New for the Enginnering Department is E35 (YM72 REC), a Scania
P360LB4x2MNZ with Springfield Slide-Bed body, while second-hand
acquisitions are E34 (FV02 HPX), a 2002 Mercedes Actros 1840 (MP1) with
TRS Slide-Bed body, and E36 (YH20 REC), a 2020 Hino 700 FS 2848 with
Boniface Recovery body.
An acquisition for the heritage fleet is 48 (TWX 146F) a 1968
Bristol RELH6G / ECW C47F, which was new to West Yorkshire RCC as their
fleet number CRG8 (Photo).
A new vehicle for the recovery fleet is E32 (MG22 REC), an
Isuzu NPR-XD with winch and under-lift, whilst a second-hand acquisition
is E33 (PT09 REC), a Scania R360LB4x2MNB fitted with a Springfield
slide-bed and winch, dating from 2009.
A second-hand acquisition is 128 (YN16 HSG), a 10.8m ADL Enviro 400
H47/32F, one of the last to be built, as production switched to the
E400MMC. It is intended primarily for use on the schools services, and has
gone into service in its previous owner’s livery, which uses similar
colours to Eldorado’s own (Photo).
A new vehicle for the heavy recovery fleet is
E1 (S730 REC), a Scania 730 S B8x4NB fitted with an MHC Rotator, and takes
over the mantle of Queen of the Fleet from Scania T/Boniface E3 (Photo). The
previous E1, preserved Scania LB110 (KKN 11J), will continue to carry the
same fleet number on the vehicle, but has been renumbered E1001 for administrative
New arrivals are a pair of 19-seat midi-coaches. 81/2 (LC22 UKG/H) are Toyota XZB70s with Toyota Coaster C19FL bodies. The wheelchair
access is via doors on the rear of the coach, in a similar fashion to what
we would call “welfare vehicles”, rather than a side wheelchair lift, and
the seating is reduced to 16 if carrying a wheelchair, or 14 if carrying
two. These are effectively large coach-seated minibuses, with 2+1 seat
Second-hand acquisitions are a pair of Bristol FLF6Gs with
ECW H38/32F bodies. Acquired last year, and repainted into 1950s-1970s
Eldorado livery over the winter, is ex-Cumberland 535 (HRM 535D), new in
1966 and now numbered 158 in the Eldorado speciality private hire fleet (Photo).
The second FLF is ex-United L94 (5094 HN), new in 1962 and originally an
An interesting re-acquisition is the former Eldorado 244, a
Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen. It has been repainted in the current coach
livery, but has been given the same fleet names it carried last time, the
now obsolete “Eldorado Express”. It has also been given the cherished
plate it carried the first time round - A4 ELD, last carried by Scania
K113/Plaxton Paramount 4000 No.64. It carries its old fleet number, 244,
but like all the heritage fleet, on paper it has 1000 added to this for
administrative purposes, to avoid any possible clashes with current
members of the main fleet (Photo).
Two extra coaches have been acquired for the ‘low cost’ arm of the private
hire fleet. These are 68 (TXI 8668, originally T932 WWY), a 1999 Bova
Futura FHD12.340 C50FLt, and 69 (YP13 PGE) a Scania K360EB6 / Irizar PB
14-3.7 C59FLt. Both are PSVAR compliant, with wheelchair lifts and
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 (W16 ELD) 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 (Photo).
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.