FJF 193 – 1950 Leyland Titan PD2
Chassis: Leyland Titan PD2/1 Chassis number: 502647 Body: Leyland Body number: – Seating capacity: H30/26R New: December 1950 Withdrawn: March 1970
1950-1970 Life with Leicester City Transport
New to Leicester City Transport as number 154 this bus was part of the 160-vehicle post-war tram replacement intake. Originally a 56-seat bus (H30/26R) the seating capacity was increased to 62-seats in 1955. 154 enjoyed a long life with LCT and received the revised livery of cream with three maroon bands in 1967. No. 154 was one of the final PD2s to be withdrawn in March 1970. Just over eleven years later No. 154 was re-acquired by LCT.
1970-1981 After service with Leicester City Transport
Following withdrawal No. 154 was sold to Fisher and Ford (dealer), Barnsley in April 1970. They sold it, along with No. 155, to A & H.A. Scutt, Owston Ferry in June 1970. In September 1971 it became a non-PSV with Scutt before passing to Maw (farmer), West Butterwick by May 1975 who used it as a non-psv staff bus for his Strawberry pickers.
It went to Paul Sykes (dealer), Barnsley in September 1981 passing to Joe Sykes (dealer), Carlton the same month. From there it went back to Leicester City Transport in September 1981 in exchange for withdrawn Leyland PD3A GRY 63D.
LCT undertook a complete restoration to full PSV standard which was completed in July 1983. The bus was then used for private hire and occasional use in service. It passed ownership to Leicester CityBus and First Group before finally being sold to a private owner in 2007.
2007-Date In preservation
On acquisition for preservation in 2007 No. 154 really just required some basic maintenance and plenty of TLC to make it okay for use again. Since then it has been a regular attendee at many bus rallies.
The current owner acquired 154 in 2008 and continues to keep the bus in tip top condition. The bus was a very popular choice of vehicle to ride on at the LTHT’s 2009 and 2011 Bus Running Days.
2017 – 2nd body & mechanical overhaul
One of the 30 historic rear entrance Leyland Titan ‘PD2’ buses that carried thousands of people around the city of Leicester for many years No.154 is back at First Leicester’s bus garage for a mechanical and bodywork overhaul.
In 1982 apprentices at Leicester City Transport restored the bus into its former glory, now 35 years on, the same engineers are passing on their skills to new apprentices who will undertake the work and get it ready in time to attend scheduled heritage events over the summer season.
Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director for First Leicester said: “Milestones don’t come around very often but this one is definitely an event that deserves recognition.
“Our engineers who helped restore the vehicle 35 years ago are still employed by First Leicester and are passing on their skills to our new generation of apprentices. They will be shown how to maintain and preserve a vintage bus, which is a totally different procedure than maintaining and looking after buses from our modern fleet.
“Our partners at the ‘Leicester Transport Heritage Trust’ do a fantastic job in looking after the vehicle and presenting it at shows and heritage events around the country. It is important for us as a local business that ran these buses all those years ago and for the city of Leicester, that we look after our heritage for everyone to enjoy”
Richard Worman, Chairman & Restoration Director of the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust said: “I would like to thank our friends and partners at First Leicester for this tremendous opportunity.
“A totally unique set of circumstances where a vehicle goes back to the same skilled engineers that restored the bus all those years ago and pass on traditional skills to a newer generation.
The work will help conserve this piece of Leicester’s Transport Heritage for generations to come and also play a part in shaping the skills of the new apprentices at First, a great example of old and new working in partnership “
RESTORATION UPDATE NOVEMBER 2019
Restoration work on No.154 is currently taking place at First Group’s Abbey Lane depot. However, the cost of replacement parts and materials, especially the new window frames which will amount to over £3,000, is having a serious impact on the Trust funds. We have had a few pledges of financial support and we welcome any other donations, large or small as it all helps. You can either donate via the Paypal Donate link on this page or by a cheque to: LTHT, 8 Ingrams Way, Wigston, Leicestershire. LE18 3TU. Cheque payable to: Leicester Transport Heritage Trust. Thank you.
The LTHT are pleased to report No.154 has now reached a stage in it’s restoration that has seen it move location for painting to commence.
The LTHT would like thank First Leicester for all their work and help in the project No.154 back onto the road.
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