GCT 113 is a Leyland Fleetline with Roe Park Royal O45/29D body that was delivered new to Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport (GCT) in December 1976 (as H45/29D) and entered service in January 1977.
Registered MBE 613R and given fleet number 113, she operated in passenger service for GCT until the company was purchased by Stagecoach Holdings in November 1993.
For operation along Cleethorpes seafront GCT 113's roof was removed during Spring 1994 and she entered service in July of that year, where she would operate alongside sister (Daimler) Fleetline 103 (BJV 103L).
GCT 113 was withdrawn from service in July 2005 and transferred away from Grimsby for the first time, taking up a new role as a promotional vehicle for Stagecoach East Midland's Chesterfield depot.
From April 2007, following Stagecoach's acquisition of the Traction Group earlier, Chesterfield depot moved into the new Yorkshire regional group, where GCT 113 remained until August 2017 when I was fortunate enough to purchase her for ongoing preservation.
There are many facets to this website. From a page detailing rallies which GCT 113 will be attending, to a full, detailed history of the bus as well as a section that explains why I chose to buy this ex-GCT stalwart. A potted history section shows just that, as does a page detailing the many and varied liveries GCT 113 has worn since 1976. There is a page that showcases images of her in years gone by.
The website also has its own blog where up-to-date details of GCT 113's progress can be seen, as well as plenty of photos of the bus now in a former GCT livery in preservation.
A contact section can be found below. It's always great to hear from people who recall travelling on or driving this piece of Grimsby history. I'm always keen to receive new photos of GCT 113 for upload to this website (where you'll be credited) as well as errors and/or omissions that you may have spotted.
GCT 113 at Lincoln on 4 November 2018
On 9 July 2021: The Blog was updated with details (and photos) of GCT 113's first outing in 22 months.
On 3 December 2020: The Blog was updated with two posts. Once concerning the inactivity of GCT 113 during the year and another comparing the bus with the previous numbered 113 in the GCT fleet and the similarities between them.
On 21 March 2020: The Blog has a new post that details plans for GCT 113 during 2020 in the light of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures. It also details plans for the website to be thoroughly updated over the coming months.
On 14 August: The Rallies Visiting page has been updated, offering confirmed details and timings for the Back to the Kasbah event in Grimsby on 14 September. The Blog has a new entry in which two images of GCT 113, sat side by side in the results of a Google search, show the guise I've always striven to recreate.
On 23 July: The Rallies Visiting page has been updated to offer more information on the event in Grimsby on 14 September at which GCTs 113, 133 and 57 will attend.
On 2 July 2019: The Blog was updated with an entry on 19 May when GCT 113 attended the first rally of the season at Whittlesey. A 2019 Images page was created and when time permits some images will be added to it.
On 3 February 2019: The 2018 Gallery was updated, to show photos taken at Showbus and the Transport Festival in Lincoln. The page also had links added at the top to enable easier navigation of all the photos.
On 21 December 2018: The Blog was updated with an entry that marked a year since GCT 113 was collected from her first, eventful repaint on 21 December 2017.
On 13 December 2018: The Blog has been updated to offer a summary of GCT 113's first full year in private preservation.
On 4 November 2018: The Blog has been updated to include a write-up of and some photos at the Transport Festival in Lincoln at which GCT 113 attended.
On 30 October 2018: The Images page has been updated with 5 never-before-seen views of GCT 113 in blue and cream livery in service at various destinations in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. They've come from the collection of Steve Mickleburgh.
On 11 October 2018:
The Blog has been updated to include an entry covering GCT 113's attendance at Showbus on 30 September. When time permits, I'll include a selection of images of the bus taken by others on the day to the 2018 Gallery.
If you'd like to get in touch to offer any assistance, to provide hitherto unpublished photos or to correct an error on this site, you can make contact by completing the following form:
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