Saturday, 7 July 2012
A-Line Coaches have just received another addition to the fleet, this time in the shape of a very smart little Mercedes 709D, disguised under Vario modifications. You'll recognise this from the Plymouth scene in that this was quite clearly previously owned by Target Travel, but was new as L813 SAE to Bristol in 1994. This should be a lovely addition to the fleet, it certainly gave a good ride when I was last on it, with a nice refreshed coach spec interior. PUI 6627 will now takeover as the spare bus, meaning R178 NPN, the Volvo B6, can be retired and put permanently out of service. It has recently been filling in for a turbo-blown X891 YGU, but has suffered with some overheating problems; unsurprising considering the hills it has to contend with, rising and falling back to sea level effectively every 10 minutes. There will also be another 709D arriving in the next couple of weeks to act as another spare/permanent replacement for the Iveco, although full details cannot be disclosed at this time.