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|Details: One of the vehicles present at the Catford Garage open day on 10th May 2014 was Optare Excel bus R197DDX. New to Ipswich in 1997, this bus was sold to Ensign in January 2009, then to the London Transport Museum in April 2009. It was repainted red and used as a Learning Bus, teaching schoolchildren how to use public transport. It has recently been modified as an exhibition unit, with displays inside charting the development of London Buses. The graphic covering the side windows shows outlines of 6 'landmark' bus designs, these being the RF of 1951, the RM of 1959, the Metrobus of 1978, the Enviro 400 of 2006, the 'New Routemaster' of 2012 and the Optare Metrocity electric bus of 2014. It is somewhat ironic that a non-London vehicle is being used for this role, the Optare Excel having seen only very limited use in the Capital.|
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