HNW 131D

Part of the KBMT Collection Not for Hire

Daimler Fleetline CRG6GLX  CHASSIS NO. 61979

Roe CRG6LX H45/33F UW 9T 12CWT 2QRS

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The Story

LCT took delivery of its first rear-engine buses in 1964 with a batch of 10 Daimler Fleetlines built by Roe of Crossgates (Leeds), and followed this with a batch of 10 Leyland Atlanteans in 1965 built by Metro-Cammell of Birmingham. The first rear engine vehicle (101 LNW) featured a wrap around windscreen and forced air ventilation and thereby no opening window ventiators (a feature later reversed due to passenger complaints). The MCW batch however were fitted to normal standard with normal windscreen and opening ventilators. In 1966 Roe supplied a new double deck body to the newly specified length of 33″ length, complete with a wrap around screen and no opening windows, although unlike 101 a compromise was made by Roe by fitting four small ventilators on the upper deck and openers to the upper and lower emergency door panels and over the engine compartment. The total cost of the vehicle amounted to £7,490 6s 3d (the national archives currency converter equated this to £96,325 and 42pence in 2005). As with 101, 131 was exhibited at the Commercial Show in 1966, a tradition dating back to 1935 with Roe/Leeds vehicles being regularly exhibited with the exception of 1960. For the first time two Leeds buses were on show from the Leeds/Roe venture as an AEC Swift 51 GUM451D  supplied by the coach builder also attended the event. The show exhibits were finished with gold lining to the paintwork throughout this time.

Another feature of this bus was the fitting of panoramic windows and on leaving the show 131 entered service in November 1966. becoming part of the PTE fleet in 1974. In August 1978 131 was withdrawn from service and downgraded to the driver training school where it became number 20 of that fleet. It was acquired by the West Yorkshire Transport Museum in June 1984 for preservation and restored to its original Motor Show livery the restoration being carried out at the P.T.E. works at Thornbury Bradford 1984/85.

It was acquired by Keighley Bus Museum from the administrators of Transperience in September 1998 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Science Museum PRISM Fund and Bradford Metropolitan Council.