Great Olympians of our Time #9: Stott’s of Oldham R365 DJN

From West Thurrock to Oldham

Volvo Olympian R365 DJN, Stotts of Oldham, Mossley Market Place
A far cry from Wilmslow Road: laying over prior to a schools’ or works’ journey outside Mossley’s market place.

For yesterday’s entry, we told the story of P344 ROO. Today, we meet up with R365 DJN, another veteran of the Wilmslow Road Bus Wars saga.

Like her sibling, this fellow entered service for Harris Bus, West Thurrock from new in 1997. By 2000, the then Transport for London owned East Thames Buses had P365 DJN for three years, prior to moving to Manchester. After a year out of service, she moved to West Gorton in 2004, where she operated for UK North up to its closure in 2007.

After UK North went out of business, she was purchased by Stott’s of Oldham in June 2007. P365 DJN has spent more time at Lees Road than in West Thurrock and is probably happier in her new surroundings. Not least the fact she has more tender loving care than at her previous home in West Gorton.

S.V., 04 August 2012.

Great Olympians of our Time #8: UK North P344 ROO

From West Thurrock to West Gorton

201 Volvo Olympian P344 ROO, UK North, Piccadilly Gardens
Competition 2006 Style: how London buses from another decade competed along the Wilmslow Road corridor.

There has in recent weeks been news of seven Stagecoach Manchester buses moving to London for the Olympic Games. In a city where transport managers have moved to London instead of buses, Manchester (like most places outside the capital) has its fair share of ex-London vehicles in regular service. Take for example First Manchester’s Dennis Arrows in the Tameside area.

Between 1986 and 2007, many a company competed with GM Buses, GMS Buses and Stagecoach Manchester on the Wilmslow Road. From 1997, there was UK North, a then Hadfield company formed from the ashes of Mybus. By 2006 they had a great many Volvo Olympians, most of which bodied by East Lancashire as seen above.

This fellow entered service for Harris Bus, West Thurrock from new in 1997. By 2000, the then Transport for London owned East Thames Buses had P344 ROO for three years, prior to moving to Manchester. She operated for UK North up to its closure in 2007, later working for Wessex Connect and Central Connect.

S.V., 03 August 2012.