Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ugobus: The Portsmouth Network

Today I finished off my photos of the 6 former Hong Kong based Dennis Dart SLFs that are now in service from First Hants & Dorset's Hilsea depot. Following cutbacks of the Ugobus network in Plymouth, these all moved up as Mercedes-minibus or Dennis Dart replacements.

40956 - S344SUX - Pictured approaching Gunwharf Quays, The Hard Interchange on 9th April on route 13.
40957 - S372SUX - Pictured earlier this afternoon leaving Southsea's South Parade Pier on route 3, heading for Paulsgrove.
40959 - S335TJX - 40959 was one of the initial two acquired back in 2010 - here seen earlier this year in February heading for The Hard on route 6. Pictured at South Parade Pier.
42759 - S659SNG - The second one acquired back in 2010, here is 42759 departing The Hard heading for Hilsea on route 6A.
42778 - S678SNG - One of now 6 in the fleet previously with First Eastern Counties, here is 42778 heading through Southsea's South Parade Pier on Sunday only route 16A. February 2011.
42783 - S683SNG - Numerically the last one in service at Hilsea, here pictured on the 9th April in Palmerston Road, Southsea. Close observers will note these are usually used on routes 3 or 6.
Further to these six, four more have arrived at Hoeford depot (Fareham) - numbered 40961, 42754, 42757 and 42773. All apart from 42773 are already in service from Hoeford, and I managed to get my first one today -

Here is 40961 (S474TJX) pictured in Waterlooville having arrived on route X42 from The Hard. I've managed to photograph sisters 40956/9/60/2 already down in Devon but never have found 40961 until today, so I'm quite happy!

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