West Riding 73 (XUA 73X)

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Technical details;

Chassis - Leyland National 2 NL116AL11/1R 07629
Body - Integral Leyland
Power - Gardner 6LXB with Leyland 5 speed Hydracyclic gearbox

XUA 73X was one of five Leyland National2 buses delivered to West Riding in 1982 numbered 72 – 76 and given registration numbers XUA 72– 6X. They followed over 100 Leyland National1 buses that had entered service from 1972, the first batch being JHL 856–860L with dual door bodies. The Mark 2 version differed from the original examples in that the Leyland 510 engine had been replaced by a choice of either a Leyland L11 or a Gardner 6LXB, 73 being powered by the Gardner option.

In July 2011 an opportunity arose to re-home her and she was placed on-tow and taken to Ravensthorpe. Initial work began again and a partial strip down revealed some welding was required along with work on the brakes, this halting progress again. In late 2013 work commenced on the welding and this was completed in February 2014 when external panels were attached and her seat frames renovated. In 2015 a full repaint into traditional West Riding Automobile Company livery was completed to celebrate 25 years of Dewsbury Bus Museum and 110 years of the West Riding company. A serious fault with the power steering ram was rectified along with work on the air tanks, rear brakes, track rod ends, starter motor and foot brake valve before she was launched back into public service in November 2017. She is now an active member of the WROPS collection.

XUA3

Now carrying an all-over advert for the Wilton Ballroom. Whilst wearing this livery it was renumbered again to 102.

XUA2

In revised MetroBus livery, but with the logo painted out and "West Riding" transfers applied. It was renumbered to 202 at this point.

XUA4

Early 1990s, and the bus is in the Caldaire West Riding livery.

XUA5

Just withdrawn from United, and heading into preservation.

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Left: The interior was complete - but we stripped all the seats out and renovated them. They are all now back in place.

Click on the image above to see more photographs of XUA73X

WANTED! If anyone has photographs of this bus during her "in service" days with United - please contact us.

Below are pictures of this bus as she is today We couldn't decide which of the above liveries to use, so we didn't use any of them!

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