It’s 90 years since the City of Leicester Tramways Dept took a bold step forward and introduced a small fleet of single deck buses to the streets of our city. To celebrate this bold move First Leicester (the present day company whose lineage can be traced back to the City of Leicester Tramways Dept) has marked the occasion by painting two vehicles in their modern fleet in heritage liveries.
Painted in 1924 City of Leicester Tramway livery this single deck Volvo makes its debut at Town Hall square
Period scrolled lining just as the original tramway fleet.
Original legal lettering with General Manager, A.F.Lucas, prominent on the side of all Tramcars and Motorbuses back in 1924.
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Legally they are not allowed to show this one as Imperial! With all the environmental equipment and passenger safety and comfort considerations she's a heavy bus for a single decker!
The present day legal lettering which is a requirement of all operators has been tastefully displayed towards the rear.
The rear end shows just how well First have pulled off a heritage livery and made it fit the curves of a modern design.
First Leicester are to be congratulated on such a wonderful gesture. This vehicle symbolises the very beginnings of a motor bus service that grew and eventually replaced our tramway network and flourished into the services First Leicester operate today. Both vehicles look stunning and the quality of workmanship that went into this early paint scheme, not only its application but also adapting the design tastefully to fit the curves of a modern Wright bodied Volvo, is superb.
After unveiling the livery to the Mayor and invited guests, the two modern vehicles, accompanied by two former Leicester City Transport Leyland Pd3’s, embarked on a tour of the original 1924 route to Evington and then on to Oadby for a guest reception at the Racecourse.
The procession heads down Horsefair Street with 1924 liveried Volvo KX05 MJF leading the group.
The second 'Heritage' liveried vehicle is KP54 AZL, Fleet No.32646, and is painted in Leicester City Transport cream with maroon bands as introduced in 1961. It was commented by many people on the day how well these heritage liveries work on modern vehicles.
Former LCT Leyland Pd3 No.90 celebrates 90 years as it takes invited guests to the celebrations.
Former LCT Leyland Pd3 No.48 brings up the rear in the procession of heritage liveried vehicles on their way to the Oadby Racecourse.