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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