Stagecoach South East Olympians continue their lives….

With the recent sad news that some Stagecoach South East Volvo Olympians have been withdrawn for scrap, there also comes fantastic news after some research by ourselves that a lot have actually been saved, some sold on to see further service and some even preserved by Private Owners and preservation groups!
We thought that we would helpfully list the Volvo Olympians which have been saved which were still in service as the final wave of withdrawal came. Please note this list has been made as accurate as our knowledge using only our own knowledge as well as external sources. We have listed only the last remaining Olympians in service with Stagecoach South East when the most recent bulk of withdrawal came.

16014 P814GMU, Sold for Preservation to Bromley Bus Preservation Group.
16023 P823GMU, Sold to Longbridge Coaches of Ribchester
16025 P825GMU, Sold to Longbridge Coaches of Ribchester
16026 P826GMU, Sold to EnsignBus, who sold to Imperial Coaches, Cambridge.
16139 R139EVX, Sold to East Kent Nostalgic Bus & Coach for use as a mobile exhibition bus/preservation.
16187 S957URJ, Sold to EnsignBus, who sold to Towlers Coaches, Cambridge.
16271 S271CCD, Sold to EnsignBus, who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.
16315 S315CCD, Sent away for use as a Stationary Classrom.
16297 R297HCD, Sold to EnsignBus, who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.
16344 N344MPN, Sold to Longbridge Coaches of Ribchester
16365 N365LPN, Sold to Longbridge Coaches of Ribchester
16366 N366LPN, Sold to Private Owner (?)
16373 N373LPN, Donated for preservation to East Kent Nostalgic Bus & Coach with plans to repaint into East Kent Stripes.
16386 N386LPN, Sold for Preservation to P. Houselander, Kent.
16389 N389LPN, Sold for Preservation to Private Owner, Eastbourne.
16501 R501UWL, Sold to EnsignBus who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.
16505 R505UWL, Sold to EnsignBus who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.
16507 R507UWL, Sold to EnsignBus who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.
16592 S592BCE, Sold for Preservation to Michael White, Snodland.
16745 R745DRJ, Sold to EnsignBus who plan to repair the gearbox and resell.
16760 R760DRJ, Sold to EnsignBus who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.
16788 P718GND, Sold to EnsignBus who sold to Xelabus, Eastleigh.

66 Registered buses start to roll into service…

With Thursday being the 1st of September, the new registration plate series has begun, which is now the 66 reg. There are many 66 registered buses already hitting the streets across the UK with some still awaiting registration, and some still awaiting delivery also. An example of this are the 66 registered Stagecoach South East ADL Enviro 400 MMC’s for Folkestone and Hastings, which are not yet due to arrive until October/November time. However, despite the fact that some are still not ready quite yet, many 66 registered buses and coaches already hit the roads in passenger service on some of the first few days of release. Many bus and coach operators have not gone for a brand new 66 registered vehicle yet though, and other companies will also purchase 66 registered vehicles in the upcoming months until the end of February 2017. We have included some pictures of various different buses which relate to the 66 reg below.

Above: Seen here is a photo of a brand new First Essex Enviro 200 MMC, 44661 YX66WBF which was photographed from outside First Basildon’s depot on Tuesday 30th of August (before the 66 reg even came out!) on our trip to that area. We also noticed sister buses 44660 YX66WBE, which was difficult to manage a good photo of but it’s registration is pictured below and 44662 YX66WBG. (Photos by SEBEG Harry P)

Below: Pictured here is a fantastic looking brand new ADL Enviro 400 bodied Scania N230UD, registered YN66WUC, which is one of three which Southdown PSV of Copthorne have purchased, we believe from a cancelled order which were originally destined for a company elsewhere. These have already entered service on Route 409 which Southdown have just recently taken over around the Surrey Area. Route 409 was previously operated by Metrobus. These buses’ registrations are YN66WUA/WUB/WUC. We personally think these vehicles look great and suit the Southdown livery well. (Photos by Southdown PSV. Used with permission)

Below: Last but not least, on our same trip on which we saw the brand new First Essex Enviros, we also had a fantastic and enjoyable tour of the EnsignBus depot in Purfleet. Whilst having a look around there we found five brand new Tri-Axle BCI Enterprises, which use a Cummins Engine. We were lucky enough, thanks to EnsignBus staff to have a look inside one and even had one started up for us! Four of the BCI’s belong to EnsignBus and will mostly be used on Private Hire and Rail Replacement. The fifth has already been ordered by Aintree Coaches with whom we believe the registration will be XL66ACL. Ensign’s are still awaiting registration. Pictured below are two of the Ensign Bus liveried Enterprises. (Photo by SEBEG Harry P)

Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed this post! – The SEBEG (Alex) 🙂