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London Transport's Last Buses: Leyland Olympians L1-263

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London Transport's Last Buses: Leyland Olympians L1-263


The Olympian was Leyland's answer to the competition that was threatening to take custom away from its second-generation OMO double-deck products. It wasn't until 1984 that London Transport itself dabbled with the model, taking three for evaluation alongside trios of contemporary double-deckers. The resulting L class spawned an order for 260 more in 1986, featuring accessibility advancements developed by LT in concert with the Ogle design consultancy. During the 1990s company ownerships shifted repeatedly as the ethos of competition gave way to the cold reality of big business, an unstable situation which even saw London's bus operations broken up. Thus the L class was split between three new companies. Finally, as low-floor buses swept into the capital at the turn of the century, Olympian operation at last declined, and the final examples operated early in 2006. This book describes the diversity of ownerships and deployments that characterised the London Leyland Olympian's two decades of service.

Additional Information

Stock Code: PS386.0
Author: Wharmby M
ISBN13: 9781473823860
Height(mm): 282
Width(mm): 216
Page Count: 192
Publication Date: 15 Jan 2016
Publisher: PEN & SWORD
Publication Status: Available
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