Hermes (breng) Arnhem-Nijmegen

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Hermes (breng) Arnhem-Nijmegen (December 2009 to 9 December 2012 to 10 December  2022)
Netherlands
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Fleet news:
In July-August 2019, eleven MAN Lion’s City CNG buses coming available because of the ending of the Haaglanden concession, are transferred to Arnhem, allowing to retire the last diesel buses. Numbers are 6662, 6663, 6680, 6681, 6690, 6696, 6732, 6743, 6752 (the first one repainted end of July 2019), 6754 and 6758.

Due to work on the Waal Bridge, which will last one and a half year, four articulated Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaro G buses from 2007 were transferred from the Connexxion Amstelland-Meerlanden concession in March 2019 to Breng. The 9209 (BT-HF-54) and 9215 (BT-HF-39) went to Nijmegen and the 9222 (BT-HN-34) and 9225 (BT-HN-39) went to Armhem.These buses are in the Rnet version, so red-gray, except for the 9209 that TCR accidentally brought into the new white Connexxion version in December 2018.

In January 2019 a new series of neighborhood buses came into service, the 7226-7240, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314CDI, modified by Tribus as Civitas Economy. They have eight seats as usual. The 7226-7230 are for the Nijmegen part of the concession, the 7231-7239 for Arnhem.

The series 7308-7319, FIAT Ducato – Tribus Civitas, 08 + 1 wheelchair, 2012, then went out of service for sale. In February 2019, the 7311 (39-ZDK-5), 7314 (33-ZHF-4) and 7316 (03-ZDK-5) went to a trader and were exported. The 7308 (41-ZHF-5), 7312 (81-ZDK-4) and 7319 (58-ZDK-5) went to RMC for services for the RET in May 2019 and became numbers 1623, 1622 and 1621.

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The start of the new concession in December 2012 was a continuation of the existing concession, with Connexxion subidiary Hermes as the opeartor, using the branding “Breng” without an operator name on the buses. Part of the existing fleet, mainly the newer buses, was retained. As the transfer was so gradual and older buses of most series remained for a while we will treat the fleet from end of 2009 onwards when the Breng concept was introduced and the services of Connexxion in Arnhem and NOVIO/Hermes in Nijmegen were integrated. The short period December 2009 to December 2012 was seen as a transition period.

Arnhem is the only city in the Netherlands that still has a trolleybus fleet. Most of the other buses are CNG buses since the start of the second concession in December 2012. Biogas  is used.

The buses in Arnhem are white with a blue roof (or blue-white for the trolleybuses), the buses in Nijmegen white with a pink roof (boys and girls….). While initially this was well adhered to, over time some shifts occurred because of differences in kilometers run in each city.

Part of the services are subcontrated. TCR runs services east of Arnhem, for which they received 20 of the new MAN buses (though one, 5379, later returned to Breng/Hermes). In addition to those TCR started to assign some of its own old buses to Arnhem. The 1000-series small buses are operated by Noot (until 2018-03), Rothoff and Linsen (each one bus) and TCR for the new Brengflex services wich started in December 2016. From December 2009 to December 2012 some services were subcontracted to Betuwe Express in the Arnhem Area and to OAD in the Nijmegen area.

Services with small buses numbered in the 1000-series were subcontracted to Noot of Ede,  Rothoff of Zetten en Linsen of Driel but were transferred to TCR by the end of 2016 when the Brengflex concept was also introduced.

Buses

Trolleybuses
5177, 5180: Volvo B10M -Den Oudsten
5201: Van Hool AG300TD
5202-5209: Van Hool AG300T
5210-5211: Berkhof Premier AT18
5212-5221: Berkhof Premier AT18
5222-5231: Berkhof Premier AT18
5234-5242: Hess BGT-N2C Swisstrolley 4
5234-5242: new colours
5243-5253: Hess BGT-N1D Swisstrolley 4
5254-5258: Hess BGT-N1D Swisstrolley 4
5259-5263: Hess BGT-N1D Swisstrolley 4
5264-5273: Hess BGT-N1D Swisstrolley 4
5272-5273: rebuilt for in-motion charging

CNG buses
4455-4461: Mercedes-Benz Citaro 2
4462-4523 (4524): Mercedes-B. Citaro 2
5300-5364: MAN Lion’s City
5379: MAN Lion’s City (ex TCR 534)
5380-5400: MAN Lion’s City
5401-5423: MAN Lion’s City
5424-5343: MAN Lion’s City
6662…6758 (10x): MAN Lion’s City (ex CXX)
9275-9280: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G

TCR buses
5365-5379: MAN Lion’s City (TCR 520-534)
546, 547, 551, 552: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200

Diesel buses, 12 meter
1733/48-51, 53-55: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
1772/88/89/92/93: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
1831-35, 45-49: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
5729-5748: Volvo B7R-LE 8700
8237-8239: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8249-8254: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8409-8426: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8433-39, 46, 51-56: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8614, 8619: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8637…8665: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8689-8701: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8702/03/12/13/15: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8809-8814: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8815-8825: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8826-8828: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8847: MAN Lion’s City
3370/9/83/05/3481: VDL-Berkhof Amb.200
4214: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200

Betuwe Express buses
8440-45, 47-50: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8704-8711: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200

OAD buses
8428: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8429-32: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200

Diesel buses, articulated
9147: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
9171: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
9176-9178: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
9241-9245: MAN Lion’s City G
9259: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
9260-9263: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G

Diesel buses, temporarily, not in Breng livery
1775/1830/8117…8315: VDL-Berkhof Amb. 200
8138: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
8379: VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200
9118: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
9151: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
9209, 9215, 9222, 9225: Mercedes-Benz Citaro G

Diesel buses, midi
3720: VDL-Jonckheere Procity “Frysker”
48489-48491: Mercedes-Benz -VDL MidCity
1904-1906: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 65

Small buses
1000-1001: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
1002-1007: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
1031-1036:  FIAT Ducato-Tribus Civitas
1037: FIAT Ducato-Tribus Civitas
1038: FIAT Ducato-Tribus Civitas
7226-7240: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7308-7319:  FIAT Ducato-Tribus Civitas
7320-7321: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7330-7334: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7340-7343: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7373/4/8: FIAT Ducato-Tribus Civitas
7402, 7404: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7429: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7425,26,33: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
7452, 7456: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
44891, 44894: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Service vehicles
1900: Mercedes-Benz O411CDi
various

Brengflex
1049-1059: FIAT Ducato-Business
xxx: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
xxx: electric cars

Trains
5041-5049: Stadler GTW 2/8

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