MASS Leyland National

Michael A. Strafford founded MAS Special Engineering in the late 1990's in South Anston. The company operated a variety of vehicles including elderly Leyland Nationals acquired from Trent, who had themselves acquired second hand examples and refurbished them earlier in the decade.


A large number of Leyland Titans joined the fleet from Stagecoach East London during the early 2000's. More refurbished Nationals followed, this time Mk2s from Go North East.


Initially, the company operated in Lincoln before acquiring family-owned independent Reliance of Great Gonerby and expanding into Grantham. A large scale operation started after Traction Group owned Lincolnshire RoadCar left the town in 2004 and its routes were taken over at short notice. Low floor vehicles had been brought in, also from Trent, but step entrance 'vintage' buses dominated the fleet.


This newly released EFE bare metal respray depicts one of the oldest members of the fleet to operate, UFX985S had been new to Hants & Dorset in January 1978 as their fleet number 3719. It later ran with Solent Blue Line, and then after withdrawal in the 1990's, passed to Trent for refurbishment and further service fitted with a DAF engine.


After sale from Trent, it saw use in Lincoln with MASS, before coming to Grantham, seeing full time service until 2005 when most town services were taken over by Centrebus. The bus itself returned to Lincoln and passed with those operations to Dunn-Line, it was scrapped during 2006.