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Sunday 6 April 2014

Picture of the Week [W/B - 07.04.2014]

Metroline TE1571 LK08 is seen outside White City Station in a refurbished state having just completed its journey along the Uxbridge Road Gateway. The 607 is one of a few express routes operating in London, but unlike the others it hasn't been subject to much change apart from the extension to White City from Shepherd's bush which came with the opening of Westfield Shopping Centre in October 2008.

TE1571 LK08 FNE in new money started its life at Northumberland Park (NP) as DN33503 as per Route 179 contract, however in 2009 it moved over to Greenford Garage (G) as a TN went in the other direction. It was easier to spot as opposed to the other DNs as it had the old orange fluorescent logo.

More recently it has been transferred to Uxbridge Garage (UX) now operated by Metroline West, where it has been integrated into the existing batch of TEs at the garage whose bonnet numbers run from, TE1571 - 1582. The batch is currently being refurbished as per 607 contract, the refurbishment will see the inclusion the following
  • Removal of Silver tree deflectors and replaced with red ones
  • The inclusion of black matting around the near and offside windows
  • The inclusion of garage codes 
  • Metroline seat moquette
  • Roundels as standard
The hubcaps still remain on some vehicles but are expected to be removed in due course. However the vehicles still retain their purple back seats complete with the aqua handrails, albeit with Metroline seat moquette. Definitely one to look out for. A similar job has been done on Go Ahead, Northumberland Park based EN4.

TE1582 LK08 FND is another vehicle which has been refurbished to a similar specification although it is still devoid of fleetnames, a picture has been placed below.

Refurbished Metroline TE1582 LK08 FND


COBO says:
at: Sunday, April 06, 2014 10:48:00 pm said...

Didn't DN33503 start life at Northumberland Park (NP) for the 231 contract? At some point during 2009 I think it went to DM and I think it moved to G in 2012 before NP was sold to G and DN33508 went to DM.

at: Monday, April 07, 2014 11:17:00 am said...

Hmm... red, blue, yellow, purple and mint green? certainly seems like a colourful interior...

oh well, at least the ugly First moquette is gone!

New Paperbus nets says:
at: Monday, April 07, 2014 5:16:00 pm said...

i agree with that J

Robert Taylor says:
at: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 4:45:00 pm said...

DN33503-8 were bought for the ELW replacement contract. They were based at DM as Hackney was squeezed due to Olympic work. When the ELW was changed to DMS types and relocated to Hackney, they stayed and went on the D6 while this was based at DM. They stayed and became part of the DM fleet before 33503 was sent west in exchange for a TN. Hope this helps.

Rob (ex-First)

Jay says:
at: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:18:00 am said...

Many thanks Robert, I appreciate your input, I knew there was a bit of history missing. First did really like to do a lot of Busical chairs LOL.

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