e400

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Charliedaffin
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e400

Post by Charliedaffin » 16:24 Wednesday 2nd November 2022

according to flickr, these three are heading our way soon…

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159136795 ... Kh-2nTSybx

ANDREW
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Re: e400

Post by ANDREW » 18:17 Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Freshly repainted as well. :)

DD12
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Re: e400

Post by DD12 » 23:45 Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Thanks Charliedaffin:-
I have hoped, for several months, that FMR / WR would get some of these, -- in fact I've fancied us having E400s since around 2006 !!
First started buying them at around that time, and I had a fab ride on one from Exeter southwards on the A30 (it featured e-leather seating in a sophisticated, mellow blue which was a perfect match for the interior and the "Barbie" livery, and it also reminded me of the interiors of the BMMO S21s, which looked great when new ).

33826 - 30 (of 2013) have been out of service since April / May , and last saw service at Weston-Super-Mare, but have been idle at Olive Grove, Sheffield since then, and were reportedly intended for the Potteries.
Unfortunately, I have read some adverse comments about them, from drivers on Facebook, so IF WR gets some, I hope they will be reliable !!

IF we get three, they would almost certainly replace the grubby looking 32644,45,46.
( First seem to be doing a lot of cascades, and purchasing new and second-hand DDs, currently ).

I have been "partial" to Alexander bodied / made buses since 1967, and I prefer the styling of these original e400s to that of the current e400MMC version.
:)

bmmoboy
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Re: e400

Post by bmmoboy » 12:45 Thursday 3rd November 2022

Shame to lose 32644-6, especially 32645, as this vehicle goes well, and has a very smooth gearbox. It also has almost no rattles. I had this recently on two Eveshams, followed by a single X50. The Streetlite rattled more between Crowngate and the Cathedral that the Volvo did throughout two runs to Evesham! However, all three are getting a bit carework paintwise so the new liveried vehicles would be nice.

bmmoboy
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Re: e400

Post by bmmoboy » 15:09 Thursday 3rd November 2022

Just been informed that they are going to Potteries.

ANDREW
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Re: e400

Post by ANDREW » 16:26 Thursday 3rd November 2022

Never mind , Ensignbus sales have a selection of 2007/8 ex LT E400's on their website . . . . . . . . . . Assuming its up to date. :o

bmmoboy
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Re: e400

Post by bmmoboy » 23:09 Tuesday 29th November 2022

Told this evening that 32644-6 will be withdrawn shortly, and that their replacements will be Enviro 400’s. A sign of the new regime with First West and Wales?

ANDREW
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Re: e400

Post by ANDREW » 15:47 Wednesday 30th November 2022

First West of England have a batch of 12 plate E400's. Quite modern for this neck of the woods. ;)

willr7
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Re: e400

Post by willr7 » 10:55 Saturday 3rd December 2022

Looks like Potteries are imminently receiving a batch of brand new Micro Hybrid StreetDeck's. Could the 5 E400s reported as for the Potteries, actually be intended for Worcester after all... :?:

Rich82
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Re: e400

Post by Rich82 » 21:05 Wednesday 7th December 2022

willr7 wrote:
10:55 Saturday 3rd December 2022
Looks like Potteries are imminently receiving a batch of brand new Micro Hybrid StreetDeck's. Could the 5 E400s reported as for the Potteries, actually be intended for Worcester after all... :?:
The E400s at The Potteries have started to enter service with 2 in use today

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