Four more coaches have been fitted with wheelchair lifts, namely Scania
K/Van Hool Alizees 29/30 (DC08 ELD/YN57 JAO), and the two recently
acquired ex-PHM coaches, Mercedes Tourismo 16 (BN17 PHM) and Scania K/Irizar
PB 19 (BN16 PHM).
New arrivals are 2/3 (YP/YR21 ELD), Scania K410EB6s with Irizar i6s 14-3.7
C53FLt coachwork (Photo).
unique second-hand acquisition is 127 (YU64 NFF), a Scania K320UD with ADL
Enviro 500 H59/31D bodywork, which was built as a Euro 6 prototype
demonstrator for Hong Kong, but failed to generate any orders and
eventually returned to Scania UK.
Probably the final vehicles from the erstwhile PHM Travel fleet to be
absorbed by Eldorado are BN16 PHM, a 2016 Scania K360EB6 with Irizar PB
14-3.7 C59Ft body which has been given fleet number 19, and E10 PHM, a
2018 ADL E40D ADL Enviro 400MMC H41/28F which has been given fleet number
New are three Iveco Dailys (Photo).
302/3 (YG70 BKD/E) are 8-seater minibuses of type 45C16, carrying “Door to
Door” branding, which will be used in the main as tour feeders, whilst E
15 (YG70 BKF) is a 35S14 van for the Engineering Department.
25/6 (DG/DH07 ELD), Scania K340EB / Van Hool C47FLt were withdrawn, but
quickly re-instated for use on Flexicoach contracts, as were coaches 64,
65, 66, 209 and 210 - see Sept 2020 below.
A further vehicle acquired from the erstwhile PHM Travel
fleet to enter service here is 241 (YB18 FRG), a 2018 Optare Solo M7900SE
/ Optare B19F. Like the previous ex-PHM vehicles (see June news), it had
been acquired by PHM but had not been re-painted in PHM livery or entered
service by the time of the unfortunate passing of PHM’s owner.
New vehicles, all of which were originally scheduled for
delivery around the Easter period, but were delayed due to the Coronavirus
epidemic, are as follows: 17/8 (PK70 JMY/Z), Scania K320IB4 / MOBIpeople
C73DL (Photo), 60 (YE70 GNJ), Yutong ZK6938BHQ / Yutong TC9 C35F, and 205/6 (YN70
VAX/Y), Scania K250UB / ADL Enviro 300SMC B40F (Photo).
Withdrawn as a result are 209/10 (DE53 GYB/C), Scania CN94UB
/ Scania OmniCity B42F, dating from 2003, 64/5 (R4/5 ELD), Mercedes 0404 /
Mercedes Tourismo 15.RHD C49FLt and 66 (P6 ELD), Bova FHD12.340 / Bova
Futura C53F, all dating from 1999 but having been acquired as recently as
2017. All these vehicles, although withdrawn, have however been retained,
for the time being at least, so that they can be made available again if
“social distancing” means that extra vehicles are needed.
Acquisitions for the Engineering / Recovery fleet are E30 (YD67 SGB) a Mercedes 2548LS (Actros MP4) tractor unit and E31 (YX13 YJU) a Renault Magnum 460DXI tractor unit
Secondhand acquisitions are, 16 (BN17 PHM), Mercedes Tourismo 15.RHD
C51Ft, and 240 (YW68 PBW) 9.8m ADL Enviro 200 B28F. Both were
acquired as part of the disposal of the PHM Travel fleet (hence the
Tourismo's registration) following the sad passing of PHM’s owner.
Both were recent acquisitions by PHM and neither had been repainted into
PHM's livery. The Enviro 200 is one of the last non-MMC Enviro 200s
to be built, coincidentally following on from the three that went to
Johnsons, Henley-in-Arden (YW68PBX/U/V).
Also acquired is 901 (W16ELD) a
2005 Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka. This came via Arden
Forest, though it had not been operated by them, and arrived in all red
Metrobus (London) livery. It has been converted into a mobile exhibition
unit, with the upper deck laid out as a theatre for showing holiday and
publicity videos and the lower deck displaying brochures and taking
bookings (Photo). For administrative purposes it has been given a fleet number in
a completely new range, 901, and the registration number (W16 ELD) was
originally carried by a 2000 Plaxton Excalibur withdrawn in 2013.
A new arrival is 52 (YP20 ELD), a Scania K410UD6x2*4
with Caetano Boa Vista CH63/12Dt bodywork. It is branded for the X4
Manchester to London run.
Two second-hand acquisitions for the recovery fleet
are E28 (HHD 309H), a 1970 Scania LB140 recovery crane, and E29 (KV13 JOZ),
a 2013 DAF LF45.160 / Johnston 600 Road Sweeper.