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September 14th, 2018, 8:36 pm #111

None of the new VWD400 type class have been fitted with radios. Can't see them going into service yet until they are installed!

Paul thanks for the constant updates.
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September 14th, 2018, 10:50 pm #112

Athlone's SP68 in Thurles train station earlier this evening, maybe a bus transfer given engineering works further up the railway line this weekend.
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September 14th, 2018, 11:36 pm #113

Thanks DVH9, maybe some interesting sights around Thurles and Athlone the next few days. Maybe some school buses from both depots turning up?!
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September 14th, 2018, 11:57 pm #114

TheTravellingSoldier wrote: Thanks guys.

VWD414, 415, 416 are in Limerick so far.

These buses have arrived without radio's fitted and driver's are not going to drive them without a radio. What a mess!! Brand new bus with no radios.
It's the same with the VWD400's here in Galway
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September 15th, 2018, 12:27 am #115

No radios is daft, I know it's the norm for city buses everywhere in Ireland and the UK except BÉ, but I still think they should be fitted. Would drive me mad if I had to drive and no radio to listen to. No wonder so many DB drivers bring along their own ones....
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Joined: September 13th, 2014, 11:20 pm

September 15th, 2018, 10:52 am #116

Can't see them going into service until they put radio's into them.

Was the same in 2000 when the VR's showed up. No radio's installed in them and no sunblind on the passenger side. Whatever about the radio but no sunblind on passenger side is bad, a safety issue.
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 3:24 pm

September 15th, 2018, 5:39 pm #117

Another fine mess indeed.

It will be interesting to see what happens in Galway over the next two days.

Drivers might grumble but they'd hardly take industrial action would they?
Public sympathy would be in short supply.

I passed the garage on the Roxborough Road at a very ungodly hour overnight and noted two VWDs that appeared to be shorter and "gleamier" parked on the front row as shown in the "photo" below.

However, given the lighting and the fact that I was about 120m away, I could not identify them definitively.

Rox Garage Sat 20180915_054535.jpg
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September 15th, 2018, 11:27 pm #118

Paul here is vwd414. Picture belongs to a friend

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September 16th, 2018, 2:13 am #119

Thank you Paul and Coll15.

Confirmed that VWD26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 59 are all about to move from Galway to Cork. Originally it was VWD26-29 and VWD58 and 59 to move. But they seen sense, and now 54-58 are staying in Galway while 26-30 go to cork to join VWD31 to 49 / 50 ? And they'll also get VWD59 to join in with VWD60 upwards.
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September 16th, 2018, 5:07 am #120

TheTravellingSoldier wrote: Thank you Paul and Coll15.

Confirmed that VWD26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 59 are all about to move from Galway to Cork. Originally it was VWD26-29 and VWD58 and 59 to move. But they seen sense, and now 54-58 are staying in Galway while 26-30 go to cork to join VWD31 to 49 / 50 ? And they'll also get VWD59 to join in with VWD60 upwards.
Yes a more rational sequence indeed as Cork will now have VWD26 to VWD49 and VWD59 to VWD75 plus up to 5 from Roxborough and VWD3 to VWD14.

So taking account of VWL155, VWL161 and VWL162, as well, 9 buses transfer from Galway to Cork and Galway's fleet has a nett increase of 4 from 30 to 34 which is sufficient for the PVR of 29.
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