Ulsterbus Fleet News 2021

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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 Also withdrawn was Omagh based i4 1025 which was burnt out near Ballygawley on 8th February following an engine fire.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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