A127 ESG - Leyland Tiger


Vehicle Details:

Registration Number:    A127 ESG
Chassis Type:   Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3RH
Chassis Number:    8301471
Body Type And Seating:    East Lancs Myllennium DP49F rebody (2000)
Body Number:      32604
Date New:    June 1984
Original Operator (Fleet Number):    Alexander Midland (MPT127) 

Vehicle Information:

This coach was new with a Duple Laser body and operated from W. Alexander (Midland)’s Perth depot on Scottish Citylink work. It continued in this role with Strathtay before being demoted to work on interurban services from Forfar depot.

In 2000 Strathtay had six of its Leyland Tiger chassis rebodied by East Lancashire Coachbuilders. This procedure used to be commonplace in the days of halfcabs, but was decidedly odd in the 21st century. It returned to Forfar in its new condition and remained there until the depot closed. The whole batch of six vehicles were withdrawn by Stagecoach Strathtay in 2008 and sold to Wooten’s Coaches in Buckinghamshire who used them on a service branded as "Tiger Line".

431 was bought for preservation by its current owner in 2013 and has been restored to the condition in which it left East Lancs' Blackburn factory in 2000. It received a cherished registration, VLT  93, from Strathtay Routemaster SR17 in the late 1980s. It continued to carry this plate until it was sold to Wooten’s. Subsequently it carried MUI 808, but it has now been reunited with its original registration.

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