Midland Red West 1006 (B106JAB)

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B106JAB is a 12m Leyland Tiger 245 with a Plaxton Paramount 3200 MkII body. She was delivered new in C47Ft format to Midland Red West Ltd of Worcester in April 1985 as part of a batch of six vehicles.

Midland Red West had secured a contract for the supply of two coaches to Eurocruising, a Birmingham based continental holiday operator, and 1006 and 1007 arrived at Padmore Street depot, Worcester, in a striking silvery grey and pale green livery. Unfortunately, Eurocruising ceased trading shortly after delivery and the two green “Red” coaches were a bit of an embarrassment to MRW.

To get them out of the way, they were sent to work for National Travel East which, by that time, had become in effect, the coaching unit of West Riding Automobile Company of Wakefield. Both retained their MRW fleet numbers and legal lettering but displayed National Travel East “O” licences. After privatisation of the National Bus Company, National Travel East became Ridings Travel.

She has been restored to as near as possible “as delivered” livery.

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