E57 - best Enviro 400 I've ever travelled on, seems to be set on some setting that makes the bus automatically be in a high revs mode and it's unrestricted acceleration wise. DLA170 or 171 also seems to be like this.
E57 probably has the same engine and gearbox program that E's 40-56 have seeing as it was ordered aroudn the same time as that batch. hence why it goes like the clappers.
On some buses, the kickdown engages even if pressing the throttle lightly! In fact, only one or two of the Euro 4 56/07 plate E400s I drove had a nice, firm pedal mechanism where you actually have to depress the switch to get it to rev.
Tulse Hill is hardly steep mate, even the L class before withdrawl flew up there ;D
Tulse Hill makes the majority of those handsome, but clapped out VLA's look like a pile of crap! PVL337 really impressed me though...
PVL337, along with most of Go Ahead's refurbished B7TLs now have up to 14% more turbo power (250 bhp instead of the previous 215). This is because of an engine swap program involving more up to date engine components, including a higher rated turbo.
Three speed Voith WVL133, once out the initial pullaway stage, revvs up like a post euro3 DW when in first gear. This bus was nippy even before the refurb, possibly the best three speed Voith B7TL i've driven.....and i've driven a few between SW and AL.
Recent find, took out PVL410 the other day and it earned a GTi written after the fleet number in the cab as our good buses tend to aquire! ;D
Do remember getting on PVL410 on a night-time North Greenwich-Lewisham 108, it flew up Westcombe Hill.
Are you sure? I am 99.9% certain that bus has never held 108 blinds.
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VLP21 or any London Sovereign VLP. Anyone who has been on one will argue they are the best B7TLs in London by a country mile.
The visual state some of them are in suggests otherwise! Last time I had a ride out on the 292 route a couple of months ago, one of them had scratched up paintwork so there were patches of metallic grey showing. Another had gaps in the gasket glazing which you could stick your fingers through to reach the outside world.
I will never forget the first BT VLP I went on. The clapped out thing somehow found its way on to the 13 so I sampled it. Some of the interior lights were not working, the engine was overrevving something awful with severe gearholding issues impeding acceleration and there were some evident air leak issues - www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4g3CQj2Fms