The bus, a rare Leyland Comet, registration KMN 519 and new to Douglas Corporation in 1950, it was withdrawn from service in 1968, purchased by builders Parkinsons for staff transport then withdrawn by the company in 1979.
It is seen here after a full restoration by a UK collector outside the Jurby Transport Museum.
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Went up to the Jurby Transport Museum on Sunday (16/10/11) to have a look at the stock of vintage transport that are on show, I have to say that the guys up there are doing a fantastic job in maintaining our heritage for all to see.
697 HMN was one of three Leyland Leopard buses built in April 1967 for Isle of Man Road Services Ltd. Originally fitted with 41 coach seats, it entered service on 13 June and completed its public service on the 8th February 1986.
This bus has been restored to an absolute pristine condition and I would recommend a trip up to Jurby to see all the fantastic exhibits.
The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 18mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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