Saturday, 30 June 2012

Bus News In Breif

A few highlights of some movements for the local bus & coach operators i take a interest in:

Decker Bus, Whittlesea:
Now in use here is A 3rd ex Arriva Merseyside Volvo Olympian VIL8682 (N298CKB). Iveco Eurorider CN53FYV (ex Veolia Wales) was displayed for the first time at the UK Coach Rally. Scania Irizar YN51(rest of the reg is forgotten, but was 74002 with Veolia Wales) is now being worked on for a return to use. Scania N113DRBs 8092NK and 4388WX have been exported to Zimbabwe. Id expect their 'cherished' registrations to be applied to the Iveco & Irizar (once its ready).

Embling, Guyhirn
In use here is a Volvo Olympian/East Lancs P350ROO, formerly operated by Griffin Bus, Tonbridge. Dennis Javelin R410/Plaxton Paragon ECL730 now wears full Emblings Livery with Judds fleetnames. A Dennis Trident/ALX400 (ex Metroline) has been sighted at the depot but im not sure yet which one it is, apart from "Its a T-reg"

Towler, Emneth
In use here is a Leyland Olympian/Northern Counties K-RHH, which iv seen twice but not been able to get a full reg from, it still wears base East Yorkshire livery from where it came from.

Norfolk Green (Go West0; Kings Lynn
The two new ADL Integral Enviro 400s for NG are (21) SN12EHM and (22) SN12EHO, both been seen recently at Plaxtons dealership near Scarborough, in a new much more modern looking livery

Stagecoach Peterborough
4 new ADL Enviro 400 integrals okay in use here to boost the Citi 6, but are turning up anywhere except the Citi 6, fleet numbers 10010-10014 inclusive.

Stagecoach Cambridge
Several new Scania Enviro 400s and Volvo B7RLE Wright Urbans for the Busway are due for delivery very soon, and have been given the fleet numbers & Registrations as follows
Scania Enviro 400s: 15812-AE12GCK; 15813-AE12CKJ &15814-AE12CKK 
Volvo B7RLE: 21231-AE12CJJ, 21232-AE12CJO, 21233-AE12CJU, 21234-AE12CJV & 21235-AE12CJX

Former Nedexco Volvo`s now working for Visbeen

Good morning All, been a while hasn`t it!!

Last night i saw 5 former Nedexco Volvo FH`s parked up in a compound off Algores Way in Wisbech, not all was readable from the road, but some of them were:

BS-LS-21; BS-JH-65, BS-LH-67, and BS-RR-69.

These are now operated by Bolle Transport, based in Middelharnis, Holland, and are sub-contractor to Visbeen, one of Hollands largest road hauliers. The 5 vehicles noted last night carry Bolle brandings on the front with small Visbeen brandings on the doorsides

BS-RR-69 on Anglores Way, Wisbech 30/06/12

Former Nedexco Volvos have also been noted in service with another Big Operator from Holland, FTT Group.

Nedexco ceased trading back in September 2011.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Decker Bus & Galloways Fleet News

Decker Bus, Whittlesea have recently had a bit of a fleet reshuffle, recent acquisitons have been 2 Volvo Olympian`s from Arriva Merseyside (Via Used Bus & Coach sales, Runcorn) N293/5CKB.

N293CKB at Whittlesea Station

Leaving the fleet have been open-top Leyland Olympian JSX538T which was sold to the Runcorn dealer, and all 3 Northern Counties bodied Volvo DF10M Citybuses acquired from Excel, Stansted 2 years ago G625/6/7BPH have left as well. 625 has become a 'Office' at Fox Marina, March and 627 is now in service with Godwin T/A Inter-Recruit, Parnwell. (Photo below)

Galloway, Mendelsham news now, here on loan until the end of the summer season is former Eddie Brown Volvo B12B Plaxton Panther BT05EBT, and brought from Paul Winson, Loughborough is Dennis Dart/Pointer R80PSW. Brand new here too is a Volvo B9R with Volvos own 9700 bodywork, but i dont yet have the registration for this, but it will be on a 12 plate. Lastly, due at the end of June are two new Volvo B9R Ceatano Levante`s for National Express work.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Enviro 400s for Norfolk Green

Today came the long awaited official announcement from Norfolk Green that they have placed an order for some Enviro 400 Double-Deckers to run on their Hunsanton Line services.

The company now run the biggest independant fleet of low-floor Optare Spectra double decks split between the Hunstanton line 10/11 route and the Kings Lynn - Spalding 505 route, supplimented by 2 ex East London ALX400 Tridents

Before the New Enviro 400s arrive, the company will take on a Demonstrator version on the route for driver training/famaliarisation on the 3 routes.

The 10 and 11 are very senic routes from the top of a Double-Deck bus, and these Enviro 400s will be great additions to a fast growing fleet.

Thanks goes to J508GCD for the original news.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Mega Lucky Friday The Thirteenth

Today i was heading out towards Watford Gap for some lorry/coach photographing, but decided to make a stop off at Van Hool in Wellingborough, as it was more-or-less on the way, kind of.....

We was lucky enough to be granted permission to have a wander round and photograph the vehicles in, and we was greeting by 9 brand new T927 Astromgea`s for Stagecoach Cwmbran (South Wales/Red & White)


Plus one not yet registered, and one inside the shed having livery applied.

Also there was a new VDL/T915 Alicon for Bibby, Ingleton named 'Dales Nemesis', a Volvo B9R T915 Alicon for Aberfeldy Motor Services Fleet Number 47, and a T917 Altano [Glass Roof] Coach for Leon, Stafford given Fleet Number 201.

4 Plain White Coaches were also present, one T916 Tri-Axle one normal T9 Tri-Axle and 2 T917 Astron Tri-Axle, suspect that all these are destined for National Express, but this is unconfirmed.

Thanks to the guys at Van Hool for letting us round today. I can only hope your Friday the 13th was just as luck as ours was!!

PS- The good luck continued, two Nice Volvo B9R Plaxton Two`s were seen on the M1, and some great new Stobart numbers at Crick, not forgetting wall to wall sunshine. A very grand day out.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Fresh Linc New DAFs

Spalding based Chilled & Frozen haulier Fresh Linc Distribution have been taking on a batch of 20 brand new DAF XF105 Tractor Units, booted up with 460 horses.

These vehicles make the hauliers first new deliveries in a year, and are operating out of Spalding Depot, replacing 4/5 Year old Scania R440 Tractor units, which have been returned to the dealer for sale on the second hand market.

08- Registered MAN TG-Xs formerly operated by the haulier have already left, with the majority of them being snapped up by March based QV Foods (Formerly MBM Produce).

More DAF XFs are expected to arrive soon, but it remains to be seen if these will be 61 registered or held back until the 12 series comes out in March.

Photos below show one of the neww DAF XFs and one of the older Scanias the DAF is expected to be replacing. Both remain the copyright of Robert Brooks.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Cambridge City Sightseeing

Stagecoach Cambridge is upgrading its City Sightseeing (What there is to see in Cambridge of interest however is beyond me) fleet from 5 Volvo Olympian to Dennis Trident ALX400 (Low Floor) buses.

The first two of these to go topless was 17078/9 - T678/9KPU which were originally the spare general use busses, but were recently deemed surplus following cuts over the summer, and it was decided to cut them. The conversions were done at Lincoln Depot.

Following Stagecoach re-entering the London Bus market, 4 more ALX400 Tridents have been cascaded over to Cambridge:

The 3 X-Reg ones are up with Newcastle for conversion, and 17099 remains at Cambridge, having arrived as a former driver trainer with Selkent, and was very recently given an MOT, but however its future plans are unknown, as the City Sightseeing only has a PVR of 4 buses, having 6 would seem a bit excessive.

Photo of 17099 sat at Cowley Road following its MOT can be seen here: Photo Copyrighted to The Ginger Ninja. Its also to him i thank for some additional information for this post.