Champers launching for 'WalterWhisky'
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• Champagne flowed over the bows of the leading vehicle on Wednesday when SELNEC PTE launched the Executive's first eight repainted buses in their new livery of Sunglow orange and white. The ceremony, which took place at Devonshire Street (Manchester) depot, was performed by Mrs Margaret Kittrick, the smallest conductress in the fleet, who comes from Bolton and was accompanied by her husband, Mr John Kittrick, a SELNEC driver.
Marconi two-way radio equipment is to be installed on many units in the SELNEC fleet in the near future and, so that the drivers can be called up by control, each vehicle is being given a phonetic alphabet name in the manner of the airways. Eight double-deckers seen on Wednesday were Mike Romeo, Tony Tango, Charlie Brown, Peter Papa, Walter Whisky, Juliet Hotel, Freda Foxtrot, and Sally Sierra; there was also a single-decker called Janet Victor.