I can't see them either?
I have just re-read my post and what I really meant was I would love a ride in a D7 as opposed to a D9, the later of which I had had a few rides in and drove one last year around the Black Country Museum's site, I'm occasionally let loose with one of the trolleybuses too!!
I had not realised there was a D5 or a D5B still in existance and oddly enough I was chatting to Stan letts, a well known BMMO chap about both D7s and D5s. Stan liked the D7s and regularly drove them as a part time driver, his full time job beeing a time table scheduler at Bearwood. He said the D5s were heavy and a bit sluggish were as the lightweight construction of the D7 resulted in a much livelier performer. I remember riding on D5s when I was a youngster and they had a really quiet smooth solid feel to them as indeed they were fitted with traditional heavy bodywork as opposed to the lightweight "orion" style Met-Cam of the D7s, as I'm sure you well know. Cheers Simon and below is a link to "our" D9 at Dudley
I have footage of Stan applying the Midland Red, to your bus at the Black Country Museum (two or three years back now) I must some time in the future have look at it and get it onto the interweb, but I should not hold your breath for it just yet,
Sadly Stan Letts recently passed away another preservationist gone, I liked Stan a good bloke
Stans sudden death was a huge shock to all, he was a very knowledgeable chap especially thing Midland Red and also tramways and there are many buses and trams that are adorned with his art. He had a good sense of humour too.
The Transport Group at the Black country Living Museum intended to take the D9 5342 to his funeral but it had an electrical fault at the time and so we took recently restored West Bromwich 174 which had also attended another of our members funeral about a month earlier that of Joe Morris. I believe Stan's son, Peter intends to carry one making transfers.