MANs in New Zealand
Thames Travel have been running a relatively unusual collection of vehicles on their services for the last couple of months now as a stop gap inbetween selling ten of their modern MAN / MCV Evolution vehicles and replacing them with Mercedes-Benz Citaros cascaded from Oxford Bus Company.
Nine of the MANs have been sold to Go Bus Transport, New Zealand through import manager Associated Coach Sales for operation from their Christchurch depot. The first to arrive on 22nd December was latterly 406 in the Thames Travel fleet. The vehicles are to head to bus builder Designline to have a rear door fitted to make them compliant with New Zealand regulations before entering service next year.
Former 406 at the Go Bus depot in Christchurch yesterday. Thanks to Gerard Cooper for this photo.
A nearside view of 406. Thanks to Gerard Cooper for this photo.
Meanwhile in Oxfordshire and Berkshire usual appearances continue unabated....
924 on loan from Carousel Buses on 17th November 2012. Thanks to Brian Coney for this photo.
481 on loan from Carousel Buses on 15th November 2012. Thanks to David Wilder for this photo.
854 on 9th November 2012. More from this batch are in the process of being transferred from Oxford Bus Company following delivery of their new Volvo B5LHs.