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36461-36479 NK61E--


This batch of 19 integral Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts were delivered new to South Shields between December 2011 and February 2012. Like the earlier examples, these vehicles feature Stagecoach corporate standard blue interior and individual seats. All of the batch entered service wearing Stagecoach in South Shields corporate livery, and had scrolling orange Sentence Case destination displays.

Representing the batch is 36470, NK61ECV, seen operating Service E6 arriving at South Shields Market.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2016

The registrations of the batch are as follows:


36461 NK61EBZ
36462 NK61ECA
36463 NK61ECC
36464 NK61ECD
36465 NK61ECE
36466 NK61ECF
36467 NK61ECJ
36468 NK61ECN
36469 NK61ECT
36470 NK61ECV
36471 NK61ECW
36472 NK61ECX
36473 NK61ECY
36474 NK61ECZ
36475 NK61EDF
36476 NK61EDJ
36477 NK61EDL
36478 NK61EDO
36479 NK61EDP

The vehicles were purchased for use on Services 3, 4, 7 and 8. 36461/63/67 were the first examples to enter service, on 19th December 2011, followed by 36464/65/66/68 one per day for the next four days, in numerical order. The last example to enter service in 2011 was 36462, on 28th December 2011. These eight vehicles saw 33489, 33825, 34605/6/10/12/14 and 35187/9 withdrawn at South Shields. The ALX200 bodied Dart SLFs went to Reserve, while 34605/6 moved to Hartlepool and the remainder to Sunderland.

Deliveries recommenced in the new year, with 36470/71 entering service on 13th January 2012, followed by 36472 (16th January), 36469 (18th January), 36475 (19th January), 36473/76 (20th January), 36477 (24th January), 36478 (25th January) and 36479 (26th January). The final example to arrive was 36474, which did not enter service until 11th February 2012. These 11 vehicles saw the departure of 33492 (to Reserve), 34401 (to Hartlepool), 34607 (to Hartlepool), 34608/9/11/13/15 (to Sunderland) and 35189/90 (to Sunderland).

Following a Competition among local school children in South Shields, the vehicles were named shortly after delivery, as follows:

36461 MOON
36463 BETTY
36464 SMURF
36465 SHARON
36466 WOODY
36468 LILLY
36469 BUSY BEE
36474 BOBBY
36475 DAISY
36478 STAR

During Summer 2012, 36464/65/68 were temporarily transferred to London for use as shuttle vehicles during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In order to comply with strict Olympic advertising rules, all fleetnames were obscured, as Stagecoach were not designated an olympic partner or sponsor. Interestingly, commercial advertisements carried by the vehicles were not required to be removed.

The vehicle names have all since been removed, as have the rear advertising for concessionary bus passes, part of a Stagecoach competition which saw senior citizens asked why they love their free pass, which were carried by 34676-36479.

This series of images illustrates the four rear adverts carried by 36476-79.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2013-2014

Following extensive service cuts in South Shields in June 2017, the peak vehicle allocation for the depot decreased by six vehicles. As a result, seven vehicles from this batch, 36461-36467, transferred to Hartlepool replacing Pointer 2 bodied Dart SLFs 34550, 35155, 35157-35161 & 35173.


36463 is seen operating in Hartlepool Town Centre, shortly after transferring down from South Shields.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017

In September 2018, 36466 was withdrawn at Hartlepool, requiring enginge repairs. It was replaced by ADL Dart SLF 35189 from Sunderland which remained in the town until December 2018, when 36466 returned to service.

Further departures from South Shields occurred in October 2018, when 36468-77 were selected to transfer to Slatyford in exchange for older MAN 14.240 A66 examples 39705/06/15-22. 36468/69/70/72/74/75/76/77 transferred to Slatyford in October 2018, with 36471 following in early November. 39705/06/16-22 moved in the opposite direction. 36473 remained off the road at South Shields until January 2019 and after briefly returning to service in the town, transferred to Slatyford later the same month, with 39715 moving in the opposite direction.

Recent arrival at Slatyford from South Shields, 36477 is pictured in Newcastle operating Service 7 to Four Lane Ends.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2018

These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by Hartlepool, Slatyford and South Shields.


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