Northern Counties Palatine

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Northern Counties Palatine
Warrington Olympian NCME 1.jpg
A Warrington Borough Transport bus with Northern Counties Palatine bodywork.
Lower Saloon of a Northern Counties Palatine Leyland Olympian
Manufacturer Northern Counties
Body and chassis
Doors 1 or 2 doors
Floor type Step entrance
Chassis Leyland Olympian, Volvo Citybus, Volvo Olympian, DAF DB250, Scania N113
Engine Cummins & Gardner (Leyland Olympian)
Volvo (Volvo Citybus and Volvo Olympian)
Scania (Scania N113)
Transmission Voith or ZF
Length Varies
Width Varies
Height Varies

The Northern Counties Palatine is a step-entrance 2-axle and 3-axle double-decker bus body built by Northern Counties of Wigan, UK.

The Palatine was built mainly on Leyland Olympian and Volvo Olympian chassis, although smaller sized orders were also built for customers on DAF DB250, Dennis Dominator/Dennis Arrow, Volvo B10M Citybus and Scania N113DRB chassis.

Two variants existed, the Palatine I (known as "Palatine" before 1992) which had a flatter windscreen, and the Palatine II (launched in 1993) which had a curved windscreen with an arched top resembling that of the single-decker Northern Counties Paladin.

MTL were a notable buyer, a batch of high-specification Palatine IIs entered service in 1996 on the 'Cross River' services through the Mersey Tunnels. Another batch of 22, branded as 'The Millennium Fleet' began operating on Merseyside in 1998.

Tri-axle Volvo Olympians with Northern Counties Palatine bodies were exported to Hong Kong. Between 1996 and 1998, Citybus received 55 and Kowloon and Canton Railway Corporation received 15.

Some Northern Counties Palatine buses were built as open-top buses for sightseeing purposes.

It was superseded by the Plaxton President body.


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