Guy Wulfrunian

Chassis:  FDW75191
Body: Roe GO5694
Date new: September 1963
Withdrawn: August 1969


COPYRIGHT: Basil Hancock

When new in September 1963, this bus was in the part of the West Riding fleet that was painted red. As West Riding had a major input in the design, they were committed to buying the product. A total of 137 Wulfrunians were built, of which 132 ended up with West Riding. 126 were new to the company, and six were second-hand. Two were ex-demonstrators for spares only, two were from County Motors of Lepton, one from Lancashire United Tours and one from West Wales.

Since withdrawal in August 1969, 970 has led a nomadic life, with a succession of owners including J Moffat of Fife, McLennan of Spitalfield, Rennie of Dunfermline, all in Scotland, and ending up - via Paul Sykes bus sales yard - at the other end of the country with Crouch End Luxury Coaches of London N8. Being withdrawn there in 1978, 970 was eventually purchased for preservation by Basil Hancock who, due to emigrating to the Southern Hemisphere, sold it on to a consortium of people for future preservation. Work has been progressing well and it is hoped that the remaining panelling and glazing will be completed shortly. The interior restoration is almost complete and the mechanical overhaul is well advanced.


Top:  On her way north, near Junction 16 of the M1 on 27th June 1982. She appears to be in better condition than the tow-truck!

Above: 970 in her present condition - the bodywork is complete (inside and out) and we are now working on the mechanical and electrical stuff. We're getting there!

The Wulfrunian Story
Her former owner, Basil Hancock, wrote an article for the Buses Annual 1987, in which he tells the story of the Wulfrunian, and lists all 137 examples built. Click this button to download it, but please be patient - it is a 2.4Mb file.




Above: In the first (red) livery Above:  In the second (red) livery
Below: In the third (green) livery Below: In service in the mid-1960s



WHL 970 in service mid 1960's