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Blue bus growing old gracefully

PUBLISHED: 13:45 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:04 03 July 2010

One of Great Yarmouth's iconic blue buses is living out its days in a retirement home for transport treasures.

The number 66 has finally journeyed almost to home and is being lovingly looked after at The East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft.

One of Great Yarmouth's iconic blue buses is living out its days in a retirement home for transport treasures.

The number 66 has finally journeyed almost to home and is being lovingly looked after at The East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft.

The private donation has delighted enthusiasts who had been keen to obtain the vehicle for some time.

The bus is a 1949 Leyland PD2 which was registered for service on January 1 1950. It was one of nine buses ferrying locals around the borough at a time when routes only ran as far as Tan Lane in Caister and Gorleston's Magdalen Estate was only just being built.

It served the borough for 16 years and went on to have several owners.

Vehicle custodian and director Neil Chilvers said: “We are very pleased to have been given this example of a very local bus. We also have another ex Great Yarmouth Corporation bus under restoration at the moment built in 1963 this being a single deck the pair will make a fine sight when they are displayed together.”

Number 66 made her first visit back to Great Yarmouth on Saturday with a members' tour of old Yarmouth routes. The bus was posed on the forecourt of its former home at the Caister Road depot. The public can take a trip on number 66 in April when the bus will be used for the special event free bus service from Lowestoft and Beccles to the museum.

For more information call the museum on 01502 518459 or visit www.eatm.org.uk

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