Prepared on Notepad by Ian Smith, This page created 17th July 2010, updated 5th January 2012. Best on 800*600.
Arriva London ADL
952-983 (ADL952-983)Grey-Green, took delivery of seventeen Dart SLFs (952-968) with 10.25m Alexander ALX200 bodies in early 1997, and put them on routes 20 and 167. They were in Grey-Green livery of grey with green skirt and orange and white bands. They appeared on Sundays on the 173 and 275. Operation was from Grey-Green's Barking Garage (BR, later DX).
But in March 2002 the 167 was lost to Docklands Buses, and very promptly 952 to 958 were transferred to other parts of the Arriva empire.
Route 20 was double-decked (with VLWs) in March 2003, which resulted in 959 to 968 departing to Arriva North-West or Arriva Scotland.
But the remainder hung on at Barking, doing their intended job on the 78. They were refurbished and repainted in the plainer livery with white roof during 2008. A move to Ash Grove came in October 2010, still with the 78. A further move took some to Edmonton in January 2011.
Still new, 975 crosses Tower Bridge with a southbound 78 in December 1998.
ADL 1 (ADL701)ADL1 arrived at Arriva London North in September 1999. It came from Arriva's stock, and was a 10.2m dual-doorway bus with Alexander ALX200 bodywork. It was painted in standard Arriva red livery with cream cow-horns. I presume it was used for trials and evaluation, as more were ordered, in two lengths. It finally went into service in January at Edmonton, on route 444 (Turnpike Lane Stn - Edmonton - Chingford Mount - Chingford Stn).
It stayed at Edmonton alongside ADL2-8 until April 2001, when it was transferred to Arriva London North-East at Barking (DX). They renumbered it ADL701, perhaps to be closer in number sequence to their own ADLs, or because Barking crews were used to identifying vehicles by their registration plates. Later it moved back to Edmonton, and indeed yo-yoed between Edmonton and Barking before settling again at the former, with its ADL1 number. It went to Arriva Scotland West in September 2009.
ADL 9-23Arriva London South took the two-foot longer ALX200 option for fifteen ADLs for route 407 (Sutton - West Croydon - Caterham Stn). They arrived earlier than ADL2-8, in November 1999, and went to Beddington Farm, the ex-London & Country garage near Croydon. The ADLs were in standard Arriva London red, with cow-horns.
They were mostly found on their intended 407, but appeared on other Beddington Farm long-Dart routes too, such as the 410.
They received a repaint into the plain red with yellow line and white roof in late 2007-early 2008.
October 2009 saw the 407 lost on re-tender to Abellio London. The redundant ADLs were sent off together to Arriva Scotland West.
Winter in Croydon on the 407: ADL18 crosses the tram-lines at George Street heading south, and a mucky ADL15 pulls out of West Croydon Bus Station.
ADL14 heads for West Croydon bus station and Sutton, September 2009, wearing plain red and a white roof.
|W13||Leytonstone - Wanstead - South Woodford Stn - Woodford Wells|
|W14||Leyton- Leytonstone - Wanstead - Snaresbrook - South Woodford Stn - Woodford Bridge|
|397||Debden Stn - Woodford Wells - Chingford Stn - Chingford Mount|
The others have remained at Edmonton, refurbished and repainted in plain red with white roofs and yellow line, and fitted with one-piece number blinds, still working on the Debden and Loughton routes.
ADL1-23 were dispatched to Arriva Scotland West in the autumn of 2009.
ADL61-81 went mainly to Arriva North-East or Arriva Kent & Sussex during early 2013.
The ADL969-983 batch were withdrawn in 2012, and sold off via North-West Bus Sales in 2013.