Saturday 22 June 2019

Blackpool's Open-Top Olympian

857 at Manchester Square on the Totally Models free shuttle bus service

Blackpool Transport's solitary open-top Leyland Olympian 857 (D257 FYM) was in use during the Totally Models weekend that took place at Rigby Road depot on the 22nd and 23rd of June. D257 FYM was delivered new to London in 1987 as L257 in their fleet, after withdrawal from service in London the bus was converted to open-top and began operating on City Sightseeing tours in Blackpool in 2007. After the rest of the City Sightseeing open-toppers had been withdrawn in 2012, 857 was retained and painted into green and cream in 2014. During the 2015 season 857 began to be used on private hire duties, and it has been retained in this capacity ever since.

857 on Rigby Road heading towards Blackpool North station

857 waiting to depart from Blackpool North with a good passenger load

857 at Blackpool North railway station on the free shuttle bus service

857 seen in Fleetwood during the last year of Blackpool City Sightseeing operations in 2012

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