1930 Leyland Badger TA4KW 7604 - 1930 Leyland Badger TA4

Plaxton B20F body

Bradford Schools & Education Board No. 023

This vehicle is a very rare beast indeed! The Badger was principally a goods chassis whilst the bodywork is the oldest Plaxton bus body in existence. Plaxtons were (and still are) located at Scarborough, one of a number of UK coachbuilders to have set up in coastal resorts to utilise available local labour outside the peak holiday season.

This little petrol-engined bus spent its entire working life with Bradford Corporation, being used for educational activities up until 1962, when it was bought by the Society.

It is one of a number of vehicles in our collection to have appeared in period film and television dramas; being transported to Ireland for the filming of ‘Angela’s Ashes’ in 1998.

It ventured outside the county for the first time in many years in April 2007 to participate in the ‘Plaxton 100’ celebrations at Scarborough.

KW7604 during filming of Angelas Ashes KW 7604 (in disguise as ZA 372) during filming of 'Angelas Ashes', 1998

October 2017 - Work continues - and the head has been re-fitted.

April 2018 - Work on the Badger's engine was completed in Spring, and the Badger returned to the road as an unscheduled extra at the Easter Transport Festival event.

KW7604 KW7604
late 2017 spring 2018

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