Optare Olympus

double-decker bus

The Optare Olympus (known as East Lancs Olympus and Darwen Olympus) was a 2-axle and 3-axle low-floor double-decker bus body. It was built between 2006 to 2011 by East Lancashire Coachbuilders and then Darwen Group and then Optare respectively. It was built on Scania N230UD chassis,[3] Scania N270UD chassis,[4] Volvo B9TL chassis (2[5] or 3[6][7] axle) and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 chassis.[8]

East Lancs/Darwen/Optare Olympus
A Reading Buses Olympus, an example bodied by Darwen Group.
Body and chassis
Doors1 or 2
Floor typeLow floor
ChassisScania N230UD
Scania N270UD
Volvo B9TL (2 or 3 axle)
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
RelatedScania OmniDekka
Capacity68 - 100 seated [1]
Length10.2 to 11.9 m (33 ft 5+58 in to 39 ft 12 in)
Width2,535 mm (8 ft 3+34 in)[2]
Height4.2 to 4.3 m (13 ft 9+38 in to 14 ft 1+14 in)
PredecessorEast Lancs Myllennium Lolyne
East Lancs Myllennium Lowlander
East Lancs Myllennium Nordic
East Lancs Myllennium Vyking
SuccessorOptare MetroDecker

In 2011, the Olympus was replaced by the Optare MetroDecker

Bought by Darwen change

A Darwen Olympus on a Scania N230UD chassis operating for Network Colchester

East Lancs went into administration in August 2007 and was bought by the Darwen Group. The body was renamed Darwen Olympus.

Reverse takeover by Optare Olympus change

Following the reverse takeover of Optare by Darwen Group in June 2008, the Olympus was again renamed Optare Olympus

Optare Visionaire change

An open-top double-decker bus version of the Olympus, called the Visionaire, was also built.

References change

  1. "Optare product information". Archived from the original on 17 August 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  2. "Olympus brochure" (PDF). elcb.co.uk/. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 December 2006.
  3. Beddall, David (2020). London's Low-floor Buses. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-3981-0120-3. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  4. Barrow, David (2021). Scania Double-Deckers. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-3981-0767-0. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  5. "Arriva Yorkshire Volvo B9TL/East Lancs Olympus 1811 (YJ08 EER)". Flickr. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  6. Batten, Malcolm (2023). Rail Replacement Buses: London and the South East. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-3981-0869-1. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  7. Jenkinson, Keith A. (2020). The History of Optare. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-4456-9695-9. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  8. Sheng, Jimmy (24 February 2017). "DOE41-LX09BXK". Retrieved 12 June 2023.

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