223 “M223SVN” new to Stagecoach Transit back in 1995, working at Stockton depot for 4 years before transferring to Stagecoach in Hull. It was finally withdrawn by Stagecoach in 2010 and disposed of to Ensignbus (Dealer) where it subsequently passed to independent Red Kite, Leighton Buzzard. Who operated her for the better part of a decade.
Approaches where made with Red Kite during 2019 and the group successfully purchased her in June 2019 and drove her the 200 mile journey home in stifling 35c heat, we showed her in ‘as acquired’ condition at the Seaburn and Keighley rallies towards at the end of the 2019 season.
During early 2020 the opportunity arose for 223 to be given a full external restoration, regaining her iconic green, white and yellow “Transit livery, complete with the authentic ‘Part of The Stagecoach Group’ strapline.
Unfortunately, Covid pandemic restrictions meant that it would be 16 months before we could debut her amazing restoration at the 2021 NEBPT North East Bus & Coach Show at the Metrocentre!
Chassis: Volvo Olympian
Body: Northern Counties Palatine I
Fleet Number: 223
Year New: 1995
Acquired by Group: 2019
Engine: Cummins L10 (220hp)
Transmission: VOITH 853.3 (3 Speed Automatic)
Top Speed: 50mph
Running – Available