Bee Line Leyland Olympians

This page created 12th June 2005. by Ian Smith

Bee-Line Olympian drawing The Bee Line developed from the Berks Bucks Bus Co, which had been sold by the National Bus Company to Q-Drive of Bracknell in December 1987. It operated across the border of the west side of the old London Transport Area, in the Reading - Bracknell- Wokingham - Heathrow area. Five double-deckers were bought in October 1988, Leyland Olympians with Northern Counties thick-pillar bodywork and Dominator-styled radiator grilles.. Bee-Line's work expanded in 1993 when it acquired the old LCNW operations in the Slough area. The double-deckers were used on the busy Reading - Wokingham - Bracknell - (Ascot) - Windsor - (Slough) - Heathrow services 191, 192 and 194, based at Bracknell.
Bee-Line Olympian drawing

Initially they were in deep yellow with black skirts, with Bee-Line fleetnames and Bee symbols. Centrewest took over the company in March 1996, but left it with its own identity at that time.

Two more Olympians came to join the business in 1997, these being ex-London Buslines with low-height Alexander bodies. These became LA506-7..

Most of the buses later wore Bee Line's standard yellow livery, with blue skirt and upper side window surrounds and double ragged orange lines at the top of the skirt on the sides. Two wore advertising liveries, 505's being a green/grey Heathrow Airport livery.

All seven Olympians were transferred to First Eastern Counties in September 2001.

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