Saturday 1st March saw ten years exactly since the launch of 21 brand new "state-of-the-art" buses in Torbay; Alexander ALX400 bodied Transbus Trident 2's for route 'Bayline' 12 from Newton Abbot to Torquay , Paignton and Brixham. These new buses replaced a batch of ex-London Volvo Olympians and Dennis Tridents that had come down in 2002 to relieve the 5 year old Volvo B6LE's P701-14BTA due to severe overcrowding because of an increase in passenger numbers.
|18063 in Bayline livery - THANKS TO LAURENCE MAYHEW|
The numbers/names were as follows:
|18074 in Torquay 8/2/14|
As many of you who know me will know, I'm not at all a fan of these Tridents, I often find the Euro 3 Tridents boring and characterless. I first went on one of these when they were just 3 months old when I moved down here, so I've sort of grown up around these. I much prefer the S-51 reg Euro 2 Tridents, however, it's hard to deny that these 'Baylines' have served Torbay well over the last Decade, and although working other routes since replaced on the 12 by a batch of Scania Enviro 400's , they continue to work hard. Will they make another 10 years? We shall see...