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RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - enviro7501 - 18 Dec 2018

(18 Dec 2018, 5:16 pm)S813 FVK Wrote: The first 3 trips (8:26/9:31 from Forest Hall, 9:12 from Freeman Hospital)

No idea what it runs off, but isn't the 391 as previously suggested. That goes onto the 1 from Byker at 8:13.

It runs off the 654


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - RBZ 5459 - 19 Dec 2018

It would appear that E400MMC demonstrator YX68UPY has landed at Washington, seemingly for usage on the X1: https://twitter.com/jeffh2067/status/1075411856267849728

Also, what I assume are the new Sunderland Connect Solos almost complete here at Optare: https://twitter.com/ATyldsley/status/1075350705320484864


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - streetdeckfan - 19 Dec 2018

(19 Dec 2018, 5:37 pm)RBZ 5459 Wrote: It would appear that E400MMC demonstrator YX68UPY has landed at Washington for usage on the X1: https://twitter.com/jeffh2067/status/1075411856267849728

Also, what I assume are the new Sunderland Connect Solos almost complete here at Optare: https://twitter.com/ATyldsley/status/1075350705320484864
I had a go on a couple when I was down in Southampton, I thought the ride was pretty darn good, especially considering the roads down there were worse than the roads up here. Pretty impressed tbf, thought I still prefer the Streetdeck styling


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Michael - 19 Dec 2018

(19 Dec 2018, 5:37 pm)RBZ 5459 Wrote: It would appear that E400MMC demonstrator YX68UPY has landed at Washington, seemingly for usage on the X1: https://twitter.com/jeffh2067/status/1075411856267849728

Also, what I assume are the new Sunderland Connect Solos almost complete here at Optare: https://twitter.com/ATyldsley/status/1075350705320484864

Look nice in that dark blue, i hope the brand is white, would look great together, if they're for the "Sunderland Connect"


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - L469 YVK - 21 Dec 2018

A thought here folks. Would GNE not be better off swapping the 7x Castles Express StreetDecks for 7x B9s from Deptford or Percy Main?

I know the B9s will be 5 year old in January but they'd handle the X21 better than the StreetDecks. Although the Fab 56 or Cobalt Clipper would end up running a mixed fleet, this could be used as an advantage with the StreetDecks being allocated to some evening & Sunday boards on them services to save fuel as well as getting BSOG funding too.

The BSOG loss wouldn't be too big as the extra evening and Sunday mileage on the 56 or 309/310 would cover that and the B9 fuel economy would be the same on the X21 due to the B9s being suited better to faster sections of road.


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - streetdeckfan - 21 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 10:37 am)L469 YVK Wrote: A thought here folks. Would GNE not be better off swapping the 7x Castles Express StreetDecks for 7x B9s from Deptford or Percy Main?

I know the B9s will be 5 year old in January but they'd handle the X21 better than the StreetDecks. Although the Fab 56 or Cobalt Clipper would end up running a mixed fleet, this could be used as an advantage with the StreetDecks being allocated to some evening & Sunday boards on them services to save fuel as well as getting BSOG funding too.

The BSOG loss wouldn't be too big as the extra evening and Sunday mileage on the 56 or 309/310 would cover that and the B9 fuel economy would be the same on the X21 due to the B9s being suited better to faster sections of road.
While I agree about them being better suited to the faster sections as the Streetdecks sounds like they're about to explode!
But I don't think GNE would even consider it as it would be considerably downgrading the bus in terms of spec, unless they're going to do a complete refit. I honestly don't think I could live without the tables, that's the main reason I travel by bus instead of getting the car as I can get work done while travelling.


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - L469 YVK - 21 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 2:24 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: While I agree about them being better suited to the faster sections as the Streetdecks sounds like they're about to explode!
But I don't think GNE would even consider it as it would be considerably downgrading the bus in terms of spec, unless they're going to do a complete refit. I honestly don't think I could live without the tables, that's the main reason I travel by bus instead of getting the car as I can get work done while travelling.

Would the loss of leather seats be a problem if GNE swapped the tables out of 6301-6307 and into the B9TLs?


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - streetdeckfan - 21 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 4:46 pm)L469 YVK Wrote: Would the loss of leather seats be a problem if GNE swapped the tables out of 6301-6307 and into the B9TLs?
For me yes, but only for the cleanliness. Just the thought of everything that's been absorbed into the fabric makes me feel a bit ill. At least the leather is wipe clean.
It also makes the buses look a lot smarter as well.
But the downside is when you get the first bus of the day when it's below 0c outside and the seats haven't had a chance to warm up yet, it's not a nice experience.


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - BusLoverMum - 21 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 10:37 am)L469 YVK Wrote: A thought here folks. Would GNE not be better off swapping the 7x Castles Express StreetDecks for 7x B9s from Deptford or Percy Main?

I know the B9s will be 5 year old in January but they'd handle the X21 better than the StreetDecks. Although the Fab 56 or Cobalt Clipper would end up running a mixed fleet, this could be used as an advantage with the StreetDecks being allocated to some evening & Sunday boards on them services to save fuel as well as getting BSOG funding too.

The BSOG loss wouldn't be too big as the extra evening and Sunday mileage on the 56 or 309/310 would cover that and the B9 fuel economy would be the same on the X21 due to the B9s being suited better to faster sections of road.

Oi! Hands off our lovely buses!


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Michael - 21 Dec 2018

Dan has some pictures of the insides of the E400 on demo...have to say, it looks really nice.

"The "Red Arrows" X1 and 921 services currently operate with a batch of Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs new in 2011 and 2012, and are now beginning to evaluate suitability of different vehicle types on these routes." 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielgrahamm/


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - streetdeckfan - 21 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 8:39 pm)Michael Wrote: Dan has some pictures of the insides of the E400 on demo...have to say, it looks really nice.

"The "Red Arrows" X1 and 921 services currently operate with a batch of Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs new in 2011 and 2012, and are now beginning to evaluate suitability of different vehicle types on these routes." 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielgrahamm/

I must admit, the interior is pretty, especially with that colour scheme! Doubt we'd get those seats though if they did go through with ordering them.
I had a go on the Bluestar ones when I was down in Southampton and they were pretty nice to ride. If GNE were to get rid of the Streetdecks on the X21, I'd happily let them replace it with these  Tongue


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - JM03 - 21 Dec 2018

Has the 680N AM service changed from following onto the 19 to the 11 now? Noticed a blue arrow on it 4 times on it this week and 1 corp omni (nothing new there tbh). If it has, whats the chances of clocking a decker in the morning too?


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Jordan2104 - 22 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 11:52 pm)JM03 Wrote: Has the 680N AM service changed from following onto the 19 to the 11 now? Noticed a blue arrow on it 4 times on it this week and 1 corp omni (nothing new there tbh). If it has, whats the chances of clocking a decker in the morning too?

Doesnt run onto anything now so probs getting buses that are in for service that day


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - JM03 - 22 Dec 2018

(22 Dec 2018, 1:59 am)Jordan2104 Wrote: Doesnt run onto anything now so probs getting buses that are in for service that day
So anything could be on this now?


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - NewcastleOne - 22 Dec 2018

(22 Dec 2018, 10:05 am)JM03 Wrote: So anything could be on this now?

By looks yes, wonder if it swapped with anything?


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Michael - 22 Dec 2018

(21 Dec 2018, 9:37 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: I must admit, the interior is pretty, especially with that colour scheme! Doubt we'd get those seats though if they did go through with ordering them.
I had a go on the Bluestar ones when I was down in Southampton and they were pretty nice to ride. If GNE were to get rid of the Streetdecks on the X21, I'd happily let them replace it with these  Tongue


I really like the seats and the flooring, i really hope it goes well, and they buy some, with all those specification haha (won't happen but you know!)

Is it the same length as the B9's?


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Dan - 22 Dec 2018

(22 Dec 2018, 10:40 am)Michael Wrote: I really like the seats and the flooring, i really hope it goes well, and they buy some, with all those specification haha (won't happen but you know!)

Is it the same length as the B9's?

No, a bit longer.


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Michael - 22 Dec 2018

(22 Dec 2018, 12:10 pm)Dan Wrote: No, a bit longer.

Ah right, cool, when will it enter service?


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - citaro5284 - 22 Dec 2018

(22 Dec 2018, 12:51 pm)Michael Wrote: Ah right, cool, when will it enter service?

Its on X1's today


RE: Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - December 2018 - Michael - 22 Dec 2018

(22 Dec 2018, 1:04 pm)citaro5284 Wrote: Its on X1's today

Thanks Citaro, will have to try and have a ride before it leaves!