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20 Oct 2007 : HB9841
Just a few words to say that the guy which I sold the bus in 97
contacted me yesterday.
I heard that he sold the bus to an other man in Martinique a few time
ago but it appears that this one never used it, never notified the
changement of owner and eventualy left the bus neglected.
Now the police ask my correspondant to move the bus urgently or it
will be scrapped soon.
So please note that this bus urgently need to be moved and is
available for probably a few cents. The floor is bad and body
converted but the engine, axle, etc are good and clutch replaced by a
new one a few years ago.
The problem is that the bus is in Martinique Island...
But if you don't want to see this interesting vehicle scrapped, please
act now !
20 Oct 2007 : HB9841
Thanks to David Sykes for providing the resumé and photo of this bus whilst
with Lancaster, and to Danny Chabaud & Mike Pyatt for the two other later
photos, in France and in Martinique.
(c) David Sykes
(c) Danny Chabaud
(c) Mike Pyatt
Leyland Titan PD3/4 chassis number 581295
East Lancs H41/32RD body number 5488
Date of first registration. New to Merthyr Tydfil Corporation Transport, fleet
Acquired from Merthyr by Lancaster City Council. Lancaster fleet number 841.
One of the buses displayed at an event to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of
Lancaster City Transport. It had already been withdrawn by this date but was
retained and subsequently became the Lancaster training bus.
To J Sykes, dealer, Carlton.
Acquired by Kingston-upon-Hull Corporation Transport for driver training.
Re-registered NWR 65A whilst with KHCT.
The date to which it was last taxed in the UK. The DVLA record shows it had
been re-registered NVS 706 by this date.
Sold by KHCT to Carl Ireland, dealer, of Hull.
Acquired by Trans Australia Tours of Kineton Grange Farm,
Kineton,�Warwickshire. Some work was done on the vehicle - including fitting
a sink, a cooker and a partition on the lower deck - but the project was not
completed. The vehicle eventually returned to Carl Ireland, date unknown.
First seen by Danny Chabaud at Ireland's premises. Platform door missing.
Acquired by Danny Chabaud from Carl Ireland. Taken to Kent Coachworks,
Northfleet, for body repairs, painting and the fitting of a replacement
Exported to France.
Exported from France to Martinique.
Photo of 458CLT on Flickr.
4 Mar 2011 : 458CLT
Ians Bus Stop shows RMC1458 as "by 6/05 to Herve SARL, Vannes,
France: static advert" which fits with the flickr shot. Its since
passed to SARL LondonBus
2 Mar 2011 : 458CLT
This looks like my RMC 1458, although there were two at Le Master, only this one had a gold colour band a relic of its time on the X15 when it was converted to a bus. The other RMC 1503 is still there as far as I know.