50

Chassis: Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen - RTC87.28
Body: C53F
Date new: 1988
Owner: Julie Aylward

Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen E50 TYG was one of a batch of eight similar vehicles
delivered to the West Riding Automobile Company of Wakefield in 1988 for their Ridings
Travel operation. They were allocated to the Dewsbury, Castleford, Sheffield and Savile
Street (Wakefield) depots. 46 & 47 were in National Express Rapide livery and were
used mainly on the 564 service between Halifax and London. The rest were all in
Ridings Travel livery, as seen in the picture.

The registration numbers were not allocated to sequential chassis numbers:

FLEET No REG No CHASSIS No. LAYOUT LIVERY DEPOT
46 E46 TYG RTC87.18 C48Ft * NatEx Dewsbury
47 E47 TYG RTC87.22 C48Ft * NatEx Dewsbury
48 E48 TYG RTC87.23 C53F Ridings Castleford
49 E49 TYG RTC87.21 C53F Ridings Sheffield
50 E50 TYG RTC87.28 C53F Ridings Savile Street
51 E51 TYG RTC87.29 C53F Ridings Sheffield
52 E52 TYG RTC87.30 C53F Ridings Dewsbury
53 E53 TYG RTC87.06 C49Ft Ridings Sheffield
(Note: * 46 & 47 were built as C53F and modified prior to delivery)

50 was based at Savile Street but was frequently used by Castleford as they did more coach work there. In fact, the Savile Street disc was still in the coach when Julie bought it.

After disposal by West Riding in 1989, 50 went to Wilkins travel of Port Talbot. They scraped the letters of "RIDING" from the sides and replaced them with "WILKIN" in the same style.

In later years, 50 passed to Ashley Wakelin who had acquired the rights to use the name "Midland Red Coaches", and he painted it red and black in the style of the BMMO coach fleet, and numbered it 6150.

It then passed to Dave Rogers who also owned E48 TYG. He sold both during 2016 to concentrate on other projects.

The interior of 50 is original and in reasonable condition for its age. The bodywork was in good condition but the luggage compartment floor and several bracing cross-members have been replaced. This work along with the repainting has been done by South East Coachworks of Faversham.

Julie is grateful to Leo Pratt for sourcing a new front badge, and to ex-Castleford driver Jon Lawton for providing many detailed photographs that he took when the Doyens were new in 1988.

The coach made her preservation debut at Dewsbury in November 2016.