South Yorkshire, a small operator having a usually imaculate looking fleet, ran a few Albions. This good looking Valkerie having Burlingham coachwork
Known for reliability, and staid appearance, Albion were the first to succumb to the post war Leyland empire.
And when under that umbrella, their vehicles must have been the noisiest, most unpleasant sounding on British Roads.  I said British, for out where I live in the Middle East, there are Mitsubishi buses that are nothing more than deafening even in this day and age. No thought at all to noise pollution, which goes to show the Japanese are not that good at everything they do. 
As a teenager they were already in the Leyland fold, so I did not have much interest in them at all.  But their earlier vehicles were very interesting and I now learn were some of the fastest on the roads in the early fifties. As with many other small manufacturers, they persevered with own make engines that never achieved much market appeal. The most popular models had engines by other makers, Gardner and latterley Leyland.
In preservation, a Valiant with ACB coachwork.  Picture by J. Colledge.
Wallasey had what I think was this Nimbus. The reason it is here is the rare Strachan bodywork. Two rare birds with one picture. Photo by Cliff Essex.
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Halfax gained a small number of noisy Nimbus, but they were sold prematurely by Mr. Hilditch and replaced with 7'6" wide Reliances for the hill top country services. Many went on to see service with other operators, this one going to Ramsbottom, and then on to SELNEC.
Another of South Yorkshire, this showing off their handsome livery.
Onward to Albion 2
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