London Transport Code 1/1TD2, Leyland Tiger PS1, TD118 (JXC 311)
London Transport Single-Deck Bus (Bonnet ID) TD118 Reg No.JXC311 is one of the four surviving post-war TDs.
TD118 as preserved in green livery
TD118 London Transport service: July 1949 to December 1961, and sold in February 1965.
Mann Egerton body built on a Leyland Tiger PS 1 chassis (number 484910).
Heavy oil engine (number 82) 7,400 cc (100 HP).
Normal clutch with crash gearbox.
Classified as a 2 axle rigid body single deck bus / coach.
The latest registration document (some time ago) states the colour as green (in preservation).
TD118 will be 70 years old later this
year. It was first registered on the 26th June 1949. The single deck bus was
built by Mann Egerton based on a Leyland PS1 chassis and London Transport
classified it as a 1/1TD2. It was first based at Leyton garage and then at
Loughton garage following its first overhaul at Chiswick Works. It was later
placed in store at Mortlake garage until being returned to service at
Kingston and then Norbiton garage. It was returned to Kingston garage where
many remember it operating from. Various garages were then used to store the
bus before it was withdrawn from service and it was later moved to Fulwell
Following the successful trip to Moscow, Mr. J Tillotsen of Brunel Technical College purchased TD118 for another trip, this time to Turkey. For information, Brunel Technical College was located in Acton close to many of the London Transport Rail and Bus works and a number of companies that supplied component parts for their vehicles. Brunel Technical College expanded in 1965 with new facilities at Hillingdon near Uxbridge, obtaining full University status in 1966/67.
Following the trip to Turkey, TD118 was
sold to a scrap dealer as it had some mechanical problems, but was then sold
very soon after for private use and later for preservation. It has had a
number of owners since then and is one of only four of the class to survive
Prior to the trip several seats were taken
out to make room for the onboard campers and others slept in tents usually
at proper campsites. Many cities and places of interest were visited and a
full route is available. Starting in London they travelled to Istanbul via
Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Various locations within Turkey
were visited including Mersin on the Mediterranean coast. The next stops
were in Greece returning home via Macedonia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy
Switzerland and France. It should be noted that the modern country names
have been used as the map of Europe has changed considerable since the time
of the trip.
TD118 is now in need of a continuing restoration including a full mechanical overhaul, completion of the reframing that has been started and replacement of the panels before finally repainting it.
The remaining question will be if the bus is to be restored to original condition or if it should be as modified for the Turkey trip? This will be up to the new owner or owners, but a compromise could be made with external features as original, but with the internal layout similar to that used on the Turkey trip.
Those interested in its continued preservation may request further details by email - address below.
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