Peterborough Bus Rally Special

83 year old MJ4549, a Dennis Lancet new in 1932 (Luke Champney)
Luke Champeny provides this excellent selection of photographs from the Peterborough Bus Rally at Sacrewell Farm on Sunday 12th July. Luke travelled to the event on Patrick Burnside's preserved Eastern Counties Bristol SC4K with Eastern Coach Works bodywork, 3003AH. Three free services operate as part of the rally, one into central Peterborough, one to Wansford and a final through service operating between Peterborough and Wansford via the rally site at Sacrewell Farm. Delaine Buses of Bourne supports the excellent event, as do a number of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire based operators and enthusiast societies.

First up from Luke's photographs is MJ4549, this rare example of a Short bodied Dennis Lancet had been new in 1932, having been built for Smiths of Westoning - making it potentially the earliest of its type still in existence today. This much older type is not to be confused with the later Dennis Lancet launched in 1981 and later replaced by the Dennis Javelin.

An explosion of red in the London line up (Luke Champeny)
Exhibited this year was this wonderful line up of no less than ten preserved former London buses. The line up includes two RTs, an RF single decker and seven Routemasters. Among the line up is preserved former Metroline RML2620 NML620E, which is separated by just two vehicles numerically from First Eastern Counties 39623 (RML2623) NML623E. The Metroline example is preserved in the exact condition of its final use in London, when it was running out of Holloway garage on route 10.

Once again, First Eastern Counties kindly supported the event. This year, Ipswich based heritage liveried Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 32479 AU53HJV was sent to rally, where it completed a shuttle or two on the free service through to Peterborough Queensgate Bus Station. Last year, X1 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 33816 YX63LKE was taken to the event from Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot. At less than one year old at the time, the bus was quite a head turner and created a large amount of interest from the visitors.

Delaine Buses 116, with 72 just visible to the left (Luke Champeny)
The excellent Delaine Buses once again brought along two stunning vehicles to the event. 116 M1OCT, an East Lancs Coachbuilders bodied Volvo Olympian, was exhibited alongside preserved Leyland Atlantean 72 ACT540L. Delaine still run with traditional values, and have retained their extremely smart blue based livery for many years - even on the modern extremities in the fleet. Available on the Delaine Buses website is an entire list of every vehicle ever owned and operated by Delaine, stretching right back to the early 1920s when Delaine was first formed. To head over to there, click here.

A thank you goes out to Luke for his contribution of photos to this report.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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