daimler fleetlines were withdrawn to upgrade the learner fleet.

After being secured for preservation in December of the same year it finally arrived at Keighley Bus Museum in summer 1993 where it is currently undergoing restoration.