Tiger 343 (DXI 3343)
Northern Ireland has often been associated with the long service given by the Bristol RELL and Leyland Leopard types. When the last of these types entered service in the 1980's few people would have predicted the success of their successor chassis, the Leyland Tiger, which showed itself to be a capable performer in roles as diverse as touring coach, rural bus and city service vehicle, and has proven every bit as durable as it's illustrious forebearers.
Following the cessation of RELL and Leopard production, Ulsterbus placed an order for 80 Leyland Tigers, with Alexander (Belfast) bodywork to the then new 'N'-type design. These became fleetnumbers 340-79 (DXI 3340-3379) and 380-419 (FXI 380-419). 79 of the batch were equipped with Leyland TL11 engines, with a sole bus (370) having a Gardner unit. The majority were equiped with 53 seat dual-purpose bodywork, however 10 (360-9) had coach style seats for use on express services.
We are delighted to
announce that this excellent example of an early Leyland
Tiger was, through the good offices of Ulsterbus,
formally handed over to the Trust by Translinks
Acting Chief Executive, Mr Philip ONeill, at the
conclusion of this years Bus & Coach Rally on
Saturday 28 April 2007.