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Forgotten Foden-NC

6300 was WMPTE's solitary Foden-NC bus. The Foden-NC being the result of a joint development between Foden and Northern Counties, in an attempt by Foden Commercials to break back into the PSV market. However, out of the eight built, only seven of these hybrid vehicles were sold to operators for service, the vehicle’s transmission being one of the major issues with the design.

 

6300 entered service in 1977, working out of Liverpool Street Garage, Birmingham, and was to be mainly seen operating on the 50 service between City and the Maypole. However, it was plagued with transmission failures, and so in December 1982 it was withdrawn ffrom traffic and placed into storage. Eventually, 6300 was sold to Goldsmith's Coaches of Sicklesmere, Suffolk where they used it on local school bus service contracts. However, a further transmission failure in 1985 sealed its fate, and it ended up being parked behind the proprietor’s premises gathering moss, until it was finally rescued for preservation in 2002.

 

Here's somemore information on the Foden-NC: www.flickr.com/photos/8050359@N07/2167625613/

 

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Uploaded on December 21, 2007