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Leyland Fleetline


The Leyland Fleetline was only the second rear-engine double-decker bus chassis to be produced by a UK manufacturer when it debuted in 1958. Initially designed by Daimler, the Fleetline offered numerous improvements over the first UK rear-engine bus, Leyland’s Atlantean, such as a drop-centre rear axle, which enabled a lower body height without inconveniencing passengers with an uncomfortable seating arrangement or ceiling height. While Leyland would later offer the drop-centre rear axle on the Atlantean, this option was dropped when the two companies were brought together under British Leyland in 1968. The Daimler name continued to be applied to the Fleetline until this was phased out, in favour of the Leyland name, in the mid-1970s.

Birmingham City Transport (later West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive or WMPTE) was the second largest Fleetline operator (behind London Transport) and it had well over 1,000, including single-decker Fleetlines (introduced in 1965). Other municipal fleets, including Midland Red, would bring the number of Fleetlines in the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands area to well over 2,000 vehicles. The last of West Midlands Travel’s Fleetlines was withdrawn in 1997.

Thanks to the help of Transport Museum, Wythall, our new 1:76 scale Fleetline will feature the same superb level of detail as our BCT ‘New Look’ Guy Arab IV. We are producing both the original and the rebuilt front headlamp/indicator arrangements.


Livery and destination combinations will include:

West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6311 (KON311P) – 273 DUDLEY – RUSSELLS HALL
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6315 (KON315P) – 7 PERRY COMMON COURT LANE VIA WITTON
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6425 (NOC425R) – 533 WOLVERHAMPTON VIA BUSHBURY
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6373 (KON373P – 130 STOURBRIDGE VIA HALESOWEN
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6507 (SDA507S) – 199 SOLIHULL STATION VIA EXHIBITION CENTRE
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6981 (WDA981T) – 63E SELLY OAK VIA BRISTOL ROAD
West Midlands #6321 (KON321P) – 6 CITY CENTRE VIA STRATFORD ROAD
West Midlands #6325 (KON325P) – 276 DUDLEY VIA DARBY END
West Midlands #6466 (NOC466R) – 23 WOODGATE VIA HARBORNE
West Midlands #6921 (WDA921T) – 74 DUDLEY VIA WEST BROMWICH
West Midlands #6986 (WDA986T) – 36 KERESLEY CITY VIA CITY
West Midlands #6965 (WDA965T) – 7 CITY CENTRE VIA WITTON
West Midlands #6916 (WDA 916T) – 7 HENLEY GREEN
West Midlands #6971 (WDA971T) – 11A OUTER CIRCLE
West Midlands #6909 (WDA909T) – 120 DUDLEY VIA OLDBURY
WM Fleetline #7000 (WDA700T) – 11E PERRY BARR
WM Fleetline #6940 (WDA940T) – 449 BRANDHALL VIA SPON CROFT 
West Midlands #6912 (WDA912T) – 11E SELLY OAK
West Midlands #7000 (WDA700T) – 27E WASHWOOD HEATH GARAGE


• 100% accurate proportions based on field measurements of the real thing
• Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction
• All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered
• Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles
• Separate etched-metal interior grab poles
• Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres
• Flush-fitting windows
• Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details
• Several routes/destinations available
• Working headlamps & interior lighting
• Illuminated destination blinds
• Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included)

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