Volvo B7RLE’s creep their way into Hastings…..

Right, think back to two months ago. There were absoloutely no Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urbans in Hastings at all, but within the past month, four seem to have crept their way into Hastings & Bexhill based independent operators. These are the first B7RLEs to have ever been owned by a local company.

Firstly, Rambler Coaches of Hastings have acquired two Volvo B7RLE’s, which have been repainted into the rambler livery, and the wright badge painted black and silver – they look very smart. These vehicles are YK53GXO/P (Fleet Numbers 20/28), which were bought directly from Stagecoach Merseyside (quite surprisingly) which were their 21253/4. These were the very first two to be in Hastings and were new to First as 66705/6.

As well as this, Renown Transport Services have acquired two other B7RLE’s, which have been repainted into the renown livery, and similarly, look very smart. These vehicles are GN06EVH/L (Fleet Numbers Unknown), which were bought directly from Arriva Southern Counties (quite surprisingly) which were their 3805 and 3809. These were the next two to be into Hastings and were previously used om Fastrack Services, whilst with Arriva. Renown’s two seem to still advertise free Wi-Fi (whether they actually still have it, we are not sure) and some old Fastrack branding also seems to have been left on the windows.

If you want to try and find these vehicles, rambler’s two will most likely be on:
-Tesco Free Bus Services
-School Buses (mostly 342/356/382/383)
-Possibly occasionally Rail Replacement Services.

Renown’s two will most likely be used on routes:
-94
-95
-96
-97
-297
-312/3
-342
-384 School Bus
-Rail Replacement Bus Services

4 thoughts on “Volvo B7RLE’s creep their way into Hastings…..”

    1. Hi There, unfortunately this bus had to leave the Rambler fleet due to an incident and unforeseeable circumstance. YK53GXO has replaced it. SN53AUW is SORN. Hope I could help, Alex ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Correction SN53 AUW is scrapped, not sorn ๐Ÿ˜‰ But the seats do live on ๐Ÿ˜‰ Had YK53 GXO on the 356 the other day, it’s very slow to pull away but once it gets into second gear it flies! Great for going uphills. YK53 GXP had its debut outing yesterday (25th) after its first attempt wasn’t very successful (flat batteries).

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    1. That’s a good point Steve haha ๐Ÿ˜‰Ahh right, nice! I went on YK53GXO last week and I thought it sounded very nice and very powerful once it got going, so agree with you there! I went on GXP yesterday as well, but it sounded really awful, gear changes were not great and was just generally pretty rubbish. Maybe in a few years time GXO might be worth preserving! ๐Ÿ˜œ^Alex ๐Ÿ™‚

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