LAST UPDATED: 4 January 2016

ALEXANDER DENNIS ENVIRO200

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 36478, NK61EDO, seen operating Service 18 arriving at South Shields Market.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2015

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 These eight vehicles saw 33489, 33825, 34605/6/10/12/14 and 35187/9 withdrawn at South Shields.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
36462 BLACKBERRY
36463 BETTY
36464 SMURF
36465 SHARON
36466 WOODY
36467 CATERPILLAR
36468 LILLY
36469 BUSY BEE
36470 BERTIE-BEEP-BEEP
36471 LOONEY LUCY
36472 THE ECO WARRIOR
36473 THE DEAN ROAD DYNAMO
36474 BOBBY
36475 DAISY
36476 BILLY MAC
36477 THE SHIELDS SHAMROCK
36478 STAR
36479 LEOPARD


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, however 36476-79 currently carry rear advertising for concessionary bus passes, part of a Stagecoach competition which saw senior citizens asked why they love their free pass.

    

This montage illustrates the four rear adverts carried by 36476-79.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2015


 

These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by South Shields.

 

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