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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A good day for Man...

Metroline MM789 LK57 EHZ sports a new paint job, following a long overdue refurbishment that was completed at the Hants & Dorset Trim which may explain the absence of many of these vehicles over the past few weeks.

It was expected that these vehicles would have been refurbished in time for the start date of the route 90 contract which commenced in September 2012, however it has taken well over 6 months to see a refurbished bus. Those who know me, know that these are my favorite single deck vehicles due to their sheer power and comfortable ride which is a far cry from the dismal E200 or E20-D if you like! 

It however seems strange that this was one of the first buses to be refurbished as this particular Bus is actually part of the batch of vehicles ordered for the 206 and not the 90. So it may well be that the company have taken the opportunity to refurbish the lower numbered MMs for the E6 for which this particular bus is allocated to...Either way I'm a happy man after seeing this. No prizes for who can spot the oddity on this vehicle. 

As these lovely buses continue in their refurbishment, I will keep you updated on the latest going on's. 


Lewis says:
at: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:19:00 am said...

Looks smart in its new coat of paint! Roundel is in a weird place though...

Nice Post Jay!

at: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 6:29:00 pm said...

I think any operator of MANs might have a different view; they are very unreliable and parts are hideously expensive. Note that some have been relegated to training duties - better to fail while training than in service!

at: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:18:00 pm said...

Do these have the same gearboxes as the MANs that run on the E6 (Greenford/Bullsbridge)? Rode on several for the first time the other day. Most awful gearboxes that I've encounted yet on a modern bus. Hesitant, very jerky and "whiney" between gear changes. Give me an Allison AT545 or AT2000 any day.

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