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Feel free to post any pics you have of YDX221 NWU265D past or present or any old pictures of buses in york in in west yorkshire liver around the 60`s era

A group of Photo`s showing the aprreciation of YDX221 (3821) NWU 265D a 1966 Bristol Lodekka FS6B with a Bristol BVW engine

1966 ECW Lodekka FS6B (Bristol Engine) Chassis 23055

In November 1980 she was one of the last pair of Lodekkas in the West Yorkshire fleet.

This bus entered service in December 1966. It was allocated to the York West Yorkshire Joint Committee Fleet and thus had a Y-prefix to it's original fleet number.

In the 1971 renumbering scheme it became 3821 the 3 indicating the York fleet the main fleet was prefixed 1, the Keighley fleet was prefixed 2 while service vehicles were numbered in the 4xxx series YDX 221 served continuously in the York fleet until withdrawn in November 1980.

For the next 5 years it was a regular attendee on the Rally circuit, but was later sold to a driving school.

The second part of its preservation came in spring 1990 when it was acquired by a Keighley based group.

Alan Whitaker the transport journalist of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus local newspaper received a telephone call from Albert Taylor (a former driver with West Yorkshire) saying he had found out that two former West Yorkshire Lodekkas were in a yard in Crossflatts Nr. Keighley and would probably be scrapped unless someone intervenes.

Both buses were inspected and YDX 221 was saved (the other 4068 had its bulkhead removed for its role as a driver trainer) £1,400 was paid and the partners were Albert Taylor, Alan Whitaker, the late Bob Cryer M. P. and his wife Anne.

They took delivery in May 1990. Later in the year Bob Cryer bought Albert and Alan out so he and his wife Anne became the owners. However because of his work as an M.P. he could not devote any time to restoring the bus so he sold it to Amberley Travel in 1991.

In July 1994 the bus was once again rescued and the group brought it to Keighley bus museum. Keith Renshaw became involved on the 17th June 2001. The bus is now owned by Keith Renshaw and I will do my best to look after her.

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