Monday, 13 January 2020

Meanwhile ~ In a Norfolk Barn....

Regular contact Liam S visited a barn on the outskirts of Norwich at the weekend and found these two double deckers under restoration there.

The first was PLZ 2876 an Eastern Coach Works bodied Leyland Olympian coach which was new to Eastern National as D510 PPU and was one of only three full length, low height Olympian coaches built for the UK market.

It has been with a number of local operators including Sanders Coaches, Lodges of High Easter and Flagfinders of Essex where it was re-registered. It subsequently moved to Tony Glew of Colchester before spending its last years with Venturer Coachways of Brightwell. Following that operator's demise it was privately aquired and preserved spending some time at the Our Bus premises at South Burlingham.

The other vehicle was B198 WUL is a MCW Metrobus Mk I with open-top MCW bodywork. It was new to London Transport in March 1985 as a conventional closed top bus with fleet number M1198. It passed to Metroline on privatisation and withdrawal came in July 2003 and was acquired by Ensign Bus of Purfleet a month later. The same month it was purchased by Scenic Shoreline Suncruiser of Scarborough to operate an open top seafront service in the town

My thanks to Liam S for the photos

Roy

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