CAS 519W - Leyland Leopard

Vehicle Details:

Registration Number:    CAS 519W
Chassis Type:    Leyland Leopard PSU3G/4R
Chassis Number:    8130036
Body Type And Seating:    Alexander AY C49F
Body Number:     147AY/2480/9
Date New:    June 1981
Original Operator (Fleet Number):    Highland Omnibuses (L25)

Vehicle Information:

In 1981, Highland Omnibuses took delivery of 10 Scottish Bus Group standard Leyland Leopards with Alexander 49 seat dual purposes bodies numbered L17-26.  These buses were spread throughout Highland territory so this bus is representative of buses used from Oban to Thurso.

L25 and L26 were allocated to Oban and were regular performers on the Oban - Glasgow service.  In June 1985, Oban depot was transferred to the control of Alexander (Midland) and the two Leopards became ME430 and MPE431.

In 1992 the Oban operation was sold to Aberdeen Bus, a temporary name for what became Oban & District in March 1993.  Oban & District was owned and managed by former SBG manager Derek Stuart. The business was sold in 1998 to Craig of Campbeltown Limited, proprietors of West Coast Motors.

CAS 519W was sold for preservation in 2007 and has been restored to original Highland Omnibuses livery. Work is ongoing to bring the vehicle up to operational standards following a number of years laid up.

Photos below show the vehicle arriving in Glasgow from Oban when only a month old, in final West Coast Motors livery, and as restored.

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