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    Least successful production chassis

    The Leyland Lion. In production for just two years, with a total of 32 built - a victim of events.
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    West Lothian buses

    Yes, it was Nordi. I seem to recall First and then Stagecoach both had a go at it as well.
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    Lothian Buses and ECB Discussion

    First.
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    Least successful production chassis

    Not insubstantial, true, but it could and should have sold a lot more if Leyland hadn't been so complacent right at the start. Don't forget that London bought 1,125 Titans - very few were bought outside of London. GM only got 15 Titans out of an order for 190 and WMPTE five Titans from an...
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    Least successful production chassis

    I'd say that the Titan was a failure insofar as it never sold in the numbers that Leyland expected, for the reasons TGW mentions above, and many early orders - other than those for London - were either reduced or cancelled due to the low productivity in its early years. It was also a marketing...
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    Least successful production chassis

    The Leyland Titan B15. An idea that looked good from the outset but which omitted one vital aspect: customer choice. The problems which befell it in the early years of production meant that penny numbers were sold outside of London.
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    Least successful production chassis

    The Quest VM coaches ordered by Excelsior certainly merit a mention. Out of 20 ordered, only 17 were delivered and one then burnt itself out just a few weeks after entering service.
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    Scottish Citylink

    You're correct. When Citylink was first set up, the owned coach was part of the Western Scottish fleet.
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    Lothian Buses and ECB Discussion

    That won't please the "Lothian buses never break down" brigade...
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    Bus Enthusiast Etiquette.

    That's another one which irritates me. Case in point, there was a rather nasty accident in Filey recently between a motorbike and a Shoreline Suncruisers double-decker which resulted in the motorcyclist being killed outright and both the motorbike and the bus exploding in a fireball. Almost...
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    Bus Enthusiast Etiquette.

    It does look a bit like an eBay wrap, but that said - I'm now off to book an eye test!
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    Bus Enthusiast Etiquette.

    And that's another one which, like Olympian X285 has certain enthusiasts reaching for the Kleenex. I kid you not, when 856 lost its Hamish wrap for the eBay wrap which it has now, there was an outbreak of mass mourning. Or at least it seemed like one...
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    Bus with Shortest working lives

    Stagecoach Manchester Trident 18373 (MX55KPZ) only managed 14 months' service before vandals burnt it out. https://flic.kr/p/dJzdW1
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    What do you think are the ugliest buses ever built?

    Eh! Go easy on the Dodge/Renault S56 - it may not have been a Merc but Eastern Scottish, later SMT, got very good service out of their ones. They were scheduled for replacement after three to four years but ended up running for between eight and ten years. They certainly gave LRT a bloody...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    I can remember when First tried to muscle in on the 253 corridor between Edinburgh and Berwick. It died a death as passengers stuck with Perryman's. Poor vehicle choice (ex-London Citaros) and unreliability (caused by said Citaros frequently expiring, either in Berwick or en-route) didn't...

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