Oddball Wednesday: Wright Eclipse Commuter

One of the quintet produced is SA04AGT (Maljoe)
The Wright Eclipse is arguably one of the best selling single deckers and most known buses sold in Britain in the 21st century; you can usually find one in just about every city you visit in the country. But, there are two much rarer variations of the type which will feature in this week and next week's Oddball Wednesdays.

First up is my favorite of the two, the Eclipse Commuter. The product was designed to amalgamate a bus and a coach whilst avoiding dual purpose seating. The Eclipse Commuter was built on the standard Volvo B7RLE bus chassis, the same as the typical Eclipse, but built on a much higher frame. A plug type door occupied the front end and two coach-style luggage lockers were provided in the centre of the vehicle. Seating was ramped, with a few directly behind the driver's cab; the seats in the main bulk of the bus gave a coach like view, which was thought to appeal to operators of long distance bus services.

The type really did not take off. A total of five were built, two of which were demonstrators. A batch of the type were ordered by Transdev for the Yorkshire Coastliner service, however, this was changed at the last minute to standard Eclipses.

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  1. There are a batch running for Ulsterbus - mostly used on schools.

  2. Thanks for your comment. These are not Wright Eclipse Commuter, but the second variant I mentioned in the report. These will feature in next week's report.

  3. The vehicle pictured is now at Lloyd, Hixon for scrapping after RTA damage with West Coast Motors.

  4. The vehicle pictured is now at Lloyd, Hixon for scrapping after RTA damage with West Coast Motors.

  5. There was only 4 built.
    1x Demo which is with East Riding of Yorkshire Council
    2x Stagecoach Western which is now with Stagecoach Bluebird (I travelled on 21201 on Thursday)
    1x Ulsterbus demo which went to West Coast Motors, but according to David, has since been scrapped.