Sunday, 22 April 2012

Snap on Sunday

My apologies first for the lack of blogging this week. My final exams are looming ever closer, reducing my free time hugely at the moment, which has come along at the same time as a spate of illness, very conveniently timed... So I can't promise a huge amount of regular blogging in the near future, but will try to fit one in when I do find a spare moment. 

Snap on Sunday this week is another picture taken on my 3 day jaunt of the North of England, this time another Leyland Olympian, Ex London D238 FYM, but found in the beautiful city of Chester. I believe I'm right in saying that the Olympians operating on Chester's City Sightseeing tours are First Group's very last 'proper' Leylands still in use. Chester has always seemed to be very fond of the Gardner 6LXB examples, with their final fully closed top Leyland only being retired in August last year, this being the stalwart that was B200 DTU. B200 was bought new for Chester Park and Ride duties, and managed to survive her whole 26 years within the city, quite amazing considering she was part of one of the 'big five'. 


Anonymous said...

First still operates some 'G' reg all Leyland Limp-alongs in nearby Stoke-on-Trent, but that's about it I think.

Ally said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery and good luck for your exams. Looking forward to your regular blogging soon!

Laurence Mayhew said...

@Anon, Ah yes of course you're quite right, indeed they do still have a few Cummins engined examples! We did pass through Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle under Lyme to try and photograph a few, but annoyingly the route they're usually used on has just been upgraded and therefore it appeared that they probably only now make it out of the depot when school and universities are on, and not during holiday periods which was a shame!

@Ally, Thanks very much for your kind words :-)