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Last updated: 01 April 2017

  Archive/Photograph of the Month  

“The outsider looks in, and observes much....” – so begins the inscription on the inside front cover of the item I have selected as the subject of this month’s feature – a small album containing photographs showing Provincial buses during the early 1970s.  The inscription goes on to record that the album was presented by Society member Fred York to Ian Morton, Provincial’s first manager during the company’s time as a subsidiary of the National Bus Company (NBC), ‘as a tribute and memento of what must surely have been the most eventful and dynamic couple of years in the whole of “Provincial” history’.  Signed by Fred and dated July 1972, the album contains 24 black and white prints and was kindly donated to the Society’s archive by member Ray Tull at this year’s AGM.

To provide a representative example of the contents, I have selected this photograph of AEC Regent V No. 67 (970 CWL), one of seven former-Oxford Regents acquired by Provincial shortly after the company’s acquisition by the NBC.  No.67 was the only example to carry bodywork by Weymann, reputedly a surprise to the manager who was expecting all seven vehicles to carry the more superior Park Royal bodywork sported by the other six.  Originally intended to carry fleet number 56, No.67 arrived at Hoeford in August 1970 and lasted until January 1974 when it was withdrawn for scrap.

A loose photograph tucked in the back of the album is also shown here – a view showing six out of the seven former-Oxford Regents lined up at Hoeford.  Presumably taken by Ian Morton, the view includes in the foreground the manager’s car – a handsome Vauxhall Ventora registered RAA 22G.  Also in the foreground is an upturned base from a traction standard used previously by Gosport & Fareham Tramways, one of a number re-utilised by the company as flower pots outside the manager’s office until the 1970s.  Where are they now?

As always, any members (or non-members) with similar items that they would like to donate to the Society are requested to make contact using the following e-mail address: ProvSocArchive@gmail.com.

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On 10 February, 2017 the latest re-branded former Eclipse Volvo B7RLE poses in the yard at Empress Road depot just before leaving for its new home in Weymouth. Only one remains to be re-branded now and it is planned that one - no. 69554 - will be joining the others soon. Photo: John Sherwin



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Fleet Number Reg No Status
67172 YX66 WBJ In Service
67173 YX66 WBL In Service
67174 YX66 WBM In Service
67175 YX66 WBN  In Service
67176 YX66 WBO In Service
67177 YX66 WBP In Service
67178 YX66 WBT In Service
67179 YX66 WBU In Service
67180 YX66 WBV In Service
67181 YX66 WBW In Service
67182 YX66 WBY In Service
67183 YX66 WBZ In Service
67184 YX66 WCA In Service
67185 YX66 WCC In Service
67186 YX66 WCD In Service
67187 YX66 WCE In Service
67188 YX66 WCG In Service

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