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Old Manchester double-decker in Japan
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No: 10687   Contributor: David T. Jackson   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: AEC   Country: Japan
Old Manchester double-decker in Japan

An AEC Regent V double-decker bus parked at an event in Kobe, Japan, in March 2013. She is still in the livery of her original owners, A. Mayne & Son Ltd. of Manchester, and the destination board still shows 2 locations in Manchester. It also still has U.K. registration plates (EYY 787B) but a contact at Mayne's says this would not be the original number; he also says the bodywork is by Park Royal. It is here being used by a local N.P.O. for children called "Swimmy Kobe" but I'm not sure if they are the owners, and I have no idea how it came to be in Japan. The lack of Japanese plates indicates that it not actually run on public roads here.
Picture added on 27 April 2013 at 08:07
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I made a mistake with the body maker: my contact at Mayne's said it was by East Lancs Coachbuilders, not Park Royal. My apologies!

Added by David T. Jackson on 28 April 2013.
was 8859VR great to see

Added by Les Wall on 27 June 2013.
Hi there, this bus was new to Mayne of Manchester 1964 reg 8859VR

Added by Les Wall on 28 June 2013.
Would be nice to know who owns her and have her repatriated back to 8859 VR.

Added by Dennis Harvey on 07 January 2014.
The body builder was East Lancs, not Park Royal

Added by Don McKeown on 18 August 2014.
Once again, any red double-decker is a "London Bus", or rather RONDON BASU, which appears in Japanese katakana three times on this offside view, so presumably another few times on the nearside. Never mind---Manchester now has a comprehensive tram network while London shilly-shallies over whether to expand the Croydon system.

Added by Ian Thompson on 17 January 2015.
Apart from the fact that the Croydon tram system carries more passengers than the Manchester system London does also have one of the world's most extensive metro systems carrying a million more passengers per day than the rest of the UK's rail netwroks put together.

Added by T on 22 January 2015.
According to my information, 8859VR was a AEC Regent V 2D3RA new in January 1964 to Mayne, Mancester, and was bodied by Neepsend, NOT East Lancs or Park Royal, with seating for 73 (41 on top, 32 downstairs). See ( for a 1995 pic, ( for 09/2009, and ( for additional info / pic.

Added by C Davison on 17 September 2016.
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