History of SYPTE 1589 (UDT189S)

UDT189S is a Leyland Atlantean AN68 with East Lancs. H45/29D bodywork. It was ordered by Doncaster Corporation but delivered new to the Doncaster district of the SYPTE in June 1978. one of a batch of 15 identical vehicles.

It ran with the SYPTE and its successor SYT until 1990, when it was sold onto City Bus, Manchester, whose livery it still wears today. After this it moved onto Alpha Coaches of Hull, where it was purchased for preservation by members of the 1655 Group. It would be fair to say that the vehicle was not in the best of condition, and although it did make the journey back to its home territory, it was not without incident.

The vehicle has changed hands a number of times in preservation, and it was the subject of a vandal attack a number of years ago whilst stored on a farm. The chassis of 1589 is in fairly good order, but the East Lancs. bodywork is in poor condition and needs some considerable attention.