Ex Nottingham City Transport Leyland Atlantean PDR1a No. 452
452 is a Leyland Atlantean PDR1a with Metro Cammell Weymann bodywork. It measures 14ft 2.75 inch high and has a 6ft 1 inch headroom in the lower saloon and 6 ft in the upper. 452 is an earliest surviving example of the Nottingham 'Standard'. These vehicles were designed to accomodate interchangeable windows, seats and doors. As with most other early Atlanteans it is fitted with a Daimler Fleetline gearbox and transfer box.
New in October 1965 it was built to seat 76, H45/31F format, later being rebuilt by Seddon in February 1971 (rebuild no.RB848) to a 72 seater entrance / separate exit layout H45/27D.
The bus operated for over 15 years in Nottingham. In March 1981 with the imminent arrival of the new Leyland AN68's it was renumbered 52 and operated for its final months primarily as a driver trainer.
Withdrawn in May 1981 and stored at Parliament Street depot it passed to Smiths of Alcester, near Stratford on 15th of May 1981 for £650+Vat, being collected on 29th of May 1981.
Replacement of framework
Since acquisition and despite the demands of other projects we have to date managed to rebuild the entire roof structure where required, which involved fitting new roof sticks as the original ones were buckled.All lower saloon panels have been removed to enable the replacement of the steel floor rail and side structure bar along both sides of the vehicle. To enable this intensive work to be carried out it has been necessary to remove the lower saloon flooring.
Along with replacing much of the steel structure we have also rebuilt the vehicle to its original front enrance layout.
This has been quite a mammoth task owing to the quality of the conversion carried out by Seddon in the 1970's. As you can see from the image shown none of the original structure was assumed to be rot free - all areas were checked, treated and where necessary replaced.
The internal lower saloon floor has been removed and the chassis cleaned up with a needle gun, treated and painted.
Work has also commenced to mock up the original staircase layout with a view to accurately fabricating a replacement. Before this is done the entire body wiring loom needs to be reworked and repositioned owing to the changes made over 40 years ago when the conversion to one man operation was carried out.
Here are some views of the bus in late 2014 where much of the work carried out can clearly be seen.