KTL 45Y -
1982 Leyland Olympian ONLXB/2R,
East Lancs double deck
East Lancs H50/35F body
Lincoln City Transport No. 45
(Lincolnshire Road Car No. 645)
(Stagecoach Lincolnshire No. 14695)
NOTE - This bus is currently stored away from the Museum
One of a batch of three Olympians (43-45) which entered service in December 1982, following the evaluation of one Olympian (No. 42) earlier in the year, these Bristol built chassis with East Lancs bodies were a natural progression from the long wheelbase Bristol VRTLL / East Lancs that had been the standard Lincoln double deck bus purchased from 1979 to 1981.
These were the last standard 'bus' double deckers purchased new by Lincoln City Transport, subsequent Olympians and Volvo B10Ms being 'dual purpose' with coach seats.
No. 45 was fitted from new with an electronic dot matrix destination display and was subsequently painted into a special livery for the 'Birchwood Flyer' limited stop X6 service from Lincoln City Centre to Birchwood Estate.
It later received the white / green stripes livery introduced in 1985, and the dark green / white / mid green livery introduced after LCT's sale to a consortium of employees and Derby City Transport in 1991. The original 'Autofare' ticketing equipment including a farebox was replaced by a Wayfarer during this era.
It was renumbered 645 when LCT was acquired by RoadCar in 1993, and for some years continued to carry the 'Lincoln City Transport' fleetname, albeit on the standard Road Car yellow / white / green livery. The dot matrix destination display was replaced by standard destination blinds, and an Almex A90 / Eurofare ticket machine replaced the Wayfarer. It later received full 'Road Car' corporate identity, and an upper deck nearside tree-deflector, the 85 seat buses in the fleet by this time being allocated to duties that included the busiest schools services, some of which served routes that saw few other double deck buses.
In 2005, Road Car was acquired by Stagecoach, by which time 645 was the sole remaining former LCT vehicle to remain in service with the Company. Subsequently renumbered 14695 in February 2006, it was finally withdrawn from service from Grimsby depot in October 2006 and entered preservation.
It was restored to its original livery and initially rallied by Sam Duckering of Lincoln, and made its debut in preservation in the snow at our Easter 2008 Open Day event. It has appeared at a number of Open Days since, and has been a frequent performer on our bus service at RAF Waddington International Air Show, where its 85 seat capacity has been appreciated by the crowds! In 2011, it formally joined the Society's collection and is currently stored away from the Museum.
No. 45 is now the last survivor of the 4 Olympian buses - 42 last saw service with Fargo of Rayne, Essex; 43 with Excel Coaches, Stansted, Essex; and 44 with Flagfinders of Braintree, Essex. 44 was briefly preserved in the Brighton area, but all three are understood now to have been scrapped.
January 2012 - The newly arrived bus at the Museum, former Lincoln 45, has had its wheels and lower rear panel repainted, and two windows replaced. No.45 gave a good account of itself on the day of the Heart of the Pennines rally, standing in for our RE on this occasion.
April 2012 - An 'Autofare' ticket machine set has been acquired.
July 2013 - A new brake valve and rear levelling valve have been fitted, and the bus has received some new front tyres and rectification to the air and electrical system.
January 2014 - Former Lincoln 45 is often stored away from the museum, but while resident during the summer it received some electrical repairs to the gearbox and renovation of the cab and platform area, which are now finished in the original matt black.
October 2014 - Along with our Lincolnshire Bristol VR, the Olympian has had its chassis sand blasted and repainted to a high standard.
page updated 15.10.14