Scania AB is Sweden’s second largest, (next to Volvo), manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks and buses. It was formed in 1911 through the merger of Sodertalje company Vabis, and Malmö based Maskinfrabiks-Aktiebolaget Scania.

In September 1969 Scania merged with car manufacturers Saab, and the new company became Saab-Scania AB. The company has manufacturing and assembling facilities in fifteen countries. With a combined workforce close to 40000.

Ipswich Buses took two Optare Olympus Scanias in October 2010. No. 68, YJ60 KGX, is seen in Ipswich town centre. (Scania Double-Deckers, Amberley Publishing)

Around 1999 Volvo mounted a failed attempt to acquire 49.3% of Scania shares. A similar attempt was launched in 2006 by German truck maker MAN AG, which again came to nothing. Today it is 100% owned by the German Volkswagen Group.

Scania came to an agreement with the Birmingham based coachbuilder Metro Cammell Weymann (MCW) in 1969 to build the Metro Scania single decker for the UK market. In 1973 that was replaced was replaced by the Metropolitan double deck. Scania’s agreement with MCW came to an end in 1978.

In the summer of 1981 Newport started to take delivery of twenty-nine BR112DH (which included nine single-deckers). The twenty double-decks all had bodywork by Marshall of Cambridge. No. 92, JBO 92W, arrived in Newport in August 1981. (Scania Double-Deckers, Amberley Publishing)

Two years later it was replaced by the BR112 separate chassis, to be bodied by whatever coachbuilder the operator wanted. Over these last forty years operators Nottingham City Transport, First Bus and Stagecoach are the UK largest users of Scania double deck buses.

This book takes a look at the wide variety of body styles and colourful livery’s that have been part of the UK road transport landscape since 1980.

David Barrow's book Scania Double-Deckers is available for purchase now.