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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Picture Of The Day [11th of January 2014]

The caption below shows London's latest generation decker, dubbed 'V6'. The vehicle was delivered to Go-Ahead's Camberwell Garage in October 2013 for extensive testing on the route 12 for a period set to last 6 months.

Go-Ahead London V6 BF63 HFE ©  Lee Thather
The vehicle is a totally new model, although a descendant of the WVLs the company operate. The 'dream decker' as it is referred to or Wrightbus Gemini3 is a combination of a new Gemini2 body, minus the fancy trimmings and a noticeably smaller upper deck window layout. All of this coupled to a 5 litre engine and chassis which is due to replace the existing B9TL. This results in a much lighter weight model, although I won't go into detail on here...see my Bus Expo post for more detail.

The fleet number V6 represents the sixth generation volvo within the company, going in this order.
  • NV - Olympian - Gen 1
  • PVL/WVL - B7TL Euro III - Gen 2
  • PVL - B7TL Euro IV - Gen 3
  • WVL - B9TL - Euro V - Gen 4
  • WHV - B5H - Euro V - Gen 5
  • V6 - B5TL - Euro VI - Gen 6
A further two are due for Arriva and Metroline, with the Metroline example, BF63 HDE said to be imminent, however there are no signs of the Arriva demo as yet. 

5 Comments:

Anonymous
at: Saturday, January 11, 2014 5:56:00 pm said...

The 'PVL - B7TL Euro IV' text isn't true, post 2004 PVLs (and WVLs) are simply B7TL MkII models, which got cooling fan modifications from the MkI model. It should read 'PVL/WVL - B7TL MkII Euro III' instead.

Tube101 says:
at: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:38:00 pm said...

It's a shame the trail finishes before Summer would of liked to of seen how the upper deck is in the heat

LondonBuses47 Of YouTube
at: Friday, January 17, 2014 6:55:00 pm said...

Good Photo, Keep Up The Very Good Work. I Like The Gemini 3.

Jay says:
at: Saturday, January 18, 2014 1:49:00 pm said...

It should be around for much longer however. With Arriva's and Metroline's examples arriving soon, I'm sure you'll be able to sample one in the heat.

Jay says:
at: Saturday, January 18, 2014 1:50:00 pm said...

Many thanks! Keep up the good videos by the way :)

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