The Seasider

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There is a photo on Flickr of 17643 on the pits at Sunderland with service E1 programmed on the display.

I think 17239 is also now at Sunderland.

Looks like a South Shields to Sunderland open-top service is starting soon?
Yew it's planned for the E service over the summer. I'm guessing July till beginning of September or during the holidays
I've always wanted an open top tour of Horsley Hill.
(17 Jun 2021, 6:34 pm)Micheal Aaron Wrote: Yew it's planned for the E service over the summer. I'm guessing July till beginning of September or during the holidays

A separate service going straight along the Coast Road, like the original E1 many years ago, would be good to bring back.
(17 Jun 2021, 6:34 pm)Micheal Aaron Wrote: Yew it's planned for the E service over the summer. I'm guessing July till beginning of September or during the holidays

That's good, least they're out and about.
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Does anybody know if they will be repainted beforehand?
17643 on E1/E2
17643 W643RND | Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 open top con… | Flickr

17643 yesterday evening heading north at Marsden with an E1. So far this one has lost time on every run, reliable so far but not liked .
(25 Jun 2021, 1:53 pm)54APhotography Wrote: 17643 W643RND | Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 open top con… | Flickr

17643 yesterday evening heading north at Marsden with an E1. So far this one has lost time on every run, reliable so far but not liked .
Wonder how it's not liked
(26 Jun 2021, 3:36 pm)GNE6312 Wrote: Wonder how it's not liked

   many problems, not at liberty to say, just hope it improves
(26 Jun 2021, 7:22 pm)54APhotography Wrote:    many problems, not at liberty to say, just hope it improves



I’ve heard it doesn’t like changing gear..?


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(26 Jun 2021, 7:46 pm)Dan Wrote: I’ve heard it doesn’t like changing gear..?


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That's one, you've probably heard more....
Whilst I admire Stagecoach going to the effort of putting open toppers on the Es. It’s a bit half arsed still isn’t it? Unless they change it nobody is really wanting to get an open top tour of the Nook on the E6. At the very least they should stand alone the E1 and put them on there. Even then I don’t really want to be going along Highfield Road From Horsley Hill on the top deck, and I live around there!
Going up Prince Edward road is scary thought a tree was going take my eye out
(26 Jun 2021, 11:31 pm)deanmachine Wrote: Whilst I admire Stagecoach going to the effort of putting open toppers on the Es. It’s a bit half arsed still isn’t it? Unless they change it nobody is really wanting to get an open top tour of the Nook on the E6. At the very least they should stand alone the E1 and put them on there. Even then I don’t really want to be going along Highfield Road From Horsley Hill on the top deck, and I live around there!
Indeed, using them on a service is not at all ideal, as you say Highfield Road is bad, and as ds1197 says , Prince Edward is bad for overhanging trees and North Guards in Whitburn is serious, saw two people duck for cover.. I assume in the peak six weeks they will not work independently along the coast..
Early Stagecoach Tridents have a reputation of being unable to pull the skin off a rice pudding.
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(26 Jun 2021, 11:31 pm)deanmachine Wrote: Whilst I admire Stagecoach going to the effort of putting open toppers on the Es. It’s a bit half arsed still isn’t it? Unless they change it nobody is really wanting to get an open top tour of the Nook on the E6. At the very least they should stand alone the E1 and put them on there. Even then I don’t really want to be going along Highfield Road From Horsley Hill on the top deck, and I live around there!

Is it that much different to GNE having their open toppers on the 56 etc last year?  Southwick and Washington are hardly places to cruise open top either!
I don't understand why they couldn't have just put the seasider back on at North Shields
(27 Jun 2021, 2:17 pm)Micheal Aaron Wrote: I don't understand why they couldn't have just put the seasider back on at North Shields

I guess that costs money in drivers, fuel, dead mileage etc and they maybe arent confident the passenger demand would cover it.  Assuming these remain on the E's at Sunderland, the driver and mileage would have run anyway, just now with an open topper rather than an E300.
The seasider was quite popular. Wonder if another company will take it over next year