94-year-old newcomer

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The Lion in its now restored condition. JAMES FREEMAN

Nick Larkin reports on a vintage vehicle which has found a new home on the south coast

A benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous has enabled a 94-year-old bus to join the Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) fleet. The fully restored 1929 Leyland Lion PLSC3 was originally B268 in the fleet of Hants & Dorset Motor Services (H&D) from 1929, working until 1948. It is believed to be the only operational pre-war H&D bus still in existence.

The bus has been based since 2003 at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum (SVBM) at Lathalmond, where the late Dougie Scoular and his son Ross, the previous owners, had rebuilt the vehicle.


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