Stagecoach takes de-livery of colourful anniversary bus

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STAGECOACH in Chesterfield is celebrating the upcoming 85th anniversary of East Midland Motor Services by sending one of its buses back in time...

Dennis Dart 34720 has been specially painted in the livery colours of dark red and ivory used between 1956 and 1972 - the first time an anniversary bus has been painted in this style.

Although the anniversary isn’t until 2012, the freshly painted bus has already entered service in its new livery, predominantly on service 50/50A Chesterfield-Eckington-Sheffield, although other routes in the Chesterfield region will be covered periodically as well.

East Midland Motor Services was formed from WT Underwood in 1927 and operated from depots in Chesterfield, Clowne, Worksop, Retford, Shirebrook and Mansfield. The Clowne, Retford and Shirebrook depots closed in the 1990s and the Worksop and Mansfield depots are today part of Stagecoach East Midlands, while Chesterfield is part of Stagecoach Yorkshire.

Overseen by Engineering Manager Derrick Irwin, and with the enthusiastic assistance of Shayne Howarth, Assistant Operations Manager, bus 34720 was specially painted in the Chesterfield paintshops and unveiled to the public earlier in December when the bus was driven to the ‘Christmas Cracker’ event at Boyle Street Museum in Manchester.

Stephen Read, Operations Manager, Stagecoach Chesterfield said: “Until 1956 the livery was the famous chocolate, biscuit and cream and it was this livery which was used for previous celebrations in 1977, 1992 and 2002.

“This time, however, we thought it would be novel to go for a livery not previously represented, yet still in the memory of many of our customers.”

After 1972 the livery changed to the National Bus Company’s corporate ‘leaf green’, switching in 1986 to two-tone green and cream before arriving at the Stagecoach corporate style in 1989.

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