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One that got away... 2612

HUA563N (2612) was new in May 1975, delivered to the WYPTE Bradford District. The "Metropolitan" Scania was part of a batch I believe were intended for Leeds City Transport (which was the reason for the dark green instead of blue interior) but diverted to Bradford.

From the records of Paul Fixter, 2612 was initially withdrawn in 1983 but underwent major overhaul being reinstated on 1/11/83. It was withdrawn again and last used in service on 26/10/85, from where it headed into preservation with Jim Speed.

2612 joined the fleet at Black Prince, purchased out of preservation and put in use for further service in May 1992. The bus was used on various routes but was a favourite on the 205, 428/429 and 90. 2612 left the fleet in August 1993, for preservation in the Manchester area - a future which was sadly short lived, the bus ending up scrapped and a rather sad loss to the local history scene.

2612 was the subject of a fabulous "Britbus" model, depicting the bus in its "Candystripe" version of WYPTE livery.

The photograph (unknown source) shows 2612 emerging from Thorpe Road at East Ardsley Bay Horse, whilst operating a journey from Oulton to Morley on the 428 service.



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