I went straight to Ipswich depot to see Barry Spurling, Engineering Manager, who as usual was extremely accommodating, informative and is a pleasure to talk to. The first thing I noticed was 69005 was nowhere to be seen. That was because she was already out on the road. There will be more about my chat with Barry in the next post, with some jaw dropping news that has me really excited about the future of First in Ipswich, but for now I'll concentrate on 69005.
After leaving Barry, who had told me she was on the 88/89 Stowmarket route, I went back to Old Cattle Market, where the supervisor informed me I only had 10 mins to wait before she came in. Sure enough in 10 mins there she was and I was able to take pics outside and in.
|First Ipswich 69005 AU05 DME approaches Old Cattle Market. Note ads in place already|
|69005 showing off her what could be temporary new paint job|
The seats on 69005 have the same leather as the X1 E400's although the original seats have been retained and recovered. I sat on a couple and they were comfy enough. I do think black leather might be better though for buses that are going to do more town work and have more feet put on them, stains etc. But heck it still looks good.
|Interior of refurbished Volvo B7 69005 AU05 DME|
|New leather seating looking good|