Wednesday, 11 March 2015

AEC Renown

This is one of the many buses present in Heaton Park, Manchester at the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally in September 1996 organised by the Greater Manchester Transport Society.
It's a 1965 AEC Renown, a former Leigh Corporation bus and entered in the rally by the Greater Manchester Transport Society. The programme of the event says this about the vehicle:

A.E.C. Renown, East Lancs Body, 1965                                                                                                                                           PTC 114C
Leigh 15
Entered by                                                           Greater Manchester Transport Society
The A.E.C. Renown chassis was designed to be of very low height to allow the bus to pass under low bridges, but at the same time, retain the normal seating arrangement rather than the long bench seats traditionally found on the upper saloon of low height buses. By the time the vehicle was withdrawn in 1978, it was one of the last A.E.C. vehicles in the fleet of Greater Manchester Transport.

Many years ago I lived in Leigh, just off Plank Lane in fact, and on my way home from work in Manchester it was one of these buses that took me on my last leg of the journey from Leigh town centre.

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