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busmanT   08 Jan 2024, 9:42 pm
(08 Jan 2024, 6:40 pm)nova347 wrote Once again we get all the shit and GNW get all the decent buses.

Can't call the Volvo B5LH hybrid "decent buses" - hardly ever on the road from what I recall.

(08 Jan 2024, 2:46 pm)Jimmi wrote Could maybe snap up the Scania E400s or the two B9TLs off the City Sightseeing Oxford tour as its getting new buses soon, assuming TT does make a return in 2024.

With Go Ahead Group now seemingly looking at vehicle allocation from a central point of view, transferring some of the Scania and B9TL open tops from Oxford must surely be a possibility. More standard to the GNE fleet than odd ball DAF DB250 repowers.
nova347   08 Jan 2024, 10:49 pm
The hybrids arent the best for reliability no, but for seats, USB's and other stuff like that they're decent compared to the crap we have now.
Ambassador   08 Jan 2024, 10:53 pm
I doubt we’d find out but I assume Toon Tour is vaguely profitable, it’s seen some investment and a strong marketing push behind it. It can’t be easy to run a tour in an incredibly compact City
Dan   09 Jan 2024, 4:57 am
(08 Jan 2024, 10:49 pm)nova347 wrote The hybrids arent the best for reliability no, but for seats, USB's and other stuff like that they're decent compared to the crap we have now.


Were they often available on the substitute buses (because the Hybrids were off the road)?

The current fleet is a temporary measure until the replacements are ready, and is intended so that customers have buses turn up.

I take your point, but I am sure they’d prefer a bus that turns up over a bus that doesn’t (but if it had, it would have had USB charging points).


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logidoodah   10 Jan 2024, 2:12 am
(09 Jan 2024, 4:57 am)Dan wrote Were they often available on the substitute buses (because the Hybrids were off the road)?

The current fleet is a temporary measure until the replacements are ready, and is intended so that customers have buses turn up.

I take your point, but I am sure they’d prefer a bus that turns up over a bus that doesn’t (but if it had, it would have had USB charging points).


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See I perfectly agree with you Dan. Most on here complains and says customers would rather a bus turn up yet complain when its a wrong branded or not repainted or temporarily downgraded for reliability.
Rob44   10 Jan 2024, 9:32 am
Not sure if in the correct place but 2 youtangs on trade plate ( g2526) heading north on felling bypass at 850 ish. One was painted purlpe at front and red at back. othe blur at front and gray at back.
ne14ne1   26 Jan 2024, 12:21 pm
Once the X66 is fully allocated E200MMCs will the diesel Yutongs return to the hospitals shuttle or do you think they’ll be sold off?
Unber43   26 Jan 2024, 12:54 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 12:21 pm)ne14ne1 wrote Once the X66 is fully allocated E200MMCs will the diesel Yutongs return to the hospitals shuttle or do you think they’ll be sold off?
Well, as I think the 53/54 is on the BSIP when staffing levels improve it will be increased in frequency to every 12 mins each I thinik, so possibly they will still be needed as spare
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Michael   26 Jan 2024, 4:56 pm
Looks like 6159 has moved to Deptford, just seen it on thr 56, heading towards the Toon.
Rapidsnap   26 Jan 2024, 6:06 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 4:56 pm)Michael wrote Looks like 6159 has moved to Deptford, just seen it on thr 56, heading towards the Toon.

All of the Advert B9s have been shifted around with each depot having a vehicle.

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OrangeArrow49   26 Jan 2024, 6:13 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 6:06 pm)Rapidsnap wrote All of the Advert B9s have been shifted around with each depot having a vehicle.

Hexham only had 6158 for about 2 days! They haven't got an Elite Training B9 currently.
Dan   26 Jan 2024, 6:54 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 6:13 pm)OrangeArrow49 wrote Hexham only had 6158 for about 2 days! They haven't got an Elite Training B9 currently.


6158 is still formally allocated to Hexham.


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OrangeArrow49   26 Jan 2024, 6:57 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 6:54 pm)Dan wrote 6158 is still formally allocated to Hexham.


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Ah, right. On Bustimes it's tracking as Riverside and has been on the Tyne Valley 10 and Tyne Valley 12.
Dan   26 Jan 2024, 7:05 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 6:57 pm)OrangeArrow49 wrote Ah, right. On Bustimes it's tracking as Riverside and has been on the Tyne Valley 10 and Tyne Valley 12.


Hexham run two buses on the 10, and sometimes they finish their day at Riverside despite starting at Hexham.

Riverside usually then put them on boards to get them back to Hexham, if it’s a Hexham bus.


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DaveFromUpNorth   26 Jan 2024, 7:06 pm
(26 Jan 2024, 6:57 pm)OrangeArrow49 wrote Ah, right. On Bustimes it's tracking as Riverside and has been on the Tyne Valley 10 and Tyne Valley 12.

That is close enough to being allocated to Hexham depot dedicated to 10 /10A if not better to target Hexham Prudhoe Blaydon etc
nova347   30 Jan 2024, 1:10 am
I didn't just want to create a new thread for this question, which kind of lines up with this thread. But when the X9/X10 got those coaches, they all got private regs. Did Go North East send the regs back/sell them or whatever you have to do? Because they were never put on the Enviro 400MMC's
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Dan   30 Jan 2024, 6:15 am
(30 Jan 2024, 1:10 am)nova347 wrote I didn't just want to create a new thread for this question, which kind of lines up with this thread. But when the X9/X10 got those coaches, they all got private regs. Did Go North East send the regs back/sell them or whatever you have to do? Because they were never put on the Enviro 400MMC's


They were put on retention.


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transportintyneandwear   04 Feb 2024, 7:42 pm
(14 Oct 2023, 8:20 pm)NL62WVW wrote Unber43

Where did you find this?
Tiger5105   16 Mar 2024, 9:58 am
Some more Hybrids have left Consett. Just the 2 parked up and 6063 in service left [Image: c72ac9fb052e9900e89f50ea5ad1a270.jpg]

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DaveFromUpNorth   18 Mar 2024, 7:45 pm
Anyone know why there is two coaches parked in Percy Main ?
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Rapidsnap   18 Mar 2024, 9:09 pm
Cruise ship work. Probably used on the longer distance runs to tourist destinations like Durham, Beamish or Northumberland Coast.
Andreos1   18 Mar 2024, 10:03 pm
(18 Mar 2024, 9:09 pm)Rapidsnap wrote Cruise ship work. Probably used on the longer distance runs to tourist destinations like Durham, Beamish or Northumberland Coast.

There's no cruise ship transits until the end of the month, so that surely rules out any day trips.
Everything between now and the end of the month is the Balmoral turnarounds. And there's only two of them. One tomorrow and another in a weeks time.

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Rapidsnap   18 Mar 2024, 11:47 pm
Well they've been allocated to Percy Main for Cruise Ship work, doesn't mean they have to use them everyday (cue one of them appearing on the Coaster).
nova347   19 Mar 2024, 2:01 am
(18 Mar 2024, 11:47 pm)Rapidsnap wrote Well they've been allocated to Percy Main for Cruise Ship work, doesn't mean they have to use them everyday (cue one of them appearing on the Coaster).

Pic?
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