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VehicleOptare Solo M950SL
B31F Optare
Number53207 (CN07 KZK)
New to Bebb Travel plc. (Veolia subsidiary) as fleet number 40209
OperatorFirst Midland Red Buses Limited (store)
New (7/07) to Bebb Travel plc. (Veolia subsidiary). Passed (c. 7/09) to Astons Coaches, Kempsey, Worcester. Passed (8/12) to Ensign Bus Co. Ltd. (dealer), Purfleet. Passed (9/12) to First Potteries Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent. Withdrawn (c. 9/17). Passed (26/1/18) to First Midland Red Buses Ltd., Worcester
LocationPadmore Street depot, Worcester.
DescriptionStill waiting for a new engine.
DateThursday 3rd May 2018
SourcePhotograph by Webmaster © Adam Harber
DD12 on Friday 4th May 2018
Looking at that rear-end photo, it prompts me to ask if this is a Cummins engine beast ?? -- and will it be manoeuvrable enough for "Village Links" ??

AdamH on Friday 4th May 2018
Alas no Cummins. Funny you should ask as this very question was up to an engineering manager yesterday and we were told a standard engine had already been acquired but it was away with an outside contractor being refurbished. The vehicle itself isn't much bigger than our "normal" Solos so I can't see the size being an issue.

AdamH on Friday 4th May 2018
I will also add, they previously found an engine for this - taken from Solo 53124 - but before that could be fitted 53802 suffered a failure so it went in to that at short notice. Logic would suggest that the "new" engine away for refurbishment is probably the original one from 53802.

DD12 on Friday 4th May 2018
Thanks Adam !

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