|Registration Number:||A735 PSU|
|Chassis Type:||Volvo Ailsa B55-10 Mk III|
|Body Type And Seating:||Alexander RV H44/35F|
|Date New:||September 1983|
|Original Operator (Fleet Number):||Strathclyde PTE (A109)|
This bus is one of 152 similar vehicles operated by Strathclyde PTE, Strathclyde's Buses and First Glasgow between 1975 and 2006. It is entirely Scottish, having a chassis assembled at Irvine and a body built at Alexanders in Falkirk
This bus was new to Strathclyde PTE in September 1983 as fleet number A109. It operated initially from Knightswood Garage but was subsequently transferred to Larkfield Garage where it spent much of its life on south-side services including the 12, 31, 37, 44 & 59.
It returned to Knightswood Garage around 2001 as one of a batch of similar vehicles fitted with seat belts for school contract services in East Dunbartonshire. A109 was renumbered 31213 by First Group in 2003 and was reallocated to Scotstoun Depot in 2005 when Knightswood was closed. It was withdrawn from service in June 2006 and secured for preservation, arriving at Bridgeton on 28th July 2006.
The bus has been restored to its original Strathclyde orange/black livery. Photos below show it in service at Partick in 1984; as it was when it arrived at Bridgeton; and as it is restored.