The Ikarus




          Welcome to the homepage of ex Wilts & Dorset Optare Delta L504 AJT. There were six Deltas new to Wilts & Dorset in 1993, with two being initially allocated to Poole, one to Lymington, and the final three new to Salisbury. A while ago I saw 3503 come up for sale, although sadly at that time I couldn't not pursue it - I regretted it ever since! So when I read online there was a compete one in a breakers yard in Barnsley... I knew I had to investigate! A lot of people have said it would be too hard to preserve a 'modern' bus, but I will keep it going as long as I can - there's only one way to find out!

          I have documented (my version of!) the history of the vehicle and how she came to be in preservation on the 'History' page, so if you feel like losing the will to live - that would be a good place to start!

          If you see anything that is incorrect, please let me know and I will change it as soon as I can. Likewise if you know of anything I can add, please do get in touch! I hope you enjoy looking around the website. Thanks to everyone who has helped with securing the vehicle.




With thanks to Peter Cook (H&DW&D Collection) for allowing the use of the above image and the image in the header.



© George Cooper 2015

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