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14/04/14 - Registrations SFZ 6139 - 42 have been reserved for Scania/Irizar coaches 139 - 42. B10Ms 1525 (DAZ 1525), 1528 (DAZ 1528) and 1529 (DAZ 1529) have been sold to Dodds, Ayr, whilst Scania/Irizar 1692 (TCZ 1692) is currently being stripped for spares before going for scrap. Some subsequent vehicles histories:

641 (LAZ 7641) and 644 (YAZ 8644) gone 1/14, ex WMSNT, Aston 103/2.
920 (JAZ 3920) to Ballincollig, Iniscara 3/13, ex Mount Vernon Community Development Forum, Belfast.
1346 (TXI 1346) to Hussain {Neales}, High Wycombe 7/11, via Ripley, Carlton (dealer).
1401 (WXI 1401) to Hussain {Neales}, High Wycombe 7/11, via Ripley, Carlton (dealer) - correction to previous report.
1404 (WXI 1404) to Cliffs, Cryers Hill 7/11, via Ripley, Carlton (dealer).
2527 (XOI 2527) to Emblings, Guyhirn 11/07 for preservation via Wealdon, Five Oak Green (dealer).
2598 (BXI 2598) to Bott, Bolton (dealer) 9/11, ex Green Triangle {South Lancs}, Atherton; Nash, Ockley (dealer) by3/12; Raven, Debenham 3/12 for preservation.

B9TL 2300 - Bangor - Mar 2014  [ Paul Savage ]

04/04/14 - New vehicles on order here are 25 Optare Solos, to be numbered 1934-1958, and 4 Irizar i6 coaches for Ulsterbus tours, numbered 139-142. B10BLE 2833 has returned to use at Craigavon, as has Solo 1869 at Downpatrick (having transferred from Metro). Volvo B7TL 2880 has transferred from Dungannon to Magherafelt. Community minibuses 61 (Lisburn) and 63 (Derry) have gone to Reserve, with similar 62 moving from Lisburn to Derry. Unusual news is the 'LY' Derry City depot allocation is retired from 1st April, with all Derry buses now being allocated to 'LD', henceforth known as Ulsterbus Foyle. Affected vehicles are 829/30/41/2/4-7/1844-6/80/96/9/1903/17/2240/1/3/55/8/83-5/2304/6/8/9/2837-45. Vehicle sold during March are Tours Scania/Irizars 100-2/4/6/7 (Scania, Worksop - dealer), B10M 1636 to Eurocoach, Dungannon and Solos 1863, McGonagle, Buncrana and 1865 to Hamill for scrap. Some news of former buses is:
405 (FXI 405, now JEZ 4096), 406 (FXI 406, now JEZ 8980) to Reays, Wigton 10/13, ex Dodds, Ayr.
647 (YAZ 8647) passed to Dawson Rentals, Helleby (dealer) 3/14 ex Gills, Ilkeston; then to Ripley, Carlton (dealer) for scrap.
1401 (WXI 1401) and 1404 (WXI 1404) to Neales Taxis/Cliffs Coaches, High Wycombe in 7/12 and 11/11 respectively ex Ripley, Carlton (dealer). This operator is reported to have a third as yet unidentified Translink vehicle.
1406 (WXI 1406), 1459 (YXI 1459) gone by12/13, ex Rosa, Barnsley.
1414 (WXI 4414, later PCK 335, now K461 CBU) registered LUI 9959 11/13 with Plumley {Primrose}, Acomb.
1563 (DAZ 1563) gone by2/14, ex Wilts & Dorset 7020.
1639 (BCZ 1639, now 99-C-40068) O'Callaghan, Coachford 9/13, ex Glenferry, Little Island.

18/03/14 - Bangor based B9TL 2300is now an allover advert for Phoenix Gas.

B10BLE 2837 - first journey on FY16 at Culmore - Mar 2014  [ John Durey ]

05/03/14 -B10BLE 2833 has returned to use at Craigavon, as have Ayats 2006/24 at Derry. B10M 1636 (Coleraine) is now in Reserve, as is Craigavon based B10BLE 2812. The only active B10M now left with Ulsterbus is 1635 at Coleraine. The Bangor engineering bus, Tiger 1285 has now been withdrawn, whilst B10BLE 2774 (Newtownabbey) has been loaned to Metro. Finally B10M 1510 has gone to Hamill for scrap.

02/03/14 - Former B10M 1657 has now appeared with Eurocoach, Dungannon who will convert it to a 57 seater. New route FY16 (Derry - Culmore) commences tomorrow, and provides infill journeys at times that Lough Swilly buses don't run on this route.

B10M 1657 - Eurocoach - Mar 2014  [ Will Hughes ]

 

B10BLE 2787 - Derry - Dec 2013  [ John Durey ]

18/02/14 - An allover advert for Phoenix Gas is due shortly. Some news of former vehicles:
405 (FXI 405, now JEZ 4096) and 406 (FXI 406, now JEZ 8960) passed to Reays, Wigton 11/13, ex Dodds, Ayr.
604 (CAZ 6604) re-registered to L651 WEW 2/13 with Bland, Ryhall; withdrawn by 2/13.
647 (YAZ 8647) passed to Gill, Ilkeston in 9/13, ex WMSNT, Aston 104.

15/02/14 - B10BLEs returning to use are 2768 (Magherafelt) and 2803 (Craigavon - Active Reserve). Also back in use at GVS Scania/Irizar 1702, now a 69 seater. The full list of 69 seat conversions is: 1661-71/3-84/6-91/3-6/8-1705/7-12/4/6/7/9/21/4/34. On the move is 487 from GVS - Derry, whilst Scania L94 723 is in Reserve and has gone to Metro as a promotional vehicle.

31/01/14 - Sold to Hamill, Ahoghill for scrap are Ultras 2746/55, B10BLE 2829 and the final Atlantean 2901 (PXI 5501, ex JYG 417V). Some news of former vehicles is:

258 (XOI 2258) passed from Carson, Chapelhall to United Coaches, Hamilton in May 2013 as a preserved vehicle.
515 (PXI 5515) passed from Dodds, Ayr to Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning in August 2012 for continued use for spare parts.
1241 (NXI 4241) reregistered to -?- November 2013 with York Pullman, York. Registration transferred to another vehicle and Tiger withdrawn and offered for sale.
1337 (RXI 3337) reregistered to -?- January 2014 with York Pullman, York. Registration transferred to another vehicle and Tiger withdrawn and offered for sale. In this case the registration was transferred to a vehicle with an Irish connection, former Dublin Bus RV395 (97-D-395, now R989 KAR).
1344 (TXI 1344) passed from Leyland, Fulwood to Arthur, Limavady by January 2014.

16/01/14 - Solo 1841 has returned to service at Newtownabbey after completion of repairs, along with Irizar 1734 at Lisburn after it's school bus conversion. More coaches detaxed seasonally are Scanias 101/2/4/5 and Volvo 112. Also detaxed to Reserve from the end of December are the final Q-type (again) 1529 (Lisburn), Solo 1854 (Derry - having moved from Newtonabbey at the beginning of December) and B10BLEs 2768 (returned from Metro) and 2769 (GVS). Also detaxed for refurbishment are Ayats 2006/24 which should gain leather seats and WIFI like the more recent Goldliners. On the move are Scania 1726 (Newcastle - Omagh) and B10BLE 2878 (Omagh - Derry).

01/01/14 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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