History of SYT 53 (C53HDT)

C41 HDT and C53 HDT are Optare bodied Dennis Dominos that were delivered new in August and September 1985. They are fitted with Perkins 6 cylinder diesel engines and Maxwell gearboxes. 53 was purchased by myself in 1997, (when I was only 16), in a cannibalised state and returned to Sheffield. Being so young and growing up saw the vehicle sold to Trevor Heaton, who kept the vehicle in store for many years. Upon the death of my Father, 53 was bought back in the same condition I sold it in almost 20 years earlier and the painful restoration began. Lots of unique parts were missing which meant a costly restoration. However help was given by Alton Towers with parts from 42. 53 has had thousands spent just to get it complete. The bus has had a part engine rebuild, re-panel and repaint, along with new tyres and a major service.

The vehicle passed it's MOT with no advisories. Sadly the vehicles first trip on the road was to the funeral of Trevor Heaton who sadly died before he saw 53 on the road. 53 has been now been joined by 41 and the plan is to have 41 restored to ‘as new’ condition. The Dominos were a very unique bus, only 30 chassis built (53 is no 13, 41 is no 2). They also carried the first bodies built by Optare 41 is Optare’s oldest surviving body, (53 is no.13). The vehicles were not used for long in South Yorkshire, due to heavy fuel consumption and the onset of de-regulation.

Owner - Mr G.Taylor