Fodens — its products identified by a kite-shaped badge — teamed up with with Northern Counties 40 years ago to produce the Foden- NC double-decker. ALAN MILLAR relates its story, as the second of only two preserved survivors returns to operational condition.

West Midlands PTE 6300 (ROC 300R), newly restored by John Cherry, in operation at the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust running day on 4 June. The Foden-NC was slightly longer than contemporary Leyland Fleetlines and was identified by a badge based on Fodens’ kite logo.

Of all the new double-deckers launched in the 1970s to challenge Leyland’s dominance of the market, the Foden-NC was by far the least successful. Just eight were built and only seven were supplied between June 1976 and July 1978 for trials with six operators. Despite hopes of at least one order, it never made it into series production.

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