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Leyland Titan Double-decker

By pamelajean
Thankyou for looking, for your interest, your comments and votes on Dennisís Visit.

This is one of the fleet of buses owned by The Friends of King Alfred Buses, or FoKAB, which was formed in 1985 to preserve and restore King Alfred buses. In 2000 they became a charitable trust, rather than just a group of enthusiasts preserving buses and coaches.
As I have said before, members of the general public in Winchester can have a free ride and experience bus and coach travel as it used to be.

POU 494 was originally one of two Leyland Titans fitted with a pneumocyclic semi-automatic gearbox with two pedal control, a significant advance over the crash gearboxes of the time. Both were withdrawn in 1972, passed to Omnibus Promotions and exported to the USA in LT red livery.

494 came to light in 1992 as an exhibit in the Augusta Richmond County Museum, Georgia, when on closer inspection the curator realised it was a Winchester bus. It was offered to FoKAB in exchange for a replacement double deck bus, but in King Alfred livery. The exchange took place in 1993 with 494 being driven from Augusta to Jacksonville, Florida, by seven FoKAB volunteers for shipment to Southampton.

Following a full restoration 494 appeared at the 1999 New Yearís Day Running Day.

Pamela.


Tags: Transport Bus Ride Preserved Winchester Classic Running Public transport Restored Nostalgic King Alfred Buses

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Comments


Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2018 4:29PM
What great buses!
Wish we could go back.....
Diane
ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
7 Mar 2018 4:30PM
Good work, PJ!
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2018 5:23PM
A terrific old bus and guess it must be hard to match the colour (green)
Ju
7 Mar 2018 6:08PM
Wonderful, Pamela.
A superb image and very interesting narrative.

RichardSmile
saltireblue Plus
12 12.9k 82 Norway
7 Mar 2018 6:47PM
I remember the Weeke Estate - once went out with a girl from there...aaahh, memories.Wink

Malc
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
7 Mar 2018 7:09PM
Wonderful image, use to like to travel on those
7 Mar 2018 7:36PM
Stunning image, Pamela.
Great narrative that adds context.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
7 Mar 2018 8:38PM
WOW! A superb image of the "Big Green Bus!"
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2018 11:43PM
Excellent photo, informative description.
8 Mar 2018 4:19AM
Its a green machine . Would love to drive one of those for a retirement job! That's a proper mechanical history and all Pam.. great write up !
cheers walt
GeorgeP 15 62 26 United States
8 Mar 2018 2:48PM
Beautiful - and looks like it might be a bit more powerful than a "ninety-seven horsepower omnibus"

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
8 Mar 2018 2:55PM
Lovely to see these old busses, just like the ones when I were a lad! Smile
Trev Smile
Mike_Smith Plus
14 889 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2018 5:53PM
Superb image Pam, interesting narrative. I love the old buses, they had character
Chinga Plus
11 60 3 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2018 10:10PM
Another green beauty! So enjoying your series Pam!
Excellent image, Isabel GrinGrin

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