Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.
It has been confirmed that all of First UK Bus is now up for sale. Arriva Bus is likewise. It will be interesting to see the destinies of the local companies from these groups.
In the skies, there were two “emergency landings” at Stansted during June. One involved a carrier familiar to the area, Jet2, but the other produced a much more exotic visitor – from Air India.
ACME TRANSPORT, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Has ex Go North East Scania L94UB/Wright Solar FJ08 KLF – via Ensign.
Not normally seen in the Busmopolitan area, except possibly in transcontinental cruise at 33 000 feet. However, on 27/6/19 a Boeing 777 on a Mumbai- Newark (USA) service made an emergency landing at Stansted, following a bomb scare. This turned out to be a hoax. The flight was turned over the Irish Sea and then escorted by two RAF Typhoon fighter jets to the diversionary airfield. A “supersonic boom” was reported over Alfreton, Derbyshire. (‘Trent Barton land, rather than Busmopolitan land’).
Above: Boeing 777 PT-ALO. (Wikimedia Commons).
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3825 (GN07 AVO) is back in use.
Odd sightings: 10/6/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1558 (KX56 HCP) on 8. 14/6/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 3417 (SN54 HXD) on 4. 25/6/19: 133 StreetLite 4324 on 8.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Above: The elusive VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 lowheight 4459 at Victoria Avenue on 29/6/19. This was new to Arriva Wales but ex Kent and Sussex. (Simon Austin).
Above: Another oddity is ADL/Enviro 400 6458, pictured at Southend Travel Centre on 29/6/19. It was ex Arriva Kent and Sussex and came as a non-runner, before being repaired. (Simon Austin).
Above: Back on 2nd June 1982, Avro and Elm Park ex East Midland Leyland Lowlander GNN 186D at Langley Vale Road, Epsom – en route to The Derby. Interesting that 5 years later, East Midland would actually be running buses in Elm Park, as part of its Frontrunner South East enterprise, on London Regional Transport contracts. Avro was actually based in Orsett – on the (now) old A13 near The Cock pub, and that depot is still in use today – by Keanes Travel. This bus was the penultimate Lowlander to be built. (DW Rhodes).
BASILDON SOS BUS.
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President X612 EGK at London Road, Southend on 29/6/19. It is close to the site of the old Eastern National garage and bus station, now occupied by a Sainsbury’s supemarket. (Simon Austin).
Above: Van Hool T916 YJ09 CYY, new to Eavesway and ex Airlynx, Southampton. (Blueline).
Above; Dennis Trident/Plaxton President PO51 WNK is ex Isle Coaches, Doncaster. (Blueline).
Above: Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 874 (PN09 ENC) was still at Ensign at the end of June. (John Podgorski).
On loan to Hedingham was Scania Omnilink 453 (YT11 LVE) while Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) was transferred to Hedingham.
Withdrawn is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coach 10 (S291 TVW).
Cannibalised Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 567 (W457 WGH) has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 870 at Sudbury on 8/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Contactless Ticketing is due, with new Ticketeer machines to replace the Vix ones.
26/6/19: 37521 tnt 37099 on 1Q97 NR test train Ferme Park-Cambridge via Dagenham Dock, Harwich.
27/6/19: 70806 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
COLLINS COACHES, CAMBRIDGE.
On 13/6/19, Trident/ALX400 LX03 OSP caught fire while on a private charter at Bury St Edmunds. Altough the blaze was contained to the engine bay, the bus was a write off.
From 15/6/19, TfL388 (Stratford City-Elephant and Castle) was cut back to Liverpool Street.
5/6/19: 66083 on Marks Tey-Crawley sand. 66127 on Bow Olympic-Burngullow.
10/6/19: 59102 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford stone.
TfL has awarded CAF a contract to build 43 new trains, which will appear from 2023.
From 15/6/19, operation of TfL100 (London Wall-Wapping) was transferred to London Central at Camberwell.
DONS OF DUNMOW.
Ex Nottingham City Transport, via Ensign are Scania Omnidekkas YN07 MLF/J.
Above: M63 VJO at Dunmow depot on 31/10/15. (John Podgorski)
Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer M63 VJO has gone for preservation in its native Oxford.
Above: M63 VJO while with New Horizon of Frating. Pictured in Head Street, Colchester in April 2011. (John Podgorski).
Above: And as Stagecoach South 32077. At Worthing depot in July 2005. (John Podgorski).
3/6/19: 37419 on 0Z37 Willesden-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.
7/6/19: 47749/27 on Ipswich-Scarborough excursion.
13/6/19: 57002/3 on Tonbridge-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.
18/6/19: 57003 + 37424 on 0Z39 Willesden-Norwich.
22/6/19: 68003 and 68016 on 1Z04 Norwich-Edinburgh ‘Scottish Adventure’ NENTA Railtours, via Ipswich.
25/6/19: 68003/16 on Sizewell coal.
26/6/19: 37419 hauled 3 GA MkIIIs as 5V91 Norwich-Ilford.
Above: 57002 + 57003 climb Bentley Bank away from Brantham – heading for Ipswich on 13/6/19. (Chris Baines)
New are BCI Enterprises 405/6 (LX19 EAV/G) respectively.
Ex Tower Transit are Volvo B9TL/Wrigt Gemini2s 133/34 (BJ11 EAA, EBN).
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 719 at Brentwood Rail Station on 15/6/19. It shows both 31 and X90 on its destination. (John Podgorski).
From 17/6/19, the Brentwood services passed to NIBS, Wickford. These were 21 (Brentwood-Ongar), 31 (Pilgrims Hatch-Warley) and 81 (Hutton Circular). X90 ceased and was replaced by existing NIBS service 269. Four ADL/Enviro 200s transferred with these routes – 602/3/4, 650.
Above: 36218 at Southend Travel Centre on 29/6/19. (Simon Austin).
Some more ex First West Yorkshire ‘deckers have arrived. Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s 36216-20.
Wright StreetLite 63328 (SK65 PXS) is back in service with a new engine.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62409 (YS03 ZKD) is delicensed due to accident damage, after it was in collision with a Mercedes car on The Strood on 3/6/19.
Odd sightings: 3/6/19: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71. 4/6/19: B7TL/Gemini 37020 on 64A; B7RLE 66810 on 62; B7RLE 69431 on 70. 6/6/19; Trident 33044 on 174; Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 17. 8/6/19: 32478 on 104; 33080 on 64. 10/6/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42930 (SN05 EAM) on 70 early am. 11/6/19: ADL/E200 44543 (YX13 AHZ) on 70. 13/6/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42928 (SN05 EAG) on 71. 14/6/19: 44537 on 70. 19/6/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42944 (WX56 OAU) on 71. 20/6/19: 32480 on 174. 21/6/19: 66810 on 62. 24/6/19: X30 66167 on 70. 25/6/19: 32480 on 174.
Above: Former Redwing of Camberwell Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas LV02 LLF at Tollgate, Stanway, Colchester on 19/6/18. (John Podgorski)
Above: 66587 at Manningtree on 12/6/19. ONE (Ocean Network Express) is a new freight contract; not to be confused with a previous identity of Greater Anglia ! The loco is now named ‘As One, We Can’. The livery is apparently inspired by cherry blossoms in Japan – where ONE is headquartered. (Chris Baines).
4/6/19: 66529 on 6E50 Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
5/6/19: 66607 on Bow Olympic-Tunstead.
13/6/19: Pink 65587 on 4E63 FLX-Doncaster. 66617 on sand at Marks Tey.
14/6/19: 86614/27 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.
18/6/19: 66526 on diverted 4V37 FLX-Wentloog on West Anglia route through Cambridge.
66780 is now in Cemex livery and named ‘The Cemex Express’.
3/6/19: 66784 on 4M02.
6/6/19; 66762 tnt 66783 on 6T70 March-Hythe engineers.
19/6/19: 08757 ‘Eagle’ has arrived at the Port of Felixstowe from the Telford Steam Railway. It has been leased to work at the South Terminal.
20/6/19: 66748 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
24/6/19: 66712/19 on 0L33. 66712 then on 4M29. 66770/32 + FL 66616/563 on 6L37.
25/6/19: 66738 on 0P33 FLX-N Walsham. 66765 on 4M07 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66770 on 6L37.
26/6/19: 92044 on 5L99 Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
30/6/19: 66779 ‘Evening Star’ on 6T63 Bow Junct-Whitemoor engineers.
The new station at Meridian Water, Edmonton, opened on 3/6/19. It replaced Angel Road. Initially open at peak hours only, a full service will commence from September.
Above: DVT 82102 (left) and EMU 321421 at Ipswich on 16/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Class 745/755 summary: 745003/4/104, 755326/410/14/17 at Norwich depot. 745002,755413/15/16 at MNR. 755406/7 at Cambridge depot. Due to enter traffic soon.
13/6/19: 754004 delivered. 156418 damaged in collidon with tree at Hethersett; no injuries.
14/6/19: 170203 appeared at Clacton depot.
19/6/19: 170204 on Ipswich-Felixstowe.
20/6/19: 745102 delivered.
26/6/19: 153314 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 755404/20/422 delivered.
29/6/19: 156418 towed Norwich to Coclhester by UID ‘170, en route for repairs.
30/6/19: 153322 ? on 2L75 Peterborough-Ipswich.
Above: 170273 at Colchester on 23/6/19, on the service to Peterborough via Ipswich and Ely. (Simon Austin).
Above: Renatus 321322 at Witham on 23/6/19, on the rear of a London bound service. (Simon Austin).
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 285 in Clacton on 1/6/19; at the junction of Station Road, Pier Avenue and Chapman Road. Ex GoRide route 7 now additionally runs on Saturdays. (Simon Austin).
ADL/Enviro 200s 294 (OU57 FGZ); 295/96 (SN10 CCX/Y) have transferred to Konect at Dereham.
Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 287 (HW54 BUE) entered service from Sible Hedingham, with a red ‘Hedingham’ front panel added to its Konect blue livery. It was at Kelvedon by 10/6/19. Its front became blue again later in June. SLF/Mini Pointer 289 (EJ02 KYY) is withdrawn.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 527 (LX06 FAK) entered traffic at Clacton on 3/6/19, with 528 (LX06 FAM) following on 10/6/19. B7TL/President 563 (V307 LGC) was loaned to Chambers 6-10/6/19. 575 (W516 WGH) collided with a wall in St Osyth, and is now under repair at Clacton – to significant front n/s damage. Withdrawn 576 (W517 WGH) has gone from Clacton, but is not listed as sold or scrapped yet. 580 (W527 WGH) appeared at KN on 11/6/19, the first time in a long while. 572 (W489 WGH) came from Chambers on 17/6/19, then went to HD on 28/6/19. 580 (W527 WGH) returned to CN on 18/6/19. 581 (W956 WGH) appeared at KN on 28/6/19 – again after many months.
Scania Omnidekka 810 (YN55 PZO) was involved in a collision with a VW Polo at Top Road, Tolleshunt Knights on 3/6/19, and had to return to Chambers for repairs. It was completed on 9/6/19.
Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU56 FLP) came from Sible Hedingham to Kelvedon to cover, but returned on 10/6/19. However, 259 was back at KN on 21/6/19, when E200 295 departed.
Short ADL/E200 293 (EU59 AFJ) from CN, appeared at KN on 27/6/19, having been transfered from CN to HD.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/ELs 701 (T801 RFG), 726 (W826 NNJ) and Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 738 (T108 DBW) – all upon MOT expiry on 17/6, 8/6 and 17/6/18 respectively. 726 subsequently went to Chambers and had been sold to Ensign by the end of June. 738’s last revenue trip was on the morning HN1 (Witham-Honywood School) on 14/6/19, and has gone into store at Clacton. 701 has been earmarked for preservation, as it was Brighton and Hove’s first Trident. 722 has been cannibalised at CN. 702 (T802 RFG) was resold by Ensign to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.
Above: Trident 726 at Ensign on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Spares only Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 519 (LX05 EZK) , was removed from Clacton, by Alpha Recovery – for scrap on 4/6/19.
Above: Scania Omnidekka 811 at Chappel terminus of route 83 on 26/6/19. The intermixing of Hedingham and Chambers buses is now commonplace. (John Podgorski).
Omnidekka moves: 5/6/19: 801 – Chambers-KN; 810 – KN-Chambers. 10/6/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers. 11/6/19: 807 – Chambers-KN; 812 – KN-Chambers. 13/6/19: 807 – KN-Chambers; 810 – Chambers-KN after repairs; 815 – CN-KN; 818 – KN-CN. 24/6/19: 805 – Chambers-KN. 26/6/19: 801 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN. 28/6/19; 815 – KN-Chambers (due to failure on 89X) – replaced by Scania Omnilink 453 (YT11 LVE) from Chambers.
Contactless Ticketing is due, with the arrival of new Ticketeer machines to replace the current Vix ones.
Above: Tridents 738 and 737 at Kelvedon on 26/4/19. (John Podgorski).
Odd sightings: 3/6/19: Omnidekka 810 on 91. 4/6/19: SLF 259 on 91; ADL/E200 295 on 15 pm. 8/6/19: B7TL 581 on 4. 21/6/19: 259 on 15 pm. 24/6/19: Omnidekka 805 on 15 pm. 26/6/19: Omnidekka 811 on 82/83 D2109 KN bus on HD duty.
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 523 at Rowhedge (Heath Road) on the morning 19 departure on 4/6/19. After dropping students at TLA School, 523 will work on route 63, before doing the afternoon return 19, and then a rounder on the 83. (Sonny Milton).
The Scania Omnicity saloons have been resold via Ensign.
YN56 NVB/E/F/G – to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.
YN56 NVO to Runwood Green Farm, Maidstone.
Above: Optare Tempo 94 at Constantine Road depot on 2/6/19. These replaced the Omnicity saloons and some other older single deckers. (John Podgorski).
On 22/6/19, a B737 flight was escorted into Stansted by two RAF Typhoon fighters, due to a “disruptive passenger” on the commercial plane. A 25 year old woman was subsequently arrested and charged in connection with this incident.
A “supersonic boom” was reported over the Uttlesford District, as the Typhoons intercepted the B737.
Above: Boeing 737-800 G-GDFF. (Bing Images).
KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
New Mb Tourismo KC19 ABC was delivered on 10/6/19.
Loaned VH TX CT14 LCT was replaced by VH TX tri-axle MJ13 VMC.
Above: MJ13 VMC with resident Irizar and VH coaches at Kings depot on 7/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Above: Crew ferry Seat Alphambra J333 ABC at Kelvedon on 24/6/19. (John Podgorski).
LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
ADL/Enviro 200/EL Esteem 231(PO56 JFF) is ex Blue Triangle.
From 15/6/19, TfL476 (Northumberland Park-Euston) was cut back to Kings Cross.
Above: Ex First Capital Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVN20 on the 476 at Euston, on 23/11/18. (John Podgorski).
Above: The new Class 710 EMUs have now entered service on the ‘GOBLIN’ route. 710269 was at Gospel Oak on 1/6/19. (John Podgorski).
The S Stock modification programme is complete. This had been done by Bombardier at Derby.
MTR TfL RAIL.
Above: 345016 climbs Bethnal Green Bank, away from London Liverpool Street on 1/6/19. Photographed from a parallel Greater Anglia service. (John Podgorski).
11/6/19: 345061 moved Old Dalby to Old Oak.
12/6/19: 345056 towed Old Oak Common-Worksop by DRS 37611.
NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Ex Cedric’s Dennis Trident/Plaxton President T97 KLD, which was sold to a dealer in Clacton in 2017, had gone from the yard near Clacton Rail Station – where it had lain, by the start of June.
As recorded above, the Brentwood area routes of Ensignbus were taken over from 17/6/19, along with four buses. The services are run from Wickford, but there are two duties from the Hutton outstation. Route 269 is now double deck.
Above: YX10 BGO at Harwich Bus Station on 19/6/19. (Alex Hazell).
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO has been taken into operational stock, ex sales stock.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN has been offered for sale.
Dart SLF/Pointer DC02 PAN has been sold to A2B, Cambridge.
Above: Ex First Essex Volvo B12B/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP at Parkeston depot in June 2019. (Daniel Pretty).
Above Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN on the ‘Stena Brittanica’ ship’s car deck, while on the Stena Foot Passenger Shuttle in June 2019. This, Dart SLF/MPD BIG 9856 and short ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN were the buses used. (Alex Hazell).
Above: Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN on the seafront at Walton on the Naze on 10/6/19. (Alex Hazell).
Above: Rainham, Ferry Lane depot on 29/65/19, with VLEs and a DLP in evidence. (John Podgorski).
SEE LONDON BY NIGHT, RAINHAM.
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AA52 SEE at Purfleet on 29/6/19. This is one of a batch of ex Go-Ahead London buses, supplied via Ensign. (John Podgorski).
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Sold to Ensign are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers LX58 CGJ/L, LX09 AEA, ACJ, AEK/L, FZT,
Above: Scania Omnicities LX09 ACJ and AFO await resale at Ensign, Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Former Trident/ALX400 17918 (LX03 OSP) has been withdrawn by Collins of Cambridge, followeing an engine fire. (qv).
SWALLOW OF RAINHAM.
Above: Ex EOS London Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 744 (KU52 YKO) awaits collection for scrap at Ensign, Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Some more vehicles have appeared at Great Bromley yard. They included Bristol LH/Plaxton Panorama Elite UAR 929M; an unidentified red early Panorama Elite bodied coach; AEC PRV “RML” Routemaster JJD 535D and a prototype ADL/Enviro 200 with two doors at front and rear. Also present are some Mercedes Sprinter panel vans, destined for Cyprus and minibus conversion. Two of these were exported during June. At least one of these was ex APC Parcels.
Above: Great Bromley site on 2/6/19. (John Podgorski).
Has ex RATP London United Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 SN51 SYH, via Ensign.
Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKJ was repaired and back in use by mid June.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s BJ11 EAA/C, EBM/N, have been sold to Ensign.
Above: Route RV1 (Covent Garden-Tower Gateway) ceased from 15/6/19, due to major revisions of TfL bus routes in central London. This is VDL SB200/Wright Pulsar hydrogen bus WSH62992 at Covent Garden terminus – outside the Duchess Theatre on 6/11/16. Some of the WSHs have already been trialed on the suburban TfL444 (Chingford Station-Turnpike Lane), and this where they have gone. (John Podgorski).
Above: Now sold to Ensign, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 VN36157 in the barn at Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).
The ex RATP London United Scania Omnicity ‘deckers are being repainted red and blue, with ‘Central Connect’ branding. They have replaced Omnicity saloons. The Omnicity ‘deckers are YP59 OEN/O/V/W/X.
With thanks to: M Allen, Anglia Gen, S Austin, C Baines, Bing Images, Blueline/J Sadd, East Anglia Railway FB, EBN, Ensign, Essex Buses Yahoo, Harlow Ride, A Hazell, Hedingham and Chambers, S Kinsalla-Ilott, LOTS, S Milton, PSVC, DW Rhodes, Wikimedia Commons.