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North East Buses Preserved
          
In May 2022 the independent transport videos cameras made a visit to the North East of England to film two events featuring preserved buses of which nearly all had originated from fleets in northern England. 
 
The first event, organised by the Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society was held in Darlington on Saturday 14
th May.  A small event that featured two former Darlington Corporation Daimler CCG5 double-deckers, a former Middlesbrough Corporation Dennis Loline and a former United Automobile Bristol LS6B ECW-bodied coach.  The event was centred on the town square that also featured food, drink and loud music!  We film the buses running in service along the streets in amongst the contemporary Arriva North East buses.  Our cameras take a ride on a tuneful Darlington Corporation Daimler CCG5, 7 (AHN 451B) with a Roe H61R body.  Our next ride is onboard former Middlesbrough Corporation 99 (JDC 599), a Dennis Loline 1 with a Northern Counties body seating 67 passengers.  The third and final ride was on the former United Auto Bristol LS6B with ECW C39F bodywork.  This coach has been expertly restored and one could imagine the luxury of travelling the long distance from Newcastle to London on it back in the day. 
   
The next event on this programme was organised by the North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd and took place on Sunday 15
th May.  Based at the Metrocentre in Gateshead and titled ‘The North East Bus & Coach Show’, the event tied in with an open day at the nearby Go North East Riverside bus depot – an event we feature in our ‘North East Buses 2022’ DVD programme.  The NEB&C Show is a big event and also featured buses and coaches from local contemporary operators such as Arriva North East, Go North East, Stagecoach and local independent bus and coach operators.  Of course preserved buses and coaches are the main stars of the show.  Some of the fleets and liveries you see include Middlesbrough Corporation, Cleveland Transit, Northumbria, London Transport, Venture, and Northern General in both NBC and Deregulation liveries.  Also featured are Tyne & Wear PTE and the later Busways liveries from surrounding towns, United Automobile, Cumberland, West Yorkshire, Sunderland Corporation and from Scotland, Strathtay.  Many bus types are represented, too many to mention here – you will have to watch the DVD!

   
Our cameras also take four rides, the first one being onboard 2099 (PCN 762 – formally RCN 699), a 1964 AEC Routemaster from the Northern General fleet and owned by Go North East, for a trip to their Riverside depot.  We return to the Metrocentre Bus & Coach Show on Go North East’s 6998 (794 EYD), a Plaxton President open-top bodied DAF DB250 smartly painted in the ‘Toon Tour’ livery.  Our next ride is a trip to Newcastle city centre onboard preserved, 1995 built, Volvo Olympian, 223 (M223 SVN), which has a Northern Counties Palatine body and is in the green, white and yellow livery of Transit at the time when Stagecoach had just taken over.  Our final ride at the event is on an Alexander-bodied Leyland Atlantean AN68 in the livery of South Shields Busways, also for a ride to Newcastle and return.  There is plenty of action to see as our cameras film all the vehicles departing for home after a very successful day.  
   

 
 Filmed :  2022
   
 Duration :  85 mins
   
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
   
 Format :  DVD -R
   Picture Aspect 16:9
   
 Order Ref :  D427

 

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