A414 XAK is a Dennis Dominator that was
delivered new to Rotherham garage in February 1984. Its chassis
number is DDA901/705. As with
2361, it is one of
the later deliveries of Dominator,
with ‘high frame’ chassis. These
buses were fitted with squarer engine covers, which gave a more
modern appearance. Longer term, these buses were more prone to structural problems that the earlier examples, and often required repairs to the rear end frames whilst still in service.
2414 was withdrawn at the end of 2004 and entered preservation shortly after. It is the sole survivor of this variant of the SYPTE Dominator. It has
changed hands a few times in preservation. It was restored to roadworthy
condition in 2009 and rallied for a year. The current owner has spent a great
deal of money on the vehicle, firstly on the underside, and then on the bodywork. The vehicle is around 90% through its restoration, it
having had a complete re-panel. The vehicle will shortly be repainted in ’as
delivered’ SYPTE livery, and will be completed shortly.