Showbus Specials Part Three: The modern preserved

Now preserved S669VOA in the West Midlands line up
With the years somewhat scarily flying by and modern buses becoming increasingly advanced, a number of newer vehicles from the late 1990s and early 2000s are now making their way into the British preservation scene. This year's Showbus saw a large number of them on show, from an influx of batch withdrawals following newer replacements from the likes of Alexander Dennis and Optare.

A prime example is S669VOA, a Wright Crusader bodied Volvo B6BLE now acquired for preservation. The vehicle was withdrawn from the National Express West Midlands fleet following the arrival of a number of new Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC and Alexander Dennis Enviro200MMCs. 669 provided a nice addition to a large line up of West Midlands vehicles, ranging from vehicles from three decades ago through to brand new additions to the fleet.

Ipswich Buses 192 P192SGV, now preserved in Ipswich.
Recently making an appearance completed in Ipswich Buses livery is 192 P192SGV. The Optare Excel had been new to Ipswich Buses in June 1997, later passing to Carter's of Capel St Mary and onto Simonds of Diss - after which it acquired for preservation. 192 is one of, I believe, three former Ipswich Buses Optare Excels now preserved. A missed trick from Showbus perhaps was their potential to have 192 parked up next to newly acquired Plaxton President bodied Transbus Trident 24 SN51SXO, which was brought along to event by Leon Wells.

Making an appearance was B18OVA, a now preserved early Bova Futura executive coach now preserved. Quite possibly, it was the first ever Bova Futura delivered in the United Kingdom - signalling a massive production period which ceased in just a few years ago with the introduction of the VDL Futura 2.

Former Oxford M513VJO is now owned by a preservation
Relatively new to the preservation scene is M513VJO, a Marshall C37 bodied Dennis Dart. I rightfully assume that the bus is to be repainted into Oxford Bus Company livery and preserved to its original standard - as seen here. Being a fan of the Marshal C37, I am looking forward to seeing further appearances of it.

Tomorrow we are to take a look at some of modern in service vehicles exhibited at this year's Showbus. Following this, there will be a final post on the coaches attending the event and numerous photos will appear in separate reports where they are required. Meanwhile, more photographs from the day are appearing on my Flickr account here.
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About Kieran Smith

Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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