Friday, 10 July 2009

363 bites the dust

And then there was one. The once 83 strong fleet of Blackpool Transport Atlanteans is now down to just one - 364 (B364UBV) with the disposal today of sister 363 for scrap. Stored for almost a year, 363 was stripped to a shell with seat cushions, windows and mechanical units removed and was towed to Inglemere Metals off Vicarage Lane by ERF Tow Wagon 929 this afternoon (10 July) where it was soon scrapped. This follows 352 on 6 April and 360 on 28 April. Additionally Metrorider 584 (Inglemere 5 March) and Delta 110 (Preston Recyclers 26 June) have been scrapped this year.

363 was new in September 1984 - with 364 the joint penultimate regular build Atlantean to be registered (followed by last registered Fylde 75 B75URN - the last chassis built was an A-prefix Lancaster one). New in a special coach livery, it gained the post deregulation bus livery in late 1988 and the post merger livery in Sept 1995. It ran from Squires Gate Depot from Feb 1997 to April 1999. It was retrimmed in March 1999, later gaining some bus seats to the upper deck rear (and gaining yet more to reseat 364 back to full coach spec. 363 also received split upper deck windscreens rather than the single piece screens fitted when new.

See this link for 363's last moments: