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Halifax, HX1 2NN.
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Leyland TD5 / Park Royal (1938)
In 1938/9 East Kent took delivery of 65 Leyland TD5 double deck buses to lowbridge design which followed on from two previous series of 70 similar vehicles based on TD4 chassis. The TD5 order was split between Park Royal (53 bodies JG 9907-18 AJG 1-40) and Brush (52 bodies JG 9919-31),

PRV 3 - East Kent Pair - Finished Front and Back

A further 10 were ordered in 1940 based on TD7 chassis. These buses were finished in East Kent livery before being diverted to Crosville (ref: Crosville Part 1 by Carroll & Rhodes page 129).

PRV 3 - Southdown and Unfinished Kit

There were very minor differences between the batches in the placing of drain strips around the rear platform, and the positioning of the rear number plate. JG 9907-31 painted on the rear window and the rest on the lower right of the rear panel inset with a slight repositioning of the stop light.


During WW2 many of the fleet ran with other operators including Southdown, Devon general, Lincolnshire, East Midlands Yorkshire Woollen and Caledonian.

The buses loaned to Southdown were AJG 21 -40

Numbered 321-30 and 301-10 respectively by Southdown and carrying an `L` suffix on each side, they were eventually painted in full mid green and cream livery with lining out and dark green roofs (while still displaying East Kent Road Car Co. Ltd. as legal owners). Southdown used the standard East Kent destination boxes ( with a separate route number display). It is recorded that they were allocated to Portsmouth and Worthing garages.

In November 1940 AJG 31-5 moved on to Devon General and were repainted in their red and grey livery. In 1943 the vehicles remaining with Southdown were gradually repainted into all grey with only green below the lower deck windows.

(Thanks to the Southdown Enthusiasts`Club Fleet History for the above wartime loans detail.)

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