Wright Solar Fusion

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Wright Solar Fusion
Wright Solar Fusion 1.jpg
First Manchester Wright Solar Fusion bodied Scania L94UA at Bolton Interchange whilst branded for route 8, November 2007
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X401 CSG sporting the iconic Wright Bus gates on the exit doors[citation needed].
Overview
Manufacturer Wrightbus
Production 2001/02
Assembly Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Body and chassis
Doors 2 or 3
Floor type Low entry
Chassis Scania L94UA
Related Wright Solar
Powertrain
Engine Scania
Capacity 58 or 59 seated
Transmission ZF Friedrichshafen
Dimensions
Length 17.94 metres
Width 2.50 metres
Height 3.08 metres
10017 (X401 CSG) awaiting scrap following an incident.

The Wright Solar Fusion is a type of low floor articulated bus body built on the Scania L94UA chassis by Wrightbus. It is the articulated version of the Wright Solar. Only 11 were produced with Go North East purchasing four,[1] First Manchester purchasing one (X401 CSG), Doig's of Glasgow purchasing one (SJ51 LPA) and Nottingham City Transport purchasing five.[2] One of Nottingham City Transport's Solar fusions, FE02 AKV (704) was preserved by Nottingham Heritage Vehicles [3] and another, FP51 EXN (702) was converted into a Library for Alderman Pounder Infant School and remains there on the school grounds. [4]

The Solar Fusion shares a similar bodywork style to the Wright Eclipse Fusion with the main differences being the window and seating before the rear exit doors, and the full rear window due to the transverse engine of the Scania L94 chassis, rather than the vertically mounted fitted to the B7LA chassis.

Solar Fusions, like other older Wright Bus models are fitted with gates on the rear exit doors to prevent fare evaders as they only open outward for passengers exiting the bus. This feature was later removed during the production of the 2005 Eclipse Fusions and on the Wright StreetCar, but was always present on all 11 Solar Fusions.

First Manchester's X401 CSG was involved in an accident in 2016 on the M60 motorway [5]. Although there were no casualties, the bus was later scrapped after being stored at Manchester's Oldham depot.

References

  1. ^ "The Wright Route for Go Ahead". WrightBus. Archived from the original on 9 November 2006.
  2. ^ Wright Solar Fusion Bus Lists on the Web
  3. ^ "Ex Nottingham City Transport Scania L94UA Wright Solar Fusion No.704". Nottingham Heritage Vehicles. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ Crosby, Gary. "Ex Nottingham City Transport 702, Scania Bendy Bus FP51 EXN". Flickr. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Traffic delays after bendy bus crashes near Junction 19 of M60". the Leader. Retrieved 6 December 2018.


External links

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