History of Blue Line Fleetline (TET745S)

TET 745S is a Leyland Fleetline with Roe bodywork, delivered new to the independent operator Blue Line of Armthorpe, Doncaster. It was built to the same design as the large batch of Fleetlines delivered to the West Yorkshire PTE, with detail differences for Blue Line, for example, a different destination blind layout and red upholstery on the seating. The bus was new in December 1977 and passed to the SYPTE on the takeover of Blue Line in May 1979, where it was renumbered 1126 in the fleet of the SYPTE. It operated with them until 1986 when it was withdrawn and sold, engineless, to Isle Coaches, Owston Ferry. They returned the vehicle to the road and operated it for a further 13 years until 1999.

It was purchased for preservation, initially being stored in the Isle Coaches yard for around 3 years, before changing hands and being moved to Sheffield. A condition of its sale was that the reconditioned engine that had been fitted recently was to be returned, so this was swapped with the engine from scrapped TET 747S. After this work was completed the vehicle was taken for its MOT test, and although it passed, the MOT tester’s comments were not favourable regarding the general condition of the chassis and body bearers underneath. The bus was given a quick repaint into SYPTE cream and brown, and it was then rallied for a year. Even this was cut short when reverse gear failed at the Sandtoft Gathering 2003, which led to the vehicle being parked up, and the subsequent long period in storage. Unfortunately it also sustained minor accident damage to the off side front in 2005, during a yard shunting manoeuvre.

So, the bus is the only surviving double decker new to Blue Line of Armthorpe. While the condition of the bodywork looks and is outwardly fairly reasonable, the chassis and body bearers are heavily corroded and need major work. We have the expertise within the SYTT to complete the job, but when time and recourses permit.