Seen here in Church Street, Market Deeping heading towards Peterborough on a Running Day in April 2015.                 Photo: N Thomson

March 1973

New to Delaine Coaches Ltd

December 2000

Withdrawn from service
Preserved by the company and joined the Delaine Heritage Fleet for use on special duties

December 2015

Became part of the Delaine Heritage Trust collection

The last new Leyland Double Decker to enter the Delaine fleet and part of a batch of five identical Northern Counties bodied Leyland Atlanteans in a consortium with fellow independants Whippet of Fenstanton and OK Motor Services of Bishop Auckland. They were the first examples of the new Leyland Atlantean AN68 extended 10.3m chassis, with seating for 82 made them the largest capacity vehicles in the country at the time. 72 spent its entire working life with the company and remained the flagship of the Double Decker fleet until the introduction of the company’s first Olympian’s in February 1995.

Fleet No: 72    Reg No: ACT 540L    
Year: 1973    Chassis: Leyland Atlantean AN68/2R    Body: Northern Counties (H47/35F)

72 is seen in the front yard of the Delaine Garage in May 1974 alongside the house which was part of the original site purchased in 1902.                                     Photo: Delaine Heritage Trust Collection

Seen here leaving Peterborough Bishops Road Bus Station with a service to Bourne.                                         Photo: RF Mack

© Delaine Heritage Trust

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