Author Topic: EnsignBus in February 2011  (Read 2936 times)

Adam Dowling

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EnsignBus in February 2011
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:36:55 PM »
Its that time of the month again...

Ensign in February as follows:

VEHICLES IN.

From Stagecoach Manchester: Volvo B10M's R950 / 61 / 63 / 76 / 85 / 86XVM.

From Stagecoach Midlands: Olympian R179VPU

From Metroline: Darts T47 / 51 / 56KLD Y151 / 251 / 53 / 54 / 56 / 57 / 59NLK Tridents V313 / 15 / 17GLB T185 / 95 / 98CLO.

From London General: Olympian R365LGH.

From Stagecoach London: Tridents V138 / 155MEV.

From Thamesdown Transport: Olympian K886CSF.

VEHICLES OUT.

Olympians R179VPU / J827CEV, Volvo D10M H662GPF, Metroliners B115ORU and
C906GUD: Geoff Ripley for scrap.

Dublin Olympian 97-D-329 now P767SWC and half-yop, numbered 267 with City
Sightseeing Cardiff.

RM909: London Truck and Bus, Northfleet.

Dennis Dragon M687TDB: Greys Coaches, Ely, Cambs.

Trident X608EGK: Yourbus, Nottingham.

Volvo B10B's M549WTJ / M526WHF: Holloways Coaches, Scunthorpe.

Tridents T183 / 4CLO. Doyles Coaches, Alfreton.

Tridents T186 / 204CLO: McGills Buses, Glasgow.

Dart R711YWC Olympian K893CSF: Xelabus, Southampton.

Metrobus BIG8745: South East Coachworks, Faversham.

Dublin B6 00-D-70040 now X959CNO with Tates Travel, Barnsley.

Dublin B7LA 00-D-65007 now X958CNO with Peoplesbus, Liverpool.

Dart P455DCW: Carters Coaches, Ipswich.

Volvo B10M W385PRC: Tony Devine Coaches, County Meath, Eire.

Olympian L899SNO and B10B L31HHN: Swinton School Project, West Yorks.

Merc 814 T943BWO: Uslugi Transport, Przewoz Osob, Poland.

Olympians F626 / 32MSL: Alpine Coaches Llandudno.

RM1018 RML2336 / 2651: Ambassatours, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Olympian E312MSG: Discover Dorset, Bournemouth.

Volvo B10M R976XVM: Cotswokd Green, Nailsworth, Gloucs.

Titan WYV64T: Ashcroft High School, Luton.

Volvo B10B M556WTJ: Michael Healy, Galway, Eire.

Volvo B10M M874UEJ: Foundy Coach Hire, Sheffield.

Volvo D10M XIL3492: Paul Paske, Chelmsford, for preservation.

Dart Y151NLK: Herberts Coaches, Shefford, Beds.


Olympian R365LGH: The Green Bus, Birmingham.

Olympians L934 / 41SNO: Red Route Buses, Northfleet.

Dart Y251NLK: Imperial Buses, Hornchurch.

Volvo D10M XIL5260: Decker Bus, Whittlesey, Cambs.

ENSIGN FLEET

Darts Y253 / 54 / 56 / 57 / 59NLK into fleet as 653 / 4 / 6 / 7 / 9 for take
up of Thurrock Council contracts for 373/4 from 4th April.

Bath Bus Company was sold to RATP on Monday 28th and all vehicles allocated to
Windsor, Bath and Cardiff pass to RATP. The Eastbourne fleet has all been sold
over the winter and is being replaced with ex Dublin Olympians, details to
follow next month. RML2665 at Bath also passes to RATP, RM25 at Cardiff is
retained by Ensign, but will be swapped with RM1978 recently acquired from
Helms Coaches.

Thats the lot.

Ross

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 04:41:05 PM »
What happened to R179VPU for it to be sold for scrap as soon as it came in?
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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 04:44:54 PM »
What happened to R179VPU for it to be sold for scrap as soon as it came in?

Chassis corrosion most likely, it was bad enough on UCOC R702DNH for her to be withdrawn and sold to Ensign too. In that case however she was repaired and is now operated by Hedingham.

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011, 06:21:38 PM »
Interesting to see Imperial Buses have got yet another ex-Metroline bus (Y251NLK). Imperial already have some ex-Metroline Marshall Darts and an ex-Metroline Pointer 2.
This recent bus from Ensignbus is most likely to be used on recently won Thurrock Council contract 11 (Purfleet-Chadwell St Mary), taken over from Clintona Minicoaches.

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011, 08:27:55 PM »
I wouldnt be supprised if these Metroline vehicles are snapped up quickly as matanience standards seem much better at Metroline than certian other London operators *cough* Go-Ahead *sneeze* Oh dear i seem to have a cold.

Bear in mind im just an outsider, i dont know what goes on at either operator, but having travelled on examples of Darts, B7s and Tridents of all ages from both Metroline and Go-Ahead, Metroline buses are Always turned out better than Go-Aheads, which often have seat covers worn so much they no longer have fabric left in them! (admitanttly the refurb programme is now in full swing at several Go-Ahead garages)

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 09:06:08 PM »
I wouldnt be supprised if these Metroline vehicles are snapped up quickly as matanience standards seem much better at Metroline than certian other London operators *cough* Go-Ahead *sneeze* Oh dear i seem to have a cold.

Bear in mind im just an outsider, i dont know what goes on at either operator, but having travelled on examples of Darts, B7s and Tridents of all ages from both Metroline and Go-Ahead, Metroline buses are Always turned out better than Go-Aheads, which often have seat covers worn so much they no longer have fabric left in them! (admitanttly the refurb programme is now in full swing at several Go-Ahead garages)

I agree, almost every bus i've been on with Metroline has been fairly smart. Last year, I went on one of the T-reg Presidents and it was still in good condition. I think Arriva are good at some garages too. Go-Ahead are not so great. Although, Blue Triangle have a few W-reg PVLs recently refurbished (surprising for such old buses, in London-terms), and they look very smart.

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 09:17:24 PM »
The majority of the older TPs with Metroline have been refurbed, however their TA's hadn't recieved any of this treatment and were still very nice to travel on.

The worst offenders in Go-Ahead's case have to be their PVL's with filthy worn out seats, knackered running units and rattling bodywork!

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2011, 07:04:40 AM »
The PVLs cascaded to Blue Triangle were refurbished prior to being sent, as they often see use on the Olympic Park Shuttle from Stratford.
The T-Reg TPs with Metroline are great condition for their age, some have just seen a refurb which does help, but iv been on a few recently that havent yet been refurbed, and were still nice.

I had the fortune on travelling on TA76 Thursday, and even though it was a bit worn out inside, still nowhere as bad as Go-Ahead B7s iv been on.

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 05:15:49 PM »
Some pictures of the newly aquired ex-Metroline Darts. As per usual with Ensignbus, they look very smart:

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656. Y256NLK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffydog06/5513789336/
653. Y253NLK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffydog06/5513191343/

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Re: EnsignBus in February 2011
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2011, 03:31:37 AM »
Newly Nationalised bus operators

It is interesting to see that RML2665 (and soon RM1978) are in state ownership, now that the Bath Bus Company has been bought by RATP Dev UK, along with the City sightseeing operations in Bath, Cardiff, Eastbourne and Windsor.

RATP Dev UK has also bought London United and Bournemouth Yellow buses and now operates 1035 vehicles in the UK. According to it's press release, the RATP Group, which is owned by the French state,  is establishing itself into the United Kingdom, one of the world’s most attractive markets, where it plans to continue to expand gradually.