“Rosie” – 1946 Leyland Tiger


1946/68 First owned Preston Corporation Transport Department.
Used as a supermarket bus and a polling booth. We estimate this bus has probably only done about 250,000 miles.
1968/78 In preservation by 3 various enthusiasts
1978/1999 Stored in garage by T. Snape of Leyland
1999 Bought by Cumbria Classic Coaches and Class VI tested, re-painted as original and put into use for wedding transport, film buses, bus services and coach hire. Rosie has appeared on ‘Island at War’, a recent documentary on the life of Wainwright, on ‘Call the Midwife’ and an ITV production due to be broadcast early next year.
Now affectionately known as “Rosie”.


  • Registration: CRN 80 (Preston)
  • Seats: 34 seated and 12 standing
  • Make : Leyland
  • Type: PS1 Tiger
  • Single deck bus
  • Year: Built 1946 and commissioned by Preston Corporation Transport Dept. 10th June 1949
  • Body: East Lancs body but made at the Yorkshire Yacht Building Company. Ash wooden frame and aluminium panels, with rubber window surrounds and rear door.
  • Weight: 6 tons 9 cwt 84 lbs
  • Engine: 7.4 litre heavy oil (diesel). E181-952 as used in wartime Matilda tank
  • Bore 4.3/8 ins, Stroke 5 ins, bhp 100, max. rpm 1,800. O.H.V.
  • Gearbox: Constant mesh – 4 speed and reverse “Crash change”
  • Brakes: Triple vacuum brake servo Clayton Dewandre rod pull hand brake to rear
  • Springs: Multi-leaf
  • Wheels: Steel rim, tyres 900 x 20 cross ply
  • Electrics: 24 volt dynamo
  • Top Speed: 40 mph
  • MPG: 14 approx.
  • Colours: Originally Crimson and Ivory. Was Blue and Cream but painted back to original July 1999