Half a century on, the founders of today’s Dewsbury Bus Museum are poised to realise their dream of putting two of West Riding’s rare Guy Wulfrunian double-deckers back into active operation for visitors to experience and enjoy

Fifty years old that month and freshly repainted for the occasion, preserved West Riding 164 (LHL 164F), a Roe-bodied Leyland Panther, operating at the museum’s November 2017 open day.

At 19.00 on 17 November 1971, a group of 17 Guy Wulfrunian fans met at the West Riding Automobile Company Social Club in Wakefield to discuss the potential of creating a society with the sole purpose of preserving two of the company’s few remaining Wulfrunian double-deckers.

Formal bus preservation in Wakefield was born that night. With the agreement F. E. Dark, the then general manager of West Riding, approval in principle was given to assist the group in its aim, by providing garaging for the vehicles and the supply of materials to restore and maintain them.

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