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January 2005
Purple turtle
17 on the 17.   Well not quite actually - it's in fact 13 on the 17.   Reading Buses recently took delivery of 17 new OmniDekka Scanias primarily for use on the trunk cross-town 17 route from Tilehurst to Wokingham Rd.   The first four of the batch are painted in the new charcoal grey livery (bottom), while the remaining 13 are route branded and painted for the 17 (all around).

Looks familiar
Reading of course are no strangers to Scania double deckers having operated over 60 in the 70's and 80's.  They were a mix of home grown vehicles (below left) and those that originated from Tyne and Wear (below middle) and London Transport (below right).
Photo Facts (top to bottom)
Reading 811 (YN54AFF) passes Palmer Park in Wokingham Rd.
A side view of one of the new Scanias.  The nearside of these vehicles will apparently be free of adverts.
Reading 816 (YN54AFV) at the Three Tuns terminus of the 17.
Reading 116 (ORD116R) at rural  Peppard Common in September 1985.
Reading 425 (OCU779R) a former Tyne & Wear PTE vehicle, in Broad St, which is now  pedestrianised, outside Marks & Spencer in May 1987.
Reading 418 (KJD257P), formerly of London Transport, on a breathless day in July 1991 at Reading station.
Reading 802 (YN54AET), one of four members of the batch in the new livery of charcoal grey (filthy brown to many people's eyes).
17 on the 17
All OmniDekka photos taken on their third week in service in November 2004.
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Despite the dearth of quality eateries in Reading there is a stylish Italian restaurant hidden away in Kings Walk.   Very friendly service, more than pizzas and pasta on the menu, and the dessert trolley is unmissable.
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