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The fascinating thing about these Roe rebodied K5Gs is the body profile, which seemed to have more in common with the pre-war ECW bodies carried originally, than the contemporary ECW design!
The chassis overhaul was very thorough, including of course, the update to PV2 radiator.
To cover this K rebodying programme, the G type buses mainly remained in service until 1951/2, and what memories they bring back!
With reference to the comment on West Yorkshire RCC by Richard Fieldhouse, United rebodied 4 prewar buses with Roe lowbridge bodies; LUT1 EHN 617 Bristol K5G 47.0 L27/28R LUT2 EHN 618 Bristol K5G 47.0 L27/28R LUT3 EHN 620 Bristol K5G 47.0 L27/28R LUT4 EHN 621 Bristol K5G 47.0 L27/28R BGL 17-18,20-21, later BDO 17,18,20 & 21.
My records for 1953 show all the 10 WYRCC buses were allocated to the Bradford depot and this confirms the comments from John W.
They were lovely solid buses to ride on and sometimes appeared on the Bradford to Ilkley 63 service which was my home route.
Thank goodness the re-build also included the lower PV radiator, otherwise the overall effect would have been greatly diminished! As John points out, ECW at the time were at full stretch, with full order books and a backlog developing, hence the rebodying of sixteen of West Yorkshire’s Bristol K5G ‘rehab’ chassis by Roe in 1950.
I doubt that the original bodies were worn out either, as 5 were transferred to 707-711, the W sanction K6As originally with Strachan utility bodies, later to be K5Gs.
Probably the whole exercise was the result of a calculation to maximise the life expectancy, an aim which was well fulfilled!
In fact so desolate that some of the fare stages could only be described by "fourth milestone from Hebden Bridge" etc. One of my most treasured possessions is my 1960 fare book which I often dip into with great pleasure.
Regarding the 19 route I still shudder even now in the car at how they went on in the icy Winters – there is a "Swiss style" treacherous hill near to Hebden Bridge with minimal edge protection and a wicked sheer drop in the event of a mishap.