Plymouth City Transport
NDR 509J Fleet No. 9
Chassis: Leyland Atlantean PDR2 / 1 Coachwork: Park Royal Vehicles
Year of manufacture: 1971
Atlantean Chassis No. 7100480
Park Royal Body No. 58168
As a member of the last batch of PDR2/1s, No. 9 was delivered to P.C.T. in March 1971 joining 57 similar vehicles.
Larger than previous buses they were designed for one man operation from new where passengers boarded at the front and exited from the centre door.
No. 9 remained in service in Plymouth until 1986 when it was sold on for further use:
Jan. 1987 Sold to Scotchman video of Torquay for advertising / preservation.
Dec. 1992 Sold to A-Bus of Bristol for use on local services between Bristol and Keynsham.
Nov. 1997 Sold on to ROVE in Gloucestershire where it was stripped of all internal fittings and rebuilt as a mobile church youth group social meeting facility.
Nov. 2012 Secured for preservation by a group of members of The Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group and returned to the city in 2013, 26 years after it left Milehouse Garage.
Photo above shows 9 in Chepstow in February 2013.
9 returning home arriving at Colebrook on 8th August 2013.
Below is a copy of the press release on the return of 9 to Plymouth.
Double Decker returns to Plymouth after 26 year absence.
A RARE double decker bus that once graced the streets of Plymouth has finally returned home after an absence of more than 26 years in to the care of the Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group (PCTPG).
No. 9 NDR 509J has spent much of the last quarter of a century in the Avon and Gloucestershire areas finally making its return visit under tow to the groups Colebrook depot in the Plympton area of the city on Thursday afternoon. The bus was one of a batch of 15 33ft long dual door Park Royal double decker’s delivered new to Plymouth City Transport in 1971. They made up the final batch of this double decker type the first being delivered in 1969 after exhibition at the 1968 commercial motor show in Earl’s court.
In total the City Transport department took 58 of this type of double decker and 9 is thought to be the last of its type anywhere on the mainland UK.Over the coming months the bus which is mechanically sound and was last used as church meeting place in Gloucestershire will be worked on by members of the group to bring her back to her former glory. The restoration process will take some time as internally she is devoid of seats and other fixtures and fittings so it may not be until 2015 that she makes a return to the preservation scene.
PCTPG - August 2013
Photo above shows 9's first appearance at a Bus Rally - the 2015 Plymouth Bus and Classic Vehicle Rally and Running Day held at the George Junction Park and Ride, which coincidentally was also the first Rally to be held by the PCTPG; on Sunday 26th July 2015.
Believed to be the only survivor of its type in this country, examples of both earlier batches survive in Australia and Canada.
Mechanically in good order much work is needed on the interior and bodywork to return to as near original condition as possible.
Photo above shows restoration work on-going on 9, in May 2017.