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19 - DENNIS DART SLF (PLAXTON POINTER)

19 formed part of the second batch of SLF Darts which consisted of numbers 13-26 and were registered R113-26OFJ. They followed on from the first batch with a redesigned front end making them look quite different and arrived in a red and white livery with a grey skirt, and large "SuperRider" branding. The large red arrow on the sides pointed to the low floor these vehicles had, and no steps to negotiate when boarding - something that is taken for granted today. They were delivered with a seating capacity of B33F+30 or B39F+22 shown inside the vehicles, but it appears that this was wrong and it was altered to B33F+26 or B39F+20 making an overall seating capacity of 59.

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19 at Derry's Cross in August 2002 showing the original livery.

(c) Graham Richardson.

The only repaint received by 19 was completed on 11th April 2003. However, in July 2009 the livery was modified when the grey skirt was replaced with a red one, the large red arrows on the sides were removed, and smaller "SuperRider" branding was applied instead.

 

The bus was taken off the road on 17th October 2014 to allow for modifications to be made, to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. These were completed and the bus went back into service on 3rd November 2014.

 

19 was purchased for preservation by Group member David Harris on 28th February 2017 after being laid-up withdrawn since April 2016.

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19's gearbox is removed to go into another Dart alongside, no. 204 in October 2016.

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19 at The Rock, Yelverton on 14th April 2017.

19 at the Mayflower Steps on 14th April 2017.

19 was delivered to Milehouse on Saturday 2nd May 1998, along with numbers 16, 18, 22 and 23. It was first taxed on Thursday 14th May and went into service on Tuesday 19th May on routes 21/51 (Royal Parade - Chaddlewood / Plympton St. Maurice). However it became allocated to route 35 (Royal Parade - Ham) on Mondays to Fridays and 16 (Royal Parade - Kings Tamerton) on Saturdays, despite the rest of the batch being allocated to the 21/51 or 43 (Royal Parade - Ernesettle).