03 May 2013

(no) Life After Plymouth K616LAE

There have been many false reports of the demise of these fine K reg Olympians that have served Plymouth so well over the last few years but it seems at least this one, K616LAE has been observed under tow to the big bus depot in the sky...

First 34616 K616LAE

April 2012 Royal Parade – my last photo of this one

and a much better photo from a few years ago…K616 LAE
(cc) Nick Rice November 2010

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  1. She isn't the only fine vehicle to leave us. PCB's Ex-Trent Volvo B10M Citybus 188 F605GVO was scrapped in December of last year after just a few months (more like weeks) of service with Warrington Coachways.


    Neither are my photos.

    She was withdrawn just two weeks before my first trip on one (before Easter last year), along with 183, so never managed a trip on her, though many drivers remember her. Many drivers say that 188 was the best one they've ever had, better than all of the current ones. Other terms I've heard used to describe it was 'everything about it was perfect' and 'the Black Bomber'! A driver also said they'd often have a debate as to who was to drive 188 that day! Even non-enthusiast drivers remember her, real shame she's gone. Mike Hudson once in February of last year amazingly got to take it out on a full duty of the 16!! He tells me it did around 35mph up Weston Mill Hill at just 1/4 throttle!

  2. that is very true tom! a lovely bus. and I have been told by a friend at fdc that all the k reg oly's are going. maybe for scrap

    1. they need one at dartmouth for the school contract can't see them investing in a low floor vehicle with a ferry lift!


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