PRESERVED BUSES & COACHES

FLEET No GS 26
REG MXX 326
MAKE GUY
MODEL GS
YEAR 1953
BODY Eastern Coach Works, Lowestoft.
OWNER G & T.Bubb, Gobowen, Wales.
HISTORY At the beginning of the 1950s, London Transport needed to replace its aging fleet of small single decker buses.  They needed small buses for the sparsely populated country areas, and only small buses would be allowed to have one-man operation.  AEC and Leyland were not making small vehicles, so LT turned to the Guy Special .  Guy produced 84 chassis with Perkins P6 diesel engines, and the Eastern Coach Works body seated 26.  They were introduced from late 1953.  They remained in use until the 1960s (a few into the 1970s), but were gradually replaced by new larger vehicles.  Large numbers were sold to private operators, and many have survived into preservation.

GS 26 entered service in 1953, operating from Swanley Garage, subsequently operating north of the Thames.  The vehicle was sold to a private owner in 1968, but in the early 1970s was used by a school, and sported a red livery.  It was acquired by G & T Bubb of Chatham, Kent in 1975, and was photographed below in 1988.  In 2005, G & T Bubb moved to Wales, and the vehicle can be seen in rallies there.

The GS 26 history was obtained from the Ian Smith website: click here to view

GS 26 Guy Special

 

Above photos taken at: Steam & Vintage Vehicle Rally, Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, Hants.
Taken: Summer 1988

 

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