MPU 52

Leyland PD1 1947 with ECR 53 Seat Body
Reg no MPU 52
Eastern National 1121
Engine: 7.4 Litre Diesel
Transmission: 4 speed manual

100 of these models were produced by Leyland with Eastern Coachwork Bodies for the Tilling Companies of which Eastern National had 18. MPU 52 was in service from 1947 – 1965. It started its life at Chelmsford depot and was transferred to Canvey in 1956 and from then a period at Hadleigh from 1961 – 1964. In 1965 MPU 52 was purchased for the sum of £75 by Messrs J & R Gent and friends for preservation and included no fewer than 3 continental tours with the bus during the period of 1965 – 1967. MPU 52 has been stored at Canvey continually since then as is now awaiting major restoration.

Please read the artical MPU 52’s European Adventure – A busman’s holiday. written by one of the owners.