THE SELNEC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
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SELNEC existed between 1st September 1969 and 31st March 1974, followed by Greater Manchester Transport 1st April 1974 - 25th October 1986. After de-regulation on 26th October 1986, the Operating Company was Greater Manchester Buses until it was split into two Divisions, North and South on 1st April 1994. Since then, the North Company has been sold to First Group and the South Company to Stagecoach.
From the original prototype Standard design on EX1 (PNF 941J) in 1970, Northern Counties has continued to develop the Standard body, not only for first and second generation rear engined chassis delivered to SELNEC/GMT and its subsequent organisations, such as GM Buses, but also used it as their Standard double-deck bus for orders placed with them from other organisations up and down the country and became named the Northern Counties Palatine 1 body. This was still being manufactured up to December 1998 when the last Palatine 1 body was manufactured, being body No. 6497, which was one of two vehicles supplied to J.J. Kavanagh & Sons in County Kildaire, Ireland.
Consequently, this design had been in production for a total of 28 years, which is a testament to the forward looking designers at SELNEC and Northern Counties in 1970 and the practicality of the way the body had been designed for easy maintenance and repair. Even today, in 2001, the Northern Counties bodied Atlanteans look particularly modern, despite them being in some cases over 20 years old.
Northern Counties did produce a more modern design, the Palatine 2, which was in production for a few years before this and the Palatine 1 were discontinued to make way for their new style body, the President.
We have been keen to reflect the quorum of different body and chassis styles of the main Atlantean/Fleetline SELNEC/GMT Standards, the nine variations of the four Types being:
Leyland Atlantean/Northern Counties prototype
Daimler Fleetline/Northern Counties prototype (dual-door)
Leyland Atlantean/Park Royal Mk1
Leyland Atlantean/Northern Counties Mk1 - 7147 (Type iii)
Daimler Fleetline/Park Royal Mk1
Daimler Fleetline/Northern Counties Mk1 (dual-door)
Leyland Atlantean/Northern Counties Mk1A
Leyland Atlantean/Park Royal Mk1A
Leyland Fleetline/Northern Counties Mk1A (single-door) GMT
Leyland Fleetline/Northern Counties Mk1A (single-door) LUT
Leyland Atlantean/Northern Counties Alloy - 8460/8765 (Type iiiA)
Other Standards Preserved
7001 - Museum of Transport
7719 - Matthew Dixon (might be 8160)
6927 - R Johnson and D J Hilla
6931 - Barry Edwards
8151 - GM Buses Group
8551 - GM Buses Group
8573 - Andrew McKeown
8697 - GM Buses Group
8706 - Museum of Transport (Manchester)
8758 - Scott Pendleton
8763 - Simon Flower
There have been over 2,000 SELNEC/GMT Standard double deck buses built for operation, and our preservation efforts have concentrated on preserving the rarer and more unique of this significantly relevant group of vehicles, the majority of which were built on Atlantean/Fleetline chassis, and fall into the four basic body/chassis combinations described earlier.
The Museum of Transport has custody of 7001 on behalf of the PTE, which represents Type i of the 305 Park Royal bodied Leyland Atlanteans, reflected also in The SELNEC Preservation Society's preservation of 7143 and 7960. However, the efforts of The SELNEC Preservation Society have concentrated on the minor groups, and has three vehicles representing not only the other three Types, but also three rare classes of Standard, as below:
- EX1 representing Type iii, and a group of only (6) Northern Counties/Leyland Atlantean prototype Standards which formed the basis of a total of (21) prototypes and is the smallest group of all - EX1 was also the first Standard of all.
- 7206 which represents Type iv, but is also the first of a group of only (48) dual door production Standards (53 with the prototypes), and the first 'production' Fleetline put into service.
- 7185 which represents Type ii, the rarest type of body/chassis combination of only (55) Daimler Fleetlines bodied by Park Royal.
Hence, amongst nearly 2,000 Standard vehicles, The SELNEC Preservation Society now had one vehicle that represents each of these three rare groups of 6/21 prototypes, 48/53 dual door Standards and 55 Fleetline Standards bodied by Park Royal.
Although our collection of ex-Manchester vehicles and Mancunians have had to concentrate on those vehicles that were available for us to purchase after we formed the SELNEC Preservation Society in 1987, in respect of the more modern vehicles, certainly the SELNEC/GMT Standards and the second generation rear engined vehicles, we have sought to secure a number of relevant first and lasts as follows:
|EX1||PNF 941J||The first prototype SELNEC Standard|
|7206||VNB 177L||The first production Daimler Fleetline Standard|
|1700||YDB 453L||Greater Manchester's first Minibus|
|7501||BNE 751N||The first Mark 1A bodied Atlantean Standard|
|7960||BNC 960T||the last Park Royal bodied Standard|
|6901||OBN 502R||First 'LUT' Standard|
|8001||XBU 1S||The first Leyland Fleetline Standard|
|4015||GNF 15V||Greater Manchester's last Titan|
|5001||GBU 1V||Greater Manchester's first Metrobus|
|6990||DWH 706W||Greater Manchester's last Fleetline|
|1448||WRJ 448X||Greater Manchester's first and only prototype Olympian|
|1451||NJA 568W||Greater Manchester's first and only prototype Olympian|
|3001||ANA 1Y||Greater Manchester's first production Olympian|
|1461||FWH 461Y||Greater Manchester's first standard Scania|
|1481||C481 CBU||Greater Manchester's first Volvo Citybus|
|8765||A765 NNA||Greater Manchester's last Atlantean|
|2001||B901 TVR||Greater Manchester's first production Dominator|
|1751||C751 YBA||The first ever Dennis Domino|
|3277||D277 JVR||Greater Manchester's last coach seated Standard Olympian|
|5320||D320 LNB||Greater Manchester's last Metrobus|
|501||D501 LNA||Greater Manchester Buses' first Leyland Lynx|
|3305||F305 DRJ||Greater Manchester's last Standard Olympian|
|2040||H140 GVM||Greater Manchester's first Standard Dominator|
It will be apparent from the list of vehicles we have thus far secured for preservation that five of them have been exhibited at Commercial Vehicle Motor Shows:
Commercial Vehicle Motor Show Exhibits
Catalogued below is what is understood to be the case, in terms of exhibits at the Commercial Vehicle Motor Show from Manchester vehicles since the first rear engined bus went on display in 1962, being 4590, Manchester's first Fleetline, up to the formation of SELNEC in 1969 and thereafter up to the formation of GM Buses in 1986.
1962 - 4590
1964 - 62
1966 - ?
1968 - 2048
1970 - EX1
1972 - 7206/EX58
1974 - 7511/1425
1976 - 98/1436
1978 - 4001/8282
1980 - 5031/1451/1446
1982 - 3001
1984 - 1751
1986 - 1841