When Stagecoach brought their own fleet into Plymouth there were a few rumblings of discontent over the age of the fleet that arrived, as they were pretty much just as old, if not older, then the outgoing First fleet that they replaced. Quite a fleet of elderly Dennis Tridents formed the bulk of the DD fleet. Stagecoach have promised a new fleet of buses so it was always going to be a stop gap fleet, but that hasn't stopped Stagecoach from bringing in newer Tridents as they became available from elsewhere in Devon.
Buses confirmed to have joined the fleet since the initial takeover are 17057 17058 18061 18064 18067 18068 18069 18070 18072 and 18079 with 18071 also believed to be joining us here in Plymouth. There have also been a couple of Darts joining from elsewhere in the SC empire: 34406 and 34777
Richard Smith has managed to capture a few of the newer arrivals over the last week or so…
34777 23 November 2015
18077 25 November
34406 26 November 2015
It still seems odd having such a uniform fleet of buses all in standard livery. First never really managed this and actually most of us liked it that way, that said it does look professional and the fleet is pretty tidy.
Of the original Stagecoach fleet here in Plymouth, the following are believed to be ‘in reserve’ Solo's 47084, 47086, Tridents 17289, 17290, 17294, 17295, 17297, 17299, 17337 and 17670.
In additional news, it seems that the planned fleet of new Megabus coaches have started to arrived at Midland Red South, the main home of Megabus, for eventual deployment down here in Plymouth. More details as they are confirmed