However, mechanically the design suffered with weak half-shafts which had not been a problem with Bournemouth’s earlier B. The final parade started at Bournemouth pier where I had a seat on 301 LJ (which actually was my favourite) As I’m sure you all know, 301 was the last British trolleybus to be built. You are correct Roger, the last "Proper" trolleybus built in the UK. I also rode on the last Bournemouth service trolleybus & the last Bradford service trolleybus.
Plus I sneaked onto the last/last "proper" trolleybus to move in the UK.
The late, somewhat shambolic & no doubt highly illegal run in Thornbury depot the evening the Bradford system closed. ) Now, what was the fleet No of the Bournemouth Mf2b I rode on in the Black Country Museum some 12 years ago?
RRU 901 was originally Bournemouth 264 – a Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1/1 with Park Royal B42F body.
A study of the Western SMT liveried bus reveals a similar layout at the rear.
Whenever I see pictures of these vehicles (and the equivalent Hull trolleybuses) with such clean lines, I always think what a pity the AEC Q was not resurrected after WW2, instead of attempting the Regent IV.
This was the normal Bournemouth fashion for many years.
Although now clearly removed, it might explain the unusual rear design for the emergency door.
It has had a bit of a chequered life in preservation and was in a sorry state in the early 2000’s.
Around 2008/9 it moved to Scotland where it was extensively re-panelled and repainted in a Western Scottish style livery, which is the way it is currently.