Fleetline Farewell

A week today and Swindon says farewell to its last two ‘Leyland’ Fleetlines. The chassis, designed by Daimler, has been a part of Swindon for 40 years. Back then, buses were largely cream and the livery suited particularly the last batches of ‘Daimler’ and ‘Leyland’ Fleetlines, with attractive ECW bodies.

The rear bustle aside, the ECW bodywork looked decidedly Tilling, and the ECW Fleetlines didn’t look out of place on municipal buses deep in Bristol Omnibus territory, always except that the Swindon machines were highbridge (whereas Bristol Omnibus’ were lowbridge). In fact, the Swindon Corporation Transport Department’s ECW-bodied Fleetlines ran alongside Bristol Omnibus’ ECW-bodies VRs on the then 489/490/90 joint service to Covingham Park.

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