Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. May 2021.

Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of Busmopolitan.

Above: Spring is here. Well Bluebells at least, even if the weather has seemed somewhat autumnal at times. This is Friday Woods, Colchester on 16/5/21. (Margaret Jones).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE COLCHESTER. Odd sightings: 4/5/21: StreetLite 4224 on 2. 11/5/21: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 on 1. 12/5/21: StreetLite 4262 on 2. 17/5/21: StreetLite 4261 on 1. 19/5/21: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 on 1; R133 StreetLite 4324 on 8. 20/5/21: 1559 on 1. 21/5/21: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 on 1; P&R ADL/E200 4075 on 77; 4324 on 8. 25/5/21: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 on 1; P&R ADL/E200 4071 on 133. 27/5/21: R133 4323 on 8.

BEESTONS. New are Volvo B8R/Plaxton Panthers 226 LRB, 229 LRB. They are PSVAR compliant 59 seaters.

BURGERS WINGS AND RIBS, COLCHESTER.

Above: Trident/ALX400 V124 MEV at the Hythe Quay yard on 7/5/21. New to Stagecoach East London, it later passed to New Horizon at Frating. It then became the Double Deck Diner at Clacton, before reaching its present owner. (John Podgorski).

COLAS RAIL. 17/5/21: 37421 + 975025 Caroline on 5Z21 Derby-Welwyn GC via Temple Mills. 24/5/21: 37254 tnt 37612 on 1Q90 on WGC-Cambridge via Audley End, Liv St, Hertford East. 26/5/21: 37254 tnt 37612 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liv St. 28/5/21: 37254 tnt 37612 on 1Q99 Cambridge-March via Felixstowe. 30/5/21: 37421 tnt 37219 on 1Q08 Derby-Ipswich.

DBS. 15/5/21: 66155 at Dagenham Dock.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.

Above: Brand new Ee52 at Stratford on 1/5/21. (John Podgorski).

From 1/5/21, TfL69 (Canning Town-Walthamstow) was gained from Stagecoach. There is a new all electric bus depot at North Woolwich (coded DS) for this, which will eventually replace the old one at Silvertown. BYD ADL/Enviro 400evs Ee50-69 are the new buses for this. Ee50 (LG21 JFZ), Ee51 (LG21 JGF), Ee52 (LG21 JGO), Ee53 (LG21 JGU), Ee54 (LG21 JGV), Ee55 (LG21 JGX), Ee56 (LG21 JGZ), Ee57 (LG21 JHA), Ee58 (LG21 JHE), Ee59 (LG21 JHF), Ee60 (LG21 JHH), Ee61 (LG21 JHJ), Ee62 (LG21 JHK), Ee63 (LG21 JHL), Ee64 (LG21 JHO), Ee65 (LG21 JHU), Ee66 (LG21 JHV), Ee67 (LG21 JHX), Ee68 (LG21 JHZ), Ee69 (LG21 JJE).

DRS. 10/5/21: 57002 on 0Z57 Willesden-Norwich light loco. 15/5/21: 88004/009 at Dagenham Dock.

ENSIGNBUS. An ex ADL demonstrator Enviro 200 has been registered E17 SGN and numbered 601. It has replaced ADL/E200 601 (CX65 BUF) as the dedicated route 99 Tilbury circular bus. CX65 BUF has been sold to Redline, Aylesbury.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES IPSWICH.

Above: Recently transferred from First Essex at Colchester, Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32476 returns to Foundation Street depot, after a days work on 8/5/21. It replaced 32489, withdrawn due to chassis failure. (John Podgorski).

FIRST ESSEX.

Above: A debranded 66194 at Southway, Colchester on 5/5/21. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200MMC 67164 (YY66 PBF) has received the new green livery. In mid May there were some internal reallocations. Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32485 (AU53 HKC) – Chelmsford (CF) to Colchester (CR); ADL/E200s 44004-006 – Hadleigh (HH) to CF (44005/006 were already on loan at CF); StreetLites 63330/31 Colchester (CR) to Hadleigh (HH); Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66759 (YJ05 VVA), 66872 CR to CF; P&R ADL/E200 MMCs 67195/97 back to CF from HH. Volvo B7TL/ALX400 31785 (YN53 EOK) entered service at CR from 24/5/21. Wright StreetLite 63344 (SM65 EFC) returned to service at CR in mid May, ex long term VOR following an engine replacement. ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67194 (SN66 WKR) has lost its Park & Ride branding. Odd sightings: A greater variety of buses has been appearing on route 17 of late; not just 30564/67. 1/5/21: 32477 on 64; 32673 on 64A; 37004 on 102; 37016 on 64; 37017 on 64A; R62 37138/39 on 61; SLF/Pointer 42941 (WA56 OAO) on 71A; X10 67160 on 70; Airlink 67161 on 8A. 2/5/21: 32087 on 64A; 32477 on 64; 37016 on 64A; 37034 on 64; 37042 on 102; 37054 on 64A; R62 37133 on 66; R62 37135 on 67B; R62 37138 on 75; R62 37139 on 65; B7RLE/Wright 66730 (WX54 XCP) on 71C; Airlink 67161 on 100. 3/5/21: 32087 on 64A; 32477 on 66; 37005 on 64A; 37007 on 67B; 37015 on 102; 37034 on 64; R62 37135 on 75; Airlink 67161 on 100. 4/5/21: 37053 on 175. 4/5/21: 37020 on 67; R62 37133 on 75; R62 37134 on 61; R62 37135 on 64; R62 37139 on 68; SLF/Pointer 42937 (SN05 DZT) on 71A; X10 67160 on 40; Airlink 67163 on 25; 67189 on 31X; 67193 on 31C; 67194 on 42. 5/5/21: 32478 on 102; 32547 on 104; 37015 on 66; 37017 on 64; R62 37133 on 75; R62 37134/35 on 61; 42837 on 71A; 66189 on 31X; 67191 on 31C; 67192 on 31B; 67194 on 71A. 6/5/21: 32087 on 67; 37016 on 103; 37035 on 102; 37140 on 175/174; SLF/Pointer 42945 (WA56 OAV) on 71A; 67191 on 31B. 7/5/21: 32068 on 64; 32087 on 67C; 32547 on 102; 32629 on 103; 32673 on 66; 37015 on 103; 37035 on 64; R62 37135 on 65; R62 37138 on 75; SLF/Pointer 42922 (EU05 AUO) on 71A; 67190 on 71; 67193 on 71A; 67194 on 31X; 67196 on 31C. 8/5/21: 3707 on 64; 37010 on 64A; R62 37133 on 64; R62 37136 on 65; SLF/Pointer 42932 (SN05 EAP) on 71. 9/5/21: 32087 on 64; 32673 on 102;37007 on 66; 37010 on 64A; 37042 on 64A; 37062 on 67B; R62 37139 on 65; 37140 on 64. 10/5/21: 32547 on 103; 37005 on 174; 37007 on 67; 37042 on 175 + 103; 37053 on 102; R62 37133 on 75; R62 37135 on 61; R62 37136 on 65; SLF/Pointer 42933 (SN05 DZO) on 71A; 67189 on 31X; 67190 on 71A; 67192 on 31C; 67193 on 71B. 11/5/21: 32477 on 103; 32547 on 66; 37020 on 102; 37042 on 67; 37054 on 64A; R62 37134 on 61; R62 37135 on 64; R62 37139 on 75; SLF/Pointer 42898 (WX05 RVC) on 71A; 67191 on 71A; 67192 on 31X; 67193 on 71. 12/5/21: 32673 on 64; 37007 on 67C; 37010 on 67; 37042 on 102; 37054 on 66; R62 37134 on 75; R62 37135 on 70; R62 37138 on 61; SLF/Pointer 42933 (SN05 DZO) on 71A; Airlink 67163 on 8; 67191 on 31C; 67192 on 71A; 67194 on 31X. 17/5/21: 32068 on 64; 32485 on 103; 32547 on 67; 37004 on 17; 37017 on 64A; 37035 on 102; R62 37133 on 61; R62 37134 on 70; R62 37136 on 61`; R62 37138 on 75; 66189 on 42; 66190 on 36; 66195 on 70. 18/5/21: 32068 on 103; 32477 on 17; 37037 on 102; 37042 on 103; 37062 on 67; R62 37133 on 65; R62 37138 on 88; R62 37139 on 65; 37140 on 17; 67194 on 42. 19/5/21: 32485 on 104; 37004 on 64; 37006/007 on 67; 37017 on 17; R62 37133 on 75; R62 37134 on 103; R62 37135 on 74B; 42932 on 71A; 67189 on 42A; 67190 on 31X; 67194 on 31C; 67196 on 71A. 20/5/21: 32478 on 103; 32547 on 67; 32628 on 102; 32669 on 67C; 37020 on 17; 37035 on 17; R62 37133 on 75; R62 37135 on 65; R62 37136 on 75; 42933 on 71A; 67191 on 42A; 67192 on 31X; 67195 on 71; 67196 on 31C. 21/5/21: 32628 on 67; 32669 on 17; 37020 on 17; 37036 on 103; 37054 on 104; 42932 on 71; 67189 on 36; 67191 on 31C; 67192 on 31X; 67196 on 71. 22/5/21: 37042 on 102; R62 37133 on 175; R62 37136 on 75; R62 37139 on 64A; 42933/39/45 on 71. 23/5/21: 32485 on 67B; 37005 on 64A, 37006 on 64; 37016 on 102; 37053 on 64; R62 3713 on 64A; R62 37135/36/38 on 65; R62 37139 on 70; 66760 on 100. 24/5/21: 30564 on 175; 31785 on 17; 32629 on 17; R62 37134 on 61; R62 37135/36 on 75; R62 37138 on 65. R62 37139 on 70; 42939 on 71A; 67189 on 31C; 67192 on 31B. 67197 on 31X. 25/5/21: 31785 on 17; 32477 on 67; 32485 on 17; 37042 on 17; R62 37133 on 65; R62 37134 on 67; R62 37136 on 65; R62 37138 on 61; 42927 on 71A; 67191 on 31X; 67193 on 71; 67756 on 75. 26/5/21: 32485 on 175; 37017 on 103; 37042 on 102; R62 37133 on 65; R62 37138 on 75; R62 37139 on 65; 37140 on 67; 67193 on 31C. 27/5/21: 31785 on 65; 37016 on 103; 37016 on 67; 37054 on 102; 37062 on 67; R62 37136 on 17; R62 37139 on 65; 67194 on 31C; 67197 on X30. 28/5/21: 31785 on 67C; 32673 on 103; 37016 on 102; 37053 on 67; R62 37133/34 on 61; R62 37136 on 75; 42898 on 71; 67194 on 31C. 29/5/21: 37005 on 64A; R62 37134/36/38 on 61; 37140 on 64; 42933 on 71. 30/5/21: 32087 on 64; ; n32485 on 64A; 37005 on 66; 37007 on 67B; 37010 on 64A; 37016 on 102; 370452 on 64A; R62 37133 on 61; R62 37135/36 on 65; 37140 on 64. 31/5/21: 32478 on 64; 32485 on 64A, 37005 on 64; 37010 on 64A; 37016 on 67B; 37037 on 102; R62 37135 on 66; R62 37138 on 65.

Above: 31785 at Derwent Road, Highwoods, Colchester on 25/5/21. (Daniel Pretty).

FORDS, ALTHORNE. Supplied via Ensign were ex Lothian Buses Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis SK07 CBF/Y, CCD, SN57 DFC.

FREIGHTLINER.

Above: Contrast between old and new Freightliner fleet names. Ipswich, 8/5/21. (John Podgorski).

The old style fleet name of yellow letters in a green rectangle, has now largely disappeared.

90014 is in the new orange livery, ex Greater Anglia.

10/5/21: 90004/044 on 4L91 – from Wembley to FLX. 90014/043 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 13/5/21: 90003/009 on 4M45 FLX-Garston. 90042/006 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 90043/014 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 90047/008 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 14/5/21: 90003/009 on 4M45 FLX-Garston. 90014/043 on 4M87. 90041/011 on 4L89. 90042/006 on 4L97. 15/5/21: 66613 at Bow @ 1545 bound for Tunstead. 90042/006 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 90043/014 stabled in Colchester yard. 17/5/21: 90008/047 on 4L91. 90043/014 on 4Z97 Colchester Loop-Ipswich Yard. 18/5/21: 90007/045 on 4L89. 90014/043 on 4L91 and 4M87 return. 19/5/21: 90014/043 on 4L91 and 4M87 return. 90041/011 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 24/5/21: 90009/013//049/011 on 4L89. 25/5/21: 66413/597 on 4L89. 90012 on 4L91 and 4M87. 26/5/21: 90012/001 on 4M87. 90041/045 on 4l89.L27/5/21: 90012/011 on 4L91. 90014/007 on 4L89.

Above: 90043 and 90014 – both with pantographs down, stabled in the “down” goods loop at Colchester on 15/5/21. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.

(John Podgorski).

1/5/21: 66744 on engineering at Stratford with JHAs. 3/5/21: 66741 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 8/5/21: 66788 on engineers’ “up” through Colchester @ 1447. 12/5/21: 66767 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 13/5/21: 66773 on Hams Hall-FLX. 26/5/21: 66708 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.

Above: 66788 heads “up” through Colchester on 8/5/21. It is on an engineering train from Whitemoor, bound for the east London area. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.

Above: Stansted Express 745103 at Chelmsford on 8/5/21, having arrived on the 1503 from Colchester. Norwich-London services were terminating at Chelmsford that weekend due to engineeering works. (John Podgorski).

321431/39/443/45 have gone to Booth, Rotherham for scrap. 321335/433/447 have been debranded. Class 720s are now appearing on London to Ipswich and Clacton services. 720517/537 have been used on driver training. 1/5/21: Stansted Express 745104 on Norwich-Chelmsfords. 8/5/21: Stansted Express 745103/04/05 on Norwich-Chelmsfords. 13/5/21: 321439/443 on 5Q16 Clacton-Gascoigne Wood for scrap behind ROG 57305. 18/5/21: 317714/23 on 5V01 Harwich International-Ilford ECS. 26/5/21: 720557/563 on 5Q14 Liv St-Ely, then 5Q15 Ely-Cambridge North Sidings. 28/5/21: 321431/445 on 5Q16 Clacton-Gascoigne Wood scrap move behind ROG 57305.

HEDINGHAM.

Above: 613 in Sible Hedingham on 11/5/21. (James Cole).

ADL/Enviro 200 365 (EU10 AOX) has received the new fleet livery. ADL/Enviro 400 LX56 EUC is ex Blue Triangle at Barking. ADL/Enviro 400s LK08 FLL/N/P are ex London Central at Bexleyheath. ADL/Enviro 400 613 (SN62 AVY) is on loan at Sible Hedingham from Konect at Dereham, covering for E400 616. ADL/Enviro 400 616 (SN10 CCV) is being repaired by an outside contractor. Short ADL/E200 296 (SN10 CCY) was transferred from Clacton to Kelvedon in early May, with 283 (OU57 FGV) returning to Clacton. They were both swapped back on 26th May. Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President open topper 500 (PL51 LDJ) has been vinyled for the Octopus Ahoy ! art trail and re-entered traffic for the summer at Clacton from 29/5/21. Scania Omnicity ‘decker 852 (AO57 HCD) is VOR following engine failure. Scania Omnidekka 815 (YN55 PZW) is repaired following its low bridge collision. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 285 (SN03 EBV) has gone to Alpha recovery for scrap. From 29/5/21, the Clacton Breeze open top service restarted and route 7 was withdrawn between St Osyth and Brightlingsea. Odd sightings: 10/5/21: B7TL/President 574 on 19+63; B7TL/President 588 on TLA C am. 24/5/21: Omnidekka 812 on TLA B pm. 25/5/21: B7TL/President 580 on TLA C pm. 26/5/21: Omnidekka 814 on PL3 am. 28/5/21: 574 on TLA C return. Omnidekka movements: 6/5/21: 810 – KN-Chambers; 813- CN-KN. 7/5/21: 814 – CN-KN. 13/5/21: 812 – CN-KN. 20/5/21: 813 – KN-CN. 26/5/21: 814 – KN-CN; 815 – CN-KN. 27/5/21: 813 – CN-KN. The Covid school duplicates ceased after 28/5/21, as the year 11s left, only to return for their exams after half term.

Above: 500 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 31/5/21. (Simon Austin).
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 587 at East Mersea on 29/4/21. (John Podgorski).
Above: 587 in its previous life as East Yorkshire 6938. Pictured working on loan to Go North East at Sunderland St Peters on 28/8/18. (Ken Weaver/Flickr).
Above: LX56 EUC at Clacton workshop on 26/5/21. (Alex Law).
Above: LK08 FLL at Clacton depot on 26/5/21. (Alex Law).

IPSWICH BUSES. Odd sightings: 8/5/21: Short ADL/E200 71 (LX58 LMO) on 93. 25/5/21: Versa 150 on 4+11.

Above: Recently acquired Scania Omnidekka 63, at Constantine Road depot on 8/5/21. Acquired from Arriva Southern Counties via Ensign, it was new to Network Colchester – then TGM and now part of Arriva. (John Podgorski).

LONDON GENERAL. SE Class ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs are now frequently appearing on TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford) alongside the MEC Class Mercedes Citaros.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE: From w/c 23/5/21, 9 car Class 345 sets began to appear on Shenfield-Liverpool Street – 345021/43/65 being noted. 22/5/21: 315818/819 stabled at Shenfield. 315839/857 stabled at Gidea Park. 26/5/21: 345042 – OC-IL behind ROG 37611 as 5Q50. 29/5/21: 315834/844 stabled at Shenfield.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.

Above: Jetpark, Stansted branded Mercedes Citaro bendy BX07 MKF, parked up at Takeley on 23/5/21, due to the current decline in air travel. (Laurence Kinsella Ilott).

OLST – ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Resumed during May.

PANTHER TRAVEL.

Above: Newly acquired YJ05 XXB at Parkeston depot on 18/5/21. (Jay Needham).

Volvo B12B/VH Alizee YJ05 XXB is now here, ex Henshaws, Moreton in the Marsh. Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther VB08 PAN has received fleet livery, ex Scottish Citylink.

Above: Freshly repainted VB08 PAN at Parkeston depot on 24/5/21. (Jay Needham).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS. By the end of May, only the MRL and Yeoman JHAs remained at Bow. There is a CAIB JNA which has been in the headshunt at Marks Tey Yard, for a while now.

ROG: 12/5/21: 37601 replaced 37608 as Orient Way Thunderbird. 19/5/21: 37884 on 0Z50 Derby-Ilford light loco.

SIMONDS, DISS.

Above: ADL/Enviro 200 59 (YX17 NTU) awaits departure from Old Cattle Market, Ipswich on 8/5/21, on the 1810 113 to Eye, which then becomes the 112 to Diss. (John Podgorski)

SOUTH EAST COACHES, WICKFORD.

Above: Van Hool TD921 Altano K123 SEC, ex Eavesway, Wigan. Seen at Witham on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Newbury Park, on 1/5/21. (John Podgorski).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.

Above: During the lockdown, the Megasightseeing E400s were used for socially distanced meal reliefs around East London. 19132 was at Mile End on 3/4/21, providing such accommodation for Bow garage. (John Podgorski).

The Megasightseeing brand has ceased and been replaced by a joint venture with City Sightseeing and Grupo Julia. The City Sightseeing name and red livery will be used. ADL/Enviro 400 open toppers 19131-36 have transferred to the new venture, but will remain based at Leyton (T). This started on 20/5/21.

Above: LT389 in overall advert for Taylors Coffee. Oxford Circus, 22/5/21. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS. Bury St Edmunds outstation closed at the start of May. Its 4 buses and work moved to the parent depot at Haverhill. This was a secure yard on the Moreton Hall Industrial Estate shared with a car wash. The Bury Breeze services were worked from there. During 2020, routes 383/384 also ran from Bury – on behalf of Galloway. In mid May, Galloway VDL SB180/MCV AY09 BYC was on loan, and appeared on route 38 (Witham-Braintree-Halstead).

UNO.

Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC no 256, in St Albans on 12/5/21. It has ‘Connecting Hertfordshire’ branding. (Tony Smethers).

VECTARE, CHELMSFORD.

Above: In the new livery is Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse BK13 NZR. Pictured on 1/5/21 at Victoria Road, Chelmsford on Greater Anglia Rail Replacement. (Daniel Pretty).

WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS. 18/5/21: 172218 on Ilford-Tyseley ECS.

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, J Cole, M Jones, L Kinsella Ilott, J Needham, D Pretty, T Smethers, K Weaver.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s