Double Deck Vehicles

40540-4 V540-4ESC

During March 2013 Diamond Bus acquired for Dennis Trident double deckers from their sister subsidiary Preston Bus for use at the recently acquired Redditch depot. The vehicles had started life with Lothian Buses as dual door vehicles in Edinburgh. When the vehicles had been sold to Preston Bus they had been converted to a single door configuration. However they retained their trade mark Lothian Buses Scottish tartan seat apostasy and a number of tables in the down stairs seeaing area. Before the vehicles entered service at Redditch they were repainted in the striking all over blue Diamond Bus livery. Their entry into service allowed the former First Midland double deckers to be withdrawn. In the ensuing years all but one of the vehicles have been withdrawn. 40544 being the vehicle still in service at Redditch and is used on a Warwickshire contracted service for Alcester Grammar School.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Vehicle Type

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Current Allocation

Livery

V540ESC 40540

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H45/29F March 2013  Withdrawn 12/16  Diamond blue
V541ESC 40541

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H45/29F March 2013  Withdrawn 7/15  Diamond blue
V542ESC 40542

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H45/29F March 2013  Withdrawn 7/15  Diamond blue
V543ESC 40543

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H45/29F March 2013 Withdrawn 12/16  Diamond blue
V544ESC 40544

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H45/29F March 2013  Redditch  Diamond blue

40610-9    V857/60/2/77/T881KLF/V882HHL/T884KLF/V885/6/94HHL

When Diamond Bus purchased the Redditch Garage from First Midland Red on 3rd March 2013 the deal included ten T and V registered Dennis Tridents. The vehicles had only joined the Redditch fleet in the autumn of 2012 and had allowed all five of the 54 plate Dennis Tridents to be transferred to the Worcester depot and a number of step entrance Dennis Lance vehicles to be withdrawn.

The ten vehicles had started life on Transport for London contracts with Firstgroup and at the end of a 12 year period in service the vehicles were replaced with newer vehicles. Being built to a dual door configuration the vehicle underwent some  refurbishment that removed the extra set of doors, fitted electronic destination blinds and gave the vehicle a general overhaul. Initially the vehicles were allocated to First Eastern National before being replaced by slightly newer vehicles in late 2012 to allow the transfer to Redditch depot.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Vehicle Type

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Current Allocation

Livery

V857HBY 40610

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F October 2012  Withdrawn - Sold to Ensign bus 10/13 Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
V860HBY 40611

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F 20th August 2012  Withdrawn Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
V862HBY 40612

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F September 2012  Withdrawn Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
V877HBY 40613

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F August 2012  Withdrawn - Sold to Preston bus for spares Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
T881KLF 40614

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F October 2012  Withdrawn - Sold to Preston bus for spares Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
V882HBY 40615

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F October 2012  Withdrawn - Sold to Ensign bus 10/13 Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
T884KLF 40616

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F October 2012  Withdrawn Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
T885KLF 40617

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F October 2012  Withdrawn Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
V886HBY 40618

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F September 2012  Withdrawn - Sold to Ensign bus 10/13 Barbie3 with Diamond branding added
V894HHL 40619

Dennis Trident

Plaxton

H42/27F September 2012  Withdrawn Barbie3 with Diamond branding added

Former First Midland Red Fleet numbers are 40610 - 32857, 40611 - 32860, 40612 - 32862, 40613 - 32877, 40614 - 32881, 40615 - 32882, 40616 - 32884, 40617 - 32885, 40618 - 32886 & 40619 - 32894

42564/5 - K123/6URP

With the sale of Redditch and Kidderminster Garages of First Midland Red to Diamond Bus on 3rd March 2013 K123URP and K126URP were included in the sale and surprisingly unlike a number of the step entrance Dennis Lance vehicles they were retained for service making them by far the oldest vehicles in the Diamond Bus fleet. Whilst the vehicles were in the fleet for the operation of school services they did see service on other routes.  With the sale K123URP was renumbered 42564 from 34123 and K126URP was renumbered 42565 from 34126. In the event the vehicles were withdrawn at the end of the 2013 academic year and were soon sold for scrap.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Vehicle Type

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Current Allocation

Livery

K123URP

42564

Volvo B10M

Alexander

CH47/35F

Nov-05

Withdrawn - June 2013 - Sold to Willenhall Commercials for scrap Sept 2013

Barbie3 with Diamond branding added

K126URP

42565

Volvo B10M

Alexander

CH47/35F

September-06

 Withdrawn - August 2013 - Sold to Willenhall Commercials for scrap Sept 2013

Barbie2 with Diamond branding added