Wednesday, 14 January 2015

O Caerdydd i Blackpool

No, my spell checker has not gone wild or suffering from sticky keyboard syndrome! Ex-Cardiff Dart 186 was collected from Cardiff yesterday and driven to Blackpool and it will enter service tomorrow. These buses have certainly been well looked after by Cardiff Bus and it is possible another MPD (Mini Pointer Dart) will join us in March.
The acquisition of further Darts forms part of a policy of returning buses off-lease that were acquired from Classic Bus North West in December 2013 and replacing them with vehicles owned outright by Catch22Bus. As such a number of buses will be leaving the fleet by the end of January.
Cardiff Dennis Dart 186 upon collection from Cardiff Bus on 13 Jan.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

New Year update

A further Dennis Dart will soon be joining the fleet, but this will be acquired direct from Cardiff Bus and is therefore already in our matching fleet colours; it is former Cardiff 186 (X186CTG). This vehicle now awaits collection and is expected to enter service with Catch22Bus straight away.
Cardiff Dart 186 prior to withdrawal and replacement by 10 new Enviro 200s. 186 now awaits collection from Cardiff Bus.
Former Cardiff Dart 147 already in the fleet has had some orange applied to the front end and may enter service otherwise in the old Cardiff turquoise and cream livery, but is expected to soon receive an all-over advert livery for a 6-month contract. Volvo B7TL no.139 is also expected to receive a vinyl-wrapped all-over advert prior to Easter but is presently still operating in its faded London red.
Volvo Olympian 325 (N325NHG) is now considered withdrawn. The future operation of step entrance buses is being considered.