Ulsterbus Fleet News 2022

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09/05/22 - The final 3 Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui commenced fault free running during April, all initially allocated to York Road: 1290 (XUI 9790, 15th April) and 1289/91 (XUI9789/91, 29th April). Similar 1276 is now allocated to Magherafelt, with 1290 going to Newry, along with B8R/Sunsundegui 1794 (Craigavon) and 1798 (Coleraine). The next new buses will be another batch of 67 Hawks, with first ones ready being 2553/4/6-8/60-5 (GXI 423, YUI 554, GXI 426, YUI 3757, GXI 458, YUI 3760-5). Arrivals from Metro are Volvo B5s 2120-2, with 2120 being allocated to MSC, the other 2 to Reserve for preparation. Pleasingly these are being repainted in the two tone blue Urby style livery. Also returning to use after completion of repairs are B7Rs 227 (Ballymena), 212/311 (Enniskillen) along with L94 778 (Antrim) and B7RLE 526 (Coleraine). Rural 480 (Newtownards) is now detaxed for repairs along with B9TL 2280 (also Ards). i4s moved to Reserve during April are 1003/39/51 (Magherafelt), 1024/32 (Derry) 1049 (Craigavon) and 1069 (Newcastle), along with L94s 764 (Milewater), 2476 (Larne) and B7TL 2993 (MSC). L94s 2422 (Lisburn, reregistered to BYZ 5044) and 2429 (Ards, reregistered to BYZ 5057) are now withdrawn due to defects as is B7TL 2994 (MSC). On the move are 1792/3 (Reserve - Metro), 2479 (Coleraine - Derry, now carrying an AoA for Our Place in Space), 1005 (Derry - Magherafelt) and 1065 (Coleraine - Ards). Buses sold during April are Solo 1884 and Scanias 2422/9/63, all to Hamill for scrap. Finally, a Volvo BZL electric single deck was inspected on 6th May, on it's way south to Limerick.

 

05/04/22 - As usual a number of vehicles commenced fault free running during March, all initially allocated to York Road:

Volvo B8RLE Sunsundegui C46F: 1796-8 (XUI 8096/9797/8) 04/03/22

Volvo B11R Sunsundegui C51F: 1283/4/6 (XUI 9793/27/86) 04/03/22, 1285/7 (XUI 9729/87) 15/03/22 and 1276/88 (XUI 9776/88) on 22/03/22.

Buses which have completed their commissoning and are now allocated to their permanent depots are : 1278 (Magherafelt), 1281-7 (Derry), 1288 (Newry) and 1799 (Coleraine).Also returned to use are B7TL 2882 (Derry, ex Reserve), L94 764 (MSC, reseated to B37F+36, for Ukranian aid collection), B7RLE 512 (Coleraine, repairs complete), B7TL 2301 (Derry, repairs complete) and Solo 1934 (Lisburn, repairs complete). Against this the following buses are in Reserve/SORN'd from 31st March: 617 (Magherafelt, Engine Repairs), 778 (Antrim, Steering Box Repairs), 1021/30/1/4/5/ (Derry, to Reserve), 1049 (Craigavon, Engine Defects), 1051 (Magherafelt, Engine Defects), 1068 (Larne, to Reserve), 1823 (Derry, Engine Repairs), 1941 (Enniskillen, Electrical Repairs), 1968 (Omagh, Engine Repairs), 2051 (Downpatrick, to Reserve - the final Goldline i6), 2453 (Enniskillen, to Reserve), 2892 (Derry, to Reserve).Moves see 1043 go from Derry to Magherafelt, 2051 Stranraer to Downpatrick and 2033 Omagh to Dungannon.Reregistrations are Scanias 2408 (from FXI 408 to BYZ 4452), 2418 (from FXI 418 to BYZ 4456) and 2453 (from FXI 393 to KEZ 7453). Buses sold during March are i4s 1026/7/41/2/4/7/55/8/64/7/76/7/8 to Ardee Coach Trim Ltd, Ardee County Louth, i6s 2052/3 to Ensign Bus Company, Purfleet Essex and L94s 2408/78 to Hectares Plant Sales, Jonesborough.

06/03/22 - As usual a number of vehicles commenced fault free running during February, all initially allocated to York Road: Volvo B8RLE Sunsundegui C46F: 1794 (XUI 8090) 25/02/22Volvo B11R Sunsundegui C51F: 1274/7-80 (XUI 9774) 09/02/22, 1281/2 (XUI 9719/92) 25/02/22Buses which have completed their commissoning and are now allocated to their permanent depots are : 1130/1 (Larne), 1133 (Downpatrick), 1274 (Coleraine), 1275/7 (Magherafelt), 1279 (GVS) and 1280 (Derry).Also returned to use are Schoolrun 220 (Magherafelt, diff repairs complete), B7TL 2881 (Newtownabbey, following engine repairs), i4 1057 (Stranraer, PSV complete), B9TL 2227 (Newcastle, following engine repairs) and Rural 523 (Ballymena, following engine repairs). Against this the following buses are in Reserve/SORN'd from 28th February: 250 (Dungannon, Engine Repairs), 441 (Downpatrick, Engine Repairs), 526 (Coleraine, PSV Prep), 540 (Ballymena, Engine Repairs), 762 (Coleraine, To Reserve), 832 (Coleraine, Engine Repairs), 839 (Newcastle, To Reserve), 1070 (Larne, To Reserve), 1074 (Antrim, to Reserve with Engine Defects), 1786 (Training Academy, Engine Repairs), 2053 (Downpatrick, To Reserve ), 2301 (Derry, Engine Defects), 2408 (Downpatrick, To Reserve), 2886 (Omagh, Ongoing Engine Defects) and 2892 (Derry, Engine Defects), whilst 2463 (Bangor) is withdrawn completely after an accident on 28th February. Moves see 2480 go from Coleraine to Newtownabbey, 1075 (Larne - Antrim), 1818 (Newtownabbey - Craigavon) and 2454 from Downpatrick to Ballymena. Reregistrations are 2426 (from GXI 426 to BYZ 3903) and 2463 (from GXI 426 to KEZ 7463), with 2426/48/58 and 2992 being sold to Hamill for scrap. The first of the B8RLE/SB3 has entered use at Coleraine (1799, XUI 9799).

06/02/22 - As usual a number of vehicles commenced fault free running during January, all initially allocated to York Road: Volvo B8RLE Sunsundegui C46F: 1799 (XUI 9799) 25/01/22Volvo B11R Sunsundegui C51F: 1270/1/2/3/5 (XUI 9770) 18/01/22Volvo B11RT Sunsundegui C60F: 1131/2/4/5 (XUI 9801) 18/01/2022, 1130/3 (XUI 9800) 28/01/22. Buses which have completed their commissoning and are now allocated to their permanent depots are : 1265-7 (Newcastle), 1270-3 (Coleraine), 1134/5 (Downpatrick) and 1132 (Larne). Also returned to use are Rural 436 (Armagh, following engine repairs), B9TL 2236 (Downpatrick, following engine repairs) and L94s 2428/9 (Ards, from Reserve), 2432 (Lisburn, from Reserve). Against this the following buses are in Reserve/SORN'd from 31st January: 212 (Enniskillen, engine repairs), 277 (Armagh, chassis repairs), 512 (Coleraine, chassis repairs), 764/1041/2 (Enniskillen, to Reserve), 1044 (GVS, to Reserve), 1054 (Newcastle, to Reserve), 1064/76/7/8 (Coleraine, to Reserve), 2052 (Downpatrick, to Reserve), 2056/7/8/9 (Larne, to Reserve) and 2418 (Armagh, to Reserve), whilst 2426 (Lisburn) is withdrawn completely after engine failure. Moves see 1813/4/5 return to Craigavon from Bangor, 1035 GVS to Magherafelt, 1071 Coleraine to Stranraer, 2053 Downpatrick to Stranraer, then returning to Downpatrick and 2053 Stranraer to Downpatrick. Further reregistrations are 2423 (from GXI 423 to BYZ 3257), 771 (from TCZ 1771 to BYZ 3387), 2478 (from HXI 478 to KEZ 7478), 2433 (from GXI 433 to BYZ 3617), 2448 (from FXI 388 to BYZ 3624) and 2431 (from GXI 431 to BYZ 3640). Sales see the following Scanias going to Hamill, Ahoghill for scrap: 771/2423/31/3. Finally, Versa 1814 has gained an allover advert for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour whilst i4 1057 has gained Scottish Citylink colours.

10/01/22 - A large number of buses commenced fault free running during December, all initially allocated to York Road:

Volvo B11R Sunsundegui C51F: 1257 (XUI 9757), 1261 (XUI 9761), 1263 (XUI 9763) 02/12/2021; 1262 (XUI 9762) 08/12/2021; 1258 (XUI 9758), 1259 (XUI 9759), 1260 (XUI 9760), 1264 (XUI 8089), 1268 (XUI 9718), 1269 (XUI 8099) 16/12/2021; 1265 (XUI 8098), 1266 (XUI 9766), 1267 (XUI 9767) 21/12/2021.

Wrightbus GB Hawk B40F+56: 2538 (HXI 468), 2540 (WXI 1400), 2542 (ROI 126), 2543 (FGZ 2233), 2544 (BYZ 2064), 2545 (ROI 145) 03/12/2021; 2539 (YUI 399) 06/12/2021; 2541 (FXI 415), 2546 BYZ 2066), 2547 (FXI 417) 09/12/2021; 2548 (VCZ 8811), 2549 (FXI 419), 2550 (FXI 409) 13/12/2021; 2551 (BYZ 2071), 2552 (BYZ 2052) 16/12/2021.

Buses which have completed their commissoning and are now allocated to their permanent depots are : B11R 1255-7 (Great Victoria Street), 1258-60 (Larne), 1261-4 (Newcastle), 1268/9 (Enniskillen) and GB Hawk 2534-6 (Armagh), 2537-9 (Downpatrick), 2540-3 (Dungannon), 2544-8 (Newry) and 2549-52 (Coleraine).Also returned to use are B7R 206 (Antrim) and B9TL 2223 (GVS), both after completion of engine repairs. Against this the following buses are in Reserve/SORN'd from 31st December: 220 (Magherafelt, Diff Repairs), 311 (Enniskillen, Engine Repairs), 523 (Ballymena, Engine Repairs), 814 (Coleraine, Reserve), 815 (Dungannon, Reserve), 1055/7/8 (Newcastle, Reserve), 2428/9/31/2 (Newry, Reserve - 2431 with accident damage), 2455 (Armagh - Reserve), 2478 (Lisburn, Reserve), whilst 2423 (Lisburn, axle casing) and 2448 (Newtownards, engine defects) are withdrawn completely. Similar 2458 has lost its GXI 458 registration in favour of KEZ 7458 again. Moves see 1816/7 go from Bangor - Craigavon, 2416 (Downpatrick - Lisburn), 2435 (Downpatrick - Bangor), 2422/3 (Dungannon - Lisburn), 2404 (Lisburn - Bangor) and 2430 (Newry - Ballymena). Also, from 6th December Milewater has operated as a sub-depot of GVS with the following allocated: 342/93/4/401-3,552/3/8/71/2, 2990/3-7/9, 3122-4. Sales see the following (including the final 2 Intercenturies in the fleet): 780/7/810/37/1685/2962 (Hamill, Ahoghill for scrap); 1765 (Transport Training Services NI Ltd, Crumlin); 1930 (Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea).

01/01/22 - Happy New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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