D902 CSH - Leyland Olympian ONTL11/2RH

 

Vehicle Details:

Registration Number:    D902 CSH
Chassis Type:   Leyland Olympian ONTL11/2RH
Chassis Number:    ON10361
Body Type And Seating:    Alexander RL CH43/27F
Body Number:     RL31/1986/2
Date New:    March 1987
Original Operator (Fleet Number):    Lowland Scottish (902) 
     

Vehicle Information:

 

One of only two new double deckers delivered to Lowland Scottish 902 along with sister 901 were purchased for use on the East Lothian services to Edinburgh. Initially based at Dunbar Depot both later transferred to Haddington following the purchase of Ian Glass Coaches and the closure of the Dunbar site.

Lowland Scottish was the first Scottish Bus Group subsidiary to be privatised and was initially bought by the management. In 1994 GRT bought the firm and set about merging the Lowland and SMT operations.

902, along with the rest of the East Lothian vehicles, was repainted into SMT colours although the Lowland name remained in the Borders for many years. Later changes included the renumbering of the fleet, 902 becoming 952. Following the creation of First the garish pink, grey and purple livery was applied and a further renumber saw 902 become 31723 in the national numbering scheme.

Following closure of Haddington the bus continued to be used in East Lothian from Musselburgh and North Berwick before finally heading west to see out its remaining days at Balfron.

Always fitted with coach seats and still with original spec moquette the intention is to return the bus to the light green, cream and yellow Lowland coach livery.

 

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