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News: 1982 Leyland Leopard with semi-automatic transmission - TMS 405X

Published 15 August 2014, 09:59

Type of Vehicle - Dual Purpose (DP) Bus
Year Built/Registered - 1982
Body - Alexander Y Type 49 Seat
Chassis - Leyland Leopard with semi-automatic transmission
Reg No. - TMS 405X
FLeet No. - MPE 405
Livery/Operator - Midland Scottish

TMS 405X was built in 1981 and registered on 1 January 1982, operating new in service with Midland Scottish at their Milngavie depot. Since then she has had 10 owners, details of which are on the separate sheet.

TMS 405X has a Leyland Leopard, mid-engined single-deck bus and coach chassis, being one of the last in a series built by Leyland, of Farington, Lancashire, England, between 1959 and 1982. At the time TMS 405X was built, Leyland had been nationalised and was known as British Leyland. The Leyland Leopard chassis was popular with bus and coach operators, having been developed from the earlier Leyland Tiger Cub chassis. The Leopard was superseded by the Leyland Tiger chassis.

TMS 405X has an Alexander Y-type body, having been built by Alexander Coachbuilders, of Falkirk, Scotland. Over 1800 Y-type bodies were fitted to the Leyland Leopard chassis, with around 85% being delivered to the Scottish Bus Group and its predecessors.

TMS 405X has continued as a service bus, and latterly as a school bus, for all her life until July 2011. She is now in private ownership and has been restored back to the blue/cream livery of her first owner W Alexander & Sons (Midland) Limited, finished off with the distinctive bluebird logo.

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