Stagecoach Volvo ready for rally debut

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The Stagecoach Midlands team at Nuneaton has expertly restored 29-year-old Volvo B10M/Alexander PS 20215 (N215 TDU) to exhibition standard. STEVEN KNIGHT MEDIA

Steven Knight reports on a classic bus restored to an equally classic livery by Stagecoach Midlands

Now almost 29 years since it was new, Stagecoach Midlands’ Alexander PS-bodied Volvo B10M 20215 (N215 TDU) is expected to make its first appearances at bus events this year following work to restore it to exhibition standard. It was initially due to have carried registration M215 LHP, but the mark was cancelled due to a delivery delay.

The vehicle represents the standard single-deck type that was bought by Stagecoach during the 1990s and will now form part of the company’s heritage fleet, being the last remaining vehicle of the type on Stagecoach’s books. It was also part of the huge investment that Stagecoach made in upgrading the fleet at Nuneaton following its buyout of Western Travel, owners of Midland Red South, in November 1993.

The bus has been restored by staff at the company’s Nuneaton depot over the last three years, many of them working on it during their own time and helping to source parts and equipment. Its restoration, which includes gleaming chassis and underfloor components, has also been part of ongoing engineering training. There is still some work to be done, including restoring the original style moquette to a small number of the 48 dual-purpose seats.


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