Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - January 2017
#21
(03/01/2017, 21:33)dannygee Wrote: The only depot that seem to use the own recovery truck is the riverside buses. Even on boxing day my friend saw alpha towing in a bus to percy main. Surely it would be cheaper to use there own wrecker

Only a handful of Riverside engineers are trained on using the Scania recovery truck.

Whether 1001 will attend to another depot's vehicle will depend on if Riverside have sufficient staff to release one of their engineers to attend to another depot's vehicle - that engineer would be away for a very long period of time, as they would have to drive the recovery truck to the place where the bus has broken down, return that bus to its home depot, and then return back to Riverside.

On Boxing Day; Riverside operated with skeleton engineering staff, so it definitely wouldn't have been practical for Riverside to attend to a Percy Main breakdown.
#22
(03/01/2017, 22:05)Dan Wrote: Only a handful of Riverside engineers are trained on using the Scania recovery truck.

Whether 1001 will attend to another depot's vehicle will depend on if Riverside have sufficient staff to release one of their engineers to attend to another depot's vehicle - that engineer would be away for a very long period of time, as they would have to drive the recovery truck to the place where the bus has broken down, return that bus to its home depot, and then return back to Riverside.

On Boxing Day; Riverside operated with skeleton engineering staff, so it definitely wouldn't have been practical for Riverside to attend to a Percy Main breakdown.

Surely it would be a lot more cost effective by training more people on the truck so it can attend any go north east break down
#23
(03/01/2017, 23:36)dannygee Wrote: Surely it would be a lot more cost effective by training more people on the truck so it can attend any go north east break down

But you still only have 1 tow truck.
#24
Bishop depot used to have its own wrecker (breakdown truck) from OK days. Which I've been both towed in by and driven it to breakdowns. Think it was WAJ 600Y or something like that
#25
(04/01/2017, 15:25)pdiddy Wrote: Bishop depot used to have its own wrecker (breakdown truck) from OK days. Which I've been both towed in by and driven it to breakdowns. Think it was WAJ 600Y or something like that


I remember the days of central bus station when OK occupied the entrance bus stand and the OK breakdown truck towing the bus away on regular basis, especially when VOSA was visiting.


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#26
(03/01/2017, 23:36)dannygee Wrote: Surely it would be a lot more cost effective by training more people on the truck so it can attend any go north east break down

You've got the initial expense of the training, releasing more fitters at once. This continual training cost would offset the one-off instances of hiring another breakdown wrecker out; especially if it's infrequent - with an ever decreasing average fleet age I would say there would be less breakdowns too?
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#27
5439 has been repainted into the new corporate livery:
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#28
What are the passenger numbers like on the X6/X7?
#29
(04/01/2017, 21:59)Michael Wrote: What are the passenger numbers like on the X6/X7?

I used the X6 today and it was almost full leaving Hartlepool (one of the indiGo Solos was allocated).

Leaving Peterlee, it had myself and a few others on. Leaving Seaham towards Sunderland, just two.

Early days yet but impressive on the Hartlepool stretch by all accounts. Have a feeling it's taking away from the X5 though.
#30
(04/01/2017, 22:01)Dan Wrote: I used the X6 today and it was almost full leaving Hartlepool (one of the indiGo Solos was allocated).

Leaving Peterlee, it had myself and a few others on. Leaving Seaham towards Sunderland, just two.

Early days yet but impressive on the Hartlepool stretch by all accounts. Have a feeling it's taking away from the X5 though.

That's good, wonder if it's taking people away from Arriva too? 

I haven't seen the X5 so can't comment on the numbers, maybe the Citaro's will bring more people to use it, will the X5 gain WIFI like the X6/X7?
#31
(04/01/2017, 22:06)Michael Wrote: That's good, wonder if it's taking people away from Arriva too? 

I haven't seen the X5 so can't comment on the numbers, maybe the Citaro's will bring more people to use it, will the X5 gain WIFI like the X6/X7?


Would be mad not too, Since there running on a corridor where every competing service offers Wifi ( And sometimes Plug Socket's )


Are Citaro's confirmed for the X5 yet? Or have I missed something?
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#32
(04/01/2017, 22:24)South Tyne Lad Wrote: Would be mad not too, Since there running on a corridor where every competing service offers Wifi ( And sometimes Plug Socket's )


Are Citaro's confirmed for the X5 yet? Or have I missed something?

Going by the front of the timetable, yes, Citaros will be going on the X5 which will join the Wear Xpress brand. I don't think it can be 100% said that it is happening although its looking highly likely.
#33
(04/01/2017, 19:35)S813 FVK Wrote: 5439 has been repainted into the new corporate livery:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bazza90/31...ateposted/

Dying to like this photo during the night lol
#34
(04/01/2017, 23:22)idiot Wrote: Dying to like this photo during the night ?
If anyone is stupid enough to leave notifications turned on during the night, they deserve to be woken up in my opinion.

He puts that on all his photos.

He posted about it a few times in the annoying thread before being banned.
#35
It's just going to make people do it to annoy him, told him before on here and on Flickr to turn notifications off... But he doesn't listen.
#36
(04/01/2017, 23:22)idiot Wrote: Dying to like this photo during the night lol

I can't because he blocked me
#37
Please can we get back on topic. Discussions about a certain individual's Flickr descriptions are not relevant to the GNE thread.
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#38
With the mayor of London stopping any further purchases of the route master and wanting to get rid of the vast majority of diesel buses, do we think GNE will want to get their hands on some of the Geminis.

Also the hydrogen powered Streetdeck looks good from what I have seen. Fingers crossed the trials go well
#39
(05/01/2017, 00:18)JP6004 Wrote: With the mayor of London stopping any further purchases of the route master and wanting to get rid of the vast majority of diesel buses, do we think GNE will want to get their hands on some of the Geminis.

Also the hydrogen powered Streetdeck looks good from what I have seen. Fingers crossed the trials go well

Ex London buses seem to have a pretty woeful record in GNE. Though it doesn't stop them buying them
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#40
(05/01/2017, 00:21)Ambassador Wrote: Ex London buses seem to have a pretty woeful record in GNE. Though it doesn't stop them buying them

Do you mean to say that you didn't enjoy the Vykings on the 21??  Big Grin
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