- this model appeared in Corgi's 'The Original Omnibus Company' July -
December 1997 catalogue and is shown as carrying 'Network 26' branding.
The release of the model was delayed until June 1998, by which the 'standard'
Citybus livery had been chosen in preference to 'Network 26'. Again, the
scale length of 11 metres is incorrect.
|Peter Harrison has kindly sent me details,
including the scanned image shown above, of his weekend acquistion at a
swapmeet in the West Country. It features Corgi's Leyland Olympian (43205)
in the standard Citybus livery, but with an additional Dragon motif added
to both the nearside and offside. The Dragon motif is that applied to the
nearside of Corgi's Volvo Olympian (43222), the KMB Dragon Boat Festival
In all other respects, it is a standard issue
of 43205, the certificate being the same.
Has anyone else come across this variation,
or can anyone shed any further light on this subject?
- The Olympian has been part of the Citybus fleet since 1985, when Citybus
purchased its first air-conditioned double-deck bus. Since then, over 500
Olympians have been purchased, all of which are air-conditioned. There
are three variations in length, with the 12 metre version being the current
These buses work on a wide variety of routes
in the territory, including high frequency local routes and longer distance
express routes. Route 930, featured on this model, was one of the first
to operate the new Western Harbour Crossing and now carries almost 300,000
passengers per month.
Fleet No 521 is a 12 metre Volvo Olympian
and entered service on 19th February 1997