Ex Nottingham City Transport Leyland Atlantean AN68C/1R No.442
Chassis No. 100280 Body No. 2087
442 is a Leyland Atlantean AN68C/1R with a Northern Counties body to H47/33D format. It was new to Nottingham on the 5th of November 1981, registered on the 9th and entering service on the 11th. The bus operated from Sherwood and Bulwell depots for its service life, being repainted in September 1987 and April 1990.
Advertising liveries applied
The vehicle had its staircase window panelled over in August 1993 prior to the application of a between deck advert for Palmers Kitchens & Conservatories of Trent Bridge. This was replaced in March 1994 with one for Loot, a local classified paper. By June 1995 an advert for Nottinghams Merry Markets on behalf of the City Council was applied followed by one for the City of Nottingham Council Centenary in June 1997.
Life after NCT
Purchased by ourselves
On the 9th of November 2005 442 joined ourselves. As we were heavily occupied on other projects the vehicle was despatched in June 2006 to Winsons at Loughborough for a complete mechanical overhaul. Unfortunately this proved to include the need for new springs, brake actuators and a replacement gearbox. To say it came to us with a current psv ticket in place left us a little suprised as to its poor mechanical condition.
The nearside roof had sustained heavy damage so we took the decision to convert it to partial open top. Hence the interior roof and all the interior fittings were removed from the vehicle.
As one of our current working projects we have now begun to reframe the vehicle. Once the early stages of this were completed we moved her inside for the removal of the rear portion of the roof. The front will be retained to keep the staircase area covered. Work is progressing well, with new panels starting to be fitted. The exhaust system has also been replaced.
Late in the year the majority of new panel work has been fitted. There is plenty more to do but at last the vehicle is once again resembling a bus.
Please enjoy the gallery below showing some of the work undertaken to date.