P491 MBY - Volvo Olympian

 

Vehicle Details:

Registration Number:    P491 MBY
Chassis Type:    Volvo OlympianYN2RV18V3
Chassis Number:    YV3YNA414TC027025
Body Type And Seating:    Alexander PO43/23D
Body Number:     9601/11
Date New:    November 1996
Original Operator (Fleet Number):    Metroline London Northern (AV11)
     


Vehicle Information:

P491 MBY was one of 20 Alexander bodied Volvo Olympians to H45/25D layout delivered to Metroline London Northern between October and December 1996.  They were numbered AV1-20 (P481-95/74-80 MBY).  AV11 (P491 MBY) was allocated initially to Willesden garage, moving to Harlesden in April 2001 and then to Holloway in May 2005.  It was withdrawn in December 2005 and sold to Ensign, the dealer, in January 2006 together with several others of the batch.  Six of them, P479/80/1/5/7/91 MBY were refurbished and converted to partial open top for Glasgow's City Sightseeing service, then run by GVVT member Alex Pringle who has a long history of providing tourist services in the city.  The Olympians replaced older ex London MCW Metrobuses. The Olympians have in turn now been replaced by new generation low floor Scanias.

The Trust was delighted when West Coast Motors which now owns City Sightseeing Glasgow offered to donate one of the Olympians to the Trust.  It represents another chapter in Glasgow's transport, social and economic history and will provide some relief to our hard pressed Leyland Titan open topper L108.

Photos below show (1) the bus shortly after entering service in Glasgow passing the original berth of The Tall Ship and (2) Jonathan Harwood of City Sightseeing Glasgow handing over the vehicle to GVVT Trustee Alistair Ramsay on 20 October 2016.

 

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