But occasionally you'll get a vehicle that manages to cover all bases, though to be fair not at the same time. No not Dual Purpose vehicles - that's too obvious! Way back in the last century I did a bit of coach driving on Grey-Green, which at that time was part of the Cowie group, before it was absorbed into Arriva. They had a depot at Ipswich, which I must be honest I didn't know at the time, although I'm pretty certain it had already closed by time I was zooming about. I was normally to be seen either driving old Leopards or Volvo B10M high floor Paramounts, although the odd Neoplan tri-axle decker or Van Hool Scania weren't unusual. But it is the Paramounts we are interested in today. This is how they looked back in the 80's when I was driving them. The pic is by John Openshaw whose Flickr page you can access here.
|Grey-Green 864, Volvo B10M plaxton Paramount B864 XYR at Manchester Piccadilly Station pic by John Openshaw|
|B864 XYR still a Volvo B10M but now a double decker bus. pic by London Buses In Exile|
|Former Paramount coach B867 XYR at Wood Green pic by Chris Greenwood|
|Former Grey-Greem Paramount coach B859 XYR at Fort William pic by markkirk85|
|B859 XYR working for Arriva Colchester on the 1A. pic by Stephen Hughes/Fred Lawrence|
|B859 XYR in Colchester Borough Transport livery. pic by Stephen Hughes/Fred Lawrence|