Swindon-based bus operator Thamesdown Transport have just taken delivery of another six Wrightbus Solar vehicles, all of which are named after famous steam locomotives originally built in the town.
The latest delivery of Wrightbus single decks - all on Scania chassis – means that 28 Wrightbus/Scania buses have been supplied to Thamesdown Transport over the past three years.
The highly specified vehicles are configured with 40 Rowan Telmac seats, all with anti graffiti seat backs, capacity for 30 standees, eight camera CCTV system, driver’s cab air conditioning, driver assault door and screen, manual ramp and Hanover LED electronic destination equipment.
Built on Scania’s 12.15m K230 chassis, the low floor vehicles are specified with Scania’s DC9-16 five cylinder engine with PDE fuel injection system, coupled to a ZFHP502C NBS five speed automatic gearbox with integral hydraulic retarder.
The investment is part of an ongoing fleet upgrade for Thamesdown Transport. Managing Director, Paul Jenkins, commented: “We’ve been investing in the Wrightbus/ Scania combination since 2006 and see it as a winning combination. The response from drivers and passengers has been very positive and we’ve enjoyed first class customer service from both companies. We’re delighted to be introducing this level of quality across more of our fleet.”
Thamesdown Transport has a tradition of naming its buses after locomotives built at the old Swindon Railway Works and the latest batch are all named after GWR ‘Iron Duke’ class engines built in the 1850s - Rover, Amazon, Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann and Kertch.
Thamesdown Transport MD Paul Jenkins and Engineering Director, Nigel Mason, along with Dan Barwick of Scania, recently joined Wrightbus National Account Manager Steve Jackson as the first of the six new vehicles were formally handed over at the Ballymena factory.
Thamesdown Transport take delivery of the first of their next batch of Wrightbus bodied Scania buses. Left to right: Steve Jackson of Wrightbus, Paul Jenkins and Nigel Mason of Thamesdown Transport, Dan Barwick of Scania.