Stagecoach heritage fleet sell-off

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The sale of ‘Queen Mary’ Leyland PD3/Northern Counties 409 DCD will see these vehicles absent from the former Southdown fleet for the first time since 1957. NICK LARKIN

It seems that new owner DWS has no interest in heritage, and Stagecoach is to sell its nationwide fleet of historic vehicles. Nick Larkin reports

Stagecoach is selling off buses from its renowned heritage fleet. Already eleven vehicles have been advertised under the title ‘A unique opportunity to own a piece of British Bus History.’

The decision by the DWS Infrastructure-owned operator has caused a backlash from enthusiasts and historians as well as people who have looked after the vehicles over the years. Stagecoach co-founder Sir Brian Souter has stepped in to buy the unique tri-axle Leyland Olympian/Alexander ‘Megadekka,’ F110 NES, which is to be displayed at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. He is also reported to have purchased Bristol FLF/ECW HGM 335E, former Ribble Leyland PD2/East Lancs DCK 219, ex-Plymouth Guy Arab with body from a former Northampton Daimler CDR 679, Alexander-bodied Albion Viking GRS 343E and HDV 639E, a Bristol MW with ECW bodywork.


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