LAST UPDATED: 12 December 2015

MAN 14.240 A66

39657-39675 NJ08C--

 

Pictured shortly after delivery is Hartlepool's 39663 NJ08CSX, operating Service 7 to Wynyard Road.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2008

These Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 vehicles were delivered from new to Stagecoach in Hartlepool in June 2008, the first examples of the type in the Stagecoach North East fleet. The 19-strong delivery saw the instant replacement of approximately half of the entire Hartlepool fleet, bizarrely giving the smallest operation a significantly higher easyACCESS percentage allocation than the major towns and cities also covered by Stagecoach North East.


All 19 Enviro200s were delivered to Stagecoach corporate standard with blue interior and individual seats. All of the batch entered service wearing Stagecoach in Hartlepool corporate livery with scrolling orange Sentence Case destination displays.


The arrival of the Enviro200s at Hartlepool ousted 19 Volvo B10Ms, being shared between Teesside and Newcastle (with both Walkergate and Slatyford receiving examples).


During late 2008, the batch began to receive names chosen by local school children. The names were applied to the vehicles in a similar style to that used for the NK06L-- MAN18.220s in Newcastle. Vehicle registrations and names are as follows (spellings, even where actually incorrect, were those applied to the vehicles):


39657 NJ08CRX BUS LIGHTYEAR
39658 NJ08CRZ LIGHTENING
39659 NJ08CSF FAIRY PRINCESS BUS
39660 NJ08CSO THE JOLLY BUS
39661 NJ08CSU MAGIC MOVER
39662 NJ08CSV BUMBLE THE BUS
39663 NJ08CSX COOL CRUISER
39664 NJ08CSY TIME WIZZARD
39665 NJ08CSZ FLASH
39666 NJ08CTE NEDDY
39667 NJ08CTF BLING
39668 NJ08CTK BUZZY BUS
39669 NJ08CTO MARLEY
39670 NJ08CTU DAISY
39671 NJ08CTV TREVOR
39672 NJ08CTX MOLLY
39673 NJ08CTY BROOM BROOM BUS
39674 NJ08CTZ STEVIE STAGECOACH
39675 NJ08CUA BROOKE

 

Seen carrying it's orginal name Buzzy Bus 39668 was subsequently renamed Thomas Henry in 2012.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2009

Following a front end repair, 39669 operated for a time with a distinctive odd white panel.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2012

Spring 2012 saw two of the batch renamed in honour of two pairs of local bus spotting young twins. The first vehicle renamed appeared in March 2012, as BUZZY BUS 39668 became THOMAS HENRY. The following month saw BROOM BROOM BUS 39673 renamed SAMUEL JACOB. The same year saw 39669 receive an odd white front end panel following repair work.

During 2013 the whole batch were denamed, and now carry standard Stagecoach in Hartlepool livery.

 

Representing the current appearance of the type, 39673 is seen operating Service 7 to Owton Manor.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2014

These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by Hartlepool.

 

 

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