Illustrated History for LHT725P

Chassis: VRTSL3-298 Body: ECW Engine: Leyland O501 - Gardner 6LXB Configuration: H39/31F, H39/27F (offside entrance), O39/27F
Status: Exported     Last Reported: 7/2016

Last updated : August 5th 2016 (brought up-to-date)

7/2009 - current Shop Dine Tour, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Converted to open-top and painted in yellow livery. Numbered 7077
6/2000 - 7/2009 Gord Welham (The Double Decker Bus Company), Burlington, Ontario, Canada. White and green livery, by 6/2000. Entered service on The Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton shuttle bus service, 1/7/2000. NBC red livery, by 6/2003. Withdrawn 4/2008 (company ceased)
6/1999 - 6/2000 Pearson (PSV Exports), Wath-on-Deane (dealer). Converted to H39/27F with offside entrance before export
9/1994 - 6/1999 Midland Red (South) Ltd. 928. Renumbered 2928, 9/95. Renumbered 928, 5/96. Withdrawn 6/99
12/1991 - 9/1994 Swindon & District Bus Company Ltd. 5515. Loaned to Cheltenham & Gloucester Omnibus Company Ltd., 1/12/91 to 5/12/91. Loaned to Red & White Services 17/8/92 to 1/9/92. Repainted allover red for contract work, by 10/93. Renumbered 203, 7/94
9/1983 - 12/1991 Cheltenham & Gloucester Omnibus Company Ltd. 5515. Re-engined with Gardner 6LXB, 10/83
7/1976 - 9/1983 Bristol Omnibus Company Ltd. 5515

Totonto's sightseeing operations were consolidated for 2012 under the Shop-Dine banner. 5515 was consequently outshopped in this revised advertising livery (Charles Roberts)

Most vehicles are ready for retirement and hopefully preservation on their 33rd birthday - 5515 though was converted to open-top and repainted yellow for a new career operating sightseeing tours in Toronto! (From the Internet)

It seems that all exported double deckers have to go through their "London Transport" phase - and so it was for 5515, repainted allover red in 2003 for continued use by The Double Decker Bus Company. (Paul Bateson)

5515's next stop was somewhat further afield, having been prepared for service in Canada by having an offside entrance fitted and a repaint into pseudo Ipswich livery. (Roger Hardy)

During its time with Midland Red (South) the ivory "flash" was overpainted to create this solid red livery. Note the very small Midland Red fleetname above the driver's cab. (BVRES Collection)

5515 came full circle in 1991, returning to Swindon where it is seen carrying Swindon & District fleetnames. (Ken Lansdowne)
The next livery to be applied was to be Cheltenham District's post-deregulation livery after transfer from Gloucester. (Rob Sly)

By the time the Cheltenham & Gloucester company had been split from Bristol Omnibus 5515 was allocated to Gloucester and duly received their version of blue NBC livery. (Rob Sly)

5515 achieved fame as one of the two Anchor Butter overall advertising buses in the Bristol Omnibus fleet. It toured the northern area depots; all except Stroud were later to become permanent homes at some point in its BOC career. (BVREES Collection)

Photo : 5515 started life allocated to Swindon and carried NBC green livery. It is seen passing a Thamesdown Fleetline. (BVRES Collection)

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