Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage – February 2015

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the February, 2015 Busmopolitan Blog.
The march of ‘Borismasters’ across east London continues, with the conversion of route 55 followed by the introduction of the type to service 15; a high profile corridor which received new hybrid buses not all that long ago. These are to be cascaded to other work – and will help to replace some of the unloved double deck Scania Omnicities of Stagecoach London, withdrawal of which has now commenced.
“Up state”, some “clean” buses have appeared with First in Colchester.
Immediately identifiable by distinctive green lining to their already Refreshed livery, these Wright bodied Volvo B7RLEs have been fitted with exhaust particulate traps, as part of a low emissions project in Britain’s oldest recorded town.
In Braintree, one of First’s local drivers was hailed a hero in early February, when he used his bus to help in a dramatic escape from a blaze on the High Street. More on this further down the page.
Progress on Crossrail is now becoming evident in Essex with visible works starting at Brentwood and Shenfield. In addition, one of the veteran Class 315 trains in the area has received “vanilla” style white/blue colours, which is a prelude to the transfer of Metro operations from Abellio to MTR in a few months time.
And the ‘Pretendalino’ carriage set has been a regular sight up and down the Great Eastern Main Line (between Norwich and London Liverpool Street). This is basically MKIII coaches made up to Pendalino appearance. They were used as a “test bed” on the West Coast Main Line by Virgin trains, in advance of the real Class 390 electric multiple unit Pendalino tilting trains entering service, and following the end of their useful lives between Euston and Glasgow, passed (via their leasing company) to Abellio Greater Anglia, as cover for their MkIII stock refresh programme.
Trials of the Independantly Powered (battery) Class 379 EMU concluded in mid February, and appear to have been a success.

The trial of IPEMU 379013 on the Harwich branch ended on 13/2/2015 and the train was returned to Bombardier at Derby, for conversion back to its original “pure” EMU spec. It will then return to its original duties on the AGA West Anglia section.
315837 has appeared in a Transport for London “neutral” livery, of white with a blue skirt (similar to London Underground), ahead of MTR taking over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route from the end of May 2015; and effectively starting the transition to Crossrail.
Blue coloured electric loco 90034 has been received, on hire from DBS.
360116 has (surprisingly) lost its new style Abellio Greater Anglia fleet names. The 360s had only recently been rebranded as such.
The ‘Pretendalino’ set has been at work; sandwiched between loco 90001 and DVT 82105.
Now in the new Abellio livery are electric loco 90012; EMUs 317501/7 and MKIII carriages 10401, 11099.
Above: The ‘Pretendalino’ at Colchester on 18/2/15; on a Norwich to London Liverpool Street service.

All Leyland Olympian G299 UYK has been acquired from Lodge of High Easter.

YS03 ZKZ is a Scania K114/Irizar, acquired from Meek of Cannock.
BMC1100 BX07 OPH has been sold to Lee of Holywell, North Wales.

Ex Arriva Guildford and West Surrey is DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3935 (GK52 YUY).
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer 3324 (T824 NMJ) has been returned, off loan from Arriva Guildford and West Surrey.
Withdrawn is DAF SB220L/Plaxton Prestige 3915 (T915 KKM).

Further ex Arriva London South Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s at Barking (DX) are VLA107/8 (LJ05 BLK/N).

Open top tri-axle Metrobus UAR 250Y is now with Vintage Event Catering of Bournemouth, via Ensign.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH open topper OA319 (J319 BSH), is sold.

Re-registrations are of Ford Transit minibus HY58 XXK to AR08 OWS, and Mercedes Sprinter AR60 OWS to VF61 AVO.

In from Docklands Buses are Scania N230UD/Optare Olympuses 886/94/5 (PO09 ENC, PO59 KFW/X). Ex London Central is Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL72 (LF52 ZPB). WVL75 (LF52ZPE) and WVL98 (LF52 ZNL) have gone to London General.

Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere J3 KCT has passed to Thorn of Rayleigh.
Also sold is LDV Convoy DK03 OYT.

Works have begun at Brentwood and Shenfield stations.
At Brentwood, the platforms are being extended, while at Shenfield, a new bay platform is being constructed on the north (“down”) side of the station, at the London end.
Above: The platform works at Shenfield on 21/2/15.

The latest TfL tender awards have seen school route 675 (Walthamstow-Woodford) lost to London General North, from 17/10/15.

It has been announced that the Class 47 diesel locomotives will be withdrawn by the end of 2015. They are a familiar sight along the Great Eastern Main Line; especially on ‘Thunderbird’ and RHTT duties, and also on the Norwich-Yarmouth line further north. They will be replaced by Class 37s.
The ’47s are “non standard” for DRS’s fleet strategy, and in fact each loco constitutes its own “sub class”, due to individual modifications made to them over the years. The ’47s also lack push pull capability.
47818 ONE CR 9-04
Above: Back in September 2004, 47818 was in ONE livery for ‘Thunderbird’ work. It was pictured at Colchester depot.

DAF SB120/Wright Cadet DW6 (LF52 TJX), has been resold by Ensign to Western Greyhound.

Has Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer KX53 SDV – via Ensign.

Now has MAN18.310/Noge V323 EAL; ex City Travel of Cullingworth, West Yorkshire.

In temporary operational use were ex Burnley and Pendle Optare Versas 266/8/9 (YJ57 XWD/F/G) and ex Western Greyhound Optare Solos 983/4/5 (WK11 APO/U/V). They were used as extras during industrial action by some TfL contractors .
Dart SLF/ALX200 780 (LX51 FGK) has been on loan to Buses Etc at Merstham.
AEC Swift/Marshall dual door EDJ 238J has passed to Aintree Coaches; and returned to its Merseyside roots as it was new to St Helens Corporation Transport.

Now in Refreshed livery with ‘Essex’ fleet names, ex Barbie 2 are Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimber 41513 (LK03 NGF); Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65667 (SN51 UXZ) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66816 (MX05 CDY). Sisters 66800/1/3/4/7/9/10/16/28 (MX05 CCF/J/N/O/Y, CDE/F/Y, CFE) are Refreshed with ‘green flashes and stripes’ – which is a “semi hybrid” livery, to do with Low Emissions/CRT trap fitment. This is for the Colchester centred CLEG project.
MX05CCO 66804 & T576JNG 65576 (CR)  16-2-15
Above: CRT fitted B7RLE 66804 awaits commissioning at Colchester on 16/2/15. Alongside is withdrawn Scania L94UB 65576.

Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69429 (AU58 FFR) has lost its ‘Ipswich’ fleet names.
Delicensed are Scania L94/Wrights 65651/2 (T651/2 SSF).
Scania L113/Wrights 61054 (R434 GSF) and 65551 (R551 CNG) have been removed from Clacton for scrap.
Alpha Recovery, Crmalington, has taken for scrap Oprate Solo 4008 (T161 BBF); Volvo B10B/Wright trainer 60305 (M510 PNA); B10BLE/Wrights 60810/1 (S661/2 RNA); Scania L113/Wright 65532 (R152 GSF).
Scania L113/Wright 65551 (R551 CNG) has had a better fate however; being acquired by a preservationist.

Braintree based First Essex driver Andy Waterman, has been commended for helping to rescue a man from a burning building – using his double deck bus.
48 year old Mr Waterman was returning light to the Sringwood Drive depot on the evening of 11/2/15, when he came across the blaze on Braintree High Street. He drew the Dennis Trident – 32856 (V856 HBY) alongside, to allow a man trapped on the 2nd floor to jump to safety – onto the roof of the bus; still a 10 foot drop.
On 26/2/15, at a ceremony at Braintree bus garage, Andy was awarded by the Chief Fire Officer of Essex for his bravery. He received a certificate and glass trophy, and met with the gentleman whom he saved, Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Cook.

66414 is now in the new ‘Powerhaul’ livery; ex DRS blue.

From London United is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH N138YRW.

XO64 BOY is a new Irizar i6 integral 12.9 metre 53 seat coach.

R232HCD 485 HO 87 (CR)  10-2-15
Volvo B10BLE/Wright 485 (R232 HCD) is now in service from Clacton (CN), having been delicensed for some time.
Dart SLF/MPD 282 (W339 VGX) has gone to Panther Travel.
W339VGX HO KN 12-12
Above: No 282 being prepared for service at Kelvedon depot in December 2012. Originally numbered L403, it served at Kelvedon, Tollesbury and Clacton. Traces of its previous Brighton and Hove life were evident in this photo.

BMC YJ59 HLX is now here; for use at Stansted Airport.

S7 Stock unit 21445/6 is now in an overall advert for “SSR Upgrade – this is one of 191 new trains”.
More D78s withdrawn are 7067 + 17067 + 8067; 7081 + 17081 + 8081; 7128 + 17128 + 8128.
7067/17067, 7128/17128 have passed to Vivarail at Long Marston, for DEMU conversion.
Booth Roe, Rotherham has taken 8067/128 for scrap.
A timetable change has seen limited operation of Hammersmith and City (H and C) Line trains, beyond Barking to Upminster. However this is limited to 2 early morning and 2 late evening journeys only.
The H and C trains stable overnight at Upminster, and are worked by District Line crews. S stock is used. Back in 2000, C stock was briefly used for a similar operation; which was not successful due to clearance problems.
7129 D78 UPMINSTER 6-04
Above: D78 double ended unit 7129 + 17129 + 8129 at Upminster in June 2004; forming the rear of a Wimbledon service.

Ex Wifreda Beehive of Ardwick Le Street MAN18.400/Beaulas RE07 ANN is now here.

This is the new operator for Crossrail, who will take over the ‘Metro’ Liverpool Street to Shenfield services from Abellio Greater Anglia in May 2015.
MTR has begun a recruitment drive for operational staff.

Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes SR113/14 (FJ60 HXV/X) have passed to Edwards, Pontypridd.

From 1/2/15, Essex CC Sunday services 66 (West Bergholt-Old Heath) and 67B (Colchester-West Mersea) no longer served Colchester bus station when running southbound.
Commercial service 6 (Town Centre-Old Heath), ceased from 2/2/15.
From the same date, route 2 (Horkesley Heath-Highhwoods) no longer served Severalls Park, but instead ran direct to a new terminus at Jovian Way (via Gavin Way), and journeys on service 4 (Head Street-Tollgate) were reduced from 5 to 3 round trips. On route 8 (Monkwick-Highwoods Tesco), the 10 minute daytime frequency was restored.
LF02PLO 6131 N C 4 (ST JOHNS ST)  10-2-15
From 9/2/15, service 4 went over to double deck operation; interworking with the Grampian Foods 801/2 works contracts. Observations however, suggest this applies to school terms only. The picture shows Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 6131 at St Johns Street on 16/2/15.
Dart SLF/Super Pointer 3421 (AY54 FPZ), Scania Omnidekka 5372 (AY55 DKA) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 6131 (LF02 PLO) have received Arriva Kent Thameside legals. Operations are to pass to AKT in March 2015.
Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus 1563 is delicensed.

SLF/Super Pointer Y661 NLO was back in use during late February; running with slipboards.

Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer S303 JUA is delicensed.

More ex Metroline Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents sourced through Ensign are LK51 XGM/R.

LX03BWH 17794 55 T GARAGE 10-04
Above: Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 no 17794 on TfL55 at Leyton Garage in October 2004. After a spell with Selkent, this bus is now part of the 47 pool – see text below.

The New Routemasters for TfL55 (Leyton Green-Oxford Circus) are LT312-6, 357-90 (LTZ 1312 etc). LT360 was damaged in a shunting accident, and went to ADL at Harlow for repairs.
From 28/2/15, TfL15 (Blackwall-Oxford Circus) was due to be progressively converted to LT operation, ex ADL/E40H hybrids, while TfL488 (Bromley by Bow-Clapton) passed to Tower Transit on retender.
Received from Selkent are Tridents 17478 (LX51 FLP), 17794 (LX03 BWH), 17833/42/3 (LX03 BYH/U/V), 17955/6/62 (LX53 JYV/W, JZE).
Moved to Selkent are Tridents 17851/98-900/50 (LX03 BZE, ORN/P/S, LX53 JYO) and SLF/Pointer 34380 (LX03 BZM).
Trident 17506 (LX51 FNJ) has transferred from Rainham (RM) to West Ham (WH) (and back to pcv use ex trainer); 17551 (LY02 OBC) Barking (BK) to WH; 17858 (LX03 NFC) BK to Romford North Street (NS).
Trident 18208 (LX04 FWU) has moved from Leyton (T) to BK, while 17745 (LY52 ZFD), 18249 (LX04 FYS) are now at NS ex T.
Presumably these have been displaced by the new LTs on TfL55.
ADL/Enviro 200 36276 (LX11 AWO) has reallocated from WH to BK.
Trident 17427 (LX51 FKA) has become a driver trainer.
Tridents 17478 (LX51 FLP), 17503/6/30/56/7/74 (LX51 FNF/J, FOP, LY02 OBH/J, LV52 HFF), 17794 (LX03 BWH), 17833/42/3 (LX03 BYH/U/V) form a pool providing extra buses on 47 (Shoreditch-Catford Garage) in connection with Crossrail works.
In Reserve are Tridents 17441/66, (Y441 NHK, LX51 FLC), 17505/45 /51/9/88/9 (LX51 FNH, LY02 OAU, OBC/L, LV52 HFX/Y). Withdrawn is 17580 (LV52 HFN).
Trident 17487 (LX51 FMF) has gone to Stagecoach East Midland; while 17509/26/86 (LX51 FNM, FOJ, LV52 HFU) have passed to Lister PSV (dealer).
Tridents 17454 (Y454 NHK), 17571 (LV52 HFC) have gone for scrap after cannibalisation by Ensign. Sister 17570 (LV52 HFB) has also gone for scrap. One time SLF/Pointer 34132 (V132 MVX), latterly with Stagecoach Wales, has been resold through Ensign to Renown of Bexhill.
The withdrawal of the Scania Omnicity double deckers has commenced, with 15147/8/54/5/6/60 (LX59 CNY/Z, CPF/K) being returned to their lessors Scania at Worksop; and replaced in part by new LTs on TfL55. More will be released by ADL/E40H hybrids released from 15 going onto TfL56.
LX59CLU 15125 ELBG 215 3-10
Above: Scania Omnicity no 15125 at Yardley Lane, Chingford terminus in March 2010; shortly after Stagecoach had gained the TfL contact for 215 from First.
The bus is in Greater London, but the trees in the background are in Essex.

ADL/E40H 12134 (LX61 DFL) is back in fleet livery, ex Candy Crush overall advert.

From 25/2/15, Services 506 (Maldon-Colchester schools) and 3 (Colchester Head Street-Hythe Tesco) were converted to saloon operation, ex double deck.

TfL school routes 692, 699 (Potters Bar-Southgate) have been won from London General North on retender, from 21/11/15.

Accident damaged Scania K410EB6/Irizar YN64 AMX has gone for repairs.

Sold is Bove FLD L120 OWF. It is now with Khokhar of Smethwick, West Midlands.

Has had an intake of new buses for new TfL contracts.
Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini2 hybrids VN38101-11 (BF15 KFV, BL64 MHE/F/J/K/M/N, BF15 KFU, BL64 MHU/V/X) are for 212 (Walthamstow St James Street-Chingford); Streetlites WV46101-11 (SN64 CVS/F-H/J-M/O/P/R) are for 444 (Chingford-Turnpike Lane) – both starting March 2015 and ADL/Enviro E20Ds DMV 45101-11 (YY64 YKL-P/R-W) for 488 (Bromley by Bow-Dalston) – commencing 28/2/15. 212 and 444 will be run from a new depot at Ponders End.
W608VGJ ADL8 (CHINGFORD) 444  10-06
Above: Arriva London North Dennis Dart SLF 10.8m/Alexander ALX200 ADL8, on the 444 at Chingford Mount in October 2006.

Has ex Stagecoach South, originally Stagecoach London “short” Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 Y239 FJN, and ex Stagecoach Wales Volvo B10M/Alexander PS M765 RAX – both via Ensign.
SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers PDS17, 18 (TNZ 1186, 1252) have been resold via Ensign to Western Greyhound.

Has had its O licence revoked. Operations continue while a new O licence is applied for. Optare Solo M850 KX51 UCU has passed to Diamond of Garforth, West Yorkshire.

Courtworth Banner croppedDennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus 41513

Busmopolitan Blog. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. January 2015.


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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the first ‘Busmopolitan Blog’ of 2015.
There have been several interesting developments on the local railway scene.
The first battery powered train to run on the British railway network in more than half a century appeared on trials in north east Essex from mid January, while the end of the month saw the linking up of the main running tunnels on CrossRail get closer – to a mere 800 yards.
Meanwhile, a refurbishment project has begun on the fleet of MkIII carriages working the Abellio Greater Anglia London-Norwich service, and it seems that an idea to rebuild ex London Underground D78 stock trains into diesel electric multiple units, when they are retired from use in the Capital is to become reality. Withdrawal of D78s from the District Line has now commenced.
On the bus front, Hedingham has revised its Colchester-Brightlingsea service, after New Horizon ceased competition, while the latter operator has enhanced its remaining 77 stage operation.
The Halstead town service has ended, after current operator Turners pulled out in mid January.
And the latest London route to go over to New Routemasters is TfL55, between Leyton Green and Oxford Circus.
Arriva/TGM has raised the profile of its fleet in Harlow, by importing some late model Optare Versas from Arriva Southern Counties, while at First Essex repaints into the new Refreshed livery seem to be gathering pace.
Meanwhile, Hedingham has introduced white led destinations to the area.

On 9/1/15, 317513 + 317657 were on Liverpool Street – Shenfield Metro services.
Now in the new Abellio white livery are DMU 153314, EMUs 315838/47/9/59, 317506 and MkIII carriages FO 11072, TSOs 12046/61/7/82, 12110/26, plus DVTS 82105/12. All of these had been on ONE colours.
Refreshment of the MkIII coach fleet has begun. Carried out by Vossloh-Kiepe, the work involves a complete strip down, with the fitting of new carpets, tables, LED lighting and at-seat power points.
The toilets are being replaced with the new controlled emission type.
12143 (M'TREE)  25-5-14
Above: MkIII TSO no 12143 at Manningtree on 25/5/14.
12035 INTERIOR (M'TREE) 12-11
Above: Interior of MkIII TSO no 12035, pictured in December 2011.

‘Electrostar’ EMU 379013 has been converted to battery power and was tested in this mode on the Manningtree-Harwich branch, commencing January 13th; for 5 weeks. The train is part of the Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit (IPEMU) project and was converted at Derby Litchurch Lane temporarily to battery power in the latter part of 2014. This is composed of two 768 volt lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery rafts, mounted below the solebar and wired in parallel. Continuous cycle is 30 kilometers under battery power and 50 kilometers from the “mains”.
It retains its 25kv overhead power equipment as well, and when trials are finished, will revert to its original condition.

379013 AGA (KN)  12-1-15
Above: Running off the overhead; battery fitted 379013 heads through Kelvedon on 12/1/15; en route to Colchester, to take up duties on the Harwich line the following day.
It sports ‘Batteries Included’ branding, below its front saloon windows.

DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3504 (KE51 PUH) was on loan to Arriva Guildford and West Surrey and then replaced by SLF/Super Pointer 3324 (T824 NMJ).

On the Hertford-Waltham Cross corridor, service 310A was merged into 310 from 4th January.

Sold to Keane of Linford, are Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL BIG 8751 (orig G705 TCD) and Volvo Olympian/NC R284 LGH.

6884 YG is a Setra S215, last with Bruce of Goole.
It has an Essex connection though, as it was new to Crusader Holidays of Clacton, a N117 FHK.

Ex London United ADL/Enviro 200 SEN38 (SK07 HLO) is here.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympuses 870/1/4/90 (PN09 EKR/T/W, ENK) have come from Docklands Buses, ex loan. Sister 886 (PN09 ENC) and Dart SLF/MCV ED28 (LX07 BYU), have gone to Docklands. In from London Central are Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WVL75 (LF52 ZPE) and WVL98 (LF52 ZNL). SLF/Pointer LDP195 (SN51 UAH) has moved to London General.

Acquired from Lloyd of Bagilt are MAN18.360/Plaxton coaches YN57 ADX/Z.

Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale N589 BRH, is ex Dart Pleasure Craft of Totnes, Devon.

Sold is Ford Transit/Red Kite welfare bus 76 (L866 MJN).

The old garage on Tintern Avenue, Westcliff – behind the London Road office, still stands, but is no longer used to house coaches; the current fleet members being too tall. The present OC is at Purdeys Way, Rochford.

The main east-west cross London tunnel was getting closer to being joined up on 29/1/15, when there was a “breakthrough” at Liverpool Street.
Once 800 yards of new tunnel has been bored to Farringdon; all of the CrossRail tunnels will be linked together and installation of the infrastructure can commence.
Farringdon is due to be reached in Spring 2015.
CrossRail, will open for business in 2018; linking Reading and Maidenhead in the west, with Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.
Works are now starting at the Essex end of the route.

66070 DBS-EWS UP MT SAND (KN)  1-15
Sand trains serve Marks Tey yard to a flexible timetable, and often run at night. Here, 66070 heads an “up” working from Marks Tey through Kelvedon on a murky January, 2015 morning – likely destined for Brentford in London.

Operates National Express service 777 (Birmingham-Stansted) on contract. It has done so since Veolia ceased in June 2011.
NX standard Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes are used. They carry MD prefixed fleet numbers.
FJ11GKG MD12  NX-DE COURCEY  777  (LST)  18-1-15
Above: De Courcey Volvo B9R/Levante MD12 at Stansted on 18/1/15.

From Blue Triangle is Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 886 (PN09 ENC) (qv).
Transferred to London Central are ADL/Enviro 200s SE151/2 (YX61 DTY/Z) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WVL79, 81/2 (LF52 ZPK/M, ZNP).

FN62CEA 74 EYMS-NX 484 (CR)  22-12-14

East Yorkshire runs a National Express diagram into Essex, on the 484 London to Walton service.
Here, Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante no 74, calls at Colchester on 22/12/14.

Out of this area, but of great significance; EYMS Group has sold its Whittle subsidary to Johnsons of Henley in Arden.

Ex TGM Volvo B12B/Caetano FN04 FSE has joined the fleet as no 604.
Trident/ALX400 LX04 FXU is fleet no 159. It has now received fleet livery. LX04 FXR/S/T are nos 156/7/8.
Ensign participated in a Jubilee Line rail replacement between Waterloo and Canada Water in early January, connected with the rebuilding of London Bridge station for Thameslink 2000. Some sales stock buses were allocated to this and numbered in the temporary fleet series. They were ex Arriva London North Wright Gemini integral hybrids 507/8 (LJ58 AVG/K); ex Wilts and Dorset Trident/EL 909 (T748 JPO); ex Brighton and Hove Trident/Presidents 910/1 (Y848/9 GCD), 912 (PK02 RDO); Ensign’s own plain white B7TL/President 913 (X653 LLX).
These have been retained for future rail work.
Heritage collection former BEA AEC Regal IV/Park Royal coaches MLL722/35 have passed to London Bus Company at Northfleet, for continued restoration/preservation.
Another ex ISS Ford Transit crew ferry minibus is HN10 THZ. Originally a 14 seater, it has been downseated to 8, like its sisters.
Ford Transit crew ferry van YG04 ARX is withdrawn due to accident damage.
T748JPO 909 ENSIGN TEMP LUL  11-1-15
Above: Ex Wilts and Dorset Trident no 909, “dressed” for the Waterloo-Canada Water RRP.

Former Metroline Trident/President LT02 ZZV is in use.
Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer W947 ETW, has been re-registered HSK 177.
From 26/1/15, route 66 ceased to serve Harlow and ran as Debden/Loughton-Waltham Cross instead.

From First Eastern Counties are Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65670 (SN51 UYC) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69433 (AU58 FFW). They are at Clacton (CN) and Colchester (CR) respectively.
SLF/Super Pointer 43715 (R715 DJN) is withdrawn and has gone to store at Braintree. Parts from it are to be used to repair sister 43480 (R680 DPW).
Withdrawn Scania L94/Wrights 65569 (S569 TPW) and 65576 (T576 JNG) have been stripped of parts at Colchester.
SLF/Super Pointers 42930/6 (SN05 EAM, DZS) have moved from Chelmsford (CF) to Braintree (BE), with 42487/9 (SN03 WME, SN53 KJY) going in exchange. Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65667 (SN51 UXY) is now at CN ex CR. SLF/Marshall 43679 (R679 MEW) has been on loan to CF from BE. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66798 (MX05 CCA) has gone from CR to CF.
Repainted into Refreshed livery with ‘Essex’ fleet names are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66803/4/7/28 (MX05 CCN/O/Y, CFE).
Magdalen Street site has been offered for sale by it’s owner, Colchester Borough Council. The closed Harwich depot has been offered for sale through Newman Estate Agents.
Work on the new base at Haven Road in Colchester was well advanced at the end of January.

Ex Southern Vectis via Ensign is Leyland Olympian K741 ODL.

Ex Stagecoach Wales Volvo B10M/Alexander PS M765 RAX is here, via Ensign.

New is Irizar i6 CC64 PGC.
Scania K360/Lahden YT60 OTC has passed to Irizar, Worksop (dealer).

From 5/1/15, there were revisions to the commercial 87 Brightlingsea to Colchester route. Daytime frequency on Mondays to Saturdays was increased from half hourly to every 20 minutes.
Dart SLF/Super Pointer 256 (EU55 BWC) and short ADL/Enviro 200 293 (EU59 AFJ) now have white led destination displays.
Mini Pointer Dennis Dart SLF 284 (W792 VMV) has transferred from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN), while sister 287 (X347 YGU) is withdrawn and has passed to Panther Travel.
W792VMV L405 HO 89 (GT YELDHAM)  5-7-13
Above: SLF/MPD 284, with its old fleet number of L405; at Great Yeldham in July 2013.

Ford Transit minibuses RF02 KWB and CU03 CXR have passed to A1 Van and Truck (dealer), Clacton for resale.

MAN11.190/Optare Vecta M73 WYG has returned to its native Yorkshire, having been secured by the Keighley Bus Museum.

New S7 Stock units are 21441/2; 21445/6.
Withdrawal of the D78 sub surface stock has commenced; with 7058 + 7510 departing Ealing Common depot, by road for Long Marston on 19/1/15; followed by 7065 on the 21st. A forth car has gone to a design consultant, for experiments on interior layouts. All of this is to do with a project detailed below. A summary of D78s withdrawn so far are single ended units 7025 + 17025 + 8025; 7056 + 17056 + 8056; 7058 + 17058 = 8058; 7065 + 17065 + 8065; 7082 + 17082 + 8082; 7114 + 17114 + 8114; 7129 + 17129 + 8129. The formations are DM + T + UNDM. Also withdrawn is double ended unit 7510 + 71510 + 7511 – formation DM + T + DM.
Uncoupling non driving motors (UNDMs) 8025/56/8/65/82/114/289 have gone to Booth Roe, Rotherham for scrap.
Driving motors (DMs) and trailers (Ts) 7025/17125, 7056/17056, 7058/17058; 7065/17056; 7082/17082, 7114/17114, 7129/17129 have passed to VIVArail at Long Marston – see below.
The proposal to convert D78 stock driving motor vehicles to Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs) for use on National Rail, when they are retired from the District Line, is to happen, and the cars which have passed to VIVArail are to launch this venture.
The project (called D-Train) will use the D78 bodyshells, bogies and traction motors, as the basis for DEMUs. These could be a solution to a current shortage of DMUs and to replace Class 142/3/4 ‘Pacers’ on branch lines in the north of England, and South Wales.
The rebuilt D78s will feature brand new cabs, control gear and engines – featuring hybrid technology (3.2 litre Ford 5 cylinder diesel engines powering two traction motors on each bogie). They are ideal for this role, as their aluminium bodies could be converted for forthcoming DDA requirements and they also have a Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) Safety Case, as they have run on Network Rail (NR) metals between Gunnersbury and Richmond throughout their London Underground careers; and also Putney Bridge to Wimbledon, when that was under NR.
D78s are to be replaced by new S7 Stock in London by summer 2016.
Built by Metro Cammell and introduced between 1980 and 1983, they have been regarded as one of the most successful types of London Underground train.
D78s serve the ‘Busmopolitan’ area, east of Bromley By Bow.
7027 D78 UPMINSTER 4-05
Above: A D78 train in original condition, headed by car no 7027 – at Upminster in April 2005.

New for the TfL34 (Walthamstow-Barnet) contract are Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini2 hybrids VWH2043-49/51/2/5/6 (LK64 EHM/N/O/P/R/S/T/V/W/Z, EJA).
They have replaced the TE class ADL/Enviro 400s intially used. In practice the VWHs will appear on all routes from Potters Bar (PB) for which they are allocated; eg TfL82 (North Finchley-Victoria).

Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante SH39 (FJ57 KHG) has returned from contractor De Courcey of Coventry. Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante SR171 (FJ11 MLF) has been on loan to Travel West Midlands.
Transferred to NX contractor SGBC of Patchway are K340/Levantes SR23, 51 (FJ57 KHK, KJU).

AY54FPZ 3421 NC EX NH 1 (HIGH ST, CR)  1-15
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer 3421 (AY54 FPZ) has come from Network Harlow (pictured above); with SxConnect liveried Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3817 (GN07 AVD) going the other way.
SLF/Caetano Nimbus 1565 (HX04 HUK) is now in TGM livery, ex Classic Coaches red and grey.
LDV Convoy mid roof 16 seaters AV53 KVO and FJ05 KWV are currently crew ferries here.
SLF/Pointer 3312 (S310 JUA) has gone to Ripley of Carlton for scrap.
RX07KPG 1562 NC 1A  1-15
Above: Having been on loan to New Enterprise at Tonbridge, Kent; Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus no 1562 had reached Colchester by January 2015, and was pictured at Head Street.

Received from Arriva Medway Towns are Optare Versas 4230/1 (KX62 JVW, JWF) and 4237/9 (KX13 DHG/K). They are in full Arriva Interurban livery, and this will begin the phasing out of the Network Harlow brand.
Gone for scrap is Volvo B6BLE/Wright 3250 (V250 HBH).
Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes 4101/2 (FJ60 HYH/K) are now with Arriva The Shires for Green Line 757 (Luton-London).
Volvo Olympian/NC 5944 (R614 MNU) has been donated to the Southend SOS Bus Project.

S264YOO NHT 177  CR  7-1-15
Above: One of New Horizon’s pair of ex Redbridge Transport Volvo Olympians, S264 YOO was seen on service 177, at Maldon Road, Colchester on 7/1/15.

The remaining local bus service; commercial 77 from Great Bentley to Colchester, underwent some adjustments from 5/1/15. The basic frequency is now every 90 minutes, with peak journeys extended from Head Street in Colchester to ASDA at Turner Rise and also to/from Norman Way on schooldays. The 77 continues to operate Monday to Friday only.
X989CNO NHT 77 (GREEN-WHITE) (CR) 5-12
Above: Seen when just acquired in May 2012; New Horizon Volvo B6BLE/Wright X989 CNO, works an outbound 77 down Colchester High Street.

Ex Cedric’s Scania K113/Irizar FIG 6292, has been sold to a dealer at Barnsley.

Following the end of the “regular” 78/A, SLF/Super Pointers Y152 NLK, Y661/8 NLO, RX51 FNS/V are withdrawn and have been offered for sale.
They are parked up at Ardleigh depot, along with withdrawn ex Cedric’s Volvo B10M/Jonckherre K908 RGE and Toyota Optima/Caetano P960 DNR.
Frating yard has been further extended.
RX51FNS&FNV NHT 7-4-13
Above: SLFs RX51 FNS/V at Frating (Lufkin Farm) depot in April 2013.

The old Cedric’s, Wivenhoe depot is now a car wash.

From Purple Parking of Southall is Volvo B7R/Plaxton Prima T105 JBC, which is now BIG 6002.
Ex Hedingham Dart SLF/Mini Pointer X347 YGU has been acquired for spares only.

Above: Optare Solo BIG 7006 ex S627 JRU at Parkeston depot.
New to Wilts and Dorset and ex Damory Coaches, this is one of the oldest Solos in regular service.

Rover 200 crew ferry car T913 LRT has lost its Panther magnetic signs. Other staff cars include BMW 525 estate LB52 DXW; ex Essex Police Ford Focus estate EU06 EUY, Ford Fiesta FN08 OGV, Ford Focus estate AB59 PAN.
AB09 PAN is a Ford Fiesta engineers van; AB56 PAN is a Vauxhall Astra engineers van; AB57 PAN and AB60 PAN are VW Caddy service vans; AB63 PAN is a new Ford Transit SWB engineers van; KY08 NMX is a Mercedes Sprinter LWB fitters’ van, while Ford Transit SWB engineers van V967 DBJ is parked up at Stansted, and is VOR. DBJ was the second original A Barham/Panther Travel ancillary vehicle and may be preserved. Renault Clio engineers van AB51 PAN is delicensed. Fiat Doblo Cargo EN51 ABF is withdrawn at Parkeston. These vans may double as crew ferries.
Reg marks AD63 PAN, AB64 PAN are also owned, but are not on fleet vehicles.
(AB are the initials of founder/director Adam Barham).

A further Volvo B7TL is President bodied ex Metroline LK51 XGN, via Ensign.

Neoplan Starliner MX10 DFK, is ex City Circle of Hayes.
Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 1402 (T122 KLD) is withdrawn following an engine fire.
A routine withdrawal is of Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 605 (W133 WGT).
Previously withdrawn SLF/pointer 604 (R510 SJM) has gone to S&D Commercials (dealer), Upwell, Cambs.

Volvo B10M/Van Hool 70 seater coach N469 PYS, has been acquired from Brent Community Transport, London NW.

Scania K114/Irizar YN55 PVX is now GXZ 4247.

There are some roads which have “ghost” bus stops, with the flags repainted plain white, following the withdrawal of bus services along these sections.
They can be found on Manners Way between Oakengrange Drive and Rochford Road near Southend Airport; in Leigh on Sea along Marine Parade; at Chalkwell on Kings Road; and Westcliff on Sea at Genesta Road and Canewdon Road.
Above: One of the phantom bus stops at Marine Parade, Leigh.

ADL/Enviro 400 19589 (AE10 BXA) is delicensed due to accident damage.

TfL55 (Leyton Green-Oxford Circus) has been converted to LT operation.
Due to long term rebuilding work at London Bridge railway station, peak extras are being run by West Ham (WH) on TfL47 (Shoreditch-Catford Garage) – normally the province of Selkent.
The Scania Omnicity double deckers at Rainham (RM) are now spreading their wings. Previously regular on 248 (Cranham-Romford) with appearances on 372 (Horncurch-Lakeside); they are now frequent on 365 (Romford-South Horncurch) and have been seen on 174 (Dagenham-Harold Hill).
Trident 17856 (LX03 NEY) has moved from Barking (BK) to West Ham (WH); 17857/9 (LX03 NFA/D) from BK to Romford North Street (NS).
Received from Selkent are Tridents 17950/2/5/6/62 (LX53 JYO/R/V/W, JZE).
Transferred to Selkent is Trident 17896 (LX03 ORJ).
Trident 17506 (LX51 FNJ) has temporarily joined the training fleet from Selkent.
Tridents 17427/66 (LX51 FKA, FLC), 17505/45/88/9 (LX51 FNH, LY02 OAU, LV52 HFX/Y) have been reinstated to Reserve; 17559/74 (LY02 OBL, LV52 HFF) have gone to Reserve.
Ex Selkent SLF/Pointer 34380 (LX03 BZM) has returned from Finland, and gone into store at West Ham (WH).
Trident 17566 (LV52 HDZ) has gone to Metal Waste Recycling, Edmonton for scrap.
Tridents resold by Ensign are 17460 (Y529 NHK) and 17576 (LV52 HFJ) – to Bryans Coaches of Enfield; 17547/55 (LY02 OAW, OBG) – to South East Bus Supplies of Bromley (Kent); 18224 (LX04 FXM) – to Brylaine, Boston, Lincolnshire.
It appears that the East London Bus operations at Rainham (RM), have been absorbed into the main East London Bus and Coach Company fleet.
This change only affects O licence discs and legal lettering.
LX03NEY 17856 ST LON 145 REAR IL 6-04
Above: Trident 17856 spent its career at BK until transfer to NS (see text). This view shows it in original condition, at Green Lane, Ilford in June 2004.

YX14 RXB, the ADL/Enviro 200 demonstrator, continued on loan – covering for warranty work.
Used arrivals are ex Stagecoach South Caetano bodied Dennis Dart SLFs HV52 WTC/E. Leyland Olympian/NCs 949/51 (H549/51 VAT) have passsed to Xelabus of Eastleigh.
With the Hadleigh outstation buses; SLF/MPD 413 (EU03 CFX) was swapped for long ADL/Enviro 20D 464 (EU62 FDF) at the start of January, and this was subsequently replaced by SLF/Super Pointer 459 (GU52 HKD).
EU62FDF 464 STEPHENSONS 247 (CR)  1-15
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 464, on the 247 at Colchester High Street in January 2015.

The site of the old depot at Leigh on Sea, at the junction of London Road and Elm Road, has disappeared under a new block of flats. It was replaced by a new facility at Chandlers Way, Temple Sutton in the early 1990s.
After the original Supreme went into liquidation in 2005; it’s successor initially used Stock Road – just around the corner from Chandlers Way as a depot, before moving to Rettendon in 2007.

PIL 4683, an ACI bodied Mercedes 814D, has been acquired from Spratts of Wreningham.

Scania K410EB6/Irizar YN64 AMX is delicensed due to accident damage.

Resold by Ensign are SLF/Super Pointer SPD3 (SNZ 7293) – to Watts of Bonvilston, Wales; and SLF/MPD PDS17 (TNZ 1186) – to Manns Travel of Gravesend.
On a visit to Leicester on 3/1/15; short ADL/Enviro 200 PAZ 9346 was observed, as Centrebus no 549. This was once Trustybus LK07 ATF, which passed to Centrebus when it took over Trustline. No 549 subsequently migrated to Leicester and gained its new identity in September 2014. The PAZ reg mark was previously carried by an ex Kimes of Folkingham DAF DB250/NC Palatine double decker.
PAZ9346 549 (REAR) CENTREBUS (LE)  3-1-15

The ‘Halstead Hopper’ circular town service, was de-registered from 15/1/15. This commercial venture had been operated by Florida Coaches, but following the acquisition of that firm by Flagfinders, the route changed hands, along with Florida’s former Bournemouth EL2000 bodied Dennis Dart; M462 LLJ.
Above: M462 LLJ with Florida in February 2011. It retained this livery with Turners; ableit with Florida names removed.

Ex Hedingham Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer X509 WRG has been acquired, via Panther Travel (as dealer).

Alpha numeric fleet numbers have been applied.

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