Sunderland Lion back home

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Back in the North East, the 1929 Leyland Lion at Beamish museum. BEAMISH

Nick Larkin reports on a North East bus which has returned home after a nomadic life

A 1929 Sunderland Corporation Leyland Lion single-decker has returned to the North East some 80 years after it left. BR 7132 is now a member of the historic fleet at Beamish Museum in County Durham.

The Leyland Lion design first appeared in 1925 and marked a significant step-change in bus design – moving from what were essentially adapted goods vehicle chassis, to a design that was tailored to carry passengers. Following use by Sunderland Corporation, no. 2 was sold to a Hull dealer who exported it to Jersey in the 1930s. The bus was requisitioned by the occupying Germans in World War Two and later passed to Jersey Motor Transport, where it worked until 1959.


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