|Registration Number:||NMS 576M|
|Chassis Type:||Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R|
|Body Type And Seating:||Alexander AYS B53F|
|Date New:||September 1973|
|Original Operator (Fleet Number):||Alexander (Midland) (MPE176)|
From around 1963 to 1982 the Leyland Leopard was the standard single decker types bought by the Scottish Bus Group. Leopards could be seen running in service right up to around 2005. Over this time period there were many varieties supplied but the most numerous carried the classic Alexander "Y-type" body. Until the late 1970s, the Leopards were ordered to a fairly basic standard, featuring manual transmission, manual steering, and a low driving position, of which this bus is an example. Such vehicles are now becoming rare, as many preserved Leopards are the later examples featuring power steering and semi-automatic gearboxes, no doubt as they are easier to drive.
This bus is fitted with the standard "Y-type" 53 seat service bus body but Leopards also were fitted with "Y-type" coach bodies. New to W. Alexander & Sons (Midland) in 1973 as fleet no. MPE176, NMS 576M ran with them until the late 1980s. During its time with Midland it ran from Stirling and Kilsyth depots (both now closed) and also Larbert depot. After withdrawal from Midland in September 1973, it ran with Mundell of Islay, then Campbell of Clydebank from May 1990, and finally Weir's of Clydebank from April 1997 before arriving at Bridgeton in late 2006.
It is presently unrestored but will restored in due course when other projects are completed. The photographs below show (1) NMS 576M in as withdrawn condition, (2) at Larbert Depot when with Midland Scottish, and (3) with Campbell, Clydebank.