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UKBUS9005 Scania Omnicity READING BUSES.
The fifth livery to be carried on the brand new model is Reading Buses, in its Premier Route 17 branding colour. UKBUS9005 represents fleet number 1106 (YN08 MKX), working on route 17 bound for Tilehurst. In June 2008 municipally-owned Reading Transport Ltd took delivery of a batch of fourteen Scania OmniCity double-deckers. Carrying fleet numbers 1101 to 1114, these buses comprised the first batch of double-decker buses in the world designed and built to use bio-ethanol E95 fuel. After eighteen months of successful operation, it became clear that, whilst technically satisfactory, the experiment showed that the use bio-ethanol road fuel in place of the normal bio-diesel was uneconomic in British operating conditions. All the buses were therefore rebuilt to standard bio-diesel operation during the spring of 2010 and continue to operate on Premier Route 17 in Reading. 1106 models the look of these vehicles during 2009 after a year in service and while still powered by bio-ethanol. It carries Reading Transport's characteristic route-branding for the busiest service in the town, Premier Route 17 between Wokingham Road and Tilehurst via central Reading and Oxford Road and faithfully reproduces the real bus in miniature – including correctly coloured destination screens.
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FEBRUARY 2011 RELEASE
27214 READING CORPORATION Leyland Titan TD1.
36 (RD777) on route to Stations.
JULY 2015 RELEASE
17301 READING BUSES Volvo engined Leyland National 11.3m.
Long, single door with large roof pod, this vehicle, 322, fitted with a Volvo engine is on route 105 to Oxford.
JUNE 1995 RELEASE
28805 Leyland Titan 2dr READING BUSES.
Reading Buses was one of the few operators outside London to buy Titans, and applied their stylish livery to good effect on them. Fleet number 73, registered RMO73Y is operating route 25 to Ford's Farm and carries environmental adverts promoting bus travel.
FEBRUARY 2003 RELEASE
15630 RM Routemaster READING MAINLINE.
In their red and cream livery, these Routemasters were a familiar sight around the Reading area until their recent replacement. Registered WLT993, fleet number 2 is working route E to Tilehurst Triangle.
DECEMBER 2001 RELEASE
28811 Leyland Titan READING BUSES.
In the more standard livery fleet number 74 complements our last Titan from this popular fleet. The model captures RMO74Y working route 17 to The Three Tuns, Wokingham Road.
NOVEMBER 2005 RELEASE