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I would love to see a photo of these buses in Southdown livery if they did, indeed, run for that concern.
Dredging up memories from the mid 1960s when I was at school in Harrogate, I recall an operator called Simpson of Ripon who had what I remember as a blue & cream Bedford SB RYG 609. They purchased an OB, JWT 848, in 1950 but may, of course, have had other, used, purchases.
Chris Smith Company wise there are four possibilities for local bus operators around Scarborough in 1962.
Some links to photographs of the types follow: East Yorkshire Motor Services ran south to Filey, Bridlington and Hull.
Thruscross is a hamlet in the Washburn Valley, lying west of Harrogate and north of Otley and Blubberhouses, so this could tie in with the Harrogate-Ripon school contract you mention.
In the 1960s I remember Wray’s of Summerbridge, W Pyne & Sons of Starbeck and Dodsworth’s of Minskip (near Boroughbridge) operating their coaches on school work, alongside various buses and DPs of West Yorkshire Road Car, and the vehicles were all smartly turned out members of their respective fleets.
John Whitaker These vehicles are recorded as being acquired by Southdown for their engines only, all but one of the rest of the batch passed to a dealer in Hull.