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Leyland Olympian 2-Axle

Introduction

In 1981, Leyland sent a 2-axle Olympian demonstrator fitted with Alexander R-type body to SBS. This bus was registered as SBS5396B and was sent back to UK a few years later.

In 1985, SBS had to order Olympian chassis as the production of Atlanteans had stopped. The 200 buses that were introduced into service between 1986 and 1988 looked similar to SBS5396B.  In 2001, SBS replaced the original Leyland Hydraulic gearbox with an Allison one on some of the 2-axle Leyland Olympians. Amongst these buses, some of them had the interior refurbished with pink seats. Some blue seat buses had a few seats on the lower deck removed for the extra standee area. There were also a few buses with replaced windscreens on both the lower and upper decks.

At the beginning of 2003, all the 2-axle Leyland Olympians were based at Braddell / Ang Mo Kio Depots and Soon Lee Bus Park. They were deployed on services 28, 70, 78, 90,  107, 154, 157, 179, 182, 186, 192, 193, 242, 243, 246, 249, 251, 252, 254, 255, 257, 333, 334, 335 and 410. In February 2003, new Volvo Super Olympians were introduced progressively into the fleet. All the 2-axle Leyland Olympians on service 28 were replaced by the Super Olympians. This marked the beginning of the phasing out of 2-axle Leyland Olympians.

On 27th July 2003, all the Central District 2-axle Leyland Olympians (services 70, 90, 107, 154, 186 and 410) were retired from service. On 1st September 2003, 2-axle Leyland Olympians were removed from the fleet deployment register of service 154. This marked the end of the deployment of these buses on long haul trunk services. All the West District 2-axle Leyland Olympians were supposed to be phased out by 30th September 2003, but the statutory age of 30 of these buses was extended to 31 December 2003 due to a shortage of buses. However, the remaining 30 examples were only used until 30 November 2003.  

Technical / Operational Information

Registration number range 

SBS3550K - SBS3571A;

 SBS6907X - SBS6999E;

 SBS7113M - SBS7197X

Fleet size  200
Engine  Leyland TL11 
Gearbox 

Leyland Hydraulic; Allison 

Pictures

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Registration No.
SBS3561D
Service:
193
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

 

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Registration No.
SBS6988L
Service:
252
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

 

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Registration No.
SBS7127Z
Service:
179
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

 

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Registration No.
SBS7129T
Service:
242
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

 

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Registration No.
SBS7178B
Service:
192
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

 

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Registration No.
SBS7182M
Service:
154
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

 

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Registration No.
SBS7184H
Service:
182
Location:
Boon Lay Interchange
Date:
31 July 2003

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