Birch Brothers Ltd.

Bus Fleet List
1904-1971


Fleet No.

Reg. No.

Chassis

Chassis No.

Body

Seating

1904

-

A7045-7046

Milnes Daimler

?

Birch

O18/16RO

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Withdrawn 1907 (A7045-7046).

1905

-

A8545

Milnes Daimler

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC1043

Milnes Daimler

1810?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC3160

Milnes Daimler

1827?

Birch

O18/16RO

Withdrawn 1907 (A8545, LC1043, LC3160).

1906

-

LC3680

Leyland-Crossley

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC4813

De Dion

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC5476

Milnes Daimler

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC6193

Milnes Daimler

3645?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC6505

De Dion

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC7590

Milnes Daimler

3815?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

LC7743

Milnes Daimler

3829

Birch

O18/16RO

-

?

De Dion

?

Birch

O18/16RO

Withdrawn 1907 (LC4813/5476/6193/6505/7590/7743 and unknown De Dion), 1908 (LC3680).

1907

-

LN3317

Leyland-Crossley

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

?

Milnes Daimler

?

Birch

O18/16RO

-

?

Milnes Daimler

?

Birch

O18/16RO

Withdrawn 1907 (both Milnes Daimler's), 1908 (LN3317).

1919

K1-3

IT253-255

TSM

?

Birch

Ch??

K4-6

IT288-290

TSM

?

Birch

Ch??

K7

IT268

Leyland

?

Birch

Ch??

K1-K7 ex-War Department.
Withdrawn unknown.

1924

B1-2

XW6188-6189

Leyland LB5

13134/33

Birch

O26/22RO

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Withdrawn 1931 (B1).

1925

B3

XX5044

Leyland LB5

13226

Birch

O26/22RO

B4

XX5043

Leyland LB5

13228

Birch

O26/22RO

B5

XX7447

Leyland LB5

13306

Birch

O26/22RO

B6

YL2136

Leyland LB5

13309

Birch

O26/22RO

Withdrawn 1931 (B3-B6).

1927

B7

YH6292

Leyland LB5

13809

Birch

O26/22RO

B8

YT6958

Dennis E

17221

Birch

B30R

B9-12

YU1015-1018

Dennis E

17224/29-31

Birch

B30R

B13

YU8159

Dennis E

17234

Birch

B30R

K8-9

LX8658-8659

Leyland S5

10126/42

Birch

Ch28

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Withdrawn 1932 (K8), 1933 (K9).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

B14-15

UC1945-1946

Dennis E

17439/56

Birch

B30R

B16

UC8332

Dennis E

17386

Birch

B30R

B17

YV1227

Dennis E

17401

Birch

B30R

B18

XX1514

Daimler Y

6080

Hickman

O42RO

B19

YX4400

Leyland PLSC3

47196

Birch

B32R

B20

XV1153

Leyland PLSC3

47152

Birch

B32R

B21

XP435

Leyland LB2

12641

Dodson

O48RO

B22

XT4608

Leyland LB4

12716

Dodson

O48RO

K10

YV1228

Leyland PLSC3

46382

Birch

C30?

K11

YV5499

Leyland PLSC3

46384

Birch

C24?

K12

YW2793

Leyland PLSC3

46383

Birch

C30?

K13-14

YV5210-5211

Albion PJ26

5062K-L

Birch

C26D

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

B23

UL1966

Dennis E

17584

Birch

B30R

B24

UL4420

Dennis E

17606

Birch

B30R

B25

GU977

Dennis H

90061

Birch

H28/26RO

B26

GU6436

Dennis H

90064

Birch

H28/26RO

B27

UC1817

Maudslay ML3

4029

Hall Lewis

B32R

B28

UC1816

Maudslay ML3

4030

Hall Lewis

B32R

K15-16

UL1964-1965

Leyland PLC1

47618-19

Birch

C24R

K17-18

UL4418-4419

Leyland PLC1

47621-22

Birch

C24R

K19-20

GU2972-2973

Gilford 166OT

10675/41

Birch

C30D

K21-24

UU1463-1466

Gilford 166OT

10713/73/
828/35

Birch

C30D

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

B29

GK6431

Leyland TD1

71492

Birch

H30/26RO

B30

GK8660

Leyland TD1

71764

Birch

H30/26RO

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

1931

B31

GK9718

Leyland TD1

71765

Birch

H30/26RO

B32-33

GN4380-4381

Leyland TD1

71768/873

Birch

H30/26RO

B34-35

GN5880-5881

Leyland TD1

71791/69

Birch

H30/26RO

B36-37

GO1525-1526

Leyland TD1

71770-71

Birch

H30/26RO

B38

GP7289

Leyland TD1

72214

Birch

H30/26RO

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

1932

B39-40

GX131-132

Leyland TD2

868-69

Birch

H30/26R

K28

YW6778

Leyland PLSC3

47195

?

C30?

K33

MT5714

Gilford 166OT

10681

?

C32?

K34

MY9115

Gilford 166OT

11003

?

C32?

K35

MY7225

Gilford 166OT

11221

?

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

K36-39

AYH295-298

Leyland LT5A

4492-95

Birch

FC39C

Withdrawn 1946 (K36-39).

1935

K40-45

BLO973-978

Leyland LT7

6555/54/
51-53/56

Birch

FC39C

K46-49

CLA102-105

Leyland LT7

8913/12/14-15

Birch

FC39C

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

K50

CYU406

Leyland TS7T

11168

Birch

B43F

K51

CYY192

Leyland TS7T

11167

Birch

B43F

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

K52-53

DXE872-873

Leyland TS7D

12545-46

Birch

B43F

K54-55

DXV175-176

Leyland TS7D

12548/47

Birch

B43F

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

K9

MJ2985

Ford BB

5250289

Thurgood

B20F

K10

EU4724

Ford AA

4792974

?

B20F

K11

MJ5264

Ford BB

5317917

Thurgood

B20F

K12

ATM274

Ford BB

3010968

Thurgood

FB26F

K15

MT2702

Gilford 166SD

10541

?

C25R

K16

PG8380

AJS Commodore

?

?

?30?

K17

UL9372

Gilford 166OT

10589

Thurgood

C31R

K18

MT2933

Gilford 166OT

10572

?

C32R

K27

NV5107

Commer B3

59013

?

FC26F

K28

VC6112

Maudslay ML7A

4799

?

B30?

K30

MJ4825

Dennis Ace

200206

?

B20F

K31

MJ2699

Dennis Lancet

170431

?

B32?

K32

BNM410

Dennis Lancet II

175328

?

B39?

K35

VD3510

Leyland LT5A

4248

Leyland

B32R

K56

CUC104

Bedford WTB

110251

?

B26R

K57

EXA822

Bedford WTB

111823

Birch

C25F

K58

EXF26

Bedford WTB

111762

Birch

C25F

K59

NV8311

Bedford WTB

110893

?

C26F

K60

NV3606

Leyland SKP

2695

Burlingham

C26F

K61-62

EXO694-695

Leyland LZ2A

200179/51

Birch

C36F

K63-66

EXX990-993

Leyland LZ2A

200211/42/
12/180

Birch

C36F

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.

-

EW6507

Gilford CP6

10775

Eaton

B20F

-

MY9869

GMC T60

60917

?

C26?

-

NH5868

Reo

?

?

B14?

-

TM4736

Ford AA

3731081

?

B20F

-

TM9630

Ford AA

4792070

Thurgood

B20F

-

UR6614

Ford AA

3013592

Thurgood

B20F

-

VC348

Chevrolet LQ

52446

?

C14F

-

VX1448

Chevrolet LQ

56006

?

B14?

-

WO4600

Chevrolet

?

?

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

K170

GGT184

Leyland TD7

306839

Birch

L27/28R

K171

GGK328

Leyland TD7

306840

Birch

L27/28R

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

1945

K34

HE6329

Leyland LT5A

4049

Roe

B32F

K101-104

GYL981-984

Guy Arab II

FD27533/30/
50/63

Weymann

L27/28R

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

1946

K80

HUW780

Leyland PS1

461045

ECW

B35R

K180-184

HLY480-484

Leyland PD1

460441-42/
51836/60694-
95/1045

Birch

L28/25F

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

K20-25

HYP720-725

Bedford OB

55805/61710/
47814/50760/
71412/81218

Duple

C29F

K81-85

HUW781-785

Leyland PS1

462416/59/
664/985/3043

ECW

B35R

K185-189

HLY485-489

Leyland PD1

460822/696/
827/26/28

Birch

L28/25F

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

K90-95

JXT490-495

Leyland PS1/1

481867/997/
2502/621/70-1

ECW

C31R

K96-97

JXT496-497

Leyland PS1/1

482013/3104

Thurgood

C35F

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

K26

KGT426

Bedford OB

99998

Duple

C29F

K70

KXU670

Leyland CPO1

490039

Windover

C32F

K98-99

JXT498-499

Leyland PS1/1

493295/5572

Windover

C35F

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

1950

K71-75

KXU671-675

Leyland CPO1

493846/655/
800/663/874

Windover

C32F

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

1951

K20-25

LXM20-25

Leyland PSU1/13

501537/618/
10752/1424/
26-27

Windover

C39C

K26

MLF726

Leyland PSU1/13

511425

Windover

C39F

K210-215

LXV210-215

Guy Arab III

FD70060/40/
56/59/70/354

Willowbrook

FH27/26F

K220

LXV220

Leyland PD1A

494838

Willowbrook

FH27/26F

K221-223

LXV221-223

Leyland PS1/4

504555-57

Willowbrook

FH27/26F

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

K12

PKL812

Leyland-Beadle

JCB318

Beadle

C35F

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

1954

K30

PLA830

AEC Reliance

MU3RV273

Park Royal

C41C

K160

EFJ235

Leyland TD5

300633

Leyland

H29/26R

K161-162

EFJ161-162

Leyland TD5

300333-34

Leyland

H29/26R

K163

EFJ236

Leyland TD5

300634

Leyland

H29/26R

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

1955

K60-65

PYK60-65

Beadle-Commer TS3

JCB641-646

Beadle

C41F

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

1956

K31-36

RYT31-36

AEC Reliance

MU3RV746-48/
1158-60

Weymann

C41F

K66

SLP10

Beadle-Commer TS3

JCB699

Beadle

C41F

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

1958

K10

UYW10

Bedford SB8

62099

Duple

C37F

K40-41

UYT40-41

AEC Reliance

MU3RV1020-21

Park Royal

B45F

K67

TKT933

Beadle-Commer TS3

JCB376

Beadle

C41F

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

1959

K11-12

WJJ11-12

Bedford SB8

67161/77

Duple

C41F

K42

WLW42

AEC Reliance

2MU3RV2452

Park Royal

B45F

K50-52

WXR50-52

Leyland PSUC1/2

594436-37/44

Willowbrook

C41F

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

1960

K13-18

YYT13-18

Bedford SB1

79470/96/
500/72/612/888

Duple

C41F

K43

YYX43

AEC Reliance

2MU3RA2457

Duple

C43F

K44

44AUW

AEC Reliance

2MU3RA2422

Willowbrook

C41F

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

1961

K45-48

45-48AUW

AEC Reliance

2MU3RA3606-
09

Willowbrook

C41F

K80-81

80-81CYV

Leyland L2

602898-99

Duple

C41F

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

1962

K19-20

19-20ELH

Bedford SB8

88949/72

Duple

C41F

K82-84

82-84CYV

Leyland PSU3/3R

620832-33/51

Willowbrook

DP51F

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

1963

K90-95

90-95FXD

Leyland PSU3/4R

629751-56

Park Royal

C49F

Withdrawn 1969 (K90-95).

1964

K25-29

ALD25-29B

AEC Reliance

2MU4RA5406-10

Harrington

C41F

Withdrawn 1971 (K25-29).

1965

K70-73

DUC70-73C

Leyland PSU3/4R

L40097-100

Marshall

C49F

Withdrawn 1969 (K70-73).

1966

K6M-7M

FML517-18B

Bedford SB13

94773/494

Duple

C41F

K8M

JNK687C

Bedford SB5

95561

Duple

C41F

K9M

EAA168D

Bedford VAM14

6806547

Duple

C45F

K21-24

KHM21-24D

Bedford VAL14

6824192/
6822/7886/
9120

Duple

C45F

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

1967

K30-31

NYM30-31E

Bedford VAM14

7802669/
3286

Plaxton

C45F

Withdrawn 1971 (K30-31).

1969

K35-38

VLF35-38G

Bedford VAM70

457139/
62775/83/935

Plaxton

C45F

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

1970

K60-64

BUL60-64H

Seddon Pennine IV

47296-300

Plaxton

C45F

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


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