A surprising secondhand acquisition is 105 (A5 ELD), an
ex Hong Kong Scania K94UB6X2/4 with Volgren H59/31D bodywork, built in
2000 - picture. The
previous 105, Dennis Trident DA02 PMJ was originally withdrawn pending
sale, but has now been renumbered 134 and re-instated.
New arrivals are 211-3 (DC05 FXJ/K/L) Scania
CN94UB/Scania OmniCity B42F, and 107/8 (DC05 FXM/N) Scania N94UD/East
Lancs OmniDekka H45/33F - picture.
Acquired is 148 (N398 TFV), a 1995 Scania N113DRB56 / East Lancs H53/35F,
ex-United (Fylde) - picture.
Withdrawn as a consequence are 262-4 (K262/3 BKN, J264 EKN) Leyland Lynx
LX2R11C15Z4S / Leyland B51F dating from 1993, and the last Lynxes in the
fleet; 124 (F124 OKN), a 1988 Leyland Olympian ONCL10/1R / Alexander `R'
H47/33F; 150 (E50 OPR), 1988 MCW Metrobus DR102/63 / Metro-Cammell H45/31F
and 154 (G154 AKN) MCW Metrobus DR102/72 / Metro-Cammell H43/30F built in
A second ex-PHM Bova has been acquired from Arden Forest. 62 (PH02
CDW) is a FHD12.370 with Futura C49Ft body, twin sister to 63 acquired in
New is Eldorado's first Scania Omnidekka. 106 (DD54
TLN) is a N94UD with East Lancs H45/27D bodywork -
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New: 1/3 (DA04 ELD/DB04 ELD)
Scania K124IB / Irizar Century 12.37. 1 is an executive C32Ft, 3 is C49Ft
Withdrawn are the former 1 (A1 ELD) Scania
K113CRB30 / Plaxton Paramount 3500/3 C47Ft, and 33 (333 ELD) Leyland Tiger
TR2R56C16Z4R / Plaxton Paramount 3500/3 C49Ft.
Yet another second-hand Metrobus is somewhat
different to all the others. It is an ex-CMB (Hong Kong) three
axle version and has been converted to open top. It carries fleet
number 141 and has been given the registration 3041 EM, last used by a
Plaxton bodied Scania withdrawn 4 years ago! -
Ex-PHM Bova has been repainted in fleet
livery, after operating for several months in its former livery with
Eldorado fleetnames and lettering -
Eldorado is pleased to announce the delivery of its
first two Scania OmniCities - 209/10 (DE53 GYB/C), Scania CN94UBs with
B42F bodies -
Withdrawn are 248 (G248 AKN) Leyland
Tiger / Plaxton Derwent 2 and 249 (A9 ELD) Leyland Lynx.
Acquired 63 (PH02 CDV) Bova FHD12.370 with Futura
C49Ft body, ex-PHM, Coventry.
New 207/8 (DC02 RHY/Z), further Scania L94UBs with Wright
Axcess Floline B44F bodies. Secondhand acquisitions are yet more
late model MCW Metrobuses, 154/5 (G154/5 AKN). 154 is in Golden
Withdrawn are Lynxes 228/250 (H228 XKN/A10 ELD) and Olympians 122/3
(A122 TKN/D123 GKN).
New deliveries are a Scania Irizar Century 2 (DB02 ELD) -
- and 105 (DA02 PMJ) a Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400.
A new Scania recovery vehicle is delivered -
. E13 (DA02 BNX) is a 6-wheel Scania R144 which joins Mercedes E11
in the Engineering Department. Eldorado runs a commercial vehicle
recovery service with these vehicles as well as using them for the
fleet, where cut down Leopard E8 is still the main towing vehicle.
Withdrawn: 63 (A3 ELD), 1989 Scania K113TRB / Plaxton Paramount 4000/3 CH53/24Ct, sold to Quicksilver Group (09/03/02).
Over the winter months, the restoration of 221 (ARY 221K), a former
Leicester Metro-Scania has been completed. -
Originally dual-door, the single-door conversion had been done by a
previous owner. It is possible that Eldorado will convert it back
to dual-door at some stage in the future. 221 will not be used in
service, but will be available for private hire and will be exhibited at
New are 203-6 (Y203-6 AKN), further Scania L94UBs with Wright
Axcess Floline B44F bodies.
The Atlantean Story
Atlantean/Northern Counties 118/9 (KKN 118/9X), the last Leyland
Atlanteans in the fleet, were withdrawn in October 2000, bringing 40 years of Atlantean operation
to an end.
For the record, the Eldorado Leyland Atlanteans over the years have numbered 32 in total, with 26 bought new, 4 secondhand, and 2 acquired with takeovers. There have been:
17 PDR1's, with bodywork by Alexander (3), ECW (1), Metro-Cammell (4), Northern Counties (5) and, Park Royal (4),
3 PDR2's, bodied by Roe,
12 AN68's, bodied by Roe (2) and Northern Counties "Standards" (10).
The Atlantean fleet peaked in 1985, when this make accounted for 82% of the double deck fleet (23 out of 28).