Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. November 2020.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.

From 5th November a second UK National Lockdown was put into place (until 2nd December). Also known as a Tier 4, this differed from the first lockdown in the spring, in that schools stayed open, along with more businesses. But hospitality, leisure facilities and “non essential” shops were again closed. Bus and rail services continued as usual levels, but perhaps not surprisingly, were quieter. During the day, traffic on the roads etc seemed normal, but by night everything went eerily quiet. In London, the centre was definitely emptier, although the suburbs remained busy.

YJ19HVD OME2653 ML 134 (HIGHGATE WOODS) 7-11-20

Above: Believe it or not, this picture was taken during the second UK lockdown. Highgate Woods on 7/11/20, featuring Metroline Optare Metrodecker ev OME2653. (John Podgorski).

A2B, CAMBRIDGE. Sourced through Ensign were ADL/Enviro 200s YX10 BDE, BFK.

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS, STANSTED. Scania K360EB4/Caeteno C650s BX56 WBK/L has passed to Hill (dealer), Melton Mowbray.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE COLCHESTER. All buses received a small poppy emblem on their front dash, for the 2020 Remembrance; but these were removed later in November. Odd sightings: 2/11/20: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 (EU56 GVG) on Staff Shuttle + 8. 9/11/20: 1559 on 8. 11/11/20: Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8. 13/11/20: R133 StreetLite 4324 (SK68 TWV) on 1. 14/11/20: 1559 on 8. 19/11/20: 1563 on 8. 23/11/20: 1562 on 8. 26/11/20: 1563 on 8. 27/11/20: 1562 on 8; StreetLite 4262 on 1. 30/11/20: 1563 on 8; P&R ADKL/E200 4074 (SK15 GXU) on 2 duplicate; 4626 on 2 duty normally ‘decker.

SK15GXU 4074 AR CR P&R 2 DUPLICATE 30-11-20 (P CACKETT)

Above: 4074 at Highwoods on the 2 on 30/11/20. (Peter Cackett).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE SOUUTHEND. Further other operators on school duplicates are Godward of Wickford and Vectare of Chelmsford.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.

STAMFORD HILL ARRIVA LONDON GARAGE 12-9-20

Above: New Routemaster LT821 enters Stamford Hill garage on 12/9/20. (John Podgorski).

Stamford Hill (SF) garage closed after service on 6/11/20. Its routes were reallocated as follows: 73 (Stoke Newington-Oxford Circus) – to Clapton (CT); 253 (Hackney Central-Tottenham Court Road) – to CT and Ash Grove (AE); 318 (Stamford Hill-North Middlesex Hospital) – to Tottenham (AR). New Routemaster LT833 was the very last operational bus to leave SF.

ARROW, MALDON.

YK08WEO ARROW ESSEX DART (HALSTEAD) 18-11-20 (S AUSTIN)

Above: Mercedes Sprinter YK08 WEO on an Essex Dart service, on Market Hill, Halstead on 18/11/20. (Simon Austin).

AVANTI WEST COAST. 6/11/20: 221103 on Ilford-Barton ECS. 221104 on Barton-Ilford ECS. 13/11/20; 221104 on Ilford-Barton ECS. 221107 on Barton-Ilford ECS. 20/11/20: 22107 – IL-Barton.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON. Ex Southern Caoch Lines, Newbury is Scania K340EB4/Caetano Levante FJ56 PFK.

BLUE TRIANGLE. Withdrawn were ADL/Enviro 400s EN18-24 and E55. EN20, 22 and E55 were then loaned to Ensignbus for Amazon contracts. Also withdrawn were Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WVL238/39. All of the 56 reg E Class E400s are now withdrawn.

YX15XMM SE234 GAL BT 346 (UPMINSTER PARK) 12-11-20 (D DISBURY)

Above: ADL/Enviro 200 SE234 at Cranham on 21/11/20. (Daniel Disbury).

COLAS. 13/11/20: 37254 tnt 37099 on 1Q99 Cambridge-March via Colchester and Felixstowe test train.

COLNE VALLEY RAILWAY.

DMU HALSTEAD 13-11-20 (DARREN LEWIS)

Above: This DMU car was en route to the railway – courtesy of Quattro Heavy Haulage , and pictured in Halstead on 13/11/20. (Darren Lewis).

DAN’S LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY. Sold to Bus and Coach Centre, Forest Hill (dealer), were: Volvo B12B/Jonckherres FJ07 ADO/X; Iveco Eurorider/Plaxton Panther YN07 KGZ; Mercedes Tourismos BF16 XRE, BL16 FYV, BN17 JLO, BF67 WKW, Iveco 70C17/IM YN16 CLY. Parnell the Honiton dealer took Mercedes 0816D/Plaxton Chetah YN07 DUH.

DBS. 2/11/20: 66019 on 6L69 Peterborough-Bow Plasmor. 4/11/20: 66034 on 6L07 Acton-Ipswich Griffin Wharf. 9/11/20: 66017 on 6L69. 66221 on 6L07 Acton-Ipswich Griffin Wharf. 11/11/20: 66069 on 4M79 FLX- EM Gateway. 12/11/20: 66162 on Wakefield-FLX. 14/11/20: 66205 at Bow with rake of Yeoman JHA hoppers @ 1437. 20/11/20: 66051 on Peterborough-Bow Plasmor.

DON’S, DUNMOW. Has ex First Hampshire & Dorset Scania Omnidekka YN05 HGA – via Ensign.

DRS. 2/11/20: 57002 tnt 57003 on 3S60 GEML RHTT. 5/11/20: 37425/422 on 6Z87 on Stowmarket-Ilford. 5/11/20: 37038 tnt 37069 on 3S60. 6/11/20: 37422/25 on Ilford-Stowmarket light loco. 7/11/20: 57002 tnt 57003 on 3S60. 9/11/20: 37038/059/069 on 0Z38 Stowmarket-Willesden light loco.37401 on 0Z75 Willesden-Stowmarket light loco. 37425 tnt 37422 on 3S60. 10/11/20: 37401 tnt 37424 on 3S60. 12/11/20: 37401/424 on 6Z87 Stowmarket-Ilford RHTT. 66426 tnt 66428 on 3S60. 13/11/20: 37401/424 on Ilford-Stowmarket. 37422 tnt 37425 on 3S01. 15/11/20: 66426 tnt 66428 on 3S01. 16/11/20: 37059 on 0Z37 Willesden-Stowmarket light loco. 37424 tnt 37401 on 3S01. 57003 on Stowmarket-Brent light loco. 19/11/20: 37038 on Willesden-Stowmarket light loco. 37401 tnt 37424 on 3S60. 66426/428 on Stowmarket-Ilford RHTT. 20/11/20: 37422 tnt 37425 on 3S60. 21/11/20: 66426 tnt 66428 on 6Z88 Ilford-Stowmarket. 23/11/20: 37422/25 on 0Z38 Stowmarket-Willesden. 57003 on Willesden-Stowmarket light loco. 66426/28 on 3S60. 28/11/20: 66426 tnt 66428 on 3S60. 30/11/20: 37038 tnt 37059 on 3S60. 37424 on 0E37 Stowmarket-Willesden light loco.

ENSIGNBUS. Acquired are ex Tower Transit Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis 135-137 (BJ11 EAG, DVV/W). On brief loan from Blue Triangle were ADL/Enviro 400s EN20, 22 and E55. Sold are ADL/Enviro 200s 714/15 (YN62 AOH, MX63 ARF) – to Centrebus; ADL/Enviro 400s 976/77 (LK58 KGU/M) – to Sullivan Buses; AEC PRV Routemaster RM1650 (650 DYE) – to Mr Jones, Redhill; Volvo B9TL/Olympus 126 (PO58 KPT) – to Grant Palmer, Dunstable.

ENSIGNBUS KEY WORKER SERVICE EXTRAS 11-11-20 (D DISBURY)

Above: New service extras for key workers. (Daniel Disbury).

FIRST ESSEX.

MX05CBY 66797 FE 65 (LEXDEN VILLAGE) 14-11-20

Above: Volvo B7RLE 66797 in Lexden Village on 14/11/20. (Daniel Pretty).

ADL/Enviro 400 33424 (VT59 JPT) is in NBC era Eastern National heritage livery. Volvo B7TL/Gemini 37062 (YJ06 XMP) became the dedicated 67C bus from November. B7TL/ALX400 32068 (KP51 VZS) is back in use at CR ex long term SORNED/VOR. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66794 was returned to CF ex loan at BN; 66797 (MX05 CBY) was on loan from CF to CR and later replaced by 66860; 66806 was loaned CF to CR; 66823 was loaned from BN to CR; sister 69518 was loaned from HH to CR. ADL/E200 44006 returned to HH ex loan at Basildon. Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37009 (WX55 VHU) went to Alpha Recovery for scrap. Odd sightings: 1/11/20: B7TL/Gemini 37020 on 64A. 2/11/20: B7TL/Gemini 32628 on 103; 37020 on 104; R62 B9TL/Gemini 37135 on 61; B9TL/Gemini 37140 on 102; X10 ADL/E200 MMC 67160 on 100; X10 ADL/E200 MMC 67162 on 5. 3/11/20: B7TL/Gemini 32547 on 64; B7TL/Gemini 32628 on 104; B7TL/Gemini 32669 on 175; B7TL/Gemini 37004 on 103; B7TL/Gemini 37034 on 103; B7TL/Gemini 37054 on 104; X10 67160 on 8; X10 67162 on 100. 4/11/20: 32476 on 103; 32629 on 104; 32673 on 103; R62 37135 on 65; Airlinks 67161/63 on 100. 5/11/20: 32673 on 64A; 37017 on 103; 37042 on 102; R62 37135 on 104; X10 67160/62 on 100. 6/11/20: 37010 on 103; 37037 on 102; 37054 on 175;R62 37138 on 65; X10 67160 on 100; X10 67162 on 8; X10 67164 on 100. 7/11/20: R62 37139 on 61; 37140 on 64A; X10 67162 on 16; Airlink 67163 on 25; X10 67164 on 100. 9/11/20: 37053 on 175. 10/11/20: 32547 on 104; 32629 on 64A; 37007 on 103; 37016 on 104; R62 37138 on 61; Airlink 67161 on 100; X10 67162/64 on 8. 11/11/20: B7TL/Gemini 32628 on 104; 37020 on 103; 37042 102; R62 37136 on 61; X10 67162 on 100; Airlink 67163 on 25. 12/11/20: B7TL/ALX400 32068 on 175; 32477 on 102; 37004 on 64A; 37007 on 103; CF66797 on CR 64A; Airlink 67161 on 8A; Airlink 67163 on 8; X10 67164 on 8. 13/11/20: 32628 on 104; 32669 on 103; 37010 on 64A; 37037 on 175; R62 37135 on 88; R62 37136 on 88A; Airlink 67161 on 8; Airlink 67163 on 25; X10 67164 on 8. 14/11/20: 32547 on 103; 32628 on 64A; 37006 on 64; R62 37138 on 104; Airlink 67163 on 100; X10 67164 on 25. 15/11/20: R62 37135 on 70; R62 37138 on 61; X10 67164 on 5. 16/11/20: 32628 on 102; 32673 on 104; 37010 on 103; R62 37138 on 75; Airlink 67161 on 8; X10 67162 on 100; X10 67164 on 25. 17/11/20: 32547 on 66B; 32673 on 103; 37017 on 103; Airlink 67161 on 25; X10 67162 on 25; X10 67164 on 8; X10 67164 on 8A. 18/11/20: 37042 on 102; R62 37133 on on 103; Airlink 67161/63 on 8; X10 67164 on 100. 19/11/20: 37017 on 103; R62 37136 on 74B; R62 37138 on 61; Airlink 67161 on 100; X10 67162 on 25; X10 67164 on 100. 20/11/20: 32485 on 103; 37020 on 104; 37036 on 103; R62 37135 on 74B; 37140 on 102; Airlink 67161 on 5; X10 67164 on 8A. 22/11/20: 37053 on 102; X10 67164 on 8. 23/11/20: 32628 on 64; 32672 on X30; 32673 on 103; 37007 on 104; 37034 on 102; R62 37134 on 65; Airlink 67163 on 8; X10 671264 on 8A. 24/11/20: 32642 on X30; 37034 on 102; 37036 on 175; R62 37136 on 64A; StreetLites 47160, 47652 on 100; X10 67162 on 8; X10 67164 on 8A. 25/11/20: 32547 on 64A; 32642 on X30; 37017 on 103; 37027 on 64; 37053 on 103; X10 67160 on 8; X10 67162 on 100; X10 67164 on 8. 26/11/20; 37015/16 on 104; 37035 on 102; R62 37134 on 65; 37140 on 103; X10 67160/62 on 100; X10 67164 on 8. 27/11/20: 32087 on 103; 32483 on X30; 37036 on 103; 37053 on 102; R62 37135 on 61; X10 67162 on 100; Airlink 67163 on 25; X10 67164 on 8. 28/11/20: 32485 on 104; 32628 on 103; 37007 on 102; R62 37134 on 75; R62 37136 on 61; R62 37138 on 2A; X10 67160 on 25; Airlink 67163 on 5. 29/11/20; 32628 on 102. 30/11/20: 32629 on 103; 32669 on 102; 37020 on 175; 44909 (YX09 AFY) on 100; X10 67160/62 on 8A; X10 67164 on 8.

FREIGHTLINER. 3/11/20: 66516 on 4L57 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66541 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks. 66556 on 4L37 Lawley St-FLX. 4/11/20: Orange 59206 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford. 90010/16 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 5/11/20: Failed 66592 towed from Shenfield back to Ipswich by 66503 as 0Z66. 90013/044 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX. 6/11/20: 66570/669 on 4M94 FLX-Lawley Street. 86639/09 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 90045/046 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 7/11/20: 66560 on Leeds-FLX. 66592 on FLX-Leeds. 66955 on 4E63 FLX-Doncaster. 90013/044 on 4L93. 8/11/20: 90013/044 on 0Z90/91 Ipswich-Norwich crew trainer and return. 9/11/20: 66556 on Ipswich-Temple Mills light loco, then on 4Z37 to FLX. 90006/043 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX. 10/11/20: 66504 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66622 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey. 90011 on Ipswich-Norwich crew training. 11/11/20: 66558 on Acton-Chelmsford. 90003/86638/39 on 4L97/4L96 Trafford-FLX. 12/11/20: 59101 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66613 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey. 86613/04 on 4L91 then 4M87. 86622/08 on 4L89. 13/11/20: 86613/04 on 4L91. 86622/08 on 4L89. 15/11/20: 90011 on Ipswich-Norwich and return crew trainer. 16/11/20: 86604/13 + 66593 dit on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 90012/007 on 4L89. 17/11/20: 66539 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks. 18/11/20: 66526/90011 on 4L75. 19/11/20: 66952 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 86604/08 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX + 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86638/39 on 4M45 FLX-Garston. 90008/16 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 20/11/20: Orange 66503 on 4L32 Wentloog-FLX. 66560 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 66569 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe. 86604/09 on 4L91. 24/11/20: 66517 on 4L36. 66538 on FLX-Leeds. 66553 on 4M94. 86609/08 on 4L97. 86637/07 on 4L91 + 4M87. 28/11/20; 90018/046 on 4L93 Crewe-FLX. 30/11/20: 66562 on 4L46 Lawley St-London Gateway. 66564 on 4M84 London Gateway-Trafford.

90018+046 (SF) 28-11-20

Above: 90018 + 046 at Stratford on 28/11/20. (John Podgorski).

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.

PO15AZP GALLOWAY 38 DUPLICATE (HALSTEAD) 16-11-20 (S AUSTIN)

Above: Mercedes 516D/UNVI Voyager PO15 AZP in Halstead on 16/11/20, on a schools duplicate for Stephensons route 38 to Witham. (Simon Austin).

GBRf. 4/11/20: 66767 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 7/11/20: 66704 on 4E14 FLX-Doncaster. 66735 tnt 66728 on “up” RHTT at Ilford Flyover @ 1400. 66756 on “down” intermodal through Chelmsford @ 1340. 66769 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masboro. 8/11/20: 66710 replaced 66728 on Broxbourne RHTT. 11/11/20: 66771 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66792 on 6P41 Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 12/11/20: 66792 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 14/11/20: 66710 tnt 66735 on 3S70 Broxbourne-Southend and return RHTT. 16/11/20: 66780 ‘Cemex’ on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 20/11/20: 66756 on 6L37. 66711 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 24/11/20: 66705 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66765 on 4M23.

GODWARD, WICKFORD. Ex Edwards, Llantwit Fardre is short VDL180/MCV Evolution YJ60 GDU. Received in blue, it was then repainted white.

GOLDLINE, LEYTONSTONE & MANOR PARK. Odd sightings: 6 & 30/11/20: Caetano Trabus BV19 XRW on Colchester High School.

GREATER ANGLIA. Class 720 ‘Aventras’ began public service on the Southend Victoria-Liverpool Street line from 26/11/20; London and Southend crews were the first to be trained on this type. Ex London Overground 317708/09/10/14/19/23/29/32 have been reinstated here, to cover for late delivery of new Class 720 EMUs. 360103/04/13/16/20/21 have transferred to EMR. 321437 and 321448 are now at Edge Hill depot, Liverpool (Northern Trains), for conversion to Class 600 ‘Breeze’ HMUs (Hydrogen Multiple Units). 6/11/20: 755401 on 5Q52 Liv St-Norwich test run. 7/11/20: 317347 at Stratford @ 1405 on Meridian Waters shuttle. 317509 + 507 on 1428 Liv St-Cambridge North. 317655/664 on 5V03 Harwich International-Ilford ECS. 317666/70 on 5A02 Ilford-Harwich International for storage. 360110 on 5Q60 Northampton-Ilford ECS between GBRf 47749/27. 360115 on 5Q61 Ilford Northampton ECS between GBRf 47727/49. 755331 on Colchester depot. 10/11/20: 317501/345 on 5N94 Ilford-Clacton ECS. 360120 on 5Q60 Ilford (IL)-Cricklewood (CW) drag between 50049/007 – GA-EMR transfer. 11/11/20: 360103 – IL-CW. 12/11/20: 360121 – IL-CW. 13/11/20: 720515/36 on 5Q25 Ilford-Ipswich test. 14/11/20: 317337 and 884 visible in Ilford depot. 317341 on rear of 1812 Liv St-Hertford East. 360115 on 5Q61 Northampton-Ilford ECS between 47727/49. 360117 on 5Q61 Ilford-Northampton ECS between 47749/27. 16/11/20: 360104/13/16 – IL-CW. 18/11/20: 745106 on 1B84 Liv St-Stansted failed at Liv st then ran as ECS 5M99 to Orient Way. 20/11/20: 745104 towed by UID ROG ’37 on 5P00 Temple Mills-Norwich. 21/11/20: 360101 on 5Q61 IL-Northampton ECS. 360117 on 5Q60 Northampton-IL ECS between 47727/49. 23/11/20: 317655/64 Ilford-Eastleigh ECS for scrap behind ROG 57312. 24/11/20: 317651/54 on 5A02 Ilford-Harwich International for storage. 317666 on Harwich International-Ilford ECS. 317719/23 on 5L50 Wembley-Ilford ECS. 26/11/20; 720515/17 on first revenue working – 1K85 Southend Vic-Liv St. 28/11/20: 720536/511 on 1K77 14:50 Southend Vic-Liv St.

720536 GA (LST) 28-11-20

Above: 720536 at Liverpool Street on 28/11/20. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.

Hedingham 60years_social2-01_without_today

Hedingham has 60th Anniversary enamel lapel badges available at £7.50 each. They are obtainable from Customer Services at Clacton, on 0330 102 0801, or orders can by made by email on services@hedingham.co.uk 

X584EGK 586 HO (KN DEPOT) 7-11-20 (L KINSELLA ILOTT)

Above: Ex Go North East, ex East Yorkshire originally Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 586. Kelvedon depot, 7/11/20. (Laurence Kinsella-Ilott).

Scania Omnidekkas 811-814 have come from Chambers to CN. Volvo B7TL/Presidents 565 (W425 WGH), 584 (PJ02 REU) have moved from CN to HD. Volvo B7TL/President 578 (W519 WGH) has gone to Alpha Recovery at Cramlington for scrap. School route TLA3 has been renumbered as TLA C.

Omnidekka movements: 10/11/20: 803 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers; 816 – KN-CN. 16/11/20: 810 – KN-Chambers; 813 – KN-CN; 814 – Chambers-KN; 817 – KN-CN. Odd sightings: 2/11/20: Dart SLF/MPD 288 (HW54 BUF) on TLA 3 am. 3/11/20: Volvo B7TL/President 573 (W491 WGH) on TLA3 am. 10/11/20: Short ADL/E200 293 (EU59 AFJ) on TLA 3 pm; Volvo B7TL/President 565 (W425 WGH) on 19 + 63. 13/11/20: Volvo B7TL/President 574 (W506 WGH) on 15 pm. 16-17/11/20: 288 on TLA C. 18/11/20: 288 on TLA C am; 293 on TLA C pm; 571 on 19 + 63. 19/11/20: 586 on 19B pm, then TLA C pm. 20/11/20: Omnidekka 813 on TLA B pm.

IPSWICH BUSES. Optare Versa 145/46 (YK08 EPC/D) have passed to Tanat Valley, Oswestry, in exchange for ADL/Enviro 200 DU60 LOJ, which has been numbered 70.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER. Mercedes Tourismo BV66 GVX, has been seen with fleet names removed.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH. Wright StreetLites WS62, 63 transferred to Metrobus at Orpington. This left WS49, 50 as the only StreetLites here at Northumnerland Park.

LONDON OVERGROUND. 3/11/20: 315802/807 on 5Q20 Northampton-Ilford ECS. 317710/709 on 5L50 Wembley-Ilford ECS. 5/11/20: 315802/07 towed by ROG 37884 from Ilford to Booth, Rotherham for scrap – but terminated at Northampton due to loco failure. 23/11/20; 315801/15 from Ilford to Newport for scrap, behind ROG 57303 as 5Q60.

LONDON UNDERGROUND. Trains received poppy emblems on cab ends for the 2020 Remembrance.

11039 LUL VICTORIA LINE (OXFORD CIRCUS) 14-11-20

Above: 11039 departs a quiet Oxford Circus (Victoria Line) northbound platform, for Walthamstow Central on 14/11/20. (John Podgorski).

M&M STAFFING, CHELMSFORD. Under restoration is AEC PRV Routemaster RM2173 (CUV 173C).

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.

345039 TfL RAIL POPPY (LST) 14-11-20

(John Podgorski).

The Class 345s got a poppy emblem below the drivers cab window. The remaining Class 315s received poppy emblems below the drivers cab window for the 2020 Remembrance. Class 315 obs: 7/11/20: 315844 (country end) + UID and 315848 (country end) + 851 in Shenfield sidings. 315833 (country end) + 817 and 315834 (country end) + 839 in Gidea Park yard. 315820 and 315853 visible at London end of Aldersbrook sidings, Ilford. 14/11/20; 315818 (country end) + 854 and 315820 (country end) + 819 in Shenfield sidings. 315838 (country end) + 847 in Gidea Park yard. 315853 (London end) + UID in Aldersbrook sidings. 6 x ‘315s visible in Ilford depot including 315844.

NATIONAL EXPRESS. Coaches received a poppy emblem on the front. Several Levantes surplus at Start Hill and Luton, due to the post Covid slump in airport traffic, have moved to NX West Midlands at Walsall for NX white coach use and an Amazon contract. Start Hill allocated coaches have also been spreading their wings due to the closure of Gatwick depot, and the taking “in house” of several routes from NX contractors, such as Go South Coast. All of the Mercedes Citaros used on car park shuttles and airside at Stansted have been withdrawn, due to the drop in demand for air travel. These were Citaro bendys 8542-47/74-88/80/81/84 (T500 LSA, N500 LSA, P600 LSA, R700 LSDA, S600 LSA, T600 LSA, K900 LSA, N900 LSA, P900 LSA, R900 LSA, S900 LSA, S800 LSA, T800 LSA, T900 LSA), 8680/81/91 (NE02 BUS, NE03 BUS, BX07 NMF) and Citaro rigids 8554-60 (K700 LSA, N700 LSA, P700 LSA, R700 LSA, T700 LSA, N800 LSA, P800 LSA), 8695-98 (BP08 WNL, BV57 JYX, BX56 VVE, KO56 GNP); Mb Sprinter 513/Trekker 8591 (KM16 KHF), 8686 (KT18 AUK); Scania Omnicity saloons 8689/90 (YN56 FEO/P). White coaches withdrawn, also due to a decline in airport traffic are Scania K440EB6/Levantes 177/85-88/90/97/99, 204-208 (BK14 LFR/Z, LGA/C/D/F/V, BK64 FKL, BG65 TGK/N/O/U, BX16 CMK). Sold is Scania K340EB6/Levante 19 (FJ57 KHY) which had latterly been a driver trainer.

NETWORK RAIL: 24/11/20: Robel DR97506/606/806 on Colchester-Romford move.

OSBORNES, TOLLESBURY.

NNO 310 Osbornes Dmlr CVD6 Willo738 (C PORTER)

Above: Daimler CVD6/Willowbrook NNO 310 of 1948 vintage, at the original Tollesbury depot. (Clive Porter).

PANTHER TRAVEL. Acquired via Ensign is ADL/Enviro 200 YX58 DWN, it is for component recovery only. Dennis Dart/Alexander Dash BIG 8843 had been sold in late summer, but the sale fell through and it remains as a static store at Parkeston depot.

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS. 14/11/20: Rake of Touax and Hanson bogie hoppers being loaded in Chelmsford yard. Yeoman JHA bogie hopper 19316 was still in the defective siding at Bow at the end of November, but had been joined by then, by a similar Tourax bogie hopper.

ROG. 6/11/20: 37608 on Leicester-Orient Way light loco. 25/11/20: 37608 on 0Z37 Orient Way-Fenchurch St light loco and return.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER. Has ceased operations, with the O licence not being renewed. Work has passed to a new company called Swift Travel. The Roman Cars phv business continues.

RYANAIR. Reported an 80% loss of trade (due to Covid-19), compared to the same period in 2019.

SJH TRAVEL, CANVEY. Sold is Volvo B10M/Van Hool M860 TYC.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON. New are BYD/ADL E400-EVs 14130-33. They are for TfL173 (Beckton-Goodmayes), TfL174 (Dagenham-Harold Hill). More are due. 14133 was trialled at Selkent at Catford before reaching East London. ADL/Enviro 400 19000 (LX55 HGC) orig 18500 ‘Spirit of London’, has been preserved by the company.

YX12FNS 80411 RATP ST EL 173 (BECKTON) 28-11-20

Above: One of the ADL/Enviro 400s borrowed from RATP for initial use on TfL173 (Beckton-Goodmayes). 80411 at Beckton on 28/11/20. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS. Scania Omnicity ‘decker 506 (YN07 LHD) has been loaned to Galloway at Mendlesham.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN. Ex Craig, Scotland Scania K340EB4/Caetano Levante FJ56 PFD.

TOWER TRANSIT. Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis BJ11 DVN/O/T/V/W have passed to Ensign.

BJ11DTO (REAR) TT 452 (BATTERSEA) 28-11-20

Above: One of the Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis originally used by First on TfL25 in east London; BJ11 DTO was seen at Battersea, Queenstown Road on 28/11/20. After First left London in 2013, Lea Interchange depot passed to Tower Transit. Subsequent vehicle upgrades and contract changes saw some of the Volvos move to Westbourne Park, where this bus is now based. (John Podgorski).

TRANSPORT for LONDON. No contractors buses received special poppy liveries for 2020, but they did get poppy emblems on the lower bodysides.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON. Acquired through Ensign are Optare Versas YJ12 PKX/Y, PLF. Optare Tempos YJ10 MDE/U have passed to Ensign and were resold to Brylaine of Boston..

UNO. From 23/11/20,TfL school routes 692, 699 (Potters Bar-Winchmore Hill) were taken over from Metroline. Pioneer BYDs BYD1471-75 are being used. These were also ex Metroline.

VECTARE, CHELMSFORD. Volvo B7RLE/Wright BK12 NZS, was used on school duplicates for Arriva Southend in November.

BK13NZU VECTARE (GA RRP CR) 25-10-20 (D PRETTY)

Above: One of the ex Transdev Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Geminis. BK13 NZU at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement on 25/10/20. (Daniel Pretty).

VOLKER RAIL. 7/11/20: Tamper DR77802 at Marks Tey engineers siding.

WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS. 14/11/20: 172333 – TS-IL. 172336 – IL-TS.

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, D Disbury, L Kinsella Ilott, D Lewis, C Porter, D Pretty, S Taylor.

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