X-lines X5/X15 | Re-allocation of Volvo B5 Hybrids from Percy Main

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A couple to pop out of Blackburn:

6065 into X5/X15 base: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51566101340/
8331 into fleet livery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51565173841/

6063 also made an appearance on the 16/16A today - just 6061 left to complete the set now.
(08 Oct 2021, 4:50 pm)S813 FVK Wrote: A couple to pop out of Blackburn:

6065 into X5/X15 base: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51566101340/
8331 into fleet livery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51565173841/

6063 also made an appearance on the 16/16A today - just 6061 left to complete the set now.
God damn that's a smart looking X Lines
(08 Oct 2021, 4:50 pm)S813 FVK Wrote: A couple to pop out of Blackburn:

6065 into X5/X15 base: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51566101340/
8331 into fleet livery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51565173841/

Both looking great.
(08 Oct 2021, 4:54 pm)Train8261 Wrote: God damn that's a smart looking X Lines
Just whack a couple of tables on one of those and id take them over the StreetDecks

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(08 Oct 2021, 4:50 pm)S813 FVK Wrote: A couple to pop out of Blackburn:

6065 into X5/X15 base: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51566101340/
8331 into fleet livery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62607125@N08/51565173841/

6063 also made an appearance on the 16/16A today - just 6061 left to complete the set now.
Let's hope they replace the north Tyneside advertisement, give them a retrim and replace those awful 2016 wifi blobs
(08 Oct 2021, 5:05 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: Just whack a couple of tables on one of those and id take them over the StreetDecks

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Same. I'd be happy if they added tables
(08 Oct 2021, 5:27 pm)Train8261 Wrote: Same. I'd be happy if they added tables
I've always liked the B5Hs, especially over the B9s.

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(08 Oct 2021, 5:32 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: I've always liked the B5Hs, especially over the B9s.

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I'll miss the sound of the quite start then the loud engine starting up
(08 Oct 2021, 6:12 pm)Train8261 Wrote: I'll miss the sound of the quite start then the loud engine starting up
For me it's the instant torque of the electric motor, and trying to guess when the driver is going to lift off to let the engine kick in.

Plus, I like the seat at the bottom of the stairs

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What's the reasoning for pulling the Streetdecks off of the X5/X15 and replacing them with older vehicles, from personal experience of using the service a few times since it was upgraded there was no issues with the allocated vehicles.
(08 Oct 2021, 9:02 pm)Malarkey Wrote: What's the reasoning for pulling the Streetdecks off of the X5/X15 and replacing them with older vehicles, from personal experience of using the service a few times since it was upgraded there was no issues with the allocated vehicles.
ULEZ & need for deckers for any routes that go into Newcastle ready for when it comes into effect.

6301-07 are being split between CLS & Washington to provide enough Euro 6 decker spares.

No doubt if GNE's EV bids are successful, these will be marketed as 'temporary'.
(08 Oct 2021, 10:21 pm)L469 YVK Wrote: ULEZ & need for deckers for any routes that go into Newcastle ready for when it comes into effect.

6301-07 are being split between CLS & Washington to provide enough Euro 6 decker spares.

No doubt if GNE's EV bids are successful, these will be marketed as 'temporary'.
Really Washington/Chester-le-Street/Deptford/Peterlee/Hexham have extremely little space, so for the infrastructure needs to be improved. And Consett has space just no infrastructure.

Also 6301-6307, 6304-6307 might aswell be painted into either X21 Xlines or X1 Xlines or Spare Xlines.
Actually Consett was built in a way to allowed infrastructure for Electric Vehicles to be easily installed. Deptford would probably also be pretty easy to create an EV facility. Also I believe Hexham would have space, considering if they did get EV, they would just replace what is already there. As for Washington / Percy Main / Chester Le Street, well they would need competely new depots, whilst Peterlee is just space rented to park the buses at night rather than being an depot outright.
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(08 Oct 2021, 11:23 pm)Rapidsnap Wrote: Actually Consett was built in a way to allowed infrastructure for Electric Vehicles to be easily installed. Deptford would probably also be pretty easy to create an EV facility. Also I believe Hexham would have space, considering if they did get EV, they would just replace what is already there. As for Washington / Percy Main / Chester Le Street, well they would need competely new depots, whilst Peterlee is just space rented to park the buses at night rather than being an depot outright.
Really the land around deptford could be bought...do you think they'll ever have charging stations above the stops in some placed, e.g. Park Lane. 
What are GNE's EV Bids?
(09 Oct 2021, 12:53 pm)Train8261 Wrote: Possible to act as a spare for the loss of 6100 to Riverside
according to the website quack77 ,6065 is in Yellow X lines livery. When I passed Saltmeadows just nearly 3 weeks ago 6068 was outside still in coaster livery and 8329 was behind by the back fence in full Berries livery.
(08 Oct 2021, 5:05 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: Just whack a couple of tables on one of those and id take them over the StreetDecks

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(08 Oct 2021, 5:27 pm)Train8261 Wrote: Same. I'd be happy if they added tables

Good news, then... Tables are being added (the ones which came out of the X-lines ADL Enviro400s when their tables were swapped for the newer style as per the Hexham quartet).
(15 Oct 2021, 3:13 pm)Dan Wrote: Good news, then... Tables are being added (the ones which came out of the X-lines ADL Enviro400s when their tables were swapped for the newer style as per the Hexham quartet).
Well, I wasn't expecting that.
Presumably they'll have wireless charging as well?

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(15 Oct 2021, 3:13 pm)Dan Wrote: Good news, then... Tables are being added (the ones which came out of the X-lines ADL Enviro400s when their tables were swapped for the newer style as per the Hexham quartet).
Fantastic news that. Can't wait to try a Volvo B5LH on the X5/X15
(15 Oct 2021, 3:13 pm)Dan Wrote: Good news, then... Tables are being added (the ones which came out of the X-lines ADL Enviro400s when their tables were swapped for the newer style as per the Hexham quartet).
:o
didnt think you would go into that much detail for the B5LH's
Trio of Xlines hybrids sit at Saltmeadows awaiting vinyls:

https://flic.kr/p/2mJbrhc