Central SMT

Double-Deckers : Leyland Olympian

After several years of building up its Dennis Dominator fleet, Central's final order for new double-deckers saw a move to the Leyland Olympian, undoubtedly the most popular choice in its class at the time. Central's 10 Olympians originally operated out of East Kilbride on the Redline commuter express services to Glasgow. They wore an attractive variation of the standard livery, incorporating the Redline name and a diagonal ... erm ... red line. They had Alexander R bodies with dual purpose seats.

On closure of East Kilbride depot, the Olympians operated from Airdrie for a while, before undergoing a change of identity. Kelvin Central eventually moved them to Kirkintilloch and painted them in a bold blue and yellow scheme with prominent Kirkie Bus fleetnames. Bizarrely, they frequently re-visited Lanarkshire in this guise, for a time being regulars on Kelvin Central's 54 (Glasgow - Stonehouse via Uddingston) and 55 (Glasgow - Newarthill via Uddingston). These services were operated by Kirkintilloch depot for a time in the aftermath of the closure of Wishaw and East Kilbride garages.

LO1-10Chassis Leyland Olympian ONLXB/1RHBuilt 1986
Bodywork Alexander RL CH47/27F
1 C801KHS3 C803KHS5 C805KHS7 C807KHS9 C809KHS
2 C802KHS4 C804KHS6 C806KHS8 C808KHS10 C810KHS

LEFT : LO01 has its Redline livery ruined by advertising - the side being, if anything, the worse offender.
RIGHT : Former LO10 in Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow in Kirkie Bus garb, but bearing Lanarkshire route number 55.

Double-deck Types