1950 Crossley Bus - JOJ 489

Type of Vehicle - Bus

Year Built/Registered - July 1950

Body - Crossley H30/24R

Chassis - Crossley DD42/6

Length of Vehicle - 26'

Reg No - JOJ 489

Fleet No - 2489 2489


JOJ 489 entered service on 1 July 1950 from Harborne Garage and operated on services such as the 11 Outer Circle, 12 Barley Green, 22 Wesley Castle and 5/7 Sandan Road. Thus bus was one of the last batch of 100 Crossley DD42/6s with Crossley H30/24R bodywork that were fitted with the 'new look' concealed radiator. The bus has a Crossley HOE7/5B 8.6 litre downdraught diesel straight six engine coupled to a fourspeed synchromesh gearbox. Producing 1750 rpm with 120 bhp it does around 38 mph before the Govemor cuts it and managed about 13 mph on a run. It was transferred to Liverpool Street Garage in 1967 and was withdrawn with 555,000 miles on the clock (and three engines) on 31 March 1969. It was selected for preservation from one of six Crossleys earmarked for use as driver frames and was purchased in September 1969. It has never been off the road since and has won many trophies over the years including Best Bus in the Concours Elegance at the Showbus Rally in 2009 and 2011. It also won three prizes in the Belfast & Bangor Rally in Northern Ireland.