V176ESL

Take a step into the Past


176 was new to Travel Dundee in December 1999. It is a Volvo B10BLE with Wrightbus Renown bodywork. Powered by a Euro 1 compliant 9.6 litre Volvo DH10A engine mated to a ZF Ecomat ZF5HP-500 gearbox, with a power output of 285bhp.

176 was part of a batch of the 14 V plate registered B10BLEs numbered 165 to 179. These were popular on routes 20/22 and 26/28/29 services when brand new. 176 was branded for the 26/28/29 route which served from Charleston to Douglas.

The B10BLEs proved popular to drivers due to their reliability. They could be used all over the Travel Dundee network and brought in significant revenue through an almost endless stream of rear advertisement ads.

In 2002, 176 carried the ‘PrimeLine’ branding for the 22/22C service which served from Ninewells Hospital to Craigowl Estate with the frequency of every 8 minutes. The route was also known as ‘The Downfield’ In most cases, 176 has strayed onto other routes at peak times and on Sunday’s while carrying the ‘PrimeLine’ branding.

Original and Full Credit to the owner of this image jimmyshengukbuses.smugmug.com

In 2007, 176 was later renumbered to 7176 to comply with the National Express national numbering system and gained digital Hanover destination screens.

In 2009,7176 lost its ‘PrimeLine’ branding and was repainted into the new ‘National Express Dundee’ livery.

Dundee

Original Credit goes to Andrew Stopford https://www.flickr.com/photos/87583925@N00/14895572941

7176 lived an easy and enjoyable life until December 2015 she was withdrawn due to it not being DDA Compliant and was therefore up for sale at Drew Wilsons in Carluke, Scotland. Some of the members of the batch weren’t so lucky as most of them have been scrapped.

In April 2016, 7176 was sold to A-Line Coaches in Coventry and spent most of its working life there working school services.

In July 2017, she was then sold to Ultimate Coaches in Barnsley spending another working life doing school runs in Barnsley.

The Vehicle then was found for sale on eBay from John Dix Travel down in Bristol where we came to an agreement and I bought the vehicle for £2500 on the agreement they was able to use it to the end of the school term which we did agree to and was willing to pay there asking price. We never saw the vehicle in person until the day we went and picked it up.

Our current aim is to restore the vehicle to either the Red and White National Express livery However we are also looking at the Primeline livery and seeing how practical it is from images to restore it to this as We do have drawing etc of the currently livery thanks to National Express unlike the prime line livery but if we see it possible we will restore it to that.