Go Ahead Group-owned Damory has said goodbye to two of its oldest vehicles, which are being shipped to a new home in the USA.
Originally brought into service in May 1991 by sister company Bluestar’s Southampton predecessor Solent Blue Line, the final two Leyland Olympian buses at the company have come to the end of their service lives in the UK
“These two stalwarts have served us well across the Go South Coast operating region over the last 25 years, so it was a real wrench saying goodbye,” said Adam Keen, Damory Area Manager. “They have done such a great job in a range of duties, from operating Bluestar’s important Southampton to Winchester route to regular use on school services in the Poole area, they’re a favourite of many of our drivers here
“More recently they were used at Glastonbury, where they were transporting festival-goers between the event and Bristol Temple Meads Station. They have also been used on the Isle of Wight during Bestival too. The Olympians will be sorely missed. Now they are beginning new lives in San Francisco – rejoining six of their older sisters. I know people will enjoy seeing them out-and-about on the city’s famous streets. We often receive messages and pictures on social media from people who spot them when holidaying there, so I’m sure this isn’t a final goodbye.”