Stagecoach helps bring Manchester 1980s relic back to life

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The bus wore various shades of orange when in service in Manchester… which one will it return in? MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT GREATER MANCHESTER

1980s buses are a part of history that’s often neglected, but the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester will add one more to the ranks of restored beauties, thanks to the generosity of its friends at Stagecoach Yorkshire.

The museum has owned Greater Manchester Transport 5083, a 1981 MCW Metrobus, for many years but hadn’t found the time to restore it. Step in Jack Abbott, Engineering Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire and based in Chesterfield, who saw 5083 looking sorry for itself when he attended the launch of Stagecoach Manchester 612, the 1999 Alexander ALX400 Dennis Trident restored by colleagues at Stagecoach Manchester. “These Metrobuses were everywhere in the 1980s, and our industry’s heritage should value buses from the 1980s and 1990s just as much as older ones. We’re happy to work on this bus for our friends in Manchester, and our team here will be very happy to help keep the heritage alive,” said Jack.


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