|The model -
fourth Siemens liveried Dragon, Siemens Industry, was originally intended
to be a Collectors Model 'Members' only model, however, quantities were
made available to a UK wholesaler, and the model was therefore available
from some retailers. The model was not authorised by Citybus and therefore
carries no Citybus fleetnames or logos.
- as part of Citybus's expansion plans at the time of the commencement
of Network 26, fifty Dennis Dragons with Duple Metsec bodywork were ordered.
Twenty were of the 10.4 metre length whilst the remaining thirty were 12
metre (801-830). The bodies were completely knocked down (ckd) kits, which
were sent to Salvadore Caetano of Porto, Portugal, where they were built.
They also featured the Alexander style front end, thus maintaining the
standard Citybus 'front-end' look. These buses were the first to carry
the now standard Citybus livery, i.e. without Network 26 branding. Delivery
commenced in August 1994. Two further batches of ten vehicles were subsequently
ordered, these being delivered in February 1996 and February/March 1997
730, the last of the second batch, entered
service in December 1996.