Plaxton Paramont 3500
Purchased new by
South Midland Ltd
Originally ordered by Yelloway Manchester, but divered to dealers. Ex-National Holiday working coach. Modernised front, rear and wheelchair access.
C128KJO was one of two Leyland Tigers purchased together by South Midland Limited in July 1986, with this example being numbered 128 in the fleet. Carrying Plaxton Paramount 3500 body, both Leyland Tigers were originally ordered by Yelloway Motor Services in Manchester, but cancelled their order prior to them being delivered. This resulted in both Tigers being acquired by Martin Middlewich bus and coach dealers, who sold the pair onto South Midland.
The duo were purchased for the company's National Holiday work, with them subsequently receiving the tour operator livery. Two months into life, 128 was given the registration of PYV277 and passed to Devon General Greenslade in January 1987, becoming their 2233 for a short season of National Holiday work. After working with Devon it moved to Thames Transit Oxford in December 1987, for express work on Oxford Tube services to and from the capital. The Oxford Bus Company was allocated the Oxford city services and the London routes, with South Midland allocated the remainder of the network. Both companies were subject to management buyouts, eventually resulting with the South Midland company being resold to Thames Transit. Entering service with Thames Transit, numbered 10 in their fleet, the Tiger was repainted into Oxford Tube livery.
After nearly eight years with the company, which included a stint as a driver training vehicle like it's sister, C128KJO was sold in 1995 to Lewis Coaches of Greenwich, where it remained in use with the independent until 2005. During this time, the Tiger received alteration which included a wheelchair lift towards the rear on the near-side, as well as modernised front and rear. After Lewis' the coach was subsequently sold onto Ellie Rose Travel UK in Hull, who ran the vehicle for just over a decade on a variety of work which included day-trips, rail replacement and scholars. With schools contracts now demanding more modern vehicles, the elderly Tiger was put up for sale.
In February 2017, C128KJO was purchased by a member of Tyneside Heritage Vehicles, with the intention to make use of it's coaching capabilities for the group.
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