PRESERVED BUSES & COACHES

REG JT 8077
MAKE BEDFORD
MODEL WTB
YEAR 1937
BODY Duple C25F
OWNER John Woodhams Vintage Tours
HISTORY This Bedford WTB with Duple coachwork was new to South Dorset Coaches at Corfe Castle in Dorset, and stayed with the company for thirty years.  It then passed to Adge Cutler of The Wurzels, who used her for band transport, but he was also interested in vintage vehicles, and took her to a number of rallies, including the London to Brighton Historic Commercial vehicle Run.  Following Adge's untimely death, she passed to new owners in Gloucestershire in the mid 1970s.  She became semi derelict before passing to Pearce, Darch & Willcox, at Cattistock in Dorset who restored her, and recertified her as a PSV in 1987.  After two or three years the company and its modern coaches sold out to Southern National, but JT 8077 remained in the old garage until 1992 when acquired by John Woodhams Vintage Tours in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Very few WTBs survive today, and JT 8077 is the only known example in passenger service.

Information from:  http://www.vintage-tours.co.uk/page27.htm

 

Above photos taken at: Weymouth Pier, Dorset
Taken on: August 1987

 

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