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P2 OTL was new to Delaine Buses Ltd. In September 1996 as fleet number 122.
122 was one of a pair of East Lancs bodied Volvo B10Ms, the other being P1OTL (121)
The interior was constructed to almost replicate that of the Duple Dominant bus bodied Leyland Tigers already in operation with the company, this included Luggage racks on both sides, leather strap grab handles for standees, and a seating capacity of 60 made up of the forward half being the standard 2+2 Seating arrangement with the rear half being 3+2.
During it’s time with Delaine 122 was refurbished with new seats throughout in the standard 2+2 arrangement as a 53 seater, and was fitted with Bright-
The body exterior was almost identical to that used on the two American built Spartan Chassis with Yorkshire Traction. In total only 4 vehicles carried this bodywork, the two YT Spartans, and the two Delaine B10Ms. P2OTL is the only survivor of the four and is now unique. The body design is rumoured to be a cross between the EL Sprite body and the EL2000 body models.
122 was withdrawn July 2009 and sold to Quantock Motor services of Norton Fitzwarren along with sister 121, who painted it Red, Maroon & Cream keeping the same livery pattern as Delaine.
When Quantock ceased trading in 2014 the bus passed to Berry’s Coaches of Taunton where it retained the Quantock Livery until withdrawal in August 2018. Sadly 121 never made it to Berry’s as it was caught in the serious floods in winter 2013/14.
In September 2018, 122 was sold to Eastern Bus Enthusiasts in great condition for restoration into Delaine standard. On Thursday 11th October 2018, P2OTL passed it’s first MOT with EBE a meer few weeks after purchase.
VOLVO B10M MkIII
Nathan Merryweather, Stephen Longmire & Scottie Gibson