Sunday 10 June 2012

Fylde's Laser on tour

Former Fylde 27 (C27ECW, later MJI7846) is seen at Fleckney on an enthusiast tour (G Butler)
An enthusiast tour using the well known Confidence of Oadby Leyland Olympian fleet took place on Saturday 9th June and amongst the double deckers, their former Fylde Tiger 27 (MJI7846) was used from South Wigston depot to Fleckney and back. (See for details of similar tours).

27 was new in 1985 and was used mainly on coach and contract work as it was not equipped for stage carriage duties. It introduced a two tone blue livery which later evolved into a new bus livery in 1988. From 1989 27's scheme was adopted for the acquired Seagull Coaches fleet. 27 survived into Blackpool ownership and was finally equipped for service work for particular school contracts (and a market day bus) in March 1997 only to be withdrawn the following month! 

Initially sold to Martin Baker Aircraft company near Uxbridge, it settled into a leisurely retirement as a non psv staff bus until Confidence purchased it in May 2004

The Tiger at the Confidence depot (G Butler) 
26 years earlier, a one year old Tiger stands in the depot yard blinded for National Express work