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Crosville EOG200

Crosville Motor Services Ltd Fleet No EOG200 Registration number B200 DTU. This bus has a Leyland Olympian chassis (ON1858), built at Leylands plant in Workington, Cumbria and is fitted with a dual purpose body (26066/2), bulit by Leyland subsidiary Eastern Coachworks of Lowestoft. The vehicle has a Gardner 6LXB engine with seats for 72 passengers and eight standing. With two companions EOG201 & EOG202 all delivered in 1985 wearing Crosville's "Town Lynx" livery. These buses were primarily for use on Crosvilles fast growing X7 service from Chester to Liverpool via Ellesmere Port.

EOG200 continued to ply it's trade on this route including an extension north to Southport (X8), for a number of years, firstly in it's Brunswick Green & Cream livery, as you see it now in the museum, subsequently in Crosvilles last livery with a large measure of red perhaps recalling the days when Crosville buses were painted in LMS red.

When Crosville was finally dismembered it passed to PMT of Stoke on Trent and was then painted in its silver/red/yellow livery which was used for such vehicles and later in the red and yellow livery. Subsequently PMT passed to Badgerline and then to First Bus. When Badgerline merged with Grampian Regional Transport, First Bus became First Bus Group.

EOG200's glory days were now over and in its First livery it eked out an existence on even lowlier local and school services. In the summer of 2012 it became the last former Crosville vehicle to remain in use. It had remained at the same depot all its working life. In recognition of this, First Bus Group generously donated the bus to Wirral Transport Museum for restoration.

 First Bus colours



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