Warning: This Article Includes Coffin Dodging Step Entrance and Low Floor Vehicles.
The school holidays sometimes throws up some oddities on normal routes. Instead of the usual Enviro400 or Volvo B9TL, an older vehicle might make a cameo appearance. Sometimes the older vehicle, in spite of its short comings (i.e. step entrance access and lack of buggy space), may be more fuel efficient than their young whippersnappers.
It is also worth noting that whilst older vehicles lack the wow factor among passengers, some buses mature as seasoned performers if maintained properly. Some, if they are really lucky, escape the clutches of the cutter’s torch and join the preservation movement. They are adored by enthusiasts who remember them from childhood, or in a professional capacity. Instead of stopping at the Albion Hotel for the umpteenth time, they are seen in far flung locations like Duxford, Halifax, Llandudno and Heaton Park.
Before Greater Manchester goes 100% low floor, now is the time to enjoy our older vehicles whilst they are still here. Let’s hear it for the veterans of 409 route, surviving each traffic jam, the odd Latics fan, and Our Ladys’ School’s finest. Show your appreciation for the Dennis Trident, whose previous campaigns have included the 192 route.
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S.V., 01 November 2012 (All Saints’ Day).