Ulsterbus Fleet News 2018

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22/04/18 - Returning to to service are Ayats 2022 (Foyle, Engine Repairs Completed), i4 1051 (Newry,Engine Repairs Completed), Intercenturies 1744 (Armagh, Engine Repairs Completed), 1756 (Larne, PSV Prep Completed) and 1676 (Armagh, Fire damage repaired). Against this the following have been SORNed at the end of March: 1741 (Dungannon, Axle overhaul), 1743 (Newcastle, fire damage) and 2023 (Foyle, To Reserve). On the move are 737 (Ballymena, Active Reserve - Newcastle), 1009/10 (Newry - FOyle), 772 (Armagh - Bangor, Active Reserve), 1754 (Bangor, Active Reserve - Newry, Active Reserve), 1062/3/71 (Coleraine - Ballymena), 1762/602 (Ballymena - Coleraine), 764 (Foyle - Coleraine). Scania 775 and Solo 1908 have been sold to Walsh’s Coaches, Edenderry County Offaly. Livery changes see Bangor based Scania gain an AOA promoting the Story Bangor events next month, whilst the Tours livery has been amended with the green replaced with a darker blue - this is carried by 128/9/34/5 at least.

05/03/18 - Buses returned to use are Schoolrun 378 (Dungannon, Accident Repairs Completed) and 354 (Newcastle, Engine Repairs Completed), Irizar 1689 (Antrim, overhaul work complete) and i4 1039 (Magherafelt, ECU repairs complete). Buses SORN'd at the end of February are i4 1077 (Downpatrick, Engine Repairs), 1718 (Duncrue Street, PSV preparation) and nearly new Caetano 2044 (Foyle, with accident damage). On the move are Irizar 1713 (Training Academy - Metro), Scania L94s 737 (Ballymena - Ballymena [Active Reserve]), 767 (Newcastle - Downpatrick) and 768 (Antrim - Antrim [Active Reserve]), Volvo B7TLs 2949 (Newcastle - GVS), 2994 (GVS - Newcastle) and Caetano 2036 (Enniskillen - Foyle). Ayats 2005/22/4, previously SORNd for repairs, are now in Reserve. Volvo/Plaxton coach 112 has been sold to McLaughlin Coaches, Convoy, the remains of burnt out Scania 567 to Hamill for scrap and Solo 1910 to Walsh’s Coaches, Edenderry, County Offaly.

08/02/18 - Irizar i4 602 has returned to use at Ballymena following completion of accident damage repair. Against this the following are now detaxed/SORN'd at the end of January: 354 (Newcastle - engine defects), 378 (Dungannon - accident damage), 1039 (Magherafelt - electronics issues), 1673 (Armagh - fire damage), 1689 (Antrim - overhaul), 1756 (Larne - PSV prep), 2005 (Foyle - fire damage), 2022/4 (Foyle - engine defects). Now in Reserve are B12B 112 (Foyle), Ayats 2004/15 (Dungannon), 2014 (Coleraine), 2017 (Enniskillen), 2018 (Omagh) and 2020 (Omagh). On the move are 2030/1/2/(Foyle - Omagh), 2035/6 (Foyle - Enniskillen), 2037/8 (Foyle - Coleraine), 737 (Enniskillen - Ballymena), 760 (Foyle - Magherafelt), 1718 (Enniskillen - Duncrue Street - as engineering float), 1050 (Newry - Craigavon), 772/2409 (Foyle - Armagh), 2013 (Coleraine - Foyle, Active Reserve), 2019 (Omagh - Foyle, Active Reserve), 2019 (Foyle - Foyle, Active Reserve), 767 (Foyle - Newcastle), 768 (Foyle - Antrim), whilst Metro Irizar 1713 has pent a number of periods with the training academy. Interesting news is a order for a number of Wrightbus Streetdeck integrals, which are currently in build. These will to be an enhanced spec for use on Park and Ride and shorter distance Goldline routes.

09/01/18 - The remainder of the new Scania K410/Caetano Invictus are now in service, all at Foyle depot: 2043 (WUI 4243 - 5th December), 2042/4 (6th December), 2039 (7th December), 2045 (13th December), 2047/9/50 (27th December) 2046 (28th December) and 2048 (3rd January). Scania 560 returned to use at Omagh on 1st December of completion of accident damage repairs. Ayats 2025 was withdrawn from Dungannon on 9th December and subsequently sold to Hectares Plant Sales, Jonesborough. Vehicles on the move are Solos 1956 (Omagh - Enniskillen) and 1875 (Enniskillen - Omagh), B12M 119 (Glengall Street - Stranraer), Scania/Irizar i6 125 (Glengall Street - Foyle), Scania/Irizar i4s 1009/10 (Foyle - Newry) and 1050 (Craigavon - Newry), Scania/Intercentury 1718 (Dungannon - Enniskillen), Scania/Wright 737 (Omagh - Enniskillen) and Scania/Caetano 2027/8/9 (Foyle - Dungannon). 

01/01/18 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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