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Saturday, 16 June 2012

London United Hounslow Garage [AV]...New ADE's!

After a busy day at work, I took the short trip down to Hounslow garage to check out there new E40D's coded ADE's. Since the last time I visited the garage, some work has been completed within the shed to increase parking captivity space - although I didn't notice this until it was pointed out to me!!! I know we usually do this at the end of the post, but I would like to send a huge thanks out to the member of staff who took the time out of his busy day to take me around the depot this afternoon! Most appreciated!

ADE1, YX12FNG & ADE2, YX12FNH seen in the shed

This garage certainly holds a lot of history. Many people wonder why the layout of the garage is in such a weird shape, however there is a very good reason for this. The town of Hounslow was a very busy place during the coaching days. By the time the Metropolitan and District railway finally made it to West London, the coach and horse era was over. The railway finally made it to West London in 1883. An imposing terminus station once stood on the site of the present bus garage today. The original plan was to continue the railways southbound towards the nearby town of Twickenham however this was later withdrawn and the railways was extended westwards instead. Due to this decision, Hounslow East Station soon replaced the terminus station. Hounslow Town station, as it was know, was in use between1183 - 1886 and 1905 - 1909. This explains the layout of the garage as it is known today. 

London General omnibus took over the site of Hounslow Town Station in 1912. The garage, along with many other in the local area, was requisitioned in the first world war. Hounslow became the first garage in 1925 and 1930 to house the first pneumatic tyre buses and the original Dennis dart allocated respectively. The original depot roof was to low and was raised around the mid 1930's. An interesting thing to note is that a survey was conducted by London Transport in 1947 where it discovered Hounslow garage was housing 92 buses when on paper only 72 were meant to fit! This was achieved by parking layover buses in a plot of land situated at the back of the garage, which remains in place today although used as a staff car park!

In the early 1950's Hounslow garage under went a rebuild which saw a new bus station introduced. Another unique feature about Hounslow garage is that is was one of the only garages in London not to operate the DMS double deck. Hounslow's first OPO (One-Person-Operation) buses did not arrived until early 1982 in the form of Metrobuses coded M for routes 111 and 120. In late 2007 the bus station on the garage forecourt was removed and the 8 bus boarding bays removed along with the roof. Nowadays there is only 2 bays on the forecourt for routes 120 and 281, although that doesn't stop people from walking across the forecourt and knocking on the doors asking to get on. People that stop 5 years ago!

Hounslow garage is now home to a very modern fleet. With the ADE's set to replace the old DPS's, VA's and VP's it is set to become the most modern garage across the whole of London United. The garage will soon be formed of five main buses types. E40D's for Routes 81,120 & 222, Scania Omnicites for Routes 27 (Night Element), 111, 120, 696, 697, H32 and N9, Optare Tempo's for Route H37, E20D's for Route H98 and Mercedes O530 Citaro's for Route 203. All in all a very nice mix of modern buses.

Once again a massive shout out has to go to the member of staff who waited around for me to finish work to take me on this garage tour! More photos from the visit can be seen below!

 ADE1 Lower Deck

 ADE1 Upper Deck

 ADE1 Cab View

 New touch screen pre service check facility

 VP106 and DPS662 on the fuel bays

 Brake testing facility

 Rear of DPS671

 OT7 in the maintenance area

 VA294 and SP7 seen in the minor bodywork repair section

 VA309 and VA85

 VA77 with VA95 in the background blinded for the 203

 DPS660 and DPS669 on the pits

 SP172 down "the alley" - Four buses can be stored here

 DPS657 rear

 ADE2 rear

 ADE2's nice clean engine - not for long!

 SP41 hides in the bus wash

 Shed exit view showing the roof

 OT15 on the forecourt serving route 203

 Hounslow Heath's DPS716 on the forecourt serving route 116
 General forecourt view

 SP136 on the forecourt serving route H32

 DLE8 and DPS592 take a break before completing there next trips

Garage entrance


Tom says:
at: Sunday, June 17, 2012 10:35:00 am said...

Hate that mouqette!

Jibran says:
at: Sunday, June 17, 2012 7:17:00 pm said...

I personally think its the best moquette ive ever seen. BTW, Great post Jack

at: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 6:54:00 pm said...

DPS660 had been at HH for a while!

at: Friday, July 06, 2012 5:15:00 pm said...

AV had RFs for many years and these were OPO operated in the late 1960's and early 70's on route 237 and the 211 (latter on Mondays to Fridays).

John Stevens says:
at: Monday, September 17, 2012 6:09:00 am said...

I really Miss this kind of bus on London. Thank you for recalling my memory on it...Nice!

at: Thursday, November 01, 2012 2:35:00 pm said...

Can Enviro200s be seen on route H32?

at: Thursday, November 08, 2012 6:14:00 pm said...

I love the new seat designs! Metroline is the only company that still has the same seat design.

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