Northampton Transport Heritage Owned Vehicles

No. 197 – DNH 197 “Daimler CVG6 with Park Royal Roe H30/26R body.”

Not for this weekend, but maybe in the future? Can you help?

One for the road? We hope so!

Under the care of Northampton Transport Heritage is former Northampton Corporation 197 – DNH 197 a 1953 Daimler CVG6 with Park Royal Roe H30/26R bodywork. The bus was one of 5 (Nos 195-199) that broke with Northampton tradition by having a metal body framework built at Park Royal in London before the bus was driven to Leeds for Roe to panel and fit out the vehicle. The bus bears a close resemblance to the famous London RT bus that was bodied by Park Royal. No. 197 has not been used for many years and some major works are needed to return it to the road. These include an engine rebuild, new staircase, tyres, batteries and repainting. We have recently acquired a set of Northampton seats to replace non-standard seats that had been installed. We are actively raising funds for work to restore the bus and all donations are gratefully received.

No. 154 – ANH 154 “Daimler CVG6 with NCB H30/26R body.”

No. 154 was new in 1947 as part of a batch of 20 buses (Nos 150-169) with bodywork built by Northern Coachbuilders. This was the largest single batch of buses delivered to the Corporation until one person operation was introduced in 1973. At the time these buses were built materials were still in short supply and in later life the bodywork tended to sag as the result of un-seasoned timber being used in the framing. No. 154 was withdrawn from passenger service in 1964 having “clocked up” some 620,790 miles in service in the town. It was retained for use as a driver training vehicle until 1969. It then had a brief period as a promotional vehicle until 1978 when it went into storage as St James bus depot. In 1990 the bus entered preservation with the 154 Preservation Group and over £15,000 has been spent on restoring and maintaining No. 154. The bus is now in the care of Northampton Transport Heritage.

No. 267 – JVV 267G “Daimler CVG6 with Roe H33/26R body.”

The last traditional Northampton Transport bus and last in a batch of 5 buses (Nos 263-7) delivered in 1968. No. 267 has the distinction of being the last Daimler half cab bus, the last rear entrance bus without doors, the last pre-selector gearbox bus and the last Roe teak framed body to be supplied for the home market. For the years between 1964 and 1972 the Northampton Transport fleet of 88 buses was wholly compromised for this type of bus. This bus survived with the corporation long after the rest of the marque had been withdrawn from service and was even given a full repaint in 1985 when the seats were also re-upholstered. No. 267 continued to be retained for “special duties”. It was eventually withdrawn and entered preservation in October 1993 when First took over Northampton Transport. Since then over £20,000 has been spent on restoration and maintenance of the bus. The bus is now in the care of Northampton Transport Heritage.

No. 66334 – MV02 VBZ “Volvo B7L with Wright Eclipse B41F+33 body”

One of a batch of 75 similar buses (Nos 711-785) delivered to First at Manchester between May and July 2002 for use in connection with the Commonwealth Games. Originally numbered 721 the bus was transferred to Northampton in October 2002 and along with 24 identical buses formed the hub of the First Northampton fleet for the next ten years. It gained fleet number 358 in the local numbering series and subsequently became 66334 in the First national numbering scheme. In 2012 most of the batch were transferred to First Eastern Counties for use in Norwich as part of a low emissions initiative. The bus spent much of its later years in Great Yarmouth area where it was withdrawn in March 2020 and sold to EnsignBus dealers before being acquired by NTH in June 2020. Restoration works are ongoing. This style of Wright bodywork was significant in being at the forefront of ‘easy access’ design.

Associate Vehicles

No. 654 – H654 VVV “Leyland Olympian with Alexander RL H51/36F body.”

The last of 5 buses (Nos 650-654) delivered in October 1990 in Stagecoach “stripes” livery with United Counties fleetnames. After a brief time at Northampton, 654 was allocated to Kettering depot whilst the other four went to Huntingdon. The bus became 14054 under Stagecoach renumbering. It later spend some time at Bedford depot before being withdrawn in 2010 and subsequently sold to Mortons Coaches of Tadley near Basingstoke who used who used it on rail replacement and school services. In 2016 the bus entered Mortons heritage fleet and regained Stagecoach livery with Hampshire Bus fleetnames. The bus was acquired for continuing preservation in May 2018 and no carries United Counties livery. The bus is now in the care of members of Northampton Transport Heritage and is made available to NTH as an associate vehicle.