The Merseyside Transport Trust

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INFORMATION

Fleet number:
1054

Registration:
FKF 933G
 
Chassis:
Leyland Panther PSUR1A/1 703722
 
Body:
MCW
 
Layout:
B47D
 
New:
September 1968
 
Current Status:
Restored and in use

1054(1)

Above left: 1054 when new on the yard at Prince Alfred Road garage. A public house now stands on this spot.

Above right: Operating service 84 (Garston Station-Speke). This station has now been moved up the track to form part of the Liverpool South Parkway Interchange.

Right:  Newly delivered to Burscough, still in the livery used as an airside bus at Liverpool Airport.

1054(2)
1054(3)

1054 was one of 110 Leyland Panthers (1001 - 1110) delivered to Liverpool Corporation in 1968/69 making Liverpool Britain's largest user of the Panther.

Although the standard chassis wheelbase length was 18 ft.6 in. Liverpool opted for a non-standard 17ft 6in wheelbase.

They were powered by the Leyland 0.680 engine, similar to that fitted in later Atlanteans but mounted horizontally in line with a semi-automatic Pneumocyclic gearbox.

Many other components used on the chassis were also standard with those fitted to the PDR1 Atlanteans.

All the Panthers were fitted with M.C.W. 47-seat dual door bodywork with a distinctive stepped waistrail (1035 only had 45 seats) and there was provision for a further 24 standing passengers.

These buses were painted in cream with green window surrounds, a reversal of the normal livery to signify being one man operated.

They introduced a new style of fleet numbering on pressed metal fleet number plates with the chassis make now represented by the 1st digit rather than the conventional prefix letter.