R655 DUS Volvo Olympian

 

Vehicle Details:

Registration Number:    R655 DUS
Chassis Type:    Volvo Olympian OLY-56
Chassis Number:    YV3YNA414VC028033
Body Type And Seating:    Northern Counties Palatine II H42/29F
Body Number:     5961
Date New:    October 1997
Original Operator (Fleet Number):    Strathclyde Buses (VO155)
     


Vehicle Information:

 

VO155 – R655DUS was  new to Strathclyde Buses (renamed First Glasgow in 1998) in October 1997 at  the now closed Larkfield Depot. There were only 10 of these vehicles in the fleet. They operated mainly on the 44 route from new, in allover red with Greater Glasgow (F) lettering. Gradually they were painted into Barbie colours and eventually branded for the route 44. They stood out due to the unusual choice of bodywork, which in Glasgow could only be seen on VO3/4 and VO153-VO162. It was renumbered 31497 in First's national scheme in 2003. It remained with First Glasgow until 2011 operating mainly at Larkfield but had stints at Scotstoun and Cumbernauld. It moved to First Midland Bluebird in 2011 and was operated initially from Larbert and then from Bannockburn depots on schools and local service work until the end of the 2015 school term. 

Photos below show the bus in 1998 in original Greater Glasgow red livery and in 2014 with Midland Bluebird.

 

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