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Metroline CELF Centre Part 12.... More VWs

VW1059 LK60AED on delivery to AH (Brentford) at CELF Centre in Perivale. Big thanks to the driver for stopping and allowing me to take such a nice picture of a truly amazing looking bus. I can't wait to see more of these in Metroline's fleet.

The new VWs are part of a batch of 17 buses that were ordered in 2009 for premeditated delivery and use on the Route E2 in November 2010. Numbered between 1056 - 1072, they will allow TE976 - 992 to be shifted to Cricklewood Garage for use on the Route 210. Once more of these VWs are commissioned it will allow more TEs to be gradually transferred over and the completion of this should be done by January 2011. Alhtough in my eyes the VWs were the stars of the show, there were other things to note here today such as an ex First London Dennis Marshall and an all white Plaxton Pointer Dart which seems to have come back from Dawson's rentals in Milton Keynes for one reason or another.

Rear shot of V347 DLH at CELF Centre

Metroline DLD100 blinded for the 214 at CELF Centre

Ex Metroline TP384 LR52 KXC at CELF Centre

Ex Metroline DLF101 KU52YKH at CELF Centre.

Ex Metroline DLF110 KU52YLF at CELF Centre.

Ex First London DMS41347 at CELF Centre

Metroline DE871 LK58CPX at CELF Centre

Metroline VW1059 LK60AED at CELF

Metroline VW1059 LK60AED at CELF

Fire damaged trident TP445 at CELF Centre

TP445 Interior shot after the fire

Metroline VW1059 LK60AED Rear
Metroline VW1059 offside shot

Metroline MM775 blinded for the 70

Metroline VW1059 LK60AED leaving CELF Centre

Metroline VW1058 LK60AEC leaving CELF centre
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Metroline Perivale West Garage [PA] Part 4

Today's trip to Perivale West proved a successful one as I got a nice surprise as seen in the caption below shows.

Three new Volvo B9TL Wrightbus Gemini 2s were delivered here for warm storage prior to being delivered to AH (Brentford) where they will remain for the Route E2 (Brentford Commerce Road - Greenford Broadway). The vehicles delivered are VW1056 LK60AEA, VW1059 LK60AED and VW1058 LK60 AEC. Once the completion of the new VWs have been delivered, TE976 - 992 will move onto Cricklewood Garage for the Route 210. Seems a smart move by Metroline as it helps standardise the vehicle allocations across their Garage. Delivery of these VWs is expected to be completed in November. I must say I'm very happy that Metroline have opted for this body and chassis, I think they are the two best combinations you can gain on the market in recent times. No discredit to the E400 but I think the Gemini 2 B9TL is simply the best! More shots from my visit are placed below.

Metroline VW1058 LK60 AEC Side Shot

The trio of VWs lined up at PA

VW1059 LK60 AED and VW1058 LK60 AEC.

Metroline VW1056 LK60AEA

Metroline VW1056 interior bottom deck

Metroline VW1058 interior top deck

Metroline VW interior showing IBUS screen
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