45 in Bourne Market Place heading towards Peterborough on our 2015 Running Day.                                                  Photo: N Thomson

April 1956

New to Delaine Coaches Ltd

December 1978

Withdrawn from service

May 1979

Sold to the Kings Lynn & District Preservation Society

July 1990

After a succession of owners, re-purchased by Delaine (having been stored outside unused since 1983).

June 1992

Following extensive renovation, re-certified as a PSV for use on special duties as part of the Delaine Heritage Fleet.

December 2015

Became part of the Delaine Heritage Trust collection

45 was the first new Leyland Double Decker to enter the Delaine fleet and spent its entire working life with the company. 45 was the last vehicle to be purchased and collected by Thomas Arthur Smith (1896-1958) who introduced Motor Buses into the family business in 1919 and has the distinction of being the only vehicle to have been driven by every generation of the family active in the business.     

Fleet No: 45    Reg No: KTL 780    
Year: 1956    Chassis: Leyland Titan PD2/20    Body: Willowbrook (H35/28RD)

45 in Bourne Market Place with a service to Stamford via Essendine.                      Photo: Delaine Heritage Trust Collection

45 on 30/09/1964 in Peterborough Bishops Road Bus Station awaiting departure for Bourne.                    Photo: JS Cockshott

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