The photo in "Trolleybuses of South Shields" says it all. My records show 2 liveries too, in that 596 and 590 had both received the pale blue livery (Southend "new blue") whereas 582 was in original dark blue, and they ran as such in South Shields. 19/03/18 Morecambe Number 73 Well here is some good news after two and a half years Darren Hunt and John Hewitt with help from Ken Wade Morecambe no 73 is back on the road.
And will be going to Morecambe this may 2018, it has taken lots of hard work and money. 73 is a fabulous bus, oozing character and style and I know that any vehicle Darren has had anything to do with will be a job well done.
The upper and lower decks still need work, the bus had a road test and passed with flying colours. One thing – when I was involved with the Mersey & Calder group back in the 1970’s Tony Blackman owned 77 from the same batch.
Later I believe that he thinned his collection down and 77 moved on and I haven’t seen or heard of it since. Also at the same time that Tony purchased 77 another bid for the Park Royal-bodied Regent III former 1950 Show exhibit number 72 was unsuccessful, and it passed to an owner who I believe kept it at Carnforth.
My info was my dad and grandfather bought it from a dealer in Ipswich, already converted.