Classic Preston Corporation Bus stars in midwife drama

Posted on - 23rd February, 2014 - 12:40am | Author - | Posted in - Nostalgia, Preston News

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A classic bus once owned by Preston Corporation will be used in BBC TV’s Call The Midwife on Sunday night.

The bus, restored by an East Lancashire company and nicknamed Rosie takes a starring role in midwife drama. The vintage vehicle is now owned by Cumbria Classic Coaches and will be seen by millions of viewers of the popular BBC show.

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It’s a 1946 Leyland Tiger single decker first owned by Preston Corporation Transport Department and mainly used as a supermarket bus ferrying shoppers to the old Fame/Gem store on Dundonald Street in Preston.

It was withdrawn by Preston in 1968 and later used as a polling booth. It was lovingly restored by enthusiasts before being bought by Cumbria Classic Coaches.

The bus takes a group of youngsters on an outing and was transformed into the ‘tatty’ look shown in the photo above specially for the period medical drama.


Call the Midwife constantly sources authentic historical objects for use in filming to make the show as realistic as possible.

Episode 6 from series 3 will be broadcast on BBC 1 at 8pm on 23 February.

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