THE MIDLANDS BUS IMAGE GALLERY
Notttingham City buses with new owners

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Red Rose - Centro GAU728L
Red Rover 133 (GAU728L) was acquired from Nottingham. All four of Red Rover's first ex Nottingham Nationals had originally entered service on free city centre routes in Nottingham in the early days of 'Park & Ride' and 'Lilac Leopards'. The vehicles launched Red Rover's ambitious LINKLINE cross town service, which with relaxation in route licensing eventually became an all day operation. Initially they were only allowed to operate until 0900 and from 1630 to 2300 and had to allow competitors United Counties and Oxford-South Midland to run only half of the route between these times - hardly an economic proposition for an enterprising small company. Luckily perseverance and a Conservative government saved the day. National 133 turned up some years later at the Birmingham Outer Circle run in 1999 in Centro colours, though traces of Red Rover red paint could be found around the nearside rear skirt panels!
 
Red Rover Leyland National GAU728L
National 138 passed into semi preservation with a group of Nottingham enthusiasts who have retained Centro's internal modifications so the vehicle can be used as a mobile sales stand for the society.
 
Red Rover Leyland National GAU728L
An offside view of 138 again, both this and the picture above were taken at Cobham in April 2003.
 
City of Nottingham Leyland National GAU728L
The Nottingham Enthusiasts owning 728 have been steadily working on it over the years and have restored it to traditional Nottingham colours. It is seen at North Weald in 2009 and is a regular attendee at SHOWBUS.
 

Two buses in Sheffield Bus Station. Nearest the camera is South Yorkshire PTE 1886 (JHE186W), a fairly standard MCW Metrobus, but next to it the 11.3m Leyland National has a more interesting tale to tell. The bus, 1029 (NTV729M), was new to Nottingham City Transport as 729 and deployed on the pioneering free bus services 77 and 88 in the city, in the era of the Lilac Leopard Park & Ride services. Here it was pioneering in another way, the bus had visited Reeve Burgess and a wheel chair lift was installed in the centre doorway to make it accessible for disabled, as such it was deployed on the City Clipper service as seen here. Later the bus was sold to Lincolnshire Road Car.
 
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