Wikipedia:WikiProject Optare

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WikiProject Optare
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Categories WikiProject Optare, Bus manufacturers
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Hi, welcome to WikiProject Optare. Our aim is to improve each Darwen Group article to its very best. The project covers all aspects of Optare. We also cover all the former East Lancashire Coachbuilders and Darwen Group articles as well.

Open tasks[edit]

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Optare:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Expand : Put the Template:Infobox UK Bus on all articles if possible
  • Update : Update pages as developments at Optare happen. This should be quite often knowing both companies!
  • Other : Find pictures to illustrate each type of bus article (this is nearly done for both companies)


If you wish to join please add your name to the bottom of the list and place {{User WikiProject Optare member}} on your user page.

  1. Arriva 436 17:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  2. TAS 19:50, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
  3. Quackdave 21:22, 25 June 2007 (UTC)
  4. Joshuarooney 11:49, 11 March 2008.
  5. Timothyhouse1 15:25, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
  6. CrossHouses (talk)
  7. Laseandre (talk) 12:18, 5 May 2010 (UTC)
  8. Davey2010 20:06, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
  9. Nordic Dragontalk 13:39, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Article Structure[edit]

This section describes what should be in a product article (i.e. not the main Darwen Group article). Applicable on Optare product articles only.


Use the following sentence:

The Optare (name of product) is a type of bus body built on the (names of chassis) by Optare.


If it is the name of a single and double decker, use two 'history' headings but named Single Decker and Double Decker. If the names vary (e.g. Kinetec and Kinetec+), use the product's name plus decker status.

Add some history of the body here, like when it was first built.

Full names[edit]

If the bus's name varied on the chassis, use the following sentence:

Most early ELCB buses names varied on what chassis it was built on.

Place a list of names and the chassis here using bullet points.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Use the following link at the top of the list then links to pictures of the product.


Use the {{Optare Buses}} template here.


Then place the appropriate categories after external links and navboxes, without a section heading.


Project banner[edit]

The {{WP Optare}} template, to be placed on all of our articles' talk pages, is used to identify our articles and provide a link to our project for potential members.

WikiProject Buses  
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Buses, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of buses on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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The {{User WikiProject Optare member}} template is to identify WikiProject Optare participants.

WikiProject Optare Logo.PNG This user is a participant of WikiProject Optare.


The {{Optare Buses}} template is used to provide links to all other Optare PLC buses articles. Place it after the last section, usually External links.


(model of bus)
Capacity (total capacity)
Length (dimensions)
Width (dimensions)
Height (dimensions)

Place the {{Infobox UK Bus}} template on all articles where specifications are known. To add an image caption, use the following style:

| image= Optare Bus.jpg
| caption= (seperate from actual image)