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Stay abroad for ex-Leicester Daimler

Stay abroad for ex-Leicester Daimler

The Daimler was exported after a varied career in Leicester, the North East, the South Coast and London. LTHT/SVEN TIERMAN

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust has revealed photos of the former Leicester City Transport Daimler CSG6 UJF 182, which still survives near the Tuscan town of Arezzo. Recent photos show the bus parked in a field, looking faded but relatively intact.

One of a batch of six Daimler CS6G/30 chassis that were purchased for evaluation purposes by the operator in 1959, with Gardner 6LW engines and a David Brown gearbox, the bus has standard Metro-Cammell Orion bodywork.

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The bus was withdrawn from service in Leicester in 1971 and transferred to North East operator F Lockeys & Son in West Auckland, who ran it for 10 years. It then became a driver training vehicle on the South Coast before being used as a tourist bus in London.

Sold in the early 2000s by Ensignbus, it was exported to Italy, re-registered as WSL 152, where its new owners planned to convert the high-bridge body bus into a campervan for a major European tour. The LTHT says it does not have the funds to mount an attempt to bring the bus back to Leicester if it is put up for sale again, but notes that it is good to see a former Leicester bus still surviving.

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