Posted by: SB Websites | May 4, 2015

ANE Sapphire X3/X4

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The X3/X4 went through the Sapphire transformation in 2014 and operates 14 brand-new Wright Streetlite MAX Micro-Hybrid’s which were purchased from new and operate from Redcar depot; these Streetlites arrived with the same batch as the 5/5A examples seen here. The cluster of services that the Sapphire brand covers is a bit complicated which doesn’t necessarily follow the Sapphire customer charter but the corridor actually consists of 4 routes, the X3, X3A, X4 and 4. The X3 operates from Lingdale to Middlesbrough via Lingdale, Skelton, Saltburn, Marske and Redcar with the X3A operating Skelton ASDA to Saltburn and then following the same route as the X3. The 4 then runs from Whitby to Loftus via Sandsend, Runswick, Staithes and Loftus then running as an X4 to Middlesbrough via Brotton, Saltburn and Redcar. The X3 and X3A run hourly each with the X4/4 running every 30 minutes combining a 15 minute frequency between Middlesbrough and Saltburn on Monday to Saturday daytimes. The PVR of the service is 14 so a Sapphire reserve vehicle is used to keep the customer charter, it is a VDL SB200/ Wright Pulsar from the ’10 plate batch that was delivered to Stockton for the 9/27/29 services. The Streetlites are fitted ‘Micro-Hybrid’ technology, this recovers energy lost from braking to power the vehicle electrics and compressed air systems, saving up to 10% in fuel costs. Although the name itself is slightly misleading as the vehicles themselves are a standard diesel Streetlite drivetrain, as opposed to a small diesel engine and electric motor in normal hybrids. First is Streetlite 1565 NK64 EFB and Pulsar 1440 NK10 CFA.

1565 Sapphire X3 X4

1440 Sapphire Spare

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