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Midland “Red” Motor Services (BMMO & MROC) BMMO D7 - Miscellaneous Information

Midland “Red” Motor Services (BMMO & MROC)
BMMO D7 — Miscellaneous Information

Vehicles Converted for Towing

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From May 1972, Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited (BMMO—Midland “Red” Motor Services) converted eleven of their withdrawn BMMO D7 double-deck buses for use as towing vehicles. The conversion work involved totally removing the upper-deck and rear overhang, while the bodywork on the lower deck received a number of differing styles, with three examples receiving full-length enclosed saloons while others had open platforms.

The regional body shops at Shrewsbury depot, Wigston depot and Malvern (Spring Lane) depot each converted a number of vehicles, and the style of bodywork depended on which depot had carried out the conversion. Shrewsbury conversion had a single enclosed bay and open rear platform, while vehicles converted at Wigston had four fully enclosed bays without a rear platform. Malvern depot conversions had two enclosed bays and a small rear platform, while fleet number 4494, which was converted by Malvern for their own use, was unique in having 1½ enclosed bays and large straight slopping buttresses flanking the rear open platform.

All the towing vehicles ran on trade registration numbers plates, and as with trade plates these were sometimes changed with those on other vehicles, but the general rule was that each depot had their own trade registration number plate, so the numbers were changed whenever the vehicle moved to another depot. Early conversions were painted overall white as that was the BMMO ancillary fleet livery at the time, but in 1972 the National Bus Company decreed that support vehicles should be painted overall yellow so all future conversion received that livery, and white examples were repainted.

BMMO D7 buses converted to recovery vehicles

  Fleet # Reg # Trade Plate(s) used Allocation(s) Body Style
D 4392 VHA 392 071 HA
290 HA1
6177 O1
SE & DY single bay
S17 grille
History
  4494 XHA 494 370 HA MN & WR 1½ bays
D7 grille
History
D 4496 XHA 496 068 HA ST, EM & BE single bay
S17 grille
History
D 4531 XHA 531 070 HA2
6178 O2
DH 4 bays
S14 grille
History
D 4732 732 BHA 417 HA LN single bay
S17 grille
History
  4739 739 BHA ? CH & CK   History
  4747 747 BHA ? SD & TH   History
D 4750 750 BHA 378 HA RY & CK 4 bays
D7 grille
History
  4761 761 BHA ? SY single bay
S17 grille
History
D 4765 765 BHA 375 HA
417 HA
WS, SS & LN 4 bays
D7 grille
History
D 4767 767 BHA 290 HA NN & CW 2 bays
D7 grille
History

Notes:

  1. Fleet Number 4392 passed to the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) as fleet number 218 carrying trade plate 290 HA, but this later changed to 6177 O.
  2. Fleet Number 4531 passed to the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) as fleet number 219 carrying trade plate 070 HA, but this later changed to 6178 O, then back to its original registration number XHA 531.

Withdrawals

1977–1981

From September 1977, Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) started converting a number of their Leyland Leopard type LC9 coaches to towing vehicles. The BMMO D7 towing vehicles were withdrawn as these came into service and by January 1981, all had been withdrawn and replaced. Several examples quickly passed into private ownership and have been preserved.