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Preserving Northern Ireland's Road Transport Heritage
Site up-dated 27/05/2014
1886 At the 2014 Bus and Coach Rally
Bristol RE, ex Ulsterbus/Citybus 2446.
One of the groups five Bristol RE's and originally an Ulsterbus, this one dating from 1980 has been restored to Citybus livery of whom it operated for in the latter half of its service life. Sold to a school in Belfast after its service life was over, it was acquired by one of the groups members who has fond memories of travelling to school on it.
2446 WINS AT 2014 BUS& COACH RALLY
129 WINS AT THE 2014 BUS & COACH RALLY
Bedford YLQ, ex Ulsterbus 1878.
The groups sole Bedford YLQ that was one of 48 new to Ulsterbus in 1976/77, operated from Newry depot its whole service life. After being withdrawn it became a recovery vehicle for Newry and Armagh depots and from there was acquired for preservation in 2006. It is now only thought to be one of a few surviving and currently the only example restored
Leyland Leopard, ex Ulsterbus 280.
Pictured here in glorious sunshine and looking very smart after the completion of painting, is one of the groups many ex Ulsterbus Leyland Leopards. This particular example was new to Antrim depot and finished its days in Bangor depot and dates from 1982. It was purchased for preservation to represent the batch of bus seated Alexander bodied X types that had chassis that were diverted from the National Bus Company in England.
The ABPG through its members seeks to promote road passenger transport, through the acquistion and restoration of vehicles manufactored and / or have been in service in Northern Ireland. In doing so, it additionally seeks to educate the wider public to the contribution such vehicles have made to the economic and social history of Northern Ireland.
Leyland Tiger, ex Ulsterbus 1025.
The group has four Leyland Tigers in its collection dating from 1984 to 1989. Pictured here is a 1987 example of a small batch of 30 that were delivered to Ulsterbus in 1986/87 and now is the sole surviving example of this batch. Allocated new to Newtownards, it was to go on to spend its whole service life at this depot before being acquired for preservation in 2008. It has been returned to the livery it wore when new.
Mercedes Benz 609D, ex Flexibus 51
One of two minibuses in the collection, this one dates from 1990 and operated for the now extinct Flexibus Limited. Having had a substantial restoration from top to bottom, it is now considered to be the only restored Flexibus vehicle in existence.
301 AT THIS YEARS BUS & COACH RALLY
1886 @ the Stagecoach open day? rally in Carlisle 24/05/2014