East Midlands Bus Operations
(12/09/2018, 21:12)Tamesider Wrote: BLOTW report about 13 more E200Ms for Trent Barton with registrations in the YX68 ULx range. Does anyone know he fleet numbers or which number series will be used ie following on from 128 or 217, possibly?

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They should just follow on from the indigo batch. 

They're for the i4 service replacing the Tempo SRs. I believe one (unbranded bar the light up logo on the front) was used as part of a Careers Roadshow held by ADL in Manchester.
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(12/09/2018, 21:34)S813 FVK Wrote: They should just follow on from the indigo batch. 

They're for the i4 service replacing the Tempo SRs. I believe one (unbranded bar the light up logo on the front) was used as part of a Careers Roadshow held by ADL in Manchester.

So, 218-230 then - or are there more than 13 due?
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The ‘i4’ E200s should be 129 onwards, as they have the six cylinder engine rather than the 4 cylinder version found in 201-7/51-69.
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Calverton Connection bus fire:
https://www.facebook.com/bbceastmids/vid...044113327/
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(13/09/2018, 00:25)Kuyoyo Wrote: The ‘i4’ E200s should be 129 onwards, as they have the six cylinder engine rather than the 4 cylinder version found in 201-7/51-69.

Have these actually been rumbered yet? BLOTW originally quoted 129-141, then due to a registration mix up, they were quoted as 128-140 - obviously wrong, as there is already a "128" - but now they are showing as 218-230.
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(07/10/2018, 15:45)Tamesider Wrote: Have these actually been rumbered yet? BLOTW originally quoted 129-141, then due to a registration mix up, they were quoted as 128-140 - obviously wrong, as there is already a "128" - but now they are showing as 218-230.

The first one is currently being used for familiarisation - that’s 129 (YX68 ULA). It’s the first to feature the new ‘Smart Mirrors’ - cameras in place of wingmirrors.
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(07/10/2018, 20:41)Kuyoyo Wrote: The first one is currently being used for familiarisation - that’s 129 (YX68 ULA). It’s the first to feature the new ‘Smart Mirrors’ - cameras in place of wingmirrors.

Another bit of technology waiting to go wrong!

[Image: 31262505178_f4dd4c52f0.jpg]TrentBarton 129 in Nottingham 6.10.18 (look no mirrors!) by timothyr673, on Flickr

Will be interesting to see whether or not it actually makes driving easier. The rest of the batch have regular wingmirrors:

[Image: 31262752068_235e078cfc.jpg]141  YX68 ULO, 138  YX68 ULK by JE1791 photos, on Flickr
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(07/10/2018, 20:41)Kuyoyo Wrote: The first one is currently being used for familiarisation - that’s 129 (YX68 ULA). It’s the first to feature the new ‘Smart Mirrors’ - cameras in place of wingmirrors.

So the first version was correct after all!

Thanks
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(07/10/2018, 20:41)Kuyoyo Wrote: The first one is currently being used for familiarisation - that’s 129 (YX68 ULA). It’s the first to feature the new ‘Smart Mirrors’ - cameras in place of wingmirrors.

These ‘mirrors’ look like an answer to a question never asked.
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(07/10/2018, 21:00)S813 FVK Wrote: Another bit of technology waiting to go wrong!

Will be interesting to see whether or not it actually makes driving easily. The rest of the batch have regular wingmirrors:

I don't think I'd feel overly comfortable with it, but I suppose you never know until you try it. It's quite common on trams etc, so maybe it can be successful on buses too?

Always one to embrace new technology, but like you I think I'm pretty sceptical about this one. If the camera goes off, that bus is suddenly deemed unfit for service, and presumably has to wait up to a couple of days for the CCTV contractor to come out and repair the fault. If a driver whacks the wing mirror into a bus stop, into another bus etc, then again, that's another bus off the road. A 'normal' mirror presumably much more easy for a bus operator to get their hands on, if they don't already keep a sufficient number of them in stock.
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Trent Barton

The former 'indigo' B7RLEs are now being to be prepared for their new homes.
701/2 are now in yellow for 'The Villager' V1 - 703-5 are reportedly due to join them. The V3 has been removed from 'The Villager' brand and is now being allocated the 2 of 3 former 'The Allestree' fleet livered Solo SRs 495-7.
[Image: 30638398317_d75c366b88_b.jpg]Trent Barton 702 by East Midlands Transport Photos, on Flickr


(28/09/2018, 06:57)Dan Wrote: Calverton Connection bus fire:
https://www.facebook.com/bbceastmids/vid...044113327/

706-11 are due to replace the Scanias presently used with a few changes - it is due to be re-branded 'The Calverton' (in line with 'The Cotsgrave' and 'The Keyworth' relaunch with the former 'Mickleover' examples last year). Operation has also already moved from Sutton depot to Nottingham Manvers Street depot.

This leaves 712-6 - rumours are that these will also be replacing Scanias, with the 'Pronto' examples being mentioned as needing replacing.

The 'i4' E200MMCs entered service on 21st October. The Optare Tempo SRs were part-exchanged as part of the purchased and they were moved to Plaxton's Dealer Site at South Aston the same day. Metrocity 99 is supposedly due to return to Optare - once its interior has been restored to original condition.

Former 'my 15' Versa 801 - repainted into fleet livery earlier this year - has been repainted into 'Heanor's H1' livery following the introduction of the revised 12 minutes frequency.
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