Woottens Olympians

This page created 16th January 2011 by Ian Smith

Woottens Coaches of Chesham was a coaching company. In 2003 they bought an LRC long-wheelbase Olympian, which was refurbished and repainted white. A large Woottens fleetname adorned the sides, and front destinatrion panel, and a giant red "MEGA-DECKER" occupied the rest of the tween-decks. It was re-registered 760 BUS. When Woottens no longer needed it it became a hospitality bus, with a complete change of livery from white to black. It has advertised First Direct banking and ACDC Lighting.

For more mundane schools work Woottens bought a standard ECW-bodied Olympian from City of Oxford (214) at the same time. BBW214Y was also repainted into all-white, with a large Woottens fleetname in blue and a script proclaiming "For Coach Hire & Holidays" in red. It was later acquired for preservation in the Oxford Museum of Transport, where it continued to sport Woottens livery.

Woottens Olympian drawing Another ex-Oxford Olympian followed in August 2003. E227CFC had been City of Oxford 227 before transferring to Arriva the Shires in December 2000 with the Wycombe Bus takeover. This too received the standard company white with large sign-writing. When Woottens numbered their fleet it became W31. It also appears on the company's bus service, Tiger Line T3, as well as on the 321 and 106.

Woottens Olympian drawing A slightly older Olympian was bought to add to Wootten's fleet in 2010. W64 had been City of Oxford 222 when new, but had gone to Wilts and Dorset in 2000. Woottens acquired it from Ford at Althorne in Essex. They painted CUD222Y in white, naturally, but labelled it for the Tiger Line, which it shares with the fleet of rebuilt Leyland Tigers.

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