Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Catch 22 Dart Upgrade

Catch 22 has added four more long Dennis Darts to its fleet to replace elderly MPDs it operates. First were 11 year old SN55HSK and SN55HSZ which came from Manchester Airport where they were new in December 2005 - the latter went straight into service in early July retaining an all-over advert for Manchester Airport parking. Y379/381GAX have been collected from Vale Bus Lines (t/a Capital Links), a Cardiff Bus subsidiary. These are 16 year old examples and rejoin several 1999 and 2000 vintage long Darts from Cardiff.
SN55HSZ on service 21 retaining its Manchester Airport advert 
T144DAX - the Domino's all-over advert is now out of use, scruffy sister T145DAX which has run since 2015 in white Select Buses livery is also now showing as SORN on the DVLA website and is presumed newly withdrawn. The third of this nearly 18 year old trio - T147DAZ is also on SORN - this has been occasionally used as a towing vehicle, rescuing stranded sisters. Only V657HEC and W466UAG are still licensed of the short Darts. V658HEC is believed sold, having been advertised for parts on a Facebook page.

Trident LX03BVJ has been sold to City Sightseeing in Budapest as an open topper.