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Ulsterbus 555 (CXI 1555) in the washing bay at the Ulsterbus Garage at Port Rodie, Stranraer

Seen in the washing bay inside the Ulsterbus garage at Stranraer, is this Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3R with Duple Dominant IV C53F which was delivered new in May 1983. It was bought primarily for use on cross channel express services where the mainland portion was operated by Ulsterbus - these being Service 249 to Filey, 258 to Blackpool, 925 to Bristol and later 927 to Leicester. These services were regularly operated by 555 and its' sister 556 and they were, on occasion, borrowed to operate National Express services by other operators while on layover - this was a relatively common occurrence - I would love to see any pictures of these vehicles being operated this way!.

 

555 spent most of its' life based at Stranraer but would cross the Irish Sea eventually and would end up as a driver trainer from May to October 1998 and would eventually be withdrawn and scrapped.

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Taken on August 27, 2012