CUB 331C

Privatly Owned Not for Hire

1965 Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1

Weymann H49/21F

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The Story

The second string of rear-engine buses for Leeds City Transport saw a complete change from the norm. Weymann were now the choice as coach builders, while the Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 MK 2 was the chassis opted on for these vehicles. Numbered 331-339, the 1965 order carried the revised two-tone green livery with more light green relief around the lower window pans, and the simplified less comprehensive destination blinds which had also adorned the earlier Roe products of the previous year. Another feature of these buses was the fitting of two translucent orange roof panels and formica interior panels giving the vehicles a bright and airy feel.

Following the purchase of dedicated one-man operated buses in 1968, designed by then Leeds manager Tom Lord, and built again by ROE, the rear engine vehicles (including 331) were given a revised livery. These were a reversal of the greens, making the buses brighter and were so painted to alert prospective passengers that these were pay-on-entry vehicles.

Like many other vehicles 331 passed to the West Yorkshire PTE in 1974, and received their Verona green livery, this its third change of identity. It was finally withdrawn in July 1981, and bought from the scrap line at the Bramley Depot by driver Joe Proctor, where it was restored to its original 1965 appearance and attended the rally circuit regularly. Due to poor health and the bus being relegated to being parked in the Depot yard the Proctor family put the bus up for sale, and it was subsequently bought by Bradley McMullen and has been repainted again, this time back into the reversed one-man livery.