66820 (MX05 CEJ)

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willr7
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66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by willr7 » 10:47 Saturday 8th August 2020

This ex Leicester vehicle has reportedly been sat at Worcester depot since before lock-down.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dshtrains ... SVm-VHuAog

Other examples that have left Leicester & moved elsewhere have apparently been converted to driver training buses.

So, does anybody know if 66820 is a candidate for driver trainer refurbishment? (Possibly to replace 60340)

Or is she just here for spares/disposal...

TimBrown
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by TimBrown » 14:48 Monday 10th August 2020

Perhaps 15 year old premium Volvos like 66820 and its sisters should be considered for service in Worcester and the 17/18 year old cramped Citaros used for driver training?

willr7
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by willr7 » 22:42 Monday 10th August 2020

TimBrown wrote:
14:48 Monday 10th August 2020
Perhaps 15 year old premium Volvos like 66820 and its sisters should be considered for service in Worcester and the 17/18 year old cramped Citaros used for driver training?
That would be more logical! But we know all too well that logic is not always applied when it comes down to these decisions :lol:

TimBrown
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by TimBrown » 11:06 Tuesday 11th August 2020

willr7 wrote:
22:42 Monday 10th August 2020
TimBrown wrote:
14:48 Monday 10th August 2020
Perhaps 15 year old premium Volvos like 66820 and its sisters should be considered for service in Worcester and the 17/18 year old cramped Citaros used for driver training?
That would be more logical! But we know all too well that logic is not always applied when it comes down to these decisions :lol:
The next question would be, "are the Citaros more reliable than Volvo B7RLE or vice versa?"

The Citaros operated from Evesham many years ago, inherited from Warwickshire(?) County Council, had a poor reputation and spent quite bit of time off the road. As a bystander, neither the Citaro or Volvo sound smooth entering Crowngate bus station or in Grange Avenue on the 37 route; both rattle loudly from suspension dampers.

bmmoboy
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by bmmoboy » 18:57 Tuesday 11th August 2020

A chance was missed today as at least 4 Volvos turned up for fuel early afternoon. The only one that I got the number was 66901, they all had Diamond logos on the front and First South West legal lettering on the windscreen, obviously being transferred from Manchester to Devon or Somerset.

winston
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by winston » 21:28 Tuesday 11th August 2020

bmmoboy wrote:
18:57 Tuesday 11th August 2020
A chance was missed today as at least 4 Volvos turned up for fuel early afternoon. The only one that I got the number was 66901, they all had Diamond logos on the front and First South West legal lettering on the windscreen, obviously being transferred from Manchester to Devon or Somerset.
They were 66901,66903,66909 and 66983, thought to be heading to First Bristol as trainers

bmmoboy
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by bmmoboy » 15:34 Wednesday 12th August 2020

Two of them have turned up at Bridgwater. Of note is that 66983 was at Worcester for two periods in around 2007 and 2020

bmmoboy
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by bmmoboy » 20:42 Wednesday 12th August 2020

Another four will be making the same journey sometime in the next 7 days.

ANDREW
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by ANDREW » 12:16 Saturday 15th August 2020

Any update on "CEJ" ?? :)

bmmoboy
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Re: 66820 (MX05 CEJ)

Post by bmmoboy » 13:19 Sunday 16th August 2020

It's up on a vehicle lift in the bodyshop area being worked on (probably by MechWR26)

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