Stagecoach MAN preserved

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The Teesside500 Group’s newly-preserved MAN 18.220, seen still in service with Stagecoach at North Tees Hospital. JOHN ATKINS

A 2004 MAN 18.220 new to Stagecoach Transit has been sold by the operator for preservation. NK54 BFE is one of six examples delivered to Stockton depot, where the Alexander B42F-bodied bus spent its entire working career.

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It is now a member of the seven-strong Teesside500 Group collection of preserved vehicles from the Teesside area, which also include 1958 former Middlesbrough Corporation Dennis Loline JDC 599, which has Northern Counties bodywork, and 1967 former Teesside Railless Traction Board Leyland PD2/Roe, JVN 40E.

“We are grateful to Stagecoach for enabling us to buy the MAN,” said Group Chairman Bill Woodward. “It now means we have a low-floor vehicle and a single-decker bus in the fleet, which is very useful.”

The MAN is to retain its Stagecoach ‘beach ball’ livery.