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Black & White B126 (JDD497)


Well, this one’s required some digging!

An unidentified Aladdin’s Cave of a location plays host to some time-expired vehicles in this recently acquired print.

In the foreground of this soggy grassland is JDD497. This Bristol LG6 was new to Black & White Motorways in 1949 as fleet number B126 and was one of a batch of ten numbered B119-28. Its front entrance Duple coach body seated 30.

With its bald tyres sinking in the mud it cuts a forlorn figure, a far cry from its halcyon days travelling the country’s highways & bye-ways to glamorous locations indicated on its long-gone destination blinds.

Black & White withdrew this vehicle in 1961. Whether it went on to serve elsewhere is something that I have been unable to ascertain.

The fact that this waterlogged field could be practically anywhere means that it could belong to practically any operator or indeed any PSV disposal outfit.

To the right, also awaiting its fate, is Grimsby registered FBE700, it too dates from 1949. This AEC Regal III was new to Enterprise of Scunthorpe as No.814.

With Lincolnshire Road Car taking over that concern in March the following year, it was renumbered by them to 1953. Its 35 seat front entrance Willowbrook body was to dual-purpose specification. An unidentified sister vehicle can also be seen.

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Taken on September 20, 2009