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1686-06 | by Ian R. Simpson
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1686-06

Preserved Ribble Metro-Cammell bodied Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 1686, NRN 586 was involved in an unusual accident when it was used to take a party from the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust's depot in Freckleton to The Ship Inn in the same village for a meal. The bus had dropped the party outside the pub then parked on the car park, but after the meal passengers boarded before the bus for the return trip whilst it was still on the car park. Realising that there was a risk of grounding as it left the car park with a reasonable load on board the driver carefully eased the bus off in order not to ground the bus. Unfortunately one of the design faults of these vehicles came to light as a main air valvle is situated under the driver's cab, coming into contact with the ground as the bus left the car park. With all the air reserves gone, there were no gears or air brakes available and the driver had to rely on the ratchet handbrake to halt the bus which came into contact with the pub porch. Fortunately nobady was injured and only minor damage was done to bus & building. This is one of several photos I took of this incident.

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Taken sometime in 1998