Jen and I went along to this open day mainly to have a look at the restoration work being done on the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU. More on that in a future posting but here is a lovely photo of a Leyland Tiger PS2/5 built in 1950 and displaying Southport Corporation colours.
I must admit to being a train man personally but this bus and its restoration caught my eye. It is one of a batch of 20 ordered by the former Ribble Motors. In 1960 it was sold to the former Southport Corporation with 2 others from the original 20. It was converted to Open Top and started tours of Southport in 1961. It ran until 1985 and was then sold to a bus operator in Rhyl.
Following some neglect it was purchased for restoration but this was never completed. Step in Graham Ryder who brought it back from Wales to the Trust’s facilities in Burscough. Two and a half years of hard work followed until it had its first run back in Southport earlier this year.
It looks grand indeed and notice it has the ‘Circular Tour’ headboard on it which harks back to those circular tours by trams back in Southport’s glorious past.
The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-