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Monday, 22 June 2015

Metroline CELF Centre Part 50...New Commercial Streetlite & News Special

We made it to a half a century of CELF Centre visits and unlike Jack who visited here last week, it seemed as if luck was on my side today as the title may suggest. Having been out of the scene for the past month, it was nice to be greeted by something new and something which I had no clue even existed.


The yet unregistered 8.8 ton demonstration vehicle was ordered in April of this year for completion in late June, ordered specifically for the new commercial Route 714, it will operate out of the company's Potters Bar base in Hertfordshire, although its specification may suggest may suggest otherwise. Typical of any Metroline vehicle it features the blue on orange interior as well as the Esteban Civic seating and makes a welcome change from the far too familiar E200, regardless of how much ADL want to change the design.

Whether or not more are ordered is dependant on this trial, however at present it seems as if Metroline cannot get enough of the Wright offerings at the moment and this comes as the news of an order for 23 new VWHs was announced just three days prior.

Metroline Wright Streetlite
Although I remain unconvinced in regards to the design of the Streetlite it does offer a welcome change from the current offerings on the market. Although there is no official fleet number, through a grapevine I did hear that it may be coded STL1470 and registered SL15ZGR. Typical of me I asked if the vehicle could be moved in order to gain more shots and here's what the request produced...





Seen here entering the CELF Centre facility driven by my favourite engineer who moved the bus in order for me to get a better shot.

Metroline VWH2097
One of 64 new buses for Willesden Garage is seen resting prior to the start of its very long life...News from the centre suggest the following.

  • Route 90 converts to DD operation using a mix of SELs and VWs, with VW1205-1216 moving back to PA from HT to facilitate this conversion.
  • Route E8 to gain MMs from PA with DEs moving in the opposite direction along with a few from Cricklewood.
  • VP5xx from Willesden to transfer to HT in order to aid the ousting of the TPs and TPLs.

8 Comments:

npkmaps says:
at: Monday, June 22, 2015 6:53:00 pm said...

Would be nice for the E8 to get Streetlites... I thought all the MM's had either been sold off, or are trainers now? Will it be the 07 plate Voith ones? Any news on the TP's at Brentford and if they are staying any longer?

James Balchin says:
at: Monday, June 22, 2015 7:34:00 pm said...

I thought ht where getting tes from W cos ht already got 1073-86

Anonymous
at: Monday, June 22, 2015 8:50:00 pm said...

what were the 23 VWH's ordered for??

RG chill says:
at: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:27:00 am said...

They are ordered for route 295

anthony moore says:
at: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:25:00 pm said...

question does anyone know if the new buses for uxbridge are at CELF Centre

Richie Rich says:
at: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:06:00 pm said...

What will happen to the buses from 295? Go on 28, 31 and 328?

Jay says:
at: Monday, August 24, 2015 1:45:00 pm said...

Buses from the 295 will be used on the 328s new contract.

JunGRail says:
at: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 12:36:00 pm said...

I notice the NbFL and the these new streetlights have same silver bit poking out the rear. Is that the tailpipe? I know most modern buses don't have a sports car tailpipe like the older buses.

BTW I know these and the NRM are marketed as streetlights, but they're actually VDL buses, if not evident, I snagged a photo of the ones destined for the 16/168 at PA as I work in the garage

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