V176 ESL

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.

7176 lived an easy and enjoyable life until December 2015 she was withdrawn due to it not being DDA Compliant and was therefore up for sale at Drew Wilsons in Carluke, Scotland.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.