MWH 277G

Privatly Owned Not for Hire

1968 Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1

East Lancashire H45/33F

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The Story

In 1952, following on from the front engine PD1, 2 and 3 Leylands, the rearengine  Atlantean was introduced, the prototype being numbered 530001, with a second vehicle (542209) following in 1954. It was initially named the “Lowloader” and designated PDR1, the “R” indicating rear-engine.

Bolton Corporation 277 (MWH 277G) entered service new in 1968 but was transferred to the Northern Division of SELNEC (South East Lancashire/North East Cheshire) PTE on the 1st November 1969 where it acquired the new fleet number 6777 in their March 1970 re-numbering scheme. Allocated to the Bury depot, the body mouldings were removed to bring it into line with the appearance of the standard Atlanteans in this fleet at that time. With local Government reorganisation on April 1st 1974, the bus was absolved into the new Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), and carried a BY sticker, designating it’s Bury allocated depot.

In 1984 it was withdrawn from service and sold to the University of Salford to become a mobile computer/exhibition unit together with sister vehicle MWH 274G and bore fleet number 01—Flamefast. It then passed to the New Life Church in Scunthorpe who owned it until 1996 when it was acquired by present owner Ian Amarnani and stored on a farm in Westhoughton.

It has since been relocated to the Keighley Bus Museum for further restoration.