Ulsterbus Fleet News 2019

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03/03/19 - Expected shortly are four more Wright StreetDeck for use on ‘Urby’ branded services, 3128 – 31 (LGZ 3128 – 31). A further eleven examples are expected later in the year. Returned to service following repairs are 1051 at Newcastle, 2978 at Enniskillen and 3118 at Newcastle. Also returned to service are open topper 2000 at Coleraine and 750 which is with the Driving School for use as a ticket training vehicle. Scania/Irizar has been detaxed at Ballymena for engine repairs. Scania K410/Caetano Invictus 2044 has been written off following accident damage which it suffered in February of last year. Received from Optare, Crossgates on loan was Optare Solo M9250SR 0000 YJ 11 DDA which was allocated to Coleraine from 01/03/19. It had previously spent a short spell with Metro. Transfers have seen 1672 move from Great Victoria Street to Downpatrick and 2934 from Enniskillen to Milewater Service Centre where it is to be used as an engineering float vehicle. Disposals have seen Scania/Irizar 1701 and MAN/Ayats 2024 pass to Hamill, Ahoghill for scrap and MAN/Ayats 2011/6 to Mullen Truck Importers, Dundalk for resale.

04/02/19 - Volvo 9700s C53F 1790/1 (KXI 1060, GXI 421) and B11R/Jonckheere C53F 1792/3 (FXI 403, RXI 3333) all entered service on 14th january, allocated to Glengall Street. Leaving the Tours fleet are Scania / Irizar 130-2 and B12M/Plaxton 117 which have all gone to Metro, with 117 allowing 1720 to come back to Ulsterbus to cover for a defective i4 at Newry. Volvo B7 2951 returned to use at Newcastle in early January to cover for Park and Ride buses being repainted, but was SORN'd again at the end of ther month with engine defects. Also SORN'd are 1051 (Newry), 1889 (Lisburn) and 2978 (Enniskillen), all with engine defects. Scania 733 (Milewater SC Float) was withdrawn on 24th January with gearbox defects. On the move are 1876 (Newcastle - Lisburn), 1048 (Armagh - Newry), 1784 (Newry - Armagh), 1688 (Coleraine - Larne), 117 (Glengall Street - Newry, briefly before moving to Metro), 1748 (Derry - Armagh), 2293 (Newcastle - Armagh) and 2950 (Armagh - Newcastle). Ayats 2020 has been sold to Arthur Mullen Truck Importers Ltd, Dundalk. Volvo B9s 2230, 2330 are now allover blue, previosuly grenn Park and Ride, whilst 2952 is now grey and blue.

08/01/19 - Returned to service during December following repairs were 248 (Enniskillen), 322 (Ballymena) and 1064 (Coleraine). Against that 1885 was SORN’d at the end of December for engine repairs and 2951 was detaxed to Reserve. Transfers saw 117 move from Stranraer to Glengall Street with 141/2 going in the opposite direction. Other moves are 1723 from Milewater Service Centre (Engineering Float) to Downpatrick with 1749 moving the other way, 2294 from Newcastle to Armagh, 2947 from Great Victoria Street to Newtownards, 2951 from Armagh to Newcastle (prior to detaxing), 3112 from Larne to Lisburn and 3114 from Newtownards to Lisburn. Former P & R green liveried 2230 is now in overall blue, with former Metro 2952 going grey/blue. Ayats 2018 is the latest example to go to Hectare Plant Sales, Jonesborough for resale whilst Scania 779 passed to Hamill, Ahoghill for scrap. All four of the recently delivered coaches are being stored until the spring. All seat 53 and are equipped with a toilet.

01/01/19 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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