Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry

Posted on 01/19/2016


Photo taken on October  4, 2009



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Leyland Leopard
Birkenhead Corporation
RCM 493
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Leyland Leopard

Leyland Leopard
This 1964 Leyland Leopard was revolutionary when it appeared on the 44 route to Eastham Ferry in 1965.

Until this time the Birkenhead Corporation fleet had consisted entirely of open platform rear entrance double deck buses. Not only was this half a bus, but the entrance was at the front and had a closing door. Although this provided the potential for one-man operation these buses had both a driver and a conductor. The one-man revolution didn't arrive for another four years with the introduction of Leyland Atlantean double deckers. However, to a 10-year old boy the difference made them very exciting.

This example is lovingly preserved by the local 201 Bus Group.

Mackedwars, * Boes René *, Annemarie, Rainer Blankermann and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Nice looking Bus.
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Stormlizard
Many thanks John. A little bit of local history.
21 months ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Nice colour, a teal bus line...
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Sonja
Thanks Sonja. As a child we had three colours of local buses with yellow (Wallasey Corporation) and green (Crosville) as well as the blue of Birkenhead.
21 months ago.
Rod Burkey
Rod Burkey
Brings back many happy memories for me. Great picture too Roy.
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Rod Burkey
Many thanks Rod. Can you remember anything about the 44? I know we used to get the 64 to New Ferry and then change onto the 44 for days out in Eastham Country Park. But where did it start and what route did it take to New Ferry?
21 months ago.
Jan Hemels
Jan Hemels
Good to see it is in such a good condition, wonderful heritage shot!
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Jan Hemels
Many thanks Jan. It is well-loved by the preservation group.
21 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A super shot of this old bus Roy.

I did notice the two contradicting signs on the front !!
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Jeff Farley
Many thanks Jeff. Always free these days! The PAYE isn't original - there were conductors until the late 60s.
21 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Lovely shot Roy and a memory for everyone of my age, Quite a wind resistance with that flat front
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Roger (Grisly)
Many thanks Roger. Certainly not a competitor to Bluebird!
21 months ago.
Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann
Beautiful heritage shot. Great angle and colors!
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Rainer Blankermann
Thanks again Rainer.
21 months ago.
Mackedwars
Mackedwars
Elocuente y bella descripción de un transporte público de hace cincuenta años. Yo tambien cuando era un chaval admiraba mucho los autobuses y tambien trolebuses que existían en aquellos tiempos. Felicitaciones Roy. Eduardo.
21 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Mackedwars
Thanks again Eduardo.
21 months ago.