Mercedes Benz 709D
Purchased new by
New to Slatyford depot remaining there its entire life, final Busways 709D minibus in service in Newcastle
1474 (N474RVK) was one of fourty 23-seater Mercedes Benz 709Ds with Alexander Sprint bodywork delivered new to Stagecoach Busways in 1996. This example was one of thirteen which were deployed into Slatyford depot and carried the Stagecoach Busways corporate stripes livery.
The allocation of these Mercedes buses remained constant for many years with only minor vehicle swaps occuring between North East depots.
In 2002, the new national fleet numbering system enabled 1474 to be renumbered to 40474. It soon recieved the revised Stagecoach livery, being painted into swoops in 2003. The bus operated out of Slatyford its entire life until April 2009 when it was withdrawn from service and bought for preservation. 1474 was the last 709D minibus in service with Stagecoach in Newcastle.