Leyland National 50th celebrations treble

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Nick Larkin looks at three ways that 50 years of the Leyland National in service are being celebrated

In Cumbria…

The first example of a revolutionary new bus, the Leyland National, ERM 35K hit the streets with Cumberland Motor Services in March 1972. A purpose-built factory, deemed to be the most highly automated manufacturing plant in Europe, was opened nearby at Lillyhall in Workington. More than 7,700 Nationals rolled off the production line over the next 14 years.

Workington Transport Heritage Trust is marking 50 years of the Leyland National by bringing as many examples home to Cumbria as possible through a free family event in Whitehaven. The trust anticipates anticipate up to 50 heritage vehicles in attendance over the weekend, with Leyland Nationals from right across the production span, including ‘Super National’ demonstrators and historically significant examples. There will also be other Workington-built vehicles, and contemporary buses in the liveries of former National Bus Company and Scottish Bus Group subsidiaries and the Passenger Transport Executives.

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