9554, A954SAE, was delivered to Bristol Omnibus Company in 1983 for Bristol City
Services, and was the last Bristol-built bus to be delivered new to the company,
ending an association between the Bristol operating company and the Bristol manufacturing
company that had lasted over 70-years.
9554 was fitted with a 76-seat single door body by Charles H Roe of Leeds, and is
powered by a Gardner 6LX diesel engine. She completed over 20-years of service on
the streets of Bristol before passing to Mike Walker, Martin and Tom Curtis in early
2006: since acquisition she has been repainted into the National green livery in
which she would have entered service although the interior remains very much as withdrawn.
She retains her class 6 MOT certificate and is therefore still able to operate for
hire and reward. In fact, she was used at to ferry music fans between The Glastonbury
Festival and Castle Cary Railway Station during 2007, 2008 and 2009, on hire to Bath
Bus Company Ltd.