Ulsterbus Fleet News 2021

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01/05/21 - Another 8 Streetdecks commenced their initial commissioning period during April, temporarily allocated to York Road: 3352/3/4 (14th April), 3355 (21st), 3356/8 (22nd), 3359 (23rd) and 3360 (29th) leaving just 3357 outstanding. Similar buses completing their commissioning and moving on to permanent depots are 3344 (Dungannon), 3347 (Antrim), 3350-4 (Armagh) and 3356/8 (Magherafelt). Returning to service are 1781 (Armagh, after electrical repairs), 762 (Ballymena, replacing 2468), 2260 (Newcastle, after electrical repairs), 2976 (Enniskillen, completion of repairs), 1778/9 (Training Academy, after completion of driving school modifications), 2058/9 (Larne, after gearbox and engine repairs respectively) and 2409 (Armagh, after engine repairs). With the influx of new buses the following are now in Reserve from the end of April: 774 (Newry), 767/ 1680 (Craigavon), 2417/9 (Armagh), 2880/2986 (Magherafelt) and 2882/2960/2 (Newtownabbey). Also detaxed are 296 (Newcastle, engine repairs), 476 (Lisburn, electrical repairs), 1047 (Armagh, engine repairs), 2223 (GVS, engine repairs), 2321 (DUngannon, accident damage), whilst 2468 (Ballymena), 1690 (Coleraine) and 759 (Training Academy) are withdrawn completely. Buses on the move are : 1016 (Dungannon - Armagh), 1018/9/44 (Dungannon - Derry), 2280 (Antrim - Newtownards), 2983 (Coleraine - Metro), 2309 (Coleraine - Craigavon), 1773/86 (Derry- Training Academy), 2270/1 (Armagh - Newtownards), 201 (Newtownards - Craigavon), 2879 (Craigavon- Lisburn), 2232/2216/7 (Antrim - Newtownabbey), 2956 (Antrim - Newcastle), 202 (Newtownards - Lisburn), 1724 (Lisburn - Newcastle) and 2320 (Dungannon - Omagh). Vehicles sold to Hamill for scrap during April are Prima 3, Solar 759, Irizars 1661/6/71/3/5/9/86/7/1700/15/41, Solos 1907/27 and ALXs 2947/50. More new buses in the offing are a further batch of Streetdecks to replace the remaining 3+2 seated Irizars, and 75 B11R/SC5 (including 9 tri-axles) to replace the remaining Goldline i4s and i6s.

01/04/21 - The glut of new vehicles contines with more commencing their initial commissioning period, all temporarily allocated to York Road: Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui C53F 1227/8 (XUI 7727, 5th March) and 1229 (24th March); Wrightbus Streetdeck H80F+13 3336/7/8/9 (XUI 8136, 5th March), 3340-2 (12th March), 3343-5 (18th March) 3347/8 (25th March), 3346 (26th March) and 3349-51 (1st April). Similar buses completing their commissioning and moving on to permanent depots are 0026 (Coleraine), 1200/2/3/4 (Omagh), 1217 (Dungannon), 1222-6 (Enniskillen), 1227-9 (Newry), 3191/3 (Coleraine), 3330-4 (Ballymena), 3335-9 (Bangor), 3340-4 (Dungannon) and 3345/6/8 (Antrim). Another batch of B11R/Sc5 are on their way, with up to 1242 present at Sunsundegui. Returning to use are 420/1 (Lisburn, after engine repairs), 2224 (GVS, after electrical repairs), 1023 (Omagh, after engine repairs), 1075 (Downpatrick, after engine repairs), 1051 (Magherafelt, after engine repairs) and 3160 (Ards, after accident damage repairs). With the new influx many buses were detaxed at the end of March: 533 (Dungannon, engine repairs), 1009 (Derry, engine repairs), 1026/7/8/9 (Enniskillen, to Reserve), 1679 (Craigavon, to Reserve), 1778/9 (Stranraer, to Reserve), 2893/2949/62/4 (Bangor, to Reserve), 2889/91/94 (Ards, to Reserve), 2946/8/76/8 (Enniskillen, to Reserve) and 2963 (Dungannon, to Reserve). On the move are 1778 (Stranraer - Downpatrick), 1779 (Downpatrick - Stranraer), 1941 (Newry - Enniskillen), 1008/45 (Enniskillen - Derry), 1017/46 (Dungannon - Derry), 1783 (Derry - Metro), 1075/6 (Larne - Downpatrick), 1037 (Dungannon - Great Victoria Street), 1042 (Omagh - Armagh), 1768 (Great Victoria Street - Metro), 1777 (Armagh - Metro), 1778 (Downpatrick - Stranraer), 1784 (Derry - Training Academy), 1024 (Omagh - Derry), 1035 (Enniskillen - Great Victoria Street), 2316/7 (Dungannon - Enniskillen), 2894 (Bangor - Newtownards), 2244/5/6/7/8 (Ballymena - Coleraine), 1772 (Derry - Training Academy), 1785 (Coleraine - Training Academy), 2308 (Coleraine - Craigavon), 248 (Enniskillen - Reserve Fleet - vehicle under long term repair), 2310 (Coleraine - Enniskillen) and 2984 (Coleraine - Newtownards). Vehicles Sold During March 2021 are Solars 711/47/9/68/73/83, Irizars 1728/33/5/43/6/8/9/62/3, Solos 1929 and ALX 2951 all going to Hamill for scrap, with 1760 and 1928 being sold through Wilsons Auctions, Mallusk. The 34 Streetdeck HDSDs due should be allocated to Craigavon (15), Antrim (7), Newtownabbey (4), Ballymena (3), Coleraine (3) and Newry (2).

06/03/21 - The glut of new vehicles contines with many commencing their initial commissioning period, all temporarily allocated to York Road: Optare Solo B29F+26 0025 (XUI 6625, 4th February), 0026 (26th February); leaving only 0027 to go; Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui C53F 1213-5 (XUI 7704, 4th February), 1216-9 (12th February), 1220/1 (18th February), 1222/3 (19th February), 1224-6 (26th February), leaving only 1227-9 outstanding; Wrightbus Streetdeck H80F+13 3195/6 (XUI 8195, 5th February), 3197 (17th February), 3198 (19th February), 3330-3 (XUI 8130, 19th February), 3199/3334 (24th February) and 3335 (1st March). Similar buses completing their commissioning and moving on to permanent depots are 0025 (Coleraine), 1210 (Coleraine), 1211-6/8 (Dungannon), 1219-21 (Larne), 3163-5 (Coleraine) and 3172-6/80-2 (Derry), 3166-71 (Downpatrick), 3177-9 (Derry), 3183/4/6/7 (Newry) and 3188-90/2/4-6 (Coleraine). With the new influx many buses were detaxed at the end of February: 761-4 (Coleraine, to Reserve), 768/73 (Antrim, to Reserve), 1063/6/7 (Larne, to Reserve), 1666/1715 (Omagh, to Reserve), 1671/86/7/1700 (Newry, to Reserve), 1673 (Newcastle - to Reserve), 1685 (Training Academy, to Reserve), 1758 (MSC, to Reserve), 1775 (Dery, to Reserve), 1781 (Armagh, electrical defects), 2941 (Lisburn, to Reserve), 2952 (Magherafelt, to Reserve), 2958/9/65 (Derry, to Reserve) and 3160 (Ards, accident damage). Also withdrawn was Omagh based i4 1025 which was burnt out near Ballygawley on 8th February following an engine fire. On the move are : 612 (Stranraer - Newcastle), 473/4 (Pennyburn - Newtownabbey), 2220 (Downpatrick - Newcastle), 1202 (Coleraine - York Road Engineering - Omagh), 1774 (Coleraine - Training Academy), 2216/7 (Downpatrick - Antrim), 2225 (Downpatrick - Lisburn), 2981/2 (Coleraine - Omagh), 1778 (Stranraer - Downpatrick - Stranraer), 1779 (Downpatrick - Stranraer - Downpatrick), 2980 (Coleraine - Newtownards), 1001/2 (Newry - Armagh), 1950 (Lisburn - Newry), 2875 (Coleraine - Enniskillen), 1775 (Derry - Reserve), 1782 (Armagh - Metro). Scania 760 has been sold to Wilsons Auctions, along with Intercentury 1736, whilst 1668/76/8/84/1708/66 and 2044 have gone to Hamill for scrap. The first of the new Streetdeck based 40 seat single deckers to arrive at MSC is 2503 (XUI 8503); 2501 has been demonstrated to Ipswich Buses. It is believed a further 20 of these have been ordered giving 34 in total.

01/02/21 - A large number of vehicles commenced their commissioning period at the start of the year, all temporarily allocated to York Road: Optare Solo B29F+26 0015/21 (XUI 6615, 7th January), 0018/22 (18th January), 0023/4 (20th January); Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui C53F 1204/7 (XUI 7704, 8th January), 1208/9 (18th January) 1210/1/2 (26th January); Wrightbus Streetdeck H80F+13 3180-3 (XUI 8180, 7th January), 3184/5 (14th January), 3186-91 (20th January), 3192-4 (1st February). Similar buses completing their commissioning and moving on to permanent depots are 0014/5/6/8/21/2 (Lisburn),0023/4 (Coleraine), 1207-9 (Coleraine), 3163-5 (Coleraine) and 3172-6/80-2 (Derry). Scania i4 1055 has retruned to use at Newcastle following completion of accident damage repairs, whilst the following were SORN'd at the end of January: 420 (Lisburn, engine repairs), 820 (Enniskillen, fire damage), 1023 (Omagh, engine repairs), 1027 (Enniskillen, engine repairs), 1051 (Magherafelt, engine repairs), 2304 (Derry, engine repairs), 748/1675 (Downpatrick, to Reserve), 749/1884/2947 (Ards, to Reserve), 760/1661/77 (Derry, to Reserve), 1676 (Newtownabbey, to Reserve), 1911 (Newcastle, to Reserve), 1928 (Bangor, to Reserve) and 1930 (Newry, to Reserve). On the move are 2330 (Newcastle - Downpatrick), 612 (Newcastle - Stranraer), 2443 (Newcastle - Newtownabbey), 1035 (Dungannon - Enniskillen), 1941 (Lisburn - Newry), 1779 (Downpatrick - Stranraer - Downpatrick), 1778 (Downpatrick - Stranraer), 1940 (Lisburn - Omagh), 495 (Derry - Armagh), 1936/7 (Lisburn - Metro), 460 (Derry - Newtownabbey), 1943 (Lisburn - Newtownards), 2329 (Coleraine - Craigavon), 2891 (Derry - Newtownards) and 2986 (Coleraine - Magherafelt). Solo 1875 has been withdrawn from Omagh and sold to Southern Regional College, Portadown, whilst 1925 has gone to Wilson Auctions, Mallusk.

06/01/21 - December saw a glut of new vehicles allocated to York Road for initial commissioning: Wrightbus Streetdeck H47/33F+13 3168/9 (XUI 3168, 4/12), 3170/1 (11/12), 3172/3/4 (14/12), 3175/7/9 (17/12), 3178 (18/12), 3176 (22/12); Volvo B11R / Sunsundegui C53F 1200/3 (XUI 7700, 14/12), 1201/2 (18/12), 1205/6 (23/12) and Optare Solo B29F+26 0019 (XUI 6619, 09/12) and 0020 (16/12). 1201/2/5/6 later moved to Coleraine, with 0019/20 going to Lisburn. i4 1063 has returned to use at Coleraine, B7RLE 503 at Ballymena and i4 1046 at Dungannon, all after completion of engine repairs. Vehicles SORN'd at the end of December are Scania K230 421 (Lisburn, engine repairs), Solo 1933 (to Metro Reserve), i6s 2058/9 (Larne, gearbox & engine repairs respectively) and Scania L94 2409 (Armagh, engine repairs). More Intercenturies to be withdrawn are 1708 (Coleraine, chassis defects) and 1668/84 (Newtownabbey, both with bodywork defects). Solo 1867, previously loaned to the Northern Regional College, has now been sold to the same institution. On the move are 1035/63/6/70 (Coleraine - Larne), 1035 (Larne - Dungannon), 1076 (Dungannon - Larne) and 1938/9 (Lisburn - Newcastle). Intercentury 1765 and Gemini 2259 have both received overall blue repaints.

01/01/21 - Happy New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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