17 November 2021
Northcord Model Company's Stagecoach North West with full branding for route 555 The Lakes Connection
Northcord’s excellent casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model has proved incredibly popular in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland, Southern Vectis, Stagecoach South, Ensign Bus and Xplore Dundee. Northcord Model Company is now releasing the twelfth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – UK6524 in the livery of Stagecoach North West with full branding for route 555 The Lakes Connection. Carrying fleet number 10555, and the registration SN16 ONX, it is one of 12 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMCs that were introduced for the Lakes Connection network in 2016 that are now part of the Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire fleet. Within the batch, 10552 – 10563, the first seven share the same branding as on the model for route 555 and the final five features a different list of destinations, albeit on the same base livery.
The bus that was chosen as the subject for UK6524 is particularly auspicious due to the connection between the route number and the final three digits of the fleet number - 555. UK6524 carries a full, branded livery for route 555, showing the destination to Keswick. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are accurately reproduced, and the stand-out features of the branding are: “free WiFi, USB charging” on all sides, the name of every main stop “Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere, Kendal, Lancaster” on both sides, and “£11.30 ALL DAY into and around the Lakes” on the rear. The bus is fitted with Lazzerini seating, covered in E-Leather,with a total seating capacity of 74. Designed by Ray Stenning, of Best Impression, the livery promotes, both inside and outside, the attractions and landscape of the Lake District.
The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UK6524 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the UK6524 model is its single tree protector at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck. Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.
This brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus model is limited to 888 pieces worldwide and is available in the UK through John Ayrey Die-casts (www.ayrey.co.uk) for wholesale enquiries, or contact your preferred retailer.