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Offline TonyMaxwell

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Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« on: June 08, 2009, 10:52:37 AM »
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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 11:09:27 AM »

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 03:16:30 PM »
Those Oxford Tube coaches do get intensively used. However, Brian did have a well publicised scuffle with Van Hool over the reliability of this model just 26 years ago, including overheating. [1] So what has changed with the model now? Especially for such a busy service?

[1] - Twenty Five Years Of Stagecoach, Doug Jack, 2005.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2009, 07:00:10 PM »
The Oxford Tube is such an interesting route!  Not only does it apparently defy commercial logic to have so many buses travelling that route so often (considering both companies), but as they are such unusual buses it's leading to buses that would never otherwise be seen turning up in places like Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire afterwards.

It's amazing what the effect of one bit of healthy competition can be!

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2009, 11:20:30 PM »
Here are some pictures courtesy of the Oxford&Chiltern Bus Page, sorry about the size!
Images (C) Malcom Crowe.



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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2009, 06:28:43 AM »
They ARE nice, looks like the arrivals area at Victoria Coach Station is where them photos are taken, i know it well  ;D Im really going to have to go after them very soon.

Thanks for posting them Adam.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2009, 09:00:24 AM »
i like very nice im going to have to go to oxford now are  there on non english plates  or is this just me



kind regards jamie
« Last Edit: June 11, 2009, 09:20:50 AM by jamie (stagecoach106) »

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2009, 09:51:08 AM »
i like very nice im going to have to go to oxford now are  there on non english plates  or is this just me



kind regards jamie
Its not on english plates, I think this is just being used to publicise the service-and of course check that a 14M? long coach can fit around all the corners!
Also in correction to my first post, they are integral Vanhools with Daf engines. Bit of an odd choice considering that a Volvo chassis is available for those bodies-Burtons have one!
« Last Edit: June 11, 2009, 09:55:25 AM by Adam D »

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2009, 11:34:34 AM »
Isn't the registration plate the latest version of UK Trade Plates?
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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2009, 07:01:56 PM »
Also in correction to my first post, they are integral Vanhools with Daf engines. Bit of an odd choice considering that a Volvo chassis is available for those bodies-Burtons have one!

Looking at the website, www.vanhool.com the Volvo T9 Astrobel's are only available in 13.1m form with the integral available at 14.1m. However I would have thought they would have gone for the MAN engine option, as Daf is not a manufacturer one usually associates with Stagecoach.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2009, 08:00:17 PM »
Also in correction to my first post, they are integral Vanhools with Daf engines. Bit of an odd choice considering that a Volvo chassis is available for those bodies-Burtons have one!

Looking at the website, www.vanhool.com the Volvo T9 Astrobel's are only available in 13.1m form with the integral available at 14.1m. However I would have thought they would have gone for the MAN engine option, as Daf is not a manufacturer one usually associates with Stagecoach.
Guy who told me about the Vanhools being Daf's said he got the info out of Bus and Coach.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2009, 07:58:33 PM »
Stagecoach's own Press Release confirms that they are DAF.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2009, 09:09:03 AM »
Whether again it's the Engine options, MAN's don't seem to need Adblue to achive the Euro 5, neither do DAF using EGR technology instread. Whereas Volvo and Dennis do need fuel additives. With Oxford expereince with the Neoplans also with MAN engines do they really want to use MANs again.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2009, 07:54:20 PM »
Isn't the registration plate the latest version of UK Trade Plates?
Just found out that they are Belgian trade plates.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2009, 12:23:31 PM »
Isn't the registration plate the latest version of UK Trade Plates?
Just found out that they are Belgian trade plates.
I was just going to say i looked at the Pix's and i could tell they were on E.U plates just by the style sorry i should of said sooner but been busy  ::)

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2009, 10:11:24 PM »
Tonight i went for a small drive across to Northampton and found the following when i dropped up Wellingborough Van Hool Base:
50205-T60UBE
50207-OU09FMZ
50208-OU09FNA
50209-OU09FNC
50210-OU09FND
& 2 No Registrations

For Pictures go to my blog http://eebpsightings.blogspot.com/2009/07/oxford-tube-comes-to-wellingborough.html

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2009, 07:21:01 AM »
The two unregistered coaches were being driven up the M11 just after 3 on Friday afternoon, on UK trade plates.  I wondered where they were headed.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2009, 11:51:42 AM »
The two unregistered coaches were being driven up the M11 just after 3 on Friday afternoon, on UK trade plates.  I wondered where they were headed.
O ta for that i dont quiet know if anymore are expected but we shall see what happens.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2009, 05:23:48 PM »
one of the new coaches was in london on wednesday on driver traning

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2009, 01:21:29 PM »
The branding about "stylish new coaches" will probably be removed once they enter service. It seems, like Stagecoach United Counties did with the X5, that the new vehicles are being driven around on training runs in prominent places and being parked up in bus stations en route etc.

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Re: Greener Coaches - Oxford Tube
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2009, 02:45:43 PM »
The branding about "stylish new coaches" will probably be removed once they enter service. It seems, like Stagecoach United Counties did with the X5, that the new vehicles are being driven around on training runs in prominent places and being parked up in bus stations en route etc.
I beilve that they have lost that branding now and had the full branding applied to them now =) But i could be wrong as i think they all have now entered service.

Slight correction 15 have entered service list below:
50201      T40UBE
50202    T44UBE
50203    T50UBE
50204    T55UBE
50205    T60UBE
50206    OU09FMY
50207    OU09FMZ
50208    OU09FNA
50209    OU09FNC
50210    OU09FND
50211    OU09FNE
50212    OU09FNF
50213    OU09FNG
50214    OU09FNH
50215    OU09FNJ
« Last Edit: August 16, 2009, 02:47:52 PM by Jamie Vendy »