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This page created 23rd February 2006, updated 23rd March 2006.

Berkshire Lynxes

London Bus Lines Lynxes

London Buslines, mod livery London Buslines bought six Lynx in May 1987.

They had the standard split-level single doorway and ramped interior, and were finished in the house colours of yellow with a chocolate skirt and wheel arches. (Many Lynxes had the skirt colours continued round the arches, as the body panels were removable for painting.) They were 11.18 m (36ft 8in) long, 2.5m (8ft 2.5in) wide and 3.129 m high. Wheelbase was 5.63m, front overhang 2.37m and rear overhang 3.18m, Unladen weight was 8913kg. They had a Leyland TL11 engine and ZF500 gearbox.

London Buslines had been using secondhand DMSs and other Fleetlines on its 81 and 195 tenders, but hit availability problems. DMSs had to be borrowed from Culturebus, and coaches used from the luxury coaching fleet of Len Wright. The situation markedly improved when the Lynxes arrived. They were used on London route 81 (Hounslow Bus Station - Slough) and 195, and on a couple of Watford routes on Sundays (W4, then W5 as well). Later in 1987 London Buslines also took on the Sunday operation of Surrey route 518.

London Buslines livery developed at repaint, with the chocolate skirt no longer following the wheelarches, and bands of paler brown and orange appearing above it. Thin stripes also appeared on the cove panels.

Bee Line The company was subsumed into Bee Line in October 1995, Bee Line being part of Len Wright's Q-Drive. Bee Line continued to use the Lynxes in London Buslines livery on Slough area services, later repainting them. In March 1996 Centrewest took over the company, in turn becoming part of First Bus. Two of the Lynxes were transferred to First Essex in May 1997 and two more left in May 1999, one to First Essex and one to First Potteries. The remaining two went to First Hampshire in September 2000.

Bee Line / Wycombe Bus /Arriva The Shires' Lynxes

ex-COMS Lynx Bee Line had had an earlier batch of Lynxes. Five had come to Bee Line (as 401-405) in October 1988, and were used on High Wycombe services. They stayed at High Wycombe when Bee Line's operations there were sold off as Wycombe Bus to City of Oxford Motor Services (COMS), in November 1990.

At repaint they acquired City of Oxford red/white/blue livery, and were renumbered as 301-305. Again they stayed at High Wycombe.

Ten years on, in December 2000, the Wycombe Bus operation was taken over by Arriva The Shires, and the Lynxes came once more as part of the deal. They were numbered 3806-3810. After a while operating with Arriva stickers on the COMS livery they were repainted into Arriva's turquoise and cream. They lasted another eighteen months, being withdrawn in the summer of 2002.

3808 and 3809 were promptly bought by Carousel Buses - for service in High Wycombe!

Carousel Buses

Carousel Carousel were largely a rail replacement operator until they took over some of Arriva's High Wycombe routes in autumn 2002. They bought four Lynxes: two High Wycombe stalwarts from Arriva The Shires, and two from Blue Triangle. The buses were repainted in Carousel's London-style red.

Routes operated were 2 (ex 346), 321, 333, 334, part of 336 and 401 (Sundays). Newer replacement buses (ex-airport DAFs) arrived towards the end of 2004.

Bee Line

The Bee Line also had other Lynxes at times, for the Slough and Bracknell operations. 801 and 802 were two of the last Lynx Mark I's built, and were delivered to Alder Valley in September 1992. A month later their routes were taken over by Stagecoach South, and the Lynxes went too. But they passed on to Bee Line in January 1993, remaining in the same area. They remained with Bee Line until September 2000, when the were transferred within First Group to Southampton.

Three of the Hillingdon Lynxes were passed on by Centrewest at different times, staying for a couple of years each before moving on. These were LX1 (800), LX2 (809) and LX9 (807).

Lynx histories. Lynx photo refs.

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