503 was one of a batch of eight 30ft long examples with Willowbrook 69-
The trust has now negotiated the purchase of its first vehicle: AEC Regent V, 503RUO. Here is a brief history of this bus:
Continuing serious mechanical problems with its large number of Leyland Atlantean rear-
It returned to Devon in 1982 when it was acquired for continued preservation by Colin Shears. In 1999 it was sold to Ron Greet of Ipplepen and its restoration commenced with renewal of the window rubbers, a brake reline and attention to the bodywork in readiness for repaint. Unfortunately, this was not completed and, after being parked outside for a while, it was acquired by a local preservationist with the aim of completing its restoration. In late 2013 it was acquired by the Trust, thanks to the generosity of donations, and its restoration has just re-
The trustees are hopeful that two further vehicles of historical interest can be introduced to the collection within the short-
Click to see the story of the amazing transformation of this vehicle from a virtual wreck to nearly new condition.
The Restoration Story
See Photos of 503 restoration