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DAF P335ROO was acquired on16th August 2012 from Sanders Coaches, Holt, Norfolk, and thus entered preservation
from that date. It was rallied for the first time during the 2013 season.

The vehicle has Northern Counties Palatine 2 double deck bodywork and was new to Harris Bus in May 1997. 

When 335 was new, Harris Bus were making extensive use of localised branding and 335 became part of the Ilford Link group of vehicles operating routes under contract to London Transport in that area. Although Harris Bus vehicles carried local identities, their vehicles often strayed onto other routes in other areas; the DAF’s were never popular with drivers on the London work as they didn’t have assault screens fitted (unlike the mainstay of Ilford fleet of vehicles, the Volvo Olympians with their East Lancs bodies).

335 did also stray South of the river Thames - not only do I have a picture of her in Harris’s Belvedere depot, but Ians bus stop also carries a reference to her working on route 132 (Bexleyheath - Eltham)!!

As far as I’m aware, P335ROO is only the second former Harris Bus vehicle in preservation - the first being Fred Lawrance’s very well presented Leyland PD3 BUF426C - though of course there is now a third with my Volvo D302PEV joining the ranks!!

The plan is to fully restore the vehicle to it’s original Harris Bus livery and, much like with my other vehicles, show her off at bus rallies and such like in the south of England. Now when I say restore her to her original Harris Bus livery, it will be the Lime Green & Blue Ilford link version but with a small piece of ‘artistic licence’ applied - given the excellent single door conversion its likely that I won’t be looking to put the centre exit doors back in any time soon.

P335ROO is insured to carry passengers on free services at bus rallies & road running days (I have a PCV driving licence), so you could be in with a chance of having a free ride if you’re very lucky!!

Clacton & Canvey rallies are always good bets as P335ROO will be made available for service if she’s attending.


***Update November 2014***

P335ROO has been taken for scrap by Trevor Wigley & Sons bus dismantlers of Barnsley in Yorkshire

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