Leyland Leopards

We continue our look at the vehicles that will assemble for the 29 June 2008 Stroud Running Day.

Making a very welcome addition to this year’s event for the first time will be two preserved former Black & White Leyland Leopards. It’s easy to overlook the role Black & White and Associated Motorways have played in Stroud’s bus history, because the number of departures a day was always small.

Two fine Leopards

Black & White express coaches nevertheless served Stroud at various times to a variety of destinations, including London, Bournemouth, Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Weymouth and Portsmouth.

The suitably heavyweight C53F Plaxton-bodied Leopard with native registration SDD 146R no. 146 represents standard National Travel purchases of the late 1970s. No. 359, similarly registered locally as KAD 359V has a more modern Plaxton front and 57 seats. It’s an example of National’s early 1980s purchases.

Black & White became variously National Travel West and South West before the short-lived rebirth of its name. Shortly after, it fell under Cheltenham & Gloucester control, just at the time C&G embarked upon its Cotswold coaching brand. Black & White nearly put paid to Cotswold but both eventually succumbed to the collapse in local coaching, as successor Stagecoach concentrated on local bus services from the early 1990s.

(UPDATE: Regret that these were both a no-show at the 2008 Running Day)

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