STOP PRESS - Having operated this bus since withdrawal from service in 1971, no restoration work has been done, just ongoing servicing and repairs. The bus is now very "tired", so the decision has been taken to stand it down for a mechanical overhaul. Hopefully it will return by the end of 2017.

Leyland Tiger PS2/12A - Chassis No. 520140

Body: Roe, No. GO3521
Date new: 1952
Fondly known as "Ethel"

This bus was new to the West Riding Automobile Company Ltd, of Barnsley Road, Wakefield as
one of a batch of twelve, 726-737 (EHL 337 - EHL348) built as buses with high-back seats for
dual purpose work. A previous batch of six, 720-725 (EHL 331 - EHL 336) were built as full
coaches by Charles H Roe of Leeds. 733, along with the rest of the "buses" batch was one of the
first buses to use the old Wakefield Bus Station, which was closed and demolished late in 2001,
the new Bus Station being opened in October of that year.

733 served the company well, in its latter years as spare bus / tow bus at Selby depot. Upon
withdrawal, 733 was bought by the newly formed West Riding Wulfrunian Preservation Society
in late 1971. It was repainted back into its original West Riding livery for its first outing in
preservation, the East Coast Run in 1972.

During its time in preservation 733 has received only a minimal amount of restoration, this being
engine and running unit services and a second repaint - a testament to its original construction
and subsequent loving care given to it by all of the West Riding employees and society members
who have been involved in its past.

    This picture shows the bus at
  Belle Isle depot, prior to withdrawal.

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