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HTA844N was new to National Bus Company’s Western National division in 1975 carrying their Leaf Green with White band livery as fleet number 2813. On 1st January 1989 Transferred to Southern National still within the National Bus Company and retained the Leaf Green livery and fleetnumber.
In August 1989 HTA844N was transferred again, this time to North Devon and re-painted in Red & Cream with Red fleetnames. By the end of 1989, HTA844N was given a partial re-build and overhaul being fitted with a DAF 11.6 litre engine which replaced the poorly designed and troublesome Leyland 510 headless engine as fitted to all new National Mk1 buses.
Upon the de-regulation and sale of the National Bus Company, HTA844N was Transferred to First Group’s Redbus division in January 1993 before being re-painted again into Red and White livery with Red Bus fleetnames.
In June 1999, HTA844N found itself back at Western National but this time under the ownership of First Group rather than the National Bus Company, during this time she was also Renumbered 2802.
Withdrawn and sold for Preservation in 2001 to Richard Gilmore of Plymouth and fully restored into NBC Green livery. It was rallied and used before being sold again to Terry Partridge of Saltash in August 2006.
HTA844N has had several owners in preservation as she was sold again in 2011 to Anthony Snell of Liscard, and eventually to the current owner, Steve Kirk of Flitwick, Bedfordshire in September 2015.
Leyland National MkI
Operational - Restored
Ld 11351/1R 02401
NBC Western National