20 December 2011

Number One

With the end of the step entrance Darts earlier this year (apart from 132!) the next batch of buses to be replaced will be the first batch of low floor Dennis Darts 1-5/7-10/12 N101-105/7-10/12UTT. April 2012 sees the arrival of 10 new Volvo / Wright buses for Citybus which all being well will see these buses off. (Plans can change!)
When it was announced that these new buses had been ordered it set off quite a debate around the question of preservation of one of these low floor buses:
"wonder if any of the Ns will be preserved" A far more worthy cause then yet another Atlantean..
"I think the PCTPG will definitely preserve one of them at least; they were the first fleet of low floor buses to enter service with PCB"
"And you would want to preserve one of the N reg Darts because ............ They are hardly an iconic vehicle."
"I know they aren't anywhere near as special as an Atlantean, however they were the first fleet of low floor vehicles to enter service with PCB. The ones most likely to be preserved are the ones registered on June 7th 1996, rather than the ones registered on July 1st 1996. If that's the case, then the preserved ones would probably be either 1,2,4 or 5; all these were registered on June 7th, 3,7,8,9,10 and 12 were all registered on 01/07/1997"
"Like them or not, The Dennis Dart is responsible for near single-handedly changing the landscape of the entire industry not once, but twice. Firstly by offering a modern and lightweight replacement at precisely the right time for thousands of worn out single deckers, and also capitalising and building upon the gains made by the minibus revolution. Secondly, the Dart SLF was the first example of a truly successful low floor bus in the UK, in not just reliability but also operator and passenger appeal. I'd rate the importance of a Dart over an Atlantean any day.."
I must admit I agree with this last comment. As boring as it is for the enthusiast, you only have to spend a few minutes on Royal Parade to see just how important the low floor Dennis Dart has been to Plymouth. Both Citybus and First have a substantial fleet of them which will no doubt be serving Plymouth for many years to come. I have always preferred the simple lines of this first batch of Low Floor Pointers over the Pointer 2 body which graces the rest of the Citybus fleet. I do hope that one of these buses does make it into preservation, and I guess number 1 is the significant one, if only as a result of its fleet number.
Plymouth Citybus 001 N101UTT
It will be interesting to see what fleet numbers are carried by the new Volvos next year. It would be nice to see them start at 101 but we will have to wait and see.

Recommended Links

  • Regular contributor Syd Eade has drawn my attention to a film appearing on the University of East Anglia's Film Archive website showing Eastern Counties Omnibus Company activities during 1947. East Norfolk Bus Blog
  • Autocar dedicates no fewer than eight pages to no less than a £330,000 hybrid machine for which there’s virtually no widespread market, certainly not in provincial England. Yes, Autocar has tested the Wrightbus New Bus for London. Omnibuses
  • Analysis by the think tank IPPR North shows that almost half of major transport projects involving public funding benefit only London and the South East, accounting for 84% of planned spending.. Press Association

Happy Birthday Zak – NINE years old already!Open-mouthed smile

1 comment:

  1. There must be plans to start re numbering the complete fleet as the numbers are all over the place now!


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