History of SYPTE 22 (KWA22W)
KWA 22W is a Leyland National 2 which was also new to the SYPTE’s Doncaster Depot. It was new in December 1980. It entered service in all over cream livery, being diverted from a National Bus Company order. They were transferred to Halfway after only a short period, because, having no heating pods on the roof, they were capable of passing under the low railway bridge near Shireoaks on the route to Worksop. In 1986 the SYT converted the vehicle to B22DL layout, with a lift fitted to the near side of the vehicle to enable the carrying of wheel chairs.
It continued in service in Sheffield and received Mainline livery (it was part of a dedicated school bus unit at Halfway), before being sold onto Isle Coaches. Here, the vehicle was substantially rebuilt, with the wheel chair lift being removed and any bodywork issues rectified before the vehicle was placed in service in 2000. Isles used the bus on the 399 service between Doncaster and Scunthorpe for two years, before selling the vehicle on to Easyway Travel, Denaby Main, where it was used on school contracts.
After a period out of use, it was sold for preservation in 2006 and placed in storage, although various parts had been obtained for its eventual restoration. After almost 10 years in storage, in was then sold on to the present owner who has fully restored the vehicle to the immaculate condition that you see it today.