Thursday 9 March 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ Eastern Coach Works

As if four posts today is anything to get excited about, I thought that this week's Throw Back Thursday would feature a scene at Lowestoft's Eastern Coach Works during the 1980s

Mindful that 2017 sees the 30th anniversary since the closure of the works on Eastern Way, I thought this 5th June 1985 photo of two Leyland Olympians 'straight out of the box', so to speak, would be quite appropriate.

Nearest the camera is Crossville's B197DTU which has yet to receive its DOG197 fleet number. It went on to receive Midland Red and Arriva liveries prior to going to Eagles & Crawford of Gwernymynydd. It was subsequently acquired by P & O Lloyd of Bagillt in August 2005 and then moved on to Alpine Travel in February 2009. The June 2015 issue of Buses magazine reported Alpine had sold it to a dealer.

Behind is United's 254 B254RAJ which later became East Yorkshire's 542. However, it didn't last as long as B197DTU as it was written off following an accident in April 2002; being scrapped a month later.


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