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News : Leyland Olympian farewell in Preston

News : Leyland Olympian farewell in Preston

The Olympian was the final chassis produced by Leyland Bus, with the very last model leaving the Workington plant in 1993. With the recent change in legislation regarding step-entrance double-decker buses taking effect in this coming New Year, the last ones in daily public service cease operating this weekend within the county they were assembled. […]

By 30 December 2016 23 Comments Read More →
News : Legendary Leyland bus operator closes

News : Legendary Leyland bus operator closes

Mike Humble After a short period of financial uncertainty, one of the longest-trading UK bus operators to have had a strong association with British Leyland has closed after an incredible 107 years in business. Leyland-based John Fishwick & Son has closed this weekend marking the end of an era for a well-respected bus operator which also had one of the strongest ties with […]

By 25 October 2015 4 Comments Read More →
News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

Story: Business Insider Additions: Mike Humble Nick Mead, a collector of armoured vehicles in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, is selling former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s own armoured bus and has put it on the market for £25,000. Mrs Thatcher was used to British products in less than hostile conditions as she was often seen on the TV […]

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Mike Humble When I was just a slip of a young man, I got completely fed up with working on cars in a dealership Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 with the odd Saturday morning thrown in for good measure. A fellow apprentice had recently left, but we kept in touch socially and one night […]

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Despite all the historical trauma of Leyland, our sole remaining builder of trucks is in American ownership but still producing plenty of vehicles for the home market and for export at the factory in Leyland, Lancashire. Its major component supplier is Cummins, which is also US owned. Now in its fiftieth year in the UK, Cummins’ current engine facility in […]

By 25 February 2015 18 Comments Read More →
Buses : The 2014 Worthing Seafront Gathering

Buses : The 2014 Worthing Seafront Gathering

Mike Humble   It all started off with a phone call with a few days notice – would I be interested in driving a Daimler down to Worthing to take part in a seafront vehicle parade. Now before you get too excited, this Daimler wasn’t a Sovereign, a Double Six or a 4.2 for that […]

Blog : The school bus home – an Olympian task…

Blog : The school bus home – an Olympian task…

Mike Humble At AROnline, we like the bigger Leylands too. This fact was re-enforced when I took a ‘phone call on a recent day off asking If I could do a local operator and customer of mine a favour. Many of you will know my working life revolves around public transport as the old daytime […]

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

Mike Humble While ploughing through my extensive archive of all things bus and coach just now, I was staggered to notice that, 20 years ago this month, in July 1993 – and, after much diversification, rationalising and inevitable streamlining under the ownership of Volvo, the lights were finally switched out, the doors were locked and the gates were closed on arguably […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Mike Humble They say that jealousy is never the best policy for politics, a point proven when a well known former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer was quoted as saying ‘we will tax the rich until the pips squeak‘. The internal politics within British Leyland have always been well documented. The Longbridge management loathed their opposite numbers at Cowley and the Triumph staff […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Mike Humble From personal experience, there is no customer more difficult to trade with or educate for that matter than a Bus or Coach operator. Your average road haulier for example will look for overall cost and network support before driver acceptance and a typical average car buyer tends to look for reliability and a […]