Ulsterbus Fleet News 2015
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12/04/15 - The final Solo of the current batch 1955 (TFZ 8955) entered service on 18th march at Foyle. Returning to use are Solo 1864 (Lisburn), B10BLE 2774 (Foyle - freom Metro Reserve) and Scania coaches 124-7 seasonally retaxed. Schoolrun 227 (Ballymena) is detaxed for accident damage repair and Solo 1872 from Derry to Reserve. Similar 1859 has been withdrawn from Lisburn. On the move are 1685/97 (Foyle - Magherafelt), with 1685 later returning to Derry, 1786 (Magherafelt - Foyle), 705 (Craigavon Active Reserve - Newcastle) and 708 (Craigavon - Craigavon Active Reserve). Vehicles sold during march were B10BLE 2765 to T. Hamill, Ahoghill as scrap, Solo 1859 to M. McLaughlin, Culdaff, Co. Donegal, B10M 1633 to Carolan Coaches, Nobber, Co. Meath and B10BLE 2849 to Walshs Coaches, Monasteroris, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
01/03/15 - Optare Solo M925SR 1935, allocated to Lisburn, was delicensed to reserve at the end of February. Volvo B10M/Alexander Q 1544 has been re-registered 94 MH 15022 with Carolan, Nobber, Co Meath. Volvo B7TL/Alexander Dennis ALX400 2889, which had sustained roof damage after colliding with a railway bridge at Helens Bay late in the evening of 6 November, returned to service at Great Victoria Street on 9 February. Volvo B7R/Wright Eclipse SchoolRun B66FL 301 (OEZ 7301) returned to service at Omagh on 1 March, on completion of accident repairs. Sold during February were: Optare Solo M850 1846 to Valleyview Motors, Dungourney, Co. Cork, similar 1850/3/4 to Tanker Exports, Belfast, Leyland Tiger/Alexander Q 1500, the last bus in the fleet to wear blue and ivory livery, to Shane Pearce, Belfast, (as a non PSV), Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 2823 to John Bradley, Scurlogstown, Trim, Co. Meath, similar 2766 to Hamill, Ahoghill (dealer) as scrap and 2770 to Walshs Coaches, Monasteroris, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, for further service. Also passing to Hamill, Ahoghill, were Optare Solo M850 1868, as scrap, and the remains of fire-damaged Scania K94IB/Irizar Intercentury 1692 and MAN ND363F/Ayats Bravo 1 2008.
01/02/15 - Another Volvo B7TL/Alexander (B) ALX400 transferred from Metro is 2924, which took up duty at Craigavon on 5 January. Optare Solo M850 1859 moved from Coleraine to Lisburn around the same time. Scania K230UB/Wright Solar Rural 568 returned to Foyle on 21 January, on completion of accident repairs.Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 2778, which had been at Foyle replacing accident-damaged Scania K230UB/Wright Solar Rural 568, moved to Antrim on 26 January before being delicensed to reserve at the beginning of February. Optare Solo M850 1869 is another of the type now in reserve. It had been at Downpatrick. Volvo B10M-62/Caetano Enigma 696 was sold to Connect Bus and Coach, Primatestown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, which company acquired, from North West Bus Sales, Bolton, in December 2014, Volvo B10M-55/Van Hool Alizée AC71D JAZ 3002, previously 3112 in this fleet. Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 2780 went to Hamill (dealer), Ahoghill for scrap. Optare Solo M850 1870 (SCZ 3870) was sold to Halpenny Transport, Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth, and has since been re-registered 03 LH 11246. Former Ulsterbus Leyland Tiger/Alexander N RXI 3335, used by the cycling club based at Metros Falls Park depot, had been disposed of by January.
03/01/15 - Ulsterbus Tours delicensed its six Scania K420EB6/Irizar PB 124-9 at the end of December. Also delicensed seasonally was Volvo Olympian/Alexander (B) RH 2000 at Coleraine, while another of the oldest Optare Solo M850s to reach the reserve fleet is 1854 at Newcastle. Scania K114EB/Irizar Century 105 now carries Co Meath registration number 03 MH 15236 with Carolan, Nobber. Their ex-Ulsterbus Volvo B10M-62/Alexander Q 1524 was re-registered 94 MH 15021 in November. Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 320 DAZ 1570 and EAZ 2574, previously 1570/4 in this fleet, were acquired by York Pullman, Strensall, in December 2014 ex Brown, Thorpe Arch. Leyland Tiger/Alexander N 1250 had passed to Mitchell, Manchester, by November 2014 for continued preservation, ex Curry, Pinxton, Notts. Volvo B10M-55/Van Hool Alizée AC71D JAZ 3003, formerly 3113 in this fleet, was acquired by Westway, Raynes Park, in September 2014 and re-registered 60 W the following month
01/01/15 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.
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