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11/12/16 - Scania 702 and B10BLE 2789 have both been sold to Hamill for scrap. More recent magenta repaints are B7RLE 920 and B9s 2334/5/65/6.
01/11/16 - The current repaints in magenta are: B7RLE 905/6/7/8/9/14/5/6/7/8/9/21 and B9TL 2202/5/6/8/18/32/3/46/7/8/9/50/1/2/64 plus previously done 2331/53/8.
01/10/16 - Solo 1913 has returned to use at GVS following completion of repairs. Solar 799 has moved from Newtownabbey to Short Strand whilst B10BLE 2791 has gone to Ulsterbus for use in the Training Academy.
01/09/16 - Former Ulsterbus B10BLEs 2814/32/50 returned to use at GVS on 1st September, along with Scanias 766/86 whcich are allocated to Duncrue Street as Active Reserve. Also returned to sue at the start of September was the Vehicles detaxed for the school holidays. On the move are 798/916/1920-2/2336-8/91/2 (short Strand - GVS, althought these will still be maintained at SS), 799 (Short Strand - Newtownabbey), 800/1/2 (Falls - Newtownabbey), 2331/57 (Short Strand - Falls), 2783 Duncrue Street Active Reserve - GVS, 2929 Duncrue Street Active Reserve - Falls, 2968/9 (Newtownabbey - Falls).
17/08/16 - Volvo B9 2360 has gained an aoa for y-link.
06/07/16 - With the end of the 2015-16 school year the following vehicles were de-taxed on 30th June for the duration of the school holidays:
Short Strand 701, 703, 2771, 2797, 2799, 2800, 2916
Great Victoria Street 1914, 1923, 2956
Falls 714, 785, 801, 804, 2806
Newtownabbey 744, 746, 789, 2965, 2969
Solos 1881/97 have been sold to Mclaughlin, Clonmany, Do Donegal with B10BLE 2802 going to Hamill for scrap.
27/06/16 - Solo 1881 has returned from Ulsterbus and is now in the Reserve Fleet. Several Solos have been re-registered recenlty to allow sale of their cherished numbers.
1920 - VOI 205 to CGZ 6310 20/6
1921 - ROI 141 to CGZ 6309 20/6
1922 - VOI 200 to CGZ 6308 20/6
1923 - VOI 203 to CGZ 6311 20/6
1933 - BXI 333 to CGZ 6313 20/6
30/05/16 - B9TL 2201 has gained a smart aoa for Coors Beer.
10/05/16 - Scania 755 has returned to Ulsterbus Craigavon from GVS after it's loan period, with Solo 1897 returning from Ulsterbus to Metro Reserve. Solo 1833 has been sold to SOS bus NI, Belfast. B9TL 2361 should be the advert bus for Metro Heros to appear during Bus and Coach week in June.
13/04/16 - B7TL 2963 has returned to use at Newtownabbey at the start of March, after completion of engine repairs. Intercentury 1672 was received at Short Strand on loan from Ulsterbus during March, to cover for 1730, which returned to use at the start of April. Also received from Ulsterbus was Scania 724, now Active Reserve at GVS. Tiger towbus 1261 (Short Strand) was withdrawn at the start of March, and sold for scrap to Hamill, along with Solo 1912. Solos 1881/97/8 have been transferred to Ulsterbus for a period, with 1898 returning to GVS at the start of April.
03/04/16 - B9TL 2207 has received an aoa for online takeaway Deliveroo.
18/03/16 - Irizar 1730 has been detaxed with engine defects, whilst Solo 1897 (GVS) is now in Reserve. Ulsterbus Solar 755 has gone on temporary loan to GVS to cover for Optare Versas undergoing warranty work. Volvo B7s 2925/6 have both been sold to Hamill for scrap.
18/01/16 - Former Ulsterbus Scania 715 returned to use at Falls, repainted magenta and stone, on 18th January, as a replacement for 702 withdrawn last month. On the move are 2212 (GVS - Falls) and 2214 (Falls - GVS). 2204/12/2334 have all lost their aoa's, although 2353 has gained a new one for Ulster Bank. Versas 1801/2 have been downseated to 41 seaters, and are now branded for use on the 600 route to George Best City Airport. 1803 will receive branding but will not be downseated. B10BLEs 2786/2819 have gone to Hamill for scrap. B10BLE's 2795/7/8, Scania's 701/3 and B9TL 2358 are now all repainted in the overall magenta paint scheme.
07/01/16 - B10BLE 2795 has returned to use at Short Strand, replacing 2819 which is withdrawn with engine defects. Also withdrawn is Solar 702 (Falls) with engine and body defects. B10BLE 2792 has been sold to Hamill for scrap. Solo 1898 is back in fleet livery, previously Airlink, whilst B7TL 2970 is the latest to receive an LED destination display.
01/01/16 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.
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