|Wright Eclipse, Eclipse SchoolRun|
Transdev Burnley & Pendle Wright Eclipse 2
|Body and chassis|
|Doors||1 or 2 door|
|Floor type||Low floor / step-entrance, low entry|
Volvo B7R (SchoolRun)
Initially, the Eclipse was built on Volvo B7L chassis. The Volvo B7RLE was introduced in 2003 due to the unpopularity of the B7L's driveline layout with UK operators. From this time, the full name of the Wright body became Eclipse Metro for the B7L version, and Eclipse Urban for the new B7RLE version; however, all continue to be badged as Eclipse. An additional version available on the B7RLE is the Eclipse Commuter, with a higher floor throughout most of the body (though retaining a low entry), and a correspondingly higher window line.
The Eclipse and its sister design the Solar were named for a solar eclipse which was visible in the UK in 1999, the year of its introduction.
In November 2008, Wright unveiled the Eclipse 2 at the Euro Bus Expo 2008, with front and rear ends facelifted to match the Wright StreetCar.
Ulsterbus of Northern Ireland ordered 110 Eclipse SchoolRuns in late 2006. The first of these entered service during summer 2007. The company also ordered a further 50 of these vehicles to be delivered after finishing the current order of 110, the further 50 ordered will only have 62 seats compared to the current batch having 66 seats, the reason for the downgrade in seats is to save time of taking out and putting back of the seats at the wheelchair area.
The Commuter was another high-floor variation of the original Eclipse, based on the Volvo B7RLE chassis. This was aimed at intercity travel without the size complication of a standard coach, but with all its features, such as under-floor storage and a high seating position. Only five were built, the majority for Stagecoach Western.
- Wright Eclipse 1
Arriva North West Wright Eclipse Metro bodied Volvo B7L in Eccles Bus Station in June 2008
Arriva the Shires Wright Eclipse Metro bodied Volvo B7L in Aylesbury in July 2009
|Wilts & Dorset Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLE at Cobham bus rally in April 2008
- Wright Eclipse 2
Rossendale Wright Eclipse 2 bodied Volvo B7RLE in Rochdale Bus Station in March 2010
Arriva the Shires Wright Eclipse 2 bodied Volvo B7RLE at Showbus 2012 in September 2012
- Wright Eclipse SchoolRun
Ulsterbus Wright Eclipse SchoolRun bodied Volvo B7R in Derry in September 2007
Ulsterbus Wright Eclipse SchoolRun bodied Volvo B7R in County Down in June 2010
Ulsterbus Wright Eclipse SchoolRun bodied Volvo B7R in County Antrim in September 2010
- Wright Eclipse Commuter
- Millar, Alan (2007) Bus & Coach Recognition: Ian Allan Ltd., ISBN 0-7110-3136-3
- Media related to Wright Eclipse at Wikimedia Commons
- Wright Eclipse SchoolRun description in Wrightbus website
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