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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Metroline CELF Centre Part 36...New DEs for the 46!

Thanks to a nice tip off from Ian Rivett early this morning, I went down to CELF today to get pictures of the long awaited DEs for the 46 of which there which were 8 present today. The buses were ordered by the company following their retention the route by Metroline in 2011. Although to be originally used on the Olympic contract for which Metroline have been allocated 91 Buses, they will commence service on the route in September of this year.

The new DEs are part of a batch of 19 vehicles that were ordered by the company in the third quartile of 2011 and have been assigned the bonnet numbers DE1318 - 1338, following on from their bigger E400 variants which are due to be delivered for the Route 113 later on this year, they have been allocated bonnet numbers TE1307 - 1317.

Those who remembered my visit from a fortnight ago will note that I was in a rush to gain the pictures of these vehicles due to the fact, unlike all other new vehicles to pass through this facility. Their stay here will be very limited as they will be moved to a storage facility to preserve their 'freshness' for their Olympic duties in June. Interestingly they are the first Metroline E200s or E20Ds as they are now called, to be built to this new E.C.W.T.A specification, which in short sees the add-on of many features such a toughened structure, a slightly longer chassis to improve ride quality, a bigger wheelchair area and the more noticeable exterior sidelights on the offside and the nearside of the body. Below is a nearside shot of DE1320 LK12 AWY which still retains its Air conditioning unit, however these vehicles still manage to be lighter than their 11 reg weighing 7674kgs whereas their sisters at Kings Cross Garage and Perivale West Garage weigh 7900kgs.

Metroline DE1320 LK12 AWY at CELF Centre

Below is are two shots of  the interior of Metroline's whole type approval E20Ds. Note how there is a difference in the shade of blue used in these vehicles caused by the absence of the colour on the walls and roof unlike previous models for the company.

The interior showing the front.
The interior showing the rear
Our strange visitor to the centre today came in the form of a First London Gemini bodied B7TL VNW32391 LK04 HZZ which is currently allocated to Atlas Road Garage for Routes 28/31 and 328. The bus made the short trip from its depot in order to get its chassis cleaned prior to re-entering public service again.

First Centrewest VNW32391 LK04 HZZ is seen here at CELF Centre for a routine chassis clean (note the rhyme) before entering public service again.

Other than the DEs today, there were other interesting things to note such as the ongoing re-delivery of the 05 plate TAs for the Olympics following their refurbishment by Hants & Dorset Trim. Although most to pass through this centre are now in storage there still are a few lingering about. More shots from the day are below. 

A logo-less Metroline MM784 LK07 EYE is seen at CELF Centre awaiting some attention by the engineers. The nearby Perivale East based bus was originally purchased for the Route 251 back in April 2007, however in 2009 these were moved to the Route 232 following their suitability to dual carriage way operation, this move saw the 251 gain new Enviro 200s.

Two Metroline Olympic buses stand side by side at CELF Centre both devoid of logos.  The bus to the left TA642 has just finished its duties on the Route 266 and the bus to the right 1325 is just about to start life on the Route 46.

Metroline VP524 LK04 CSZ is seen here at CELF Centre for a check up. This is part of a batch of vehicles that are in the process of refurbishment following the company's successful sententious of Routes 6 and 98 which run from Willesden Garage.

Metroline TE828 LK57 AXT is seen at CELF Centre. This is part of a batch of  TEs that were purchased for the Route 332 in 2007and uniquely feature two rear fleetcodes. 

The offside of Metroline DE1321 LK12 AWZ

The offside rear of DE1319 LK12 AWX

The nearside rear of VW1271 LK12 AHC
 Key things to note at CELF Centre today

  • 8x DEs for the Route 46
  • 10x VWs for Holloway Garage
  • 3x TAs for the Olympic contracts
  • 2x Scania Citylink Coaches
  • 1x First London VNW
  • 2x MMs


Neil says:
at: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 4:38:00 pm said...

Excellent post Jay, these are the best looking E20D's I have ever seen!

Tom says:
at: Thursday, May 03, 2012 11:00:00 am said...

I agree.

Lewis J.N. says:
at: Saturday, May 05, 2012 7:50:00 am said...

Indeed, definitely the nicest. I would just like to ask where the iBus system is on the new buses, because they don't appear to be where they are on other E20D models. Nice post though!


at: Sunday, May 06, 2012 3:25:00 am said...

Lewis if you look in the interior pic facing forward of the bus you will see a black space on the top, that is where the ibus will be placed because of the CCTV screen is being placed in where the ibus is normally situated. Hope this helps.

Kind regards

Tom says:
at: Sunday, May 20, 2012 8:23:00 am said...

I think they did that action because of W.T.A.

Lewis J.N. says:
at: Sunday, May 27, 2012 12:41:00 pm said...

Sorry Simon, can't see a blank space. I have now found out though that these buses do not need iBus because they are to head onto Olympic Shuttle services.
Thanks anyways!


at: Sunday, July 15, 2012 5:49:00 pm said...

What were the Citylink Coaches doing there? are they going to Westbus or just passing through?

at: Saturday, August 04, 2012 9:31:00 pm said...

Metroline and Citylink are owned by the same company.

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