60 years for Plymouth Atlanteans

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Plymouth Atlanteans in preservation. PLYMOUTH CITY TRANSPORT GROUP

The once oh-so-familiar sounds of Leyland Atlanteans will again echo around Plymouth on Sunday 5 April when the 60th anniversary of the type entering service in the local municipal fleet is celebrated.

Plymouth City Transport, later Plymouth Citybus, would buy Atlanteans from 1960 when the first, TCO521-538, with 77-seat Metro-Cammell bodies were delivered, until 1981 and the arrival of East Lancs-H43/31F bodied TTT162-171X. Atlanteans would serve the fleet for more than 45 years, the last bus not being withdrawn until 2006, when a farewell running day was held in October.

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Members of both the first and last batches survive in preservation.

Organising the tribute event is the Plymouth City Transport Group which was founded after the group’s events co-ordinator Ian Byrne bought Plymouth Atlantean STK131T for preservation from Edwards Coaches in South Wales.

“We are very much looking forward to the running day and the sight and sound of Leyland Atlanteans will bring back many memories.”

Four Atlanteans are scheduled to operate on local circular routes from Royal Parade, departing every 15 minutes from 1100hrs until 1500hrs. There will be other vehicles appearing too.

Added Ian: “Plymouth Citybus has been a huge support and Richard Stevens, the Managing Director has been very supportive in allowing us to use the bus depot last year for our rally.”

Citybus employees are among the members and the chairman is owner of Tamar Coaches, Tom Pearce.

The group also runs the Plymouth Bus Rally, taking place on 26 July this year.

Contact the group by its website www.plymouthcitytransport.co.uk