Bus specification, interior and on-board features
#21
1658 was the late survivor at Redcar, exhibited at the Royal Rally.
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#22
(15/09/2015, 10:34)Cock Robin Wrote: 1658 was the late survivor at Redcar, exhibited at the Royal Rally.

K582MGT was 1657 and here's the awful seats after it was withdrawn in 2010.


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#23
(15/09/2015, 10:44)John_R Wrote: K582MGT was 1657 and here's the awful seats after it was withdrawn in 2010.
*shudders*

Don't think there was anything likeable about that bus.
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#24
(15/09/2015, 10:44)John_R Wrote: K582MGT was 1657 and here's the awful seats after it was withdrawn in 2010.

That is completely and utterly grim. It doesn't even have the style of the old fashioned vinyl bench seats.
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#25
The seats on 4653 are much better than 4661

(14/09/2015, 21:24)GX03 SVC Wrote: Who's fabric is on 1799's seats? It looks strange, just like what an independent company would have.

The seats on it are the best of any bus ever created Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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#26
Where I am right now maybe the North East could introduce this idea of having bike racks on the front of the bus
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#27
(15/09/2015, 23:46)Diamond One Wrote: Where I am right now maybe the North East could introduce this idea of having bike racks on the front of the bus

I'd love the bike shaped hole in the back of the vehicle in front in stop start traffic Big Grin

The old limes (didn't they become toonlink?) have bike straps in the buggy space. Not sure I'd like to witness the stand off between an exhausted cyclist and a harrassed mother of very small kids, mind.
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#28
(16/09/2015, 00:58)BusLoverMum Wrote: I'd love the bike shaped hole in the back of the vehicle in front in stop start traffic Big Grin

The old limes (didn't they become toonlink?) have bike straps in the buggy space. Not sure I'd like to witness the stand off between an exhausted cyclist and a harrassed mother of very small kids, mind.
The old lime vehicles the old R reg ones were withdrawn direct while the V/W/X reg ones were repainted red to take a back seat role
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#29
One annoying thing about e-leather seating, when you move the seats make a noise, annoyingly someone on this 7 can't sit still and the noise is infuriating.
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#30
(16/09/2015, 14:58)Jimmi Wrote: One annoying thing about e-leather seating, when you move the seats make a noise, annoyingly someone on this 7 can't sit still and the noise is infuriating.

The new '14 E400s at Ashington don't have the problem. But the '57s do.
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#31
(16/09/2015, 14:58)Jimmi Wrote: One annoying thing about e-leather seating, when you move the seats make a noise, annoyingly someone on this 7 can't sit still and the noise is infuriating.
Every time I've caught the 7, it's been deathly quiet, even when half full. Quite odd. Everyone on the 22 is usually too chatty to be able to hear farty seats Big Grin
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#32
(15/09/2015, 23:46)Diamond One Wrote: Where I am right now maybe the North East could introduce this idea of having bike racks on the front of the bus

I see the demand for bike racks like.......

Look at the 'Lime' vehicles, never a cyclist on board. 

If they want to come on board just fold the bike, OR RIDE IT YOU LAZY GIT.  Big Grin
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#33
(16/09/2015, 15:18)GX03 SVC Wrote: The new '14 E400s at Ashington don't have the problem. But the '57s do.
The Sapphire Pulsars and E400's creek like hell when people move about loads, this bloke is doing my head in now, even more so when I decided to move slightly causing a bit creeking and he's just turned round with a rather angry looking stare.
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#34
(16/09/2015, 15:20)GX03 SVC Wrote: I see the demand for bike racks like.......

Look at the 'Lime' vehicles, never a cyclist on board. 

If they want to come on board just fold the bike, OR RIDE IT YOU LAZY GIT.  Big Grin
My thoughts if someone tried to get on a bus with anything like a bike, scooter or skateboard is, you've made your choice stick with it.
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#35
(16/09/2015, 15:20)BusLoverMum Wrote: Every time I've caught the 7, it's been deathly quiet, even when half full. Quite odd. Everyone on the 22 is usually too chatty to be able to hear farty seats Big Grin
Often is like that on the E400's during the day, the one I'm on now has only had a small handful on upstairs although there was a fair few downstairs when I got on. Not all the passengers on the 7 are quiet, had a few passengers who have to shout to each other despite being next to them
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#36
(16/09/2015, 15:21)Jimmi Wrote: The Sapphire Pulsars and E400's creek like hell when people move about loads, this bloke is doing my head in now, even more so when I decided to move slightly causing a bit creeking and he's just turned round with a rather angry looking stare.

Might be worth turning your music up Smile

Dealing with random starers and glarers is probably easy when you have the confidence to look them in the eye and say hello or ask if everything is OK. I understand that you find that incredibly difficult, though. Having a boy who stims and shrieks a lot, I've had to become a bit of a pro at dealing with people who are taken by surprise by us or else I'd never dare leave the house with him.
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#37
(16/09/2015, 15:29)BusLoverMum Wrote: Might be worth turning your music up Smile

Dealing with random starers and glarers is probably easy when you have the confidence to look them in the eye and say hello or ask if everything is OK. I understand that you find that incredibly difficult, though. Having a boy who stims and shrieks a lot, I've had to become a bit of a pro at dealing with people who are taken by surprise by us or else I'd never dare leave the house with him.

I can think of worse Wink
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#38
Wasn't sure where to put this but:

Optare 30th Anniversary specials:

To commemorate 30 years of the name Optare this year, the company is producing a number of 30th anniversary special edition MetroCity and Solo buses. To be produced until the end of 2015, the buses will feature special badging and a choice of interior options to customer requirements.
Robert Drewery, Commercial Director, said, ‘We are thrilled to celebrate 30 years of leading the way in bus design. These vehicles
also mark the introduction of Optare’s customer focused business excellence program which will further improve product support, deliver operational and quality improvements and fund research and development to deliver attractive products for both operators and passengers.

From the bus and coach magazine. http://www.busandcoachbuyer.com/virtual-...ssue-1346/ (might need to sign up)
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#39
Howard Snaith have racks on their E200s
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#40
I was interested today to see the differences in Sapphire spec in North Wales to the North East.

Today I was on Arriva North Wales 4637 which was delivered (and presumably built) around the same time as the E400s for Durham & Darlington last year.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/111243429@...053446461/

This photo shows to superior 1 + 2 seating which is another level of comfort, surpassing National Express coaches. What can just be made out on the far left of the single seat is a solid leather arm rest made possible by the seat not being mounted right up against the wall of the saloon. This touch adds so much! These are marvellous, however I still found the Stagecoach Gold E300 marginally more comfortable.
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