Monday 20 November 2023

Archway Travel's new tri-axle School Bus

Archway Volvo B8L AC73WAY leaving Fleetwood for the afternoon route 607 school run from Poulton
Archway Travel of Fleetwood have recently taken delivery of a brand new tri-axle Volvo B8L with 12.8m MCV eVoSeti single door bodywork. The monster school bus is fitted with 98 leather seats, and is equipped with a Euro 6 compliant Volvo D8K engine running at 350hp through a ZF Ecolife gearbox. This new acquisition is the largest capacity bus in the Archway fleet by some margin, and is similar to twin-door Volvo B8Ls with the same body style that are currently operating in Hong Kong with Kowloon Motor Bus.

AC73WAY leaving Archway Travel's yard in Fleetwood for an afternoon school run on route 607 to Elswick
Kowloon Motor Bus V6X128 (YE893) Volvo B8L 12.8m MCV eVoSeti (Wikimedia Commons)

Monday 13 November 2023

The Terror Tram heads east to Lowestoft

Reid's low loader leaving the bus yard at Rigby Road with Brush 634
The Terror Tram left Blackpool this afternoon at the start of a long journey to the opposite side of the country. Brush 634 is the latest Blackpool tram to make the long cross country trip to the east coast, where it is to be homed at the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, alongside several other expat Blackpool trams. A low loader of Reid Freight Services arrived at Rigby Road depot shortly after midday. The weather couldn't have been worse for the move, as Blackpool was being battered by wind and rain from Storm Debi, which passed right over the resort, bringing gusts of up to 73 mph, driving rain and sea spray in from the Irish Sea. After an efficient loading process, the transporter headed off along Rigby Road at 3pm with Brush 634 onboard.

Brush 634 being towed out of the body shop by Unimog 939

Brush 634 being towed across the bus yard with Reid's low loader on the right
Brush 634 being winched up the rail ramp onto the low loader
Reid's low loader about to depart the depot with 634 securely chained down
Brush 634 heading inland down Rigby Road at the start of its very long journey

Monday 6 November 2023

Former Blackpool Plaxton Centro spotted in Bury

A former Blackpool Transport Volvo B7RLE at Bury Interchange (photo courtesy of Philip Higgs)
Former Blackpool Transport 530 was spotted at Bury Interchange at the weekend. BF60 UVO is a Plaxton Centro bodied Volvo B7RLE, and is now owned by Transdev Blazefield subsidiary Rosso for use on their Irwell Line services.

Volvo B7RLE 530 and Enviro 400 City 409 at Cleveleys Bus Station in Aug 2016