Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the February 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.
Volvo B9R/Sunsundegui BX12 FVS has been offered for sale.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Above: 4022 at St Johns Street on 19/2/19. (John Podgorski).
ADL/Enviro 200s 4019/20/21/22 (GN58 BUF/H/J/O) have arrived from Guildford. 4021 has a super rear advert for “Travel by Bus”.
As a result, the DAF SB120/Wright Cadets are withdrawn. 3528 (LF02 PNE) has been stood down again after covering for Dart SLF/Pointer 3421 (AY54 FPZ). The SB120s have all gone. Those traced are 3520 (LJ03 MZL), 3521 (LJ03 MYJ) to Harlow (via brief store at Southend); 3527/29/34 (LF02 PMY, PNJ/U) to store at Arriva Southend.
Trainer DAF SB120/Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX) remained here in February.
A new bus wash has been brought into use here.
Above: Several buses have received advertising for contactless ticketing. This is ADL/Enviro 200 4012 at Osborne Street on 12/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Odd sightings: 5/2/19: B7RLE/Wright 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 2. 7/2/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 3420 (AY54 FRC) on 4; DAF SB120/Cadet 3527 (LF02 PMY) on 1. 8/2/19; DAF SB120 3534 (LF02 PNU) on 1. 15/2/19: DAF SB120/Cadet 3534 on 1; B7RLE/Wright 3818 (GN07 AVE) on 2. 25/2/19: 3818 on 2.
Above: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet trainer 3524 at Southway on 5/2/19. (John Podgorski).
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Arrivals are ex Colchester DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3520/21 (LJ03 MZL, MYJ); ex Hemel Hempstead SB120/Cadet 3536 (LJ03 MYM). On loan prior to arrival of the SB120s were Ware allocated Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 1594 (LF52 UOP) Optare Solo 2485 (YK07 BEU) and ADL/Enviro 200 3986.
Contactless ticketing was introduced from 10/2/19. Some buses carry external posters for this.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
From Arriva Medway Towns at Maidstone is former Arriva North West And Wales VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 low height ‘decker 4459 (MX61 AXW).
Odd sightings: 16/2/19: ADL/E400 MMC 6501 on 6.
Sold to Ensign are ADL/Enviro 200s SE42, 45 (LX10 AUW, AVC); Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 873 (PN09 EKV).
From Eavesway is Van Hool TD YJ09 EYY.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President V499 MOA has been repainted white, ex NXWM red/white/grey. Withdrawn for disposal are sisters V42/43 MOA.
Sold for scrap to AP Commercials, Peterborough were Trident/ALX400 LX03 OPW; Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 ZSD; Volvo Olympian/NC Palatine R283 LGH.
BMI (FLY BMI).
This regional airline went into administration on 16/2/19.
The Stansted-Belfast service passed to Loganair.
Optare Solo 911 (SF04 SKE) was on loan from Hedingham, and was returned on 28/2/19.
CHELMSFORD TAXIBUS/EXCELLENT CONNECTIONS.
The parking area at the side of the Atholl Road HQ has been fenced off and gated.
COACH STOP, RETENDON.
Acquired for spares only is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer RX51 FGM.
4/2/19: 37175 tnt 37610 on 1Q90 Ferme Park-Liverpool Street-Derby RTC NR test train. 70812 on 6L39 Bridgend-Dagenham. 70817 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
6/2/19: 37610 tnt 37175 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liverpool Street, Stanford Le Hope and Harwich Town. 70817 on Hoo-Whitemoor.
19/2/19: 66848 on 6L37.
22/2/19: 66848 + 70816/06 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
25/2/19: 66847 on 6L37.
26/2/19: 70817 on 0L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor light engine.
COOKS OF WESTCLIFF.
Above: Bova Futura WA10 KNL at Norwich Castle on 2/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Optare MetroDecker demonstrator OM1 is on loan, for use on TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo) and TfL388 (Stratford City-Elephant and Castle).
1/2/19: 66108 on Peak Forest-Ripple Lane boxes.
5/2/19: 66044 on 6L21 Whitley-Dagenham.
6/2/19: 66050 and 66164 both at Bow Olympic.
13/2/19: 66006 at Bow on Heck duty.
18/2/19: 66130 on 6L42 Mountsorrel-Barham at Stowmarket.
22/2/19: 66004 on Wakefield-Felixstowe, then on 4L45 FLX-Ely. 66041 on 6Z54 Toton-Chesterton Junct.
25/2/19: 66040 at Chesterton yard. 66221/012 on Whitemoor-Acton.
27/2/19: 66130 on Chesterton Junct-Mountsorrel stone boxes. 92042 + 66001 + GA 745004 EMU on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane ECS.
Sold to Ebnsign are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 959/63/7/8 (YT59 DYB/G/M/N).
DON’S OF DUNMOW.
Above: Volvo B8R/Sunsundegui 72 seater DH17 DON on depot on 20/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Below: Leyland Olympian gathering at the depot. Also on 20/2/19. (John Podgorski).
26/2/19: 57303 on Norwich-Cardiff via GEML light engine.
Three of the coaches used on NX work into Essex have passed to Ensign. Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes FN62 CEA/U, YY63 OEK.
Ex Goodwins of Eccles is ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 132 (YX66 WLH).It has replaced accident loss BCI Enterprise 401.
From 18/2/19, there were revisions to the Brentwood area services, and a new timetable booklet was issued.
Amazon route Z3 (Tilbury-Southend) is now operated. Amazon Z1 (to Lakeside), Z2 (to Barking), Z4 (to Laindon) are already on the portfolio.
Above: 67736 is one of the latest ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300s to arrive at First Essex. It was seen at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 9/2/19. (Daniel Pretty).
Wright StreetLite 63333 (SK65 PXP) has had its incomplete Contactless branding removed. 47521 (SN64 CMV), 47645 (SN15 AFE), 63166 (SN64 CJJ) have also been seen with (now) incomplete Contactless branding, consisting of the top half only – reading ‘Contactless Payment’.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65687 has been withdrawn due to accident damage which was considered uneconomic to repair.
Alpha Recovery has taken Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33189; Scania L94UB/Wrights 65672, 65687 – all after these buses had been “parted out”.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66816went to Volvo, Ipswich for a new engine. Sister 66719 is long term VOR at Chelmsford. Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 20514 is disused at Chelmsford and has lost its destination equipment.
Odd sightings: 1/2/19: Route 62 Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 64A; Dart SLF/Caetano 41522 (LK03 UEZ) on 71. 3/2/19: Dart SLF/Pointer SN05 DZP on 71C. 4/2/19; Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 75. 5/2/19: 37133 on 103; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 70. 6/2/19: Trident 33087 (LN51 GNJ) on 174/175. 7/2/19: Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 174/175; Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 65; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 75. 13/2/19: X30 ADL/E200MMC 67166 (YY66 PBU) on 71. 15/2/19: Trident 33078 (LN51 GNP) on 104. 18/2/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 19/2/19: B7TL/Geminis 37016 (WX55 VJD), 37036 (YJ06 XLC) on 103/4; Omnicity 37028 (YN06 TDO) on 62; Scania L94UB/Wright 65681 on 62. 27/2/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 28/2/19: B9TL/Gemini 37010 (WX55 VHV) on 174.
Above: Ex First Leeds Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37027 at Headgate, Colchester on 25/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Above: Mercedes Sprinter GK03 JUC, in the new livery but with silver base, at the old Graham’s, Kelvedon depot on 13/2/19. (John Podgorski).
2/2/19: 70003 on 4L97 Trafford Park-Felixstowe.
8/2/19: 70020 on 4M81 Felixstowe-Basford Hall.
10/2/19; 66562 tnt 66515 with Sawbridgeworth-Parkeston HOBC.
13/2/19: 66601 at Bow on Tunstead duty. 86609/627 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.
16/2/19: 66951 tnt 66567 on Whitemoor-Harlow Town engineers.
18/2/19: 66618 on Thurrock-Tunstead hoppers. 70003 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
19/2/19: 70005 on 4L97 Trafford Park-FLX.
22/2/19; 66622 on 6M392 West Thurrock-Earles.
23/2/19: 70010 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
24/2/19: 66550 tnt 66620 on Bishops Stortford-Whitemoor engineers.
25/2/19: 66605 on 6M92 West Thurrock-Tunstead cement. 70003 on FLX-Crewe.
26/2/19: 66541 failed at Witham on “down” intermodal. Later recovered to Colchester with wheelskate.
27/2/19: 66607 on Bow-Tunstead.
Above: 66541 heads an “up” intermodal past Long Green Level Crossing, Marks Tey in September 2012. (John Podgorski).
2/2/19; 66759 on Birch Coppice-Felixstowe.
4/2/19: 66708 on 0H33 Parkeston-Whitemoor light engine. 66724 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks.
5/2/19: 66722 on Barrington spoil.
6/2/19: 66724 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
11/2/19: Maritime Blue 66727 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66754 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX.
12/2/19: 66722 on IPS-N Walsham light loco.
16/2/19: 66756 tnt 66777 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Haughley Junction. Cemex 66780 on 6T62 Beccles-Whitemoor via Ipswich.
17/2/19: 66780/22/63 on 0L33.
18/2/19: 66722 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66760 tnt 66702 on Whitemoor-Benfleet engineers. 66763 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. Cemex 66780 on FLX-Parkeston light engine, then on North Walsham tanks.
22/2/19: 66722 on 4M29. 66740 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. Crossrail 66744 on 4Z81 Doncaster-FLX. 66762 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
24/2/19: 66743/22 on 0L33.
25/2/19: 66732 on 4L22 Hams Hal-FLX.
26/2/19: 66773 towed SET 466022 as 5X81 Tonbridge Yard-Ilford depot ECS.
27/2/19: 66777 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
28/2/19: 66750 on 6L06 Cricklewood-Barrington. 66777 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
Above: Back in August 2011, 66724 heads an “up” intermodal through Colchester. At that time it was still in First livery. First was a previous owner to Europorte, who bought GBRf in 2010. The owner since 2016 has been EQT Partners/Hector Rail. (John Podgorski).
All Essex routes ceased w/e 23/2/19. They were 72, 73 (Brightlingsea-Colchester), 79 (Brightlingsea-Clacton). 79 was taken over by Hedingham as service 7.
Above: CCVS Mercedes Sprinter WX05 FZJ – working for GoRide, at High Street, Colchester on route 73 on 17/1/14. (John Podgorski).
Above: AV02 SNN is a DAF SB4000/VH, ex Angus of Needham Market. It was pictured at Wickford on 24/2/19, on a Greater Anglia Southend-Newbury Park RRP. Later that week, it was re-registered T99 PGC. (John Podgorski).
1/2/19: 153335 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 755405 on test between Norwich and Colchester.
4/2/18: 755407 appeared at Cambridge; towed by ROG 37611 from Norwich and back.
6/2/19: 90009 dragged DRS 37425 as Norwich-Crewe 0Z06.
7/2/18: 90006 as Norwich-Crewe light engine for wheelset repairs.
10/2/19: 153309/322, 156417/407 and 321357/301 on Ipswich-Norwich football specials.
11/2/19; 317511 on 1Y34 Liverpool St-Ipswich – usually 2 x 317.
18/2/19: 755407 delivered to Norwich, towed behind 37800.
22/2/19: 90004 failed at Stowmarket on 1P51 Norwich-London, and rescued by 90013. 755407 on GEML test as 5Q52.
23/2/19: 90006 towed by DRS 37406 from Crew to Norwich via London and Cambridge, as 0Z90.
26/2/19: 321304/345 on 1400 Norwich-Liverpool Street. 321419/402 on 1300 Liverpool St-Norwich.
27/2/19: 745104 delivered. Towed to Norwich by 66001 as 5L99.
Above: 153335 and 321436 at Norwich on 2/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Below: ROG 37611 at Norwich on 2/2/19. (John Podgorski).
ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE) appeared at Kelvedon (KN) from 28/2/19.
Above: Loaned Chambers Scania Omnidekka 804 at Kelvedon depot on 25/2/19. It currently retains Anglian livery. (John Podgorski).
Scania Omnidekka 812 (YN55 PZR) went to Chambers on 1/2/19 and returned on 5/2/19. Omnidekkas 812-14 are allocated to Kelvedon (KN); 815-20 are at Clacton (CN). Chambers batch of 801-811 is drawn from for engineering cover at KN. 813 was a Chambers during mid February and then returned. In late February, 803/9/11 came from Chambers, but 809 quickly went back. 803/10/12 went to Chambers. Yellow/blue 804 (YN55 PZF) came from Chambers by 22/2/19. 809 returned to KN on 26/2/19. 812 back to KN on 27/2/19.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 873 (PN09 EMK) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 517 went to Ensign on 1/2/19 for single door certification. 527 (LX06 EAK) is being converted to single door at Clacton 9CN), with 528 (LX06 EAM) the last to await conversion.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 581 (W956 WGH) is now disused – but not withdrawn.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 5 (N664 THO) has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap. It was collected by low loader from Clacton depot on 23/2/19. Sister 8 (R453 FWT) continues in use at CN on a school contract, but now has a fleetname on the front only.
(Laurence Kinsella Ilot).
Odd sightings: 1/2/19: Trident 737 (T107 DBW) on ST3 pm. 5/2/19: B7TL/President 576 (W517 WGH) on ST4 pm. 8/2/19:B7TL 579 on 82 pm; Omnidekka 803 on PL4 pm. 12/2/19: SLF/MPD 286 on D1/D2. 18/2/19: Omnidekka 803 on 92. 26/2/19: Omnidekka 809 on 82B.
Above: Hedingham took over ex Go Ride route 79 (Brightlingsea-Clacton) from 25/2/19. It is renumbered 7 with Hedingham, as there is already a 79 route elsewhere with Hedingham. ADL/Enviro 200 294 was pictured at Pier Avenue, Clacton, on the first day of operation. (Robert Appleton).
Buses not in the new livery: Trident/ALX400 8 (LX04 FYB) – Carters red/yellow; DAF DB250LF 50 (PN 52 XBK) old IB green/cream; Trident/President LR 52 KWH – red.
Volvo FL10 360 recovery truck P849 NDX now has old style Ipswich Buses fleetnames on its blue/red livery.
Odd sightings: 5/2/18: Carters liveried Trident/ALX400 8 on 94. 18/2/19: Red Trident 7 on 93.
JOHN JAMES LUXURY TRAVEL, DAGENHAM.
BX64 WHT is an acquired Mb Tourismo.
JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
The successor to the operator has been reported as now based at Sproughton.
The old Copdock site is up for sale by Fenn Wright.
Above: Copdock depot on 21/2/19. (John Podgorski).
KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
HX14 ESD is an acquired Mb Sprinter mini coach.
Has been sold, but remains in the ownership of the same family.
LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Sold to Ensign are Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital DMN17 (LT52 WUM) and Scania Omnidekka 945 (YN56 FEF).
18/2/19: 172005/8 on Willesden-Ilford ECS.
MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
Above: Scania/Berkhof TUI 4741 has been re-registered M17 TVL. It was seen at Newbury Park on 3/2/19, on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Witham. (John Podgorski).
Above: The country services at Potters Bar have recently received some ADL/Enviro 400 double deckers. TE660 (LK55 KKB) was seen on 16/2/19. Note it’s London Buses roundels have been removed. One country route, the 242, runs to Waltham Cross, on the border of ‘Busmopolitan’ territory. Previously, the 242 had gone further east – across the border from Hertfordshire into Essex. (John Podgorski).
MTR TfL RAIL.
11/2/19; 345003 – IL-OC.
Above: Galloway of Mendlesham operated Scania/Caetano Levante III BF68 LCM at Colchester on 9/2/19. These mostly work on route 250, but also appear on the Galloway workings of 481, which is also operated by Chalfont of Uxbridge and East Yorkshire Motor Services. (Daniel Pretty).
28/2/19: DR73111 + DR77903 on Peterborough-Romford.
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 FLA at Parkeston depot on 17/2/19, with Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN. (John Podgorski).
Below: Great Dunmow on 20/2/19, with ADL/Enviro 200s YX10 BGO and AB62 PAN. The derelict coach on the far left is Leyland Leopard/Plaxton Supreme IV BEV 105X. ; new to Hedingham and acquired by Don’s Coaches for spares. (John Podgorski).
Parked at Parkeston depot are dealer stock ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 FLA, and sold Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE, which has yet to be collected, but has been bought by a buyer in Africa. ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO is at Great Dunmow.
Above: Ex City of Oxford Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 OF61 OXF at Witham outstation on 3/2/19. (Alex Hazell).
Below: Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN, Mb Sprinter AB03 PAN and ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN at Manningtree Rail Station on 16/2/19. They are working a GA RRP shuttle to/from Ipswich. (Alex Hazell).
SAFFRON WALDEN PLAYBUS.
Ex Docklands Buses Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus PN09 EKR has been acquired via Ensign.
Ancillary additions are new Ford Transit Custom hi cube van MX68 ZLZ, and acquired Ford Transit MWB hi cube publicity van MT16 TZK. Ford Transit van YE63 KDF has been sold.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Trident/ALX400 18490 (LX06 AGO)has been resold by Ensign to Google, London W1.
17822 (LX03 BXU) is now with WB Chambers, Maidstone – also via Ensign.
Stored at Braintree depot are Dart SLF/Pointer 456 (GU52 HJX); Optare Solos 320 (YJ56 AUE), 328 (MX06 BPZ). The last ex UNO Dart SLF stored at Braintree has now gone.
Above: 456, 320 and 328 at Braintree on 23/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Above: SN12 AVV is one of several ex Tower Transit ADL/Enviro 400s acquired through Ensign. Seen at Newbury Park on TfL Rail RRP to Shelfield on 10/2/19. (John Podgorski).
TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
Vehicles still at the depot in February were: Leyland Tiger CAZ 2262; Leyland Olympian H48 MJN; Leyland Titan A620 THV; Setra S315; Setra S416 tri-axle; Van Hool Astromega FUH 933.
Departed were Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royales N119/20 UHP.
TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Ex Talisman Setra S315 W973 UAR ex LSU 788 is withdrawn. It has passed to a preservationist.
The first new Wright StreetDecks have entered service on TfL25 (Ilford-City Thameslink); WH31101-7.
ADL/Enviro 40D SN12 AVY is with Lloyd, Hixon (dealer) for resale.
Acquired via Ensign are ex Go South Coast Dart SLF/Pointer PE55 WPP and ex RATP Yellow Buses, Bournemouth Dart SLF/Pointer SN55 DVG.
Above: ‘Tigermoth’ BD14 KXR at work in St Albans on 16/2/19. (John Podgorski).
Route 653 (Welwyn Garden City-St Albans) has been relaunched as ‘Tigermoth’ and restocked with 8 ex Malta Volvo B7RLE/Wrights. They were launched at a ceremony at Hatfield on 4/2/19. They are named after female ATA pilots who ferried planes between factories and airfields during WW2. The B7RLEs entered service from 5th February and replaced various ADL/Enviro 200s.
(Pictures via Tony Smethers).
With thanks to: Anglia Gen, RC Appleton, Ensign, EBN, Essex Buses Yahoo, A Hazell, L Kinsella Ilott, Panther Travel, D Pretty, PSVC, J Sadd, T Smethers.