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News: 1988 Northern Counties Leyland Olympian Bus - F509 NJE

Published 18 June 2018, 12:46

Type of Vehicle - Bus
Year Built/Registered - 1988
Vehicle Description - Northern Counties Leyland Olympian
Reg No - F509 NJE
Fleet No - B9
Livery/Operator - Viscount Buses

F509 NJE was new to CamBus on 1st December 1988 as a batch of 12 Gardner engined, Northern Counties bodied, Leyland Olympians fitted with ZF Fully Automatic Gearboxes buses bought New before Cambus' Peterborough operation was re-branded as Viscount Buses in September 1989.

On 22nd August 2006, F509 NJE was sold to Tiger European in Nottingham where in 2010 it was re-registered as F74 MRC and used on School Contracts and Light schools private hire.

On August 31st 2016, F509 NJE was collected for preservation, re-united with original registration, by Stephen & Nathan for the Eastern Bus Enthusiasts collection. Since purchase we have spent many hours and much money restoring 509. During the winter of 2016 we replaced the broken bright-tech destination blind with two Hanover units to replicate the original Vultron system. These Hanover units were not straight fit replacements, they required modification to fit.

In August 2017, we sent 509 to Marden Commercials in Essex for re-painting into Viscount Buses livery. It returned on 25th August and made its debut at Showbus on September 17th 2017. We are really happy with the results and are very proud to bring a Viscount liveried bus to the streets for the first time in 20 years.

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