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WFS272K - the "Challenge Anneka" playbus

Elsewhere on Flickr are photos of this bus in its LRT guise and as a non-PSV with the Govan Initiative in Glasgow. Here, however, is a photo of it in its short-lived role as a playbus.

 

New to ECT in 1971, 272 was withdrawn by LRT in March 1988 and donated to the BBC the following year for its programme "Challenge Anneka". This particular edition featured 272, along with the ex-Leeds Atlantean behind, being converted to playbuses by a company in Coventry, before it was presented to its new owners at the end of the programme.

 

However, there was a problem - the new owners didn't want it, and hadn't really wanted it in the first place. As a result 272 was 'sent to Coventry' for a second time while the BBC looked for another new owner for it, eventually being sold to the Govan Initiative for a knockdown price.

 

Thanks to Brian Melrose for passing on this photo and for allowing me to show it here.

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Taken in July 1989