Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Portswood Paint

It divides opinion from bus enthusiast, near and far. Some vehicles carry it, while others seem to strangely miss its treatment. It identifies a vehicle as having been painted at First Hants & Dorset's old Portswood depot. I'm of course referring to the black paint that some First Hants & Dorset buses carry having been treated to a new repaint in Portswood depot. Here are a selection of the finest variety of repaints on offer...
Volvo B7TL 32032 - W802EOW

Former First Leeds Dart 40616 - M244VWW

Portswood based Dart SLF 42512 - R412WPX

Dennis Dart 47367 (N467ETR)

Weymouth based 48208 - V808EFB - at Town Bridge

Now withdrawn former First Manchester 50122 - M159LNC

Finally, Volvo B10M 60524 - H682THL

It will be interesting to see if the extra black continues now the depot switch to Empress Road has been made. Certainly, opinion is divided but I personally quite like most versions, although it suits certain types of buses more than others. After First introduced their livery nationwide removing local liveries, it is also satisfying to have some sort of local identity.

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you James - I think in most cases the black enhances rather than spoils the overall look.

    However, it's not corporate - can you imagine if a Stagecoach operating company started painting the window surrounds or destination areas black - I bet that wouldn't go unnoticed by top management for long!