Saturday, 13 May 2017

Farewell to the Last Excel

Optare Excel 225 departed Blackpool on Tuesday 9th heading back to the Reading area to Morton's Travel - who have a collection of historic vehicles, including some former Reading buses and Preston Bus Lynx 215 and Olympian 107. 225 started its career with Reading Buses as their 935 in June 1999, initially on town network services, but moving to their Park and Ride in 2002 and returned to town services in 2007. With sisters 932-4/6 it moved to Blackpool on 9 October 2008, entering service on 26 January 2009 as 222-226. 225 was the final example to be withdrawn on 29 November 2016. Blackpool bought their first Excels in 1996. 

Trident 331 has received an updated advertisement for Blackpool and the Fylde College.