• MCW Metrobus B105PKS in Midland Scottish livery and Best Bus branding

Vehicle details

Year

10 April 1985

Registration

B105PKS

Fleet number(s)

MRM105, RM805, 805

Chassis

MCW Metrobus DR132/6

Chassis number

MB7932

Engine

Cummins Diesel

Body

Alexander RL RL18/484/17

Seating

H45/33F

New to

Midland Scottish

Other operators

-

Current owner(s)

Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society member(s)

Current livery

Midland Scottish 1989

Status

Restored and on the road since 2007

 

Vehicle history

B105PKS was just one of 121 Metrobuses delivered new to Midland Scottish between 1981 and 1987. It entered service on 10 April 10 1985 from Grangemouth depot and allocated fleet number MRM105. This bus carried Midland Scottish blue/cream livery complete with the Scottish Bus Group (SBG) "Best Bus In Town" slogans in large font on the lower side panels. It was used on local services in the Falkirk/Grangemouth area until 1988 when Grangemouth depot was closed and Linlithgow depot transferred from Eastern to Midland. MRM105 was the very last vehicle to leave the workshops at Grangemouth having a rope attached and being pulled out by the full complement of engineering staff for an SBG magazine photo shoot. The Grangemouth allocation was split between Linlithgow, Larbert Road and Bannockburn with MRM105 moving to Larbert. The M prefix was dropped from Midland fleet numbers in 1989 and this, along with a rationalisation of double decker fleet numbers, led to B105PKS becoming RM805. The bus led a varied life and being equipped with a Cummins engine as opposed to the less powerful Gardner unit it was regularly used on the tightly timed 21/27 services from Falkirk to Glasgow via Kilsyth, in addition to more mundane Falkirk local routes. RM805 remained at Larbert Road through privatisation and wore numerous permutations of GRT and First Edinburgh liveries.

In Autumn 2003 B105PKS 805 left Larbert after 15 years at the depot and joined a collection of both Cummins and Gardner powered Metrobuses at Balfron, used on any routes by this point. The Balfron Metrobuses received only minimal maintenance on their "dock" visits to Bannockburn. However the robustness of the design withstood this well. Withdrawal of the ex-Midland Metrobuses gathered pace in 2004-6 and by 2006 only six remained in use. B105PKS's engine was still in fantastic condition but a serious fault in the gearbox and control electronics had arisen and in April 2006 unhealthy noises from the diff led to the bus being withdrawn, the second last before B110PKS 810.
 

In preservation

B105PKS passed into preservation in July 2006 following several months on the scrap line at Larbert Depot. The restoration was a monumental task and was finally completed in July 2007 when 805 returned to the Larbert Road paintshop to be finished in full Midland regalia. Two other vehicles from this batch are preserved: B97PKS 808 in Strathtay colours and B100PKS MRM100 in Kelvin Scottish livery.
 

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