Birch Brothers Ltd. Bus Fleet List 1904-1971

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Fleet No.Reg. No.ChassisChassis No.BodySeating

1904

A7045-7046Milnes Daimler?BirchO18/16RO

One of these vehicles probably had the chassis no. 1507.
Withdrawn 1907 (A7045-7046).

1905

A8545Milnes Daimler?BirchO18/16RO
LC1043Milnes Daimler1810?BirchO18/16RO
LC3160Milnes Daimler1827?BirchO18/16RO

Withdrawn 1907 (A8545, LC1043, LC3160).

1906

LC3680Leyland-Crossley?BirchO18/16RO
LC4813De Dion?BirchO18/16RO
LC5476Milnes Daimler?BirchO18/16RO
LC6193Milnes Daimler3645?BirchO18/16RO
LC6505De Dion?BirchO18/16RO
LC7590Milnes Daimler3815?BirchO18/16RO
LC7743Milnes Daimler3829BirchO18/16RO
?De Dion?BirchO18/16RO

Withdrawn 1907 (LC4813/5476/6193/6505/7590/7743 and unknown De Dion), 1908 (LC3680).

1907

LN3317Leyland-Crossley?BirchO18/16RO
?Milnes Daimler?BirchO18/16RO
?Milnes Daimler?BirchO18/16RO

Withdrawn 1907 (both Milnes Daimler’s), 1908 (LN3317).

1919

K1-3IT253-255TSM?BirchCh??
K4-6IT288-290TSM?BirchCh??
K7IT268Leyland?BirchCh??

K1-K7 ex-War Department.
Withdrawn unknown.

1924

B1-2XW6188-6189Leyland LB513134/33BirchO26/22RO

No. B2 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered L54).
Withdrawn 1931 (B1).

1925

B3XX5044Leyland LB513226BirchO26/22RO
B4XX5043Leyland LB513228BirchO26/22RO
B5XX7447Leyland LB513306BirchO26/22RO
B6YL2136Leyland LB513309BirchO26/22RO

Withdrawn 1931 (B3-B6).

1927

B7YH6292Leyland LB513809BirchO26/22RO
B8YT6958Dennis E17221BirchB30R
B9-12YU1015-1018Dennis E17224/29-31BirchB30R
B13YU8159Dennis E17234BirchB30R
K8-9LX8658-8659Leyland S510126/42BirchCh28

Nos. B7-B13 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered L55, DE29-34 respectively).
No. K8-9 ex-Birch Bros. lorries (re-bodied May 1927).
Withdrawn 1932 (K8), 1933 (K9).

1928

B14-15UC1945-1946Dennis E17439/56BirchB30R
B16UC8332Dennis E17386BirchB30R
B17YV1227Dennis E17401BirchB30R
B18XX1514Daimler Y6080HickmanO42RO
B19YX4400Leyland PLSC347196BirchB32R
B20XV1153Leyland PLSC347152BirchB32R
B21XP435Leyland LB212641DodsonO48RO
B22XT4608Leyland LB412716DodsonO48RO
K10YV1228Leyland PLSC346382BirchC30?
K11YV5499Leyland PLSC346384BirchC24?
K12YW2793Leyland PLSC346383BirchC30?
K13-14YV5210-5211Albion PJ265062K-LBirchC26D

Nos. B14-17 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered DE35-38 respectively).
No. B18 ex-Ingarfield & Bright, London (new 1925).
Nos. B19-20 converted to coaches as C30R; re-numbered K29-30 respectively in 1932.
Nos. B21-22 ex-Drake & McCowen, London (new 1923, 1924 respectively).
Nos. K10-14 re-numbered K25-27, K31-32 respectively in 1932.
Withdrawn 1929 (B18), 1930 (B21-22), 1934 (K11[K26], K13-14[K31-32]), 1935 (K10[K25], K12[K27], B19-20[K29-30]).

1929

B23UL1966Dennis E17584BirchB30R
B24UL4420Dennis E17606BirchB30R
B25GU977Dennis H90061BirchH28/26RO
B26GU6436Dennis H90064BirchH28/26RO
B27UC1817Maudslay ML34029Hall LewisB32R
B28UC1816Maudslay ML34030Hall LewisB32R
K15-16UL1964-1965Leyland PLC147618-19BirchC24R
K17-18UL4418-4419Leyland PLC147621-22BirchC24R
K19-20GU2972-2973Gilford 166OT10675/41BirchC30D
K21-24UU1463-1466Gilford 166OT10713/73/
828/35
BirchC30D

Nos. B23-26 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered DE39-40, DH10-11 respectively).
Nos. B27-28 ex-Brown, London (new 1928); re-seated to B30R in 1929.
Withdrawn 1931 (B27-28), 1935 (K15-16), 1936 (K22, K24), 1937 (K17), 1940 (K19, K21), by 1941 (K18), 1945 (K20, K23).

1930

B29GK6431Leyland TD171492BirchH30/26RO
B30GK8660Leyland TD171764BirchH30/26RO

Nos. B29-30 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered TD74-75 respectively).

1931

B31GK9718Leyland TD171765BirchH30/26RO
B32-33GN4380-4381Leyland TD171768/873BirchH30/26RO
B34-35GN5880-5881Leyland TD171791/69BirchH30/26RO
B36-37GO1525-1526Leyland TD171770-71BirchH30/26RO
B38GP7289Leyland TD172214BirchH30/26RO

Nos. B31-38 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered TD76-83 respectively).

1932

B39-40GX131-132Leyland TD2868-69BirchH30/26R
K28YW6778Leyland PLSC347195?C30?
K33MT5714Gilford 166OT10681?C32?
K34MY9115Gilford 166OT11003?C32?
K35MY7225Gilford 166OT11221?C32?

Nos. B39-40 to London Transport 2/34 (re-numbered TD85, TD84 respectively).
No. K28 ex-St. Albans & District (new 1928).
Nos. K33-35 ex-Beaumont Safeway Coaches, Enfield (new 1929, 1929 and 1930 respectively); K35 re-numbered K25 by 1938.
Withdrawn 1935 (K28, K33), 1936 (K34), by 1941 (K35[K25]).

1934

K36-39AYH295-298Leyland LT5A4492-95BirchFC39C

Withdrawn 1946 (K36-39).

1935

K40-45BLO973-978Leyland LT76555/54/
51-53/56
BirchFC39C
K46-49CLA102-105Leyland LT78913/12/14-15BirchFC39C

No. K40 re-bodied by Birch in 1947.
Nos. K41, 43 fitted with Duple C35F bodies from Nos. K61, K63 respectively in 1949 and 1950 respectively. The Birch body from K43 was fitted to K62.
No. K42 was rebuilt by Birch to L48F in 1944 and re-numbered K142.
Nos. K45-49 fitted with ECW B35R bodies from K81-85 in 1949. The body from K49 was fitted to K63.
Nos. K48-49 fitted with Thurgood C35F bodies from K96-97 in 1952, prior to sale. The ECW B35R bodies from K48-49 were fitted to K96-97.
Withdrawn 1951 (K41, K42[K142], K43), 1952 (K40, K48-49), 1954 (K44-47).

1936

K50CYU406Leyland TS7T11168BirchB43F
K51CYY192Leyland TS7T11167BirchB43F

Nos. K50-51 re-bodied by Birch to H34/30R in 1943 and re-numbered K150-151 respectively.
Withdrawn 1951 (K50[K150]), 1952 (K51[K151]).

1937

K52-53DXE872-873Leyland TS7D12545-46BirchB43F
K54-55DXV175-176Leyland TS7D12548/47BirchB43F

Nos. K52, K55 re-bodied by Birch to H34/30R in 1943/44 and re-numbered K152-153 respectively.
Withdrawn 1951 (K52[K152], K53, K55[K153]), 1952 (K54).

1938

K9MJ2985Ford BB5250289ThurgoodB20F
K10EU4724Ford AA4792974?B20F
K11MJ5264Ford BB5317917ThurgoodB20F
K12ATM274Ford BB3010968ThurgoodFB26F
K15MT2702Gilford 166SD10541?C25R
K16PG8380AJS Commodore???30?
K17UL9372Gilford 166OT10589ThurgoodC31R
K18MT2933Gilford 166OT10572?C32R
K27NV5107Commer B359013?FC26F
K28VC6112Maudslay ML7A4799?B30?
K30MJ4825Dennis Ace200206?B20F
K31MJ2699Dennis Lancet170431?B32?
K32BNM410Dennis Lancet II175328?B39?
K35VD3510Leyland LT5A4248LeylandB32R
K56CUC104Bedford WTB110251?B26R
K57EXA822Bedford WTB111823BirchC25F
K58EXF26Bedford WTB111762BirchC25F
K59NV8311Bedford WTB110893?C26F
K60NV3606Leyland SKP2695BurlinghamC26F
K61-62EXO694-695Leyland LZ2A200179/51BirchC36F
K63-66EXX990-993Leyland LZ2A200211/42/
12/180
BirchC36F

Nos. K9, K11-12 ex-Sunbeam, Gravenhurst (new 1933, 1934, 1936 respectively).
Nos. K10, K17 ex-Whitwell Bus Company, Whitwell (new 1931, 1929 respectively).
Nos. K16, K28 ex-Swallow Omnibus Company, Kempston (both new 1930).
Nos. K15, K18 ex-Pirton Belle, Pirton (new 1929).
No. K27 ex-Robinson, Rushden (new 1935).
Nos. K30-32, K56 ex-Perseverance, Shillington (new 1934, 1933, 1937, 1936 respectively).
No. K35 ex-Lanarkshire Traction Company (No. F114, new 1934); fitted with Duple C35F body from K62 in 1949; re-numbered K42 at the same time.
Nos. K57-58 re-seated to C26F at a later date.
No. K59 ex-Abbott & Sons, Rushden (new 1937).
No. K60 ex-Scroxton, Rushden (new 1934).
Nos. K61-63 re-bodied to C35F by Duple in 1946; these bodies were fitted to K41-43 in 1949 being replaced with the bodies from K35[K42], K43-44 prior to sale.
Withdrawn 1938 (K16), 1939 (K9-11, K15, K17-18), 1944 (K30), 1945 (K28, K31), 1946 (K12, K27, K32, K56, K60), 1948 (K59), 1949 (K57-58, K61-62, K64, K66), 1950 (K63, K65), 1951 (K35[K42]).

The following vehicles were also acquired in 1938 from operators taken over.
Most were not operated, but some may have entered service for a short while. None received Birch Brothers fleet numbers.

EW6507Gilford CP610775EatonB20F
MY9869GMC T6060917?C26?
NH5868Reo??B14?
TM4736Ford AA3731081?B20F
TM9630Ford AA4792070ThurgoodB20F
UR6614Ford AA3013592ThurgoodB20F
VC348Chevrolet LQ52446?C14F
VX1448Chevrolet LQ56006?B14?
WO4600Chevrolet??B14?

MY9869, NH5868, WO4600 ex-Pirton Belle, Pirton (new 1929, 1924, 1930 respectively).
TM4736 ex-Twydell, Shillington (new 1930).
TM9630 ex-Sunbeam, Gravenhurst (new 1931).
EW6507, VC348 ex-Swallow Omnibus Company, Kempston (new 1930, 1929 respectively).
UR6614, VX1448 ex-Whitwell Bus Company, Whitwell (new 1930, 1929 respectively).
All were withdrawn in 1938.

1940

K170GGT184Leyland TD7306839BirchL27/28R
K171GGK328Leyland TD7306840BirchL27/28R

No. K170 re-bodied to L27/26R by Barnard in 1949 after being damaged by fire in 1946.
Withdrawn 1949 (K171), 1960 (K170).

1945

K34HE6329Leyland LT5A4049RoeB32F
K101-104GYL981-984Guy Arab IIFD27533/30/
50/63
WeymannL27/28R

No. K34 ex-Yorkshire Traction (No. 416, new 1934); fitted with ECW B35R body from K80 in 1949.
Withdrawn 1951 (K34, K101-104).

1946

K80HUW780Leyland PS1461045ECWB35R
K180-184HLY480-484Leyland PD1460441-42/
51836/60694-
95/1045
BirchL28/25F

No. K80 re-bodied to C33F by Windover in 1949.
Nos. K180-183 re-bodied to H30/26R by MCCW in 1956 or 1957 (K182).
Withdrawn 1957 (K184), 1958 (K80), 1965 (K180, K183), 1966 (K181), 1967 (K182).

1947

K20-25HYP720-725Bedford OB55805/61710/
47814/50760/
71412/81218
DupleC29F
K81-85HUW781-785Leyland PS1462416/59/
664/985/3043
ECWB35R
K185-189HLY485-489Leyland PD1460822/696/
827/26/28
BirchL28/25F

Nos. K81-85 re-bodied to C33F by Windover in 1949.
Nos. K187-189 re-bodied to H30/26R by MCCW in 1956 (K189) and 1957.
Withdrawn 1949 (K20), 1950 (K21-25), 1956 (K82-83), 1957 (K81, K84-85), 1958 (K185-186), 1966 (K189), 1967 (K187-188).

1948

K90-95JXT490-495Leyland PS1/1481867/997/
2502/621/70-1
ECWC31R
K96-97JXT496-497Leyland PS1/1482013/3104ThurgoodC35F

Nos. K96-97 fitted with ECW B35R bodies from K48-49 in 1952.
Withdrawn 1954 (K96-97), 1958 (K90-91, K95), 1959 (K92-94).

1949

K26KGT426Bedford OB99998DupleC29F
K70KXU670Leyland CPO1490039WindoverC32F
K98-99JXT498-499Leyland PS1/1493295/5572WindoverC35F

No. K70 re-seated to C34F at a later date.
Withdrawn 1950 (K26), 1957 (K98-99), 1961 (K70).

1950

K71-75KXU671-675Leyland CPO1493846/655/
800/663/874
WindoverC32F

Nos. K71-75 re-seated to C34F at a later date.
Withdrawn 1955 (K75), 1956 (K73), 1960 (K74), 1962 (K71-72).

1951

K20-25LXM20-25Leyland PSU1/13501537/618/
10752/1424/
26-27
WindoverC39C
K26MLF726Leyland PSU1/13511425WindoverC39F
K210-215LXV210-215Guy Arab IIIFD70060/40/
56/59/70/354
WillowbrookFH27/26F
K220LXV220Leyland PD1A494838WillowbrookFH27/26F
K221-223LXV221-223Leyland PS1/4504555-57WillowbrookFH27/26F

Nos. K210-215 carried the names John Churchill, Charles Churchill, William Cadogan, Adam de Cordonnel, Sidney Godolphin, Prince Eugene respectively.
K220-223 carried the names Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenards, Malplaquet respectively.
Withdrawn 1960 (K220-223), 1961 (K22-24, K26), 1962 (K20-21, K25, K210, K214), 1963 (K211-213, K215).

1952

K12PKL812Leyland-BeadleJCB318BeadleC35F

No. K12 ex-Beadle demonstrator, constructed from Leyland units ex-K171 (GGK328).
Withdrawn 1957 (K12).

1954

K30PLA830AEC RelianceMU3RV273Park RoyalC41C
K160EFJ235Leyland TD5300633LeylandH29/26R
K161-162EFJ161-162Leyland TD5300333-34LeylandH29/26R
K163EFJ236Leyland TD5300634LeylandH29/26R

Nos. K160-163 ex-Exeter Corporation (Nos. 20, 61-62, 21 respectively, all new 1938).
Withdrawn 1955 (K161-163), 1957 (K160), 1966 (K30).

1955

K60-65PYK60-65Beadle-Commer TS3JCB641-646BeadleC41F

Withdrawn 1964 (K60, K62-65), 1966 (K61).

1956

K31-36RYT31-36AEC RelianceMU3RV746-48/
1158-60
WeymannC41F
K66SLP10Beadle-Commer TS3JCB699BeadleC41F

Withdrawn 1963 (K35), 1965 (K66), 1966 (K31-34, K36).

1958

K10UYW10Bedford SB862099DupleC37F
K40-41UYT40-41AEC RelianceMU3RV1020-21Park RoyalB45F
K67TKT933Beadle-Commer TS3JCB376BeadleC41F

No. K10 re-seated to C36F at a later date.
No. K67 ex-Beadle demonstrator.
Withdrawn 1959 (K67), 1967 (K10), 1969 (K40-41).

1959

K11-12WJJ11-12Bedford SB867161/77DupleC41F
K42WLW42AEC Reliance2MU3RV2452Park RoyalB45F
K50-52WXR50-52Leyland PSUC1/2594436-37/44WillowbrookC41F

Nos. K11-12 re-seated to C36F at a later date.
Withdrawn 1967 (K11), 1968 (K12), 1969 (K42, K50-52).

1960

K13-18YYT13-18Bedford SB179470/96/
500/72/612/888
DupleC41F
K43YYX43AEC Reliance2MU3RA2457DupleC43F
K4444AUWAEC Reliance2MU3RA2422WillowbrookC41F

Withdrawn 1969 (K13-18), 1970 (K43-44).

1961

K45-4845-48AUWAEC Reliance2MU3RA3606-
09
WillowbrookC41F
K80-8180-81CYVLeyland L2602898-99DupleC41F

Withdrawn 1970 (K45-48, K80-81).

1962

K19-2019-20ELHBedford SB888949/72DupleC41F
K82-8482-84CYVLeyland PSU3/3R620832-33/51WillowbrookDP51F

No. K84 re-bodied to DP51F by Plaxton in 1969.
Withdrawn 1969 (K19-20, K82-83).

1963

K90-9590-95FXDLeyland PSU3/4R629751-56Park RoyalC49F

Withdrawn 1969 (K90-95).

1964

K25-29ALD25-29BAEC Reliance2MU4RA5406-10HarringtonC41F

Withdrawn 1971 (K25-29).

1965

K70-73DUC70-73CLeyland PSU3/4RL40097-100MarshallC49F

Withdrawn 1969 (K70-73).

1966

K6M-7MFML517-18BBedford SB1394773/494DupleC41F
K8MJNK687CBedford SB595561DupleC41F
K9MEAA168DBedford VAM146806547DupleC45F
K21-24KHM21-24DBedford VAL146824192/
6822/7886/
9120
DupleC45F

Nos. K6M-K9M ex-Monico Motorways (new 1964, 1964, 1965, 1966 respectively).
Withdrawn 1970 (K6M-K9M), 1971 (K21-24).

1967

K30-31NYM30-31EBedford VAM147802669/
3286
PlaxtonC45F

Withdrawn 1971 (K30-31).

1969

K35-38VLF35-38GBedford VAM70457139/
62775/83/935
PlaxtonC45F

Nos. K35-38 to George Ewer Group 2/71.

1970

K60-64BUL60-64HSeddon Pennine IV47296-300PlaxtonC45F

Nos. K60-64 to George Ewer Group 2/71.


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