Sunday, 30 August 2015

GOING TOPLESS AROUND THE CHESTERFIELD SPIRE


It is not often that one gets the opportunity to ride on Leyland Fleetline in revenue-earning service these days, let alone an open-topped version. However, at short notice management at Stagecoach in Chesterfield placed their special events open-topper out on revenue-earning service for one day on Saturday 29th.

From 0910-1730 with a break for lunch, Roe bodied Leyland Fleetline 15513 (MBE 613R) did several rounders as follows:

54 Chesterfield-Clay Cross 2 rounders
74 Chesterfield-Duckmanton 1 rounder
39 Holme Hall-cross town-Grangewood 3 rounders






It certainly turned a few heads and put smiles on people's faces as it passed through the town centre via the crooked spire and through housing estates on several ocassions.
The bus was one of six supplied as closed toppers in 1977 to the Grimsby-Cleethorpes company and became their fleet number 113. Eventually the roof was removed although it retained its dual-door H45/29D configuration. Subsequently the company was absorbed into the Stagecoach empire during the 1990s, and the bus has in recent years been assigned to the landlocked Chesterfield depot.  








A few images follow to provide a flavour of the day's events:







And finally.................

The bus fifteen years earlier plying its trade along the seafront at Cleethorpes in the original Stagecoach white and stripes livery.


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