Arriva-style Ribble at NW rally

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Arriva North West paid a full-sized bus tribute to its ancestor Ribble Motor Services at the Great Harwood Transport Festival in Lancashire.

CX06 BJY, a 2006 Wright-bodied VDL Commander, was painted in Ribble’s late 1960s livery to mark that operator’s 100th anniversary in 2019, and was among many buses attending the event run by the Town & District Transport Trust Ltd on 4 and 5 September. Formed in 2018, the Trust is a registered charity with between 45 and 50 buses in its care, and has premises in Great Harwood, near Blackburn, Lancashire.

A Rawtenstall Corporation pair: East Lancs-bodied MTB 848, a 1950 Leyland Tiger PS2, is seen with 1953 all-Leyland RTC 822, a Leyland Titan PD2/12, preserved in Scout Motors livery. CHRIS NEWTON












Arriva’s Ribble-liveried Wright-bodied VDL Commander seen alongside BFS 14L an Alexander-bodied Leyland Atlantean originally new to Lothian and now owned by Bradford-based Yesteryear Coaches.