335 AOW

SCT No: 335

Chassis: Leyland 'Titan' PD2A/27

Chassis no: 621727

Body: Park Royal H37/29R
with St.Helens fibreglass front cover to radiator

Body No: 47003

Engine: Leyland 600 9.78 litre

Date into service: 1st March 1963

A further batch of identical bodies as 318 but this time a Leyland chassis with the ‘St Helens’ style bonnet. 335 entered service on 1st March 1963 it had a modified livery. In the upper saloon the windows and roof were painted cream. It was based at Portswood depot after delivery and worked extensively on Woolston section routes in the Eastern part of Southampton, but spent time at Shirely depot in 1976. Returned to Portswood for the rest of its service life, operating central routes 11 - 15 to Glen Eyre, Bullar Road (Bitterne), Swaythling, Townhill Park, and Bassett.

One of the last seven Titans operated by Southampton, being taken out of service in February 1978, just after route revisions associated with the opening of the Itchen Bridge linking Southampton with Woolston.

It was initially sold to Booths dealers, and acquired from Brakell on 3rd August 1981 for preservation at the eleventh hour by members of the Southampton Transport Trust (STT) and restored externally for the July 1985 Southsea Rally. 335 then spent a nomadic existence being based at the closed Hants & Dorset Fareham bus garage, an open site near Swanwick, and then an open yard at Bishops Waltham. Mechanical problems developed and after attending several STT running days and other local events, 335 was stored outdoors. However, the Southampton and District Transport Heritage Trust (S&DTHT - successors to STT) were able to move 335 into closed storage at Medstead preserved `bus depot in Spring 2001. Subequently adopted by the S&DTHT’s 335 Group and professionally restored from 2006 – 2013. Work has included replacement of a completely rotten lower deck floor, corroded rear framing, faulty wiring, and rusted-out roof ventilators. Most of these difficulties arose from water ingress during the period of open air storage.

Line drawing of No. 335  ~  Bus Profile for No. 335

 

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