JOHN G LIDSTONE takes a personal perspective on a pioneering PD1
Fate and preservation can be fickle sometimes, cheating the obvious or making the unusual special. Such is the case for a pioneer Leyland Titan PD1, which couldn’t operate the route for which it had been ordered, was taken over by two companies which didn’t need or want extra highbridge buses – and which ended up as a nonstandard Leyland in a fleet of Bristols before being withdrawn, at a time before the preservation movement had become widely accepted.
City Coach Company’s first doubledecker, LD1 (LEV 917), is still with us to this day thanks to far-sighted preservationists led by John Shearman. The vehicle made a remarkable return to passenger service just recently.