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Friday, 25 June 2010

Metroline Perivale West [PA] & Metroline CELF Part 3

An Ex Metrobus MCV stands outside the CELF workshop. The vehicle is unregistered and the fate of this vehicle is unknown. 

Today was a beautiful day in which it provided perfect photographing opportunities. Now a lot of us may be wondering why this MCV pictured above is at the workshop today, well there's an interesting story behind it. It was originally ordered by Metrobus for the Route 202 contract, however when it was assembled by MCV of Cambridge, it was wrongly fitted with a Voith Gearbox as opposed to a ZF Gearbox, thus made Metrobus to try and dispose of the vehicle, so it was sent to Metroline's CELF Centre for appraisal in the hope that Metroline would agree to buy it. However with Metroline already having Voith Gearboxed MMs already, they declined. So the vehicle in question just remains here in storage until it can find a suitable owner. Amid this, there were quite some interesting vehicles here today, this came in the form of former First London Volvo President, 333210 LT52 WTR, which is here for MOT prior to being cascaded to the First Eastern Counties, VPL597  has just had it's skirt painted over and TAL133 is over from Cricklewood (W).

First VNL32210 LT52 WTR nearside
First VNL32210 LT52 WTR 
First VNL32210 LT52 WTR 
First Eastern Counties LT52 WTR
Metroline VPL597 LK04NNF
TAL133 X339 HLL
Metroline DP1003 RX51 FNT
Metroline DE871 LK58 CPX
Metroline DE1115 LK10 BYB
Metroline DE1115 LK10 BYB
Metroline VP527 LK04 CTU
Metroline VPL597 Rear
Metroline VPL597 Front
Metroline DE1008 LK09 ENX


at: Friday, June 25, 2010 8:35:00 pm said...

Another very nice collection - thank you for your efforts. Very interesting to see how much there is going on in the CELF, and not just for Metroline. I saw TA133 heading back to its home garage after its maintenance this afternoon.
Keep up the good work.

London today a full circle says:
at: Monday, June 28, 2010 2:42:00 pm said...

Thanks and you do mean TAL133 X339 HLL

at: Monday, June 28, 2010 9:00:00 pm said...

Indeed I do. I realised that after I hit the Post Comment button! Whoops!

zain asghar says:
at: Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:12:00 pm said...

hi regarding the top picture what do you mean EX metrobus??

Jamaal says:
at: Sunday, March 13, 2011 8:46:00 pm said...

It was acquired by Metrobus then given to Metroline to appraise it. Please in future if you are going to use my photos on your facebook, may I ask that you ask for permission.


at: Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:47:00 pm said...

Why couldn't they replace the gearbox on the ex- Metrobus MCV?

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