In March 1991 Wallace Arnold Tours of Leeds placed into service a large
batch of Plaxton Paramount III bodied Volvo B10M, registration numbers
H601 UWR – H660 UWR. Built to a high standard for their mainland and
overseas touring programme they were extensively used all over the UK and
Europe, and were a familiar sight on West Yorkshire roads and the UK
In April 1994 H630 UWR was sold to Slacks of Matlock and after 5 years'
service as a front line vehicle she was sold on to Dudley’s Coaches of
Inkberrow where she became the favoured vehicle of the owner Chris
Dudley. During her time at Dudley’s she was well cared for in Dudley’s own
workshop facility and the interior was kept in original condition.
Dudley’s had planned to retire her several years ago, however her ongoing
reliability and the affection for her ensured several more years of operation,
although some minor body damage and misted windows was not attended to
in her twilight years. After 14 years' faithful service with Dudley's and having
been downgraded from front line tour work to school contract duties and
stage carriage work, she was finally retired on 19th July 2013 and passed
straight into preservation the same day with Mark Byard.
Wallace Arnold Tours had been a strong supporter of Plaxton and Volvo and the combination had been well proven over the years. The Paramount III was launched in 1986 and had seen many initial minor faults ironed out over its many years of production, resulting in a very solid design and build that introduced still stronger bodies than before. The interior had upgraded airline style lockers instead of parcel racks and Wallace Arnold commissioned their own moquette by Holdsworths.
The body on H630 UWR is to the 3500 Paramount III style, 3500 denoting the nominal height of the vehicle, thus affording passengers a higher and improved view of the passing countryside. Unfortunately the updated model that followed the Paramount III, known as the Excalibur, had initial teething problems and the relationship between Wallace Arnold and Plaxton soured for several years before it was resolved and large numbers of the combination were once again delivered to Wallace Arnold.
H630 UWR is currently presented in her last operator’s livery and the plan is to rally
her in this style until Mark’s other project, West Riding Guy Arab IV KHL 855, is back
on the road, at which point she will be taken off the road and restored to her former
Wallace Arnold as delivered livery.
Whilst she looks very modern and is not that dissimilar looking to modern touring
coaches, she is 25 years old and has earned a well deserved retirement in
preservation representing a well respected Yorkshire coach tour operator, a
Yorkshire body builder and the care lavished on her by her final commercial operator.
The first restoration task was undertaken in August 2013 and resolved the misted
windows issue. A thorough internal deep clean has also been undertaken.
Chassis – Volvo B10M-60 number 26145
Body – Plaxton Paramount Mk III number PN9112VCB0014
Power – Volvo with 6speed ZF gearbox
This coach has left our collection and is now with Paul Webb. You can follow progress on her Facebook page here