421 H421BNL

421 / H421 BNL

Fleet Number

421

Registration

H421 BNL

New

3/1991

Chassis

Scania N113DRB

Bodywork

Alexander RH

Body Number

Ar RH87/2190/1

Purchased new by

Busways

Current livery

White

Entered Preservation

2017

Ownership

Private

Notes

Served with Stagecoach North East and Rennies. Most recently non-PSV use as a mobile outreach unit for a Christian church.

Vehicle Details

Vehicle Profile

421 (H421BNL) was one of ten Scania N113DRB with Alexander RH bodywork. The batch were new to Busways and were delivered to Byker depot in March 1991. 421 entered service on 7th March 1991, operating service 22. When new, 421 and its sisters were painted in the cadmium and maroon Newcastle Busways livery. In addition, the batch of Scania were fitted with electronic Brightech dot-matrix displays, instead of the usual roller-blinds commonly found on other vehicles in the Busways fleet. By the mid-nineties, the electronic blinds were swapped for roller-blinds. The allocation of the batch was quite varied, with the deckers appearing on all Byker routes.

After the ownership of Busways passed to Stagecoach in 1994, 421 was painted into the Stagecoach stripes livery and later transferred to the new Walkergate depot in 2003 together with the Byker operations. 421 was also renumbered to 15301 under the Stagecoach group numbering system, with its allocation predominantly still being on the 21 and 22. 15301 carried an all-over advertisement for Barr's Irn Bru in 2004.

In 2008, 421 together with seven other examples of the batch, transferred to Stagecoach's newest company-purchase, Rennies Wellwood Mill. Following the retirement of Rennies’ owner Jack Rennie in 2008, the Dunfermline based business was sold to Stagecoach East Scotland, but to this day still continues to operate as a separate business. The company operate executive tours, private hires and school buses. The Scanias were drafted into the Rennies school fleet, where they were painted white and lasted a couple of years with the company before being disposed of by Stagecoach 2009/10. 421 was then purchased by Christ Church Central in Sheffield as a non-PSV mobile outreach unit. In June 2017, Tyneside Heritage vehicles were contacted about 421’s withdrawal from Christ Church Central, with an individual from THV subsequently purchased it privately for preservation.

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