49000, WX08 SXU

©Terry O’Neill

By far one of the most elusive demonstrators London has had! 49000 was new as a demonstrator to First, and is a MAN 12.240. It had a Metroline interior, understandable considering Metroline ordered a large amount of MAN Evolutions.

The only London route it was pictured working was route 498, although it did work some Underground rail replacement.

It made an appearance at an event in 2010. 49000 later passed to Dhoot driving school, where it was repainted orange. It was reportedly sold around 2017, and although has not been photographed since 2019, is still taxed.