18 February 2016

Fleet News: Plymouth Citybus

Previous Fleet News for Plymouth Citybus: 2 February 2016

New buses to enter service:

537 WJ65BZD and 538 WJ65BZE have now entered service in full Green Flash livery, and look stunning!

Plymouth Citybus 537 WJ65BZD Plymouth Citybus 537 WJ65BZD

© Richard Smith 538 was out elsewhere so yet to get photos of that one! Plymouth Citybus 537 WJ65BZD

© Richard Smith: The same bus prior to full Flash branding

The new Go Cornwall Enviros are being launched over at Torpoint this morning (18th February) so more photos when they hit the road… Plymouth Citybus 533 536

© Richard Smith

If you do get any of the new Enviros out and about today then please feel free to send some in as its always nice to get different views from across the City and different photographers…

Dennis Darts

Many of the older Dennnis Darts are currently VOR at Milehouse with many of them due to visit Hants & Dorste at Eastleigh for DDA conversion when they should re-enter service.

Back on 6th February the position was as follows:

29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 38, 39, 40 in the line up at bottom of lower yard. All VOR. 35 with withdrawn buses behind the old tram sheds. VOR. 36 in rear workshops behind door 7.  37 in front workshops over the pits. 41 and 43 in engineering line. both VOR 42 engine repairs over pits in raised depot. 29 back from Hants and Dorset trim, a quick look through the open doors didn't reveal anything that might have been done to it. 30 was noted in service on the 8th February at least.

Volvo DD Fleet

The double deck Volvo fleet: 420 W509WGH has been sold and appears to have left Milehouse. 441 has also finally left Milehouse and arrived with Target Travel. 416 has now been lettered up as a DRIVER TRAINER

23 comments:

  1. Why are these buses going to Eastleigh for conversion and what is the conversion entail?.Also,are more ex London deckers being sold off soon?.

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    1. Thank you for the information

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  2. Why are these buses having to go to Eastleigh,and what work is involved to make them DDA compliant?.Is it just down to the workload at Milehouse?.

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    1. Most of the Darts have been modified at Milehouse by having their port side inward facing tip ups replaced with a double forward facing tip up seat

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    2. Buses have to go to Eastleigh for certifying as that is where the only DDA conversion approval officer for the whole of the South West is based. How ridiculous is that. The work is done at Milehouse and then each bus has to go to Eastleigh by appointment

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    3. Thank you for the information does seem not very cost effective sending buses for the work though not surprised there's no one south to do it more locally!!.

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  3. 30 is in service again today, and was yesterday too, on 35/35A/61/62

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  4. I have heard today that the E40D's are unsuitable for use on the Torpoint Ferry as one of them grounded when attempting to board the ferry

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    1. Incorrect, the new buses will be in service from Monday.

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  5. Think the green suits the double deckers better than the single deckers.

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  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVI-KC-z3jA

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  7. The E400 for the ferry have modifications so clearance at slow speed on normal operation is fine. Yes it's likely more of the older London deckers will go as the fleet modernises bus 30 is DDA compliant 29 is being done now established will probably be done in due course at milehouse 31 to 40 and 42 43 is already compliant being later although still x plate and 41 is withdrawn .

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    1. Why is 41 withdrawn?

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  8. 504 back in service (Thursday 18th) so obviously the collision damage wasn't too bad.

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  9. Thank you for the fleet update.

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  10. Does anyone know which Citybus Dart left the road in Ivybridge getting stuck on a grass verge on Thursday 18th Feb? The Herald website reported the incident along with a few pictures of the rescue operation (the pictures weren't very clear).

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  11. Situation re. withdrawn/stored buses at Milehouse on Friday 25th February. In lower yard were lined up 32, 35, 414, 40, 205, 31, 36, 29, 39, 33, & 43. 438 was behind the raised depot being stripped before scrapping. Behind the tramshed were LDP266, 41, 413, 417, 419, 34 & 418. Finally 59 was in the raised depot being stripped before scrapping. It is not known if any of the Wright bodied B7s listed have been withdrawn.

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    1. 413 414 417 418 419 all withdrawn . as is 41. t reg's awaiting ongoing dda work.

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  12. Have Citybus still got the Solos they inherited from Western Greyhound? I know the Solo is not a bus they like and I haven't seen one around for a while.

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    1. Yes - all still around. A few are in Cornwall but you can often find them on Plymouth routes 25 and 34A at least

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  13. Does anyone know why 41 has been withdrawn?

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  14. Just passed 418 on driver training duty.
    Wonder if it will join 416 and maybe 417 as trainers replacements for 441, 443 & 444

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