Double Deckers

Vehicle and Fleet discussions for First Midland Red Buses Limited or its predecessor, Midland Red West Limited.
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bmmoboy
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Double Deckers

Post by bmmoboy » 21:51 Wednesday 8th May 2019

I heard today from a very reliable source that the Tridents and Volvo Alexander ALX400s are expected to be replaced sometime this year as the MD thinks they are looking tired and rather scruffy. The replacements will be coming from another fleet, and I would think that Volvo/Wright vehicles will be cascaded from elsewhere. Further details to follow. Not too sure about 33404, but perhaps the MD can be persuaded to have another depot "Pet"

Charliedaffin
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Re: Double Deckers

Post by Charliedaffin » 22:22 Wednesday 8th May 2019

Fingers crossed for some enviro 400s 🤞

willr7
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Re: Double Deckers

Post by willr7 » 08:40 Thursday 9th May 2019

Fantastic, Thanks for sharing!

Is it possible that newer vehicles based at the Manchester depots could be transferred out to other areas to replace older vehicles which could them be sent up there? One depot is already sold to Go-Ahead...

DD12
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Re: Double Deckers

Post by DD12 » 16:29 Thursday 9th May 2019

bmmoboy wrote:
21:51 Wednesday 8th May 2019
I heard today from a very reliable source that the Tridents and Volvo Alexander ALX400s are expected to be replaced sometime this year as the MD thinks they are looking tired and rather scruffy. The replacements will be coming from another fleet, and I would think that Volvo/Wright vehicles will be cascaded from elsewhere. Further details to follow. Not too sure about 33404, but perhaps the MD can be persuaded to have another depot "Pet"
I will be very sad when 33401-05 go !
- Even now, they are very smooth riding and quiet on the upper deck, with a much better view than the StreetDecks,

Maybe the MD will consider keeping 33404 as a Trainer that could be shared with Leicester and Potteries, but I think Stoke's 32081 is a more likely candidate for that.

Happily, if they do go anytime soon, they are not likely to be scrapped as First has LOTS of older DDs still. (Which gives me time to win the lottery, and preserve one !).

Two good things about replacing them soon, with newer ones -- is they should be more suitable for upgrading to Euro 6 when that becomes necessary; -- and I'd prefer to get good replacements ASAP in case First decide to sell-off more bits of UK bus, including some to "cheap and nasty" operators !

Another possibility that "worries me" is that we MIGHT lose our Euro 6 StreetDecks at the same time (?) -- IE: to Leicester. (Although IF they are going to be unreliable and troublesome, maybe that would be for the best ?)

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