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Stagecoach Dennis Trident Donated to Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

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Image provided by MoTGM Back in 1999, the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester held an ‘accessible transport’ event with help and displays to enable less-mobile visitors to sample the preserved buses whose high floors and steep steps made them hard to experience.  To highlight the progress being made, Stagecoach Manchester brought along the very first of its new generation of something called a ‘low floor’ double deck bus with no entrance steps and easier access. It was their number 612, a Dennis Trident 2 with Alexander ALX400 body, brand new and yet to enter service. Fast forward to 2021 and that very same bus is back in the Museum again – as a preserved exhibit, kindly donated by Stagecoach Manchester to represent the new generation of buses with better accessibility. After use as a driver trainer, at the age of 22 years, it enters the growing ranks of preserved buses from the turn of the century and in due course it’ll be painted into the iconic stripes livery. Museum Chairman De

Chester Corporation Tribute from Aintree Coachline

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Aintree Coachline has painted one of its Alexander Dennis Enviro400 buses into maroon and cream colours as a tribute to Chester Corporation.

In a fitting tribute to the transport history of Chester, Aintree Coachline has painted an Alexander Dennis Enviro400 into the crimson lake maroon and cream colours worn by trams and buses of Chester Corporation from the early 1900s.

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There is no hiding the fact that this was once a London bus, of which, it still retains its rear set of doors which could come in handy for peak time loadings with passengers hurrying to and from the city's railway station. For those interested, this particular vehicle was new to Metroline in 2005 as LK55 KJX (TE666).

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As well as being painted into the Chester Corporation livery, Aintree Coachline have also re-trimmed the lower saloon seating with the iconic Chester City Transport moquette, as found on many buses from the corporation such as Dennis Dominators and Daimler Fleetlines.

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On the rear of the smartly-presented bus, Aintree Coachline have added a message to the rear engine cover which reads, 'Aintree Coachline Celebrating Chester City Transport'. The fleet names and fleet number are also recreated using the traditional typography which is a fitting tribute to Chester's transport history.

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You can find the bus working the Chester City-Rail-Link Service that connects Chester Railway Station, Chester Bus Station and the shops on Foregate Street every 15 minutes from 09:30 to 17:30 daily. (Timetable on bustimes.org)

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