|Registration Number:||N 94 OGG
|Chassis Type:||Volvo B10M-55
|Body Type And Seating:||Alexander PS B49F|
|Date New:||April 1996
|Original Operator (Fleet Number):||Kelvin Central (2394)|
New to Kelvin Central Buses in April 1996 at Motherwell Depot as 2394, this bus was part of the second batch of 'PS' types bought new by the company. It was soon renumbered in parent group SB Holdings' Strathclyde Buses-derived alphanumeric scheme as SV494. At this point Kelvin Central were using the fleetname KCB Network on their red and cream livery.
At this point Stagecoach then had a 20% stake in SBH. Following on from 18 buses acquired from Stagecoach as part of this deal, 60 Stagecoach-specification B10M/PS types were delivered new to the fleet, largely to oust the large number of elderly Leyland Leopards and Nationals. This vehicle was from a further batch however, not to full Stagecoach standard, having grey seat frames and grey/multi-coloured-striped seats. The brick-red flooring and red handpoles were pure Stagecoach spec though.
This bus was not in KCB ownership for very long, as by winter 1996 FirstBus had taken over the SB Holdings group (including Stagecoach's shares), with some later PS types arriving under their ownership and in the drab allover red colour.
N 94 OGG soldiered on, giving 16 years loyal service to the company, operating from Parkhead, Cumbernauld, Scotstoun and Blantyre. During April 2012, by this time numbered 61434, the bus was withdrawn from service. At the time, it was destined to become a spares donor, sacrificing its engine and gearbox to other similar vehicles.
Entering preservation instead, the bus gained a place at the GVVT collection in Bridgeton where it is part of a large collection of ex-First Glasgow vehicles. It has now been through a painstaking 2 year restoration into it's original KCB Network livery as SV494.