ALTON 210719 E50TYG
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West Riding 39 (C39 CWT) - WIP

Technical details;

Chassis: Leyland Tiger 245

Body: Plaxton Paramount 3200 MkII C53F

Date new: 1986

Owner: Julie Aylward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 11m Leyland Tiger with Plaxton Paramount MkII bodywork was new in 1985 as one of a batch of ten ordered by the West Riding Automobile Company limited of Wakefield. The whole batch were delivered in National Express livery and were intended to be used as DPs during the week whilst at weekends, they would be put to use by National Travel East on coastal expresses and duplicates.

 

On bus service de-regulation, West Riding established a new network of limited-stop services within their operating area called FASTAWAY so the Paramounts were quickly re-painted into that livery.

 

Passenger numbers were disappointing so it wasn't long before the idea was abandoned. Coaches working out of West Riding depots received a version of the Caldaire "slant" in green and cream whilst those working out of Yorkshire Woollen depots simply had the Fastaway transfers removed and YORKSHIRE BUSES applied above the front wheels.

 

Soon after, the whole batch were transferred to fellow-Caldaire company United. On arrival in the north-east, most simply had their fleetnames removed and UNITED transfers stuck on, regardless of the previous livery. Eventually, most were given United liveries and later on, TEES livery

 

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E50TYG is seen parked in Victoria Coach Station after the 85th Anniversary event

The departure board in the lobby of Victoria Coach

Station showing the 06:00 X64 departure for Dewsbury

Sandwiched between two National Express Caetanos, and visible through the doors of Gate 2, E50TYG does not look out of place, even though she is thirty years older than her two companions. The screen above the doors shows her ready for the 06:00 X64 departure to Dewsbury and the operator is Leyland R - sadly, you cannot capture scrolling text on a photograph.