Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLF 10 (N110 UTT) was delivered to Plymouth Citybus in June 1996, and entered service shortly after on Route 43, between the City Centre and Ernesettle. 10 would be part of a batch of ten low-floor Dennis Dart SLF’s, and would be the first ever low-floor vehicles for Plymouth Citybus. The entire batch entered service in the livery you see opposite; a red roof and grey skirt, with SuperRider branding and low-floor arrows. The batch would also be the first vehicles to be fitted with electronic destination displays as standard too; something the vehicle still carries to this day.
Sister members of the fleet would receive re-paints into the ‘Black Band’ livery which although was designed to match the black line on the Citaros in 2005, the livery was thought to be so good, it was used on any vehicles due for a re-paint. 10, however, never did receive such re-paint and as a result, it is almost in its original livery today. In 2002 the SuperRider arrows and branding were removed, and instead ‘Flat Floor. Easy Access’ lettering was introduced above the windows on both sides. It was in late 2008 when the grey skirt was painted red, and this would be the final re-paint that 10 would receive.
10 would be slowly cascaded off front line work with the arrivals of more modern vehicles. In its final years, it would commonly be seen operating Services 28/28A and 35, and in its final year, it would often run Services 16, 35, 61 and 62, together with Service 14 from Langage to the Science Park, in addition to its regular Eggbuckland services 28/28A.
It wasn't all plain-sailing for 10 though. It spent the majority of Summer 2013 off the road for extensive corrosion repairs to the floor; this was a considerable task which took around three months to complete. However, what this means is that 10 is structually sound and there should be no worries about corrosion issues given the extensive repair work that was carried out. Sister vehicle, N109 UTT had already been withdrawn before 10's repairs started for a badly rot chassis which was beyond economic repair.
Sister vehicles from the batch were gradually withdrawn between April and June of 2014, with N101UTT being withdrawn following an RTC, Darts 3 and 4 were withdrawn at the end of April 2014, with Darts 5, 7 and 8 all being withdrawn after service on Saturday 24th May 2014. The final one going, 12, was withdrawn by June 22nd 2014. The reason for their withdrawal was again all due to corroded/rotten chassis'; all would end up at the back of the Tramshed to eventually be stripped for parts around twelve months later.
10 would be withdrawn on Sunday 10th August 2014, although it was promptly re-instated on Monday 1st September 2014. 10 was used on all sorts of routes in its final weeks, ranging from the Service 79 Tavistock to Callington, and even spent a few days in the Liskeard Depot; just weeks into Go Cornwall Bus operation, running routes as far afield as Polperro and Bude, together with City work such as the 25 around the Barbican/West Hoe and Services 28/28A and 14.
10 would be withdrawn again on Sunday 21st December 2014, only to be re-instated just three days later. The photo opposite shows 10 on Saturday 21st December on what was due to be its last ever trip in service on the 49 to Heybrook Bay; although it was re-instated again just three days later!
Eventually, 10 would be withdrawn for good after service on Wednesday 31st December 2014; the photo below depicts 10 on its penultimate day in service. 10 remained parked at the back of the old Tramshed along with the other withdrawn Darts until it officially joined the Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group on Friday 5th June 2015.
These photos show 10 in 'as withdrawn' condition.