However it was a bus i was familiar with and found interesting even as a kid. I remember one at Birmingham Airport i saw a few times which had a cute blue destination blind. In later years the National tended to be the last survivors of the older generation of buses with the Erdington Circular Route 600 using them for a time and Chase Buses still used them well into the 2000s on services from Birmingham to Chasetown. They were a familiar sight around Birmingham.
Now they are mostly only seen in preserved collections though in a way the Leyland National does still survive in daily revenue earning service. The "Pacer" diesel multiple units Class 142 used a modified National body and for the moment they are still in service in various areas, i saw some in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago!
|Class 142 rail bus|