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A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754)

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Registration: 
A754 VAF
Fleet No.: 
34754
Fleet No.: 
1754
Fleet No.: 
1807
Date acquired: 
Thu, 01/10/2009
Name: 
Leyland Olympian

We have now successfully acquired from First Devon & Cornwall, former Western National 'Bristol' LeylandLeyland Bus was a British bus manufacturer. It emerged from the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) as a management buyout of the bus business. It was subsequently acquired by Volvo Buses in 1988 and the name finally disappeared in 1993 OlympianLeyland Olympian was a 2-axle and 3-axle double-decker bus chassis manufactured by British Leyland/Leyland Bus in the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1993. It was the last Leyland bus model in production, A754 VAFFormer Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG in BarbieA corporate white, pink and blue livery 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754Former Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG.

This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPGCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group as it is the last vehicle from the initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall. Unfortunately sister vehicles, 34751/2/5 (A751/2/5 VAF) have not been so lucky and have been scrapped. However, 34753 (A753 VAF) had a few years with Cornwall Fire and Rescue but is now believed to have been scrapped. OlympianModels of double decker bus built by Leyland and Volvo: * Leyland Olympian * Volvo Olympian * Volvo Olympian (low-floor), also known as Volvo B9TL 34750 (A750 VAF) as an 'open-topper' was stored in North Devon for many years but that one too has now sadly been scrapped.

This Olympian has a GardnerL. Gardner and Sons Ltd was a well-known British builder of diesel engines for stationary, marine, road and rail applications.
The company was founded in Hulme, Manchester, England in 1868 and started building engines around 1895, ceasing engine production in the mid 1990s.
diesel engine as per the specification in 1983 and not a CumminsCummins Inc.is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies. as was later used and is built on one of the last chassis's to emerge from the Bristol factory before closure.

Originally numbered 1807Former Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG, she is fitted with high back coach seats, as were all of the batch and was based at the Laira depot in Plymouth. From quite early on they were all painted green and white and wore the Western National version of 'CitybusLivery used on Plymouth City Buses' livery for use on the Plymouth Joint Services network. In 1986, the Olympians ran into Cornwall when they carried National Express livery on service X1 Plymouth to Penzance. A picture of our Olympian in this livery can be found in 'Royal Blue Days' by Colin Morris. Eventually, the Olympians were transferred to Cornwall except for 1809/10 (A756/7 VAF) which were transferred to another First Group area. During this time, renumbering took place and 1807 became 1754Former Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG before First's individual numbering system was adopted when she finally became 34754. Since we acquired this Olympian, we have managed to keep her on the road and in April 2012, she passed her MOTMinistry of Transport test just before our Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information at Penzance. She is still very popular with enthusiasts but looking 'tatty'. So it was decided that 34754 needed some attention regarding poor lower deck panels, damaged bumper and side roof dents before a re-paint could be considered.

Currently 34754 is under going these repairs in preparation for the re-paint. When this is complete she will again carry her original fleet number 1807. It is hoped she may make a return to the rally scene in 2021.