During late 1975, Leyland was producing prototypes for its new integral double deck TN series Titan bus. MCW had enjoyed success with two Scania chassis based vehicles from 1968-1977, the Metro-Scania saloon and the Metropolitan double decker.
The skills involved with Scania, allowed MCW to consider an integral double deck chassis for the UK bus market, using their own in house body design. The MCW Metrobus was created using a Gardner engine with a Voith gearbox and a drop centre rear axle, for those who wanted a low height version. Naturally MCW homed in on the London Transport business for the Metrobus, which gave MCW orders for some 1000 plus vehicles from 1977-1984. The West Midlands PTE purchased seven prototype models from 1977, with full orders from 1979-1986, with over 930 in the fleet.
West Yorkshire PTE had looked at the intention of ordering a small batch of the Leyland Titan for evaluation, however with the production problems encountered at Leyland. The PTE cancelled the order, when it was clear that the Titan TN series going to be a London Transport vehicle. The PTE then ordered ten MCW Metrobuses DR101/7 all with Gardner engines and Voith gearboxes, these were stationed at the Seacorft depot. 7501-5 arrived in April and May 1980, with 7506-10 arriving in late November 1980, with hydraulic brakes fitted when new. air brakes were fitted to 7501-10 during March to August 1983. All ten passed to Yorkshire Rider in 1986, then stationed at Torre Road depot in Leeds and gained the Yorkshire Rider livery. 7507 was withdrawn in March 1994 and dispatched to PVS in May the same year, 7509 was involved in a fatal collision in 1989 and also sent to PVS in 1990. 7501-6, 8 & 10 were sold to Merseyside transport in August 1994 for continued service. 7501-4, 6, 8 and 10 were withdrawn and purchased by Fleetlink a Liverpool based dealer, these buses found buyers around the UK.
7505 was later purchased by Rutherford (Earnside Coaches), Glenfrag in Scotland in 1996 then passing to the Keighley Bus museum in 2002. The bus was slowly tended too across the years with various parts found for the bus. However 2014 was busy year for 7505, it was seen at Metro 40 in Bradford and then sent off for a re-paint into the WYPTE Metrobus livery. By late September the bus had returned to Keighley now looking very well with the PTE livery applied. Saturday 27th September 2014, the bus was used for a photo-shoot for Bus & Coach Preservation magazine. Philip Lamb and a few KBMT members were driven around Keighley as the sun was setting that evening, photographs taken. 7505 headed back to Keighley and the following day's open day.
It is hoped that 7505 will do a photo-shoot around her old Easterly Road haunts in Leeds, as she revisits Leeds for the first time since 1994?.