Midland Red (North) 1804 DAK 304V
In January 1984, Midland Red (North) Limited acquired five MAN SG192 / SG192R AB53T Göppel single‐deck articulated buses from MAN‐VW Truck & Bus Limited, Swindon. These vehicles had previously been used as demonstrators and had seen service with South Yorkshire PTE in Sheffield from 1979, City of Oxford Motor Services, Midland Red (Express) Limited in 1982, and Midland Red (West) Limited from January 1983 to December 1983.
They were operated by Midland Red North with the fleet numbers 1801–1805 and were the only articulated buses ever owned by the National Bus Company. They entered service at Cannock depot in their original South Yorkshire PTE livery of white with green and orange bands, but were later repainted to overall red livery with “Chaserider” branding.
DAK304V arrived with Chaserider in March 1984 and entered service with fleet number 1804. This vehicle had been delayed as it was not operational during its last few months with Midland Red West as a number of parts had been removed to keep the other vehicles on the road. When it was finally delivered to Midland Red North it arrived as a collection of spare parts and was reassembled at Cannock depot.
By 1984, all of these vehicle had been repainted into overall red livery with “Chaserider” branding but by the summer of 1986 they were unused, probably due to difficulties in obtaining spares. Soon after deregulation in early 1987 they were withdrawn from service by Midland Red North, to be replaced by minibuses. By Spring of 1987, these four vehicles had been exported to Australia where they were converted to AB57D by removing the centre doors and fitting an extra four seats
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I photographed it at the 1985(4?) POPS rally seen approaching Hanley Bus Station.