Leyland Tiger (Volvo engine) gallery

Last of the N-types:

Below: 1300 (PXI 1300) was the prototype for the Volvo engined Tigers and is seen here at Alexanders (Note the Citybus destination screen).

Below: 1313 (PXI 1313) at Ballymena prior to entering service on 1st February 1990 (see further down the page for a more recent picture of this vehicle).

Below: 1337 (RXI 3337) stored at Newtownabbey prior to entering service at Lisburn on 1st September 1990. These were the first batch to carry the brighter livery.

Q-type prototype:

Below: Prototype Q-type 1321 (RXI 3321) at Alexanders prior to entering service.

Below: Rear view of 1321 at Duncrue Street.

Below: Prototype Q-type 1321 (RXI 3321) seen in Dublin when a couple of years old.

Q-type production - the MKII Goldliner:

Below: The first production Q-types for Ulsterbus were the Mk II Goldliners 1340-59. Two are seen at Newtownabbey depot just after delivery.

Q-type production - Cityliners:

Below: 2651 from the first Citybus batch at Alexanders, prior to entering service. The red wheels were painter silver before use.

Below: 2645 from the first Citybus batch at Alexanders, prior to entering service, with silver wheels

Below: The first DP batch for Ulsterbus were 1360-79. 1366 is seen at GVS prior to returning to Newcastle depot.

Below: 2661-4 were delivered in Rail-Link livery for use on the Central Station - York Road service. At this time it was practice to show CL in the number blinds (the service was previously the CenterLink); later it became Citybus route 100.

Below: When new the Q-types looked very stylish, as shown by 2668 from the second Citybus batch. Note the 'Cltyliner' logo.

Below: 1384 when new, showing off it's bonded panelling and marker lights (at the top edge of the destination screen).

Later batches - 12m chassis, Endeavours and 64 seaters:

Below: The first batch of 12m vehicles were 8 for use on the City Express service. The extra length of these buses is not immediately evident.

Below: 25 buses were built with Wright's bodies for Goldline use, although the styling possibly did not live up to expectations.

Below: 17 Q-types were built with 65 seat bodies for use on school services. 1433 is seen at Newtownabbey prior to entering service. These replaced the final Atlanteans in the Ulsterbus fleet.

Below: The final Tiger for the Ulsterbus fleet was 1500 (YXI 5500) which entered service at Lisburn on 12th August 1993.

Livery variations:

Below: 1475 has lost it's bottom blue band and paper clips, replaced with the incongruous green 'Translink' name and logo.

Below: 1443 has further lost all blue lining, to facilitate spray painting, the resulting effect being bland in the extreme.

Below: 1474 -9 were retained by Metro for schools and private hire use and gained the smart Metro house style livery .

Electronic destinations:

Below: 1477 shows off it's Bright-Tech electronic display when new - this was not a success and was later replaced by a conventional roller blind.

Below: 1479 had Bright-Tech number unit, combined with a high-vis yellow roller blind.

Later years:

Below: 1313 seen at Ballymena in early 2006 - note that is carrying former Leopard registration AXI 313 which was being kept alive for use on Ayats Goldline coach 2013.

Below: Former MkII Goldliner 1343 seen in Royal Avenue after conversion to a 63 seat school bus.

Below: Ex CityExpress bus 1402 is seen in Duncrue Street after transfer to Ulsterbus.

Below: Former MkIII Goldliner 1409 is seen in Lurgan after conversion to a 57 seat school bus.

Below: Ex CityExpress bus 1482 is seen in Ballygowan after transfer to Ulsterbus.

Below: Former Citybus 2648 is seen in Ballymena after transfer to Ulsterbus.

Below: Former Citybus 2676 is seen in Ballynahinch after transfer to Ulsterbus.

Below: Former CityExpress bus 1400 is seen in Newtownabbey depot having been repainted red and cream and reseated with bus seats.


Below: The standard Citybus 51 seater specification.

Below: The later DP style interior with the individual high back seats. These were never regarded as comfortable buses.

Below: The interior of a 65 seater showing the unusual combination of individual and bench seats.

Below: The later bright and cheerful interior of the CityExpress vehicles is shown below.

Below: Drivers cab layout on a VXI Citybus 51 seater.

Advertising & promotional liveries:

Below: 2655 advertised UTV 'You're on' but was not used in passenger service.

Contravision style overall adverts became popular in the 1990's, although by this stage the front of the bus retained fleet colours. A selection of the many and varied adverts is shown below:

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