Foreign stay for ex-Leicester Daimler

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The Daimler was exported after a varied career in Leicester, the North East, on the South Coast and in London. LTHT/SVEN TIERMAN

The Leicester Transport Heritage Trust has revealed pictures of former Leicester City Transport Daimler CSG6 UJF 182, which still survives near the city of Arezzo in Tuscany. Recent photos show the bus parked in a field, looking faded but relatively intact.

One of a batch of six Daimler CS6G/30 chassis that were bought for evaluation purposes by the operator in 1959, with Gardner 6LW engines and a David Brown gearbox, the bus has standard Metro-Cammell Orion bodywork.


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The bus was withdrawn from service in Leicester in 1971 and moved to North East operator F Lockeys & Son in West Auckland, which ran it for 10 years. It then became a driver trainer vehicle on the South Coast before use as a sightseeing bus in London.

Sold in the early 2000s by Ensignbus, it was exported to Italy, carrying new registration WSL 152, where its new owners planned to convert the high-bridge bodied bus into a mobile home for a grand tour of Europe. The LTHT says it doesn’t have the funds to mount an attempt to bring the bus back to Leicester if it ever came up for sale again, but notes that it is good to see an ex-Leicester bus still surviving.