Ulsterbus Fleet News 2014
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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 The Bangor engineering bus, Tiger 1285 has now been withdrawn, whilst B10BLE 2774 (Newtownabbey) has been loaned to Metro.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.
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604 (CAZ 6604) re-registered to L651 WEW 2/13 with Bland, Ryhall; withdrawn by 2/13.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 Registration transferred to another vehicle and Tiger withdrawn and offered for sale.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 Registration transferred to another vehicle and Tiger withdrawn and offered for sale.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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