• Daimler Fleetline GYJ495G in service in later Tayside Regional Council livery

Vehicle details

Year

12 August 1968

Registration

GYJ495G

Fleet number(s)

295, T4

Chassis

Daimler Fleetline (Dr CRG6LX)

Chassis number

62565

Engine

Gardner 6LX Diesel

Body

Alexander J-type Ar J4/367/15

Seating

H44/34F

New to

Dundee Corporation

Other operators

Tayside Regional Council

Current owner(s)

Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society member(s)

Current livery

-

Status

Restoration underway

 

Vehicle history

This Daimler Fleetline was delivered new to Dundee Corporation Transport in 1968. It is fitted with Alexander J-type 78 seat (H44/34F) single door bodywork. This vehicle was one of a batch of 25 such buses with fleet numbers 281 to 305. Because of a protracted dispute over the introduction of one-man operation only 281-285 entered service initially with their planned registrations (FTS881F to FTS885F) in March 1968 while the remainder of the batch were placed in storage.

Fleet numbers 286 to 295 were re-registered GYJ486G to GYJ495G before finally entering service: 295 entered service on 12 August 1968. The final batch, 296-305 (GYJ396G to GYJ405G) entered service in March 1969. The single-door Fleetlines were withdrawn in the late 1970s; most members of the earlier batches were scrapped but many of the G-registered vehicles survived for longer. Withdrawn on 26 March 1980, 295 was converted for use as a driver training bus later that year, painted into a yellow livery and renumbered T4. Sister bus 293 was given the same treatment and renumbered T3. Because of their conversion and subsequent sale, both buses survived for many years longer than the other buses in the batch. 293 ended up on a farm near Errol and was scrapped there in 2004. Meanwhile later Fleetline 305 was converted to open-top, re-entering service in this form in 1981 and lasting until May 1985, at which point it was the last Daimler vehicle in the fleet (the first one having been delivered in 1931). It ended up as a London tour bus with Ensign.

295 remained in use as a training bus until being withdrawn and sold in March 1983 to Earnside Coaches of Glenfarg, then it passed to a farmer in Longforgan near Dundee two months later for use as a berry bus. It remained in use until it was sold to another farmer in Laurencekirk in April 1992, being used to transport daffodil pickers between Dundee and Laurencekirk. With 295 still sporting yellow livery from its days as a training bus the farmer decided the bus was in need of a repaint and so it was painted allover green.

In July 1998 295 was purchased from the farmer for preservation by a Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society member and, on collection from Laurencekirk, the bus made the journey back to Dundee. It was then housed in the workshops at Travel Dundee’s depot where it remained stored until August 2001 when it was moved to G&N Wishart’s depot at Friockheim for a six month period. Finally it moved to its new home at the Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society’s premises in February 2002.
 

In preservation

The restoration to date has been the removal of the lower deck floor and some interior and exterior panels, the fitting of new batteries, and extensive work on the battery leads. Some of the damaged roof panels have been removed for replacement. Work in 2011 has concentrated on renovating the steel framework and readying the nearside outriggers for the fitment of new framework. The steel structure which runs directly across the top of the entrance door, and the inner panel between the decks which this is fixed to, will both have to be replaced due to severe corrosion.