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VehicleLeyland National 1151/1R/2501 — Midland Red type code: N1
B52F Leyland National Mk.I
New with B52F layout, reseated (c. 2/73) to B51F layout
Number101 (HHA 101L)
OperatorBirmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited (Midland “Red”) (unallocated)
New (10/72) to Birmingham & Midland Motor OC Ltd. (Midland “Red”), Birmingham. Passed (6/9/81) to Midland Red (East) Ltd., Leicester. Withdrawn (12/84). Passed (1/85) to Midland Red (West) Ltd., Worcester. Hire or loan (5/9/88–16/12/88) to Western National Ltd., Truro. Withdrawn (3/89). Reinstated (4/89) as driver training vehicle. Hire or loan (6/96–9/96) to West Midlands Travel Ltd., Birmingham. Withdrawn (by 8/07). Passed (25/2/08) to Billingsley & Priest, West Midlands Bus Preservation Society / 4738 Group. Passed (14/5/16) to Unknown Owner
LocationParadise Circus, Birmingham
DescriptionBeing used for driver training
Datec. December 1972
DD12 on Sunday 28th November 2021
This is quite a curious photo ! - It shows the first Leyland National for Midland Red when new. -- -- It's the only one to be delivered in NBC light red livery, with all the rest delivered in poppy red. -- -- 101 was the first of the new numbering series introduced for the new Midland Red Omnibus Company, following on from 6473 of the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co., which had just lost all it's central garages and buses to the West Midlands PTE. -- -- It's "curious" because the camera makes it look like the short version of the National, and it has a WR destination blind, but it never saw public service in Worcester.

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