Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the February 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.
The last Class 156 and 170 DMUs have now left Greater Anglia. The first MkIII carriages have gone for scrap.
There were three big storms in February. Storm Ciara on 8-9th; Storm Dennis on 15-16th. Storm George on 28th-29th.
EPPING ONGAR BUS RALLY 23rd FEBRUARY 2020.
50 YEARS OF LONDON COUNTRY BUS SERVICES.
By LOUISE COCKER.
Above: AEC Reliance/Park Royal RP21 (JPA 121K) and AEC Swift/Alexander SMA8 (JPF 108K) at Old Harlow. Although the RPs were a familiar sight in the Essex part of the old London Country, the SMWs were more associated with the south of the River Thames. (Louise Cocker).
This year marks 50 years since London Transport’s green country area and Green Line bus services became part of the National Bus Company (NBC) on 1st January 1970 and was renamed London Country Bus Services (LCBS). The newly formed London Country operated bus and Green Line services in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
As this was a day celebrating London Country, one of many subsidiaries of the National Bus Company, I thought I would wear my National Bus Company uniform. I am glad that I did as a lot of people remarked that it adds to an event like this when the bus crews are wearing uniforms of the time. We pride ourselves at the Epping Ongar Railway on looking smart in our uniforms of the time.
London Country was the largest of all the National Bus Company subsidiaries with about 1270 buses and coaches transferred to it from London Transport. The fleet was quite old, consisting of RT, RF and RM type buses with some newer Daimler Fleetlines, Leyland Atlanteans, AEC Reliances and Merlins. Examples of some of these types of buses were on display at North Weald Station and were giving bus rides around the local area.
The beautifully preserved buses from the Epping Ongar Railway fleet were in service. I was lucky enough to drive Green Line RT3238 on route 339 to Epping. There was also a large number of visiting preserved buses at North Weald Station on display and in service. There were stalls selling books, model buses, bus photos and other bus related items.
Buses were running on local routes to Chingford, Epping, Old Harlow, Nazeing Church and Little Parndon. These routes were very popular. With about 1000 visitors, many of them enjoyed the rides on the vintage buses.
The twice yearly Epping Ongar Railway bus rallies are proving very popular with visitors coming from far and wide. One of the bus conductors remarked to me that a passenger on his bus had travelled down all the way from West Yorkshire for the rally.
Among the visiting buses was London Country RT3125 from the East Anglia Transport Museum, Guy Special GS42, RT604 in National Bus Company leaf green livery, XF1 and RF180 in early London Country colours. SMA8 and RP21 in Green Line livery, MB90, Green Line RCL2260 which was the last RCL built. I can remember the RCL buses in service on route 721` and the Green Line bus garage at Romford. Timebus RLH44 (581J) which was a LCBS uniform bus which visited garages to supply bus crews with uniform. Also visiting and in service was a Leyland PD3. This type of bus was loaned to London Country from Southdown during the 1970s when there were bus shortages. These are just a few of the many wonderful preserved buses that attended the rally.
Towards the end of the day a road run took place from North Weald Station to the former London Country bus garage at Harlow which is now owned by Arriva Buses and parked up on display, We then went on one last run to Mulberry Green, Old Harlow with buses parking up for photos outside the 14th century Green Man public house which provided a wonderful background for the buses.
A fantastic day was had by all, visitors, bus owners and bus crews alike. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this another very successful Epping Ongar Railway Bus Rally. Thanks also goes to all the bus owners for bringing their wonderful buses to the rally and to Arriva for allowing us to use their garage.
The next Epping Ongar Railway bus rally is on Sunday 6th September 2020 with a tribute to Bus Deregulation. Don’t miss it !
Above: Preserved ex Southdown Leyland Titan PD3/4 – NC ‘Queen Mary’ BUF 272C, with AEC Mertlin MB90 (SMM 90F) at Old Harlow. Three ‘Queen Marys’ came to LCBS from Southdown in 1976 to become the LS Class. They were used for about a year as a vehicle shortage stopgap from Chelsham garage in Kent. Some other Titan PD 3/4s – but with Burlingham bodies, were bought from Ribble around the same time, but purely for driver training. As the LR Class, they lasted for several years – into the early 1980s. MB90 was one of the fleet inherited from London Transport on 1st January 1970. (Louise Cocker).
AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
Above: One of the ex Terravision Scania K360EB4/Iizar 64 seaters, YN64 AMU – at Bow Road, east London on 29/2/20. (John Podgorski).
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Top: 4323 on High Street, Colchester on 7/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).
Above: 4323 at Great Horkesley on 7/2/20. The duty it was on is usually double deck as it covers an afternoon school run. (Peter Cackett).
3/2/20: StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1. 7/2/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4323 on 2.
24/2/20: StreetLite 4262 (GN64 DXS) on 2. 28/2/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4323 on 4.
29/2/20: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX 04 HUK) on 1.
Above: 4323 on Queen Street, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Simon Austin).
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4008 in Bishops Stortford on 1/2/20, on the recently started Herts CC contracted local route 311. This bus was new to First London, then Tower Transit and supplied to Arriva via Ensign. (John Podgorski).
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Above: Rainbow ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6509 (SN66 WJE) at the Travel Centre on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).
Above: VDL SB300/Wright Pulsar 3777 at Southend Travel Centre on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).
In the new livery are VDL 200/Wright Pulsar 3777 (KX09 KDN) and Optare Versa YJ10 EYC.
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4009, in its current guise as ENL89. This was one of a batch new to Arriva Southend Grays depot, for use on TfL256 (Hornchurch-Noak Hill), although they appeared on other TfL Grays routes also. After TfL256 was re-tendered to Stagecoach, 4009 and its sisters moved “across the river” to Dartford. The ENL renumbering was when Dartford (and Grays) became part of Arriva London. So, Arriva London North ENL89 was pictured on Avenue Road, Bexleyheath on 1/2/20. Note Dartford depot comes under Arriva London North and not South. (John Podgorski).
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
ADL/Enviro 400 T9 (LJ08 CWA) has transferred to Arriva London South at Thornton Heath.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 VLA127 (LJ05 BJO) has passed to Ensign.
BMC 850 BU53 POV passed to Parnell, Honiton (dealer) and was resold to McGuire, Cumbernald.
1/2/20: DR75408/9 at Bishop’s Stortford.
Has Neoplan Skyliner N66 SUM.
ADL/Enviro 200 SEN29 (YX61 FZZ) is now transferred to Metrobus at Orpington ex London General at Morden Wharf.
14/2/20: 357036 on 5V92 East Ham-Ilford depot via Gas Factory Loop. 357046 at Ilford depot.
4/2/20: 37219 tnt 37254 on 1Q95 NR test train over LTS.
6/2/20: 70810 on 6M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
14/2/20: 37057 on 3Q71 Colchester-Norwich NR test train.
18/2/20: 70802 on 4M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock.
BISHOPS STORTFORD COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
Above: Fiat Ducato SJ16 BGO on the Bishop’s Stortford town service on 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).
DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
Bedford YMT/Duple Dominant III RGV 690W has been re-acquired from Norfolk Coachways for preservation. It was new to Suffolk County Council.
3/2/20; 66149 on 6L69 Peterborough-Biggleswade-Bow Plasmor.
5/2/20: 66009 on 6X77 Dagenham Dock-Mossend car transporters. 66134 on 4E25 Bow-Heck Plasmor.
6/2/20: 66005 on on 6L35 Mossend-Dagenham car transporters and 6X77 return.
8/2/20: 66125 on Bow-Acton. 90034 at Ilford depot.
11/2/20: 66012 at Chesterton Junction. 66040/80 on 4M79 FLX-E Midlands Gateway.
14/2/20: 59103 on Acton-Chelmsford stone and 5V12 return. 66134 on 6L69 Biggleswade-Bow Plasmor. 90034 at Ilford depot.
18/2/20: 66120 on FLX-East Midlands Gateway.
19/2/20: 66075 on 6Z53 Tilbury-Ince. 66167 at Marks Tey sand.
20/2/20: 59101 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 66134 on Bow-Heck Plasmor.
21/2/20: 59201 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66005 on Acton-Harlow Mill.
26/2/20: 59101 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66068 on 6L07 Acton-Griffin Wharf, Ipswich and 6V07 return. 66134 on 6l69 Biggleswade-Bow Plasmor and 4E25 return.
28/2/20: 59005 6L21 Whatley-Dagenham Dock ARC. 59101 on Acton-Harlow Mill. 66142 4L56 Trafford-London Gateway.
Above: Bow Church station on 29/2/20. 96 (right) arrives en route to Stratford, while 41 departs for Canary Wharf. (John Podgorski).
An interesting internal transfer is of Mercedes Citaro MEC14 from London General at Morden Wharf. Also received internally from Blue Triangle is ADL/Enviro 200 SE26 (SN57 DWO).
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini WVL420 was new here for TfL474 (Canning Town-Manor Park). Following the loss of TfL474 to Stagecoach, WVL420 moved south of the Thames to Metrobus at Orpington. It subsequently went to London Central at Bexleyheath, where it was pictured on 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).
7/2/20: 57301 towed GA 371508 Kilmarnock-Ilford.
18,19/2/20: 37402 on GEML route learning.
24/2/20: Contract for Dagenham Dock-Garston car transporters gained from GBRf – 66434 on inaugural working and return.
27/2/20: 37611 towed 745106 to Norwich.
Following the conclusion of the London Overground Barking-Walthamstow e-rail, temporary ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 400s SN09 CDY, CEF/X, CFM, LK55 KJX were withdrawn and returned to sales stock.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400s 901/6 (LJ54 BDZ) have passed to Sleafordian, Sleaford.
Above: M80 FXO, one of the two recent MCV Evoras, at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ipswich on 9/2/20. (Simon Austin). The other is M20 FXO.
Above: 32669 at Highwoods, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).
From First Scotland East are Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 32669 (SN55 HDZ), 32673 – in blue livery. 32669 immediately entered service.
ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67163 (YY66 PAO) is now in blue Essex Airlinks livery. It had been in the old X10 green/silver scheme.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66848 is now a driver trainer.
New X30 Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 MMC 36840 (YN69 XYA) was at ADL Harlow on 11/2/20. The new X30 Scanias entered service in the third week of February.
Ex X30 Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis 37985/86 (BJ11 XGY, ECY) moved from Chelmsford to Hadleigh – they retain their old livery for the time being but have been debranded. The X30 ADL/Enviro 200MMCs have likewise been debranded, but retain their green/silver livery for the present.
Above: 42955 at Osborne Street, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).
Dart SLF/Pointer 42955 (WX06 OMM) has come from First Eastern Counties.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42489 (SN53 KJY) is withdrawn, leaving just 42487 (SN03 WME) representing the type at Hadleigh. 42489 passed to Ensign for breaking.
Other ex First Essex vehicles now at Ensign for parts recovery are Dart SLF/Pointers 42483/86 (SN03 WLK, WMX) and Volvo B7TL/ALX400 W224 XBD. These came from First Eastern Counties. 42483 quickly passed to Shelton Motors of Ely for scrap.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65688 (YS03 ZKH) is now with Hadlow Community School, Kent – via Ensign.
3/2/20: Trident 33044 on 64A. 4/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 75/A. 5/2/20: B7TL/ALX400 32068 on 64. 7/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 17 + 65. 10/2/20: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71. 11/2/20: Route 62 B9TLs 37134/36 on 75. 12/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 70; B7RLE 66803 on 75. 14/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 70; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 64A. 17/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 174; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 65; B7RLE 66825 on 100; X10 E200 MMC 67161 on 100; X30 67168 on 31B; X30 66170 on 42B.
19/2/20: Trident 33087 on 64A; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 24/2/20: ADL/E200 MMC 67166 on 70. 27/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37136 at Colchester Fuel Injection. Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 17 + 65. 28/2/20: B7TL/Gemini 33669 on 65; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 88. 29/2/20: Trident 33080 on 64; Trident 33178 on 64A.
FLAGFINDERS. Withdrawn is Mercedes Sprinter SG52 RZL.
3/2/20: 66511 on 7L54 Acton-Harlow Mill. 66619 on 6L10 Tunstead-Thurrock.
4/2/20; 66511 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 66564 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks. 86608/5 on 4L41.
5/2/20: 66619 on 6L34 Tunstead-Bow. 70011 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
6/2/20: 66543 on 4E24 Gateway-Leeds. 66572 on 4M56 Gateway-Garston. 70016 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 86622/09 on 4L41. 86627/14 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford.
7/2/20: 66525 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66606 on 6L34 Tunstead-Bow. 70016 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 70020 on up intermodal from FLX. 90046/49 on 4L95.
11/2/20: 86604/39 on 4L89. 86607/27 ON 4L75. 86612/13 ON 4L41. 86637/38 at Ipswich yard.
12/2/20: 66572 + GBRf 66733 on 4Z27 Parkeston-Felixstowe operated by GBRf. 86707/27 on 4L75. 86608/32 on 4M87. 86612/13 on 4L41. 86639 at Ipswich.
14/2/19: 66505 on 4S83. 66534 on 4L46. 66617 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey sand. 86604/39 4L89. 86608/32 on 4L91. 86612/13 at Ipswich. 86637/38 on 4M42.
17/2/20: 66587 tnt orange 66415 with HOBC at Coclhester. 86604/39/05/14 on 4L89. 86609/28 at Ipswich.
18/2/20: 66615 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey. 86604/39 on 4L41. 86609/28 on 4L91. 86612/13 on 4L89.
19/2/20: 66505 on 4M56 at Tilbury. 86605/14 on 4L89. 86612/13 on 4L91.
20/2/20: 86605/38 on 4L91.
21/2/20: 86612/13 on 4L89. 86639/04 on 4L41.
24/2/20: 66556/13 with two boxes on Leeds-FLX Fresh Express.
25/2/20: 66511 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 86627/37 on 4L41.
GALLEON TRAVEL, ROYDON.
Above: Leger Holidays liveried VDL Bova SS16 GAL at Bishop’s Stortford on GA rail replacement to/from Broxbourne; 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).
Trident/ALX400 LX04 FXL has been sold to Ensign. It was quickly resold to Shelton Motors at Ely as scrap.
3/2/20: 66715 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
6/2/20: 66722 on 4M46 Gateway-Hams Hall. 66725 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
10/2/20: 66726 on 4M23.
11/2/20: 66719 on 4L28. 66735 on 4M29. 66743 on 4E21 Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
12/2/20: FL 66572 + 66733 on 4Z27 Parkeston-Felixstowe.
18/2/20: 66777 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66789 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
19/2/20: 66759 on 6O60 Bow-Tonbridge West.
20/2/20: 66730 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66741 on 4E20 FLX-Masboro. 66750 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66785/27 on 4E21 FLX-Doncaster. 66789 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
21/2/20: 66703 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66724 on 4L07.
22/2/20: 66703 on 4M23. 66717 on 4L20 Hams Hall-FLX. 66777 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX.
24/2/20: 66783 ‘The Flying Dustman’ on N Walsham to Ipswich light loco.
26/2/20: 66752 at Bow Yard at 0915. 66783 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
28/2/20: 66709 on 4L18 Trafford-FLX. 66717 on 4M02 FLX-Hams Hall. 66722 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66724 on 4L07. 66732 on 4E43 FLX-Doncaster. 66736 4L14 Doncaster-FLX. 66737 on 4L00 Masboro-London Gateway. 66749 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Forest Gate engineers. 66755 on 6L34 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66757 on 4E28 FLX-Doncaster. 66769 on Whitemoor-Manor Park engineers.
29/2/20: 66749 on 6T62 engineers at Stratford.
Above: 755422 at Audley End on 22/2/20 on a Stansted-Norwich working. It will run in electric mode to Ely, then as diesel to Norwich. (John Podgorski).
New are Bombardier Aventra EMUs 720506/9.
Above: A de-branded 90001 at London Liverpool Street on 1/2/20. The Class 90s are due to leave GA in March, when the new Class 745s fully come on stream. (John Podgorski).
De-branded are electric locos 90001/2/3. MkIII carriages 11076/94, 12081.
Sprinter DMU 156417 has gone to EMR and Turbostar DMU 170271 to Transport for Wales.
Mk IIIs 12005/37/42/82/89/142 gone for scrap to Sims, Newport, Wales.
Some Class 90s, DVTs and other MkIIIs have come off lease, but will remain in use until 31/3/20.
317881 was at Clacton for PRM mods.
3/2/20: 156417 transferred as 2N09 to EMR – last ‘156 at GA.
4/2/20: 170271 transferred as 6N10 to Transport for Wales – last ‘170 at GA.
10/2/20: 745002 on 5Q91 test Norwich-Liverpool Street.
13/2/20: 745109 delivered behind DBS 66002.
14/2/20: 720506 delivered to Ilford from Ferme Park.
17/2/20: 745002 in down loop at Chelmsford.
18/2/20: 745002 on 5Q80 Parkeston-Liverpool Street test.
20/2/20: DRS 37401 towed MKIIIs listed above from Norwich to Newport for scrap. 317508/666 on 1F84 1814 Liverpool St-Colchester.
21/2/20: 745002 on test on GEML Stowmarket-Liverpool St and Harwich branch.
25/2/20: 745004 on 5Q81 Liverpool St-Stowmarket test run.
BYD ADL/Enviro 400ev demonstrator LF69 UXJ, moved on to London General North.
Above: Over the February school half term, part of Berechurch Road in Colchester was closed for works. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 288 was pictured on diversion on King George Road on 19/2/20. (John Podgorski).
All Scania Omnilinks are now at Clacton.
Omnilink 460 has received an overall wrap for Dream 100 FM Radio.
Above: Scania Omnilink 456 (AN61 BUS) has moved from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN). Pictured in Clacton on 1/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).
ADL/Enviro 200 261 went from KN back to HD on 5/2/20 and back to KN on 11/2/20. Then back to HD on 20/2/20. 261 is now effectively a regular KN bus.
Volvo B7TL/Gemini 521 appeared at KN again from CN on 5/2/20. 520 appeared at KN from CN on 17/2/20.
Short ADL/E200 298 (OU57 BHA) moved CN to HD on 14/2/20. By 26/2/20, it had returned to CN and was being used for mechanical training.
Omnidekka movements: 7/2/20: 802 – Chambers-KN; 810 – KN-Chambers. 10/2/20: 813 – Chambers-KN; 816 – KN-CN. 14/2/20: 817 – CN-KN. 18/2/20: 817 – KN-CN. 20/2/20: 813 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN; 817 – CN-KN.
10/2/20: Scania Omnilink 457 (AU61 AVK) on 16A + 82 + 50 – prior to moving HD-CN. 25/2/20: Omnidekka 814 on TLA A am, due to failure of B7TL/President 573. 26/2/20: Omnidekka 813 on 15 pm.
Above: Scania Omnilink 457 has moved again. This time from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN), where it was pictured on 14/2/20. It has both Chambers and Konect fleet names. (Alex Law).
Above: Scania Omnidekka 818 at Rowhedge on 10/2/20, on the 0800 route 19 departure to Thomas Lord Audley School. It will then go onto route 63 before doing the return 19 in the afternoon. 19 only runs on schooldays. (Sonny Milton).
Destination displays are being reprogrammed to make them all DDA/PSVAR compliant.
Dart SLF/EL 85, which had been sold for preservation, has been resold for continued driver training use.
15/2/20: Optare Versa 149 (YN08 EPF) on 93.
Above: Versa 149 unusually in Colchester on 15/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).
A woman who put a flight in danger, by being drunk and violent on board, was jailed for 2 years by Chelmsford Crown Court on 12/2/20. Chloe Haynes (26), from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was on a Stansted to Turkey flight worked by Boeing 737 G-JZHC on 22nd June 2019, when her behaviour caused it to return to Stansted under the escort of two fighter jets.
KIRBY’S OF RAYLEIGH.
Above: Setra S415 K50 BYS at Southend Victoria on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Shenfield on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).
L&R TRANSPORT, BASILDON.
Has Neoplan Skyliner N66 SUN.
LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Dennis Trident/ELs YAZ 8277 ex T405 BNN, T270 BPR, have been sold to GHP Trading, Ancaster.
Ex TfL100 ADL/Enviro 20Ds SE222-231 (YY64 GXK, TXH/J/K/L/M/N/O/P/R) have gone to Plymouth Citybus.
LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
BYD ADL/Enviro400EV demonstrator SN69 CXJ was on loan from mid February, for staff training prior to the type being delivered as the Ee Class.
315802/3/8/10/16 on Romford-Upminster during February.
710120 replaced 710121 on driver training. 710119 continued on this. These training runs are between Liverpool Street and London Fields/Enfield Town. The 710s stable at Ilford.
378204/11 have been refreshed at Ilford.
24/2/20: 710/1s made their passenger debut on Lea Valley Lines, with 710121/108 on 2U37 1122 Enfield Town-Liverpool Street.
Above: Ex MTR 315836 at Liverpool Street on 8/2/19, on the 1533 to Chingford. (John Podgorski).
Above: S7 Stock 21445 at Bow Road on 29/2/20, on the rear of an Upminster service. (John Podgorski).
MAYFLOWER SCHOOL, DOVERCOURT.
The Ex Hedingham Dennis Trident/EL T802 RFG, now a static library, suffered vandalism while parked in the school grounds. Thanks to CrowdFunding from two pupils, £1000 has been raised to allow the bus to be craned into a secure courtyard within the school complex.
345018 towed from Worksop to Ilford by DBS 37608.
21/2/20: 345057 OC-IL behind 37608.
25/2/20: 345057 appeared on GEML -on 2W72 1140 Liverpool St-Shenfield.
In February, Clarkes of Sydenham took over a route 484 diagram from Chalfont of Uxbridge. This was the one which overnights on the Essex coast.
Above: NX-Galloway Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante III BF68 LCN picks up at the new westbound Colchester coach stop on 24/2/20. (John Podgorski).
From 20/2/20, Colchester Bus Station (Stanwell Street) was no longer served. It was replaced by the bus stops at the top of East Hill.
Between 16th and 23rd February there was disruption to some services serving Cambridge, due to Trumpington Road being blocked by an Extinction Rebellion demonstration at the junctions of Fen Causeway, Lensfield Road and Trumpington Street.
29/2/19: Gatwick (GA) Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante GA212 on A9 – worked by SH (Start Hill).
Above: GA212 on Leytonstone High Road on 29/2/20. (John Podgorski).
6/2/20: Windhoff MPVs DR98003/4/9/11 on 6Y53 Crewe-Chelmsford OHLE train.
21/2/20: Robel Mobile Maintenance Train DR97506/606/806 on 6U86 Pitsea-Colchester – later returned.
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 514 (EU58 BLJ) at Southend Victoria on 22/2/20; on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Shenfield. (Simon Austin).
Acquired via Ensign is ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BDY.
Scania K360E4/Plaxton Panther2 DC61 PAN has reverted to TF61 OXF and been sold to a Scottish operator.
Following parts recovery; Dart SLF/Mini Pointer X509 WRG and Dart SLF/Pointers KP02 PUH, PVD have gone for scrap. None of these were operated.
10/2/20: 37800 on Colchester ‘Thunderbird’.
18,19/2/20: 37800 CR Thunderbird.
Two all electric BYD ADL 400EV buses – LF69 UXN/O, entered service in Cambridge on Citi6 in mid February. These also sported the new Stagecoach white based corporate livery.
The new Volvo B8TL/ADL Enviro 400 Citys are also appearing on the North Cambs Busway. Green liveried BU69 XYL was the first noted.
Between 16th and 23rd February, there was disruption to services in Cambridge, due to a major junction being blocked by an Extinction Rebellion protest. This was Lensfield Road/Fen Causeway/Trumpington Road/Trumpington Street.
Routes affected were the Trumpington Park and Ride, which could not access part of Trumpington Road or use Lensfield Road. As well as being diverted via Botanic Gardens, Station Road and Hills Road, its city centre terminus was altered for the duration from Downing Street to Regent Street. Also affected were the City Sightseeing Cambridge City Tour and route 18 to Cambourne. Part of the southbound section of the tour could not operate and 18 could not serve any of its city centre stops except by Downing Street.
Vauxhall Vivaro van VA18 MVT on hire from Enterprise and at Cambridge.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
ADL/E40D 12320 (SK14 CSY) – Zadig and Voltaire.
LT239 – Clarkes; LT261 – Calvin Klein; LT360 – Hilfiger; LT367 -Clarkes; LT376 – Adidas 2020.
Back to red: ADL/Enviro 40Ds 12318 (SN14 TYV), 19852 (LX12 CZF); LT258, 388.
STEPHENSONS. Acquired for driver training is ex Nottingham City Transport Scania Omnitown 7054 (YN54 AHC).
Route 23 (Leigh Rail Station-Eastwood Road) ended on 25/2/20. This was a Tuesdays only operation, and had replaced a section of withdrawn Arriva Southend routeing. Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 605 (EX63 UZV) worked the last journey.
Above: Ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 436, on ex First Route 24, on Chichester Road, Southend on 1/2/20. This is one of the two regular route 24 buses. (Simon Austin).
Odd sightings: 12/2/20: Omnidekka 903 (YN53 CFV) on CHS contract usually with B12M/Paragon coach 200 (X400 MTT). 22/2/20: Scania N230UD/E400 610 (CX14 EMS) on 301. 29/2/20: Mb Sprinter 301 (RE66 VPD) on 16.
Above: 301 in Chelmsford on 29/2/20. (Simon Austin).
SULIVAN BUSES, SOUTH MIMMS.
Withdrawn is Trident/EL TN1 (PO51 UMH).
TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Above: Recently acquired MAN/Plaxton Centro KX58 BHZ at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ipswich on 9/2/20. (James Pretty).
Above: One of the ADL/Enviro 400s which passed to Go-Ahead London, via Ensign in 2018. EN38 at Broadway, Bexleyheath on 1/2/20. Working for London Central. It had been originally posted to Metrobus at Orpington. Was DN33634 at Transit. (John Podgorski).
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DM44267 on Leytonstone High Road on 29/2/20. Working from Lea Interchange (LI) garage. (John Podgorski).
Above: Ex Arriva North East (via Ensign) Scania L94UB/Wright Solar NK53 UNY in Bishop’s Stortford on 1/2/20. It is on the Herts CC contracted service 351. (John Podgorski).
Acquired via Ensign is ex Arriva Kent Thameside Optare Solo M950 YJ07 VPX.
Trident/ALX400 LX04 FXP has been sold; probably for scrap.
Above: One of the recent ex RATP London Optare Tempos. YJ11 EHW at Ongar Two Brewers on 25/2/20. (Robert Downton).
Sold are Mb Citaro O530 bendybuses MBA325-27 (MH06 YJD/E/F ex AN02 EDN, BN02 EDN, CN02 EDN). All likely went for scrap. MBA327 was definitely scrap as it was fire damaged.
Between 16th and 23rd February, the U service was disrupted due to Trumpington Road being blocked by an Extinction Rebellion protest, at its junction with Trumpington Street, Lensfield Road and Fen Causeway. Service U could not serve Trumpington Street so was diverted via the city centre.
With thanks to: AngliaGen, S Austin, P Cackett, A Hazell, A Law, LOTS, S Milton, D Pretty, J Pretty, D Trent, I Twine.