Big claims and small print

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Whilst at the Ipswich 120 celebrations at the Ipswich Transport Museum, Jonathan Welch noticed this interesting poster on the rear of preserved open-top Roe-bodied Leyland Atlantean MRT 9P. The bus clocked up some 42 years with its original owner, including a spell in its modern purple and green colours before retirement from service in 2018.


At a time when manufacturers are pushing the ‘buy British’ angle and encouraging operators to consider the carbon footprint of transporting buses from foreign factories, the Atlantean serves as a reminder of what was a rather solid and dependable British vehicle type. And one which, the advert tells us, cost £70,000 new. If only a double-decker could be bought for that money today!


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