The London Country DL,PL Leyland Leopard Coaches
This page created 7th December 2002 by Ian Smith
In 1980 London Country bought a pair of Leyland Leopards for evaluation in comparison with the Volvo B58,
fitted with Duple Dominant bodywork essentially the same as that on the later Reliance RBs.
They bought a pair of Volvos too,
and put all four to work at Hertford and Addlestone on the northern orbital Green Line route 734.
DL3-17London Country ordered thirty new Leopards for 1981, leased from Kirby Kingsforth, with the bodywork divided once more between Duple (DL3-17) and Plaxton (PL18-32). Duple bodwork was a newer version of the RB body, with less iron-mongery below smaller windows,a different front grille and a revised rear treatment with new light clusters in a protruding beam.
DL3-8 were intended for private hire, and were not delivered until May and July.
Then most went to Northfleet and Swanley, although DL4 and DL7 helped out at Staines briefly.
They wore a revised Greenline livery, in several minor variations.
In December 1981 DL3 and DL4 were extracted and repainted for Flightline 767,
a dedicated Victoria Coach Stn to Heathrow service.
After repaint at Crawley they went to Addlestone
for the start of the new service in January 1982.
Also in December 1981 DL5-8 lost their luggage racks and gained four seats,
as befitted their use on commuter route 720 and private hire work.
January 1986 saw a prompt withdrawal for refurbishment prior to return to the lessor at the end of the five-year leases. Eastern National, Yorkshire Traction and Alder Valley Engineering handled the work.
PL18-32Bodywork on the Plaxtons was much the same as on the later RS class, allowing for variations to suit the Leopard chassis. They arrived promptly in April 1981, and went to Stevenage, Crawley and Dorking for Green Line work, wearing standard white with a green band.
Mid-1983 saw the Crawley allocation divided between Dorking and Stevenage, and the class remained associated with these two garages until withdrawal in January 1986. Again Eastern National, Yorkshire Traction and Alder Valley Engineering did the end-of-lease refurbishments.