2122 (CUL 122V)

DETAILS:

Registration:

CUL 122V

Chassis:
Number:

Leyland Titan TNLXB2RRSP
T152

Body:

Park Royal

Layout

New as H44/24D

Engine:

Gardner 6LXB

Gearbox:

Leyland Hydracyclic

New:

December 1979

Current Status:

Restored and in use

 

History

CUL 122V was new to London Transport as T122 in December 1979 and like most of LT’s Titan’s was allocated to East London Garages Barking, Bow and Stratford.

She lead a pretty uneventful life In London and in November 1994 she was placed in store at Fulwell Garage in West London which at the time was used by London Buses to store withdrawn vehicles.

T122 was purchased by MTL Trust Holdings Ltd along with many other ex LT Titans and was sent straight to Edge Lane works for refurbishment and conversion to single door. The refurbishment was very thorough and completed on a production line to a high standard.

T122 became 2122 in the MTL fleet and was allocated to Gillmoss Garage, outshopped in the new MTL livery of Red and Cream. At one time MTL operated about 250 Titans, some purchased direct from London Buses and others inherited through the take over of Village and Liverbus/ London Suburban Buses.

MTL invested heavily in new vehicles and many Titans were replaced by newer vehicles and thus sent to other MTL garages to replace elderly Atlanteans. 2122 however remained a Gillmoss bus and upon the takeover of MTL by Arriva she became an Arriva bus.

The monopolies and mergers commission ordered Arriva to divest part of it’s Merseyside operation and subsequently Gillmoss garage was chosen to be sold off. After various rumours about who was to take over, a newly formed company Glenvale Transport Ltd was the successful bidder in 2001. Glenvale was run by ex MTL managers and immediately began competing with Arriva on many routes across the city. Glenvale had a need for more buses and further Leyland Titans from London arrived to join the fleet.

In January 2004, 2122 was withdrawn from GTL and purchased by West Kent Buses who in turn sold her to Andy Barnes from Orpington who was keen to see a MTL Titan preserved and was the first person to do so. Andy spent a lot of time and money on restoring 2122 to her MTL condition and the vehicle is a credit to him.

Early in 2011, due to problems with storage and vandalism, Andy asked James Rowlands to take over custody of 2122 and she made the trip back up the M6 faultlessly. 2122 is now sporting full Merseybus fleetnames and forms part of the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust's collection. It is currently being prepared for the 2014 rally season following a repaint into the same livery again late last year, along with a window being re-instated just behind the drivers cab that was removed during it's life with Merseybus.

 

 

 

 

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