LAST UPDATED: 6 July 2017


Welcome to news shorts from the Stagecoach North East Bus Depot. News will appear here in chronological order. When one of our special news publications is released, it will appear below as a news item.



RESERVE ROUND-UP      6 July 2017

Former Hartlepool Dart SLF is now on site at Sunderland - it is currently unknown whether it will see further service in the city. This takes the total number of Darts replaced by the seven former South Shields Enviro200s at Hartlepool to nine and leaves Hartlepool with only five spare buses and no active reserves.


Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017

Further ALX300 bodied MANs to return from loan to Ayr are 22015 & 22045, both on site at Stockton depot.



Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017

The list of long term VOR buses continues to grow, now comprising: 19196 (Slatyford), 22019 (Teesside), 22509 (Slatyford), 22515 (Slatyford), 22580 (Slatyford), 24102 (Teesside), 27510 (Teesside) plus accident damaged 22579, the remains of which are back at Slatyford depot, as well as 22510 & 22511 which have never left the depot since arriving over a year ago.


Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017

In other news, Slatyford's 22411 NK06LUY has been treated to a repaint, removing the remnants of the ***KING X47 branding. With 22412 undergoing similar treatment, only 22408 & 22409 remain in something of a state.





COASTAL CASCADES      30 June 2017

Following service cuts in South Shields, the peak vehicle requirement at the depot was reduced by six. As a result, seven 61-plate ADL Enviro200s were released for cascade down the coast to Hartlepool. 36461-36467 have all now entered service in Hartlepool, which had led to the ousting of some eight Pointer 2 bodied Dart SLFs - 34550, 35155, 35157, 35158, 35159, 35160, 35161 & 35173 are all now parked up at the depot, ticketing equipment removed.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017






AYR SUPPLY      30 June 2017

Six of the withdrawn ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220 A69 fleet, 22013, 22015, 22040, 22045, 22047 & 22049 were loaned to Stagecoach West Scotland in May 2017, covering for several defective vehicles at the company's Ayr depot. 22040, 22047 & 22049 had returned to Slatyford depot by late June, as illustrated below.

A selection of the MANs on loan to Ayr
Photo © David Duffield 2017


22040 and 22049 back at Slatyford fo.lowing their spell in Ayr.
Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017








SLATYFORD SHORTAGE?      4 June 2017

Adding to the mounting number of MANs withdrawn at Slatyford, 22077 and 22079 are now both confirmed as withdrawn, parked up with ticketing equipment removed. With no replacements to date, their withdrawal is unlikely to help with vehicle shortages seen at the depot over recent months.

19196 also remains parked up at the rear of the depot as it has been for some time now, along with a more recent addition in the form of 22509. It remains to be seen whether the service cuts in South Shields, which came into effect today, will release additional capacity to Slatyford.




UPGRADE FOR THE 71      31 May 2017

The trio of former Teesside Enviro300 bodied MAN 18.240s which recently arrived at Slatyford, 24113, 24114 & 24115 entered service today, providing all three duties on Service 71.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017






Additional withdrawals at Slatyford include ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220 A69 22078, which has had ticketing equipment removed, and 19196 which has been parked up at the back of the depot for several weeks now, front panel absent.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017





TEESSIDE TRANSFER      29 May 2017

On site at Slatyford this evening, former Stagecoach on Teesside Enviro300 bodied MAN 18.240 A69 24114. Also, presumably reinstated, 35194 was this evening parked up with the service fleet with ticket machine installed.




LATE SHOWS      21 May 2017

Stagecoach North East again provided the vehicles for the Late Shows this year, in the form of Enviro400 10649 and Tridents 17239, 17240, 17643 and 17645. The four open toppers were the intended allocation for the evening, however 17240 didn't make it through the night, receiving attention in the workshops at Slatyford late last night and now parked up against the rear fence. 10649 was drafted in as a rather better spec - albeit closed top - replacement.

Considering the Tridents have been reupholstered and resprayed prior to entering service, internally they appear incredibly shabby. In particular the seat backs and moulded handles are extremely worn and battered. Without exception, they appear to be in a significantly worse state than the dcecade older Olympians that they have replaced. 17239 is the best presented of the bunch - presumably resulting in it seeing almost exclusive use on the City Sightseeing franchise to date.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017







ABANDONED ALX      13 May 2017

Fleet changes continue at Slatyford following the service cuts which took place a couple of weekends ago. The latest withdawal at the depot is 22073, now parked up at the rear of the depot with ticketing equipment removed as illustrated in the photo below, which is copy; Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



Several vehicles at Slatyford are currently VOR, including 19196, 22515, 22574, 22579 & 22580. 22579 was involved in a tragic accident on the Redheugh Bridge on the evening of 10 May and is not expected to return to service.







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TRIDENT TESTED      9 April 2017

Today saw the start of the 2017 City Sightseeing NewcastleGateshead season. For the first time, this year the tour will be operated by low floor vehicles, with converted former Manchester Dennis Tridents picking up the baton from the outgoing former Sunderland Busways Leyland Olympians. Just one bus is needed for the off-peak season and today that saw 17239 as the first of the batch to enter service.

The shot below, © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, captures 17239 X239NNO looking resplendent in the afternoon sun at St James' Park.



In other news, Transbus Dart SLFs 34562/67 have transferred to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, with 34565 expected to follow once repairs have been carried out.

Photo © Lee Wardle




Following the return to service of 39724, 39730 returned from Walkergate to Slatyford, with 22022/24 moving in the opposite direction. Recent departures have included 14669/71 which have been sold to private buyers and 19201/02 which have transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands.

Notable fixtures at Slatyford include 22075 & 22574, both of which are stored at the rear of the depot, without ticket machines.







MANS ABOUT TOWN      28 February 2017

Eight months after arrival in the North East, East Lancs Kinetic bodied MAN 18.240 A69 22509 has finally entered service at Slatyford, leading to the withdrawal of MAN 18.220 A69 22013.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.





Slatyford however gained similar MAN 18.220 A69 22022 from Walkergate, with MAN 14.240 A66 39730 moved in the opposite direction.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



These changes leave Walkergate free of 03-plate ALX300s while Slatyford retains 22022/24 and 53-plate examples 22050/51.





STAGECOACH STREETDECK?      28 February 2017

In an unusual move, Stagecoach North East are currently trialling a Wright StreetDeck demonstrator, SL15ZGP temporarily numbered 80028 in the Stagecoach fleet. The vehicle is being trialled in Newcastle on Service 38, operating between Whickham View and Freeman Hospital. However unlikely, should an order be placed following the trial, this would represent the first new purchase of non-ADL (or predecessor) products for the North East since the Quaylink Designlines over a decade ago.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.









DART DEMISE      28 February 2017

The Pointer2 bodied low floor dat is rapidly becoming an endangered species on the streets of Newcastle. As predicted (see 'Cascades Continue', below) 35163/72/73/88/89 were all withdrawn at Slatyford following the arrival of cascaded Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66s from Sunderland. Of these, 35163/72/73 have transferred to Hartlepool, with 35172 in service there and 35163/73 undergoing preparation for service. No withdrawals have been noted at Hartlepool, as a result, but are likely to comprise 34550/63/64.

35188 and 35189 remain onsite at Slatyford, devoid of ticketing equipment.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.









SEE THE SIGHTSeeing      28 February 2017

The City Sightseeing Tridents have recently undergoing branding for the service, which will commence operations on 9th April 2017. Those completed to date include 17240, 17643 and 17645. Former Cityseeing Olympians 14670/73 remain on site at Slatyford (14673 still parked up under cover with the service fleet!) though 14669/71 have recently left the depot - destination unknown.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.









CASCADES CONTINUE      5 February 2017

Following last weekends service cuts in Sunderland, further cascades have now taken place which has seen all but two of the MAN 14.240 Enviro200s transfer out of the city. In addition to 39728/30, previously reported, 39729, 39730 and 39732 have also now transferred to Slatyford.

There have been no confirmed withdrawals from Slatyford as yet, however Pointer Darts 35163, 35188 and 35189 have all been parked up at the rear of the depot recently. 35188 remains at the rear, 35189 is now parked up along the side of the depot building and 35163 is no longer visible on site. Also notable by their absence, 35172/73 are likely to make up the balance of withdrawn vehicles at Slatyford, at least three of which should be expected to transfer to Hartlepool to replace slightly older 2004 examples there.

With five vehicles withdrawn at Sunderland, at least one further withdrawal would appear to be pending. 34605 and 39727 were both in service on the 18s yesterday while 39709 was parked up over the pits at the Wheatsheaf.

In other news, 22024 was an unexpected returnee at Slatyford, operating the 6/7 circuit on Friday.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



And finally, Enviro300 27508 has at last left Slatyford, currently undergoing repaint at the Wheatsheaf, prior to transfer to Teesside.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.









SUNDERLAND SPARES      1 February 2017

Last weekend saw the latest set of service cuts come into force in Sunderland. Overall, the depot's PVR decreased by three, however up to seven vehicles might reasonably be expected to leave, since three Omicities were added to the allocation for the new express Service X24 to Newcastle. It's looking likely that the remainder of Sunderland's Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66s may be heading to Tyneside, with 39728 noted in Slatyford depot and 39730 in service on the 30/31/36 cycle today. Time will tell whether 39709/27/29/31/32 depart Wearside, or if Dart SLF 34605 has finally reached the end of the road.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.





As well as cuts in Sunderland, the frequency of Service X34 was reduced back to every 30 minutes from 30 January, leading to a reduction in PVR from five to three. As a result, 19645 & 19646 have transferred to Walkergate. No withdrawals have been noted to date, but MAN 18.220 A69s 22022/24 would seem likely candidates.

In other news, Slatyford's 22570 (branded for Service 100) and laggard Enviro200 26078 both finally entered service on 10 January, leading to the withdrawal of 27508 and 22021, respectively.





MORE FROM SLATYFORD      5 January 2017

It's hard to believe there are five other depots with all the activity at Slatyford over recent months. The latest news though comes again from there, with confirmation of the withdrawal of 22032, leaving just two more MAN 18.220 A69's likely to be withdrawn following the arrival of the Enviro200s.

© Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



On the subject of the new Enviro200s, the final member of the batch still to enter service, 26078, has appeared at the rear of the depot complete with fleet numbers and ticketing equipment, looking good to go.

© Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.







SHINY NEW SPECIMENS ENTER SERVICE AT SLATYFORD      3 January 2017

Only a matter of months since the arrival of sixteen new Enviro400MMC deckers at Slatyford, the depot has recently taken delivery of a batch of 18 Enviro200MMC single decks, the first in the North East fleet. The vehicles carry regionalised branding for the Stagecoach app and are for use on Services 30, 31 & 36. Details of the batch are as follows:

Fleet #       Registration   Branding variant
26063         SN66WLR   It's canny good!
26064         SN66WLU   It's canny good!
26065         SN66WLV   It's nee bother!
26066         SN66WLW   It's nee bother!
26067         SN66WLX   Heading doon Toon?
26068         SN66WLZ   It's nee bother!
26069         SN66WMA   It's canny good!
26070         SN66WMC   Heading doon Toon?
26071         SN66WMD   Heading doon Toon?
26072         SN66WME   It's nee bother!
26073         SN66WMF   Heading doon Toon?
26074         SN66WMG   Heading doon Toon?
26075         SN66WMJ   It's nee bother!
26076         SN66WMK   Heading doon Toon?
26077         SN66WML   It's canny good!
26078         SN66WMM   It's canny good!
26079         SN66WMO   It's canny good!
26080         SN66WMP   It's nee bother!


All but 26078 have been noted in service and cascades are still working through, however the arrival of the batch will ultimately see the departure of the majority of the 03- and 53-plate ALX300 bodied MAN A69s from Slatyford, with 22033-42/45-49 already confirmed withdrawn to date. Meanwhile, 03-plate examples 22021 & 22022, previously reported as withdrawn, have returned to service at Slatyford. The only other 03-plate examples to remain active at Slatyford are 22013 (officially in reserve) and 22032, with four 53-plate examples (22043/44/50/51) remaining in service presently. It is expected that 22032/43/44 will be the final three ALX300s to be withdrawn, restoring balance to the Slatyford fleet.

26069 is pictured (below) at Slatyford depot, shortly prior to first entry into service. Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot



The only member of the batch yet to enter service, 26078 is pictured shortly after delivery and prior to receiving fleetnumbers. Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot



Illustrating the rear branding carried by the batch, 26064 and 26072. Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot









EXCITING EXPRESS      3 January 2017

As previously reported, a new express service X24 will be introduced from January 2017, operating between Sunderland and Newcastle providing a direct link between the two cities. This development has seen the arrival of a trio of tri-axle Scania K270UB Omnilink at the Wheatsheaf, formerly having operated with Stagecoach in Fife. Still undergoing preparation for service, the vehicles comprise 24001, 24002 & 24003 (SP57CNE/F/J).

The shots below, all © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, depict the latest arrivals at Sunderland, prior to receiving repaint.











ENVIRO300 EXCHANGE      3 January 2017

The first generation Enviro300s are all but extinct in Newcastle, with only 27508 remaining in use on Service 100.

Replacing the batch on Service 100 are newer Enviro300s 22570, 22574, 22579, 22580 & 22581 (SP08DCV/DA/DL/DN/DO), which have joined the company from Stagecoach East Scotland. Following transfer from East Scotland, the vehicles have undergone repaint and received a new style of branding for Service 100. All but 22570 have now entered service.

Illustrating the branding as now carried by the batch, 22581. Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot



Of the displaced first generation Enviro300s, 27506 has to date been repainted and placed into service on Teesside.





OLYMPIAN FAREWELL      3 January 2017

With the end of the 2016 City Sightseeing season, the last Olympians in the Stagecoach North East fleet have now been permanently withdrawn. 14669/70/71/74 are parked up at the rear of Slatyford depot awaiting disposal. 14673 is now visible on site but is likewise listed for disposal. Replacements come in the form of Dennis Tridents - five have transferred from Manchester, of which four (17239/40 and 17643/45) will see service. These four have been converted to open top and painted in plain red base colour, pending application of City Sightseeing branding. This photo, © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, illustrates the current appearance of the batch.







KINETICS IN MOTION      6 November 2016

Further East Lancs Kinetic bodied MAN 18.240s continue to enter service at Slatyford - with 22512, 22513 and 22514 joining previously noted 22515. All of the remainder of the batch apart from 22510 are now on site at Slatyford, with 22509 and 22511 being prepared for service, while 22508 continues to look woefully abandoned at a precarious angle alongside withdrawn ALX300s.

The shots below, both © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, depict the latest two arrivals at Slatyford.





With 22512-14 now in service, 22021/22 have been withdrawn and 22024 transferred to Walkergate (officially in reserve capacity, though actually operating as part of the service fleet. 22022 is seen here, Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, shortly after withdrawal from service. Note the lack of ticketing equipment, indicating it is likely not intended to see further use in the North East.







NEXT GENERATION BRANDING      6 November 2016

Following much speculation on the intended use of the former Stagecoach East Scotland Enviro300s, of which five are now owned by Stagecoach North East, it can now be confirmed that these vehicles will replace the first generation Enviro300s on Metrocentre shuttle service 100. Joining 22574/79/81, previously confirmed as having arrived, are 22570 (SP08DCV) and 22580 (SP08DDN), both of which are now at Slatyford undergoing preparation for service.

Photos are © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot





Earlier arrivals 22574 and 22579 are currently receiving a new style of branding for the service. The photos which follow, all © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, illustrate the branding applied to 22579 (SP08DDL). Note the incomplete offside rear branding.











SLATYFORD STILL IN THE SPOTLIGHT      2 October 2016

The bulk of the news continues to come from Slatyford, where there's ongoing activity behind the scenes. The latest developments are:

Confirmation that 14669 has indeed been withdrawn, leaving 14670/71/73 as the last operational open toppers to see out the 2016 City Sightseeing season.

14669 is pictured here in withdrawn condition at Slatyford depot, note the lack of ticketing equipment; photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



Further Kinetic bodied MAN saloons continue to arrive at Slatyford; on site but not yet in service are 22508, 22512, 22513 and 22514. The latest Kinetic to arrive at Slatyford is 22514, pictured here awiting prepration for service at Slatyford depot; photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



Dart SLF 34567 continues to receive attention at the depot (photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot).







OLYMPIAN EXIT      27 September 2016

With the Great North Run behind us, the requirement for open top vehicles has decreased, with just two needed to operate the City Sightseeing franchise, soon to reduce to one as the season winds down. As a result, 14674 has been withdrawn from service and all ticketing equipment received. The vehicle is parked up at the rear of Slatyford depot, alongside 14669. 14669, which has been out of favour over recent years, seeing only very occasional use, retains ticketing equipment but is also likely now considered withdrawn. Strangely, 14674 was being treated to an internal clean this evening - so possibly not heading for the scrap yard just yet...

14674 is pictured here in withdrawn condition at Slatyford depot; photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



Meanwhile, the first of the Trident open top conversions is now complete, with 17643 back at Slatyford, minus most of it's roof, but still wearing Magicbus colours.



SLATYFORD SHORT CHANGED?      27 September 2016

The latest MAN 18.220 A69 to be withdrawn is 22023, now parked up at the rear of the depot devoid of ticketing equipment. 22023 is pictured here in withdrawn condition at Slatyford depot; photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.



Over recent months, a total of 11 MAN A69s have been withdrawn at Slatyford (22012/23/25-31/33 and 22346) with only eight replacements (22067/70/79-82, 22515 and 39721) - suggesting the depot are operating on a markedly reduced allocation currently.

While the operational fleet at Slatyford may be temporarily reduced, there are plenty of vehicles awaiting entry to service - including Kinetic bodied MAN A69s 22508/12/13, Enviro300s 22574/80/81 and - a recent arrival - former Hartlepool Dart SLF 34567 which has appeared bearing a notice warning the vehicle needs a brake check prior to being moved.

This photo is © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot and shows 34567 complete with notice warning of the need for a brake check following engineering work carried out.





NEWCASTLE'S NEW ARRIVALS      24 September 2016

The first of the East Lancs Kinetic-bodied MAN 18.240's 22515 has finally entered service at Slatyford. Orignially intended for Teesside, the batch are undergoing evaluation now on Tyneside. 22515 remains the only example to have been operational so far with Stagecoach North East - though 22508, 22512 and 22513 are all onsite at Slatyford. Of these, 22513 has recently had a base plate fitted, so may be the next to enter service.

As seen in this photo, © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, 22515 operated Service 88 on it's first day in service yesterday. Today it was operating Service X47.



The latest member of the batch to appear at Slatyford depot is 22512 (photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot).



Further 'new' arrivals at Slatyford include a trio of former Stagecoach East Scotland Enviro300s. 22574 (SP08DDA) and 22581 (SP08DDO) are pictured below, both at the rear of Slatyford depot complete with ticket machine base plates. Tony Ashurst confirms the third as 22579.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot





Tony Ashurst also confirms that Slatyford MAN 18.220 A69 22033 is currently at Walkergate while there has also been an exchange between the two Newcastle depots with MAN 18.220 A69 22346 returning to Walkergate in exchange for MAN 14.240 A66 39721.

Enviro400 19142 is the last of the batchto remain in the North East, still at Slatyford depot, awaiting collection.



SEE SUNDERLAND SPARKLE      24 September 2016

Today sees the switch-on of the fifth year of Sunderland's relaunched illuminations. Still with a way to go to reach the standard of 'the lights' in their heyday in the 80s and 90s, the offering has improved year on year and See It Do It Sunderland claim this year's spectacle will be the best yet. To help get people to and from the event, Stagecoach in Sunderland will be operating special shuttle Service 101, every 20 minutes. For times and dates of operation, visit the official site, here. Like last year, it is expected that Service 101 will be operated using a pair of gas buses.





SOLITARY SIXTY SIX      17 September 2016

Stagecoach North East's sole 66-plate vehicle, 10646 SN66WKB, has finally entered service at Slatyford. This photo, taken today and © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, captures the vehicle on Service 62, heading towards North Walbottle.





ENVIRO EXIT      17 September 2016

The last three remaining Enviro400s from the original batch, 19142/56/62, have now been withdrawn from service. The last of these to remain was 19156 however all three are now parked up at Slatyford depot ready for transfer to pastures new.







Meanwhile, earlier cascaded examples are now beginning to enter service with the new owners.

This photo, courtesy and © Darren Hunt, depicts 19145 in Morecambe, now part of the Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire fleet.



The second of our photos is courtesy and © Chris Cuthill and depicts 19157, now part of the Stagecoach East Scotland fleet, at Halbeath P&R working service 33 to Kirkcaldy.





SLATYFORD STRAYS      17 September 2016

The new Enviro400s at Slatyford are beginning to stray more regularly from the Killingworth routes; today this pair were both working service 71, which has recently actually seen increased Enviro200 use. Both photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.







TEESSIDE TRANSFER      17 September 2016

Former Slatyford-based MAN 18.220 A69 22026 has now entered service on Teesside, having been repainted at Sunderland prior to transfer - somewhat surprisingly given the vehicle is likely to be replaced by other cascades early in the new year.



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GOING TOPLESS      8 September 2016

With the City Sightseeing Leyland Olympians having to be withdrawn before the new year due to DDA regulations, replacements have been sourced in the form of former Stagecoach Manchester Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents 17239, 17240, 17643, 17645 and 17647.

17239/40 and 17645/47 are currently in storage at Stockton depot while 17643 is currently on site at Gardiner's, Spennymoor - the first of the batch to undergo open top conversion.

The photo below, © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, depicts 17643 in Gardiner's yard earlier this week.





BE QUICK TO CATCH THE CLUB      8 September 2016

Thanks to Tony Ashurst for confirming that the short-lived Club22 branding applied to eight of Walkergate's Enviro400s is to be phased out. The first vehicle to be repainted will be 19431, currently being debranded at Walkergate, with the rest of the batch to follow soon after.



BACK ON THE ROAD      8 September 2016

After several months out of service for engine repairs, Hartlepool based Enviro200 39710 has now returned to service, as pictured below (Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot).



The return of 39710 has seen 34561 withdrawn at Hartlepool, seen here parked up here in the depot, lacking ticket machine (Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot).





SLATYORD STRAGGLER      8 September 2016

Slatyford's last outstanding new Enviro400 10646 has finally turned up - at South Shields. Ian Mullen confirms the vehicle, currently registered SN16OYM, is one of five that will see use on Great North Run Service 553 this weekend.

Thanks also to Richard Smiles for confirming 10646 was held up at ADL due to technical issues and, as it did not enter service prior to September 1st, the 16-plate will be surrendered and the vehicle will instead be registered SN66WKB, prior to entering service.

With thanks to Ian Mullen for providing this likely unique shot of 10646 in South Shields depot, still bearing the registration SN16OYM.





SAVED FROM THE SCRAPYARD      4 September 2016

With thanks to Ross Newman, we can confirm that former Stagecoach on Teesside Volvo Olympians 16834 and 16836, sold to Ensign last month, have been sold on to A and P Travel, Cambridgeshire - meaning the whole batch are still out there in service... are any destined for preservation, or will all end up scrapped once the DDA restrictions come into place in just four months?.



NEW DESTINATIONS      4 September 2016

Thanks to Richard Smiles and Lee Wardle for confirming that all of the withdrawn Enviro400s at Newcastle have now been cascaded to their new homes. 19141/43/44/48 are at Carlisle, 19145-47 at Morecambe, 19149 at Chesterfield, 19150-55/57 with East Scotland and 19158-61/63/93 with Stagecoach South. The vehicles are currently undergoing preparation for service at their new destinations and final depot allocations are still to be confirmed.

Thanks to Lee Wardle for providing this shot of 19148, shortly after arrival in Carlisle depot, with an interesting choice of destination!


Photo © Lee Wardle




ENVIRO UPDATE      27 August 2016

Walkergate's final new Enviro400 10635 together with Slatyford's 10640/51-54 have all now entered service, leaving 10646 as the only outstanding vehicle to enter service (or indeed to arrive - still no sign as yet).

Further withdrawals at Slatyford include 19144 & 19148 which, together with 19141, have now left the North East and are on site at Carlisle. 19145, 19146 and 19147 are reportedly at Morecambe depot, 19155 has been reported at Dunfermline and 19163 at Winchester. Thanks to Lee Armstrong for confirming that only three of the batch remain in service at Slatyford, those being 19142, 19156 and 19162. 19149 is withdrawn but remains in the depot, while 19161 was collected earlier in the week by Stagecoach South, along with 19159, previously reported withdrawn. The location of 19143/50/51/57 is currently unknown (can you help? - let us know where these vehicles are via the Contact us link).

Thanks to Tony Ashurst for confirming that 19200 is the latest Enviro400 to transfer over to Slatyford from Walkergate, having moved over today, leaving 19197 as the final vehicle still due to leave the Walkergate fleet.



TRIDENT TIMES      27 August 2016

Teesside's 17029 is still hanging on in service - usually to be found on the early finishing Service 39 board, as seen here (photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot).



Sisters 17025, 17026, 17028 and 17032 are all parked up at Stockton depot in withdrawn condition, lacking ticketing equipment. The whereabouts of 17027 is unknown (can you help - let us know where 17027 is via the Contact us link).

Meanwhile, the last pair of Volvo Olympians in the North East fleet, 16834 and 16836 have been sold to Ensign.



SLATYFORD LATEST      18 August 2016

Enviro400 10650 SN16OZO entered service today, seen here operating service 62 to North Walbottle (photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot):



With ten new Enviro400s and four ex-Walkergate examples in service, there are still just 11 confirmed withdrawals, though 19150/51/57 have been notable absentees of late.

Also on site at Slatyford, East lancs Kinetic bodied MAN 18.240 A69s 22513 & 22515, both freshly repainted but lacking ticket machines. Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot.









AND THEN THERE WAS ONE      17 August 2016

Thanks to Tony Ashurst for providing this photo which shows that Walkergate's last outstanding Enviro400 10635 SN16OYA has now been delivered, leaving Slatyford's 10646 as the last of the batch still to arrive.



Slatyford now have nine new Enviro400s in service - 10639/41-45/47/49 as well as four ex-Walkergate casacaded examples 19194-96/98. The latest withdrawals at Slatyford include 19160, withdrawn earlier this week, 19141 and 19159, withdrawn yesterday. Slatyford therefore have added 13 vehicles to their fleet, with 11 older Enviro400s withdrawn to date: 19141/45-47/52-55/58-60.

Meanwhile, Walkergate have seven new vehicles in service (10631-34/36-38), with six withdrawn to date (19163/93-96/98).

These shots, all © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, show 10644, 10648, 10649, 19195 and 19196 in service at Slatyford.











Meanwhile, these shots also © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot depict the latest withdrawals at Slatyford.











MORE NEWcastle ARRIVALS      12 August 2016

Thanks to Tony Ashurst for confirming the arrival at Walkergate this evening of another pair of Enviro400s destined for Slatyford - these being 10653 SN16OZS and 10654 SN16OZT. Neither carry any #BUSPEOPLE branding and their arrival leaves just two vehicles to be delivered, 10635 and 10646.

Photos below are both © Tony Ashurst and depict 10653 and 10654 shortly after arrival at Walkergate.





This shot © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot confirms that 10644 carries the He is Last-Minuter the variant of the #BUSPEOPLE branding.







ANOTHER NEW ENVIRO400 ARRIVAL      12 August 2016

Thanks to Tony Ashurst for providing confirmation and photo showing Slatyford's 10652 SN16OZR at Walkergate depot, deliered last night. This leaves just four vehicles, 10635, 10646, 10653 and 10654 to arrive. In addition, today saw Slatyford's 10639 enter service.







ENVIRO400 EXITS AND ARRIVALS      11 August 2016

The last few days have seen a further four new Enviro400s arrive for Slatyford, comprising numbers 10640, 10644, 10650 and 10651. In addition, this week has seen Walkergate's 10636/37/38 and Slatyford's 10647 enter service.

Details of vehicles delivered to date, allocations and branding are as follows:

10631 SN16OXP Walkergate Unbranded
10632 SN16OXR Walkergate Unbranded
10633 SN16OXS Walkergate The Easy-Goer
10634 SN16OXZ Walkergate The Last-Minuter
10636 SN16OYB Walkergate The Talker
10637 SN16OYC Walkergate The Organiser
10638 SN16OYD Walkergate The Organiser
10639* SN16OYE Slatyford The Last-Minuter
10640* SN16OYF Slatyford The Organiser
10641 SN16OYG Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10642 SN16OYH Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10643 SN16OYJ Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10644* SN16OYK Slatyford
10645 SN16OYL Slatyford The Talker
10647 SN16OZC Slatyford The Last-Minuter
10648* SN16OZD Slatyford The Multitasker
10649* SN16OZE Slatyford The Multitasker
10650* SN16OZO Slatyford The Talker
10651* SN16OZP Slatyford The Organiser
* indicates vehicle yet to enter service

These photos, all © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, show 10640, 10650 & 10651 at Slatyford, prior to application of fleetnumbers and fleet names.






A further three 07-plate Enviro400s - 19152, 19153 and 19155 - have now been withdrawn. These photos, all © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, show the three latest Enviro400s to exit the Newcastle fleet stored at the rear of Slatyford depot.











IN WITH THE NEW...      5 August 2016

The first new Enviro400s (codenamed MMC - major model change) entered service from Walkergate (10631-34) and Slatyford (10641/45) yesterday, with 10642/43 entering service today. In addition, a further three Slatyford examples, 10639 SN16OYE, 10648 SN16OZD and 10649 SN16OZE have now been delivered, undergoing preparation for service.

10648 and 10649 carry a fifth variant of the #BUSPEOPLE branding, that being The Multitasker.

Details of vehicles delivered to date, allocations and branding are as follows:

10631 SN16OXP Walkergate Unbranded
10632 SN16OXR Walkergate Unbranded
10633 SN16OXS Walkergate The Easy-Goer
10634 SN16OXZ Walkergate The Last-Minuter
10636* SN16OYB Walkergate The Talker
10637* SN16OYC Walkergate The Organiser
10638* SN16OYD Walkergate The Organiser
10639* SN16OYE Slatyford The Last-Minuter
10641 SN16OYG Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10642 SN16OYH Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10643 SN16OYJ Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10645 SN16OYL Slatyford The Talker
10647* SN16OZC Slatyford The Last-Minuter
10648* SN16OZD Slatyford The Multitasker
10649* SN16OZE Slatyford The Multitasker
* indicates vehicle yet to enter service

Thanks to Tony Ashurst for providing this shot of 10649 at Walkergate, prior to transfer over to Slatyford.


These photos, both © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, show 10647 & 10648 at Slatyford, prior to application of fleetnumbers and fleet names.








...OUT WITH THE OLD      5 August 2016

Following the entry to service of the first of the Enviro400MMC's at Slatyford and Walkergate, the first few members of the NK07/57---batch have begun to be displaced.

Slatyford's 19145/46/47/54/58 have all been withdrawn, currently parked up at the rear of the depot, while Walkergate's 19194/98 have transferred into Slatyford.

As four of Walkergate's MMCs have entered service, a further pair of 57=plate Enviro400s should be withdrawn imminently. Four of Slatyford's MMCs have been noted in service to date, therefore together with the pair of 57-plate Enviro400s from Walkergate, six vehicles have joined the Slatyford fleet with just five Enviro400s withdrawn.

The photos below, all © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot, show the withdrawn Enviro400s at Slatyford depot.















MORE MMC ARRIVALS      4 August 2016

A further pair of Enviro400MMC delivered yesterday were 10638 SN16OYD and 10647 SN16OZC. Both were delivered to Walkergate, though the latter will be a Slatyford based vehicle.

Details of vehicles delivered to date, allocations and branding are as follows:

10631 SN16OXP Walkergate Unbranded
10632 SN16OXR Walkergate Unbranded
10633 SN16OXS Walkergate The Easy-Goer
10634 SN16OXZ Walkergate The Last-Minuter
10636 SN16OYB Walkergate tbc
10637 SN16OYC Walkergate tbc
10638 SN16OYD Walkergate tbc
10641 SN16OYG Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10642 SN16OYH Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10643 SN16OYJ Slatyford The Easy-Goer
10645 SN16OYL Slatyford The Talker
10647 SN16OZC Slatyford tbc


It should be noted that SN16OYT, noted on delivery some time ago, has not arrived in the North East and is expected now to be for elsewhere within the Stagecoach empire.

Thanks to Sean White for provding these shots of 10638 and 10647 on delivery.









MORE MMCs      3 August 2016

Further Enviro400MMC deckers have arrived at Walkergate, in the form of 10636 SN16OYB and 10637 SN16OYC. This brings the total delivered to Stagecoach North East to eleven of the 24 strong batch. Those which have arrived so far comprise:

10631 SN16OXP Walkergate
10632 SN16OXR Walkergate
10633 SN16OXS Walkergate
10634 SN16OXZ Walkergate
10636 SN16OYB Walkergate
10637 SN16OYC Walkergate
10641 SN16OYG noted on delivery
10642 SN16OYH Slatyford
10643 SN16OYJ Slatyford
10645 SN16OYL Slatyford
106     SN16OYT noted on delivery

Thanks to David Oakley for provding these shots of SN16OYG and SN16OYT on delivery.





And thanks to Tony Ashurst for providing this shot of one of the most recent arrivals at Walkergate, 10636 SN16OYB



In other Newcastle news, former South Shields based MAN 18.220 A69 22067 has now transferred to and entered service at Slatyford. According to official fleet information, older MAN 18.220 A69s 22026, 22027 and active reserve 22012 have all been withdrawn at Slatyford.



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EASY-GOER      29 July 2016

The first of the brand new Enviro400MMC deckers for services 62 & 63 have started to arrive at Slatyford and Walkergate. This photo, from Lee Armstrong, shows the first pair to arrive at Slatyford. In the foreground is 10642 SN16OYH, depicting the #BUSPEOPLE branding to be applied to the batch.







ANOTHER MAN BITES THE DUST      15 June 2016

A further 03-plate MAN 18.220 A69, 22026 has been withdrawn from service at Slatyford, currently parked up at the rear of the depot with previously noted withdrawal 22031. 22029/30, also withdrawn, have been moved - location unknown. A total of five 54-plate MAN 18.220 A69's have transferred into Slatyford with four 03-plate examples (22026/29/30/31) withdrawn to date.







KINETIC MOTION      12 June 2016

Stagecoach North East have recently taken delivery of eight East Lancs Kinetic bodied MAN 18.240 A69's. These vehicles, numbered 22508-22515 (SF56FKL/M/N/O/P/R/S/T) were new to Stagecoach West Scotland in 2006 (27508) or 2007 (27509-15) and came to the North East via Yorkshire. 22509-15 are currently parked up at the rear of Sunderland depot; 22508 has not been noted but is understood to be onsite (presumably undercover in one of the workshops). The batch are expected to transfer to Teesside once prepared for service.

22509:


22510:


22511:


22513:


22514:


22515:


22512 is also on site, however it is tucked in behind 22509 adjacent to the gas refueling station and cannot be photographed.



SHIELDS IN SLATYFORD      12 June 2016

Following the service changes in Sunderland, which saw 39707/08 transfer to South Shields, the last pair of MAN 18.220 A69's based in South Tyneside 22067 and 22070 have been withdrawn. 22067 is currently undergoing extensive repairs at South Shields, prior to transfer to Slatyford, while 22070 has moved to it's new home, soon to enter service. 22070 is pictured below, parked up at the rear of Slatyford depot.







SUNDERLAND IN SLATYFORD      6 June 2016

Wasting no time, Stagecoach in Newcastle have placed the MAN 18.220 A69s from Sunderland into service at Slatyford - and in the case of 22082, still wearing Stagecoach in Sunderland fleetnames. 22079 & 22082 were both out and about on the X77/X78/X82/X87/X88 boards today.





Already withdrawn at Slatyford as a result of these arrivals are sisters 22029, 22030 and 22031 - all seen today at the rear of Slatyford depot in a withdrawn condition.











HOMEWARD BOUND      6 June 2016

Following this weekend's service changes in Sunderland, the PVR reduced by six vehicles. In addition to the four MAN 18.220 A69's which transferred to Slatyford, a pair of Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66's transferred to South Shields. The vehicles in question were 39707 & 39708, both indigenous to South Shields and only relatively recently having been transferred from South Shields to Sunderland. Here, 39708 is pictured at South Shields depot following it's first day back in service at the depot.





ALL CHANGE!      6 June 2016

Today saw the first ful day of new services in Sunderland - with extensive revisions to Services 12 , 18 & 19 in particular - including introducing Stagecoach services to new territory.

Service 12 has been rerouted via Tunstall Road, where 28004 is seen heading for the new terminal point of Doxford Park.



Service 12 has also been extended north of the river to serve Town End Farm - 28018 is pictured in Silksworth, heading for the new northbound terminus.



Services 18 & 19 have been rerouted between the City Centre and Grangetown. 36089 is seen departing the City Centre as Service 18, passing Mowbray Park on Toward Road - previously unserved by Stagecoach.



Seen inbound for the City Centre as Service 19, 39728 is photographed on Ryhope Road, again previosuly unserved by Stagecoach.







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LAST MANS STANDING      27 February 2016

Most of the non-DDA compliant MAN 18.220 A69's have left the Stagecoach North East fleet, heading for breakers yards. Still awaiting their fate at Stockton depot are 22202 & 22452.





STRAYING FROM SLATYFORD      4 February 2016

Slatyford based Dart SLF 35193 was this evening operating a short working from Throckley to City Centre only on Walkergate based route 22. Apologies for the poor photo quality.





DART TO DUST      23 January 2016

Yesterday saw Slatyford based Dart SLF 35187 engulfed in flames as a fire broke out in the driver cab area. Here the vehicle is seen back in Slatyford depot. Given it's age, it would seem unlikely that 35187 will see further service.





SIDEWAYS SMASH      23 January 2016

It would appear that Slatyford based ALX300 bodied MAN 22074 has sustained some damage to a nearside lower panel, as seen below.





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