As a few of you will have probably already discovered, Ex-Plymouth Citybus Mercedes 709D made its rally debut last Sunday, and also its last, before coming out of preservation, and back into service, this being with A-Line Coaches. This is to act as the spare bus, in place of R260 GNJ which has now been retired from the fleet. Despite being older, undoubtedly N276 PDV will be more reliable, although is unlikely to be quite as economical as the frugal Ford engine fitted to the Iveco. Certainly a welcome addition to the fleet though, this one certainly seems to sounds nicer than PUI 6627 does! She needs a bit of TLC to get her up to scratch, but this has to be expected seeing as she has been residing in a corner of Winkleigh for 3 months, before purchase last weekend.
Purists look away now!! The eagle eyed among you will note that N276 has now been fitted with a Western National blind! Shocking - but appropriate for her new use. She is pictured here at what was her final time at Milehouse Bus Depot before moving onto A-Line's Foss Quay depot, during the handing over ceremony, with myself and Derrick Cuff pictured. Photo comes with thanks to Bobby Darch.
She is seen here boarding the Torpoint Ferry for what is highly likely the first time, on her way to her new home.