Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage – October 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons. MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
The bus and coach company landscape continues to change. NIBS (Nelsons Independant Bus Service) of Wickford has been sold to Eastern Transport Holdings, the parent of Stephensons of Essex. NIBS was a family business, founded by Bill Nelson and latterly managed by his son, Steve. Originally it had run buses and coaches, but latterly focused on the former only. In 2016, NIBS acquired the business of Amber, which comprised a coach/school contract operation at Rayleigh and a local bus undertaking at Mountnessing. Based at The Coach Station on the industrial estate at Wickford, NIBS has additional parking in the vicinity, firstly at an aggregates depot and more recently a car spares yard. At the time of sale, some school buses were also outbased at Brentwood Coaches at Hutton. The fleet is largely Scania and the yellow and red buses will continue to be a feature of Wickford, Basildon, Billericay and Brentwood, (plus further afield on Sundays and holidays).
Meanwhile, Ensignbus has increased its presence in Brentwood with the launch of a new commercial bus route – the 31; serving the north of this town, from 1st October. On the debit side, JR Executive Travel of Copdock, near Ipswich, brought in the receivers at the start of October. JR was originally a taxi and phv operator, but in the past five years expanded into full size coaches. JR’s work was mostly rail, schools and private charters. A new company has been formed to continue operations.
Up in the skies, Primera Air has been grounded. This Scandinavian low cost carrier, with big aspirations, had been running transatlantic flights from Stansted since June 2018. On 2/10/18, it was announced Primera had ceased operations, leaving many customers either stranded abroad or out of pocket, as well as staff out of a job. Then on 18th October, Cypriut low cost carrier Cobalt Air suspended operations.
On the rails, the first ex MTR TfL Rail Class 315 EMUs have gone for scrap. Three different dealers are buying them.
Finally, October 21st saw a major shake up of bus stopping arrangements around Colchester town centre. Virtually all services had their stops changed, and in some cases, their stopping points reduced. Leaflets were issued to advise of the alterations, and council staff were initially on hand to assist. However there was criticism that not enough had been done to advise of the changes, especially to occasional bus users and those unfamiliar with the area.

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Above: First Essex Wright StreetLite 63343 by numberless bus stops at Osborne Street, Colchester on 21/10/18. Destinations have replaced the numbers. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Additional CBUS information poster. Seen at St Johns Street on 22/10/18. (John Podgorski).

A2B BUSES, CAMBRIDGE.
Has ex Go-Ahead London Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital LT02 NVJ -via Ensign.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
SN54HXF 3419 AR CR POPPY 1 (CR B S) 27-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above; 3419 at Osborne Street, Colchester on 27/10/18. (Simon Austin).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3419 (SN54 HXF) has received a poppy themed livery, to commemorate 100 years of the end of Workd War 1.

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DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX) is on loan for driver training. It was pictured at Shrub End Road on 23/10/18. (John Podgorski).

RX07KPG 1562 AR NC 1 (THE COMMONS, COLCHESTER) 6-10-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Short Dennis Dart/Caetano Nimbus 1562 at The Commons, Prettygate on 6/10/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Odd sightings: P&R ADL/E200 4073 (SK15 GXT) on 900. 5/10/18: B7RLE/Wright 3825 (GN07 AVO) on 1. 6/10/18 (Saturday): SLF/MPD 1558 (KX56 HCP), short SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 1. 20/10/18: P&R ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on 900. 26/10/18: B7RLE 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 1. 30/10/18: 4072 on 900.

The latest crew ferry car is hired Vauxhall Mokka DV67 TVY.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
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Above: Optare Solo M950 no 1453 at Harlow Bus Station on 20/10/18. This had been one of the last buses in Network Harlow (dark blue) livery. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 20/10/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3857 (KE54 LPC) on 59.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
SN66WHT 6500 AR SD (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 400MMC 6500 outside the Canvey Transport Museum on 14/10/18. It is on an open day shuttle between there, the seafront and Benfleet rail station. (Simon Austin).

Below: From the pre Arriva era is privately preserved AEC PRV Routemaster no 122. Seen at the seafront display of the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot).
VLT44 122 SOUTHEND TRANSPORT (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
The new style fleet name and logo is now appearing across this fleet.

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
One of the Mb Sprinters was stolen and found, in a damaged condition, at Dagenham. It was subsequently recovered to Orwell Trucks, Ipswich.

BEESTONS.
YN54OCJ BEESTONS 971 (CR B S) 15-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnidekka YN54 OCJ at Osborne Street, Colchester on 15/10/18 – on the 971 registered schools service. (Simon Austin).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals LT02 NUM/O/V/U, NVE/H/J, WUO/P/R passed to Ensign after the loss of TfL 193 to Stagecoach. All were resold to Hardwick, Carlton (dealer), except NVJ which went to A2B Buses at Cambridge.
The old Ferry Lane, Rainham site has been redeveloped as a warehouse building.

CHAMBERS.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was briefly borrowed from Hedingham in early October. Scania Omnidekka 808 (YN55 PZL) replaced 806 (YN55 PZH) at Hedingham, Kelvedon in mid October.

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Above: 808 at Hedingham’s Kelvedon depot on 20/10/18, with Hedingham Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 563. (John Podgorski).

Following the closure of the Dugard House office in Colchester, the legals have been changed to: HC Chambers and Son Limited, 5-7, John Goshawk Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1SY.

COBALT AIR.
Just after midnight on 18/10/18, all flights were suspended. The company subsequently ceased trading. A failure to gain extra finance was cited as the cause.

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Above: Airbus A319 5B-DCU at Stansted on 7/1/17. (John Podgorski).

COLAS RAIL.
15/10/18: 66848 towing FL 66515 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
23/10/18: 70817 on 6737 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
25/10/18: 70817 on 6L37.
29/10/18: 70817 on 6L37.

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere R10 ETS is withdrawn.

DBS.
2/10/18: 66176 tnt 66188 on 3J33 RHTT at Royston.
8/10/18: 66176 tnt 66188 on 3J33 – and continued on this during October.
17/10/18: 66030 on 0341 London Gateway-Wakefield. 66091 at Bow East on 0836 to Calvert.
19/10/18: 66025 tnt 66133 on 3J33.
31/10/18: 66182 on Bow-Heck Plasmor

DKV ENTERPRISES, COPDOCK.
This is the new incarnation of JR Executive Travel, (see below).

WA06NCC (REAR) DKV ENTERPISES (STUTTON) 10-10-18 (CHRIS BAINES)
Above: DKV is acquiring its own vehicles. This is ex Ingleby’s of York Mb 0816D WA06 NCC at Stutton on 10/10/18. (Chris Baines).

DRS.
1/10/18: 37605 tnt 37606 on 3S60 Stowmarket RTT via Clacton, Ingatestone.
3/10/18: 37259 tnt 37602 on 3S01 Stowmarket RHTT. 37612 on 0Z37 Norwich-Doncaster via Stowmarket and Cambridge. 57002/3 on Stowmarket RHTT.
4/10/18: 37259 tnt 37602 on 3S60 Stowmarket-Wickford RHTT.
5/10/18: 37605 tnt 37606 on 3S60 RHTT at Ipswich.
6/10/18: 57002/3 on 3S60 RHTT, continued on this during October.
12/10/18: 37607/12 on test train at Cambridge. 57002/3 on 3S60 at Ipswich.
17/10/18: 47812 towing 365527 to Ilford (seen Stratford) @ 1340.
18/10/18: 37407 added to rear of RHTT set with 57002/3.
20/10/18: 37038 tnt 57301 on 3S60. 37716 on 5V91 Norich-Ilford ECS and returned light engine.
22/10/18: 37038 tnt 57301 on 3S60. 57007 tnt 57002 on 6Z23 Stowmarket-Ilford.
23/10/18: 37423 tnt 37606 on 3S60.
25/10/18: 37602 tnt 37259 on 3S60 at Ipswich en route to Clacton.
26/10/18: 37606 tnt 37423 on 3S60.
29/10/18: 57007 tnt 57002 on RHTT “up” through Marks Tey @ 1000.
31/10/18: 37405 on Willesden Brent-Stowmarket light engine.

EASTERN NATIONAL.
UAR597W 3107 EN (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)
Above: Preserved Bristol VRTSL/ECW 3107 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot).

ENSIGNBUS.
New commercial service 31 started from 1/10/18. It is a Brentwood town route, running between the railway station, Bishops Hall Estate and Pilgrims Hatch. It runs M-Sat every 20 mins daytimes. There are also additional 31X early morning journeys M-F. The three short ADL/Enviro 200s mentioned in September 2018 Busmopolitan are used, along with some existing vehicles. It competes against First route 37.

DK09OBH 650 ENSIGNBUS 31 (HIGH ST BD) 4-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 650 (DK09 OBH) on a southbound 31 at High Street, Brentwood on 4/10/18. This bus had previously been branded for the 99 Tilbury Town Circular. (Simon Austin).

Below: ADL/E200 no 602 at Purfleet depot on 14/10/18. (John Podgorski).
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‘Contactless Payment’ branding is now appearing on ADL/E200s.

Short ADL/Enviro 200 602 has been re-registered CSK 282. ADL/E200 719 (SK15 HBB) has been VOR since June and will eventually re-enter traffic.

22/10/2018 saw the start of the UK Poppy Appeal, in advance of the centenary of the end of World War 1 on 11/11/2018. 26 Ensign buses were named in 2015 after fallen local troops.

ENSIGNBUS SIDNEY BILES PLAQUE 5-7-15
(John Podgorski).

ENSIGNBUS SIDNEY BILES MEMORIAL NOTICE 5-7-15
(John Podgorski).

Above: Sidney Biles was on of the fallen Purfleet soldiers commemorated by Ensignbus. He was not killed in action, but died from illness, caused by the unsanitary conditions in the trenches.

In the Heritage fleet, Leyland Tiger TS7/Harrington 1179 (DUF 179) has a replacement engine and is back in use.

Odd sightings: 4/10/18: BCI Excellence 146 (LX17 DZG) on 81.

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY.
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Above: RT1700 at Pilgrims Hatch on 20/10/18, on the 339 Ongar-Shenfield shuttle.
(John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
AU05MUW 32654 FEC (IPSWICH RRP) 21-10-18 (D PRETTY)

Above: Ex First Essex Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32654 at Ipswich on GA rail replacement to Felixstowe on 21/10/18. (Daniel pretty).

FIRST ESSEX.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65673/77 (SN51 UYG/L) have transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth, (on loan for a Bernard Matthews contract). Scanias at Colchester are being replaced by ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300s; 67755/56 (SN62 ASO/U) being the first noted.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33178 (LR02 LYX) moved from Basildon (BN) to CR, apparently on loan. The remaining withdrawn yellow BMCs at Braintree have gone.
Odd sightings: 4/10/18: X30 ADL/E200MMC 67168 on 42. 5/10/18: StreetLite 63341 on 67. 9/10/18: StreetLite 63343 on 67. 22/10/18: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 CHY) on 75. 26/10/18: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67169 (YY66 PBZ) on 70. 31/10/18:X30 ADL/E200 MMC 66171 (YY66 PCO) on 70.

FLAGFINDERS.
YN07EYP FLAGFINDERS (IPSWICH MUSEUM) 5-10-18 (TIM BARLTROP)
Above: YN07 EYP is one of the pair of recently acquired ex Nottingham City Transport Scania Omnidekkas. it was pictured at Ipswich Museum on 5/10/18. (Tim Barltrop).

Scania Omnidekka YN07 EYP is allocated to Braintree, while YN07 EYT is at Halstead.
Also now at Halstead is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R758 DRJ.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R141 EVX was at Tollesbury in early October, covering for a failed Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President. It moved to Kelvedon the following week.

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Above: R141 EVX at West Mersea, turning from Chapmans Lane into East Road, on a morning East Mersea-Thurstable School journey on 5/10/18. (John Podgorski).

FREIGHTLINER.
1/10/18: 66599 failed at Maryland at 1000 on 0750 FLX-Lawley Street. Rescued by 66539.
2/10/18: 70005 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe.
3/10/18: 70006 on 0L89 IPS-FLX light loco.
4/10/18: 70007 on Trafford Park-FLX.
7/10/18: 66587 tnt 66536 on Stansted-Parkeston HOBC via Cambridge.
10/10/18: 66622 on Tunstead-Bow.
16/10/18: 66554 on 1Z99 to recover failed 4L85 at Stowmarket.
18/10/18: 70020 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX.
19/10/18: 66616 at Marks Tey Sand Yard @ 0910.
23/10/18: 66536 on Ipswich-Lindsay fuel tanks with 2 TDAs and 3 TTAs; returned light as 0L49.
25/10/18: 66505 on Doncaster-Chesterton Junc aggregates.
27/10/18: 66551 tnt 66552 on Whitemoor-Harlow Town engineers.

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Above: 66616 at Marks Tey on 19/10/18. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
1/10/18: 66765 on 7P65 Harwich-N Walsham light loco.
2/10/18: 66765 on 6A32 N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66766 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
3/10/18: 66708 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66714 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66732 at Temple Mills on RHTT. 66765 on N Walsham-IPS light loco.
5/10/18: 66702 tnt 66732 on Cambridge RHTT. 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
6/10/18:66721/26 on 3S70 RHTT.
8/10/18: 66710/68 on 0l33 PBO-IPS-FLX light loco. 66721/26 on 3S81 RHTT.
10/10/18: 66701 on Hams Hall-FLX. 66721/26 on 3S81.
11/10/18: 66702/32 on 3S81 RHTT at Cambridge and continued on this during October. 66772 on IPSW-N Walsham light loco.
13/10/18: 66713/701 on 4L07 Hams Hall-Parkeston. 66721/26 on 3S70 RHTT at Wickford. 66773 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX.
14/10/18: 66752 on Ipswich-Parkeston tank.
15/10/18: 66768/59 on 0L33. 66777 on 6L36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
16/10/18: 66732 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
18/10/18: 66773 on Parkeston-N Walsham light loco.
19/10/18: 66789 on 6O35 Whitemoor-Hoo Jct.
21/10/18: 66713/59 on 0L33 PBO-IPS light engine.
22/10/18: 66713/59 in IPS-FLX light engine.
25/10/18: 66747 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66771 on 4Z26. 66789 on 4L22.
26/10/18: 66746 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66789 on 4L22 return to FLX.
28/10/18: 66759/37/14 on 0L33 PBO-FLX light engine.
29/10/18: 66705 failed on 4R03 Harwich-N Walsham tanks at Manningtree and rescued by FL 66533/60/54 and forwarded to IPS. 66714/37 on 0L33 IPS-FLX. 66759 on 0P41 Parkeston-Ipswich light engine, then light to N Walsham.
30/10/18: 66726 on 4L02. 66745 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66789 on 6Y34 Whitemoor-Parkeston.
31/10/18: 66702 on RHTT at Ilford. 66744 on 4Z80 FLX-Masboro.

GREATER ANGLIA.
321322/26-28 at Doncaster for Renatus conversion.
321403 has gone to Scotrail to become a Class 320/4 – see below.
1/10/18: 90002 on 0Z41 Norwich-Bounds Green light engine. 321325 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS. 321329 on Ilford-Doncaster ECS.
2/10/18: 321335/63 at Norwich.
3/10/18: 90003 on Norwich-Bounds Green light engine. 317885/6 on 1B07 Stansted Express.
6/10/18: 321435/442/436 stabled in Platform 5 at Shenfield, due to engineering work on the Southend Victoria line.
8/10/18: 317506 on 5N09 Ilford-Carlisle ECS and then hauled onwards to Kilmarnock. 321403 towed away to Kilmarnock behind ROG 37884.
15/10/18: 90012 + 37605 + 90008 on Norwich-Crewe light loco via GEML.
24/10/18: 90015 with 90003 dead in tow on 1P54 London-Norwich.
25/10/18: 90008 on 0Z90 Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML.
27-28/10/18: 156418 ‘ESTA’ on Marks Tey-Sudbury (weekend).
29/10/18: 321301/5 on 0900 NOR-LST.
30/10/18: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury (weekday).

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Above: 321403 will join “native” Class 320s in the Glasgow area once converted to 3 cars by Barclays at Kilmarnock. This is 320321 at Glasgow Queen Street Low Level in April 2001. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
Following the closure of Dugard House office in Colchester, the legals have been changed to: Hedingham Omnibuses Limited, 5-7 John Goshawk Road, Dereham Norfolk.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was briefly loaned to Chambers during the second week of October.
Scania Omnidekkas 802/6 (YN55 PZD/H) came from Chambers on 4/10/18, with 805/10 (YN55 PZG/O) returning. 808 came from Chambers on 19/10/18. These are/were at KN. 800 (YN53 RYP) continues on loan from Chambers and at HD. CN Volvo B7TL/President 584 (PJ02 REU) appeared at KN on 9/10/18, but went back to CN on 12/10/18. The same date saw Omnidekka 802 go back to Chambers in exchange for 810. On 19/10/18, 806 returned to Chambers in exchange for 808 (YN55 PZL). In the last week of October, 812/13 both briefly went to Chambers, before returning to KN.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 525 (LX05 EZH) has returned from Konect, off loan. 521 (LX05 EZD) entered service from CN on 25/10/18, its first duty being on the X76.
Ford Transit 16 seater BU14 ENT has returned to Robertson Van Hire – off loan.

Some views of the remodelling at Clacton depot.

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Above: The refurbished staff room.

Below: The new traffic office.
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Above: The cashing up area.
(All pictures taken by John Podgorski on 24/9/18).

Odd sightings: 4/10/18: B7TL/President 569 on 83.

JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
This operator has gone into administration. A new company, called DKV Enterprises has been set up to continue operations, but on a smaller scale. Some school contracts have passed to other operators.
Volvo B12M/Sunsundegui JR05 BUS was at HB Commercials, Ipswich as this time and remained there.

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Above: Setra S315 C3 PRP at Marks Tey, on Greater Anglia rail replacement on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
Setra S415 T50 KCL – the Essex Cricket team coach, has been re-registered ES53 XCC.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals LN51 DWO, LT02 ZDR passed to Ensign. They were resold to Hardwick, Carlton (dealer).

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Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL189 at Northumberland Park depot on 25/10/18. This was one of the ex Putney WVLs transferred for TfL257 (Walthamstow-Stratford). When 257 was lost to Stagecoach, WVL189 was one of a few retained, and now appears on TfL20 (Walthamstow-Debden) and TfL191 (Edmonton-Brimsdown). (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
315860 TfL RAIL BRENTWOOD 16-1-16
Above: 315860 forms the rear of a Shenfield to Liverpool Street service, as it departs Brentwood on 16/1/16. (John Podgorski).

315832/35 have gone to Sims Metals, Newport (Gwent) for scrap.
315850 has gone to Booth, Rotherham for scrap.
315860/61 have passed to EMR, Kingsbury for scrap.
3/10/18: 345005 failed at Liverpool Street on 0934 from Shenfield. Rescued by 345006 and recovered to Gidea Park.
4/10/18: 345017 on 5C91 Gidea Park-Gas Factory Junction ECS. Had been at OC until recently.
16/10/18: Severe disruption to west side services after 500m of OLE brought down by GWR IEP test train near Ealing Broadway. Problems continued into following day.
20/10/18: 315850 towed from Wolverton to Rotherham by ROG 37800.
29/10/18: 315860/61 towed from Wolverton to Kingsbury by 37800.
30/10/18: 315832/35 towed from Wolverton to Newport (Gwent) by 37800.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
New are Scania/Caetano Levante IIIs SH244 (BF68 LDA), BF68 LDC/K.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Volvo B10M/Jonckherre Mistral W864 AAY has passed to a dealer in Leicestershire.

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Above: Ex Morebus Volvo B7RLE/Wright HF54 HGY at West Mersea on 5/10/18, on the morning 177 service to Colchester. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Has been sold to Eastern Transport Holdings; also owners of Stephensons.

LX08ECE NIBS 104 (BN B S) 14-7-16 (S AUSTIN)
Above: NIBS runs local bus routes and school contracts, mostly around Basildon and Brentwood. Ex Go-Ahead Docklands Buses Scania Omnicity LX08 ECE was at Basildon Bus Station on 14/7/16, on former District Bus route 104. (Simon Austin).

Below: The Wickford sub yard on 14/9/14; with then recently acquired Omnicity LX08 ECD and soon to be withdrawn Scania N113/Alexander RH G603 KTX. (John Podgorski).
LX08ECD & G603KTX NIBS 14-9-14

NORTHERN RAIL.
9/10/18: 322481 on Ilford-Doncaster ECS.

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Above: The Class 322s worked on West Anglia and Great Eastern earlier in their careers; then Scotrail before reaching Northern. Here is 322485 at Manningtree in June 2004, on a Harwich Town branch line service. (John Podgorski).

OLYMPUS, HARLOW.
The yard at Parkway remains the same with Dart SLF/Mini Pointer V196 ERG; SLF/Pointer Y161 NLK and Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther CN05 DZF still there in October.

OSBORNES OF TOLLESBURY.
LYR997 OSBORNES (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved RT LYR 997 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
SB09PAN ex YX09FLE PANTHER 2 (MANNINGTREE) 23-10-18 (S BARHAM)
Above: SB09 PAN at Manningtree on 23/10/18. (Steve Barham).

A third ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 now at work is SB09 PAN (ex YX09 FLE) – named ‘Stephen’.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer BIG 9248 has reverted to S303 JUA, and been sold to Hams of Flimwell, East Sussex. Hams has increased its local bus activities, by winning council tendered routes from Arriva and Renown. (Some years ago, Renown had an Essex outpost).
Leyland Olympian/ECW “Big Bertha” double deck coach BIG 4005 has reverted to its original B693 BPU identity and been sold to a preservationist.
The “spares only” ex Scraggs of Stoke Plaxton Primo L12 PPN has gone to Takeley Metals for scrap, along with ex Jones of Braintree, (unused) Primo YX07 HNP.

L12PPN PANTHER (SCRAP TAKELEY METALS) 5-10-18 (S BARHAM)
Above: L12 PPN at Takeley on 5/10/18. (Steve Barham).

Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere 350 BIG 9895 was destroyed by fire after passing to Maya Travel, Wolverhampton. Its remains passed to Lloyd of Hixon for breaking.

PRIMERA AIR.
This Danish low cost airline, who ran a Stansted-New York and Stansted-Washington DC service, suddenly ceased trading on 2/10/18. Many customers were left stranded or out of pocket. Primera is the fifth airline to have attempted transatlantic services from Stansted in the past two decades. It blamed flight delays and late delivery of new Airbus aircraft as contributing to its failure.

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Above: Primera Boeing 737 OY-PSC. (World of Aviation Blog.com).

ROG.
1/10/18: 47848 at Ilford depot.
5/10/18: 37611 towed 345002 on 5Q50 OC-IL.
8/10/18: 37884 towed GA 321403 to Kilmarnock.

RYANAIR.
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Above: Boeing 737-800AS EI-EBD at Stansted on 27/10/18, on FR6036 from Rimini. (John Podgorski).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 36354 at ADL, Harlow on 20/10/18. This has finished its days in London, and awaits use elsewhere. (John Podgorski).

Below: ADL/Enviro 400 no 19782 at ADL, Harlow on 20/10/18, with Reading Buses ADL/Enviro 400 City no 717. (John Podgorski).
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STEPHENSONS.
YN08OAM 510 STEPHENSONS 702 (LEXDEN RD, CR) 15-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 510, working from Clacton outstation, at Lexden Road, Colchester on 15/10/18, on registered schools service 702. (Simon Austin).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
LJ03MDX SUFFOLK NORSE EX HOLMESWOOD (STUTTON) 15-10-18 (CHRIS BAINES)
Above: Some DAF DB250LF/Alexander ALX400s are on hire. Ex Holmeswood Coaches LJ03 MDX departs Stutton on 15/10/18. (Chris Baines).

The Ipswich depot is currently at Whitehouse. Consideration is being made to move it to Copdock.

SWALLOW, RAINHAM.
Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses LK53 FDC/F have passed to Ensign.

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
A visit to the depot on 12/10/18, found the following vehicles present:
Leyland Titan A620 THV; Setra S315 VSU 803; Setra S416s BJ08 KNM, UL11 ULM, BU14 SYE; Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royales N119/20 UHP. UL11 ULM was on loan to Angus, Needham Market. VH Astromega FUH 933 was at HB Commercials, Ipswich in October.

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Above: The Talisman yard on 12/10/18. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
KV09GJK TENDRING TRAVEL (GA RRP CR) 7-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: KV09 EJK is a Mb 0816D/Plaxton Cheetah. It was seen at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ingatestone, on 7/10/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: Ex Stagecoach Scotland West Volvo B12T/Plaxton Panther SF57 DPX on GA RRP to/from Ipswich, at Norwich on 13/10/18. (John Podgorski).
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THAMESWAY.
K909CVW 909 TWAY (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer 909 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. This was new to Ponders End for LRT 214 (Parliament Hill Fields-Liverpool Street) and moved to Eastern National at Colchester in 1998. It was withdrawn from Clacton in 2009, and has been restored to original condition. (Simon Austin).

THOMAS COOK AIRLINES.
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Above: Airbus A321-211 G-TCDL arrives at Stansted on MT1957 from Fuerteventura on 27/10/18. (John Podgorski).

TRANSPORT for LONDON.
The Becontree Heath bus terminus is temporarily closed for building works.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
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Above: Ex Metrobus Scania Omnilink/EL Esteem YM55 SXB at Harlow Bus Station on 20/10/18. (John Podgorski).

VIRGIN TRAINS.
4/10/18: 221101 at Ilford, Bombardier.

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, C Baines, A Barham, S Barham, T Bartrop, EBN, Ensign, A Hazell, Hedingham, L Kinsella Ilot, LOTS, D Pretty, A Short, World of Aviation Blog.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. September 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the September, 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

A once familiar bus type in Greater London has now virtually disappeared. The Marshall Capital Bodied Dennis Dart SLF, had TfL193 around Romford as one of its last bastions, but that passed from Go-Ahead to Stagecoach at the end of September.
Staying in the Go-Ahead group, another end of an era was the relocation of the Hedingham Omnibuses head office from Colchester to Clacton, also at the close of September.
Route 87 from Colchester to Brightlingsea ceased after 1st September, having latterly been run commercially by Hedingham. First still serves this coastal town, but there is no longer a late evening service. Another era ended on 28th September, when Hedingham vacated its Colchester office, after more than a decade. Administration has moved to Clacton depot.
Flagfinders has phased out the Graham’s name, and the Kelvedon site now has a mix of Flagfinders and ex Graham’s vehicles.
Transit Systems (owners of Tower Transit), have sold Whippet Coaches.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
SK15GXS 4072 AR KT CR 900 (BE) 3-9-18
(John Podgorski).

Odd sightings:
3/9/18: Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 on 900. 17/9/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3826 (GN07 AVO) on 2. 20/9/18: ADL/E200 4018 (GN58 BUE) on 4.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Operation of ex EOS route 66 has moved to Ware. ADL/Enviro 400 MMCs are being used.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
LJ61CKN ENX5 AR LONDON N 313 (MUTTON LANE, PB) 15-9-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 ENX5 at Mutton Lane, Potters Bar on 15/9/18, at the start of its journey back to Chingford. (John Podgorski).

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Dart SLF/Mini Pointer SK02 XGP is on loan from Galloway.

BGB (BIG GREEN BUS), HORSEHEATH.
Ex Metroline is Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LR52 BNN, joining other buses of this type.

BLUE TRIANGLE:
TfL193 (Romford-County Park Estate) passed to Stagecoach from 29/9/18.

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Above: Ex London General Dart SLF/Pointer LDP191 at Mercury Gardens, Romford on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Dart SLF/Marshall DMN6 at Western Road, Romford on 1/9/18. These were inherited from First Capital, when First decided to exit London in September 2013. They are amongst the last of this type on TfL work. (John Podgorski).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
The application for the new O licence was ongoing in September.
The school contracts have been subbed to Coach Stop of Rettendon and Marc1 Travel at Billericay.

BOMBARDIER.
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At Ilford on 8/9/18 are resident shunters 08700 (nearest the camera) and 08871. Also note the match wagon. (John Podgorski).

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Above: GWR liveried Class 365 motor car at Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: MkIII buffet car at Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).
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9/9/18: Virgin 221101 at Ilford for repaint. Arrived from Euston as 5Z75.

CHAMBERS.
Scania Omnidekka 810 (YN55 PZO) went on loan to Hedingham at Kelvedon on 4/9/18.
805 (YN55 PZG) went on hire to Hedingham KN on 14/9/18. Hedingham 812 (YN55 PZR) was briefly here in late September.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) is also on hire to Hedingham, and returned on 17/9/18.

COLAS.
2/9/18: 67023 “up” through Ingatestone, light loco @ 1745.
3/9/18: 70801, 92011 at Dagenham Dock.
5/9/18: 70804 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
7/9/18: 37254 on 3Z66 Colchester-Derby RTC.
10/9/18: 37610/12 on 1Q90 Derby RTC-Ferme Park via WAML. 70803 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock. 70815 at Dagenham Dock.
12/9/18: 37610 tnt 37612 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liverpool Street. 70812 on 6L37.
16/9/18: 37219 on 6L39 Bridgend-Dagenham instead of usual ’70.
17/9/18: 37219 on 6V30 Dagenham-Bridgend.
25/9/18: 70807 on 6L37.

CT PLUS.
TfL D6 was gained from Go-Ahead Docklands, from 15/9/18 – using new ADL/Enviro 20Ds 1283-1295 (YX68 UJA-H/J-N).

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Above: CT Plus “classic” ADL/Enviro 20D no 1225 at Ley Street, Ilford on 8/9/18. (John  Podgorski).

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
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Above:  Irisbus Eurorider/Plaxton Panther YN07 KGZ on Greater Anglia rail replacement at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Dans Mercedes Tourismo BK11 CNX, meanwhile, required some assistance, (John Podgorski).
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DBS.
3/9/18: 66061 at Dagenham Dock. 66101 on Mountsorrel-Harlow.
6/9/18: 66030 on Chesterton-Mountsorrel.
10/9/18: 66061 at Dagenham Dock.
13/9/18: 66030 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill.
27/9/18: 66002 at Bow Plasmor.

DCR.
11/9/18: 56103 on 0Z29 Wembley-Foxton and returned on route learning.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
From 15/9/18, TfL D6 was lost to CT Plus; TfL D8 passed to Tower Transit. From the same date, south bound 276 (Stoke Newington-Newham Hospital) was re-routed in Stratford via Tramway Ave instead of West Ham Lane.

YX61BXD SE128 D8 CHRISP ST 2-1-16
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 SE128 (YX61 BXD) at Chrisp Street, Poplar on 2/1/16. (John Podgorski).

DRS:
3/9/18: 57007 towed GA DVT 82107 Cardiff-Norwich via GEML.
4/9/18: 37409 on Norwich-Ilford ECS with 1 MkIII.
5/9/18: 37419 on Willesden Brent-Norwich 1 coach ECS. 57007 Norwich-Willesden Brent light loco.
6/9/18: 37409 on Norwich-Ilford light loco.
14/9/18: 37419 on 5P98 Ilford-Norwich ECS.
18/9/18: 37038/259/423, 57007 on 0L21 Willesden Brent-Norwich light loco via GEML.
24/9/18: 37259/57007 on RHTT at Stowmarket.
25,26,27/9/18: 37259 tnt 57007 on 3S60 Stowmarket RHTT.
26/9/18: 37419 hauling GA DVT 82143 on Norwich-Cardiff ECS.
27/9/18: 37602/5/6/57003 + GA 90011 on 0Z37 Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML. 37419 with GA DVT 82105 on Cardiff-Norwich ECS.
28/9/18: 37611 on 5Q74 Ilford-Old Oak 345 ECS.

ENSIGNBUS.
8.9m ADL/Enviro 200s 602 (LK07 BEJ), 603 (MX59 AVN), 604 (CN11 FBE) have joined the fleet for new Brentwood local route 31, which starts on 1/10/18.

FIRST ESSEX.
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Above: 32631 at Colchester on 14/8/18. This was the last of its batch to run from CR before transfer to CF – see below. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 32628/31/40-42 (KP54 KAU, KBF, AZB/C/D) have moved from Colchester (CR) to Chelmsford (CF) chiefly for schools; replacing some of the yellow BMCs. School routes 509, 525 are now double deck. However, the Geminis are also regular on route 70 (Chelmsford-Braintree-Colchester). They work alongside existing ALX400s on both, although seem to be used in preference to the ALX400s on the 70.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65748 (SN55 JVK) was repaired and returned to service at CR, but then returned to Scotland. 65688/92 (YS03 ZKH/K) have lost their 74/76 cove branding, but retain rear Clacton-Colchester branding.

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Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66794 at Mountnessing on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 14/9/18: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 on 70. 15/9/18: Route 100 69912 on X10. 17/9/18: B7L/ALX400s 32068/78, Trident 33087; Route 70 B9TL SN57 HDJ on 70; X30 ADL/E200MMC 67168 on 70. 18/9/18: X30 67165 on 70. 19/7/18: Route 62 B9TL 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 67/C; Streetlite 63330 (SK65 PXM) on 67; X30 67166 on 70. 24/9/18: 37136 being recovered on A133 east at Frating @ 1630. 30/9/18: Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 1A (Sunday). (NB: 62 branded B9TLs are being increasingly seen “off route”. Since the 29th July changes, their 62 branding has no longer been correct. On 62, they should normally by supported by the ex First Bristol B9TL/Geminis, but Tridents can appear, along with the odd B7TL/ALX400. Saloons on the 62 are rare, though).

FLAGFINDERS.
Ex Nottingham City Transport, via Ensign are Scania Omnidekkas YN07 EYP/T.
The first Flagfinders vehicles to appear at the old Graham’s, Kelvedon depot were Volvo B7TL/EL Vyking PG04 WHF and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 ZSD, plus Mini Pointer Dart SLF YN04 PZY. They are all for Thurstable School contracts.
Ex Graham’s vehicles retained are Mb 0814D/Euros AE54 FMG, AE07 KZB; Mb Sprinter VU53 FYR and Scania Omniexpress YT09 FLF. These are used on ex Graham’s private school contracts. They will receive blue/white fleet livery in due course.
Ex Graham’s Autosan A1012T BX56 XAD has been offered for sale, while other acquired Graham’s vehicles have been sold.

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Above: LF52 ZSD at Kelvedon on 3/9/18. It subsequently had its destination blacked out. (John Podgorski).

Below: Tollesbury based Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LK03 NHG at The Strood, West Mersea, on 14/9/18. It is on the contract to Thurstable School at Tiptree. (John Podgorski).
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Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 USV was an addition at Tollesbury in late September.

FREIGHTLINER.
1/9/18: 66516 on 4L52 Garston-London Gateway.
3/9/18: 66520 on Tees Dock-FLX.
5/9/18: 70005 on 4M81 FLX-Basford.
7/9/18: 86628/10 on FLX-Trafford Park.70007 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
17/9/18: 66604 on Chesterton Junct-York aggregates empties.
21/9/18: 66520 + 86612/13 on FLX bound ‘liner.86610/607 on Trafford Park-FLX.
23/9/18: 66561 tnt 66604 on rail sleeper/autoballaster train, “down” through Colchester @ 2230.
24/9/18: 66513 with 86613/12 dead in tow at Shenfield on FLX-Trafford Park.
30/9/18: 66596 tnt 66953 on ballast “down” through Marks Tey @ 2235.

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Above: “Dead” (hence the handlamp in the windscreen) 66953 brings up the rear on a “down” ballast train at Marks Tey on 30/9/18. 66596 was powering at the front. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
The first ex Colas Class 60 to appear was 60095.

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Above: 66775 and 66708 at Bishop’s Stortford yard on 3/9/18. (John Podgorski).

1/9/18: 66705/6 on 4L07 Hams Hall- FLX. 66719 on 4L02 Hams Hall-Felixstowe.
3/9/18: 66702 on 6P41 Parkeston Quay-North Walsham. 66708 tnt 66775 on HSM train at Bishop’s Stortford. 66703 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX. 66725/65 on on 0L33 Peterbough-Felixstowe light loco. 66725 on 4L29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
5/9/18: 66750 on 6M76 Chesterton Junct-Bardon empties.
6/9/18: 66702 on North Walsham-Harwich tanks.
9/9/18: 66726 on ballast “down” through Marks Tey @ 1530. 66759/708 on 6T61 Derby Road-Whitemoor engineers.
10/9/18: 66703/767 on 0L33 PBO-FLX light engine. Maritime blue 66727 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX. 66783 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX.
11/9/18: 66783 ‘Biffa’ on 4Z81.
12/9/18: 66730 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66783 on 4Z81.
13/9/18: 66730 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco.
14/9/18: 66783 on 4Z81.
15/9/18: 66783 on 4Z81.
18/9/18: 66759 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco.
21/9/18: 66737 on 4L02.
23/9/18: 66704 on 6T64 Marks Tey-Whitemoor engineers. 66750 on 6T60 Colchester-Whitemoor engineers.
24/9/18: 66711 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66716 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66759 on 4R03 Parkeston-Felixstowe. 66767 on 4M23 Hams Hall-FLX.
25/9/18: 66716 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
27/9/18: 66721/26 on Broxbourne RHTT.
28/9/18: 66702/32 on Broxbourne RHTT.
29/9/18: 66765/13 on 4L07 Hams Hall-FLX.

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Above: 66726 at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
The first of the new ‘Aventra’ trains was unveiled to the media and stakeholders at Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane works in Derby on 13/9/18. 3 part completed cars from 5 car unit 720501 were present for inspection.

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Above: 153309 stabled in the Sudbury branch platform at Marks Tey, after close of service on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

6/9/18: 321448 on Norwich-Liverpool Street.
13/9/18: 321324 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS, then back to Doncaster with 321322 as 5E23.
15/9/18: 317501/660/883 on 2100 LST-Chelmsford.
18/9/18: 321324 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS.

HEDINGHAM.
AO57EZM 850 HO 87 (BRIGHTLINGSEA) 4-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnicity 850 on route 87 at Brightlingsea, Victoria Place on 4/8/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: Scania Omnidekka 814 at Colchester, on the final 87 working. (John Podgorski).
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Route 87 (Colchester-Brightlingsea) ceased after 1/9/18. But the 87C schools variant continues. Special fares were offered in the final weeks. Scania Omnidekka 814 (YN 55 PZV) worked the final journey – the 2301 Colchester North Station- Brightlingsea.
This commercial service was started in August 2012, to compete against the then incumbent New Horizon Travel (originally Cedric’s) 78X. This was achieved, with NHT ending the 78X (except school journeys) within 2 years. However, in 2017, First returned to Brightlingsea (after a ten year gap), by extending its 62 from Wivenhoe, taking significant custom from the 87. The final “nail in the coffin”, was the extension of First’s 62A from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea in July 2018; giving First a core frequency of 15 minutes on this corridor. There is now currently no late evening service to Brightlingsea, as First only runs to Wivenhoe after 1930.
The Thomas Lord Audley (TLA)-Mersea Island school runs have been gained from New Horizon.
There are two routes; A (West Mersea-TLA); B (East Mersea-West Mersea-Peldon-TLA).

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Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 575 at the Strood, West Mersea on 7/9/18. It is about to start the morning journey on TLA route A. (John Podgorski).

Ford Transit 16 seater BU14 YNT is on hire from Robertsons Van Hire. It is at Clacton (CN) for a Manningtree School run.
ADL/Enviro 200 265 (EU10 AOX) has returned from Konect, ex loan. Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 524 (LX05 EZG), 526 (LX06 EAJ) have gone on loan to Konect.
On 2/9/18, Omnidekka 817 (YN06 JYB) returned to CN from KN, while 812/13 (YN55 PZR/U) went from CN to KN. On 4/9/18, 810 (YN55 PZO) came from Chambers.  5/9/18 saw Chambers 806 come to KN from CN, but it returned the following day. 819 (YN06 JYD) was also at KN during the first week of September and then went back to CN. On 10/9/18, 814 (YN55 PZV) arrived at KN from CN. On 14/9/18, Chambers 805 (YN55 PZG) arrived at KN.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) was on loan from Chambers and was returned on 17/9/18. 576 (W517 WGH) was repaired and back in use at CN in late September. Volvo B7TL/Geminis 520/21/23 (LX05 EZC/D/F) have been converted to single door, while 527 (LX06 EAK) was under conversion in late September; with 528 (LX06 EAM) still waiting – all at CN. Withdrawn Dennis Trident/EL 723 (W823 NNJ) has gone from HD to Alpha Recovery for scrap. Sister 729 (W829 NNJ) passed to Ensign, and then onwards to Shelton Motors, Ely – for scrap.

LX05EZD 521 HO SINGLE DOOR CONVERTED (CN DEPOT) 24-9-18
Above: Single door converted Volvo B7TL/Gemini 521 at Clacton depot on 24/9/18. (John Podgorski).

On 28/9/18, the head office at Dugard House, Peartree Road, Colchester was closed.
It moved to Clacton depot, where the former traffic office has become the new office space. Remodelling of the Clacton depot building in general, has seen the staff room modernised, with the traffic office moved to the corner of the new set up. Next door to this is a cashing up area, with a training/meeting room beyond, converted from a cold store.

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Above: Building works at Clacton depot on 23/8/18. (John Podgorski).
Below: The new Clacton training/meeting  room; also on 23/8/18. This was converted from a former cold store. (Clacton depot had once been a dairy). (John Podgorski).
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Above: Dugard House, seen from the Moss Road side on 19/9/18. (John Podgorski).
Below: Inside Dugard House, looking from the meeting room into the Hedingham office; 19/9/18. (John Podgorski).
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(John Podgorski).

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT.
Has ceased trading. Based at Kingswood in Surrey, it had an Essex outstation at Rochford. However, operations continue under the umbrella of International Coachlines, Thornton Heath.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN03 WMP is now with A2B, Cambridge.

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Above: Hire Your Transport ex RATP London United Trident/ALX400 NMC 795 orig SN03 DZR, at Bishopsgate, London on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Dart SLF/Pointer with A2B Bus and Coach, at Drummer Street Bus Station, Cambridge on 22/9/18. It is on ex Whippet Cambs CC route 75. (John Podgorski).
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IPSWICH BUSES.
Withdrawn is Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 12 (LG02 FDC). Its last day was 28/9/18.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
The Feering-Ipswich Schools “bus club” contract has been gained from Suffolk Norse.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Has AEC PRV Routemaster RML2722 (SMK 722F) – via Ensign.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Southend seafront route 68 ended on 1/9/18. London Central open top AEC PRV Routemaster RML2318 (CUV 318C), appeared on the final day for this season.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: 315815 at Emerson Park on 1/9/18, on a Romford to Upminster service. These are due for replacement shortly with new Class 710 stock. Use of these new trains on West Anglia began from the end of September. (John Podgorski).

A new livery (with black upper bodysides/window surrounds is appearing, with Electrostar 378185 being the first existing train to appear in it. The new CLass 710/711 EMUs are being delivered so liveried.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
The Victoria Line celebrated its 50th anniversary on 1/9/18, as on that date in 1968, trains began running between Walthamstow Central and Highbury & Islington. The line was then opened southwards, in stages; with services reaching Brixton on 23/7/1971.

M&M STAFFING, COOKSMILL GREEN.
Ancillary vehicles are Ford Transit Connect vans OU67 MDF, OU18 LRF.

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Above: OU18 LRF at Ingatestone on 15/9/18. (John Podgorski).

MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
A Grays-Shenfield School contract is being run for 2018/19.

MTR TfL RAIL.
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Above: ‘Aventra’ 345010 departs Romford for Shenfield on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 345012 at Ilford depot on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

w/e 8/9/18; 345002/15 – OC-IL. 345007 – IL-OC.
9/9/18: 345008 IL-WB as 5Q72.
12/9/18: 345002 on 5V51 Southend-Ilford.
19/9/18: 345002 – WB-IL.
20/9/18: 345001 – Ashfordby Old Dalby Test Track; 345002/3 – Ilford IL; 345004 -Derby DY;345005/6 – IL; 345007 – Old Oak OC; 345008-12 – IL; 345013 – OC; 345014/15 – IL; 345016/17 – OC; 34018 – Ashfordby; 345019-21 – OC; 345022 – IL; 345023 – Crewe CE; 345024 – Abbey Wood – AW; 345025 – OC; 345026 – Ashfordby;345027-31 – OC; 345022/33 – AW; 345034-44 – OC; 345045-48 – OC; 345049 – Ashfordby; 345050 – DY; 345051 – Ashfordby; 345052 – DY-Ashfordby behind 37611; 345053-56 – DY.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BX65WCU SH216 ENGLAND SUPER REAR ADVERT (START HILL SCANIA) 22-9-18
Above; Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante SH216 (BX65 WCU), with the modified England Football super rear advert, at Scania Start Hill on 22/9/18. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL.
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Above: Track tampers DR73114 and DR77904 await entry to Marks Tey pw depot on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Track maintenance at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).
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NEW HORIZON TRAVEL, FRATING.
Acquired is ex Go South Coast – Morebus Volvo B7RLE/Wright HF54 HGY. It is often used on schooldays route 177 (West Mersea-Colchester).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Further ex Metroline (via Ensign) ADL/Enviro 200s are YX09 AEZ, YX09 FLE – plus YX09 FLA for spares only.

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Above: The sun sets behind ADL/Enviro 200 AB62 PAN at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

AB09PAN PANTHER (HARWICH B S - CRUISE STAFF SHUTTLE) 9-9-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AB09 PAN is named ‘Donald’. It entered service in early September and was pictured at Harwich, on a cruise ship staff shuttle from Parkeston. (Alex Hazell).

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Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer KV51 KZK and Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN at Northumberland Park (Meridian Way) outstation on 16/8/18. (John Podgorski).

The Northumberland Park station remodelling project was due to be completed in November. In late September, the extra track was being installed. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer BIG 9856 covered from Primo SB07 PAN here in late September.

ROG.
13/9/18: 47812 on Leicester-Foxton light engine.
14/9/18: 47812 on Foxton-Eastleigh spoil train.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
EU62AYB 10157 ST EL 179 (T) (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: In the final weeks of Leyton operation of TfL179; ADL/Enviro 40D 10157 10157 was seen in Central Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

New ADL/Enviro 40D MMC Smart Hybrids at West Ham (WH), are 11017-11032 (YX68 UKA/B/D-H/K-S).
From 29/9/18, TfL193 (Romford Market-County Park Estate) was gained from Go-Ahead Blue Triangle. its frequency was reduced slightly to improve reliability. New for this were ADL/Enviro 20D MMCs 37513-37525 (YY18 TKA/C-F/J/K/N/O/T-V). Some entered traffic earlier on other routes from Romford North Street garage. TfL165 (Romford-Rainham) was retained by Stageocoach on retender from the same date, and also received new E200 MMCs – 37526-539 (YX68 UMA-H/J-M/O/R). TfL179 (Chingford-Ilford) was likewise retained on retender, but was moved operationally from Leyton (T) to Barking (BK); (existing buses were retained – new E40HMMCs had been planned, but these were diverted to Selkent for TfL136). TfL252 (Collier Row-Hornchurch) was likewise retained, and its timings also slightly revised on Saturday daytimes.
Route changes from 15/9/18; TfL86 (Romford-Stratford) re-routed westbound in Ilford via The Broadway (south) instead of The Grove (north). 104 (Manor Park-Stratford) and 238 (Barking-Stratford), plus 473 (N Woolwich-Stratford) re-routed in Stratford (eastbound) via Tramway Ave instead of West Ham Lane.

LX11BJU 19807 ST EL 86 (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 40D 19807 departs Ilford, on a westbound 86 on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
YJ12 GXS is a Mb 0816D.
Large coaches continue to be kept at Great Tey, but smaller vehicles can be found parked at Old Heath.

TOWER TRANSIT.
TfL D8 was gained from Go-Ahead Docklands, from 15/9/18. It uses VNs made spare by reductions on TfL25, and was also diverted in Stratford via Gt Eastern Street southbound, direct to High Street avoiding The Broadway. From the same date, TfL425 (Clapton-Stratford) was extended from Stratford to Ilford.

BJ11EBK VN36162 TT 25 (LEY ST, ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 VN36162 at Ley Street, Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, HARLOW.
SK68TNF STREETLITE DF TRUSTYBUS ON LOAN (GA RRP MARKS TEY) 30-9-18
Above: On loan from Wrightbus was StreetLite DF demonstrator SK68 TNF. It was seen at Marks Tey on 30/9/18, on a Colchester-Chelmsford Greater Anglia rail replacement. (John Podgorski).

YN56NNG TRUSTYBUS (GA RRP BRAINTREE) 1-9-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnicity YN56 NNG in Braintree, on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Witham on 1/9/18. (Simon Austin).

TUI.
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Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZJ departs Stansted on BY5644 to Rhodes on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

WCR.
9/9/18: 47580 on 5Z28 Norwich-Acton ECS via Cambridge.

WHIPPET, SWAVESEY.
Has been sold by Tower Transit to Ascendal Group. Ascendal is a new company, founded by a Transit Systems director.
(Transit also recently sold Impact Coaches of Perivale to HCT Group).

With thanks to: M Allen, Anglia-Gen, T Barthrop, S Austin, Ensignbus, Flightradar24, A Hazell, Hedingham, P Layzell, London’s Transport Yahoo, LOTS, RM.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. August 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

A2B, CAMBRIDGE.
Is running ex Whippets Cambs CC routes 31, 75.

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Above: Ex First Essex Optare Solo EO02 NFG on route 31 at Cambridge (Drummer Street) Bus Station on 25/8/18. (John Podgorski).

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
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Above: Scania K410/Caetano C650 BX65 WBN, at Start Hill Scania on 28/7/18. (John Podgorski).

AMBASSADOR TRAVEL.
It is reported that some of the 490 (London-Norwich/Cromer/Great Yarmouth) group NX contracts have passed to Whippet.
An outstation has been established by Whippet at Eye, Suffolk – on the old airfield industrial estate, by the A140.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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Above: Ex Arriva Guildford ADL/Enviro 200 4017 at North Station Road, Colchester – passing the junction with Causton Road on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 7/8/18: DAF SB120/Cadet 3527 (LF02 PMY) on 1. 17/8/18: DAF SB120/Cadet 3520 (LJ03 MZL) on 1. 30/8/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 2.

Ancillary vehicles:
EG17 OMH is a Hyunda i20 5dr h/b ferry car.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Further arrivals are ex High Wycombe ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 3106 (YX17 NME); Mb Citaro 3909 (BD12 DHV) from Hemel Hempstead; Mb Sprinter 45 1010 (BF67 WGE) from Ware. On loan was Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 1615 (GN04 UDJ) from Gillingham.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
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Above: VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 DW547 at Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow on 4/8/18. For many years, TfL230 was worked by Stagecoach East London and its predecessors.

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Above: One of several ex Barking vehicles now working for Arriva London South around Croydon, ADL/Enviro 200 ENL57 on Addiscombe Road on 11/8/18. Note the new Arriva logos. (John Podgorski).

Below: Ex Barking ADL/Enviro 400 T24, now with Arriva London South at Thornton Heath, and seen at East Croydon rail station on 11/8/18. This was displaced from east London by the loss of TfL135 to Go-Ahead in 2015.
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CHAMBERS.
EU56FLN 258 HO LOANED TO CHAMBERS (ELMSETT) 29-8-18 (JACK LOMAS)
Above: 258 at Elmsett on 29/8/18. (Jack Lomas).

On loan from Hedingham are Dart SLF/Pointers 254 (EU05 AUR), 258 (EU56 FLN). This is connected with a diversion in Sudbury, caused by the temporary closure of Gainsborough Road.
Scania Omnidekkas 806, 811 were loaned to Hedingham for the Clacton Airshow.
Ex Carousel Buses ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267 (AJ58 PZS), 268 (AE59 AWM) – entered service at the start of August.

AE59AWM 268 CHAMBERS 754 (HEAD ST CR) 2-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: 268 at Head Street, Colchester on 2/8/18. Note how the Carousel livery is very similar to the current Hedingham and Chambers scheme. (Daniel Pretty).

COLAS.
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Above: 37521 at Ipswich on 2/8/18. (John Podgorski) .

1/8/18: 70806 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
2/8/18: 37521 “up” through Ipswich with NR test train @ 2120.
7/8/18: 60002 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock. 70807 + 66846 ? on 6L37.
8/8/18: 70807 on 6L37 with just 2 JNAs.
9/8/18: 60002 on 6L44.
13/8/18: 60002 on 6L44.
14/8/18: 37099 tnt 37116 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liverpool Street.
15/8/18: 37099 tnt 37116 on 1Q96 on Harwich branch.
20/8/18: 70816 on 6L44.
28/8/18: 66846 on 6L37.
31/8/18: 67023 with OHLE wagons at Chelmsford yard.

CT PLUS.
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Above: It’s a warm summer Saturday evening on Bishopsgate, as ADL/ Enviro 40H City 2535 mingles with the crowds heading for Shoreditch, as it runs to Stratford. 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Ash Grove based CT Plus buses now carry ‘HK’ (for Hackney) depot codes. This is to distinguish them from buses allocated to Walthamstow Avenue depot. ADL/Enviro 40H City 2520 (SN16 OJK) heads southbound along Bishopsgate on 4/8/18 – on a Waterloo bound 388. (John Podgorski).
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DANS COACH TRAVEL, STOWMARKET.
L872SGW DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (GA RRP CR) 25-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: L872 SGW at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement on 25/8/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: T361 JWA at Ipswich on 26/8/18; also on GA RRP. (Simon Austin).
T361JWA DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (GA RRP IPSWICH) 26-8-18 (S AUSTIN)

This new operator has Volvo B10M/VHs L872 SGW, P258 YGG and ex Graham’s of Kelvedon Scania/Irizar T361 JWA.
Also owned (as heritage vehicles), are one time Burtons of Haverhill Bedford YMT/Plaxton Supreme JDO 241W and ex Peelings of Tivetshall Volvo B58/Plaxton Supreme FAH 275Y (?).

JDO241W (CANVEY) 8-10-17
Above: JDO 241W at the Canvey Open Day on 8/10/17. (John Podgorski).

DBS.
3/8/18: 66075 at Bow Olympic.
4/8/18: 66147 tnt 66197 on Whitemoor-Trimley ballast.
7/8/18: 66160 on London Gateway-Wakefield intermodal.
8/8/18: 66095 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 66221 on 4M70 Chesterton-Junct-Mountsorrel.
10/8/18: 66002 on 4L48 Daventry-Purfleet.
15/8/18: 66025 on Marks Tey-Crawley.
17/8/18: 66135 on London Gateway-Wakefield.
19/8/18: 66128 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton.
21/8/18: 66192 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill.
30/8/18: 66089 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford stone.
31/8/18: 66089 on Chelmsford-Acton stone.

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Above: The entrance to Bow Midland is to the left, with access to Bow Olympic straight ahead. Seen on 11/8/18. (John Podgorski).

DRS.
7/8/18: 37409 + GA DVT 82107 on 5Z56 Norwich-Cardiff Canton via GEML, NLL, GWML.
9/8/18: 37409 + GA DVT 82118 on 5Z82 Cardiff Canton-Norwich.
22/8/18: 37419 on Norwich-Willesden light engine via GEML.
28/8/18: 57007 on York-Stowmarket light engine.
30/8/18: 37407 + ‘Caroline’ at Ipswich.

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Above: 37419 at the front of other ’37s at Norwich on 18/8/18. At the rear of the consist are 37407 and 37409, while 37038 is to the right. (John Podgorski).

EAST YORKSHIRE.
The current fleet of NX coaches, which run into Essex on 481 (London-Felixstowe) are:
Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes 74-76 (FN62 CEA/U, CGX), 77 (EYC 73), 78-87 (YY63 OEJ-O, OJA-D). Very occasionally, a Hull Coaching vehicle may appear.

ENSIGNBUS.
Accident damaged BCI Enterprise 402 (LX66 DZC) was deemed to beyond economic repair. It was withdrawn and sold for scrap.
On 17/8/18, a formerly owned Dart SLF/ALX200, now with a local driving school, ran off the A12 west at Stanford Le Hope. Luckily there were no serious injuries, but there was much disruption to local traffic.

LX15GVE 131 ENSIGNBUS 73 (TILBURY CIVIC SQUARE) 28-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: At dusk on a sultry 28/6/18, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 131 awaits departure from Civic Square, Tilbury – on its final rounder of its 73 duty. (Daniel Disbury).

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Above: Two of the Ensign Heritage fleet, rest in the “barn” at Purfleet depot on 30/6/18. Left is Green line AEC Regal T223; right is JMT Leyland Titan TD1 6332J. (John Podgorski).

LX17DZF 145 ENSIGNBUS (GA RRP RAYLEIGH) 4-7-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: Another stunning twilight study. BCI Excellence 145 at Rayleigh on another balmy summer night; 4/7/18. (Daniel Disbury).

Below: ADL/Enviro 200 711 at Purley on 19/8/18. (Daniel Disbury).
SN11FFP 711 ENSIGNBUS (SOUTHERN RRP PURLEY) 19-8-18 (D DISBURY).

LX66GXD 402 ENSIGNBUS (SOUTHERN RRP GATWICK) 19-8-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: BCI Enterprise 402 at Gatwick Airport on 18/8/18. (Daniel Disbury).

EOS LONDON.
Continued trading until 3/8/18. After that, parent Swallow Coaches took over.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
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Above: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 350 P616 FTV on Greater Anglia rail standby, at Ipswich station on 2/8/18. This coach was previously with Soames. (John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Odd sightings: 1/8/18: ADL/E200 44518 (YX09 ACZ) on X7 pm – (usually B7RLE/Wright).

FIRST ESSEX.
SN55HFD 32676 FE 70 (CR B S) 30-8-18 (D PRETTY)
(Daniel Pretty).
Ex First Eastern Counties is former First Bristol Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 20514 (WV02 EUP). This is at Chelmsford (CF) for schools.
Also from First Eastern Counties are former First Scotland East Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 32672/76 (SN55 HEV, HFD), also allocated to CF. 32676 was seen (above) at Colchester on 30/8/18.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400s 32652/54 (AU05 MUP/W) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66822/24 (MX05 CEO/V) have transferred to First Eastern Counties. The B7TLs to Ipswich; the B7RLEs to Norwich.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32476 (AU53 HJK) has lost its super rear advert for CT Industrial Adhesive.
The Dart SLF/Caetanos at CF (41512-14 – LK03 NGE/F/G) were moved to BN by the end of August, where that type is now concentrated.
The Optare Solo is now extinct here; the last was 53209 (CN07 KZM) which passed to The Buses of Somerset at Yeovil. 53138 (EU54 BNK) went to First Manchester at Oldham, while 53139 (EU54 BNJ) went for scrap.
Gone to Alpha for scrap are accident damaged Optare Solo 53139 (EU54 BNJ); Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65680/83 (YR52 VEK/U) and fire damaged Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66809 (MX05 CDE); plus yellow BMC 68535 (EU05 DXR). 65680/83, 66809 had been cannibalised at CR before disposal.
Following closure, Braintree outstation was used to store the previously withdrawn yellow BMCs. The portakabin and fuel tank were however, removed.

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Above: Clacton depot post closure on 3/8/18, with just Dart SLF/Pointer 42557 (WX05 UAO) remaining. (John Podgorski).

Below: General view of a now deserted Clacton depot on the same date. Note all signs have been removed. (John Podgorski).
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LK03LLZ 41494 FE 71 (CR) 18-7-18
Above: The closure of Clacton and Braintree at the end of July, saw the Caetano bodied Dennis Dart SLFs being concentrated at Basildon (BN). Chelmsford (CF) had been the only other depot to have these, and 41494 was seen at Southway, Colchester on 18/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 4/8/18: Scania L94UB/Wright 62409 (YS03 ZKD) on 62. 6/8/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 66B; SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) on 71. 7/8/18: Tridents 33086/88 (LN51 GMG/U) – both on 67. 10/8/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 103. 11/8/18: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32068 (KP51 VZS) on 62. 13/8/18: SLF/Caetano 41514 (LK03 NGG) on 70. 14/8/18: Tridents 33044/78/196 (LN51 DVH, GNJ, LT52 XAG) on 62; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37134 (SN57 HDJ) on 103; Scania L94UB/Solar 65672 (SN51 UYE) on 62; Volvo B7RLE/Solar Eclipse 66807 (MX05 CCY) on 62. 17/8/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 1A; Route 62 37134 on 64; SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) on 71/X. 20/8/18: Route 62 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 75. 21/8/18: Route 62 37135 on 75; Route 62 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 175. 27/8/18: Volvo B7TL/Gemini 37010 (WX55 VHV) on 102. 28/8/18: Trident 33086 (LN51 GMG) on 62.

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Above: Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33078 on Military Road, Colchester on 9/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Ancillary vehicles: FP18 LCY is a new Vauxhall Movano minibus/crew ferry at Chelmsford.

FLAGFINDERS.
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The old Graham’s depot at Kelvedon has been closed and vacated for redevelopment. Four vehicles retained by Flagfinders are stored in the large garage.
It will reopen as a parking area for Flagfinders, with the smaller garages demolished.
The pictures were taken by John Podgorski on 25/8/18.

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FREIGHTLINER.
66413 is now in Genesee and Wyoming orange livery.
FL now serves Marks Tey Sand Yard.

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Above: 86613/637 left and GBRf 66784 at Ipswich on 1/8/18. (John Podgorski).

1/8/18: 70014 on 4S88 Felixstowe-Coatbridge. 86613/637 stabled at bottom of Ipswich upper yard/Field Sidings – pm.
2/8/18: 86614/604 at Field Sidings.
3/8/18: 86627/638 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
6/8/18; 66532 with 4 RHTT sets from Whitemoor to Parkeston.
10/8/18: 66955 on 6L46 Lawley Street-London Gateway.
11/8/18: 66515 + 66596 dead in tow on FLX-Basford Hall.
12/8/18: 66514 tnt 66561 on Whitemoor-Marks Tey engineers. 66953 tnt 66956 on Parkeston-Ely North with HOBC and 4 x RHTT tanks.
16/8/18: 65413 at Marks Tey yard.
17/8/18: 70005 on Coatbridge-FLX.
18/8/18: 66538 on Marks Tey sand. 70020 on 4L97 Coatbridge-FLX.
19/8/18: 66594 tnt 66420 on Parkeston-Manea HOBC.
20/8/18: 86608/37 + dead 66589 on Basford Hall-FLX.
21/8/18: 66593/501 + dead 66507/23 on 4E23 FLX-Leeds. 66610 on 6M65 at Harlow Mill. 70005 on Trafford Park-FLX.
23/8/18: Orange 66413 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX. 66429 on 4L48 Daventry-Purfleet. 86605/37 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX.
24/8/18: 66613 on 6L38 Brentford-Marks Tey sand. 66418 on 6V70 Mrks Tey-Wembley sand. (These digrams run light loco to/from Ipswich). Orange 66413 on 4M93.
25/8/18: 70005 on Trafford Park-FLX.
27/8/18: 66568 tnt 66572 on concrete rail sleeper train at Manningtree.
28/8/18: Orange 66413 on 4M93.
29/8/18: 70007 on Trafford Park-FLX.
30/8/18: 66605 on 6L38 Brentford-Marks Tey sand. 86614/13 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
31/8/18: Orange 66413 on 4L93 Lawley Street-Felixstowe. 66617 on Bow-Toton.

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Above: 66415 was still in DRS blue, when pictured at Ipswich on 5/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 66572 on a concrete rail sleeper train at Manningtree on 27/8/18, with 66568 on the rear. (John Podgorski).

GALLOWAY.
Temsa Safari HD12 YJ13 GUF is on hire.

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Above: VDL SB120/Wright Cadet 3367 PP at Ipswich rail station on 2/8/18. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
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Above: 66786, one of the ex DBS locos, enters Ipswich station with a “down” rake of JNA ballast wagons on 1/8/18. (John Podgorski).

1/8/18: 66726 on 4M02 Felixstowe-Hams Hall. 66784 at bottom of Ipswich upper yard/Field Sidings. 66786 “down” through Ipswich @ 1942 on JNAs.
2/8/18: 66726 on “up” intermodal through Ipswich @ 1830. 66784 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
3/8/18: 66707 on 4Z26 Felixstowe-Masborough. 66727 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX.
4/8/18: 66712 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66759 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
5/8/18: 66708 tnt 66777 on 6T63 Kensal Rise-Whitemoor autoballasters.
6/8/18: 66701 on 6T61 Woodbridge-Whitemoor engineers. 66706 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66712/42 on 0L33. 66774 on 6T64 Woodbridge-Whitemoor engineers.
7/8/18: 66730 at Bishops Stortford yard on 6X01 engineering train to Manea. 66732 on 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
8/8/18: 66742 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
9/8/18: 66703 on Whitemoor-Ipswich light engine.
12/8/18: 66701 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Witham engineeers.
13/8/18: 66727/42 on 0L33.
14/8/18: 66750 on Chesterton Junct-Bardon Hill.
15/8/18: 66777 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
16/8/18: 66733 on 4L18 Traffod Park-FLX. 66777 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.
18/8/18: 66706 tnt 66739 on Whitemoor-Trimley engineers. 66727 on 4L29. 66742 on FLX-Hams Hall.
20/8/18: 66719/65 on 0L33. 66726 on N Walsham-IPS light engine. 66729 on 6P41 Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66758 on 4R03 Parkeston-FLX. 66765 on 4M23.
21/8/18: 66750 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton.
24/8/18: 66723 on 4Z27 Masboro-FLX.66758 at Colchester North station.
27/8/18: 66751 on ballast at Colchester.
28/8/18: 66744 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
29/8/18: 66758 on N Walsham-Ipswich light loco.
30/8/18: 66750 on 6M76 Chesterton-Wellingborough.
31/8/18: 66719 on 4L02.

60031 EWS ABP CONNECT B STORTFORD 1-03
Above: Bishops Stortford yard in January 2003, featuring EWS 60031 on a now ceased ABP aggregates flow. (John Podgorski).

GOLDLINE, LEYTONSTONE and MANOR PARK.
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Above: Manor Park depot, seen on 4/8/18. This is in the former coal yard opposite the railway station. It is the main base for Goldline coach operations. Stratford City Cars is an associated company. (John Podgorski).

GRAHAMS OF KELVEDON.
Mb 516/UNVI Voyager PO17 AUH is now with Lords Travel, Queen Adelaide, near Ely.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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Above: The site of the trackside fire, as described below. Seen on 8/8/18. (John Podgorski).

321448 is back. 321420 has gone to Doncaster.
During mid August, ‘360s were run as test trains to Wickford and Southend; another route on which they are not normally “passed” for.
2/8/18: 156416 on 2107 (at IPS) to Harwich International – usually ‘170. 170208 on 2117 IPS-LFT – had been ‘153 on previous day.
6/8/18: 90015 on Crewe-Norwich towed by 37423, via NLL and WAML. Trackside fire at St Dominic Road, St Johns Estate, 1 mile east of Colchester; trains suspended 1315-1500; then reduced service towards Norwich until close of service.
14/8/18: 321320/319 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS.
27/8/18: 317343/345/654 on 1602 Liverpool Street-Witham. 317663/884/885 on 1147 Witham-Liverpool Street.
30/8/18: 90014 plus full MkIII set Norwich to Bounds Green ECS,

321314 GA RENATUS (HYTHE) 19-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Renatus 321314 leads a London-Clacton service through Hythe on 19/8/18. (Simon Austin).

GREENS OF LONDON, WALTHAMSTOW.
On 13/8/18, Volvo B7R/Plaxton FJ09 XGL overturned on the M25 at Swanley. 41 people were injured.

HADLEIGH COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
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Above: Mb Sprinter CN12 EUX, at Cardinal Park, Ipswich – on a Sunday route 90 journey on 29/7/18. (John Podgorski)

HEDINGHAM.
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Above: On ex First route 6; Dart SLF/Pointer 256 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 3/8/18. (John Podgorksi).

Below: Ex Carousel ADL/Enviro 200 no 266, at Pier Avenue on 7/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).
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AO57HCD 852 HO 4 (CN) 7-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: There is now greater opportunity to travel around Clacton on a double decker. At its closure, First only had saloons there, but Hedingham has maintained ‘deckers from its outset. Scania Omnicity 852 was captured at Pier Avenue on 7/8/18.  The Pilgrim Foods Mercedes Atego to the left, has traveled all the way from Boston. Lincolnshire, to do local deliveries. (Daniel Pretty).

Below: The first of the “in house” single door conversions to enter service, was Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 584. It had been originally intended to become trainer no 9001. It was at Pier Avenue on 7/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).
PJ02REU 584 HO X76 (CN) 7-8-18 (D PRETTY)

PJ02RHE 251 HO 92 FROM HD (CR B S) 4-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: The changes at Clacton have resulted in a redistribution of duties across the company. Saturday 92s have moved from Clacton to Sible Hedingham. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 departs Colchester bus station on 4/8/18. Meal breaks are covered using a HD driver on a KN bus. (Simon Austin).

Below: Ex Chambers ADL/Enviro 200 no 261 at Head Street, Colchester, on 9/8/18. (John Podgorski).
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HO KN YARD AND CAR PARK 16-6-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)
Above: The Kelvedon depot yard seen on 16/6/18. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot).

The first Wright Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL to be used at KN is 510 (LB02 YWX). It was joined by 512 (LB02 YXA) on 31/8/18. 521 (LX06 EZD) has been converted to single door at CN, with 520 (LX05 EZC) noted being converted on a visit to CN on 22/8/18. This leaves 524 (LX05 EZG), 527/28 (LX06 EAK/M) still awaiting conversion at CN. 525 (LX05 EZH) was moved from HD to Konect at the end of August. Long term VOR B7TL/Plaxton President 569 (W484 WGH) was removed from Kelvedon at the end of August.
Scania Omnidekka 818 (YN06 JYC) at KN was swapped with 812 (YN55 PZR) from CN in early August. In mid August, 812 was exchanged with 814 (YN55 PZV). Then 814 swapped with 817 (YN06 JYB) on 25/8/18. 806 (YN55 PZH) ,811 (YN55 PZP) were on loan from Chambers (at CN) in mid August for the Clacton Airshow.

YN55PZH 806 CHAMBERS ON HO 87 (CR HIGH ST) 22-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: 806 on High Street, Colchester on 22/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Long Dart SLF/Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was also at KN again from HD in mid August. Sisters 254 (EU05 AUR), 258 (EU56 FLM) have gone on loan to Chambers. ADL/Enviro 200 265 (EU10 AOX) is on loan to Konect. Short ADL/Enviro 200 295 (SN10 CCX) has been outshopped in fleet livery, ex Thames Travel.
Withdrawn Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO), was removed from Kelvedon at the start of August, to store at HD – it subsequently lost its led destination equipment. Withdrawn Trident/EL 723 (W823 NNJ) has been cannibalised at HD. Sister 717 (T817 RFG) remains withdrawn/cannibalised at CN.
The Park and Ride for the Clacton Airshow was operated on 23 and 24/8/18. It linked Clacton Common Shopping Village with the seafront. This had previously been contracted to the now defunct Talisman Coachlines. Tridents 737/38 (T107/8 DBW) were loaned from KN for it, along with the Chambers Omnidekkas mentioned above. Several staff from Konect also assisted. Two routes were run; A (Clacton Common-Anglefield) and B (Holland Haven-Anglefield).
Odd sightings: 14/8/18: ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) on HD 63 duty instead of usual B7TL/Gemini. 21/8/18: Chambers Omnidekka 811 on X76/87.

W527WGH 580 HO (CN AIRSHOW P&R A) HIGH ST INTO CARNARVON RD, CN) 24-8-18 (S AUSTIN).
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 580, turns from High Street onto Carnarvon Road, Clacton on 24/8/18; on Airshow shuttle A. The Busmopolitan editor is driving. (Simon Austin).

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN03 WMP, has passed to Ensign (dealer).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Withdrawn is Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 12 (LG02 FDC).

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(John Podgorski).
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(John Podgorski).
Odd sightings: 1/8/18: Trident 8 (LX04 FYB) on 92; Trident 13 (LG02 FDF) on 15 – pm peak extra; Omnicity saloon 75 (YN56 WVG) on 15A. 2/8/18: DAF DB250LF/ELs 58 (PJ53 OLA), 59 (PJ53 OLB) on 15A; SLF/EL 88 (PJ53 OLK) on 97; Excel 171 (YG52 DHF) on 15A. 14/8/18: Omnicity ‘decker 39 (YR61 RUV) on 37; Optare Versa 148 (YK08 EPE) on 97.

JET2.COM.
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Above: Airbus A320-211 G-POWN departs Stansted on 25/8/18, on flight LS1507 to Grand Canaria. (John Podgorski).

KIRBY’S OF RAYLEIGH.
Has ex Talisman Setra S315 T250 GON.

L and R TRAVEL, BASILDON.
Has Volvo B10M/VH A19 LNR ex M662 BAF, new to Oates of St Ives, Cornwall, but ex York Pullman.

A19LNR L&R TRAVEL (GA RRP MANNINGTREE) 26-8-18 (CHRIS BAINES)
Above: A19 LNR at Manningtree on GA Rail Replacement on 26/8/18. (Chris Baines).

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
On hire is Scania Touring/Higer YN18 SWO.

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Above: MAN18/Marcopolo MB04 TCY at Colchester on 6/8/18; on GA e-rail to Mannningtree and Ipswich. See Greater Anglia or Tending Travel for full details. (John Podgorski).

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
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Above: One of the very last Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs on TfL work in London is DMN2. It was seen at Northumberland Park on 16/8/18.
(John Podgorski).

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Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL224 arrives back at Northumberland Park depot, after a day at Southend; on seafront route 68; 16/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL83 at Southend on 17/8/18 (Simon Austin).
LF52ZNR WVL83 LG 0T 68 (SD SEAFRONT) 17-8-18 (S AUSTIN)

Odd sightings: 9/8/18: Ex Blue Triangle Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 WVL458 (LJ61 NUO) on 68 (Southend Seafront service) – due to heavy rain, usually open top worked. 31/8/18: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL392 (LX54 HAO) on 68.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: Turbostar Class 172/0 DMU 172001 enters Blackhorse Road on 4/8/18, en route from Barking to Gospel Oak. These will be replaced by new Class 710 EMUs from Autumn 2018, and the electric catenary is already in place. (John Podgorski).

16/8/18: 315809 + 317892 heading north through Chelmsford @ 1120, then back through Romford @ 1214.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
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Above: Victoria Line 2009 Tube Stock unit no 11011 at Blackhorse Road, on 4/8/18, just one stop from the northern terminus. (John Podgorski).

M and M STAFFING, COOKSMILL GREEN.
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Above: OU16 ZVX is a Neoplan Tourliner tri-axle, ex Hamilton of Uxbridge. It is pictured at Witham on 27/8/18. (John Podgorski).

MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere NIL 3296 is now sign written.

MTR CROSSRAIL.
On 31/8/18, it was announce that the full service will be delayed by nearly a year. Originally planned for launch in December 2018, it will now be Autumn 2019, before the cross London tunnel is available for revenue traffic.

MTR TfL RAIL.
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Above: 315848 at Gidea Park on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 315833 at the top of Bethnal Green Bank on 4/8/18. Taken from a London-Norwich service, which was running parallel. (John Podgorski).

13/8/18: 345027 towed Gidea Park-Old Oak Common, behind ROG 37800.
24/8/18: 345007 towed WB-OC by 37800.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPS.
Scania K410/Caetano Levante tri-axle BV17 GPU has a super rear advert for ‘Your London Tour Starts Here’. Sister SH216 (BX65 WCU), retains is England Football super rear advert, but with the wording now removed.
After 11 months in store at Start Hill Scania; Scania K340EB4/Caetano Levante SH18 (MIG 9443), had been removed by the end of August.

NETWORK RAIL.
‘Sprinter’ 950001 was at Cambridge on 19/8/18.

NEW HORIZON.
From Plaxtons (dealer) have come ex Logan, Dunloy Volvo B11R/Plaxton Panthers MX15 KET, KLC. Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH N661 JNO went in part exchange. Volvo B12M/Berkhof S25 NHT is now FJ03 AAZ again, and has also gone to Plaxtons.

PANTHER.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 AEV has entered traffic, and was re-registered DB09 PAN within a few days. It is named ‘Eva’. Sister YX09 AFA is now AB09 PAN. Ford Fiesta van AB09 PAN is now HF09 RRO again.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN is now black/silver, ex plain white.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN on the Mistley route 2, at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 3/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DB09 PAN ex YX09 AEV, at Clacton Common on 23/8/18. (John Podgorski).

New commercial service 14 (Harwich-Clacton) began on 20/8/18. This has one return trip per day Harwich and Clacton. In between, the 14 runs between Pier Avenue and Clacton Common Shopping Village during the day.

DC02PAN PANTHER GA RRP (CR) 7-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DC02 PAN at Colchester North Station on e-rail on 7/8/18. This was ex Wheelers of North Baddersley as VU02 ZTZ.
See Greater Anglia or Tendring Travel for full details. (Daniel Pretty).

YX09AEV PANTHER (PARKESTON) 11-8-18 (M STOKES)
Above: Ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 AEV entered service from Parkeston depot on 11/8/18. (Mark Stokes).

Below: Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther ex DC04 PAN, now XEL 587 with Barratts of Middlewich. Seen at London Victoria on 18/8/18.(Simon Austin).
XEL587 BARRATTS EX PANTHER (VCS) 18-8-18 (S AUSTIN)

PRESERVATION.
UFM53F NEW FLEET NAMES 4-8-18 (C SAMPSON)
Above: Locally preserved former Crosville Bristol RELL6G/ECW has received some further touches, to its already excellent restoration. Pictured on 4/8/18. (Chris Sampson).

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Above: On 5/8/18, Ipswich Transport Museum held a ‘Commercial Open Day’, and Bristol FS GNG 125C was used on a shuttle to/from Ipswich rail station. (John Podgorski).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
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Above: The bridge over the River Orwell of the long closed Cliff Quay branch in Ipswich, on 5/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: The old Cliff Quay branch looking east; viewed from Ranalegh Road on 25/7/18. Note the semaphore signal. (John Podgorski).
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ROG:
23/8/18: 37884 towing 365503 on 5Q51 Northampton-Ilford. All of the stored GTR ‘365s have been moved from Ely to Northampton.

RYANAIR.
There was much disruption during August, due to industrial action by Europe based flightdeck crew.

EI-ENK RYANAIR MOTHBALLED LSN 31-1-16
Above: Boeing 737-800 EI-ENK seen “mothballed” at Stansted on 31/1/16. (John Podgorski).

SOUTHEND TRANSPORT.
CJN436C 436 SOUTHEND TRANSPORT PRESERVED (SD SEAFRONT) 17-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Now preserved at the Canvey Museum, Leyland Titan PD2 436 on Southend seafront on 17/8/18, on a wedding private hire. Preserved Eastern National Bristol VRT 3000 (CPU 979G) is behind. (Simon Austin).

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander tri-axle “Megadekker” 14000 (F110 NES) was present at Cowley Road depot in late August.
ADL/Enviro 400 19047 (MX56 XRP) is long term VOR at Cowley Road. ADL/E400s 19586/602 (AE10 BWX, BXP) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 21224 (AE09 GYU) were also VOR there awaiting repairs; the latter two being accident damaged.
Open top Trident/ALX400 17274 (ACZ 7494) was still at Cowley Road in late August, but TSU 639 had gone. Likewise, ex Norfolk Optare Solo 47907 was still there, but its sisters had departed.
Ancillary vehicles:
On hire from Enterprise is Fiat Doblo van WX66 YJD.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
New ADL/Enviro 40D MMC smart hybrids 11001-16 (YY18 TKZ,TLF/J/K/N/U/V/X/Z, TMO/U/V/X/Z, TNE/F) have been transferred to Selkent at Catford for TfL136 (Grove Park-Elephant and Castle). Apart from 11001, they were not used in East London.

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Above: Dennis Tridents continue to decline, but pockets remain. Leyton (T) allocated 18488 was pictured at Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: The other ‘We are bananas’ ‘Borismaster. LT471 at Shoreditch High Street on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
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Above: Scania Omnidekka 639 at Clacton outstation on 3/8/18. This is one of a large batch ex RATP London.

CY12EMS 609 STEPHENSONS (GA RRP CR) 12-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: One of the pair of ex Express Motors of Penygroes Scania N230UD/Enviro 400s, no 609 – arrives at Colchester on a Greater Anglia RRP from Chelmsford on 12/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 413 (EU03 CFX) was at Clacton in mid/late August. Scania N230UD/Olympus 512 (YN08 OAP) was at Braintree in late August.

SWALLOW COACHES, RAINHAM.
The remaining local bus routes were absorbed from EOS London from 4/8/18, under the new name of Swallowbus. They continue to work from North Weald, where withdrawn vehicles are also stored. The head office remains at Rainham, and there are also now bases at Brentwood and South Ockenden.

TENDRING TRAVEL.
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Above: Temsa MD9/Opalin YJ08 EFT is now in fleet livery. It was seen at Manningtree rail station on 12/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Scania K/Berkhof Axial RY57 ZKJ, at Colchester on Greater Anglia e-rail to Manningtree/Ipswich on 6/8/18. Caused by a lineside fire and damage to signalling. (John Podgorski).

Setra S315 LSU 788 is now W973 UAR. It returned to service in August after 3 months VOR. Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKJ is VOR due to engine failure.
Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKK and VW Crafter CU07 HRW have been sign written.

TURNERS OF ESSEX, WICKHAM ST PAUL.
Setra S315 MY53 TRA has been traced to Nationwide Travel of Newcastle upon Tyne.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Electric Optare Metrodeker MD1 (YX17 FXX) is here for trials – on TfL23.

WALTON PIER RAILWAY.
Walton toastrack-pier-train (TRIP ADVISOR.COM-FLICKR)
Above: The original toastrack electric train.
(Flickr.com).

WALTON PIER RAILWAY STEAM OUTLINE LOCO (PIER HEAD) (Flickr.com)
Above: The last traction used on the line was this steam outline diesel loco. It is pictured at the pier head, with the Naze in the background. (Flickr.com).

Walton Pier-railway-train-lr (PETE FROST FILES WORDPRESS.COM)
Above: The steam outline diesel loco heading the train shorebound. Loops were provided at the 2 stations.(Pete Frost/Wordpress.com).

WALTON PIER RAILWAY (LANDWARD STATION) (TRAIN-PHOTOS.COM-FLICKR)
Above: A view of the land end station, towards the end of the railway’s operation.  The loco is running around for another trip to the pier head. The sign on the end of the carriages warns passengers not to discard lit cigarettes or matches onto the wooden pier ! (Train-Photos.com/Flickr).

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, C Baines, T Barltrop, J Clayton, D Disbury, Ensign, Flickr, P Frost, A Hazell, S Kinsella-Ilot, J Lidstone, J Lomas, LOTS, D Pretty, C Sampson, M Stokes, M Toon, Train-Photos.com

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
The news this month is dominated by major changes at First Essex. Clacton depot and Braintree outstation closed at the end of July, with just four operating centres remaining, at Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Hadleigh. 40 years ago (in 1978), First’s predecessor, Eastern National Omnibus Company, had 16 garages. The bus industry now works in a very different world.

A2B BUS AND COACH, CAMBRIDGE.
From 28/7/18, Cambs CC routes 31 (Barley-Cambridge) and 75 (Wrestingworth-Cambridge) were taken over from Whippet. Ensignbus loaned ADL/E200 LJ56 ONS initially, while two ex Abellio London E200s (LJ56 VSY/Z) were supplied by Ensign. Ex First Essex are Optare Solos EO02 NFG/J.

AIR FORCE ONE.
Visited Stansted again on 12/7/18, to deliver US President and First Lady Trump for their official visit to the UK. The B747 has last been at the Essex airport in April 2016, when President Obama came over.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 3825 on North Station Road, Colchester, on 7/7/18. The B7RLEs are regular on routes 8 and 133. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
LTZ1001 LT1 AR LON N N38 (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: The original New Routemaster, LT1 – at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands, on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
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Above: New Routemaster LT402 at Blackwall station on 30/6/18. This is one of the batch transferred from Stagecoach East London with TfL route 15. (John Podgorski).

BLUELINE TRAVEL, ROCHFORD.
The O licence was revoked from 30/7/18, due to “loss of good repute”. However, operations continued on a new O licence and new TM, from 31/7/18.

V42MOA BLUELINE (GA RRP NEWBURY PARK) 27-8-17
Above: Blueline runs a small but varied fleet, although most vehicles are not blue ! V42 MOA is one of some ex NX West Midlands Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents operated, and was seen at Newbury Park on 27/8/17. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
From Carousel are ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267 (AY58 AZV), 268 (AE59 AWM).
Transferred to Hedingham are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 260 (EU56 FLR) and  ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE).
Scania Omnidekka 802 (YN55 PZD) was loaned to Hedingham at Sible Hedingham in early July, in exchange for 800 (YN53 RYP). 800 returned to Hedingham on loan on 12/7/18; but by the end of July, 800 and 801 had been swapped again. On 19/7/18, 809 (YN55 PZM) returned from Hedingham Kelvedon, in exchange for 811 (YN55 PZP).
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 568 (W458 WGH) was loaned to Hedingham at Kelvedon in mid July and was returned on the 23rd. Omnidekka 811 followed shortly afterwards.
From 23/7/18, route 89X (Sudbury-Halstead-Braintree) came back here for the school holidays.
Sold to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade for scrap are Volvo B10M/VH 3 (M656 KVU) and long term VOR Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 252 (EU03 BZK). The latter had been partially cannibalised following an engine failure.

COLAS.
2/7/18: 70814 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
4/7/18: 70814 on 6L37.
5/7/18: 66846 on 6L37.
10/7/18: 60002 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement. GBRf 66785 on 6L36.
11/7/18: 37025 on NR test train at Colchester.
12/7/18: 60002 on 6L44.
16/7/18: 66846 on 6L37.
18/7/18: 37099 tnt 37254 on NR test train on Mannigtree-Harwich branch.
19/7/18: 60002 on 6L44. 66846 on 6L37.
20/7/18: 66849 on 6L37.
24/7/18; 70809 ‘Oakley’ on 6L44.
25/7/18: 66850 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct light engine.
31/7/18: 60002 on 6L44.

CT PLUS.
The Yutong E10 electric demonstrator (YG18 CVS), has arrived here from Tower Transit. It will be used on TfL W13 (Leytonstone-Woodford Wells).

YG18CVS YUTONG ELECTRIC DEMO TOWER TRANSIT 26 (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: The Yutong E10 at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands, on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

DBS.
5/7/18: 66103 on Harlow Mill-Mountsorrel. 66182 on 4L08 Wakefield-London Gateway.
9/7/18: 66096 on 6K96 Acton-Dagenham.
11/7/18: 66106 at Marks Tey sand yard.
16/7/18: 59204 at Bow Midland.
23/7/18: 66192 on Trowse-Acton stone train via GEML.
24/7/18: 59102 on 6L21 Wheatley-Dagenham. 66152 on 6M67 Broxbourne-Mountsorrel.

DLR.
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Above: Unit 57 departs Stratford on 14/7/18. It is 31 years ago this month that the DLR was officially opened by HM The Queen.  (John Podgorski).

DRS.
5/7/18: 37601 + 345027 on Old Oak-Gidea Park ECS.
9/7/18: 37407 hauling GA DVT 82118 on 5Z37 Norwich-Cardiff via GEML and NLL.
17/7/18: 37409 hauled 3 MkIII carriages as 5V91 Norwich-Ilford ECS.
19/7/18: 37038 towed GA 90007 + MkIII carriage on 5Z07 Norwich-Bounds Green. 37409 on 5V91 Norwich-Ilford ECS with 5 MkIIIs.
24/7/18: 37405 dragging failed 90 + DVT set London -Norwich as 5P99.
25/7/18: 37038 on Norwich-Bounds Green through Ipswich @ 0949.

ENSIGNBUS.
Ex Metroline is ADL/Enviro 200 720 (YX09 FLD).
BCI Enterprise 402 (LX17 DZC) is delicensed due to serious accident damage. It was in collision with a DAF LF55 scaffolding lorry on the A120 near Elmstead Market, while on a Tottenham-Clacton private charter on 3/7/18. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

EU62BSY 502 ENSIGN 73A (TILBURY CIVIC SQUARE) 8-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above; Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini2 502 at Tilbury Civic Square, during the late evening of 8/6/18. (Daniel Disbury).

Below: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 130 at Tower Hill on 1/7/18; on RRP service A for LUL District Line to Barking. (Simon Austin).
LX15GPY 130 ENSIGNBUS LUL DISTRICT LINE RRP (TOWER HILL) 1-7-18 (S AUSTIN)

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Above: Ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka YN53 RYB, is one of several put temporarily into the rail replacement fleet; mainly to cover e rail for GTR, after their timetable change problems. It was pictured at Purfleet depot on 30/6/18, with Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 131. (John Podgorski).

EOS LONDON, NORTH WEALD.
Withdrew its commercial bus routes 66 (Waltham Cross-Waltham Abbey-Loughton-Debden Circular), 86 (Harlow-Waltham Cross), 87 (Epping Forest-Loughton-Epping-Harlow) after 31/7/18. Arriva replaced these. S1 (Harlow-Stratford City) ceased without replacement. 13 (Waltham Cross-Upshire-Epping), 61 (Blackmore-Doddinghurst-Brentwood), 66A (Waltham Cross-Waltham Abbey-Loughton-Debden Circular – Suns/Hols only), 133 (Abridge-Chigwell Row-Debden Park High School – schooldays only) continued, under the Swallow Coach Company name.
Ensignbus open top Routemaster RM371 made a guest appearance on 31st July.

LX07BYN EOS LONDON 61 (BRENTWOOD HIGH ST) 21-7-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Go-Ahead Docklands Buses ADL/Enviro 200/MCV LX07 BYN, at High Street, Brentwood on 21/7/18. (Simon Austin).

WLT371 RM371 87 EOS LAST DAY (LOUGHTON) 31-7-18 (T SMETHERS)
Above: RM371 at Loughton rail station, on the final day of EOS operation. (Tony Smethers).

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
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Above: “Flagship” coach Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui M60 FXO, at Ipswich rail station on 24/7/18, on GA rail replacement. (John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 44928 at Ipswich rail station on Sunday, 15/7/18. It is on service 202 which serves the Shotley Peninsular. This route is Suffolk CC supported and had previously been operated by Ipswich Buses. (John Podgorski).

SHOTLEY OLD BUS GARAGE 8-03
Above; Eastern Counties Omnibus Company used to have a garage at Shotley, worked as an outstation of Ipswich. This post closure view dates from August 2003. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 24/7/18: B7TL/ALX400 32493 on 7X – pm. 26/7/18: Park and Ride ADL/E300 67760 (SN62 AUC) on X66 pm peak.

FIRST ESSEX.
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Above: Clacton depot yard on 5/5/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: A smart looking Scania L94UB/Wright Solar – no 62407, awaits departure from Colchester back to Clacton, on 7/7/18. (Simon Austin).
YS03ZKB 62407 REFRESHED 74 (CN DEPOT) SEEN CE B S 7-7-18 (S AUSTIN)

YR52VEY 65684 FE 98 (CR B S) 30-7-18 FIRST DAY (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65684 on the first day of route 98. At Colchester on 30/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Clacton depot and Braintree outstation closed on 28th July 2018. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton pointer 42927 (SN05 EAF) was the last bus in, off route 17.
In the case of Clacton, services 3 (Clacton-Harwich), 4/A, 5/A, 6 passed to Hedingham Omnibuses. The other Clacton routes are now run from Colchester (CR), with 15 buses and 26 staff transferred over. The Scanias (65028-32, 62407-10, 65675/88-92) went to CR and the Dart SLFs (42555-59, 42918/22/23/27/28/37, 43845/46) to Chelmsford (CF). The CF transfers allowed all of the Caetano SLFs to be concentrated at Basildon (BN). Essex CC 2 (Clacton-Mistley) passed to Panther Travel on subcontract. New routes 97/A (Colchester-A133-Clacton) replaced 76/A; new service 98 (Colchester-B1027-Clacton) replaced 74. 97/A are extended from Clacton to Walton over the old 7, while 98 is similarly extended over the old 8. However, on Sundays and holidays, routes 74A and 76 continue unchanged, but there is a new 99 route between Holland band Clacton on those days. Also, 7, 8, 74B continue unchanged on M-Sat evenings. Meanwhile, route 62A was extended from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea, to give a combined 15 minute core frequency with 62.
Braintree’s share of 70 (Colchester-Braintree-Chelmsford) went to Chelmsford and 352 (M-Sat evenings only) (Chelmsford-Braintree-Halstead) passed to Hedingham Omnibuses; the Sun/hol 352s continue to be run by First from CF. The closing allocation at BE was B7TLs 32484/5 (AU53 HKB/C), 32654 (AU05 MUW) and B7RLE/Wright 66719 (WX54 XDC). 65654 was the last service bus into BE, off route 352. At the time of closure, BMC yellow school buses 68508/9/10 (KX54 AHU/Y, ANR), 68532 (LK54 FNE) were also parked up at BE – withdrawn.
Clacton depot has been sold to Veolia, for use as a refuse vehicle base on the Tendring District Council contract.

AU05MUP 32652 FE 352 (BE BUS PARK) 1-7-17 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32652 at Braintree Bus Park on the 352, on 1/7/17. (Simon Austin).

Four 51 plate Scania L94UB/Wrights Solars remained active at the start of July; 65672/73/77 (SN51 UYE/G/L) – at Colchester (CR) and 65675 (SN51 UYJ) at CN. 65670 (SN51 UYC) has been donated to a local school for static use. 65748 (SN55 JVK) has been repaired and is to return to Scotland.
Hadleigh (HH) Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33133 (LT02 ZBZ) was running from Chelmsford (CF), on schools in mid/late July.
Now with Contactless branding are Wright Streetlite 63333 (SK65 PXO), Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66719 (WX54 XDC).
Optare Solos 53125/27 (EO02 NFG/J) have passed to A2B Bus & Coach, Cambridge.
Odd sightings: 2/7/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37134 (SN57 HCP) on 75; Streetlite 63335 (SK65 PXS) on 17 bus 2 pm. 18/7/18; SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) on 71. 19/7/18: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 (YY66 PBV) on 31X. 21/7/18: B7TL/ALX400 32481 (AU53 HJY) on 66. 24/7/18: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 26/7/18: Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 62B. 29/7/18: Trident 37088 on 1A (Sunday). 30/7/18: Streetlite 63335 (SK65 PXS) on 103.

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Above: The number of buses serving Brightlingsea was increased at the end of July, with the extension of 62A from Wivenhoe during the day and 62B on evenings/Sundays. Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 37134 was seen at the top of North Station Road, Colchester on the evening of 7/7/18. The destination has not been reset for the return trip, as it had finished its duty, and was running light back to Haven Road depot. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Scania Omnicity 65031 at Colchester bus station on the last day of Clacton depot operations – 28/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Still showing the destination of its final journey for Clacton depot, Omnicity 65029 on transfer from CN to Colchester on 29/7/18, and approaching its new base along Haven Road. To the right is the old First depot; replaced by the current one at Quayside in 2015, (along with Queen Street and Magdalen Street). (Simon Austin).
YN06TDU 65029 FE CN-CR TRANSFER (HAVEN RD, CR) 29-7-18 (S AUSTIN)

YN06TDV 65030 (REAR) + OTHER EX CN BUSES AT CR DEPOT 29-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex Clacton buses congregate in Colchester depot on 29/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

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Above: Braintree outstation on 28/7/18, also it’s last day of operation. (John Podgorski).

YS03ZKG 65687 FE 97 (CR B S) FIRST DAY 30-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65687 on the first day of route 97. Osborne Street, Colchester on 30/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

FLAGFINDERS.
Graham’s Coaches of Kelvedon was acquired on 1/7/18.
Mercedes Sprinter GK03 JUC is in the new livery, ex silver.

S190SLL FLAGFINDER HALSTEAD DEPOT 4-7-18 (M TOON)
Above: Early in the morning on 3/7/18, Mb 0814D S190 SLL is at Halstead depot, getting ready for a school run. In the background is freshly repainted Mb Sprinter GK03 JUC. This site was acquired with the business of Florida Coaches. (Michelle Toon).

FREIGHTLINER:
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(John Podgorski).
14 of the Class 70s were stored unserviceable, by the start of July – out of a fleet of 20. 70014 is pictured (above) at Ipswich on 24/7/18.
5/7/18: 70014 – one of 6 currently serviceable – on GEML seen Chelmsford. 86639/07 on 4M87 Crewe-FLX.
7/7/18: 66528/97/99 on Ipswich-Toton light engine.
8/7/18: 66585 stabled at Parkeston Quay.
16/7/18: 66545 tnt 66957 on Parkeston-Brentwood engineers.
20/7/18: 86609/12 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX. 70008 on 4L97 Trafford Park-FLX.
22/7/18: 86607/13/14/37 stabled at Ipswich.
24/7/18: 66546 trailing UID ’66 on “up” intermodal through Ipswich (on centre road) @ 2005. 86608 and partner stabled at bottom of Ipswich Upper Yard, mid evening.
31/7/18: 66415 tnt 66553 on HOBC at Colchester.

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Above: 66585 at Parkeston Quay on 8/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: 86608 and friend at Ipswich on 24/7/18. (John Podgorski).
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GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
Accident damaged Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante FN62 CAA has been sold (by auction) via Malcolm Harrison, Market Drayton (dealer). It is repairable salvage.

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Above: More Galloway buses are receiving a simplified livery of blue/white, ex light blue/yellow/white. Optare Solo SR YJ65 EWF was at Ipswich rail station on 24/7/18. It is actually awaiting departure on service 114 to Diss. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
1/7/18: 66718 on 6T66, 66765 on 6T63, 66768 on 6T64, 66775 on 6T62 all Whitemoor-Barking engineers. 66762/68/75 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich light engine.
2/7/18: 66720 on 4L22 Hams Hall-Felixstowe. 66753 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66763 on 4Z81 Masboro-Felixstowe. Ex DBS 66789 on 6Y34 Whitemoor-Parkeston.
3/7/18: 66753 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. Large BR Logo 66789 on rear on 6H33 Parkeston Quay-Whitemoor.
4/7/18; 66720 on 4L22. 66753 light engine “up” trough Stowmarket @ 1529. 66789 on 6H33.
5/7/18: 66753 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66778 on 6M14 Chesterton Junct-Bardon Hill.
6/7/18: Ex DBS 66784 ‘Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’ tnt 66721 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Lea Bridge enginers.
7/7/18: 66706 tnt 66742 on 6T60. 66730 on 6T64. Both on engineers past Broxbourne.
8/7/18: 66707/62 on 0L33. 66718 ‘Sir Peter Hendy CBE’ stabled at Parkeston Quay.
10/7/18; 66753/83 on 6H33 Parkeston-Whitemoor.
12/7/18: 66775 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
14/7/18: 66778 tnt 66753 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Enfield Lock engineers.
16/7/18: 66761/62 on 0L33.
17/7/18: 66775 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine and returned on 6A32 N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
19/7/18: 66742 at Cambridge North.
20/7/18: 66761 on “up” intermodal through Kelvedon @ 1225. 66776 tnt 66778 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Tottenham Hale engineers.
21/7/18: 66775 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.
23/7/18: 66720 on 4M29. 66779 on 0P41 Ipswich-Parkeston light engine. Ex DBS 66781 on 4R03 Parkeston-FLX; then on 4M02.
24/7/18: 66749/30 at Romford ETE on 6X01 electrification train to Liverpool Street. 66779 on IPS-N Walsham light engine. Ex DBS 66781 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX North and return on 4M02.
25/7/18: 66708 on 6O14 Harlow Mill-Tonbridge. 66714 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66779 on 6H33 Harwich-Whitemoor.
26/7/18: 66779 on IPS-N Walsham light engine.
28/7/18: 66708 at Bethnal Green. 66730 at Romford OHLM. 66762 tnt 66784 at Bethnal Green on engineers. 66779 at Liverpool Street on 6T60 engineers from Whitemoor.
30/7/18: 66730 still at Romford ETE. 66749/31/86 on 6L36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
31/7/18: ‘Rainbow’ 66720 on 4L22. 66730 on 6U13 Romford ETE-Gidea Park. 66764 + ex DBS 66786 on 6L36. Ex DBS 66784 ‘Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’ on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.

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Above: 66718 at Parkeston Quay on 8/7/18. (John Podgorski).

GODWARD.
New is Mb Tourismo BD18 TMZ. Currently in plain white. It was quickly re-registered CC18 PGC.
Scania K380EB6/Irizar YN07 LKD ex T123 PGC has passed to Evobus (dealer), Coventry.

GRAHAM’S OF KELVEDON.
Has been sold to Flagfinders.
Graham’s was founded by Gary Ellis in 1976. Since 2014 it had been run by his sons Graham Ellis and Michael Ellis, but Graham passed away in March 2018.
Graham’s and Flagfinders already had a cordial relationship, with work being subcontracted between the two.

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Above: Graham’s Irizar i6 YN66 VYG at Balkerne Hill, Colchester on 8/12/16, when still quite new. This was sold to Cooks of Westcliff prior to Graham’s selling out. Behind are Mb Sprinter VU53 FYR and Scania/Irizar T361 JWA. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
All Class 321/4s are here, except 321401 at Kilmarnock, 321404 at Doncaster, 321448 at Wabtec and the ones that were converted to Class 320s for use in Scotland.
153314 has gone to LORAM, Derby RTC for fitment of wheelslip protection. It’s sisters will be modified “in house” at GA.
On 19/7/18, it was announced that the industrial dispute about the future role of guards had been resolved. Since October 2017, there had been 10 one day strikes in connection with this. There had been concerns that the introduction of the new fleet of Stadtler trains from 2019 would dispense with the need for guards, but they will continue to be present, although there will be a greater element of customer service to their role. Most importantly, the guard role will continue to be classed as safety critical.

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Above: A smartly presented 90012 ‘Royal Anglian Regiment’ heads the Norwich-Liverpool Street into Colchester, at 1503 on 7/7/18. The pointwork sections are painted white to dissipate heat and reduce expansion. (John Podgorski).

6/7/18: 90015 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.
7/7/18: 156418 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, instead of the usual ‘153.
11/7/18: 90011 on 0Z90 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML.
12/7/18: 321402 + 348 on 1P24 1130 London-Norwich. 321311/54/15 on 1P48 1930 Norwich-London.
14/7/18; 153306 + 153322 on Norwich-Sheringhams.
15/7/18: 153306 + 153322 arrived at Ipswich, Platform 4C @ 1830 on an unknown working from the Cambridge direction.
18/7/18: 321360/430 on 1P04 London-Norwich due to stock shortage.
24/7/18: 90006 + 82132 arrived at Ipswich Platform 3 “wrong line” @ 2020 as ECS, and then departed as 2041 to Norwich. 90010 + 82102 working “wrong line” and calling at Ipswich Platform 3 @ 2143 on Norwich-Liverpool Street. 317514 + 317669 on 1950 Ipswich-Liverpool Street. 321434 + 321342 on Norwich-Liverpool Street calling at Ipswich @ 2015. There had been problems on the Diss-Norwich part of the GEML earlier that day.

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Above: 153306 leads 153322 into Ipswich on 15/7/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 90010 heads the 2143 Norwich-Liverpool Street “wrong line” into Ipswich, Platform 3 on 24/7/18. (John Podgorski).

321355 GA (CHELMSFORD) 1-7-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 321355 heads a London bound service into Chelmsford, on 1/7/18. (Simon Austin).

HADLEIGH COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
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Above: Fiat Ducato SF16 JCV enters Ranelagh Road, Ipswich on 24/7/18; on a 90 working, which operates on evenings and Suns/hols only. The rest of the time, Beestons serves this route, with its commercial 91 through to Sudbury. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
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Above: On the recently introduced service 1 to St Osyth Beach; Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 253 at Pier Avenue, Clacton, on 7/7/18. (Simon Austin).

The closure of the First Essex Clacton depot on 28/7/18, has meant Hedingham is now the dominant operator in this seaside town.

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Above: A pre Go-Ahead (2007) view of Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer L348 (now 260) at Brook Retail Park. Route 136 was a predecessor of 130. (John Podgorski).

From 1/7/18, there were timing changes to the following services:
X76 (Clacton-Colchester), 87 (Brightlingsea-Colchester), 88 (Colchester-Halstead/Great Yeldham), 89 (Great Yeldham-Braintree), 137 (Clacton-Burrsville Circular). 130 (Jaywick-Clacton-Brook Retail Park) was withdrawn.
From 23/7/18, operation of route 89X (Braintree-Halstead-Sudbury) returned to Chambers and some route 63 duties moved from CN to HD. This brought the sight of B7TL/Geminis in West Mersea. From 30/7/18 – for 8 weeks, Inworth Road was closed to large vehicles, necessitating a lengthy diversion (via Marks Tey) to link opposite ends of route 91 (Witham-Tollesbury). A temporary revised timetable was introduced for the duration. Passengers for Inworth advised to pre book Arrow taxi, to feed into 91 at Feering or Tiptree, (2 hours minimum notice required). This was due to strengthening works on Hines Bridge.
From 29/7/18, the following Essex CC evening contracts were gained from First:
10A (Clacton-Kirby-Walton).
17/18 (Clacton-Point Clear).
352 (Chelmsford-Braintree-Halstead).
Also from 30/7/18, ex First 3 (Clacton-Harwich), 4/A (Jaywick-Clacton-Bockings Elm/Burrsville), 5/A (Clacton-Flatford Drive), 6 (Clacton-St Osyth/Point Clear). There have been minor adjustments to these routes. There were reductions to 4/A as some journeys were duplicated by X76. Some CN duties on 63, 82/83 and all of the remaining CN 15s moved to KN as a result.
Ex Carousel Buses classic ADL/Enviro 200 266 (OU57 FKB) has been acquired for this extra work. It joins the previously reported ex Stagecoach Solos.
Also from Carousel are ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions AJ58 PZS, AE59 AWM; but these are destined for Chambers. They were initially delivered to Clacton and Sible Hedingham respectively. Another ex London Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini is ex WVL193 (LX05 EZK) – but this is for spares recovery only. From Chambers are SLF/Pointer 260 (EU56 FLR) – now at CN, and ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE), now at HD. Transferred from Sible Hedingham to Clacton is SLF/Pointer 258 (EU56 FLN).

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Above: AE59 AWM at Sible Hedingham depot on 20/7/18. (John Podgorksi).

Short ADL/Enviro 200 295 (SN10 CCX) has received fleet livery.
Scania Omnidekka 802 (YN55 PZD) was on loan from Chambers (at HD) in early July, replacing 800 (YN53 RYP), which returned on 12/7/18. At KN, 809 (YN55 PZM) was exchanged with Chambers 811 (YN55 PZP) on 19/7/18, but 811 was returned w/c 22nd July. 818 returned to KN on 24/7/18, with 816 going back to CN.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 568 (W458 WGH) was borrowed from Chambers in mid July, for use at KN; it was returned on 23rd July. 576 (W517 WGH) suffered a major engine failure on 17/7/18 and parked up at KN; it was towed away for repair w/c 22/7/18. 584 (PJ02 REU) has entered traffic at CN following single door conversion.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO) is withdrawn. It was last used on ST4 on 20/7/18. Previously withdrawn Trident/EL 717 (T817 RFG) has been further cannibalised at CN. Trident/ALX400 739 (T117 DBW) has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.

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Above: Parts being recovered from withdrawn Trident/ALX400 739 (T117 DBW) at Sible Hedingham depot, on 12/7/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coach no 5 at Sible Hedingham depot on 12/6/18. They are proposed to be eventually replaced by ex Konect Scania Omnicities. (Laurence Kinsella-Ilot).

Below: Cab view of no 5, with the manual gear change taking centre stage. (Laurence Kinsella-Ilot).
N664THO 5 HO CAB (SIBLE HEDINGHAM) 15-6-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)

SN10CCZ 297 KONECT (NORWICH B S) 16-6-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Although delivered to Hedingham in October 2017, ADL/Enviro 200 no 297 was not used there, and quickly moved on to Konect (on loan) – for use on ex Anglian services. Here it is at Norwich bus station on 16/6/18. The ex Anglian bases at Ellough and New Rackheath currently remain open. (Simon Austin).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was back at Kelvedon (KN) from 3/7/18, but departed again on 20/7/18, due to technical issues.
Odd sightings: 7/7/18: Short ADL/E200 293 on X76/87; Scania Omnicity 850 on X76/87.
9/7/18: Omnicity ‘decker 850 on 63. 10/7/18: Short ADL/E200 294 on X76/87. 16/7/18: 850 on 63. 19/7/18: Short ADL/E200 296 on 15 + 63; Trident 738 (T108 DBW) on PL3. 21/7/18: B7TL/President 577 on 50A/63 Saturday duty.

AO57EZM 850 HO 87 (CR HEAD ST) 7-7-18 (S AUSTIN)
(Simon Austin).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Ex Carters ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution 156 (AY60 BVD) is now in fleet colours.

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Above: 156 at Tower Ramparts Bus Station on 8/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Scania N280UG/Enviro 400 500 (DD16 GAS) was returned to Scania in mid July.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 13 (LG02 FDF) was withdrawn at the end of July, havivng latterly seen only limited use. Also withdrawn is Trident no 20.
Scania Omnicity ‘decker 46 (YR61 RPX) is now in fleet livery ex red and converted to single door.
Scania Omnidekka 60 (PJ54 YZT) has a super rear advert for Ipswich Buses Recruitment.
The remaining Optare Excels are to be usually found on routes 13 (Ipswich-Chantry) M-Sat.
Odd sightings: 24/7/18; Trident 13 (LG02 FDF) on 15. 25/7/18: Omnicity ‘decker 45 (YR61 RVE) on Ipswich Tour. 26/7/18: Omnicity ‘decker 42 (YR61 RVJ) on 97; SLF/EL 88 (PJ53 OLK) on 93.

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Above: Omnicity no 45 on the Ipswich Tour; seen at the rail station. (John Podgorski).

Below: And the usual tour traction; Leyland Atlantean/Roe no 9. Pictured on 27/7/18. (John Podgorski).
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KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
New is Mb Tourismo tri-axle BD18 TMU. It was quickly re-registered CC18 PGC.
Scania K380EB6/Irizar T123 PGC has reverted to YN07 LKD.

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
Temsa Safari YJ13 GWC returned to Arriva (dealer), Wellingborough, off loan after failing and was replaced on 10/7/18 by ex Bibbys Temsa Safari HD12 YJ15 ETL. Also on hire during July was ex BM Coaches, Hayes VH T915 Alicron AC10 BMC, from Arriva (dealer) at Cleckheaton. Both AC10 BMC and YJ15ETL were returned to Arriva at Wellingborough, later in July.
At the end of this month, Irizar i6 YJ18 CLN was borrowed from Irizar (dealer) at Worksop.

L&R TRANSPORT, BASILDON.
Withdrawn is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excalibur L975 OWY.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
E14BTS LODGE (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex Blackpool Transport originally Bus Vanin, Isle of Man Dennis Trident/EL E14 BTS, at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: Electrostar 378209 calls at Shepherds Bush on 7/7/18, on the 1817 Clapham Junction-Stratford service. (John Podgorski).

18/7/18: 378135 visited Ilford depot.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
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Above: S7 Stock 20501 arrives at Latimer Road on 7/7/18, on a Hammersmith-Barking Hammermith and City Line service. This date was the 13th anniversary of the London suicide bombings; 3 of which were on the Underground. (John Podgorski).

M&M STAFFING.
The title MM Travel has been introduced.
Neoplan Tourliner MX10 DFK has been re-registered MM10 BUS.
Work other than rail replacement is also being done.

MM10BUS M&M STAFFING (DERBY) 4-7-18 (J SADD)
Above: MM10 BUS at Derby on 4/7/18. This was there for a staff training day, rather than rail replacement. (James Sadd).

MTR CROSSRAIL (TfL RAIL).
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Above: 345005 at Stratford on 14/7/18. (John Podgorski).

New Class 345s have reached 345052.
1/7/18: 345011 on 5Q50 WB-IL. 345012 as 5Q80 IL-WB.
9/7/18: 345025 on test in tunnel. At Old Oak Common depot @ 1400 were 345002/13/17/19/20/23/24/28-35/37-42.
21/7/18: 345010 – WB-IL. 345022 – IL-WB.

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Above: Class 315s stabled at Aldersbrook Sidings, Ilford on 14/7/18. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
The legal lettering has been changed to read ‘West Midlands Travel’. The address remains at Bordesley Green, Birmingham.

NETWORK RAIL.
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(John Podgorski).

The DBS MHA open wagon no 394590, which had been in the headshunt outside Romford electrification depot, has now been moved to the far end of the depot complex.

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Above: DR97506 at Romford depot on 14/7/18. (John Podgorski).

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Scania K114/Irizar YN04 GGV is now with Simpsons of Rosehearty, north Scotland.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Two ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200s (YX09 AEV, AFA), have been acquired via Ensign.

BIG9248 orig S303JUA PANTHER X15 (HARWICH B S) 21-7-18 (D PRETTY)
(Daniel Pretty).
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer BIG 7006 (orig S303 JUA) has been re-registered BIG 9248. It was pictured (above) at Harwich on 21/7/18.
Sold are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere BIG 611 – to Ryland Coaches of Sutton Coldfield. Plaxton Primo DC04 PAN has reverted to MX55 WDT and also been sold; along with a Primo acquired for spares only.
School contract operations ceased after 20/7/18. The Hadstock School service was absorbed into the route done by Don’s, while the White Notley school run has passed to ACME Buses.
From 30/7/18, Essex CC route 2 (Clacton-Mistley) was taken over, on subcontract from First Essex.

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Above: A line up at Parkeston depot on 8/7/18, of vehicles in registration number order. Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panthers AB53 PAN, DC53 PAN and ADL/Enviro200s AB62PAN, DC62 PAN. (John Podgorski).

ROG:
1/7/18: 56103 on 6L01 to Barrington.
5/7/18: 37884 hauling 365535 on 5Q70 Ely-Northampton ECS south through Cambridge @ 1123.

RYANAIR.
On 12/7/18, there were significant reductions to flights serving Stansted, due to a pilots’ strike. There were further pilots’ strikes, along with industrial action by cabin crew. On 27/7/18, there were major disruptions to flights into Stansted, due to a thunder storm – the first rain in over 2 months.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Volvo B9R/Plaxton Elite RL62 RSL is now silver, ex white.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
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(John Podgorski).

Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 18337 (AE55 DJX) and Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere trainer 52441 (R541 GSF) now have super rear adverts for ‘Live Life in the Bus Lane’ – driver recruitment.
Volvo B10M/Jonckherre Mistral driver trainer 52647 (T667 XTV) has appeared at Cambridge. This had previously been at Stagecoach Norfolk.
Ex Norfolk Optare Solos 47904/6/7/12 (YJ09 LBA/E/F, YJ10 EYB) had appeared at Cambridge depot by the end of July, but were not in use. Ex Norfolk Dennis Trident/EL 18280 (PX55 AHJ) was also parked up there at that time, along with withdrawn Trident/ALX400 open toppers 17274 (ACZ 7494) and 17079 (TSU 639).

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(John Podgorski).

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(John Podgorski).

Another ancillary van rented from Enterprise, is Mb Sprinter WO16 UOS.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
SN18KUC 11036 ST EL 474 (CANNING TOWN) 7-18 (T SMETHERS)
Above: New ADL/Enviro 40D MMC 11036 at Canning Town in July 2018. This is one with digital destinations. (Tony Smethers).

54 new ADL/Enviro 40D MMC “Smart Hybrid” buses are being delivered to West Ham (WH). They have Euro 6 Cummins 7 litre diesel engines, and electric booster motors. They are mainly for use on TfL 241, 330 and 474 – but may appear on other routes. More Tridents will be replaced.
The last Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers have been withdrawn from revenue service by Selkent. East London still uses the type for driver training.

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Above: New Routemaster LT239 in overall advert for Chiquita Bananas. Old Broad Street, City of London, 14/7/18. There is a sister vehicle with this advert (LT471), but “reversed”, with the nearside and offside designs swapped. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 411 (SK02 XGO) has been withdrawn and cannibalised.
Odd sightings: 19/7/18: Scania Omnidekka 636 (YN55 NHV) on 90. 27/7/18; Mb Sprinter LF demonstrator RE66 VPD on 71C.

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
The depot has been largely cleared of vehicles.
Setra S416 UL11 ULM has passed to Galloway, while BU13 ZUA is now with Motts of Stoke Mandeville.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Further acquisitions are Scania K340EB4/Berkhof Axials RY57 ZKJ/K ex 6691 PH, 8466 PH, ex Hodges of Sandhurst.

TONY GLEW, COGGESHALL.
Another minibus to note is Mb Sprinter 16 seater WN14 GUE.
Sold is short Dennis Javelin/Berkhof M684 LRU.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Following trials on TfL236, the Yutong E10 electric bus demonstrator has moved on to CT Plus.

SN65ZGP DH34502 TT 69 (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H MMC DH34502 at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands, on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

TRUSTYBUS.
Has Scania Omnicities YM55 SXB/H, via Ensign.

TURNER, ROCHFORD.
Has ex Coachstop, Rettendon Mb 0815D/Koch Y30 CHT ex BU53 AXZ.
(The depot is near Purdeys Industrial Estate, but not on it).

TURNERS OF ESSEX.
Accident damaged MAN24/Jonckherre Monaco T616 DWL has been sold (by auction) via Malcolm Harrison, Market Drayton (dealer). It is repairable salvage.

UNO.
Wright Streetlite WF MX12 CFM is another bus here, with a super rear advert for University of Hertfordshire.

With thanks to: M Allen, Anglia Gen, S Austin, W Bell, J Clayton, D Disbury, EBN, Essex Buses Yahoo, A Hazell, Hedingham Omnibuses, M Hough, J Lidstone, LOTS, P Mobbs, P Mundford, D Pretty, T Smethers.

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Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. June 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
Out of the Busmopolitan area, but of great significance, is the sale of East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) to Go -Ahead. This was formally announced on 18/6/18.
EYMS was one of two remaining independant former NBC companies. Trent Barton is the only one left which is still descended from its original management buyout. All other ex NBC subsidaries are part of the big groups. EYMS does run into the Busmopolitan “patch” on National Express 484 workings from London to Clacton and Walton, and their tour coaches may also be seen visiting the area.

YY63OEM 81 NX-EYMS 484 (CF) 24-7-15
Above: EYMS Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante 81 at Chelmsford on 24/7/15. (John Podgorski).

A8EYC 90 (REAR) EYMS (BOREHAM SERVICES) 28-5-18
Above: Volvo B8R/Plaxton Elite 90, at Boreham Services on 28/5/18. (John Podgorski).

On 26/6/18, there was a fatal collision between a bus and a lorry, just to the north of the Busmopolitan area. First Eastern Counties ADL/Enviro 400 33804 (YX63 LJJ), on the 0700 eastbound XL Peterborough to Norwich service collided with a Scania artic of Bretts Transport on the A47 at Guyhirn at 0730. The bus driver and 1 passenger were killed, with 17 other bus passengers injured. Our thoughts go out to all involved.

FIRST BLACK RIBBON 6-18

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
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Above: Scania K410/Caetano C650 BX65 WBM, with map branding on rear, at Start Hill, Stansted depot on 23/6/18. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
Odd sightings:
22/6/18: ADL/Enviro 200 4015 (GN 58 BTY) on 77/A – usually long SLF/Pointer.
25/6/18: ADL/E200 4017 (GN58 BUA) on 4, SLF/Pointer 3421 (AY54 FPZ) on 4 – usually short SLF. 27/8/18: ADL/E400 4018 (GN58 BUE) on 77.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK HARLOW).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3815 is from Southend.
Mb Sprinter 1015 (BF67 WGN) is also now here, on loan. It had been delivered to Stevenage, then moved in quick succession to Hemel Hempstead and then Ware. Minibus operation in Hemel, ceased after 30/6/18, by the way, having only been introduced some 7 months earlier.

GN07AVG 3820 AR HA 9 (EPPING STN) 4-6-18 (D ACOTT)
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Solar 3820 was originally at Northfleet, and subsequently Southend before reaching Harlow. It retained its MAX livery from its last posting, when pictured at Epping station, on 4/6/18. (Daniel Acott).

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Iveco 45C15/Stanford welfare bus GN59 FFO has passed to Ben Weaver, Sheffield (dealer).

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Bedford VAL70/Plaxton Panorama Elite VBD 310H is back in use – as a heritage vehicle.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
All of the WVLs now with Metrobus have now been converted and repainted for use on route X26 (Croydon-Heathrow).
ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution ED15 (AE56 OUO) has passed to Ensign; ED21 (LX07 BYM) was resold by Ensign to National Driving School, Croydon.
The old depot at Ferry Lane, Rainham has been demolished.

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Above: Ferry Lane site on 30/6/18. (John Podgorski).

LTZ2130 LT930 GAL BT ELT (RIPPLE RD, BK) 30-6-18
Above: East London Transit liveried New Routemaster LT930 approaches Barking along Ripple Road on 30/6/18. These buses also often appear on TfL15 and 115. (John Podgorski).

C2C.
EAST TILBURY LEVEL XING BY NIGHT 21-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: The level crossing at East Tilbury in the early hours of 21/6/18. This is on the Grays to Pitsea ‘Tilbury Loop’ line and the railway station is off the left of this picture, with the old crossing keeper’s cottage visible to the right. Linford is beyond the crossing. (Daniel Disbury).

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Volvo B10M/Jonckerre Deauville VIL 8246 is reinstated.

CHAMBERS.
T801RFG 701 CHAMBERS TRANSFER TO CN 9-6-18 (JACK LOMAS)
(Jack Lomas).

From 4/6/18, there were revisions to registered school routes 752, 755, 756. There was also an exchange of some work with Hedingham. The Stour Valley Academy, Clare contract, Stanway School ST1 (Chappel-Stanway) and 89X (Sudbury-Halstead-Braintree) went to Hedingham. ST2 (Wormingford-Stanway School) came from Hedingham, along with Dennis Trident/EL 701 (T801 RFG). 701 was operated ‘on hire’. ST2 went back to Hedingham from 11/6/18, but to Kelvedon, rather than its previous base of Clacton. 701 was returned to Hedingham at Clacton on 9/6/18. Ex London General Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 526 (LX06 EAJ) is now here.
Scania Omnidekka 801 (YN55 PZC) was loaned to Hedingham (Sible Hedingham), for the Stour Valley Academy contract. It was swapped with 800 (YN53 RYP) in late June.
Scania Omnidekkas 805/7 (YN55 PZG/J) were loaned to Hedingham (Kelvedon) in early June, mainly for 89X/ST1. 805 was used initially, then swapped with 807.
807 came back in mid June, in exchange for 809 (YN55 PZM).
All of the Omnidekkas had been renumbered by the end of June.

YN55PZD 802 CHAMBERS 89X (HD HIGH ST) 14-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnidekka 802 at High Street, Halstead on an afternoon 89X on 14/5/18. (Simon Austin).

COLAS.
It has been announced that the 10 Class 60s are to be sold to GBRf.
4/6/18: 66848 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
7/6/18: 66849 on 6O36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
8/6/18: 70815 on 6O36.
12/6/18: 70814 on Hoo-Whitemoor.
14/10/18: 70810 on 6L37 and 6O36 return.
15/6/18: 37175 + DBSO 9701 and NR test train, stabled outside Marks Tey yard @ 0803. 70808 on 6O36.
18/6/18: 37099 tnt 37254 on 1Q90 Derby-Ferme Park via Cambridge and Broxbourne. 70804 on Bridgend-Dagenham car transporters. 70810 on 6L37.
19/6/18: 37099/37254 on Ferme Park-C2C lines and return.
20/6/18: 37099/37254 at Stratford on 1Q97.
21/6/18: 37099/37254 at Cambridge on 1Q98.
29/6/18: 66846 on 6L37.

COOKS OF WESTCLIFF.
YN66VYG COOKS (ROCHFORD DEPOT) 27-6-18 (J SADD)
(James Sadd).

From Graham’s of Kelvedon is Irizar i6 YN66 WVG. It was pictured at Rochford depot on 27/6/18.

CT PLUS.
ADL/Enviro 200s DA2, 3, 4 (YX62 DHC/D/Y) have transferred to CT Plus Yorkshire.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 40H City 2531 begins its northbound journey from Waterloo, on 30/6/18. The VW Sharan can to the left is a phv with Addison Lee, rather than an “authentic” London ‘Black Taxi Cab’. (John Podgorski).

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
Mb Atego 1224L LN15 RYK is from Brown of Dalkeith, Scotland.
Yutong Tc9 YJ64 HDU is ex Wheelers of North Baddersley.

DBS.
4/6/18: 66035 at Bow Olympic. 66150 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich – on sand.
6/6/18: 66085 at Bow Olympic.
7/6/18: 66074 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton Junct.
8/6/18: 66175 at Bow Olympic.
11/6/18: 59002 at Bow Midland.
12/6/18: 66009 at Bow Olympic.
13/6/18: 66009 at Bow Olympic.
14/6/18: 66009 at Bow Olympic.
15/6/18: 66185 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 66197 at Bow Olympic.
18/6/18: 66047 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill. 66103 at Bow Olympic.
19/6/18: 66103 at Bow Olympic.
20/6/18: 66080 at Bow Olympic.
21/6/18: 66183 on 4M02 FLX-Hams Hall – GBRf working, replaced failed 66729.
22/6/18: 66055 on 6M48 Bow-Calvert. 66089 on 4M53 West Thurrock-Humberstone Road, Leicester. 66105 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX.
25/6/18: 59206 at Bow Midland. 66055 at Bow Olympic. 66145 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich – on sand.
26/6/18: 66003 on 6L38 Mounsorrel-Broxbourne stone. 66008 on 4O81 London Gateway-Dollands Moor. 66057 on 6V57 Harlow Mill-Acton stone.
30/6/18: 66055 ‘Alain Thauvette’ and 90040 stabled at Dagenham Dock.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
DH10DON (LONDON EYE) 24-6-18 (S KINSELLA ILOT)
Above: Van Hool TX Alicron DH10 DON with the London Eye on 24/6/18. (Shaun Kinsella Ilot).

DRS.
5/6/18: 57002 + 37405 + DVT 82152 on 5Z37 Crewe-Norwich via GEML. 57303 + 365529 on Ely-Hornsey. 37405 on 5V91 Norwich-Ilford.
24/6/18: 57314 TNT 57313 on 5Z37 Norwich-Swindon via GEML and NLL.
26/6/18: 37409 “up” through Shenfield, heading for Bounds Green with GA DVT 82112 – at lunchtime.
27/6/18: 57303 on 5Q70 Ely-Northampton via Cambridge, towing GN 365507/15.

EMIRATES.
From 8/6/18, a new Dubai-London Stansted service commenced. New 3 class Boeing 777-200s are used. Emirates aircraft have been seen at Stansted previously, but on charters or freight.

A6-EWY EMIRATES (LSN) 24-7-16
Above: Emirates B777 A6-EWY at Stansted on 24/7/16. (John Podgorski).

ENSIGNBUS.
Now has ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 102/3 (LX53 BAA, BBF). They have been converted to single door and fitted with led displays.
Dennis Trident/EL 196 (PX 55 AHG) has passed to Axe Valley Motors of Seaton, Devon. This was the last Trident operated by Ensign.

SK15HBB 719 ENSIGNBUS 21 (BD RAIL STN) 2-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: Ex Stephensons of Easingwold ADL/Enviro 200 719, at Brentwood rail station on 2/6/18, on route 21. (Daniel Disbury).

LJ56ONN 790 ENSIGNBUS 81 (BD RLY STN) 14-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: Dual door ADL/Enviro 200 790 unusually appeared on route 81 on 14/6/18. It’s normally used on cruise ship shuttles at Tilbury. Pictured at Brentwood rail station. (Daniel Disbury).

LX15GOK 127 ENSIGNBUS CLACTON GA E RAIL 18-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 127 at Clacton on Sea on 18/6/18, on a Greater Anglia e rail. (Daniel Disbury).

Buses stored as Sales Stock at 30/6/18, were ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 LJ56 VSY, Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis BX54 DHU/Y; ex Arriva London North Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 LJ03 MYC; ex Arriva London South Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 LJ53 BDF; ex the Bus Club, Merton AEC PRV Routemaster JJD 445D; ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200s LK07 BEJ, YX09 AFE, FLJ/L; ex RATP London United Scania Omnidekka YN55 NKX; ex RATP Yellow Buses, Bournemouth ADL/Enviro 200 OU08 AYF.
“New” ancillary vehicles are Ford Fiesta van 809 (NJ57 GZC); Peugeot Partner van 802 (WG14 FMZ).
A Ford Focus bearing the registration R834 MFR (off a Metrobus Volvo Olympian/EL) and Land Rover Discovery 492 CLT (reg off a Routemaster), were noted in the Ensign staff car park on 30/6/18.

EUROSTAR.
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Above: ‘Valero’ 374028 arrives at London St Pancras International on the 1539 from Paris, on 15/6/18. (John Podgorski).

FIRST ESSEX.
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(John Podgorski).
Colchester based Wright Streetlites 63329/30/33/34/35/40/42/43/44 are branded for Contactless Payment. Other buses have window stickers. 66334 is seen (above) at Stanwell Street on 13/6/18. This branding is appearing across the fleet, with Hadleigh (HH) Streetlites 47529 (SN64 CNJ), 47644 (SN15 AFA), 63170 (SN64 CJX); Basildon (BN) Streelite 47653 (SN15 AET) and Chelmsford Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66802/11/12/15/17 (MX05 CCK, CDK/N/V/Z) also noted.
Now in Refreshed livery is Dart SLF/Pointer 42933 (SN05 DZO).

SN51UYK 65676 FE CN TO ALPHA FOR SCRAP 1-6-18 (W BELL)
Above: 65676 being collected from Clacton on 1/6/18. (Wayne Bell).

Gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap are Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65665 (SN51 UXX), 65666/66/69 (SN51 UXX/Y, UYB), 65676 (SN51 UYK). They were collected from Clacton – 65676 on 1st June, although some remained there at the end of June. 65667 (SN51 UXZ) has gone for preservation – to the Great Yeldham Collection. 65670/74 (SN51 UYC/H) also set aside for preservation. 65681 (YR52 VEL) is back in service at CR, ex fire damage repairs. Optare Solos gone to Alpha, also for scrap are 53114/17/17/21/23 (EO02 NDZ, NEJ/N, NFC, NEE), 53127/31-34/36 (EO02 NFJ/N/P/R/T/V). Volvo B10BLE/Wright 62197 (X689 ADK) has likewise gone to Alpha to meet its maker.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33080 (LN51 GMG) is back in use at Colchester, ex long term VOR (since 10/17). 33184 (LR02 LZD) has lost its super rear advert for CO OP Funeralcare.
All of the withdrawn Optare Solos had gone from Braintree by early June.
Odd workings: 13/6/18: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) on 174; Route 62 Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 37135 on 64. 14/6/18: 37135 on 75. 16/6/18: Route 62 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 88A. 18/6/18: SLF/Caetano 41494 on 70, X30 ADL/E200 MMCs 66168/70 on 31X. 29/6/18; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 88. 30/6/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 102.

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(John Podgorski).

Ancillary fleet: Vauxhall Movano FP18 LCY is a crew ferry at Chelmsford.
It has replaced Ford Tourneo NA64 CDV.

FLAGFINDERS.
Neoplan Transliner XIL 1254 has been repainted plain silver.

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Above: Recently acquired and repainted VDL Bova SO15 UBS, on Lexden Road, Colchester on 12/6/18. (John Podgorski).

FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
New is Scania Touring tri-axle YH18 SXX.

FREIGHTLINER.
4/6/18: 66607 on 6L34 Tunstead-Bow.
6/6/18: 66621 on Bow-Tunstead.
8/6/18: 86608/9 on “down” intermodal. 86610/13 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.10/6/18: 66563 tnt 66533 on Stowmarket DGL-Whitemoor and 0A85 Whitemoor-IPS.
16/6/18: 66533 tnt 66508 on Manningtree-Whitemoor engineers.
19/6/18: 66419 on 6M61 Chesterton Junct-Tunstead.
20/6/18: 66563 on 4V31 Bristol-FLX. 66622 on Bow-Guide Bridge.
22/6/18: 66603 on 6L44 Tunstead-West Thurrock.
23/6/18: 86604/610 on Coatbridge-FLX.
26/6/18: 66548 on 4S83 London Gateway-Coatbridge. 66559 on 4M46 Lawley Street-London Gateway.
28/6/18: 66528 on 4L97 failed at Marks Tey and delayed following “down” services for 40 minutes. 86605/10 + dead 66418 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.

GBRf.
It has been announced that 16 Class 56s are to be acquired from UK Rail Leasing.

73 ON RHTT (LONDON VICTORIA) 4-11-17
Above: An unidentified GBRf Class 73 on sandite duty at London Victoria on 4/11/17. (John Podgorski).

2/6/18: EDs 73962/65 + PLPR to Cambridge from Dollands Moor, en route to Derby RTC as 1Q80. 66707 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66709 on 4L20 Hams Hall-Parkeston. 66737 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Trimley engineers.
3/6/18: 66707/8/9/17 on 0L33 on PBO-IPS light engine.
4/6/18: 66709 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
5/6/18: 66709 on 6A32 N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
6/6/18: 66716 at Bow Olympic.
9/6/18: 66714 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Felixstowe Beach engineers. 66725 heading a Felixstowe bound intermodal through Manea at 1858. 66761 TNT 66776 on 6T61 Whitemoor-Trimley engineers.
10/6/18: 66707/9/20 on 0L33.
11/6/18: 66709 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
12/6/18: 66709 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
13/6/18: 66717  66416 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
14/6/18: 66709 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66774 on 6X36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
16/6/18: 66756 on 6L48 Garston-Dagenham car transporters.
20/6/18: 66707 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66719 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
21/6/18: DBS 66183 on loan, covering failed 66729. 66719 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66763 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66773 on 6M14 Harlow Mill-Bardon Hill.
22/6/18: 66731 at Bow Midland.
23/6/18: 66707 on 4M23. 66720 on 4L23. 66726/63 on 4L20 Hams Hall-Parkeston.
24/6/18: 66719/20/29 on 0L33. 66729 TNT 66769 on 6T63 Woodbridge-Whitemoor via Ipswich. 66753 on 6T60.
26/6/18; 66763 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
27/6/18: 66763 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
28/6/18: 66763 at Parkeston Quay.
30/6/18: 66721 on 6T64; 66718 on 6T63 – both Whitemoor-Barking. 66728 on 6T60 Bow Junct-Whitemoor. 66729 on 6T51 Bow Junct-Whitemoor engineers.

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Above: 66725 eastbound at Manea, in the early evening of 9/6/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: 66763 at Parkeston Quay on 28/6/18. (John Podgorski).
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GOLDLINE, LEYTONSTONE AND MANOR PARK.
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(John Podgorski).

New is Scania K360EB4/Irizar i6S YN18 SVG. It was pictured (above) on Euston Road, London on 15/6/18.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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Above: It’s the start of the evening rush hour on Friday 15/6/18, as homebound commuters board Clacton on Sea bound Renatus 321314 at London Liverpool Street. (John Podgorski).

170272 is in the new livery.
1/6/18: 321321/429/348 at Norwich.
4, 5/6/18: 317347 + 321342 at Ilford depot – then headed “up” through Shenfield, before returning to IL.
12/6/18: 321428/44 at Norwich.
14/6/18: “New” Renautus 321317 outshopped from Doncaster to Ilford as 5L50.
15/6/18: DVT 82118 + set + loco stabled at Colchester sidings @ 0800. 321355/50/402 in Chelmsford loop @ 0825.
17/6/18: Service 1P51 in “wires down” incident at Kelvedon, London bound. Rescued by DRS 68002 to Witham.
18/6/18: 1P51 towed to Norwich by DRS 37407, as 5P51.
37407 DRS-BR (NORWICH) 16-6-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 37407 at Norwich on 16/6/18. This is on loan to Greater Anglia. (Simon Austin).

19/6/18:
321336/65 on 1400 Norwich-Liverpool Street and return, then stabled at Norwich.

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Above: 321418 has an interesting history, as it is a “hybrid unit”. When with Silverlink, it was involved in a collision with 321420 at Watford Junction in August 1996. Sadly, one passenger was killed and 2 cars from each unit were written off. The undamaged carriages were reformed as 321418, while a new 321420 was built in 1997. This picture shows 321418 awaiting departure from London Liverpool Street, on the morning of 15/6/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: DVT 82118 unusually stabled at Colchester on the morning of 15/6/18. This was due to an earlier points failure at London Liverpool Street, putting stock “out of position”. (John Podgorski).

GREAT NORTHERN.
7/6/18: 365529/33 at Ilford.
13/6/18: 365521/29 to Scotrail behind ROG 37884 as 5Q56.

HEDINGHAM.
89X (Braintree-Sudbury) and Stanway School ST1 (Chappel)  have come from Chambers; along with the ex Turners Stour Valley School, Clare contract. ST2 (Wormingford-Stanway School) moved to Chambers from Clacton (CN). All effective from 4/6/18.
4th June also saw experimental changes to the Honywood School contracts. HY1 (Silver End-Coggeshall) was revised to run over the old HY2 (Kelvedon-Feering-Honywood) beyond Kelvedon One Stop. The old Kelvedon-Honywood section of HY1 (via Observer Way), was replaced by an extension of HY4. This was achieved by HY4 being altered to run the same direction both am and pm. HY4 operated as Marks Tey rail station-Copford-Easthorpe-Kelvedon-Coggeshall. Dennis Trident/EL 701 (T801 RFG) moved to Chambers with ST2.
The experiment was short lived. 11th June saw HY2 reinstated, due to capacity issues on HY1 and HY4. The latter reverted to their previous routeings. ST2 transferred into KN from Chambers on the same date, with Trident 701 returning.

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(John Podgorski).

Scania Omnidekka 801 (YN55 PZC) has come from Chambers, for use at HD on the Stour Valley Academy, Clare contract. It was pictured (above) with Volvo B7TL/Gemini 512 on 9/6/18.

Scania Omnidekka 1518 (YN06 JYC) has been renumbered 818. It returned to KN from CN on 2/6/18, but went back to CN on 4/6 with engine management problems. It was replaced by 805 (YN55 PZG); borrowed from Chambers. 805 was then replaced by 807 (YN55 PZJ) from Chambers. In mid June, 809 (YN55 PZM) was loaned from Chambers, replacing 807. 814 was replaced by 816 at KN in late June. 801 at HD was replaced by 800 (YN53 RYP) from Chambers, at the same time. All of the Omnidekkas and Omnicities had been renumbered by the end of June.

X507EGK 582 HO EX COLNE COMMUNITY (CN) 6-6-18
(John Podgorski).
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 582 (X507 EGK) has returned to CN depot, ex static use at Colne Community College, Brightlingsea. It was pictured (above) on 6/6/18. It is to be stripped for spares.

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(John Podgorski).

Some ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis have been acquired. They are 520-528 (LX05 EZC-H, LX06 EAJ/K/M).
4 of these were collected from Metrobus, Orpington depot on 14/6/18. They are LX05 EZD/G/H, LX06 EAM – which were latterly with London General at Merton. EZD is seen (above) at Kelvedon depot. All are planned to replace Tridents. LX05 EZF and LX06 EAJ arrived on 20/6/18. They are to be converted to single door, with LX05 EZD being the first; the work being done at CN.
However, LX05 EZH then went to HD and LX06 EAJ to Chambers. B7TL/Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) is back in use at HD, ex gearbox repairs. 511 (LB02 YWY) was VOR at HD, following a rear end collision involving a taxi.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 584 (PJ02 REU) was still VOR, awaiting entry to service at CN in June, and being converted to single door. 569 (W484 WGH) suffered a major mechanical failure (gearbox) and is VOR at KN. Now VOR at CN are Dennis Trident/ELs 701, 722 (W822 NNJ) –  with Trident/EL 723 (W823 NNJ) VOR at HD. Now withdrawn is Trident/EL 717 (T817 RFG). Withdrawn Trident/ALX400 739 (T117 DBW) had been stripped of parts from its cab and engine bay, when seen on 30/6/18; it had been stood down in March – due to a partially seized engine. The recently acquired WVLs are also VOR at CN (except LX05 EZF, LX06 FAJ),  and are awaiting single door conversion.
Long Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers 251 (PJ02 RHE), 255 (EU05 AUT) appeared at KN in early June, loaned from HD and CN respectively. 255 was returned to CN on 20/6/18. 251 went back to HD on 25/6/18.

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Above: SLF/Pointer 255 departs St Johns Street, Colchester on 13/6/18; on a Tollesbury bound 92. This and no 254 (EU05 AUR) were a cancelled Cardiff Bus order, hence the blue bulkhead. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings:
6/6/18: Short ADL/Enviro 200 296 on PL3 (am) – serving Great Totham only. This was due to Omnidekka 805 failing on 89X and a B7TL replacing it. 13/6/18: Trident 738 (T108 DBW) on ST3. 21/6/18: 738 on PL3 am. 26/6/18- SLF/MPD 291 on 15/63; 27-28/6/18 – 738 on PL3. 28/6/18: SLF/MPD 289 on 15/63.

SN10CCY 296 HO PL3 6-6-18
(John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Scania N280/Enviro 400 MMC gas bus demonstrator DD16 GAS has been on loan.

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
On loan from Arriva Bus and Coach was Temsa Safari HD12 YJ13 GWC.

L and R, BASILDON.
Dennis Trident/EL W56 PCC is ex Bear Buses of Shepperton. It had been with Ensignbus before that.
Re-registered are Ford Transit 16 seater A16 LNR to SE04 UTS; Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excalibur A19 LNR to L975 OWY; Volvo B10M/VH M662 BAF to A19 LNR; Dennnis Trident/EL W56 PCC to K19 LNR; Ford Transit 16 seater GK55 NFY to A16 LNR.

LONDON CENTRAL.
BG09JJK MEC1 GAL LC 108 RL (TRAFALGAR RD, GREENWICH) 30-6-18
Above: Mercedes Citaro MEC1 runs light back to New Cross garage, along Trafalgar Road, Greenwich on 30/6/18. If it had been in service, it’s journey from Stratford to Lewisham would have taken it up Westcombe Hill and across Blackheath. (John Podgorski).

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Southend seafront service 68 recommenced on 9/6/18, and will run until September.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini WVN24 (BG59 FXA) appeared in the previous week, for route learning./refreshing.
TfL491 (Waltham Cross-North Middlesex Hospital) passed to Metroline from 2/6/18.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
The first of the new Class 710 EMUs are 710111 and 710261. Built by Bombardier, 710261 appeared at Willesden depot on 20/6/18. The ‘710/1s are AC only 4 car units, while the ‘710/2s are dual voltage 5 carriage sets. The ‘710/1s will be the first to enter traffic, with 8 initially on the Gospel Oak-Barking route -from November 2018. The ‘710/1s will replace Class 172 DMUs on the former and Class 315 EMUs on routes out of Liverpool Street, plus the Romford-Upminster branch. The ‘315s will be the last to be replaced by the new ‘710/1s, as the AC/DC ‘710/2s for the Euston-Watfords will go into service before them.

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Above: 315804 brings up the rear of a morning departure from London Liverpool Street on 15/6/18; with 315810 leading. The first of the new Class 710 EMUs from Bombardier have now been completed; replacing the venerable ‘315s from later in 2018. Note the temporary Speed Restriction (TSR) signs, due to a points failure earlier in that week. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Pioneer Class 315 315801 at Bethnal Green on 15/6/18, with 315814 at the front of the consist.  Taken from TSO 12143 of the passing 1630 Liverpool Street-Norwich Greater Anglia service. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED.
GRENFELL SOLIDARITY ON H&C LINE 14-6-18 (SKY NEWS)
Remembering Grenfell, 14/6/18 – at Latimer Road H&C Line station. (Sky News).

Below: S7 Stock 21492 on an eastbound Hammersmith and City service at Liverpool Street on 15/6/18. (John Podgorski).

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M and M STAFFING, CHELMSFORD.
MX10DFK M&M STAFFING 6-18 (M HOUGH)
Above: This is ex Regal Busways Neoplan Tourliner MX10 DFK, seen freshly repainted in June 2018. (Mark Hough).

MASTER TRAVEL, HERONGATE.
Sold is Scania K114/Irizar YN53 CEX, this operator’s only vehicle.

METROLINE.
From 3/6/18, TfL491 was gained from London General North, and is run from Potters Bar (PB).
From 23/6/18, TfL30 (Marble Arch-Hackney Wick) came from Tower Transit. This takes Metroline buses deep into east London. It is run from Kings Cross (KC) depot. Alterations have been made to make this location accessible to double deckers.

LK18ANF VMH2469 ML 30 (MARBLE ARCH) FIRST DAY ML 23-6-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Brand new Volvo B5LH/MCV EvoSeti VMH2469 at Marble Arch, on the first day of Metroline operation of TfL30. (Simon Austin).

METROLINE KINGS CROSS DEPOT OLD 4-04
Above: Metroline has had two depots at Kings Cross. The original one (coded KX) is pictured here in April 2004. This was on the site of the original Kings Cross railway station (the buildings can be seen in the background) and was opened as an outstation of Holloway (HT) for the then new TfL390 (Archway-Marble Arch) service, on 29th March 2003. Originally RML Routemasters were used M to Sat only.  Kings Cross became 24/7 from 3/9/04 when OPO and a night service were introduced, along with sole responsibility for TfL390. It subsequently moved to a new, purpose built site further up York Way (at Freight Way and recoded KC) on 10th July 2010. TfL390 moved to Holloway, with KC gaining TfL214 (Paliament Hill Fields-Liverpool Street) – once with Thamesway, and more recently TfL46 and 274. This was because saloons could only access KC, due to a headroom restriction. Stansted Citylink Coaches also worked from the latter location during 2015 to 2017. (John Podgorski).

Below: KX depot in September 2003, with Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) works in the background. Also note the coach parked in the yard. (John Podgorski).
METROLINE KINGS CROSS DEPOT OLD 9-03

JJD413D RML2413 METROLINE 390 (KINGS CROSS) 9-03
Above: Metroline AEC PRV Routemaster RML2413 on a KX depot crew change, on York Way in September 2003. (John Podgorski).

L119HHV DNL119 (REAR) METROLINE 214 (KINGS CROSS) 9-03
Above: Metroline ex MTL London Northern Dennis Dart/EL ENL119 on a northbound TfL214 at Goods Way in September 2003. 214 used to be worked by Thamesway from Ponders End, (between 1992 and 2002). Step entrance buses were still in use on TfL contracts in 2003. Upon sale, several buses from this batch passed to Essex operators. (John Podgorski).

Below: Metroline Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer DP276 (P676 MLE) – on a southbound 214, passes building works of the new St Pancras International railway terminal in September 2003. (John Podgorski).
P678MLE ML 214 (ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL) 9-03

MTR CROSSRAIL.
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Above: The remodelled Gidea Park depot area, seen on 16/6/18. Note the new crossover. (John Podgorski).

Class 345 disposition at 15/6/18:
345001 – Old Dalby/Ashfordby; 345002 – Old Oak Common (OC); 345003 – Ilford (IL); 345004 – Derby Litchurch Lane (DY); 345005/6/7 – IL; 345008 – Wembley (WB); 345009-12 – IL; 345013-17 – OC; 345018 – Ashfordby; 345019/20 – OC; 345021 – Abbey Wood (AW); 345022 – IL; 345023/24 – OC; 345025 – AW; 345026 – DY; 345027-29 – OC; 345030 – IL; 345031-37 – OC; 345038/39 – Ashfordby; 345040 – OC; 345041 – Crewe to WB; 345042-44 – Ahfordby; 345045-47 – DY.
16/6/18: 345030 towed from Ilford to Old Oak Common by ROG 37800 as 5Q73.
17/6/18: 345008 WB-IL. 345009 IL-WB.
24/6/18: 345009 – WB-IL. 345011 – IL-WB as 5Q80.

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Above: 315825 at Harold Wood on 16/6/18, with 315836 at the rear of the consist. They are on a Liverpool Street-Shenfield service. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPS.
Long term VOR Scania K340EB4/Caetano Levante SH18 (MIG 9443) has been cannibalised and is now regarded as withdrawn. It remains at Start Hill Scania.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Scania/Irizar YR58 RVC is now in fleet livery, ex plain white.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH R941 YOV, has gone to Takeley Metals for scrap. It had been disused for a long time and become a source of spare parts.
Witham outstation has moved to inside the MC Truck and Bus compound at Swanvale Industrial Estate.

BUF426C PANTHER (HARWICH DEPOT) 23-6-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: One of the Panther heritage fleet.  Convertible open top ‘Queen Mary’ Leyland Titan PD3/4 – NC BUF 426C, at Harwich depot on 23/6/18. (Daniel Pretty).

ROG:
w/c 25/6/18: 56103 TNT 50008 on 6M05 Barrington-Wembley.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Bova Futura YN11 ANU is now with Mason of Long Marston.

SBC LEISURE, BASILDON.
Scania K124/Irizar T377 JWA has been exported to Cyprus.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
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Above: 18809 at ‘The Backs’ on 23/6/18.
(John Podgorski)
The new Volvo B5L/Wright Gemini3 semi open toppers, 13808-13 entered service, after application of City Sightseeing vinyls. They have replaced Tridents 17271-74 (ACZ 7491-94), 17079/80 (TSU 639/40).
On hire from Enterprise, for ancillary use are Fiat Doblo van WP16 HVC; Ford Transit luton van BV16 DZZ; Ford Transit panel vans MM15 UTH, MT16 TZK.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
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Above: Close the border of London with Essex, ADL/Enviro 400 19826 at Church Road, Harold Wood, on 16/6/18. This is one of the batch transferred from Selkent in 2017. (John Podgorski).

LX58CFD 15014 ST EL 174 (HEATHWAY, DM) 30-6-18
Above: TfL contract losses have enabled Scania Omnicities to be redeployed onto other routes, to replace Tridents. TfL174 is one such route, and 15014 was seen at Heathway, Dagenham on 30/6/18. (John Podgorski).

STANS, GREAT TOTHAM.
Bova Futura R927 JYG has passed to Richards of Guist.

STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
Acquired is Mb Sprinter/EVM 301 (RE66 VPD), ex The Rural Development Trust, Lanark.
Scania Omnilink/EL Esteem YN06 JXS is ex Metrobus, via Ensign. It is for spare parts only.

SULLIVAN BUSES.
Ex Abellio London, via Ensign are ADL/Enviro 400s E49-51 (SN12 AOX-Z).

TALISMAN COACHLINES, GREAT BROMLEY.
Ceased trading after close of business on 5/6/18. The origins of the operator date back more than 40 years. It started as Windmill Coaches of Copford, and subsequently went through three ownerships.
Setra S315 TSU 182 has reverted to T250 GON; VSU 182 to V35 HAX.
Withdrawn are VH Astromega FUH 933; Leyland Olympian H48 MJN; Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royales N119/20 UHP; Volvo B12T/Plaxton Panther SP07 CAV; Setra S315 T250 GON.
DAF MB/Plaxton Supreme YJN 455S has passed to Youngs of Cambridge.
Some residual work was still being done in June – using two coaches.

YT13HLA TALISMAN NX498 (BSE) 4-6-16
Above: Scania K360/Irizar YT13 HLA at Bury St Edmunds on National Express duplicate on 4/6/16. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
From Stagecoach Scotland West is Volvo B12T/Plaxton Panther SF57 DPX.

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Another minibus acquisition is CU07 KRW, a VW Crafter 16 seater painted silver. Pictured (above) on Ipswich Road, Colchester on 25/6/18, by John Podgorski.

TOWER TRANSIT.
TfL30 (Hackney Wick-Marble Arch) passed to Metroline from 23/6/18.

SN11BMZ DN33615 TT 30 (GT PORTLAND STREET) 28-2-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 DN33615 at Great Portland Street, on a very cold 28/2/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: In the final weeks of TfL30 operation by Tower Transit, ADL/Enviro 400 DN33637 departs Euston on 15/6/18. (John Podgorski).
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TRUSTYBUS.
Acquitred through Ensign are ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekkas YM55 SWU, YN06 JXR and ex Emsworth and District Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer HW54 BUO.

NK53UNW TRUSTYBUS 420A (EPPING STN) 4-6-18 (D ACOTT)
Above: Ex Go North East Scania L94UB/Wright Solar NK53 UNW at Epping station on 4/6/18. (Daniel Acott).

ULTIMATE, CRAYS HILL.
From AP Travel, Cowbridge is VDL SB4000/Hispano YN07 EDX.

UNO.
LF18AWR 364 UNO 610 DRAGONFLY (HARPENDEN) 1-6-18 (T SMETHERS)
Above: One of the new ‘Dragonfly’ buses, Volvo B8RLE/MCV 364, at Harpenden on 1/6/18. (Tony Smethers).

Mb Citaro 303 (BX56 VSL) is another with a super rear advert for University of Hertfordshire.

With thanks to: D Acott, S Austin, W Bell, ‘Cambus’, D Disbury, M Hough, S Kinsella Ilot, J Lomas, LOTS, Sky News, T Smethers.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. May 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
The Colchester Park and Ride had a major revamp at the start of May, with increased hours of operation and more stops.
Meanwhile, it was announced by First that they would be closing their depot at Clacton and outstation at Braintree at the end of July. Hedingham has been a winner here, as it is taking on virtually all the local routes around Clacton, plus an Essex CC evening contract previously with First Braintree. Hedingham also started a new service in Clacton from 26th May – and the Chambers network underwent major revisions in the following week.
Stephensons commemorated two of its key employees – who passed away recently – in a ceremony at a local museum on 2nd May. More details below.

24/7, STANSTED.
New are Vauxhall Vivaro 8 seater LJ18 DFC/D, DKD/E, DLU/X.

AIR MOLDOVA.
Ne is Airbus A319-132 YR-URS.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
From 6/5/18, the Colchester Park and Ride was revised to operate longer, between 0530 and 2100. And there are additional stops – at North Station and Middleborough.

SK15GXS 4072 AR CR P&R GREEN BRANDED (HIGH ST CR) 5-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: P and R ADL/Enviro 200 4072 at High Street, Colchester on 5/5/18. (Simon Austin).

DAF SB120/Wright Cadet driver Trainer LJ51 DDX was on loan in late May.
Odd sightings:
15/5/18: P&R ADL/E200 4071 (SK15 GXR) on Braintree Freeport.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
No longer provides Greater Anglia rail replacement.
An arrival is DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3960 (GN04 UFX).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
VDL300/Wright Gemini2 DW225 has the new Arriva logos. DW275 has been repainted Both are Grays (GY) buses.
The old Lea Valley (LV) bendybus depot has disappeared under new industrial units.

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Above: The site of the old LV depot, as seen on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

BA CITYFLYER.
New is G-LCYZ, an Embraer 190-100SR.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Neoplan Skyliner CN05 APX is now in fleet livery, ex Howards Travel cream.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers EU53 PYB/F/H/D/O, SN56 AYD – all latterly with London General, have passed to Ensign. EU53 PYD/F/O and SN56 AYD then went to Shelton Motors at Ely – for scrap.

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
SN03WMP HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT-BLUELINE 888 (LAINDON TELPHONE EXCHANGE) 25-5-18 (J SADD)

On 25/5/18, Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN03 WMP was borrowed from Hire Your Transport (Rochford outstation) and used on schools service 888 (Laindon-Brentwood). This was because Blueline’s regular Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President V427 MOA was under repair at MC Truck & Bus (Volvo agent), Witham. Also, Blueline’s regular subcontractor Marc1 Travel of Billericay did not have a vehicle available. SN03 WMP is pictured (above) at Laindon, Telephone Exchange. (James Sadd).

AEC PRV Routemaster open topper RML891 (HSL 660) has passed to Business B t/a The Expeditional, South Woodford.

CHAMBERS.
YN55PZG 805 CHAMBERS 84 (CR B S) 9-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
(Simon Austin).

The Scania Omnidekkas are being renumbered from 15xx into an 8xx series. 805 ex 1505 (YN55 PZG) was the first. Pictured (above) at Colchester on 9/5/18. 1501/2/3 (YN55 PZC/D/E) are now 801/2/3; Anglian liveried 1504 (YN55 PZF) to 804.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 570 (W487 WGH) was loaned to Hedingham 20-23/5/18 (qv).
There were major revisions to all regular stage services – 84 (Sudbury-Nayland-Colchester), 374 (Bury St Edmunds-Clare), 753 (Sudbury-Bury St Edmunds), 754 (Sudbury-Colchester); from 29/5/18. As a result, several Scania Omnidekkas have received ‘GO Anywhere’ branding, including 801/3/9.
Unusual sighting:
16/5/18: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 10 (S291 TVW) on 89X.

YN55PZE 803 CHAMBERS 754 GO ANYWHERE (CR) 26-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: GO Anywhere branded Omnidekka 803 at St Johns Street, Colchester on 26/5/18. This also has bodyside branding. (Simon Austin).

CHELMSFORD TAXIBUS.
Ford Transit 11 seater 133 (EF06 AOO) is sold.

COLAS RAIL.
60095 COLAS (DONCASTER) 3-5-18
Above: Typical of the traction on the 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement train is 60095. It was seen at St James’ Bridge, Doncaster on 3/5/18. The 6L44 is normally routed along the Midland Main Line. (John Podgorski).

8/5/18: 66846 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
9/5/18: 70815 on 6L37.
14/5/18: 70804 on 6L37.
15/5/18: 37175 and DBSO 9714 at Cambridge.
16/5/18: 37175 at Colchester with NR test train.
22/5/18: 60095 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurock cement. 66846 on 6L37. NR97301 at Cambridge on 3Q65 from Derby.
23/5/18: 70803 on 6O36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
28/5/18: 70814 on 6L37.

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE.
Unfortunately, AEC PRV Routemaster RML2296 (CUV 296C) is currently derelict in the old First garage at Queen Street, Colchester. See more in First section below.

CROSS COUNTRY.
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Above: In dreadful weather Turbostar DMU 170398 hurries through Manea, deep in the Cambridgeshire Fens, on a Birmingham New Street-Stansted Airport working on 12/5/18. Note the still operational semaphore signal. (John Podgorski).

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
Mb/Ferqui midi LN15 RYK is on hire, pending delivery of a new Mb Turas midicoach. Long standing fleet members Volvo B10M/Berkhos P876/77 FMO are now sold.

DBS.
1/5/18: 66059 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill aggregates.
3/5/18: 66101 at Bow Midland.
4/5/18: 66093 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill. 66101 at Bow Olympic.
5/5/18: 66137 on 6G02 Whitemoor-Royston engineers.
7/5/18: 66031 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich – on sand.
9/5/18: 66186 at Bow Olympic.
10/5/18: 66101 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill. 66186 at Bow Olympic on 6M48 to Calvert.
11/5/18; 66186 at Bow Olympic.
14/5/18; 66181 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich. 66192 at Bow Olympic.
15/5/18: 66192 at Bow Olympic on 6M49 to Calvert.
16/5/18: 66192 at Bow Olympic.
18/5/18: 66192 at Bow Olympic.
21/5/18: 66121 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich. 66192 at Bow Olympic.
22/5/18: 59103 on 6L21 Whatley-Dagenham. 66027 on 4L56 Trafford Park-London Gateway. 66128 on 4L40 Cowley-Purfleet. 66192 at Bow Olympic.
23/5/18; 66094 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 66161 at Bow Olympic.
24/5/18: 66161 at Bow Olympic.
29/5/18: 66035 at Bow Olympic.
30/5/18: 66035 at Bow Olympic.
31/5/18: 66035 at Bow Olympic. 66059 on Mountsorrel to Harlow Mill.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
ADL/Enviro 200 SE108 is from London General.
ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions LX07 BYJ/M/S are now with National Driving Centre, Croydon – via Ensign.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
DH18DON DON'S NEW IRIZR i6 10-5-18 (S KINSELLA ILOT)
Above: New is Irizar i6 tri-axle DH18 DON. It was seen at Irizar, Worksop on 10/5/18 – when “fresh out of the box”. (Shaun Kinsella Ilot).

DRS.
3/5/18: 57002 on West Ealing Plasser-Norwich light engine through Colchester @ 1906.
10/5/18: 57301 on Wolverton-Ilford towing GN 365525.
15/5/18: 57305 + 37405 “up” through Manningtree on 0M37 Norwich-Crewe.
24/5/18: 37038 on Tilbury-Norwich light engine via Stratford.
28/5/18: 37038 at Cambridge on 5Z29 Bounds Green-Norwich ECS with GA DVT 82121 + MkIII rake.
30/5/18; 57303 on 0Z57 Wembley-Ilford.

EASYJET.
New is Airbus A321-211 G-POWD.

EASYJET EUROPE.
New are Airbus A321-214s OE-ICB/C, IJY/Z, INH/I, IZC/D/W, LKN/O/P/Q.

ENSIGNBUS.
Temporary additions are ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekkas YN53 RYB/V/W, for rail work. This was e-rail on GTR associated with problems with the new timetable.
Route 12 (Aveley “The Village-Ockendon Station) ceased after 25/5/18.
From 29/5/18, new service 32 (Aveley-Ockendon-Grays) started. It is limited stop and runs M-F peak hours only. It replaces route 12.
Also from 29/5/18, X21 (Lakeside-Ongar) was revised to run between Lakeside and Brentwood and had its daytime frequency increased. Likewise, X81 (Grays-Hutton) was also increased to run as Lakeside-Hutton off peak. Both X21 and X81 are M-F only.
AEC Regent III/Saubers RT4846 (NXP 971) has been converted into a “double” of pre-war RT8 (FXT 183) for film work.

EOS LONDON.
EOS711 EOS (BD HIGH ST) 12-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 EOS 711 at High Street, Brentwood on 12/5/18. It is on ex Ensign council contracted route 61. (Simon Austin).

Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano 761 (LK03 NLE) is withdrawn.
Plaxton Primo 661 (BU08 ACV) is sold.

EUROSTAR.
373205/6 are in the revised livery.

EUROWINGS.
New are Boeing 737-86J D-ABAG, and Airbus A321-211s OE-LCG/J, LOC/F.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
Citroen Berlingo ancillary van BN61 LDD is now sign written.

FIRST ESSEX.
BJ11XGY 37985 FE X30 (CF B S) 8-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above; One of the former First Berks/Green Line Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s, 37985, departs Chelmsford on 8/5/18 – on a southbound X30. X30 is now diverted away from Duke Street railway bridge, due the appearance of double deckers. (Simon Austin).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers 42930/31 (SN05 EAM/O), Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 43847 (SN55 CXJ) are now in Refreshed livery. Volvo 7900H 69908 (BV13 ZBN) now has the new Route 100 green/blue colours.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37010 (WX55 VHV) has returned to Colchester (CR), ex loan to Hadleigh (HH).
Optare Solo 53125 (EO02 NFG) is now with A2B of Peterborough. Solos 53128/29/33/37 (EO02 NFK/L/R/X) have gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.
Odd sightings: 2/5/18: Dart SLF/Caetano 41513 (LK03 FGF) on 73; X30 ADL/E200 MMCs 67169/70 (YY66 PBZ, PCF) on 71. 4/5/18: Dart SLF/Caetano 41514 (LK03 FGG) on 71A, Solo 53209 (CN07 KZM) on 73. 8/5/18; ADL/E200 44537 (YX13 AEF) on 31X, X30 66165 (YY66 PBO) on 36. 12/5/18: X30 66170 on 42. 14/5/18: 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 17 bus 2 + 65. SLF/Midi Pointer 42968 on 71, X30 66170 on 71. 15/5/18: X30 67165/69 on 42.
16/5/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 75. 17/5/18: SLF/Caetano 41493 (LK03 LLX) on 73. 18/5/18: SLF/Caetano 41494 on 73, SLF/Midi Pointer 42900 on 31X, Solo 53139 on 73. 20/5/18 (Sunday): B7TL/Gemini 32628 (KP54 KAU) on 64A, Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 65,B7TL/Gemini 37009 (WX55 VHU) on 65, B7TL/Gemini 37017 on 1A. (These were due to the fitment of new ticket machines causing a temporary vehicle shortage). 26/5/18: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 70. 27/5/18 (Sunday): Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 1A.

YP02ABN 62678 FE 62A (WIVENHOE) 9-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Another relatively unusual working is of a Scania L94UB/Wright Solar on 62A. 65678 heads down The Avenue, Wivenhoe on 9/5/18. The 62s are normally double deck. (Simon Austin).

At the old Harwich depot (closed June 2015), the ‘For Sale’ signs have been removed.
There is now a caravan in the side yard.
The old Colchester garage on Queen Street has a “Notice of Possession” affixed to the front door. Colchester Borough Council has appointed the County Court for this. It is due to problems with trespass, vagrancy and vandalism.

FIRST LONDON.
The one time depot at Ponders End (PD) has disappeared under new industrial units. This was originally with Eastern National and then Thamesway.

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Above: The site of the old Ponders End garage, at Mollison Road, on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

FREIGHTLINER.
2/5/18: 66616 on 6M92 West Thurrock-Tunstead.
5/5/18: 66532 on 6Y70 Whitemoor-Ashwell and Morden engineers.
8/5/18: 66956 dragged DVT failed 1430 Liverpool St-Norwich through Kelvedon @ 1635. Terminated at Colchester, where ’90 ran round to continue to Norwich. 66620 on Bow-Tunstead boxes.
14/5/18: 66536 on 4L31 Bristol-London Gateway.
16/5/18: 86627/39 with dead 70010 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
18/5/18: 86639/27 on 4L91.
22/5/18; 66596 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks. 66616 at Chesterton Junction.
23/5/18: 66567 failed at Bentley on 4M88 towards FLX; rescued by 66510.
27/5/18: 66552 tnt 66955 on Marks Tey-Whitemoor enginers.
29/5/18: 66955 on Ipswich-Lidsay tanks. 86622/38 on 4M87.

GBRf.
1/5/18: 66762 on 6M14 Harlow Mill-Bardon aggregates. 66767 on North Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66774 at Bow Midland.
3/5/18: 66767 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine. 66774 at Bow Midland.
4/5/18: 66723 on 4Z33. 66726 on 4Z26. 66762 at Bow Midland. 66765 on 4M29.
6/5/18: 66742/47 on engineering trains at Trimley.
9/5/18: 66724 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco. 66747 at Bow Midland. 66773 on 6M14 Harlow Mill-Bardon.
10/5/18: 66724 on 6P41 Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
11/5/18; 66721 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX. 66766 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66774 at Bow Midland.
12/5/18: 66721 on 4L21 Hams Hall-Parkeston.
14/5/18: 66777 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks.
17/5/18: 66777 on IPS-N Walsham light engine.
18/5/18: 66721 on 4l02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66756 at Bow Midland. 66770 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
19/5/18: 66767/31 on 6T66 Dagenham East-Whitemoor long welded rail empties.
20/5/18: 66720/21/23 on 0L39 PBO-Harwich Refinery.66755 on 6T60 engineers at Trimley. 66756/50 on 6T61 Trimley-Whitemoor engineers. 66764/61 top and tailing 6T76 Whitemoor-Prittlewell via West Anglia Main Line.
21/5/18: 66721/20 on 0L33 IPS-FLX light engine; 66720 then on 4M29. 66723 on 6P41 IPS-N Walsham tanks.
22/5/18: 66714 at Bow Midland.
23/5/18: 66720 on 4M29. 66723 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
25/5/18: 66707 on 4L02.
26/5/18: Ex DBS 66008 tnt ‘Evening Star’ 66779 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Trimley emgineers. 66709 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Felixstowe Beach. ‘Rainbow’ 66720 on 4L29. 66721 on 4M23. 66764 on 6T61 Whitemoor-FLX ballast.
28/5/18: 66755 on 6T63 Shenfield-Whitemoor engineers.
29/5/18: 66706/7 on 0L33. 66727 at Bow Midland.
30/5/18: 66723 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66753 at Bow Midland.

GREAT NORTHERN.
4/5/18: 365516/17 at Ilford depot.
10/5/18: 365525 at Ilford.
17/5/18: 365507/15 5Q43 Hornsey to Ely towed by 37800.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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Above: The new railway station at Meridian Waters (Edmonton) is taking shape, and will replace Angel Road. Picture taken on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: The facilities at Angel Road are very basic. 317660 leads through, London bound on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).
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Above: At Northumberland Park, the third track was being laid on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

The first of the new Stadler Flirt trains has been completed. It was “launched” on 3/5/18 to GA representatives.
DMU 170271 and EMU 317511 are now in the new GA colours.
To Renatus livery is EMU 321310.
Turbostar DMU 170202 is still running as a two car. Has been since approx January. Missing car is defective at Norwich Crown Point depot.
1/5/18: 90004 failed at Liverpool Street on 1P04 and was rescued by 90011. 90010 dragged Crewe-Norwich by DRS 57002. 321428/333/351 on 1P23 Norwich-London. 321351/359 did 1P24 return.
7/5/18: 90002 + 82102 set running in reverse.
9/5/18: 321342/435 to Norwich.
14/5/18: 90006 on Norwich-Ilford ECS. 321305 + 419, 321350/55, 321431 at Norwich.
15/3/18: 317501/13 on 1Y34 1818 LST-Ipswich. 321302/52 on 1P48 LST-Norwich. 321350/55 at Norwich.
16/5/18: 90001 hauling MkIII carriages 12137/18 on Norwich-Ilford ECS.
23/5/18: 156418 on Ipswich-Felixstowe – usually ‘153.
24/5/18: 90006 with single MkIII carriage 12120 on 5L38 Bounds Green-Norwich ECS.
29/5/18: 90003 on 1P34 ran round at Ipswich to run “head end” to Norwich in front of failed DVT.

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Above: Turbostar DMU 170207 approaches Ely on 12/5/17 – on a Peterborough to Ipswich service. (John Podgorski).

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Above: One time Anglia Railways DBSO 9703, now with Network Rail, at Kings Cross, London on 3/5/18. It is on a test train, operated by Colas on behalf of NR. Colas gained this contract from DBS in 2015. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
AO57EZM 550 Anglian Bus Lowestoft 11.8.17 RGPope
Above: Scania Omnicity 550 in its Anglian Bus days, at Lowestoft on 11/8/17. (Roger Pope).

Another ex Konect, former Anglian Scania Omnicity double decker is 550 (AO57 EZM). It was renumbered 850 and entered service at CN during May.
From Stagecoach Chesterfield are Optare Solo M850s 910/11 (SF04 SKD/E). They are for Clacton and have received fleet livery.
Dennis Trident/EL 721 (W821 NNJ) has moved from Clacton (CN) to Sible Hedingham (HD). It has replaced mechanically challenged Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX). 510 has a failed gearbox. Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 563 (V307 LGC) was VOR with extensive tree strike damage. 570 (W487 WGH) was borrowed from Chambers to cover, between 20 and 23/5/18. 563 was repaired by 25th May, when it returned to KN. It now has more fixed windows on the n/s upper deck. B7TL/President 577 (W518 WGH) was briefly used for driver training. Trident/EL 717 (T817 RFG) was VOR at CN awaiting repairs at the start of May. Sister 714 (T814 RFG) is withdrawn.

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Above: 570 at Mundon Road, Maldon on 21/5/18. (John Podgorski).

Also in early May, there were some Scania Omnidekka swaps at Kelvedon (KN). 1518 (YN06 JYC) from Clacton, on 3/5, with 1515 (YN55 PZU) going back to CN. 1513 (YN55 PZW) back to CN on 4/5. 1517 (YN06 JYB) is back in use at CN, ex VOR for several weeks. 1518 moved KN-CN on 30/5/18. 814 (YN55 PZV) came to KN in exchange.
The Omnidekkas and Omnicities are being renumbered from 15xx into an 8xx series. 814 ex 1514 (YN55 PZU) was the first. Then 1512 to 812, 1513 to 813, 1519 to 819 (YN06 JYD), 1552 to 852 (AU57 HCD).

AO57HCD 852 HO (WN) 25-5-18 (JEFF FALCO)
Above: Omnicity 852 at Walton on the Naze on 25/5/18. (Jeff Falco).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers 290/91 (EX02 RYR, EU06 KCX) were used on route learning in late May for the forthcoming transfer of 89X (Sudbury-Braintree) and ST1 (Chappel-Stanway School) from Chambers.
Odd sightings: 14/5/18: Trident 738 (T108 DBW) on ST3 (Stanway School-Marks Tey-Copford-Easthorpe-Hardys Green-Birch) pm.

EU05CLJ 470 HO 83 (CR B S) 4-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 470 (EU05 CLJ) unusually on route 83. Colchester bus station, 4/5/18. This is normally ADL/Enviro 200 or Dart SLF operated. (Simon Austin).

A new commercial service started in Clacton from 26/5/18. Route 1 (Pier Avenue-St Osyth Beach). It runs M-Sat, including bank holidays on a 60 minute frequency in the daytime only, and will do so until September. Its predecessors were summer only services 19 and before that 100. These had been largely run by First and Eastern National, although the now ceased Colchester Coaches was a provider in the early 2000s.
HY2 (Kelvedon-Feering-Coggeshall Honywood School) ceased after 25/5/18. It will be replaced by a revised HY1 from Silver End after half term.

T108DBW LH738 HO HY2 (FEERING) 20-2-18
Above: Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 LH738 at Feering on 20/2/18; returning to Kelvedon off a morning HY2. (John Podgorski)

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT.
During May, Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excalibur T215 UCH was at Rochford outstation. It was later replaced by Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN03 WMP, and at the end of the month, Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon AO02 RBZ. The two former returned to the main base at Tadworth, Surrey. SN03 WMP was also loaned to Blueline, Rochford on 25/5/18.

JET2.COM.
New are Boeing 737-808s G-DRTC/D.

JOHNS TOURS, STOWMARKET.
Founder John Cresswell passed away on 30/5/18, aged 77. He passed his PSV test in 1961, with Mulleys of Ixworth, and subsequently worked for Mulleys subsidiary Combs of Stowmarket, than later Squirrells of Hitcham – before establishing Johns Tours in 1990. John retired in 2013, with his son taking over the business.

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
Another acquired Mb Tourismo is BP62 PHF.

L&R TRANSPORT, BASILDON.
GK55 NFY is a used Ford Transit 16 seater.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
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Above: One of the recent BYD electric buses for TfL153. LJ16 EZS at Northumberland Park depot on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 20Ds SEN13-19 (YX11 FYS-W/Y/Z) have left Northumberland Park, following the loss of TfL299 (Muswell Hill-Cockfosters) to Sullivans. They have initially gone to Hants and Dorset Trim at Waterlooville for refurbishment, and will then be posted to London General at Morden Wharf. SEN10, meanwhile, has come from London General.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
The first of the new Class 710 EMUs have been outshopped from Bombardier at Derby.

LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED.
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Above: Nothumberland Park Victoria Line depot, seen from the Greater Anglia railway station on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: The portal of the Central Line tunnels south of Newbury Park, on 28/5/18. The strip of land in the middle is the trackbed of the former link to Ilford, which was a relic of the LNER but lasted into British Railways days. (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
New Aventra EMU deliveries have reached 345042.
345021/25 are at Abbey Wood for staff training.
A Paddington-Hayes service began from 20/5/18. 7 x 345s are allocated. This replaces some GWR workings. From the same date, the Heathrow Connect services and Class 360 EMUs were taken over.

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Above: 345011 at Shenfield on 19/5/18. (John Podgorski).

MYALLS OF BASSINGBOURN.
New is VDL Futura FDD2 double deck coach AD18 WVW.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPS.
Scania/Levante BK14 LFX has revised rear branding for ‘On the case at Stansted’, also advising that Kings Cross, Farringdon and South Hackney are now additionally served.
Scania/Levante tri-axle BD65 JFO has a super rear advert for Amazon Pay on NX.
The Kings Ferry was working on ‘A’ service duplicates over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
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Above: Newly arrived YR58 RVC with S23 NHT at Lufkins Farm depot on 5/5/18. (John Podgorski).

Acquired is Scania/Irizar YR58 RVC. Similar YN04 GGV passed to Irizar, Worksop (dealer) in part exchange.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Some school buses are now outbased at Hutton (Brentwood Coaches).

MX08UZK 808 NIBS 21 (BN B S) 8-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Optare Solo 808 (MX08 UZK) arrives at Basildon Bus Station on 8/5/18. It is working ex Amber service 21. (Simon Austin).
Below: Wright Streetlite WF no 11 (MX11 CZR) at High Street, Brentwood on 12/5/18. It is on ex Amber route 269. (Simon Austin).
MX11CZR 11 NIBS 269 9BD HIGH ST) 12-5-18 (S AUSTIN)

PANTHER TRAVEL.
BIG7758 PANTHER 2 (HARWICH B S) 4-5-18 (C SAMPSON)
(Chris Sampson).
Odd sightings: 4/5/18: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 BIG 7758 on 2 (Harwich/Dovercourt town service) – usually ADL/Enviro 200 or Dennis Dart SLF saloon. 17/5/18: DAF DB250LF/EL DC52 PAN on X15 – in place of regular ADL/E400 VB08 PAN.

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Above: Ex TGM Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer BIG 7006 ex S303 JUA is now in Panther fleet colours. It was pictured at Colchester outstation on 20/5/18. (John Podgorski).

PRIMERA AIR.
Further transatlantic flights started from Stansted, serve Boston, Washington DC and Toronto. A total of 8 new Airbus A321NEOs have been bought for these services.

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
The headshunt at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich has been fenced off, in connection with a flood defence project on the adjacent River Orwell.
The site of the old goods yard at Maldon East has disappeared under a new ALDI supermarket.

REGAL BUSWAYS:
Neoplan Tourliner MX10 DFK is now with Hough of Oxford t/a M&M Staffing. It is for rail work. It has been re-registered MM10 BUS. The registered address of its new operator is given as Brighton, but the OC is in Essex, at an old Regal site.

ROG.
56303 on 6M06/07 Wembley-Barrington during May.
30/5/18: 50008 at Stratford @ 1234 on light engine route learning – Ilford to Wembley.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Sold is Ford Transit 14 seater FJ51 XOK.

RYANAIR.
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Above: Boeing 737-800 EI-GDV arrives at Stansted from Limoges on FR8777 on 26/5/18. (John Podgorski).

SOUTHEND PIER RAILWAY.
LYNN TAIT EMPORIUM LEIGH
(Lyn Tait Emporium).

Car 21 has survived at the Lynn Tait Souvenir Emporium at Old Leigh for over 20 years, but the emporium has now closed. A sister, unrestored vehicle (8) exists at Mangapps Farm Museum, and their is another original car (22) at the Southend Pier Museum. These were the AC Cars built electric (3rd rail) vehicles which served between 1849 and 1978.

7 SOUTHEND PIER RAILWAY (RM WEB)
Above: Car 7 at the landward end of Southend Pier in its service days. No 1 signal box is to the left. (RMWeb.co.uk).

Below: Car 22 leads a journey to Southend Pier head. The railway was double tracked throughout at that time. (RMWeb.co.uk).
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STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
New for Cambridge City Sightseeing are new VolvO B5L/Wright Gemini3 semi open toppers 13808-13 (BV18 YBA-F). They will replace Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s.
Ex Stagecoach in Norfolk Dennis Trident/EL 18278 (PX55 AHF) was at Cowley Road, Cambridge depot – in withdrawn condition, at the end of May.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LX12DAA 19870 ST EL 474 FIRST DAY (BECKTON B S) 5-5-18 (D ACOTT)
Above: ADL/Enviro 40D 19870 at Beckton bus station on 5/5/18. (Daniel Acott).

TfL474 (Canning Town-Manor Park) was gained from Go-Ahead Docklands Buses on 5/5/18.
Some Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s were reinstated at West Ham (WH) as a result. However, a visit to Romford and Ilford on 28/5/18, saw no Tridents about at all.

From Selkent is Trident/ALX400 18485 (LX55 BFA) – now at West Ham.
To overall adverts for Top Shop are New Routemasters LT239, 381.
ADL/Enviro 40F 19825 (LX11 BLF0 has reverted to red, ex overall advert.

STEPHENSONS.
YT59NZN 508 STEPHENSONS 1 (SD TRAVEL CENTRE) 8-5-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 508 (YT59 NZN) at Southend Travel Centre on 8/5/18. It was new to Network Colchester. (Simon Austin).

Two buses have been named after employees who have passed away. Scania N230UD/Olympus 501 (EU58 BHX) is Lyn Watson – former Finance Director, while Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 610 (CX14 EMS) is Chris McCormick MBE – former Service Delivery Manager. They were christened at the Museum of Power, Langford on 2/5/18.
Odd sightings:
22/5/18: Scania Omnidekka 637 (YN55 NJE) on 90.

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
Gold Leyland Titan OHV 747Y has passed to the Bromley Bus Preservation Group. It was collected on 11/5/18.
Another ancillary car is Rover 75 saloon W2 SET.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Temsa MD9/Opalin YJ08 EFT is a recent addition, ex Wiffin of Redhill.
Mb 0814D/ECH AE54 FEG has passed to Parnell, Honiton (dealer).

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Above: Former MTL, ex Decker Bus of Whittlesey Volvo Olympian/NC Palatine II VIL 8682 ex N291 CKB, on GA RRP at Manningtree on 20/5/18. (John Podgorski).

THOMAS COOK.
New are Airbus A320-214 LY-NVZ; A321-231 LY-VEA; A321-211s LY-VEC/D; A319-112 LY-VET.

THORNS OF RAYLEIGH.
Arrivals are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Paramount J3 KCT – from Coach Stop, Rettendon, and Volvo B10M/VHs L19, 20 PCC – from Flavin, Stanford Le Hope.
Scania K124/VH CAZ 7446 ex S555 YMJ has passed to Candy, Cobham.

TITAN AIRWAYS.
Has Airbus A321-211 G-POWV.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Withdrawn are Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis VNW32366/67/79/84-86/90-93/97/98, 32403/5/8/9/11/12/15/16/19/24/25/30 (due to TfL contract changes) and Volvo hydrogen buses WL44700/1.
ADL/Enviro 40Ds SN12 AVR/T are now with City Direct, Galway, Eire – via Ensign.

TREKKERS OF HARLOW.
From Gale of Harlow is Duple 425 LBZ 4329.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Withdrawn are Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolutions AE56 OUP/S.

TUI.
New are Boeing 737-86Q C-FEAK and 737-8K5s G-TAWC/D/N/O.

VICEROY, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 KX57 FMF is now with A2B, Cambridge.

WCR.
25/5/18: 47580/746 top and tailing 5Z24 Southall-Norwich ECS partly via GAML; stock was 99723, 5032, 4994, 1861, 99352 ‘Amethyst’, 99348 ‘Topaz’, 99347, 99316, 99125 ‘Jessica’, 99121 ‘Julia’. This is for the 1Z56 Norwich-Carlisle steam special.

With thanks to: D Acott, Anglia Gen, S Austin, EBN, Ensignbus, Essex Buses Yahoo, J Falco, A Hazell, Hedingham, S Kinsella-Ilot, J Lidstone, LOTS, Lynn Tait Emporium, RM, R Pope, RMWEB.co.uk, J Sadd, C Sampson, D Tredwell.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. April 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

Surprise news was a consultation by First Essex about closing its Clacton depot and Braintree outstation. It was subsequently announced that this would happen – at the end of July.

On the railway front, Greater Anglia’s planned depot at Brantham seems to have “hit the buffers”, due to various legal technicalities. Whether these can be overcome remains to be seen, and an alternative site may have to be sought.
The first of the surplus GTR Great Northern Class 365 EMUs have found a new use – with Abellio Scotrail.

Aviation: Well beyond the Essex area, but of significance was , on 18/4/18, the first fatal commercial aircraft incident in the USA since 2009. South West Airlines Boeing 737 N772SW was on a routine New York to Dallas flight (over Pennsylvania), when the port (nearside) engine exploded, showering the airframe with debris and breaking a window. Due to the subsequent cabin decompression, a female passenger was partially sucked through the hole. Although she was rescued by fellow passengers, she sadly died from her injuries. The aircraft was new in 1998, and an investigation later concluded that a catastrophic engine turbine failure had occurred, with metal fatigue being a possible cause. In Busmopolitan territory, Ryanair and Jet2.com operate large fleets of ‘737s. No doubt safety inspections will be made here also.

N772SW SOUTH WEST INCIDENT 4-18 (NBC DFW)
Above: The stricken N772SW on the tarmac at Phillidelphia, with the damage clearly visible. (NBC-DFW).

Below: Ryanair B737-800 EI-DPF at London Stansted on 7/1/17, on the FR72 departure to Carcassone in France. (John Podgorski).
EI-DPF RYANAIR FR72 STN-CARCASSONNE 7-1-17

ARRIVA KENT AND SUSSEX.
An airside contract at London City Airport began on 20/4/18. It initally used ex Malta Optare Solos, which will eventually be replaced with ADL/Enviro 200s.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
The Park and Ride ADL/Enviro 200s 4071-75 (SK15 GXR/S/T/U/V) have received coloured route branding.
4071/74 have orange branding. 4072 has green branding. 4073 has purple branding. 4075 has blue branding.
There will be revisions to this service from 6/5/18. These include extended operating hours and additional stops.

SK15GXR 40171 ARRIVA CR P&R ORANGE BRANDING 14-4-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 4071 turning from North Hill onto High Street, Colchester on 14/4/18. (Simon Austin).

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
EJ57GUH ARROW 82, 83 SHUTTLE (CR B S) 20-4-18
Above: Ford Transit EJ57 GUH at Colchester bus station on 20/4/18. It is on the shuttle, covering the Great Tey section of Hedingham routes 82 and 83. These can’t be served by larger buses (temporarily), due to roadworks. (John Podgorski).

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Has ex Howards Travel Group Neoplan Skyliner CU05 APX.
Ex Oakley of Plymouth is Bluebird RE yellow schoolbus V218 EAL.

BEESTONS.
New are Irizar i6s YN18 ZNL/M. To Irizar, Worksop (dealer) in part exchange were red Van Hool Astrobelle 526 FN and gold Van Hool TD YJ08 EBZ ex 222 GRA. Also new is ADL/Enviro 400 MMC YX18 KOH.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer BT04 BUS, latterly with London General, has passed to Ensign. It was resold to Bear Buses of Feltham.

BOMBARDIER.
Class 08 shunters resident at Ilford depot in April were 08700 in BR blue and 08871 in RMS Locotech livery.
Bombardier occupies the London end of this site, while Greater Anglia and MTR are at the country (Seven Kings) end.

08700 ILFORD DEPOT 17-11-17
Above: Ilford depot and 08700 on 17/11/17. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
89X (Sudbury-Braintree) has been revised at Sudbury, to remove the reversal at Chiltern Industrial Estate. This route runs M-F peaks only, with one journey in each direction of “tidal flow”.

EY57FZE 261 CHAMBERS X89 (HD) 13-4-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 261 at Halstead on an afternoon 89X on 13/4/18. This bus was new to Hedingham at Clacton depot. (Simon Austin).

CHELMSFORD TAXIBUS.
VW LT46/Stanford welfare bus 137 (GX04 FZV) is now with Tahir of Tipton.

COLAS.
2/4/18: 60047 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement. GBRf loaned 66741 on Hoo-Whitemoor engineers.
4/4/18: 60047 on 6L44.
5/4/18: 70803 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
13/4/18: 66847/50 topping and tailing 6L37.
15/4/18: 70804 stabled at Dagenham Dock, with DBS 66109/139.
w/c 16/4/18: 56303 on Barringtons.
16/4/18: 66847/850 and 70813 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junction.
17/4/18: 70815 on 6L37.
18/4/18: 60095 on 6L44. 70814 at Dagenham Dock.
24/4/18: 66850 on Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
25/4/18: 37421 propelling Network Rail test train “up” through Kelvedon @ 1445 and hauling back “down” @ 1650 – carriages were DBSO 9708, 977997, 72631, 6260.
60076 on 6L44.
26/4/18: 37421 on 1Q98 Cambridge-Norwich-Cambridge NR test train.
30/4/18: 70813 on 6L37.

DBS.
3/4/18; 66075 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton aggregates.
5/4/18: 66015 at Chelmsford yard.
15/4/18: 66015 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton Redland. 66109/39 stabled at Dagenham Dock, with Colas 70804.
16/4/18: 59101 at Bow Midland. 66023 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich on sand.
18/4/18: 66129, 92011 at Dagenham Dock.
24/4/18: 66158 at Bow Olympic, collecting VTG box wagons.
25/4/18: 66158 at Bow Olympic.
30/4/18: 66093 at Cambridge North with Tarmac wagons. 66109 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 66200 at Bow Olympic.

DONS OF GREAT DUNMOW.
A62OJX DONS DUNMOW 10-4-18 (S KINSELLA-ILOT)
Above: A62 OJX is a late model Leyland Leopard with Plaxton Paramount body. By ‘A’ registration, the Leyland Tiger had been in production for 2 years. Pictured at Parsonage Down depot on 10/4/18. (Shaun Kinsella-Ilot).

Below: A very tidy former Stagecoach Leyland Olympian – with Gardner engine. F602 MSL has an Alexander RL body and was also pictured at Dons depot, but on 18/4/18.  This is one of several operated. (Shaun Kinsella-Ilot).

F602MSL DONS (PARSONAGE DOWN DW DEPOT) 18-4-18 (S KINSELLA ILOT)

DRS.
1/4/18: 57002 + GA DVT 82114 on Norwich-Bounds Green – via ECML.
3/4/18: 57002 hauling GA 90015 Norwich-Bounds Green. Then hauled DVT 82114 back. Both via GEML.
4/4/18: 37423 and 5 MkIII carriages on 5V91 Norwich-Ilford ECS.
5/4/18: 37608 towed MTR 345003 on 5X50 Old Oak-Ilford ECS. 37608 then ran light to Leicester.
12/4/18: 37407 on 5V93 Norwich-Ilford ECS.
13/4/18: 37608 towed 345013 from Ilford to Old Oak Common as 5Q51.

37405 DRS 9GT YARMOUTH) 11-4-18 (STEVE SIMISTER)
Above: The DRS Class 37 diesel electrics are still top and tailing some passenger trains from Norwich to Lowestoft and Yarmouth; as substitutes for ‘Sprinter’ DMUs. 37405 was seen at Norwich on 11/4/18. (Steve Simister).

Below:
And 37423 at Lowestoft. Also on 11/4/18. (Steve Simister).
37423 DRS (LOWESTOFT) 11-4-18 (STEVE SIMISTER)

EASYJET.
New are Airbus A321-214 G-EZRV; A320-251n G-UZHF..

FIRST ESSEX.
SN55JVK 65745 + YM52UWH 61230 FE CR DEPOT FOR MOVE TO SCOTLAND 27-4-18 (DANIEL LATUS)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65745 and 61230 at Haven Road, Colchester depot on 27/4/18. They were driven up to Scotland the following day. (Daniel Latus).

Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 61230 (YM52 UWH), 65742/43/45/46/50 (SN55 JVG/H/K/L/A), 65686 (YS03 ZKC) have gone to First Aberdeen. All are returning to Scotland – ableit further north, except 65686, which was at Colchester from new and was also one of the initial First Essex buses to receive refreshed livery. 65686 went because 65748 (SN55 JVO) is defective. This and 65683 (YR52 VEU) are intended to be eventually repaired. 65681 (YR52 VEL) is delicensed due to fire damage.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s 37985/86 (BJ11 XCY/Z) have received X30 livery.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s 32480/81 (AU53 HJX/Y) have been transferred from Chelmsford (CF)/Braintree outstation back to Colchester (CR).
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37010 (WX55 VHV) was on loan from Colchester (CR) to Hadleigh (HH) in April. This was covering for Wright Streetlite 63165 (SN64 CJF) which was undergoing accident repairs.
Withdrawn are the remaining 02 late Optare Solos – 53113/15/17/21/23/25/27/32/33/34/36 (EO02 NDY, NEF/N, NFC/E/G/J/P/R/T/V). All went to store at CF, except 53123 which is now a crew ferry and 53133 which went to CN.
Long term VOR (stored) vehicles are Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33080 (LN51 GNP) at CR and Volvo B10BLE/Wright driver trainers 62195/97, Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66829, BMC 68535/51 at CF. 66829 and 68535 have been partially cannibalised.
Streetlite 47649 (SN15 AEY) unusually appeared on route 25 (Basildon-Wickford-Southend) on 9/4/18. This is normally ADL/Enviro 400 operated. On 12/4/18, SLF/MPD 43847 (SN55 CXJ) was unusually on 71A (Chelmsford-Colchester – M-Sat eves). This is usually “midi” ADL/E200 or B7RLE/Wright. ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67168 (YY66 PBX) was on 31B (Burnham-Chelmsford) on 14/4/18. On 27/4/18, short ex Carters ADL/E200 44900 (AY08 EKT) was on 71A. On 28/4/18, Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37136 (SN57 HCU) was on 75.
29/4/18: Dart SLF/Caetano 41524 (LK03 UFB) on 100. On 30/4/18, Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 43847 (SN55 CXJ) on 73; ADL/Enviro 200 MC 44662 (YX 66 WBG) on 70. The 55 reg B7TL/Geminis are now common on weekday evening 1As in Colchester.

EU05AUO 42922 FE 71C (CR) 22-4-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 42922 most unusually on Sundays/holidays 71C, at St Johns Street, Colchester on 22/4/18. This is normally the preserve of Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7RLEs. (Simon Austin).

LK53FDX 41538 FE 16 (WICKFORD) 3-4-18
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus 41538 at Wickford rail station on 3/4/18. It is on one of the new routes introduced in the 18/2/18 changes. (John Podgorski).

FLAGFINDERS.
W138ULR FLAGFINDERS (HEYBRIDGE BUS 4) (HD) 23-4-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer W138 ULR on the Heybridge to Thurstable School at Tiptree bus 4. This had previously been subcontracted to Stans of Great Totham. This duty is worked from Halstead depot and the picture was taken at High Street, Halstead on 23/4/18. The bus was returning to base. (Simon Austin).

VDL Bova SO15 UBS is now in white/blue fleet livery, ex orange.

FREIGHTLINER.
A new logo has appeared. It is orange and yellow and based on the parent Genesee Wyoming company. It also appears on Pentalver lorries.
1/4/18: 66602 on Canonbury-Whitemoor autoballasters.
4/4/18: 66430 on 6L48 Daventry-Purfleet.
5/4/18: 86610/39 at Ipswich.
8/4/18: 66557 on Parkeston Quay-Whitemoor with half a HOBC.
11/4/18: 66559 leading 66616 at Ipswich.
12/4/18: 66564 in consist of 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
15/4/18; 66538 and 66430 topping and tailing HOBCs at Stepleford on WAGN. 66557/564 topping and tailing on PW works on Felixstowe branch at Trimley St Martin.
16/4/18: 66597 on 6L05 Willesden-Barrington.
18/4/18: 66618 on Bow-Tunstead.
19/4/18: 86612/38 failed at Kelvedon on 4L41 Basford Hall to FLX – rescued by 66519 from IPS; disruption to GEML services.
21/4/18; 66419/567 on 4E24 FLX-Leeds. 66614 on Bury St Edmunds-York stone empties.
25/4/18: 66517/523/419 on 4E23 IPS-Leeds FLT.
26/4/18: 66603 at Bow Olympic.90040 on 6L35 Warrington-Wembley-Dagenham.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
Mb Tourismo 6399 PP is now in a black ‘Dancing in the Street’ livery.

GBRf.
2/4/18: 66702/27/56/71/74 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich light engine. 66766 on 4L22 Hams Hall-Colchester.
3/4/18: 66708 at Bow Midland.
4/4/18: 66702 on Ipswich-North Walsham light engine. 66751 at Bow Midland.
7/4/18: 66702/774 on 0E04 Parkeston-PBO light engine.66771 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
8/4/18: 66702/44/71 on 6P41 PBO-Parkeston Quay plus 2 oil tank wagons.
9/4/18: 66707 at Bow Midland.
10/4/18: 66788 on 6L36.
11/4/18: 66748 at Bow Midland.
12/4/18: 66707 at Bow Midland.
13/4/18: 66748 at Bow Midland.
15/4/18: 66701/722/727 on 0L33, then 66722/727 IPS-FLX. 66707/51 on 6X60 Ruckholt Junction-Whitemoor engineers via GEML. 66749 on 0L06 Cricklewood-Barrington crew training run and 0M03 return. 66765/771 and 2 bogie tankers on 6G66 Harwich-PBO.
16/4/18: 66722 on FLX-Birch Coppice. 66727 on FLX-Hams Hall. 66754 on Parkeston-FLX. 66766 on FLX-Doncaster.
17/4/18: 66768 at Bow Midland.
18/4/18: 66701 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66748 at Bow Midland.
19/4/18: 66701 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks – delayed due to track circuit failure at Stowmarket. 66768 at Bow Midland.
20/4/18: 66748 at Bow Midland.
21/4/18: 66722 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66727 ‘Maritime’ on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66744 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66753/779 top and tailing 6T66 engineers at Trimley. 66764 on 6T65 Whitemoor-FLX engineers.
22/4/18: 66704/41/56/74 and two oil tank wagons on 6P41 PBO-IPS. 66773 on 4R26 Parkeston Quay-FLX.
23/4/18: 66704/56 on 0L33 IPS-FLX light engine. 66774 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
24/4/18: 66722 at Bow Midland for Bardon Hill. 66774 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66786 rescued failed Freightliner 66592 and towed it to Ipswich. 66786 then worked the return 4E59 IPS-Leeds FLT.
25/4/18: 66758 at Bow Midland.
26/4/18: 66763 at Bow Midland. 66774 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
27/4/18: 66768 at Bow Midland on 6M47 to Bardon Hill.
28/4/18: 66774 on 4L02.
30/4/18: 66767 on N Walsham tanks. 66770 on 4L22.

GREAT NORTHERN.
Are now running Class 700 EMUs from Cambridge, through London and south of the Thames. They have replaced Class 365s.
20/4/18: 365528 at Ilford depot (lathe). 21/4/18; 365513 at Ilford – via Gidea Park.
21/4/18: 365523 transferred to Scotrail – by road from Hornsey depot. Unit split onto 4 lorries.
27/4/18: 365516 on 5X16 Hornsey-Ilford via Gidea Park.
365513 also to Scotrail.

GREATER ANGLIA.
321409 is back in use following accident repairs.
Disruption on 17/4/18, due to sheeting blown onto OLE between London Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green.
3/4/18: 90009 running in reverse formation on 1P23 Norwich-London.
5/4/18: DTSO7750 leading a ‘317 consist “up” past Boreham @ 1730.
6/4/18: 317345/663 on 1617 Witham ex Liverpool St.
7/4/18: 317346/509 on Braintree-Liverpool St.
10/4/18: 317501 on the 1B45 2345 Stansted Express to London.
13/4/18: 317509/668 on 1F13 0729 Braintree-London.
17/4/18: 90011 on Bounds Green-Liverpool Street ECS.
19/4/18: 317346/669 on Stansted Express 1355 and 2040 ex Liverpool Street. 321314 on 5L50 Doncaster-Ilford ECS.
26/4/18: 321403 at Norwich. 321406/427 on 1P04 London-Norwich. 321345/438 at Norwich.
28/4/18: 317501/665 and 317513/6456 on Liverpool Street-Braintrees.

321302 GA RENATUS (WICKFORD) 4-4-18
Above: Renatus 321302 at Wickford on 4/4/18. Note the new OLE trackside masts. The ALDI car park is in the foreground. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
From Go-Ahead London are Scania Omnilinks 9016/17 (YU02 GHA/D) for driver training. It looks like they have replaced the two Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere Coaches – 8 (R453 FWT) and 9 (S290 TVW). The previous 9016 – Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PJ02 REU – has joined the operational fleet as 584. 584 was VOR and awaiting service prep at CN at the end of April. It had not been used as no 9016.
Scania Omnicity ‘decker 552 (AO57 HCD) has been renumbered 1552.
Scania Omnidekka 1515 (YN55 PZW) appeared at Kelvedon (KN) again on 17/4/18. On 19/4/18 it was swapped with 1513 (YN55 PZU). On 26/4/18 1515 returned to KN with 1518 (YN06 JYC) returning to Clacton (CN).

EU58JCJ 262 AND EJ57GUH SHUTTLE 82 (CR B S) 20-4-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 262 at Colchester bus station on 20/4/18. It awaits departure on route 82 to Chappel, while Arrow Ford Transit EJ57 GUH will run the shuttle to Great Tey – due to roadworks (see ‘Arrow Taxis’ section also). (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Contactless payment was introduced from 1/4/18.

JET2COM.
New are Boeing 737-800s G-JZBM/N.

JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
Acquired Volvo B12M/VH Alizees carry the marks JR02 BUS, JR03 BUS – which had previously been on minicoaches. They are initially running in plain white.
Setra S315 JRZ 1140 now has fleet names, but on the rear only. These are black on silver livery.

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
Mb Tourismo BP62 PHF is from Lakeside of Ellesmere, Cumbria.
Setra S315 W213 UGX has passed to Horton of Shareshill, Staffs.

KEVENDY’S OF WICKFORD.
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(John Podgorski).

Has R958 AEV, a Setra S250 that had been K19 BYS with Kirbys of Rayleigh. It is pictured (above), on GA RRP at Newbury Park on 2/4/18.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
KC65ABC KINGS TOURS (STANWAY DEPOT) 20-4-18 (S AUSTIN)
New is Irizar i6 tri-axle KC65 ABC. It has this registration to celebrate 65 years of Kings. It was photographed when brand new, on 20/4/18 – at Stanway depot – by Simon Austin.

KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
Setra S250 K13 BYS is now with Webbs of Armcote, Warks.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
New is Mb Tourismo BU18 YUB which was quickly re-registered AL18 OGE.
DAF SB200/Wright bus YJ03 PFG ex E20 DGE is sold.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital DMN1 is reinstated.

METROLINE.
Major building works at Potters Bar (PB) garage have seen the front forecourt enlarged to increase bus parking space. Previously there had been a car park, garden and portakabins there. PB route TfL34 (Barnet-Walthamstow) runs into Busmopolitan territory.

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Above: The works at Potters Bar garage on 17/3/18. (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
Aventra deliveries have reached 345039.
345022 latest Aventra to enter traffic, on 4/4/18. It was moved over from Old Oak Common. 345003 moved from OC to Ilford on 5/4/18.
5 x ‘345s are due to go to Old Oak Common to start a Paddington-Hayes service.
13/4/18: 345013 transferred IL-OC behind 37608. 345031 towed to Old Oak Common from Old Dalby, behind ROG 37800 as 5Q79. 345024 and 345030 also seen on GWR.
26/4/18: 345015 transferred from Ilford to Old Oak Common.
315833 is withdrawn.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levante BX65 WCU has a super rear advert for Armed Forces Covenant.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Scania/Irizar S24 NHT has been re-registered back to YN04 GGV. The Stena Line contract at Harwich International Port has ended, with the Volvo B6BLE/Wrights X976/81 CNO being offered for sale. The B6s continue in use on schools etc for the time being.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
A new outstation has been established at the Brentwood Coaches depot at Hutton. 6 buses are kept there for Brentwood school contracts.

ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
DAF DB250LF/Plaxton Presidents DP246/53 are now at Rainham, ex Wandsworth.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
YN54WWT PANTHER (WITHAM) 9-4-18
(John Podgorski).

Ex Turners Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther YN54 WWT has been re-registered DB54 PAN.
It was pictured (above) at Witham on 9/4/18, with its old registration.

BATTLESBRIDGE GA PLATFORM WORKS 3-4-18
Above: Battlesbridge rail station on 3/4/18, showing the nearly completed works. (John Podgorski).

The Wickford-Battlesbridge-South Woodham Ferrers Greater Anglia rail replacement shuttle was due to finish on 6/4/18. However an overrun of works saw it operate on the morning of 9/4/18 also. Improvements to Battlesbridge station were completed after then, meaning 12 car trains could again call there.

AB03PAN PANTHER (GA RRP BATTLESBRIDGE) 3-4-18
Above: Mb Sprinter AB03 PAN at Battlesbridge on 3/4/18. (John Podgorski).

FD02UKR 532 READING BUSES EX PANTHER (RG DEPOT) 28-4-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: DAF DB250LF/EL FD02 UKR ex AB02 PAN, now with Reading Buses, pictured at their depot on 28/4/18. The occasion was an Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group visit. (Simon Austin).

TGM coloured Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer BIG 7006 has lost its yellow relief and is now in white/blue fleet “livery”.
Mb Sprinter/Koch low floor BX 56 VTE was found to be unsuitable for the Northumberland Park shuttle and has been offered for sale, along with Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere BIG 611. Also for sale are Leyland Olympian/ECW coach BIG 4005 and all Leyland Olympian BIG 9249.
Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere BIG 9895 has passed to Maya Travel, Wolverhampton and been re-registered back to N322 NHY.
Ex K Line, Huddersfield Optare Solo S626 JRU has gone for scrap after parts recovery. Ex Hedingham Optare Excel S169 UAL has also passed to the scrapman. Neither had been used operationally by Panther. Takeley Metals was the purchaser.

PRIMERA AIR.
This Nordic carrier has reintroduced transatlantic flights from Stansted, with the launch of a daily service to New York. Airbus A321NEOs are used and it is a “low cost” operation. Primera also has a UK base at Birmingham, which is also running flights to NY.

ROG.
1/4/18: 1Z61 Highbury and Islington to Sizewell railtour. Then 1Z62 Sizewell-Griffin Wharf-Harwich Town. Then 1Z63 Harwich Town-Liverpool Street-Highbury and Islington.
4/4/18: 47736 and 47804 on 5Z74 Southall-Ipswich ECS. 47826 top and tailed with 47772 on Bradford-Cambridge ECS. Then returned as 1Z70.
16/4/18: Colas 66848 on Ilford depot.
26/4/18: 37608 dragged 345015 Ilford to Old Oak Common as 5Q51.

RYANAIR.
New here are Boeing 737-800s EI-GJN/O/P/R/S.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
RL62 RSL is a Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther, ex Lawmans of Kettering. Also acquired is Ford Transit 16 seater EN66 TNV.
Sold is Scania/Irizar GXZ 4247.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
STAGECOACH DEPOT NEWMARKET OLD 7-4-18
(John Podgorski).

The former Newmarket depot, on Depot Road is now used by three new occupants. The building houses charity Time 2 Care, while the the yard is used as a car wash and to park dial a ride minibuses. Picture taken on 7/4/18.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LX55ERY 18475 MEGASIGHTSEEING (DELTING RALLY) 7-4-18 (D W RHODES)
(D W Rhodes).

The Megasightseeing operation began on 23/4/18. It is operated by Tridents from Leyton depot, which have been converted to open top; details of which were listed in March 2018 ‘Busmopolitan’. 18475 (LX55 ERV) was seen (above) at the South East Bus Festival, Detling on 7/4/18.

LX03OPY NU VENTURE (DETLING RALLY) 7-4-18 (D W RHODES)
Above: Former fleet member Trident/ALX400 17889 (LX03 OPY), now with Nu Venture of Aylesford, and in Chatham and District heritage livery. Pictured at the South East Bus Festival on 7/4/18. (D W Rhodes).

Below: Optare Versa 25309 (LX58 CHV) is now with Go Coach of Swanley. It was at the South East Bus Festival, Detling on 7/4/18. It was new to Stagecoach Selkent (for TfL469) and latterly East London, where is was a regular on TfL62 and 396. (D W Rhodes).
LX58CHV GO COACH 9DETLING RALLY) 7-4-18 (D W RHODES)

STANSTED CITYLINK.
Mb Tourismo BG65 VXH is now with fellow DelGro subsidiary New Adventure Trabel of Cardiff, for use on TrawsCymru service T1C (Cardiff-Aberystwyth), which has been gained from First Cymru. BG65 VXB/D have moved to Westbus, as fleet nos 173/75.

STEPHENSONS.
EU10NVR 432 STEPHENSONS BREEZE (BSE) 7-4-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 432 enters Bury St Edmunds bus station on 7/4/18. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200s 431/32/33 (EU10 NVP/R/S) now have Bury Breeze branding. These are  regular Bury St Edmunds outstation buses. This outbase (at Greyfriars Road, Moreton Hall) has a pvr of 3; with the third usually being a Dart SLF drawn from Haverhill.
Scania Omnidekka 636 (YN55 NJF) unusually appeared on route 105 (Walton-Colchester) on 6/4/18. This is normally worked by an ADL/Enviro 200 saloon.
From 30/4/18, new route 71C (Brentwood-Soames Place) – M-F only.
At Bury St Edmunds during April were ADL/E200s 431/2/3 (EU10 NVP/R/S), SLF/MPDs 414/17 (EU03 CFY, SN56 AYH), SLF/Pointer 456 (EG02 NZO).

STEPHENSONS BURY ST EDMUNDS OUTSTATION 7-4-18
Above: Stephensons Bury outbase on 7/4/18. (John Podgorski).

Sold Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH 827 (N827 FKK) is now with The Bus Shelter Homeless Charity of Ipswich, and is kept at the Wheatsheaf pub, Tattingstone, Suffolk.
Odd sightings:
6/4/18: Scania Omnidekka 636 (YN55 NHV) on 105 (Walton on the Naze-Colchester) – due to failed ADL/Enviro 200 464 (EU62 FDF).

SUB ZERO and WOLF, HEYBRIDGE.
GGA670 SUB WOLF BASS, HEYBRIDGE FODEN (D ARNOLD COLECTION)
Above: GGA 670 is a former Gray Line of Clackmannan 1948 Foden PVSC6/Plaxton converted into a classic/racing car transporter. Sub Zero specialises in high end cooking and refrigeration systems. (David Arnold Collection).

SWALLOW, RAINHAM.
Has new Irizar i6s AA18 WEB ‘Sheila’, BB18 WEB ‘Amy’, CC18 WEB ‘Kylah’.

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
Noted operational in April were Scania/Irizar YT13 WLH; Setra S315 TSU 182; Setra S416s BJ08 KNM, UL11 ULM, BU13 ZUA, BU14 SYE; all Leyland Olympian H48 MJN; Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royales N119/20 UHP.
Leyland Atlantean/ECW RVW 90W; Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen CAZ 2747; Leyland Titan OHV 747Y, A620 THV; Van Hool Astromegas DSK 107, NUH 933 are parked up out of use at the depot.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH open topper J343 BSH is now with Slater and Bowden of Torquay.

A620THV TALISMAN (CN AIRSHOW P&R) 24-8-17 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Leyland Titan A620 THV on Clacton Seafront on 24/8/17, on the Airshow Shuttle. (Simon Austin).

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Setra S315 LSU 788 is now in fleet livery, ex plain white.

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Has Renault Master 14 seater SY14 HPO.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Optare MetroCity electric demonstrator YJ65 EOV is on loan, and on TfL236 (Hackney Wick-Finsbury Park).
TfL31/N31 passed to Metroline on 28/4/18. This has enabled the withdrawal from passenger service of the last 04 reg ex First Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis.

TRUSTYBUS.
Acquisitions via Ensign are:
Ex Golden Tours Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 part open top X336 NNO; ex Go-South Coast Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers SN03 EBP, ECA.
Previously acquired Optare Solo SF05 NXE and Dart SLF/Mini Pointers NK53 UNY, HW54 BTZ are now in fleet livery.
From 3/4/18, Herts CC 383/4 (Hertford-Stevenage) were gained from Centrebus.

UNO.
New are Volvo B8RLE/MCV EvoRa 360-65 (LF18 AWH/J/M/N/R/P), for route 610 (Luton-Hatfield-Cockfosters). They have ‘Dragonfly’ branding and are the first of this type in the UK.
Mb Citaro 302 (BX56 VSK) and Wright Streetlite 54 (MX12 CFO), have super rear adverts for University of Hertfordshire.

VICEROY, SAFRON WALDEN.
Has Neoplan Skyliner S102 SET, which is now TUI 9810.

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, D Arnold, S Austin, A Barham, A Broughton, EBN, A Hazell, S Kinsella Ilot, D Latus, LOTS, PSVC, D Rhodes, RM.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage – March 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
The new 18 registration plate has come out, and first local vehicle noted is an Irizar i6 of South East Coaches at South Woodham Ferrers.
Ensignbus has revised its Thurrock and Brentwood  networks and published timetable booklet no 30.
First Essex has upgraded its Colchester fleet with some ex West of England Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis.
On Good Friday, Hedingham ran an X76 special, using 2 Volvo B10M coaches. It is understood this type will be retired from pcv use later in 2018.
The month ended with drama at Stansted Airport, when one of the car park shuttle buses caught fire – outside the terminal building. There was much disruption to flights (and trains), and the airport was criticised over how it handled the situation.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
KX09KDU 3779 AR SD LOAN 3-18 (CONNOR HAMILTON)
Above: VDL200/Wright 3379 (KX09 KDU) at Southend Travel Centre in March 2018. (Connor Hamilton).

VDL200 3379 was used in Southend between 6/3/18 and around 25/3/17. It had been in Short Street workshops for the previous 6 months as a major rebuild project. It has now returned to Stevenage.
ADL/Enviro 400MMCs 6501/4/15 were loaned to Arriva Colchester over the Easter weekend for a Colchester-Hythe Rail replacement. DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3529/34 (LF02 PNJ/U) were borrowed from Colchester in exchange.

SN66WJM 6515 AR SD (HYTHE CR RRP) 31-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 6515 at Hythe rail station, Colchester on 31/3/18. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Ex Arriva London Sojuth ADL/Enviro 200 ENL3 was allocated to Barking (DX), but quickly moved onto Grays (GY). Sister ENL6 also came to DX. Both had previously been at Wood Green (WN).
Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis VLW467/91/92 have been allocated to Edmonton (EC) for TfL123 (Wood Green-Ilford).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital 142 is reinstated.

CHAMBERS.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 566 (W428 WGH) has seatbelts.
Withdrawn is Volvo B10M/Van Hool accessible coach 3 (M655 KVU).

COLAS RAIL.
6/3/18: 60002 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock.
7/3/18: 66848 on 6L37 Hoo Junction-Whitemoor.
8/3/18: 60026 on 6L44.
15/3/18: 66848 on 0L47.
22/3/18: 60076 on 6L44. 66846 on 0L37.
26/3/18: 70805 on Acton Lane-Barnetby via Cambridge.
29/3/18: 66848 on 6o36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.

CT PLUS.
Returned to their lessor are ADL/Enviro 200s DA2-12 (YX62 DHC/D/Y, DKD/E/L/ DMU, DPF, DSZ, DTV/Y).

DBS.
37606 has been stored at Derby.
6/3/18: 59001 on 0L21 from Dagenham to Acton, light through Leyton Midland Road @ 1919. 66170 on Wakefield-Felixstowe.
7/3/18: 66053 on Potters Bar-Whitemoor autoballasters.
13/3/18; 90034 at Ilford.
14/3/18: 66080 on Wakefield-FLX.
19/3/18: 66167 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX.
21/3/18: 66012 on Chelmsford stone.
25/3/18: 66075 on Knebworth-Whitemoor engineers. 66152 on Whitemoor-Alexaner Palace engineers.
27/3/18: 59101 on 6L21 Whatley-Dagenham. 66035 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX.
28/3/18: 66086 on 4L40 Cowley-Purfleet.

DE VERE, SIBLE HEDINGHAM.
Has acquired ex Turners of Essex Leyland Olympian/NC K735 ODL, ex loan.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
From Blue Triabgle are Scania N230UD/Olympuses 741/44/47-51.
ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution AE56 OUK has gone to Shelton Motors, Ely, for scrap – via Ensign.

DRS.
19/3/18: 37405 with 5 GA MkIIIs on 5P82 Ilford-Norwich. 57312 with 1 DVT on Cardiff-Norwich via GEML. 88008 on 0Z88 Norwich-Crewe via GEML, after visiting MNR gala.
22/3/18: 37405 on 1Z99 Norwich-Liverpool St light engine, to collect ECS back to Norwich as 5P04. Dead GA 90015 was on rear.
23/3/17: 37607 + DBSO 9701 in Felixstowe area – late at night.
24-25/3/17: 37607 + 9701 on 3Z66 Colchester-Derby.
27/3/18: 90034 at Ilford depot.
29/3/18: 37608 on Old Oak-Ilford light engine.

EAST THAMES BUSES.
Former Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 THG, latterly with London General; has gone to Shelton Motors, Ely, for scrap – via Ensign.

EASYJET.
New are Airbus A320-214s G-EZRP/U, A320-251n G-UZHE.

EASTERN NATIONAL.
It’s 45 years since the depot and bus station at West Mersea closed.

Mersea Museum RG03_BUS_003
Above: The West Mersea bus station office, seen around 30/3/1973. (Ron Green Collection-Mersea Museum).

Below: Staff line up at West Mersea depot/bus station on 30/3/1973, the penultimate day of operations. The Bristol MW in the background was the last bus kept there. (Ron Green Collection-Mersea Museum).
Mersea Museum RG03_BUS_001

Mersea Museum MMC_P900_B
Above: Bristol K5G/ECW no 1294 (MPU 17), on the forecourt of West Mersea garage/bus station. Worked as am outbase of Colchester, the premises had been acquired with the Berrys business in 1935. (R A Jenkinson-Mersea Museum).

ENSIGNBUS.
There were changes to the main Thurrock network from 3/3/18.
12 – revised to run between Aveley The Village Estate and Ockendon Station to a revised timetable. It finishes on Friday 25/5/18 when funding ends.
22 – will operate via Lakeside Tesco and Retail Park at all times to a revised timetable with reliability measures.
22A – ceased. Sun and hol service covered by 22 and 66.
33 – Additional M-F peak journeys, revised timetable.
44 – Additional M-F peak journeys, revised timetable to improve reliability.
66 – revised timetable and new Sunday service. M-F, every other journey will be a 66A which will take a different route between Grays and Lakeside.
66A – revised timetable. Between Grays and Lakeside, buses will operate between London Road, Weston Avenue and Lakeside Tesco.
73/A, 83 – Revised timetables to improve reliability. Some additional M-F journeys.
88 – Withdrawn from Lakeside. M-F off-peak frequency altered to 60 mins.
88A – new M-F service Stifford Clays-Lakeside.
X80 – new Sunday service introduced.
Changes to the Brentwood network from 26/3/18:
21 – M-F, 10:50 and 19:08 from Ongar extended to Lakeside as X21. X21 returns to Ongar @ 09:48, 16:05.
81 – M-F, all peak journeys extended to/from Warley Eagle Way.

LX15GVE 131 ENSIGNBUS 21 (ONGAR) 21-10-17
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 131 at Ongar on 21/10/17. (John Podgorski).

Fleet news is that ex Stephensons of Easingwold ADL/Enviro 200 SK15 HBB has been added, as no 719, while short ADL/E200 650 is reinstated.

FIRST ESSEX.
WX55VHU 37009 FE 65 (HIGHWOODS) 14-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
From First West of England at Bristol are Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 37009/10 (WX55 VHU/V), 37015 (WX15 VJC), 37016/17 (WX55 VJD/E), 37020 (WX55 VJJ) – all allocated to Colchester (CR). 37009 (seen above) at Highwoods Square, Colchester on 14/3/18 by Simon Austin.
Scania Omnicity 65028 (YN06 TDO) is now in refreshed livery. 65031 (YN06 TDX) is the last of the type at Chelmsford.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65689 (YS03 ZKJ) has move from CR to Clacton (CN). 65748 delicensed due to chassis failure.

YN06TDO 65028 FE REFRESHED 76A (CR B S) 12-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Omnicity 65028 at Colchester bus station on 12/3/18. It is on the fast 76A service, which competes against Hedingham X76 and by-passes Little Clacton and Weeley. (Simon Austin).

EO02 NFE 53123 FE CF CREW FERRY (CF B S) 11-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
Optare Solo 53123 (EO02 NFE) is now a crew shuttle at Chelmsford (CF). Pictured (above) on 11/3/18 by Simon Austin. It is not that long ago that new cars and minibuses replaced old buses as crew ferries at First Essex.
Optare Solos 53113 (EO02 NDY), 53133 (EO02 NFR) are withdrawn. 53133 has gone to store at Clacton. Indeed, all of the 02 reg Solos looked to have been taken out of revenue service, by the end of March. They have been replaced, in the main by the ex London/Potteries Dart SLF/Caetanos. Regular haunts for the 02 Solos had included routes 14/15 (Chelmsford-Wickford), 37 (Warley-Brentwood-Bishops Hall), 40 (Galleywood-Chelmsford-Broomfield), 41 (Galleywood-Chelmsford-Chignal), 351 (Chelmsford-Brentwood). Also occasional appearances on 73 (Chelmsford-Heybridge-Maldon) and even the odd run on 71 (Chelmsford-Colchester).

EO02NFV 53136 FE 41 (CF B S) 10-2-18
Above: Optare Solo 53136 outside Chelmsford bus station on 10/2/18. (John Podgorski).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 42900 has lost its super rear advert for Haynes International Motor Museum.

From 26/3/18, was rerouted in Chelmsford, due to forthcoming appearance of double deckers. All journeys from Southend revised to run via Parkway, Rainsford Road to the bus station. Towards Southend, via Coval Lane to Parkway. This is to avoid the arched railway bridge on Duke Street.

AU53HJK 32476 FE 88 (HALSTEAD MARKET HILL) 2-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32476 (AU53 HJK) at the top of Market Hill, Halstead on 2/3/18, on a Colchester bound 88. (Simon Austin).

Below: Wright Streetlite 63334 at The Commons, Prettygate, Colchester in March 2018, on a Sunday working of Essex CC 1A. (Daniel Pretty).
SK65PXR 63334 FE 1A (THE COMMONS, CR) 3-18 (D PRETTY)

Ancillary vehicles: Ford Transit NA64 CDV is in use as a staff shuttle.

FLAGFINDERS.
VDL Bova SO15 UBS is here. It arrived in orange livery.

FREIGHTLINER.
7/3/18: 66619 at Bow Olympic. 66621 on Chaddesden-Broxbourne.
15/3/18: 66618 on Bow-Tunstead.
18/3/18: 66602/597 top and tail through Cambridge North on 6Y71 Finsbury Park-Whitemoor engineers.
22/3/18: 66516 on 6L04 Wembley-Barrington and 6M07 return.
23/3/18: 66516 on 6L04/6M04 again. 66617 at Bow Olympic.
26/3/18: 66532 on 6L04/6M04.
27/3/18: 66428 on 6L48 Daventry-Purfleet.
28/3/18: 66532 on 6L04/6M04.
29/3/18: 66540 on Whitemoor-Parkeston.

GBRf:
Ex DBS 66783 has received Biffa red/orange livery and named ‘The Flying Dustman’.
4/3/18: 66725/40/45/58 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-Felixstowe/Parkeston Quay light engine.
6/3/18: 66724 on 4MO6 Felixstowe-Hams Hall. 66725 on 4M23. 66740 on 4M29 Felixstowe-Birch Coppice. 66725 on FLX-Hams Hall. 66747 on 4Z33. 66757 on 4R03 Hams Hall-FLX. 66758 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks. 66765 on FLX-Doncaster.
7/3/18: 66724 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66726 at Bow Midland.
8/3/18: 66728 dead in 4M02.
9/3/18: 66714 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX. 66758 on 4L02. ‘Large logo’ 66789 at Bow Midland on 6O60/6O74 from/to Tonbridge empty hoppers.
12/3/18: 66770 on FLX-Hams Hall.
13/3/18: 66702 on Parkeston-N Walsham light engine.
14/3/18: 66740, 66758 at Bow Midland.
15/3/18: 66726 on 4L02. 66740 at Bow Midland.
16/3/18: 66789 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
18/3/18: 66740/727 top and tail on 6T60 Straford-Whitemoor engineers.
19/3/17: 66732 on 6P40 Parkeston-N Walsham tanks, unusuall routed via Chelmsford, Stratford, Tottenham Hale, Audley End, Cambridge, Ely, Thetford. 66740/727 on 0L33. 66751 on 0M02 PBO-FLX light engine. 66754/701 on 4Z26.
20/3/18: 66761 at Bow Midland.
21/3/18: 66701 on 4L02. 66764 at Bow Midland.
22/3/18: 66702 at Bow Midland.
23/3/18: 66703 on 4M21 FLX-Trafford Park. 66754 on 4Z02 Masboro-FLX. 66765 on 4M04 FLX-Hams Hall.
25/3/18: 66727/51/55/73 on 0L33.
26/3/18: 66751 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66753 on 4L22. 66781 on 6L37 – on hire to Colas.
27/3/18: 66701 on 6L36. 66761 at Bow Midland on 6M47 aggregates to Bardon Hill.
28/3/18: 66751 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66756 at Bow Midland on 6M47.
29/3/18: 66751 on Harwich-N Walsham. 66774 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Romford engineers.
30/3/18: 66702 on engineers at Gidea Park. 66772 on 4L02.

GOLDSMITHS OF SICKLESMERE.
A visit on 31/3/18 found the old depot now occupied by Limelite Graphics Company, having previously been used as a car sales lot. All of the remaining coaches have gone, except for the Bedford/Plaxton in the lean to, which has been there since at least 1975.

VULCAN DUTFIELD GOLDSMITHS 11-04
Above: A view of the rear of Goldsmiths premises in November 2004. The Dutfield bodied Vulcan in the foreground went for preservation, as did ex Surrey Motors of Sutton AEC Reliance/Plaxton Panorama Elite II LGH 431P (right).  The lean to is out of the picture to the left. (John Podgorski).

GREAT NORTHERN.
The Class 365 Networkers are now being withdrawn, as new Class 700s come on stream for the Cambridge services.
14/3/18: 365503/19 through Cambridge North to Ely @ 1649 for storage behind 47301.
15/3/18; 365529/35 through Cambridge North @ 1321 behind 47301 and to Ely for storage.
365501/505 also stored at Ely.
The Class 700s employ ATO (Automatic Train Operation) on the section through central London, between Kings Cross Thameslink and Blackfriars. This is a first on the UK main line railway.

GREATER ANGLIA.
Ex Great Northern 321403 has been received.
To the new livery are Turbostar DMU 170205 and EMU 317512. Now in Renatus colours are EMUs 321312-14/16.
321312 is no longer named ‘Southend on Sea’.
4/3/18: A Class 317 headed by DTSO 77068, leading a UID 321 “up” through Ingatestone @ 1653. Also of note that the GEML south of Witham was closed for engineering that day.
8/3/18: 321323/305 on 5M70 Ilford-Wolverton ECS.
On 14/3/18, there were two incidents which disrupted train services.
There was a landslip on the Clacton line between Alresford and Great Bentley, while on the Felixstowe branch, there was a collision between a freight train and road vehicle on the level crossing at Liberty Park, between Derby Road (Ipswich) and Trimley stations. Replacement buses ran Colchester-Thorpe Le Soken and Ipswich-Felixstowe respectively and rail tickets were valid on parallel local bus services. Normal rail services did not resume until w/c 19/3/18. There was a second, smaller landslip on 28/3/18.
15/3/18: 90003 + 82133 and set running in reverse formation. 321313 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS.
16/3/18: 90003 + 82133 again running in reverse.
19/3/18; 170202 running with 2 rather than 3 cars.
26/3/18: 321426 on 1P24 1130 LST-NOR. 322484 on 5E22 Ilford to Leeds Neville Hill ECS.
29/3/18: 321316 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS.

HAILSTONE, WICKFORD.
New is HT18 BUS, an iveco 60C/Excel 16 seater, named ‘Storm’.
Iveco 45C15/Excel 16 seater FJ09 NEO has passed to Richards of Cardigan. Sister MX07 UFB is now with Woodlands School, Basildon.

HEDINGHAM.
N664THO 5 HO (HEDINGHAM SCHOOLS) (RIDGEWELL) 19-3-18 (L KINSELLA-ILOT)
Above: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere no 5 at Ridgewell on 19/3/18. It is on an ex Turners of Essex contract to Hedingham School. (Laurence Kinsella-Ilot).

R453FWT 8 HO X76 SPECIAL (CR B S) 30-3-18
Above: B10M/Premiere 8 at Colchester on 30/3/18. See text below. (John Podgorski).

On 30/3/18, Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premieres 8 (R453 FWT) and 10 (S291 TVW) worked a Good Friday Special on X76 (Clacton-Colchester). Takings went to charity. X76 doesen’t normally run on Suns/public holidays.
From Konect is former Anglian Scania Omnicity double decker 552 (AO57 HCD). It is at Clacton (CN). It normally works on the ST2 Stanway School run.
Another driver training vehicle is ex London General Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 9016 (PJ02 REU).
Three Scania Omnidekkas have been used at KN during March. 1512 (YN55 PZR) and then 1514 (YN55 PZV) were there at the end of the month, alongside regular 1518 (YN06 JYC).
ADL/Enviro 200 262 (EU58 JCJ) was in use at Kelvedon (KN) for the first time during early March. It is a HD vehicle. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 290 (EX02RYR) was on loan from HD to CN in early March.
Withdrawn Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 739 (T117 DBW) has been cannibalised. Parts have been used to repair 737 (T107 DBW).
Volvo Olympian/NC 95 (R279 LGH) was collected from Kelvedon by Alpha Recovery on 20/3/18.
Some CN route 63 duties are now covered by HD. There is also a Saturday 63 duty where CN drivers crew KN vehicles on meal reliefs.

LX05EZR 517 HO (HALSTEAD) 13-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex London General North Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 517 in Halstead on 13/3/18. Note is currently retains dual doors, limiting it to school contracts. The site of the old Eastern National bus garage is just out of the picture to the left. (Simon Austin).

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT, TADWORTH.
R436 FWT is a Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere, ex International Coaches of Thornton Heath and understood to be on loan. It was at Rochford outstation in late March.

R436FWT HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 30-3-18
Above: R436 FWT at Ingatestone on Greater Anglia rail replacement on 30/3/18. (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Two more ex Metroline Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 46/47 (YR61 RPX, RVA).
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 6 (LG02 FCE) and DAF DB250LF/EL Lolander 58 (PJ53 OLA).
Trident 14 (LG02 FDJ) went to PSV Recycling, Hadleigh for scrap, while also sold are Tridents 4, 17 (LG02 FEV/M) respectively and Dart SLF/EL Myllenium 86 (PJ53 OLG).

JET2.COM.
New are Boeing 737-800s G-JZBK/L.

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
Setra S315 IJZ 474 has reverted to its W213 UGX mark.

KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
Setra S250 K19 BYS has been re-registered to R958 AEV and sold to Kevendy’s of Wickford. Sister K100 BYS is now 761 UAR and with Stainton of Crooklands, Cumbria.

MTR CROSSRAIL/TfL RAIL.
Class 345 deliveries have reached 345034. 345020/22/23/29 have appeared on the GWR for staff training. 022/23 at Old Oak Common and 029 at Maidenhead. 020 was seen running at Ealing Broadway on 7/3/18.
Withdrawn are 315855/58.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
On 30/3/18, one of the Mb Citaro bendybuses, 8541 (R500 LSA ex KX58 GUA) was destroyed by fire at Stansted Airport. The terminal was evacuated as a result. There was damage to some surrounding infrastructure. Flights were delayed or cancelled.
An application has been made to put the Stansted and Luton operations on the West Midlands Travel O licence.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Essex CC contracted Sun/hol Route 501 was withdrawn after 25/3/18. Replaced by Trustybus service 420 from Good Friday 30/3/18.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
AB03PAN PANTHER (GA SOUTH WOODHAM SHUTTLE) 9-3-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: Mb Sprinter AB03 PAN at South Woodham Ferrers rail station, on the shuttle for Greater Anglia to Battlesbridge and Wickford. Taken before dawn on 9/3/18. This runs M-F Peak hours only and is because platform works at Battlesbridge are temporarily preventing 12 car trains from stopping there. (Alex Hazell).

KV51KZK PANTHER X15 SNOW 2-3-18 (C SAMPSON)
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer KV51 KZK on a rural stretch on the X15, between the Oakleys and Wix on 2/3/18. (Chris Sampson).

BX56VTE, SB07PAN PANTHER (NP OUTSTATION) 3-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: The new Northumberland Park outstation at Meridian Way. Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN and Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE get ready for another day’s duty in March 2018. This is located in the Meridan Waters construction compound of Volker Fitzpatrick.  (Alex Hazell).

Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN is back in use. Sister ex Turners YN54 WWT entered service at Great Dunmow outstation in late March. YN54 WWT has been fitted with a led destination and is initially running in plain white.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
The Rochford compound had been cleared by early March. It to be occupied by Southend Airport Car Parking.

ROG.
15/3/18: 47848 at Ilford.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Irizar i6 YN67 VDD has received silver lettering on its metallic light blue base livery.

RYANAIR.
New are Boeing 737-800s EI-GJE-K/M.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
YN18ZNY SOUTH EAST COACHES (GA RRP WITHAM) 25-3-18
New is Irizar i6 YN18 ZNY. It was pictured (above) at Witham on 25/3/18, on Greater Anglia rail replacement to Newbury Park. (John Podgorski).

Scania K114/Irizar GRZ 4247 is now with Sovereign Coaches of Walsall.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LV52HKO 34362 ST EL DT (WH GGE) 28-3-18 (D W RHODES)
Above: The only Plaxton Pointer Dennis Dart SLFs left with Stagecoacgh East London are driver trainers. In a new livery is 34362 (LV52 HKO), at West Ham depot on 28/3/18. It contrasts with 34353 (LV53 HKE) in “tradional” colours. (D W Rhodes).

For the new Megasightseeing Tour are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 18467/71/73-75/77/82/96/97 (LX55 EPV, ERK/U/V/Y, ESF, BDZ, LX06 AHC/D). They were converted to open top by ADL at Harlow and are in the blue/yellow Magabus livery.
Trident/ALX400 driver trainers 17363/64/68/95-97/99, 17426/27/34, 17834 have moved from West Ham (WH) to Rainham (RM). Tridents 18467/71/75/77/82/96/97 have moved to Bow (BW).
Also reallocated from WH to RM are driver trainer Optare Versas 25301-5 and Daer SLF/Pointers 34535/55/57/58/62.
Withdrawn are Trident/ALX400s 17788 (LX03 BWB), 17845 (LX03 BYY), 17993 (LX53 KCA), 18215 (LX04 FXC), 18480 (LX55 ESO), 18452, 18477.
Trident 18202 (LX04 FWM) has been donated to the Metropolitan Police, while 18210 (LX04 FWW) has gone for scrap.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 17820 (LX03 BXR), 17907 (LX03 OSA) have gone to Shelton Motors, Ely, for scrap – via Ensign.
17889 (LX03 OPY) is now with Nu Venture, Aylesford – via Lister PSV, Bolton (dealer).

LX03BXE 17810, LX03BXB 17807 ST EL ENG TRNG (WH GGE) 28-3-18 (D W RHODES)
Above; Engineering Training Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 17810 and 17807 at West Ham depot on 28/3/18. (D W Rhodes).

Below: Still in the old livery are Dennis Trident/ALX400 driver trainers 17397 and 17363 at West Ham depot on 28/3/18. (D W Rhodes).
Y397NHK 17397 ST EL DT (WH GGE) 28-3-18 (D W RHODES)

Overall advert changes:
ADL/Enviro 40H 12142 (LX61 DDV) – back to red.
New Routemasters LT239 to Go Kerela; L241 to Michael Kors; LT249 to Ralph Lauren; LT367 to Coach; LT385 to Breyers Delight; LT387 to DKNY.

STEPHENSONS.
From the now defunct Stephensons of Easingwold are ADL/Enviro 200s SN66 WKF/G.They have been numbered 467/68, with 468 posted to Rochford.
Ex Express Motors Scania N230UD/Enviro 400s CY12 EMS, CX14 EMS are numbered 609/10. They are allocated to Rochford and Haverhill respectively.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 455 (EG02 NZO) has been on loan to Galloway. This is from Stephensons Reserve fleet.
The Bury St Edmunds outstation allocation at 31/3/18 was:
ADL/Enviro 200s 431/32 (EU10 NVP/R); Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 414 (EU03 CFY).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
No longer provides rail replacement control for Greater Anglia.

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
Sold are Scania K360/Irizars YR10 BEO, YT10 WLH.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Has ex Turners of Essex Setra S315 LSU 788.

TOWER TRANSIT.
LJ67 HTG BH63102 TT RV1 (LONDON BRIDGE) 13-3-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Van Hool electric bus BH63102 at London Bridge on 13/3/18. (Simon Austin)

Sold to Ensign are ADL/Enviro 400s SN12 AVR/T/U/V/W/X. SN12 AVU/V/W/X. They were quickly resold to Sullivan Buses.

SN12AVV, AVU (ENSIGN EX TT)) 24-3-18
Above: SN12 AVV/U await collection by Sullivans from Ensign on 24/3/18. (John Podgorski).

Dennis Trident/Plaxton President TN32822 (T822 LLC) has passed to the Bromley Bus Preservation Group.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Supplied via Ensign are ex Go South Coast Dennis Dart/Plaxton Mini Pointers SN03 EBU, HW54 BTZ. EBU ex Bluestar, BTZ ex Salisbury Reds.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar NK53 UNW entered traffic in March, after repaint.
From 30/3/18, a Sun/hol service was introduced on 420 (Harlow-Ongar/North Weald).
There had been this facility on the now withdrawn 420A. The new order replaced axed NIBS 501.

TURNERS OF ESSEX.
The Great Maplestead depot has been sold, via Rightmove to a building design company.

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, EBN, Ensignbus, R Green, C Hamilton, A Hazell, Hedingham, RA Jenkinson, LOTS, Mersea Museum, Panther Travel, D Pretty, PSVC, DW Rhodes, J Sadd, C Sampson.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. February 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the February, 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
This month saw the end of Turners of Essex. There had long been suggestions that this north Essex independent was to close. It’s work mostly passed to Hedingham and Chambers, plus Flagfinders.
Stephensons, meanwhile relocated in Braintree, from a yard near Railway Street to the old Wicks Coaches site at Driberg Way, in the south of the town. Co-incidentally, Wicks had latterly been owned by Turners.
First Essex instigated major route revisions in mid February with some cuts. Hedingham stepped in for one case – to maintain a bus service to the community of Peldon – between Colchester and West Mersea.
On the railways, the Crossrail project continues apace, with further deliveries of new Class 345 trains and more testing of these in the tunnels. The remodelling of Gidea Park depot has also been completed.
And on 22nd February, Britannia Class steam loco 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ made a return to its old haunts, hauling a London to Norwich excursion.
Finally, February ended with artic type weather sweeping in from Russia. Dubbed ‘The Beast from the East’, there was heavy snowfall across the UK, disrupting transport links and life in general. And from the west, came ‘Storm Emma’.

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
Scania K410/Caetano C650 BX65 WBN now has a super rear advert for Arsenal Stadium Tours.

AMBER, RAYLEIGH.
The old workshop has found other industrial use, while the old parking area is now occupied by Essex Scaffolding. Both are at Rawreth Industrial Estate.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
AY54FRC 3420 AR CR 8 (HIGHWOODS) 28-2-18 (DANIEL PRETTY)
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3420 in the snow at Highwoods on 28/2/18. (Daniel Pretty).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Withdrawn is former Sovereign Volvo B10BLE/Wright 3312 (PN02 HVL).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Stored at Short Street depot in February were delicensed DAF SB120/Wright Cadet GN04 DFX; withdrawn DAF DB250LF/EL Lolanders 6254 (FE51 WSV), 6258 (FD02 UKN); DAF DB250LF/Plaxton President LJ51 DLD; DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3501 (KE51 PTZ), ex Arriva London DWL42 (LF02 POA) (still in London red); ex Arriva Kent and Surrey Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200s 3339/42 (W475/78 XKX) (3342 branded for ‘The Oaks’ service); Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3296 (Y296 HKJ); Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer Y385 HKE; former Sovereign Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 3309 (PN02 HVR); TGM liveried Volvo Olympian/NC 5944 (R614 MNU).
Plus other DB250LF/ALX400S, DB250LF/ELs, DB250LF/Geminis. Also Southend SOS Bus Dennis Dominator/EL G648 EKA.
Trainers seen at Southend during February were DAF SB120/Wright Cadets LJ51 DDX, LF02 PNK; New Enterprise liveried Dennis Javelin/Plaxton YN53 VBX.
A third party maintenance contract with Veolia, sees Southend Borough Council dustcarts, gritters and roadsweepers visit Short Street workshop.

W475XKX 3339 AR SD (w) 3-2-18
Above: SLF/ALX200 3339 at Short Street on 3/2/18. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
VDL SB300/Wright Gemini DW224 has moved from Grays (GY) to Barking (DX).
New Arriva London South Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini3s HV400/3 (LC67 AKK/N) were stored at Edmonton 9EC) – pre service.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer LDP264 has come from London Central.
Former Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers DP193/97, DP200/3 have been withdrawn by London General.
Former Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers EU53 PYG/P are now with Seaford and District, via Ensign. But they are for spares only.

CHAMBERS:
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH), was briefly on loan to Hedingham at Kelvedon on 20th-21st February.
Long term VOR Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 252 (EU03 BZK) is being used as a source of spare parts and its future is undecided. It needs a replacement engine to be serviceable again.

EU03BZK 252 CHAMBERS (SY VOR) 20-2-18
Above: 252 at Sudbury depot on 20/2/18. (John Podgorski).

Gained from Turners is the Glemsford-Stour Valley Academy at Clare SC725 contract.
(Stour Valley Academy was previously Clare Middle School).

COLAS RAIL.
1/2/18: 60002 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock.
5/2/18: 70802 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
6/2/18: 60002 on 6L44.
9/2/18: 66850 on 6O36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
11/2/18: 70802/15 top and tailing engineers at Pudding Mill Lane.
12/2/18; 66850 on 6L37.
14/2/18: 70813 on 6L37.
15/2/18; 60002 on 6L44. 70813 on 6L37.
16/2/18: 66847 on 6L37.
26/2/18: 66847 on 6L37.
27/2/18: 60002 on 6L44.
28/2/18: 37099 at Stratford @ 1254 with test train from west direction. Later paired with 37421 and headed north via Broxbourne.

CT PLUS.
Irizar i2E electic YN67 VDK finally entered revenue service from 9/2/18 – on TfL W13. By the end of the month, it had moved on though – to Heathrow Airport Ltd.
ADL/Enviro 200s DA1-11 (YX62 DHC/D/Y, DKE/L, DMU, DPF, DSZ, DTV/Y) are withdrawn following the loss of TfL153 (Finsbury Park-Moorgate) to Go-Ahead from 3/2/18.

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL.
Has moved from South Woodford, to Waltham Abbey. The new OC address is Pear Tree Farm. The old depot has been redeveloped for housing.

DBS.
66098 DBS 6V12 (CF) 23-2-18 (STEVE SIMISTER)
Above: 66098 departs Chelmsford yard on 23/2/18, on 6V12 to Acton. (Steve Simister).

1/2/18: 66090 on 4L40 Cowley-Purfleet. 66100 at Bow Midland. 66111 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton.
2/2/18: 66171 at Bow Olympic.
5/2/18: 59204 at Bow Midland.
6/2/18: 59202 on 7V57 Harlow Mill-Acton.
7/2/18: 59204 on 7V57.
8/2/18: 66095 at Bow Midland.
9/2/18: 59001 on 6V57 Harlow Mill-Acton.
12/2/18: 66098 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
13/2/18; 66025 on 6M67 Broxbourne-Mountsorrel. 66133 at Chelmsford yard on stone train.
16/2/18: 66133 at Bow Olympic.
18/2/18: 66132 “down” through Witham @ 2335 with consist of mixed flats and ballast hoppers.
20/2/18: 59206 at Bow Midland.
23/2/18: 66098 at Chelmsford on 6V12 stone train to Acton.
26/2/18: 59205 at Bow Midland.
28/2/18: 66018 at Marks Tey sand yard.

59205 EWS (ROYAL OAK) 8-03
Above: 59205 at Westbourne Park in August 2003. This is one of the ex National Power Class 59s. (John Podgorski).

DRS.
15/2/18; 57002 hauled GA 90002 and NR DBS0 9707 on Crewe-Norwich via GEML.
16/2/18: 37608 on 5Q45 Old Dalby-Straford with new Class 345021. Entered Crossrail eastern portal as 6X51.
21/2/18: 57002 dragged GA 90010 on 0Z56 Norwich-Bounds Green.
27/2/18: 37605 at P6, Colchester.
28/2/18: 37605 at Colchester, up loop as 0Z99.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
Withdrawn are ADL.Enviro 200 MCV Evolutions ED15 (AE56 OUO), ED18 (LX07 BYJ). They have been returned to their lessor.

EASYJET EUROPE.
New are Airbus A320-214s OE-ICT, OE-IZD/E/F/H/N/S/T.
Transferred from the UK fleet are Airbus A320-214s OE-IJL ex G-EZUG, OE-IJP ex G-EZTV, OE-IVX ex G-EZTL; Airbus A319-111s OE-LKK ex G-EZDE, OE-LKL ex G-EZFK,OE-LKM ex G-EZDP, OE-LQH ex G-EZBY, OE-LQM ex G-EZFE, OE-LQO ex G-EZDX, OE-LQP ex G-EZFD, OE-LQQ ex G-EZFG, OE-LQT ex G-EZBL, OE-LQV ex G-EZFR.
On wet lease from Condor is Airbus A320-212 D-AICE ex F-WWDI.
Leased from ICBC are Airbus A310-214s OE-IZO ex D-ABNJ and OE-IZP ex D-ABHJ.

ENSIGNBUS.
BCI Excellence 150 (LX15 GKL) has been on loan to Reading Buses.

LX17GKL 150 ENSIGNBUS LOAN TO READING AS 301 GL 702 (LANGLEY) 10-2-18 (D ACOTT)
Above: 150 with Reading Buses, at Langley on 10/2/18. (Daniel Acott).

EUROSTAR.
A new direct London-Amsterdam and Rotterdam service began on 20/2/18.
To the revised livery are 373221/22.
373011/12 have gone to EMR, Kingsbury – for scrap.

EUROWINGS.
New is Airbus A320-214 D-ABFR.

FIRST ESSEX.
Following the trial of a First Eastern Counties ADL/Enviro 400 double decker on X30 (Southend-Chelmsford-Stansted) in October 2017, two Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s have arrived from First Berkshire. They were surplus following the end of Green Line route 702, and its transfer to Reading Buses.
Further repaints into Refreshed colours are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66719 (WX54 XDC), 66794/96/99 (MX05 CBF/V, CCD).
Another Optare Solo withdrawn to storage at Braintree is 53129 (EO02 NFL). Also withdrawn are Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65670 (SN51 UYC), 65674 (SN51 UYH) – now parked at Clacton.
The fire damaged remains of Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33133 (LT02 ZBZ) have been removed from Clacton depot for scrap.

MX05CCO 66804 67A AXE PELDON PROTEST 22-1-18 (COLCHESTER GAZETTE)
Above: Peldon residents protest about the withdrawal of the regular bus service through their village on 22/1/18. (Colchester Gazette).

From 18/2/18, there were major changes to some routes.
3 (Clacton-Harwich) – revised early mornings.
4 (Jaywick-Telford Road), 4A (Jaywick-Bockings Elm). New Clacton town services replacing 10, 11, 12 and part of 17, 18.
5 (Pitsea-Basildon) . Extended to Langdon hills replacing route 15 and frequency increased at peaks. Alternate journeys terminate at Basildon Hospital replacing 25A.
6 (Clacton-Point Clear). New Clacton town sevice, replacing 17, 18 M-Sats days and Sundays.
10, 11, 12 (Jaywick-Clacton-Telford Road). Withdrawn, replaced by new 4/A.
15 (Langdon Hills-Runwell) – withdrawn. Replaced by 5 and 25.
16 (Runwell St Lukes Park-Wickford rail station) – new service.
17, 18 (Clacton-Point Clear). To an evening service only. Replaced by 4/A, 6 at all other times.
25/A (Basildon-Wickford-Southend). M-Sat extension to to Basildon Hospital replaced by route 5. Diverted in Westcliff from Carlton Avenue to Prittlewell Chase.
27X (Canvey Leigh Beck-Benfleet rail station) – revised.
31 (Chelmsford-Maldon/Burnham) – revised and double deck operation introduced.
32 (Chelmsford-Ongar). Revised and extended off peak from Chelmsford bus station to Chignall Estate.
33 (Broomfield Hospital-Southminster) – revised Sunday timetable.
36 (Chelmsford-South Woodham) – revised Sunday timetable.
37 (Brentwood-Bishops Hall Estate). Revised M-Sat to run via Ongar Road instead of Doddinghurst Road.
40 (Broomfield Hospital-Chelmsford-Great Baddow). Revised to run as Broomfield Hospital-Chelmsford-Boreham, replacing part of route 72.
41 (Galleywood-Chignall Estate)- withdrawn and replaced by an 32, 54, 47.
42/A/B (Galleywood-Broomfield Hospital). 42 extended from Broomfield to Braintree. 42B withdrawn.
45 (Moulsham Lodge-Writtle) – revised.
51 (Galleywood-Channels). Rerouted in Great Baddow.
54/A/C (Beaulieu Park-North Melbourne). Diverted via Chignal Estate.
55 (Beaulieu Park-North Melbourne) – withdrawn.
57/A (Beaulieu Park-Westway). Revised to run as Beaulieu Park-Great Baddow-Galleywood. Revised in central Chelmsford to provide more direct link with Anglia Ruskin University.
61 (Wivenhoe-Colchester-Highwoods). Some evening journeys extended from Osborne Street bus station to Head Street.
62/A (Colchester-Brightlingsea) – revised M-F.
65 (Tollgate-Colchester-Highwoods) – M-F peak extension to Severalls Business Park ceased. The Park perimeter is still served along Severalls Lane.
66 (Rowhedge-West Bergholt). Revised. Rowhedge terminus moved to second northbound stop in Rectory Road, after the turning circle.
67 (Colchester-West Mersea) – revised.
67A (Colchester General Hospital-Peldon-West Mersea) – withdrawn. Replaced by extension of Hedingham route 63, between Blackheath and West Mersea via Peldon. Peldon village thus no longer served by 67 group. Other 67s still running.
70 (Colchester-Braintree-Chelmsford) – revised. Braintree outstation allocation reduced from 6 to 5.
71 (Colchester-Chelmsford) – revised.
72 (Chelmsford-Witham Conrad Road)- withdrawn. Covered by existing route 71, revised route 40 and Stephensons 38/A.
74 (Clacton-Colchester) – revised.
76 (Clacton-Colchester) – revised. New 76A express variant, fast between Clacton and Frating, in competition against Hedingham X76.
94C (South Woodham Circular) – revised on Sundays.
200/X (Basildon-Grays) – revised.
351 (Chelmsford-Brentwood) – revised.
561 (Basildon-Chelmsford St John Payne School) scholars service. Revised.

SN05DZX 42561 FE 11 (CN) 30-12-17
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 43561 on service 11 at Station Road, Clacton on 30/12/17. (John Podgorski).

Due to the above, there was a reduction in peak vehicle requirement, and the Scania Omnicities – 65028-32 (YN06 TDO/U/V/X/Z) transferred from Chelmsford (CF) to Clacton (CN), displacing ADL/Enviro 200s 44596-599 (EU60 LFS, EJ58 YSL, KX57 BWF, YX08 HJF) to CF. Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 62408-10 (YS03 ZKE/G/F) moved CR to CN. Dart SLF/Caetanos 41513/20 (LK03 NGF, UEX) have moved from BN to CF. 65032 was still at CF on 20/2/18 though. Scania/Wright 62407 is delicensed due to accident damage, by the way.

YN06TDO 65028 FE 7 (CLACTON) 17-2-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Omnicity 65028 at Clacton rail station on 17/2/18. (Simon Austin).

FRAGERS (GAMEBUS), ARDLEIGH.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 ZMU is ex Go-Ahead London and supplied through Ensign.

FLAGFINDERS.
Two Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis have been acquired from Regal Busways; LF52 ZSD, ZTL. They have been converted to single door and repainted. A third is for spare parts only. Also now into the new white/blue fleet livery are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer YN04 PZY (ex Regal red) and Iveco Euromidi/Maxim YN 05 ASZ (ex silver).

FREIGHTLINER.
1/2/18: 66598 on 4L30 Bristol-London Gateway.
2/2/18: 66543 on 4L79 Tees Dock-Felixstowe.
3/2/18: 66593 on 4L65 Leeds-London Gateway.
8/2/17: 66541, 86612/27 on IPS-Trafford Park. 86627 had failed.
9/2/18: 66509 on 4L79.
12/2/18: 66534/99 topped and tailed Parkeston-Whitemoor engineers. 66610 on 6L63 Chadesdon-Broxbourne Redland HIAs and JGAs.66614 on 6M80 Bow-Tunstead MWAs
14/2/18: 66621 at Bow Olympic.
16/2/18: 66559/99 on Whitemoor-Parkeston engineers.
18/2/18: 66593 “down” through Witham @ 2315 with ballast wagons.
20/2/18: 66505 on 6L63 Chaddesdon-Broxbourne. 66588 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
21/2/18: 66610 at Bow Olympic.
24/2/18: 70020 + 66550 on 4M87 FLX-Basford Hall.
25/2/18: 66952 on Ripple Lane-Whitemoor engineers.
26/2/18: 86609/10 on “down” intermodal at Colchester with 66567.
28/2/18: 66602 at Bow Olympic.

GALLEON TRAVEL.
Has moved from Roydon to Nazeing.

GBRf.
66789 has received retro BR Large logo livery and named ‘British Rail 1948-1997’. It is ex DBS 66250.
4/2/18: 66745/57/62/70/79 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich light engine.
5/2/18: 66767 on 4Z81 Masborough-Felixstowe.
6/2/18: 66748 at Bow Midland.
8/2/18: 66746 on Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
9/2/18: 66738 at Bow Midland.
10/2/18: 66718 4L20 Hams Hall-Parkeston. 66740 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66753 on 4M26 FLX-Hams Hall. 66762 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX, then 0E06 FLX-PBO light. 66766 on 6T65 Enfield Lock-Whitemoor engineers. 66767 on 4Z81 Masboro-Parkeston, the 0E04 Parkeston-PBO light. 66770 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
11/2/18: 66740/58/59/64/67 and 2 oil tank wagons on 6P41 Peterboro-Harwich/Felixstowe loco positioning move. 66758 on 6T60 Beccles-Whitemoor engineers – via Ipswich.
12/2/18: 66740/58 on 0L33 Ipswich-FLX light engine. 66766 on 4L2 Hams Hall-FLX.
13/2/18: 66764 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66765 on 4L22 Hams Hall- FLX.
14/2/18: 66753 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66770 on 6M14 Harlow Mill-Bardon Hill.
16/2/18: 66718 on 4Z27.
17/2/18; 66726 on 0E04 Parkeston-Peterborough.
18/2/18: 66716/40/58/70 on 0L33.
19/2/18; 66719 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66740 on FLX-Hams Hall. 66753 on FLX-Doncaster. 66758 on Parkeston-FLX. 66765 on FLX-Masboro. 66770 on FLX-Birch Coppice.
21/2/18: 66766 on 6O76 Harlow Mill-Grain empty JGAs. 66776 at Bow Midland.
22/2/18: 66716 on 6E06 Parkeston Quay-PBO with 1 wagon. 66761 on 6L98 at Broxbourne on Doncaster-Ferme Park.
23/2/18: 66765 on 4Z27. 66777 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Romford engineers.
24/2/18; 66740 on 4M23. 66758 on 4L02. 66769 on 6T66 Enfield Lock-Whitemoor engineers.
25/2/18: 66725/61/70/79 on 0L33.
26/2/18: 66761 on Harwich N Walsham tanks.
27/2/18: 66766 on 6M47 Bow-Bardon.
28/2/18: 66767 at Bow Midland.

GRANGE TRAVEL, GRAVESEND.
YH66VMT YUTONG Tc9 GRANGE TRAVEL (GA RRP WITHAM) 11-2-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Grange vehicles appear of rail replacements in Essex. Yutong Tc9 YH66 VMT was at Witham on 11/2/18 for Greater Anglia; running to/from Newbury Park. (Simon Austin).

GREATER ANGLIA.
321305 GA RENATUS (WITHAM) 11-2-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Renatus 321305 at Witham on a Braintree shuttle on 11/2/18, due to engineering works. (Simon Austin).

To the new livery are DMU 170207, EMU 317884. To Renatus colours – EMU 321308.

1/2/18: 156422 on Ipswich-Felixstowe.
6/2/18: 321323 on 0900 Norwich-Liverpool St. 321323/419 on 1400 Norwich-Liverpool St.
7/2/18: 317502/651 on 1Y61 Ipswich-Liverpool St.
11/2/18: 90008 powering 1P19 Norwich-London and 1P20 return, but at Country end, rather than usual London end.
21/2/18: 321326/427 on 1P04 London-Norwich.
22/2/18: 90014 light engine “up” past Chitts Hill, near Colchester @ 1142.

90014 GA LIGHT ENGINE (CHITTS HILL, COLCHESTER) 22-2-18
Above: A solitary 90014 – as described in the text. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
From 5/2/17, the remaining ex Turners of Essex school runs were taken on, following the closure of Turners (see below). Bus 12 Pebmarsh, Gosfield, Halstead to Hedingham School was involved.
Also from 5/2/17, routes 82/83 were temporarily diverted away from Great Tey, until 27/4/18, due to roadworks. They terminated at Wakes Colne instead. Arrow Taxis provided a Great Tey Shuttle.

V301LGC 561 HO 63 TO W MERSEA (BERECHURCH HALL RD CR) 19-2-18
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 561 at Berchurch Hall Road, Colchester – on the first day of route 63’s extension to Peldon and West Mersea. (John Podgorski).

Below: Scania Omnidekka 1518 at West Mersea (High Street) on 19/2/18. The building behind the bus shelter used to be an Eastern National bus garage. Closed in 1973, it was used as a basis for a leisure centre in 1979. Some locals still refer to this stop as “West Mersea bus station”. (John Podgorski).
YN06JYC 1518 HO 63 (WEST MERSEA FIRST DAY) 19-2-18

From 19/2/18, some journeys on route 63 was extended from Berechurch to Peldon and West Mersea. This was in response to the withdrawal of First 67A. Clacton’s Scania Omnidekka 1518 (YN06 JYC) was sub shedded at KN for the new service, which is worked by KN and CN. 1518 and B7TL/President 561 (V301 LGC) worked the inaugural journeys to West Mersea. From the same date, Hedingham began serving the Tudor Estate in West Clacton, after First’s service review left that neighbourhood without a bus service. Omnidekka 1520 (YN06 JYC) also arrived at KN on 22/2/18 but returned to CN the following day.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO) is reinstated.
Chambers Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) was briefly loaned to KN on 20th-21st February.

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT.
Has ex RATP London Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH J332 BSH – via Ensign.

IPSWICH BUSES.
The full batch of ex Metroline Scania Omnicity double deckers is 30-43 (YR61 RPV/Y/U, RRV, RSV, RTV, RUC/H/U/V/W, RVF/J/L). Still in red are 44, 45 (YR61 RRZ, RVE). 45 had latterly been with Border Buses.
On loan has been Mb Sprinter 516/Mellow Sreata demonstrator LO67 CGX.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 4 (LG02 FEV), 5 (LG02 FCA) – both ex Carters; 17 (LG02 FEM), 21 (Y458 NHK) and Dennis Dart SLF/EL Spryte 94 (X94 LBJ).
Tridents 17 and 21 have paased to Shote Line Suncruisers at Scarborough.
New route 7 (Dale Hall-Aldi-Meredith Road-Anglian Retail Park) began from 18/2/18. Also frequency enhancements to 1 and 2 (Greenwich-Ipswich), with 1 now running via the Waterfront.

KEANE, MUCKINGFORD.
Supplied through Ensign is ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka YV03 PZH.

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
Setra S415 BX06 UMV is now IJZ 1447.

KLM CITYHOPPER.
New are Embraer 175STDs PH-EXU/V.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
New for ex CT Plus TfL153 (Finsbury Park-Moorgate) are BYDs SEe 65-76 (LJ67 DKM/N/O/U/V/X/Y, DLD-F/K/N). This commenced from 3/2/18.
Contract losses from 3/2/18, were of TfL W4 to Arriva London North and TfL299 to Sullivan Buses. As a result, the DMN Class Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals and most of the SEN Class ADL/Enviro 200s are withdrawn. These include DMN1 (LT02 NUK).

MTR CROSSRAIL.
The Gidea Park depot upgrade was completed at the start of February.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
From 26/2/18, a new rail replacement contract began for Greater Anglia. It is a shuttle serving Wickford, Battlesbridge and South Woodham Feerers, running with the “tidal flow” of peak hours, Mon to Fri. This is to do with platform works at Battlesbridge meaning 12 car trains cannot stop there. It is due to run until April 2018. Panther is using Mb Sprinter AB03 PAN from Witham.

BIG9895 PANTHER GA LATE NIGHT RRP (CAMBRIDGE) 23-2-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere BIG 9895 at Cambridge in the early hours of 23/2/18, on a Greater Anglia late night RRP from Bishops Stortford. (Alex Hazell).

BX56VTE PANTHER (MATCHING GREEN) 24-2-18
(John Podgorski).

Ex ATS Minibuses of Romford Mb Sprinter/Koch low floor BX56 VTE is now here. Pictured (above) at Matching Green base on 24/2/18. It entered traffic on 27/2/18 – on the Northumberland Park Shuttle; releasing Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer KV51 KVK onto other duties. Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther YN54 WWT has come from the now defunct Turners of Essex.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers KP02 PUH, PVD have been acquired from Regal Busways – for spares only. Also from Regal is a selection of workshop equipment.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN is delicensed due to engine failure.

AB62PAN X15 (U of E) 11-2-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AB62 PAN, passes through the grounds of the University of Essex, along Boundary Road, on 10/2/18. (Simon Austin).
Below: A snowbound Colchester outstation on 28/2/18. (Alex Hazell).

KV51KZK, AB56PAN, AB62PAN PANTHER (CR, SNOW) 28-2-18 (A HAZELL)

QUOOKER INSTALLATIONS, BRENTWOOD.
Acquired via Ensign is ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 ZNV.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
YN56FGJ, RG09BUS, YJ56WVX REGAL (ROCHFORD) 3-2-18
(John Podgorski).

The last vehicle present at Cooksmill Green (Chelmsford) depot was Scania/Irizar YN56 FGJ. It was moved to Rochford on 3/2/18, joining Optare Tempo PO1 (YJ56 WVX) and MAN NL270LF/Wright 801 (RG09 BUS). 801 had gone by 10th February.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers KP02 PUH, PVD has passed to Panther Travel for parting out (qv).
Although some vehicles and equipment were sold in the weeks before and after Regals’closure, the remainder were offered via auction between 19th and 26th February 2018 via John Hill Coach Sales in conjunction with Shouler and Son.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer NA52 AWF is now with A2B Bus and Coach, Cambridge. Tempo PO3 (YJ56 WVY) has also been sold – after being repainted silver.

ROG.
12/2/18: 47848 on 0L47 Eastleigh-Ilford.
28/2/17: 47848 at Ilford.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
ADL/Enviro 400 12323 (SK14 CTU) has an overall advert for Oyster Hoppa.
Volvo coaches 54051-53/55 (KX09 NCE/J/N/O) have moved on.

STEPHENSONS.
From the now defunct Express Motors of Pennygroes are Scania N230UD/Enviro 400s CY12 EMS, CX14 EMS. A number of ADL/Enviro 200s have been acquired from Abellio London – most in a dealer capacity.

M408RVU 808 STEPHENSONS 385 (BSE) 16-2-18 (COLIN LLOYD)
Above: Reserve fleet Volvo Olympian 808 at St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds on 16/2/18. It is on a schools working of route 385, which is otherwise operated by Galloway of Mendlesham. (Colin Lloyd).

Below: Scania Omnidekka 649 most unusually on Bury St Edmunds town service Breeeze 2 on 16/2/18. It is turning into the bus station. The bus was one of a pair new to Blue Triangle and acquired via Ensign. (Colin Lloyd).

BV55UCW 649 STEPHENSONS BREEZE 2 (BSE) 16-2-18 (COLIN LLOYD)

SULLIVAN BUSES.
TfL299 (Cockfosters-Muswell Hill) was gained from London General North from 3/2/18, using new Wright Streetlites SL90-97 (CP, JF, JJ, KT, LW, MH, PJ, SL67 SUL), and ex Demonstrator SL98 (SL15 ZGR).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Further full size additions are Dennis R410/Caetano FN02 RXS and Dennis R410/Plaxton Panther AM52 MXW. Both are ex the now defunct Abacus of Grantham.
S678 PAG is a former Dublin Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH, from JR Executive Travel, Copdock.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Sold to Ensign are ADL/Enviro 200s DML44163/64 (YX10 BGV/Y); DMV44250-52 (YX12 AKP/U/V); DM44260/62/64/65 (YX61 FZC/E/G/H).
ADL/Enviro 200s DMV44224-28/30/31/33/34/50/51 (YX12 AKN, AEW/Y/O/P, AGY, AXV/N, AJY, AKP/U) have passed to RATP Yellow Buses, Bournemouth, via Ensign.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Ex Go North East Scania L94UB/Wright Solars NK53 UNW/Y; ex Go South Coast Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer HW54 BUJ; ex Stagecoach East Midland