November 12th 2019 @ 11:55: Fleet round up at Go North East and repaint for 'school fleet' Volvo B10M coach at Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
With thanks to the company and also notes provided by Richard Smiles we are able to summarise fleet changes over the past three weeks.
Week ending 27 October 2019
Repaints last week included Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6162 (YN04 GJK) into the 2019 fleet livery and Optare Solo M880/Optare 704 (YJ10 MFK) into Little Coasters livery.
ADL Enviro 200MMC 5488 (NK69 FAU) has now been delivered, and is undergoing preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road; whilst 5493, 5494, 5496 and 5497 have now entered service at Riverside. Withdrawn as a consequence are Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 4944 (NK51 OLH) and Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5234 (NK56 KHB), 5235 (NK56 KHC) and 5237 (NK56 KHE). The latter three are expected to transfer to East Yorkshire imminently.
Due to delay of the three new ADL Enviro 400MMCs entering service at Consett; a further swap of Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekkas have taken place in line with vehicle safety inspections being completed, with 6122, 6124, 6125 and 6138 returning to Saltmeadows from Consett, and 6123, 6128 and 6136 taking their place at Consett from Saltmeadows. Ex-Brighton & Hove Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6162 (YN04 GJK) has also now entered service, temporarily at Consett. Similar 6163 (YN54 AOM) has been taken out of service from the Saltmeadows Road school fleet to be repainted.
Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekkas 3995, 3996 and 6131 have now transferred from Percy Main to Riverside to operate the private scholars contract 850/851.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5217 (NK54 NVN) has been sold for preservation to the Northern National Restoration Group.
Week ending 3 November 2019
Repaints last week included Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5273 (NK56 KKJ) into the 2019 fleet livery and former East Yorkshire ADL Trident 2/ADL Enviro 400MMC 794 (YX64 VOO) into the generic grey/charcoal Xlines livery. This vehicle is now numbered 6336 within the Go North East fleet.
The three open-top format Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs at Percy Main - 3997, 3998 and 3999 - have been temporarily delicensed over the winter season.
Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM VS30 Cityline 729 (NK69 FAA) is now in service at Riverside.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solars withdrawn are 5224 (NK54 NVX) from Riverside due to a PVR reduction on 'Loop' services 93/94, 5228 (NK54 NWB) from Riverside due to the entry into service of the new ADL Enviro200 vehicles on 'Green Arrow' service 97, and 5229 (NK55 OLG) from Percy Main due to the return from refurbishment of most of the Volvo B9 on ‘Cobalt & Coast’ services 309/310.
Week ending 10 November 2019
Repaints last week included Wright StreetDeck 6301 (NK16 BXA) into the 2019 fleet livery and former East Yorkshire Volvo B5TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 796 (BF63 HDC) into the generic grey/charcoal Xlines livery. This vehicle is now numbered 6334 within the Go North East fleet.
The three new ADL Trident 2/ADL Enviro 400MMCs for Consett - 6338, 6339 and 6340 - entered service at Consett on Saturday 9 November 2019, having been treated to a partial repaint at the rear into a darker green base livery at Thorntons prior to entering service. A publicity launch took place at Tanfield Railway to mark the investment on Sunday 10 November.
As a result, the four East Lancs OmniDekka bodied Scania N94UDs have been displaced as follows 6123 and 6128 Consett to Saltmeadows
6136 Consett to Riverside
6162 Consett to Chester-le-Street
As 6337 (YY64 GWX) is not yet ready to enter service, Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6137 (GX03 SVF) has transferred from Saltmeadows to Consett.
Due to the return of the buses which temporarily transferred to Consett, 6164 (YN54 AOP) has now been withdrawn from service at Saltmeadows Road for paint preparation.
The final V-reg Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL in the fleet, 6033 (V233 LGC), has now been withdrawn from service at Riverside due to MOT expiry.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Look out for Volvo B10M coach 52414 being repainted and returned to the main operational school bus fleet. Although not confirmed we thing it would look good in the red SchoolRunner livery.