|After the long association with Leyland was brought to an enforced
end, Eldorado had to re-think its vehicle policy. By chance, a
secondhand Plaxton bodied Scania coach (231 - 3041 EM, later renumbered
2 - A2 ELD) had been acquired in early 1992, and this had been well
liked, particularly by the drivers.
|This quickly led to an order, surprisingly not for coaches, but for no less
than eight service buses, all with Alexander bodies, a supplier not
used since a pair of "Y" type bodied Leopards were delivered in
1981. They comprised five N113 and two K93 single deckers, all with
"PS" type bodies, ...
|.... and a single N113 double decker with "R" type body.
followed by the first new Scania coach, a K113 bodied by Jonckheere,
another make new to Eldorado, which so far remains unique, ...
|... and a further pair of N113s,
this time with Plaxton Verde bodywork, in 1994.
The original bodied N113 double
decker was supplemented by a further four, with
Eldorado returning to Northern Counties for the bodies - two in 1997
were 10.5m Palatine I's, and two in 1999 were more normal 9.5m long
Palatine II's. Other unusual secondhand additions, in 1999-2000, were an 11-metre K93 double
decker, with East Lancs 92-seat bodywork acquired secondhand from Padbus,
plus a pair of three axle K113's with Plaxton Paramount 4000 coach
In 2000, however, in response to criticism from the local council, ably
assisted by our noble British press, the company succumbed to the need
to supply low floor vehicles. These materialised as a pair of
Wright bodied Scania L94's, which introduced a new make of bodywork to
the fleet, and were followed in 2001 by four more, and again by another
pair in 2002.
On the coaching front, a secondhand K93 with
Duple 320 coachwork, had been acquired, followed by another Plaxton
In 1997 a solitary Scania K113 was purchased, with Van Hool bodywork to a high specification, and
in 1998 came a total of eight new Scanias, six bodied by Van Hool, including a 10-metre
37 seater, an executive 25-seater, and four normal 47-seaters with
toilets, the remaining pair, one of which
was the three-axle variety, having Irizar Century bodywork
Two years later, a further five were added, this time with Plaxton
bodies - 3 Premieres and 2 Excaliburs. These were followed by
another with Plaxton bodywork, this time with the
rather more unusual Prima bodywork. More recently, further Irizar
Century three-axle K124's have been purchased, and a pair of OmniCities.
The first East Lancs bodied OmniDekka arrived in 2004, and the following
year was joined by two more and a further three OmniCities, plus a rather
unusual secondhand acquisition, namely an ex-Hong Kong Scania K94 with
Photos of many of these newer deliveries
can be seen under "Pictures" in the menu on the left, and so are not