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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Abellio Hayes Garage [WS]...500,000 Hits for the Blog!

Today hosted a visit to Abellio's Hayes Garage which is arguably the smallest garage in London, with a total vehicle capacity of only 25 - 30 service vehicles! The base is the remains of the former Tellings Golden Miller base and one of a few that Abellio now operate from.

The base located on the same road as Volvo's Hayes dealership was formerly home to an array of vehicle types including East Lancs bodied Darts for the U7 altough these periodically popped up on the 112, 350 and H28.

In April 2012, Abellio decided to take the opportunity to convert the route 350 to Double Deck operation using Dennis Tridents with Alexander ALX400 bodywork which had just been relieved of their duties on the Route 3 following the introduction of Hybrids on that route.Upon this decision 10 Tridents from BC numbered between 9763 - 9772 transferred over from Beddington Cross Garage (BC) to release the existing E200s to Fulwell Garage (TF)  in what I think was a very smart move economically as it allowed them to utilize older vehicles that were still in good nick! 

Abellio have taken the chance to lease one half of the garage to coach operator, City Circle who have a very nice fleet of Mercedes Benz Tourismo coaches.  No doubt they would give them the boot if they needed to house newly won routes!

Today the Garage runs the following routes, 112350H28U7 and U9 and is home to a fleet of following buses;

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m for route H28. 
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Caetano Nimbus for routes 112 and U7.
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 for route U9.
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 as logical spares.
  • Dennis Trident 2 9.9m / Alexander ALX400 for route 350.

Upon this visit, we can now proudly say that we have now completed the whole set of Abellio London Garages in London! The first for any operator on this Blog, to now have the second company garage completion, we need to visit Metroline's Willesden Pound Lane Garage (AC).

Below are pictures from the visit, we hope you enjoyed this post. 

8466 GM03 TGM, 8589 YX62 DVA & 8051 X311 KRX

8589 YX62 DVA 

Trident 9722 YN51 KWG having some work done to it!

Trident 9722 YN51 KWG having some work done to it

Abellio 8114 KX06 LYT going through the washer

Abellio 9765 YN51 KVZ parked near the fueling facility 

The fueling facility

The City Circle Coaches

No getting away!

8589 YX62 DVA 

Abellio's new interior

Another Fiesta

Abellio 9765 YN51 KVZ arriving at the garage

Interesting Fact!

Did you know that the garage is home to Ceatano Bodied Dennis Dart 8466 GM03 TGM, which is the only post 2001 Euro2 Dart. The reason for this, is due to the fact, the chassis was made in 1998, however the body of the bus was only mounted in 2003 and registered the same year!


at: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 6:33:00 pm said...

I really wanna thank the COL team for visiting this garage as I have always wanted to see what the depot looks like.
Also the "smallest bus garage" fact is true as Abellio Hayes and Arriva Grays are the smallest bus garages operating london bus routes.

at: Thursday, March 07, 2013 5:59:00 pm said...

Before, I used to think that Abellio Hayes don't have a bus wash or maintainance shed.
But can an Alexander Dennis fit into the bus wash?

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at: Friday, March 08, 2013 7:32:00 pm said...

Fab Post at COL! Just one correction - you accidentally wrote 9722/ YN51 KWG instead of 9772. Other than that - well done for running such a great blog! :)

at: Saturday, August 10, 2013 10:24:00 am said...

The route 350 buses are horrible to ride in,they are very noisy,and shakes badly on rough road.
There is no heating most times and the buses does not smell pleasant on the inside.
The drivers are always very helpful and polite,hats off to them for doing their job with these outdated buses.

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