Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the July 2015 edition of Busmopolitan.
7th July sees the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings, when suicide attackers targeted the Capital’s public transport system with 3 devices on the Underground and one on a bus, during the morning rush hour.
52 people were killed (excluding the 4 terrorists), and around 770 injured.
The timeline of the bombings was as follows:
1: Explosion on Circle Line train between Liverpool Street and Aldgate at 0840. 7 killed. Service was clockwise, with C69 Stock unit 5548+6548 being damaged.
2: Circle Line service attacked at Edgware Road. 6 dead. Service was anti clockwise. C69 Stock car 6505 and C77 Stock car 5713 virtually destroyed.
3: Blast on Piccadilly Line train, in tunnel between Kings Cross and Russell Square. Death toll 26. Service was westbound, with explosion happening in the rear of 1973 Tube Stock driving car no 166. This and trailer no 566 were damaged beyond viable repair.
(All the Underground incidents happened within 50 seconds of each other).
4: Stagecoach East London Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17758 (LX03 BUF), blown up at Tavistock Square, with 13 deaths. The bus was on diversion off route 30, due to road closures caused by the earlier bombs.
As a result, central London was put into a lockdown, with all public transport in Zone 1 suspended. There were scenes reminiscent of New York on 9/11, with many workers opting to walk home or to the nearest Zone 2 bus or rail head.
Those who lost their lives were aged between 20 and 60 years, and came from diverse backgrounds. All but one were residents of London.
A permanent memorial for them stands in Hyde Park. It was unveiled by HRH The Price of Wales on 7th July 2009.
On 7th July 2015, there was a memorial service for the 7/7 victims in St Pauls Cathedral. This was preceeded by a wreath laying ceremony at Hyde Park by Prime Minister The Right Honourable David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The laying took place at 0850; the time the first bomb had been detonated, 10 years ago.
Then, at 1130, a minutes silence was observed; across London and beyond.
Damaged C69 unit 5548+6548 was repaired, and continued in use until retirement of the type.
The bodies C69 car 6505 and C77 car 6713 were scrapped, and the chassis used as a base for new coachwork. They were re classified as C08 Stock and renumbered 6606 and 6734 respectively. They were paired with C69 driving car 5505 and C77 driving car 5713 respectively, and once again continued until the type was superceded by the new S Stock.
The damaged 1973 Tube unit, 166 + 566 + 366 was disbanded, with only 366 being of further use. 166 + 566 were stored under tarpaulins at Northfields depot, and any useable parts salvaged.
Above: Stagecoach East London ADL/Enviro 400 19000 ‘Spirit of London’, at Dunsfold during the London Bus Museum Gathering of April 2011. This bus directly replaced the destroyed 17758, which passed to PVS for scrap after the end of the criminal and forensic investigations.
Above: Stagecoach East London Trident 17762; involved in one of the failed “copycat” London bombings of 21/7/05 and sister to 17758 which was wrecked on 7/7. Pictured at Dagenham East in May 2015.
ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.
On 5/7/15, Blunts Hall bridge (pictured above), on the GEML between Witham and Hatfield Peveral, was damaged in an incident during ballast cleaning. There was significant disruption into the following week, with speed restrictions being imposed.
‘Inter City’ set NC06 headed by DVT 82133, is currently completely formed of stock in ONE livery. It was pictured (below) at Kelvedon on 8/7/15, being propelled by 90010 and forming the 0830 London-Norwich.
90012 had replaced 90010 on NC06 by the end of July.
‘Refreshed’ set NC01 was powered by 90003 with DVT 82114 in early July. The ‘Pretendalino’ NC64 set was top and tailed by 90010 and 82114 by late July, with 90008 then the traction, and by the end of the month, blue 90034. 90015 is the latest in the new livery, ex National Express.
Demonstration 321448 has been fitted with an AC traction package, ex DC.
Of the Class 321s, at least 321305/6/23 and 321426 sport unit numbers in smaller font, although 305/6 are at one end only and set lower than usual.
321323 is pictured (below) at Marks Tey on 24/7/15.
Now in the new livery are 90015, MkIII carriages FO 11076, TSOs 12005/56/89, 12167, DVT 82139, and EMUs 317502/8.
Mercedes Sprinter 413/Stanford DK04 LWM is sold – to Roe of Sandiacre, Notts.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers Y172, 202 NLK.
Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas PT03 APT has been re-registered back to its original FD03 YON mark. PT03 APT is now carried by by a Scania K114/Irizar which was previously SN03 CLZ.
Volvo B7R/Plaxton 827 APT has ben upseated from 57 to 70.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
Ex Arriva Kent and Sussex DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3529/34 (LF02 PNJ/U) have appeared. 3534 is pictured above at Osborne Street on 22nd July.
From Arriva Guildford and West Surrey is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3228 (P228 MKL).
Scania Omnidekka 5373 (YN06 TFZ) is back in service, ex long term VOR.
Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3316 (S314 JUA) is withdrawn due to accident damage. It has gone to Southend for disposal.
Above: Omnidekka 5373 at North Station on 12/7/15.
Above: With the darker blue skirt, Dart SLF/Caetano no 3411, traverses Headgate, Colchester on 16/7/15.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK HARLOW).
Received from Arriva Kent and vSurrey is ADL/Enviro 200 4057 (GN09 AXK).
A second Optare Versa on loan from Southend is 4210 (YJ61 CJX). 4203/10 (YJ61 CHY, CJX) returned to Southend at the end of July, with 4204 (YJ61 CHZ) coming to Harlow.
ADL/Enviro 200s 4062/3 (GN59 FVD/E) are ex Arriva Kent and Sussex.
Optare Solos 1453/4 (YJ06 FXS/T), 1458 (KE04 PZG), 1466/7 (KE55 KTD/C), 1474 (YJ56 ATZ) now have yellow wrap round advertising for driver recruitment. 1474 is also now in Arriva livery, while 1465 has lost Network Harlow branding.
Withdrawn are SLF/Mini Pointer 1561 (BU51 REG) and SLF/Pointers 3317 (S304 JUA), 3221 (P221 MKL). They have gone to Southend for disposal.
Volvo B6BLE/Wright Cadet 3256 (V256 HBH) has passed to G8 Spares and Exports, Hullbridge, for scrap.
Above: Optare Versa no 4198 enters Chelmsford Bus Station on 24/7/15.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Sold for scrap, to G8 Spares and Exports at Hullbridge, is Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3279 (T279 JKM).
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Yet another ex Arriva London South Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400, now at Barking (DX) is VLA105 (LJ05 BKZ).
ADL/Enviro 400 T24 (324 CLT), has left DX to join its sisters with Arriva London South at Thornton Heath (TH). Also moved from DX to TH is ADL/Enviro 200 ENL49 (LJ10 CSF).
BAZ 7912 is an Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas, acquired from Welsh operator Davies of Caernarfon.
Scania N230UD/OptaRE oLYMPUSES 879-82 (PN09 ELV/W/X/F) ahave, following the loss of TfL498 to Stagecoach, returned to Metrobus. They however, now work from Croydon, rather than their original Orpington.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer LDP194 (SN51 UAG) has gone to Metrobus at Orpington.
BUS 4 U (JONES OF BRAINTREE), STANSTED.
Above: One of the new pair of ADL/Enviro 20Ds, at Stansted Airport Coach Station on 5/7/15.
BUS AND COACH MISCELLANEOUS.
Registration mark KCH 106, which had originally been on a Trent Motor Traction Leyland Titan PD2; has been observed on a Kia Sportage MPV at Tiptree. The mark had last been recorded on a Ford Escort.
Electrostar EMU 357223 has been renumbered 357323.
It has had its 3+2 seating replaced by 2+2 and received extra internal grab rails to make it into a “high density” unit. More of this sub class will follow.
The latest ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka to record is 1506.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 576 (W517 WGH) has gone to Hedingham.
CRANFIELD SCHOOL, ROMFORD.
Has ex Metroline Dennis Trident/Plaxton President LK03 UFJ, via Ensign.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL170 (X707 EGK), has gone to London General.
Following their use for Wimbledon Tennis, the ADL/Enviro 400s were distributed as follows: E209/12/5/22 – Metrobus; E216/7/9/21/3 – London Central.
Above: After temporary use at Docklands on the new TfL135 (Crossharbour-Old Street) contract (before receipt of new vehicles); ex London Central ADL/Enviro E40D E208 was one of several then used on Wimbledon Tennis shuttles by London General, prior to taking up appointment at Metrobus Orpington depot. This view was taken on 12/7/15; day of the tennis finals. Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the men’s title, while the womens’ champion was Serena Williams, from the USA.
47790 and 47828 are reinstated.
47841 has been cannibalised.
Operational DRS ’47s now total 4.
One time Anglia/ONE DBSOs 9705/7 are in the new ‘Compass’ livery. They can now be seen in Cumbria, rather than Essex though.
Above: Heritage Fleet Leyland Titan PD2 no RTW467, at the Metroline, Potters Bar garage Open Day, on 11/7/15.
Dart SLF/Caetano 783 (MV02 BLU) has passed to Trustybus at Harlow.
Leyland PD3/EL MHJ 347F has gone to a preservationist for restoration.
EOS LONDON, RAINHAM.
SLF/Pointer KX03 HZW is via Ensign.
SLF/Caetano HV02 OZX has fleet number 751, and is in full fleet livery.
On short term loan have been Mini Pointer Dart SLF BX54 DKK, and Optare Solo M880 903 (YJ59 NNM).
SLF/Super Poiunter 751 (SK52 OKE) has been returned to Ensign.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 901 (KX58 GVC) and Optare Solo M880 902 (YJ08 PJX), have gone back to Dawsonrentals, off lease.
Half sets 3219/20 and full set 373015/6 have donned the revised livery.
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 33545 was one of those transferred to First Leicester, when First Capital closed in 2013.
It was pictured in its adoptive city on 4/7/15, promoting bargain bus fares.
Below: 33545 in its London days, at Chingford in December 2009.
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66820, now with First Leicester, was seen in the city centre on 4/7/15.
Dart SLF/Caetano 41524 (LK03 UFB), and Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66806/14 (MX05 CCV, CDU), 69434 (EU58 JWZ) have donned Refreshed colours.
Sold to Alpha for scrap are Dart SLF/Pointers 43714 (R714 DJN), 43733 (S733 TWC).
FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
Scania Omnidekka L94UD YN06 JWL is now YN06 BUS.
Sold is former Thamesdown NC bodied Dennis Dominator SMW 56Y.
Bedford YNV/Duple D66 ONS has gone for preservation.
FOURWAYS COACHES, HIGHWOOD near CHELMSFORD.
A fleet upgrade has seen the arrival of the first low floor buses here.
Ex Metroline Dennis Trident/Plaxton Presidents LN51 KYC/D/G/W have been supplied through Ensign.
Heavy Haul 66527 has been noted on Intermodal. It was pictured (above) heading the 4M92 service, London bound through Marks Tey on 23/7/15.
At Dagenham Dock, in addition to the sidings being lifted, the old crew accommodation block has been demolished.
Sold to Decker Bus of Whittlesey is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH T570 EGD ex 99-D-539.
Ayatts Bravo double deck coach WX05NFY, has passed to Moseley, South Elmsall (dealer).
New is National Express Volvo B11R/Caetano Levante BK15 AJX; pictured above at Ipswich on 26/7/15.
66761 has been named ‘Wensleydale Railway Association 25 years 1990-2015’.
66707 is in the new livery.
Above: On 23/7/15, 66756 powers the 4M02 “up” intermodal service through Marks Tey.
GODWARD, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Scania K360/Lahden YT60 OTC, is now with GHP, Ancaster, Lincolnshire.
GOLDEN BOY, HODDESDON.
MAN 14.290/UNVI VV14 BOY carried a green overall vinyl advert livery for Doosan Group.
This was to do with Doosan’s sponsorship of the Open Golf Championship at St Andrews.
GRAHAM’S OF KELVEDON.
One year on, Mercedes 711D/Onyx P2 BST remains withdrawn at the depot. There was interest from a local buyer, but this fell through.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright 481 (R216 HCD) is on loan to Chambers (Pictured above on 10/7/15, at Lexden Road, Colchester).
Received are ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekkas 1514/5 (YN55 PZV/W) – both allocated to Clacton.
Volvo Olympian/NC 90 (N427 JBV) plus Dennis Trident/ELs 701 (T801 RFG), 729 (W829 NNJ) and 734 (W83 NNJ) have transferred from Clacton (CN) to Tollesbury (TY).
Withdrawn is Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH 80 (J838 TSC). This leaves just one active Leyland; Olympian/NC 64 (K357 DWJ); pictured below at Kelvedon on 9/7/15 with Trident no 729. (Ignore the ‘Volvo’ badge, by the way !).
Previously sidelined Volvo Olympian/NC 66 (P602 CAY) has been cannibalised.
Withdrawn Volvo Olympians 81/2/4/5 (M144/6, 276/82 UKN) have moved to Anglian for storage.
Sold to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade for scrap are Volvo Olympian/NCs 63 (K107 JWJ), 94 (R259 LGH) and Optare Excel 202 (T789 XVO). The Excel was the last of its type in Hedingham ownership.
Above: The now scrapped Volvo Olympian no 94, seen on Colchester High Street in March 2005, as no L333 and working service 80 (Boxted-Colchester-Fordham) from Sudbury (SY) depot. Sudbury is of course now occupied by Chambers, while route 80 is operated by Stephensons.
Above: Volvo Olympian 93 pictured at Kelvedon on 14/3/14, when still numbered L341. It was minus fleetnames as it had a spell at Chambers. Alongside is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH L366, now 76, which had also been seconded to Chambers, and was still so branded at the time of the picture.
NC bodied Volvo Olympian 65 (L109 LHL), has taken up residence at a school in Wimbledon, for use as a static library. Go-Ahead London helped in the conversion and delivery.
Former Dennis Dart/NC L342 (L108 HHV) has been resold via Nash (dealer) Ockley, to
Elliot and Richman, Rode Heath, Cheshire.
Further acquisitions from Lothian Buses are of Dennis Trident/Plaxton Presidents SN51 AXF/O/P. They are numbered 22/3/4, and were repainted/retrimmed before entering service.
On loan from ADL in late July, was Enviro E40D YY64 GWX.Optare Excel 170 (YG52 DGO), has a super rear advert for Bristo’s Dacia.
The workshop/bodyshop building at Constantine Road depot has been offered For Sale or To Let.
Former Leyland Atlantean/Roe 85 (WPV 85L) has passed to a preservationist, after many years as a mobile control “tower” at Anglia Gliding Club, Wattisham Airfield.
Above: Refurbished Dart SLF/EL Spryte no 94 at Ipswich rail station on 31/7/15. Note is has lost its name ‘Dauntless’
JONES (BUS 4U), BRAINTREE.
Plaxton Primos YX56 EZP/R have gone to Crosville at Weston Super Mare.
GB15 KCL is a new Mercedes Tourismo.
Now 5 cars, ex 4 are 378220/1/2/31.
There was a 24 hour stoppage on 8th and 9th July; connected with the commencement of weekend night services on certain lines from September. Unions are concerned about revised working conditions for the above. Extra buses were used at peak hours for the duration on some central area routes; co-ordinated by Ensignbus.
The latest deliveries of S7 Stock, for the Circle/District/Hammersmith and City Lines, are 21473/4, 21475/6.
Above: On 12/7/15, a D78 Stock set, headed by car 7113, departs Wimbledon for Barking, passing one of its S Stock successors on the District Line.
The first of the ex D78 stock cars converted to ‘D Train’ specification by Vivarail
was shown to the press and other interested parties, at Long Marston during July.
Externally, it is still recognisable as D78, but the cab end door has now gone and there are redesigned head/tail light clusters. Livery is green/silver with a black/yellow cab end. Internally, different seating configurations are available, for urban or rural/provincial use. Beneath “the skin”, there is a modular diesel power plant, to minimise maintenance downtime, along with updated electrical control equipment. Tests will start shortly. The vehicle sports unit number 230001.
315818/27/8/31/5/6/56 are in the new livery.
School service 119A (Point Clear-Brightlingsea), has ceased.
Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer Y667 NLO, DAF SB3000/VH Y314 HUA and Scania K340/Irizar PB YN04 GPV are withdrawn.
ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
Above: Volvo B12T/Optare Olympus VXE729, from Rainham depot, approaches Southwark Bridge on 12/7/15.
Volvo B7TL/Ayatts VLY606 is now allocated to Rainham (RN).
Transferred to London United are Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH open toppers OA326/30/2 (J326/30/2 BSH).
P and M COACHLINES, WICKFORD.
Mercedes 709D/Alexander BAZ 8358 has come from Graham of West Auckland, County Durham.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Panther Y5 TRU is now in the black/silver livery, ex white/dark blue/silver. Pictured above at Marks Tey.
Acquired from Pats of Southsea is Plaxton Paramount 3200 bodied Dennis Javelin G210 UAS. Ex Regal Busways is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excalibur J734 CWT.
Dennis Javelin/UVG BIG 8796 has returned from Turners of Essex, off loan.
Delicensed/Reserve for the summer school holidays are Volvo B6/Plaxton Pointer BIG 9248 at Parkeston; Dart/Alexander Dash BIG 8843 at Clacton and Mercedes 0814D/Plaxton Beaver SIL 2172 at Great Dunmow. Primo SB07 PAN moved briefly from Parkeston to Stansted.
A second Norfolk outstation has opened, at Great Yarmouth (Beach Coach Park). Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere BIG 611 and Javelin BIG 8796 are based there for Abellio Greater Anglia rail standby.
Above: A moody dusk view of Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DC04 PAN at Colchester on 12/7/15.
RICHMOND OF BARLEY.
New is Van Hool TX integral coach 403 NMM.
SOLITAIRE TRAVEL, ROCHFORD.
Has Scania K124EB6/Irizar NH54 WMD, ex Snowdon of Easington, County Durham.
To Reserve are MAN18.220/Alexander ALX300s 23323/4 (AE51 RYZ, RZA).
Vauxhall Vivaro van DN15 UNM is on loan from Enterprise, for ancillary use at Cambridge.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
New for TfL498 (Romford-Brentwood) are ADL/Enviro 40D MMCs 13301/2/3/4 (YY15 OYS/T/U/V), 13305-7 (YY15 OYW/X/Y).
The first of the new ADL/E20D MMCs to enter service on TfL499 (Gallows Corner-Romford Circular) was 36601 (YY15 OWU) on 30th July. This was followed by 36602-8 (YY15 OWV/W/X/Z, OXA/B/C).
The above allowed the return of the temporary Tridents and ADL/E200s to their usual allocations.
ADL/Enviro 40H 12137 (LX61 DFP) and New Routemasters LT243/54/69, 359 (LTZ 1243 etc) are now back in fleet livery, ex overall adverts, with LT359 quickly being vinyled for BPay.
From Selkent is Scania Omnicity ‘decker 15042 (LX09 AAV). It has joined its colleagues at West Ham (WH). Also ex Selkent is Trident 17894 (LX03 ORG) – now at Barking (BK).
Delicensed are Tridents 17581/3 (LV52 HFO/R), 17745/6 (LY52 ZFD/E), 17802/37 (LX03 BWV, BYM). 17846/52/3 (LX03 BYZ, BZF/G), have moved from Leyton (T) to BK. 17812 (LX03 BZG) is withdrawn.
Collision damaged Trident 17557 (LY02 OBJ), has passed to Stagecoach Lincolnshire for spares.
Trident/ALX400 17857 (LX03 NFA) is now with Sleafordian Coaches, Lincolnshire, via Ensign.
Sister 17450 (Y524 NHK), latterly UWR 498 with Western Greyhound, has gone to MC Tractors of Ely for scrap, after cannibalisation by Ensign.
City Metals has taken, for scrap accident damaged Tridents 17556 (LY02 OBH), 17812 (LX03 BXG).
Above “Temporary” route 498 Trident no 18472 passes Brook Street, Brentwood on 18/7/15.
STANWAY TRAVEL SERVICES, COLCHESTER.
Registration mark 269 YPJ, which had been carried by a VW Transporter minibus in the fleet some years ago, is currently on a Mercedes CLS350 coupe.
STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
All white short ADL/Enviro 200 YY15 NJO has been noted, ex Holmeswood Coaches in Lancashire. It is pictured, above at Witham on 17th July.
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer no 413 at King Edward Way, Witham on 24/7/15. It is on a cross town service which was originally the province of Eastern National.
The first of the ex Nottingham Scania Omnidekkas to enter service, was YN53 CFU.
Above: Preserved Metrobus M1069, at the Metroline Potters Bar garage Open Day on 11th July, 2015.
Has taken delivery of four new Scania K360/Irizar tri-axle 63 seaters; YN15 FYA-D.
Above: Scania hydrogen bus WSH62998 turns from Southwark Street onto Blackfriars Bridge Road, London SE1 on 12/7/15.
Two new commercial services have been registered.
511 (Harlow-Bishops Stortford) from 28th July and 311 (Hertford-Waltham Cross) – Suns/hols only, from 30th July.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Pointers EDS22 (NK51 MKM), PDS22 (VJZ 3283 ex X501 WRG), SPD29 (NK51 MKJ) and Mercedes 0814D/Plaxton Beaver EIG 1357 ex R279 RAU.
This operator´s first TfL contract commenced on 25/7/15.
Route 383 (Barnet-Woodside Park) was gained from Metroline. New for this are 8.9 metre ADL/E20D nos 601-4(YY15 NKA/C/D/E). They are short 25 seaters, and painted red.
Prior to Metroline, the 383 had been operated by another Hertfordshire independant; Sullivan Buses.
Above: Metroline short ADL/Enviro 200 DES796 at Whetstone in June 2010.
Meanwhile, acquired from Epsom Buses are Dart SLF/ELs 509-12 (PE56 UFL/M/N/S).
VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Sold is Bova Futura FHD RUI 9458 ex M214 UYD.
WICKS OF BRAINTREE.
Withdrawn are Dennis Javelin/Neoplan Transliners PIB 2344 and X294 AKY.
Ex Goodwins Leyland Tiger/Van Hool A147 RMJ, has been sold.
With thanks to Alex Hazell, Ensignbus, Essex Buses Yahoo, PSVC, RM.