Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. February 2020.

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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.

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 !

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
YN64AMU AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS (BOW ROAD) 29-2-20
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).
SK68TWU 4323 AR CR 133 BRANDED ON 2 (HIGH ST, CR) 7-2-20 (D PRETTY)
SK68TWU 4323 AR CR 133 BRANDED ON 2 (GT HORKESLEY) 7-2-20 (PETER CLACKETT)
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).

Odd sightings:
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.

SK68TWU 4323 AR CR 133 BRANDED ON 4 (CR) 28-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 4323 on Queen Street, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
YX61FZN 4008 AKT HA 311 (BS) 1-2-20
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).
SN66WJE 6509 AR SD RAINBOW (SD T C) 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Rainbow ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6509 (SN66 WJE) at the Travel Centre on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).

KX09KDN 3777 AR SD 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 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.

GN08CHG ENL89 EX 4009 AR LON B15 (BX) 1-2-20
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).

BALFOUR BEATTY.
1/2/20: DR75408/9 at Bishop’s Stortford.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Has Neoplan Skyliner N66 SUM.

C2C.
14/2/20: 357036 on 5V92 East Ham-Ilford depot via Gas Factory Loop. 357046 at Ilford depot.

COLAS.
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.
SJ16BGO BS CT BS SHUTTLE (BS) 1-2-20
Above: Fiat Ducato SJ16 BGO on the Bishop’s Stortford town service on 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
RGV690W DANS NORFOLK COACHWAYS 2-20 (DANIEL TRENT)
(Daniel Trent).
Bedford YMT/Duple Dominant III RGV 690W has been re-acquired from Norfolk Coachways for preservation. It was new to Suffolk County Council.

DBS.
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.

DLR.
96 and 41 DLR (BOW CHURCH) 29-2-20
Above: Bow Church station on 29/2/20. 96 (right) arrives en route to Stratford, while 41 departs for Canary Wharf. (John Podgorski).

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
LX11CXC WVL420 GAL LC (BX) 1-2-20
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).

DRS.
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.

ENSIGNBUS.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400s 901/6 have passed to Sleafordian, Sleaford.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
M80FXO FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL MCV (GA IPS-CR RRP, CR) 9-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
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.

FIRST ESSEX.
SN55HDZ 32669 FE 61 (HIGHWOODS, CR) 28-2-20 (D PRETTY)
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.
ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67163 (YY66 PAO) is now in blue Essex Airlinks livery.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66848 is now a driver trainer.
New X30 Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 MMC 36840 (YN69 XYA) 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.
Trident/President 33086 (LN51 GMG) has returned from Basildon to Colchester.

WX06OMM 42955 FE 64A (CR) 28-2-20 (D PRETTY)
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.
Odd sightings:
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.

FREIGHTLINER.
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.
SS16GAL GALLEON LEGER (GA RRP BS) 1-2-20
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.

GBRf.
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.

GREATER ANGLIA.
755424 GA STN-NOR (AUDLEY END) 22-2-20
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.

90001 GA DEBRANDED (LST) 1-2-20
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.

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.

HEDINGHAM.
HW54BUF 288 HO 63 DIVERSION KING GEORGE RD CR) 19-2-20
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.

AN61BUS 456 HO 97 (CN) 1-2-20 (D PRETTY)
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.
Odd sightings:
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.

AU61AVK 457 CHAMBERS (CN) 14-2-20 (A LAW)
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).

YN06JYC 818 HO 19 (ROWHEDGE) 10-2-20 (S MILTON)
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.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Dart SLF/EL 85, which had been sold for preservation, has been resold for continued driver training use.
Odd sightings:
15/2/20: Optare Versa 149 (YN08 EPF) on 93.

YN08EPF 149 IB 93 9CR) 15-2-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: Versa 149 unusually in Colchester on 15/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).

JET2.COM
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.
K50BYS KIRBYS GA RRP (SD VIC) 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
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.

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.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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.

315836 ARL EX MTR 1533 LST-CFD (LST) 8-2-20
Above: Ex MTR 315836 at Liverpool Street on 8/2/19, on the 1533 to Chingford. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
21445 LUL (BOW ROAD) 29-2-20
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.

MTR.
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.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
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.

BF68LCN NX-GALLOWAY (NEW CR COACH STOP EAST HILL) 24-2-20
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.
Odd sighting:
29/2/19: Gatwick (GA) Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante GA212 on A9 – worked by SH (Start Hill).

BX16CMY GA212 NX A9 (LEYTONSTONE) 29-2-20
Above: GA212 on Leytonstone High Road on 29/2/20. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL.
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.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
EU58BLJ 514 NIBS GA RRP 9SD VIC0 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 514 (EU58 BLJ) at Southend Victoria on 22/2/20; on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Shenfield. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
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.
A “new” ancillary vehicle is Ford Focus estate FD55 XAC.

ROG:
10/2/20: 37800 on Colchester ‘Thunderbird’.
18,19/2/20: 37800 CR Thunderbird.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Two all electric BYD ADL 400EV buses entered service in Cambridge 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.
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Vivaro van VA18 MVT on hire from Enterprise and at Cambridge.

STEPHENSONS.
Route 23 (Leigh Rail Station-Eastwood Road) ended on 25/2/20. This was a Tuesdays only operation, and had repaced a section of withdrawn Arriva Southend routeing. Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 605 (EX63 UZV) worked the last journey.

YY67USD 436 STEPHENSONS 24 (SD) 1-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
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.

RE66VPD 301 STEPHENSONS 16 9CF) 29-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 301 in Chelmsford on 29/2/20. (Simon Austin).

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
KX58BBHZ TENDRING TRAVEL VDL SB200 CENTRO (GA IPS-CR RRP, CR) 9-2-20 (JAMES PRETTY)
Above: Recently acquired MAN/Plaxton Centro KX58 BHZ at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ipswich on 9/2/20. (James Pretty).

TOWER TRANSIT.
SN11BOV EN38 GAL LC 486 (BX) 1-2-20
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).

YX61FZK DM44267 TT 339 (LEYTONSTONE HIGH ROAD) 29-2-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DM44267 on Leytonstone High Road on 29/2/20. Working from Lea Interchange (LI) garage. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
NK53UNY TRUSTYBUS 351 (BS) 1-2-20
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 Optare Solo YJ07 VPX.

WHIPPET.
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.

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

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.

The introduction of the new trains on Greater Anglia has continued this month. Stadler Flirts have been introduced to the Marks Tey-Sudbury branch, and there is now a regular Class 754 diagram on the Norwich-London main line.

At First Essex, the new Scania/Enviro 400 double deckers for the X30 Southend-Chelmsford-Stansted Airport have arrived. They will be launched later.

In the air, Flybe has run into monetary problems again, and this time has been “bailed out” by government intervention.

Out of the Busmopolitan area, but significant for the bus industry, was the sudden collapse of north west council fleet Halton Transport on 24/1/20. This followed two years of significant financial losses. Even a cash injection of £750K by the council could not solve the problem. This leave just 8 former municipal bus fleet in the UK now, one of which is the local Ipswich Buses.

ANITAS, STANSTED.
New is Yutong Tc9 AC69 ERN.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3826 (GN07 AVP) was on loan from Southend, to cover for acident damaged Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG), while the lateer was repaired.
Routes 133 (Braintree-Stansted Airport), 900 (Braintree Freeport Shuttle) ran on New Years Day.
Odd sightings:
2/1/20: StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1; short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 8. 5/1/19: ADL/E200 3986 (GN07 DLO) on 900 – usually StreetLite. 6/1/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4324 (SK68 GWV) on 1. 9/1/20: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8; 4261 on 1. 14/1/20: VDL DB300LF/Pulsar Gemini 4459 on 1. 15/1/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 3413 (SN54 HWY) on 77 – usually E200. 22/1/20: StreetLite 4261 on 2. 29/1/20: 4459 on 1.

GN07DLO 3986 AR CR 900 (BE FREEPORT) 5-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 3986 at Braintree Freeport on 5/1/20. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
From 6/1/20, new Bishop’s Stortford town service 311 commenced. It is on Herts CC contract.
A new Stansted Airport-London express coach service is also imminent.
New liveried ADL/Enviro 200 4008 (YX61 FZN) is here from Hemel Hempstead. It was new to Tower Transit and came to Arriva via Ensign.

ARRIVA KENT TAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
KX09KDU 3779 AR SD 9 (RAYLEIGH) 31-1-20
Above: VDL SB300/Wright Pulsar 3779 at Rayleigh Station on 31/1/20. (John Podgorski).

BALFOUR BEATTY.
25/1/20: DR75408/9 at Broxbourne.

BIG GREEN BUS.
KX59CXP, CXR BGB (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Vehicles are now parked at Star Buses, Haverhill. ADL/Enviro 200s KX59 CXP/R pictured on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
New Wednesdays only routes 375 (Sudbury-Bury St Edmunds), 379 (Hadleigh-Bury St Edmunds) started on 15/1/20.

BX55FYJ 2 CHAMBERS (HO HD) 25-1-20
Above: Mercedes Touro no 2; now with Hedingham at Sible Hedingham depot on 25/1/20. It is used on Hedingham School Bus 5. (John Podgorski).

COLAS.
8/1/20: 37254 tnt 37099 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge.
9/1/20: 70809 on 6M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
21/1/20: 37610 + NR 96604, 6260, 62287, 9808, 9703 on Cambridge-FermePark NR test train.
28/1/20: 70817 on 6M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock and 4S89 return.

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
T361JWA + S756XYA DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (GA RRP CB NORTH) 5-1-20 (A HAZELL)
Above: Two coaches previously with Essex operators, on GA RRP at Cambridge North on 5/1/20. Ex Graham’s of Kelvedon Scania/Irizar T361 JWA is in front of ex Philips of South Woodham Ferrers Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA. (Alex Hazell).

DBS.
2/1/20: 66125 on Trafford-London Gateway.
7/1/20: 90034 at Ilford depot.
8/1/20: 66111 on 4E25 Biggleswade Plasmor-Bow. 66140 on Acton-Griffin Wharf Ipswich. 66147 on 6L35 Mossend-Dagenham cartics.
10/1/20: 66154 6V80 Marks Tey-Brentford empties.
14/1/20: 66111 on 4E25 Bow-Heck Plasmor.
17/1/20: 59005 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford.
23/1/20: 59104 on 6L21 Dawley Loop-Dagenham Dock ARC.
28/1/20: 59102 on on Acton-Chelmsford.
29/1/20; 66090 on 6L07 Acton-Ipswich Griffin Wharf then 6V07 return to Neasden. 66149 on 4E25 Bow-Heck.
31/1/20: 66030 on 6V80 Marks Tey- Crawley.

DRS.
Has been awarded a new contract to operate Ford automotive rail services between Dagenham and Garston (Liverpool). This is in partnership with STVA UK.
7/1/20: 57306 towing GWR 387136 on 5Q50 Reading-Ilford ECS.
9/1/20; 37608 on Leicester-Ilford light loco.
21/1/20; 68002 tnt 68012 on Southminster nuclear flasks.
31/1/20: 57306 took GWR 387141/30 to Ilford and took 387134/39 back to GWR, Reading.

ENSIGNBUS.
Routes 22 (Grays-Aveley), 44 (Grays-Purfleet), 73A (Lakeside-Tilbury), X80 (Chafford Hundred-Bluewater) ran on New Years Day.
ADL/Enviro 200s 705-8/11/12 (YX10 ECA, SN11 FFJ-L/P/R) have passed to Warrington’s Own Buses, for use on ex Halton Transport routes, following the latter’s sudden collapse.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
Now has MCV Evoras M20 FXO, M80 FXO.

FIRST ESSEX.
New Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 MMCs 36837-43 (YN69 XXU-W, XYA-D) for X30 (Southend-Chelmsford-Stansted Airport) have been delivered to Chelmsford. They are two tone blue. The X30 will be relaunched as ‘Essex Airlink’.

YN69XYD 36843 FE X30 NEW (WT) 16-1-20 (PETER CLACKETT)
Above: Brand new X30 Scania N280UD/Enviro 400MMC 36843 (YN69 XYD) in Witham on 16/1/20, en route from Chelmsford depot to TruckEast. (Peter Cackett).

Further ex First West Yorkshire Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis at Colchester (CR) are 37034 (YJ06 XKZ), 37053/54 (YJ06 XMD/E), 37060-62 (YJ06 XMM/O/P).
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) has moved to First Eastern Counties at Ipswich.
Trident/President 33086 (LN51 GMG) has transferred from CR to Basildon (BN).

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Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67805 on the 98 at Jackson Road, Clacton on 22/12/19. The car park in the background is the site of the old bus station – closed in 1989. (Simon Austin).

MX05CCN 66803 FE 97 (LT CLACTON) 28-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66803 on the 97 at Little Clacton on 28/12/19. (Simon Austin).

Operation of commercial routes 75B (Colchester-University of Essex), 97, 98 (Colchester-Clacton-Walton) ceased after 4/1/20. Hedingham has provided replacement facilities. (See below). The last 97 was worked by Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) after ADL/Enviro 300 67741 (SN62 AKJ) failed at Holland on Sea.
Sunday/bank holiday contracts 76 (Colchester-Clacton) and two M-Sat evening 74B (Colchester-St Osyth-Clacton)  journeys continue for the time being. First and its predecessors had served ‘The Essex Sunshine Coast’ for more than 100 years.
Also after 4/1/20, the 71B Chelmsford-Witham shorts were renumbered to 71D and 88 no longer served Great Yeldham and all journeys terminated at Halstead.
From 5/1/20, route 62 (Colchester-Brightlingsea) was revised. A new 62B variant was introduced, running via Hythe Hill. (The 62 continues to serve East Hill). Combined frequency has been increased to a peak of every 10 minutes. On Sunday/holidays there is now a 62C.
Routes X10 (Basildon-Stansted Airport), X30 (Southend-Stansted Airport) ran on New Years Day.
From 6/1/20, new registered school route 570 (Great Dunmow-Colchester) replaced the old 508 and 509. The 570 does not serve Stebbing and Rayne, however.
Also from 6/1/20, operation of route 24 (Southend-Southchurch) passed to Stephensons.

SN62ASU 67756 FE 97 LAST DAY (CR) 4-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67756 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on the last day of First operation of route 97 on 4/1/20. (Simon Austin).

SN62AKJ 66741 FE 97 LAST DAY (CN) 4-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67741 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on the last day of First operation of route 98 on 4/1/20. (Simon Austin).

Wright StreetLites 63328/29 (SK65 PXJ/L) have transferred from CR to HH, due to the route changes above. ADL/Enviro 300s 44596/97 (EU60 LFS, FJ58 YSL) moved from HH back to CF. B7TL/ALX400 32485 (AU53 HKC) – CF-CR, for an extra 70 duty. Sister 32483 (AU53 HKA) has a super rear advert for CT1. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66813 (MX05 CDO) returned to BN with 66848 to CF in exchange. B7RLE/Wright 69430 (AU58 FFV) has been repainted.

YS03ZKB 62407 FE 65 (CR) 25-1-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62407 enters Queen Street, Colchester on 25/1/20. (Daniel Pretty).

Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65688-90 have been sold to Ensign. 62408 is withdrawn. This leaves just 62407/10, 65679 active at CR. They were replaced by a combination the ex First Glasgow ADL/E300s and service reductions – such as the withdrawal of the 97 and 98.
BMC 1100s 68510/20/31 (KX54 ANR, KP54 AZU, LK54 FNC) also passed to Ensign, and were quickly resold to Southern Transit.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainers 62139 (X618 NSS), 66179 (W379 EOW) have gone to Alpha for scrap.

W379EOW 66179 FE DT (SCRAP FROM CF DEPOT) 4-1-20 (D BELL)
Above: 66179 being taken away for scrap from Chelmsford depot on 4/1/20. (Dale Bell).

Odd sightings: 2/1/20: B7TL/ALX400 32068 (KP51 VZS) on 62; Trident 33044 (LN51 DVH) on 65; Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 62; B7TL/Gemini 37010 on 64A; Route 62 B9TL/Geminis 37133/34 on 75; Roite 62 B9TL/Gemini 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 64; StreetLite 63334 on 62; 3/1/20: 32068 on 62; B7TL/ALX400 32478 (AU53 HJO) on 65; Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 64; Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) on 65; 37134 on 75; StreetLite 63335 on 62. 4/1/20: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37133 on 75; 37134 on 70; 37135 on 64; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 61 + 1A; 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 5/1/20: 32068 on 62A; 37139 on 61. 6/1/20: 37134 on 88A. 7/1/20; 32485 (AU53 HKC) on 62B. 8/1/20: Trident 33044 on 174; StreetLite 63340 on 75. 9/1/20: B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) on 65; B7TL/ALX400 32476 (AU53 HJK) on 174; Trident 33086 (LN51 GMG) on 65; 33087 (LN51 GMO)on 66; B7TL/Gemini 37027 on 64A; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37136 on 70. 10/1/20; Trident 33044 on 65; Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 64A. 11/1/20: B7RLE 66798 (MX05 CCA) on 75. 13/1/20: Scania L94UB/Wright 62410 (YS03 ZKF) on 75. 14/1/20: 65679 on 75. 15/1/20: B9TL/Gemini 37140 at Colchester Fuel Injection. 16/1/20: 62407, 67756 on 75. 18/1/20: Route 62 37136 on 88; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67171 on 71. 20/1/20; B7TL/Gemini 37037 on 64A. 21/1/20: Trident 33044 on 62; Route 62 B9TL 37134 (SN57 HDH) on 17 + 65 pm peak. 22/1/20: B7TL/ALX400 32477 on 62; Dart SLF/Pointer 42941 (WX56 OAV) on 71. 23/1/20: Trident 33080 on 65. 24/1/20; YX09 AFV on 100. 27/1/20; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 175. 28/1/20: Route 62 37133 on 70 + 2A. 31/1/20: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 67/C am; 44909 on 100.

FLAGFINDERS.
Scania Omnidekka YN08 MLY is ex Nottingham City Transport via Ensign.
Sold is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R758 DRJ.

Y4FLG FLAGFINDERS (GA IP-MT RRP) (CR) 12-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omniexpress Y4 FLG ex YT09 FLF at Colchester, on GA Ipswich-Marks Tey rail replacement on 12/1/20. (Simon Austin).

FLYBE.
A year after it had previous run into financial difficulties and been rescued by a consortium of Virgin, Stobart and a financier; Flybe ran into trouble again – after another year of losses. The UK Government struck a rescue deal. Flybe serves London City and Southend airports, in the ‘Busmopolitan’ area.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/1/20: 70002 on 4L92 Ditton-Felixstowe. 86628/07 on 4L91 Wembley-Felixstowe.
4/1/20: Orange 66415 on 4L41 Ditton-Felixstowe. 66571 on 1127 Chelmsford-Stoke Gifford FLHH stone. 86632/22 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 86637/27 on 4L93 Crewe-FLX.
7/1/20; 65501 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 86627/37 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86638/12 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX.
8/1/20; 86607/09 on 0L89 Crewe-Ipswich light loco.86610/13 on 4L97. 86622/32 on 4L91.
9/1/20: 66610 on Acton-Chelmsford stone arr 0533 dep 1054. Orange 66623 on Tunstead-West Thurrock arr 0415. 86612/38 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.86627/39 on 4L91.
10/1/20: 66570 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 70002 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX. 70007 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe. 86612/38 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86632/22 on 4L97.
13/1/20: 86639/27 on 4L89.
14/1/20: 86605/8 on 4L97. 90046/48 on 4L75 Trafford-FLX.
15/1/20: 66501 on 4L52 Garston-London Gateway. 66560 on 4E24 Gateway-Leeds. 66588 on 4M56 Gateway-Garston.
16/1/20: 66957 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 70016 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
17/1/20: 66957 on Acton-Harlow Mill stone. 86605/8 on 4L91.
21/1/20: 86609/37 on 4L89.
25/1/20: 66587/93 on Shenfield engineers. 66533/951 on 6Y13 Parkeston Quay-Shenfield engineers. 66594/617 on 6Y14 Whitemoor-Shenfield engineers. 66418//554 on Brentwood engineers.
27/1/20: 66431 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 66597 on 4Z53 Wembley-London Gateway. 70014 on 4L91 Wembley-FLX.
28/1/20: 86608/12 on 4L89. 86628/39 on 4L41.
29/1/20: 66559 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford. 86604/9 on 4L91. 86605/32 on 4L41. 86613/22 on 4L89.
30/1/20: 86605/32 on 4L41. 86613/22 on 4L91. 86639/28 on 4L89.
31/1/20: 70020 on 4L46 Lawley St-Gateway.86622/13 on 4L41. 86604/9 on 4L89. 86628/39 on 4L42.

GBRf.
66722 GBRf (CR) 4-1-20
Above: 66722 at Colchester on 4/1/20. (John Podgorski).

2/1/20: 66714 on 4L18 Trafford-Felixstowe. 66730 on 4L18 Garston-Dagenham car transporters.
4/1/20: 66719 on 4M26 FLX-Hams Hall. 66722 held on down goods loop at Colchester with late running 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX intermodal. 66752 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
7/1/20: 66716 on 4M23.
8/1/20: 66773 on N Walsham-Ipswich light loco. 66789 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
9/1/20: 66770 on Grain-Harlow Mill. 66773 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66789 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX.
11/1/20: 66704 on 4E14 FLX-Doncaster. 66729 on 4M07 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66786 on FLX-Trafford. 66789 on Hams Hall-FLX.
13/1/20; 66716 on 4M23. 66746 on 6L37.
14/1/20: 66716 on 4M23. 66723 on 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall. 66789 on 4L02.
15/1/20: 66723 on 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
16/1/20: 66775 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66785 on 4M23.
17/1/20: 66789 on 4L02.
18/1/20: 66789 on 4L02.
22/1/20; 66763 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks and return.
23/1/20: 66781 on 4M29.
25/1/20: 66714 on Maryland engineers. 66735 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Forest Gate engineers.
27/1/20: 66723 on London Gateway-Hams Hall.
29/1/20: 66706 on 4M23. 66722 on 4L47 Wemble-London Gateway.
30/1/20: 66785 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.

GREATER ANGLIA.
755332 GA MT FIRST DAY 21-1-20
Above: 755332 at Marks Tey on 21/1/20. The first day of ‘755 revenue operation on the Sudbury branch. (John Podgorski).

All of the Stadler Flirts have now been delivered. 745107 had the honour of being the last.
New is 720509 – first of its class.
Class 755 operation began on the Marks Tey-Sudbury on 21/1/20.

755412 GA (IPSWICH) 19-12-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Stadler Flirt bi-mode 755412 at Ipswich on 19/12/19. It is on an East Suffolk Line service. A London bound Class 321 waits on the opposite platform. (Alex Hazell).

Class 90s and MkIII carriages are now starting to be debranded.
156407/16/18 transferred to EMT.
158418 ‘ESTA’ was de-branded and de-named.
2/1/20: 755007 on 5Q91 Norwich-Liverpool Street test run.
4/1/20: The 1403 at Colchester Norwich-Liverpool Street ran as 6 coaches, due to 12091, 12139 being locked out of use.
8/1/20: 745007 on 0740 Norwich-London; the first ‘745 in revenue service.
9/1/20: 317514/08 on 5F96 Ilford-Witham test run. 745006 on 5Q92 Liverpool Street-Norwich test run. 745007 on 0740 NOR-LST again. 755325/401 delivered – completing batch.
10/1/20: 745007 on 0740 NOR-LST.
11/1/20: 745007 on 0700 NOR-IPS – due to engineering.
13/1/20: 156419 on 5V01 Norwich-Ilford ECS. 710119/21 on West Anglia training runs – Liverpool St-Enfield Town (for all of week). 720509 delivered to Ilford.
14/1/20: 156407 – to EMT. 317342 towed Kilmarnock-Ilford by DRS 57312.
16/1/20: 156418 on 2T27 Sudbury-Marks Tey, then 5P27 ECS to Norwich with 156416 replacing as 2T28 Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745006 on 5Q92 Norwich-Liverpool Street ECS/test and 5Q92 return. 745007 on 1P37 Norwich-London. 745107 delivered.
19/1/20: 745010 on 5Q91 Norwich-London test.
20/1/20: 90014 towed Norwich-Crewe by DRS 37401 as 0Z90. 156416 on last working of type on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
21/1/20: 90008 towed back from Crewe by DRS 37401. 156416 on 2E70 Colchester-Peterborough, then 2L71 back to Ipswich. 755332 on Marks Tey-Sudbury – first revenue working on this route.
24/1/20: 156419 transferred to EMR. 3 MkIIIs towed to Leeds Neville Hill by DRS 37402 at 2 MkIIIs brought back.
27/1/20; 156416 transferred to EMR.
28/1/20; 745010 failed at Forest Gate on 1P15 0740 NOR-LST; recovered by DRS 37611 as 1Z99.
31/1/20: 156417 is last ‘156 on GA.

156407 GA (MT) 9-1-20
Above: 156407 at Marks Tey on 9/1/20. (John Podgorski).

321336 GA (RAYLEIGH) 31-1-20
Above: 321336 at Rayleigh on 31/1/20. On a late evening Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria service. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP LONDON.
Odd sightings:
15/1/20: ADL/E20D 1237 on 20.

HEDINGHAM.
OU57FHA 298 HO (CN) 15-1-20
Above: 298 at Clacton depot on 15/1/20. (John Podgorski).

Transferred from Konect is short ADL/Enviro 200 298 (OU57 FHA). This is connected with the route changes/gains below.
Withdrawn is Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 563 (V307 LGC). The only B7TL/President now not fitted for OPO is 570 (W487 WGH).
Route 137 ran on New Years Day.

SF04SKD 910 HO 74 FIRST DAY (CR) 5-1-20 (S MILTON)
Above: Optare Solo 910 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on the first day of new route 74; 5/1/20. (Sonny Milton).

Hedingham took over ex First commercial routes 97, 98 from 5/1/20. They are being run as Clacton-Walton only. 97 terminates at The Naze and 98 turns at the Columbine Centre. Daytime frequencies are 30 minutes. to cover the Colchester-Clacton sections, there have been frequency increases on X76 (Clacton-Colchester) Mon to Sat and the introduction of new commercial service 74 (Clacton-St Osyth-Wivenhoe-Colchester). In Colchester, 74 terminates at Head Street Mon to Sat, and at Stanwell Street on Suns/hols. M-Sat, 74 interworks with X76 and is usually Omnidekka worked. On Suns/holidays, 74 interworks with 97/98 and uses saloons, due to the low railway bridge at Kirby Cross. M-Sat 97/98s use saloons for the same reason. Due to this, 16 and some 82/83s transferred from CN to KN (using an existing Omnidekka), while 16A and some 50, 63 and 82 duties moved from CN to HD (using an existing ADL/Enviro 200). Hedingham is now the dominant bus operator in Clacton and district.

SF04SKD 910 HO 97 FIRST DAY (PIER AVE CN) 5-1-20 (A LAW)
Above: 910 on the new route 97 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 5/1/20. The Boots shop to the left stands on the site of the old Suttons Coaches depot (closed 1980). (Alex Law).

YN05HFH 458 HO 97 (ROCHFORD WAY FRINTON) 11-1-20 (S MILTON)
Above: Scania Omnilink 458 at Rochford Way, Frinton on Sea on 11/1/20. (Sonny Milton).

ADL/E200 261 was at KN again from 6/1/20. B7TL/Gemini 524 returned from KN to CN on 2/1/20. B7TL/President 570 returned from KN to HD on 6/1/20. B7TL/Gemini 520 – CN-KN on 7/1/20 and returned on 10/1/20. B7TL/Gemini 521 – CN-KN on 15/1/20. 521 – KN-CN on 17/1/20. 511 – HD-KN on 21/1/20 – returned on 23/1/20. 570 – HD-KN on 23/1/20.
Omnidekka movements: 2/1/20: 819 – CN-KN. 6/1/20: 819 – KN-CN. 7/1/20: 811 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers. 8/1/20: 816 – CN-KN. 13/1/20: 819 – CN-KN. 17/1/20: 813 – KN-Chambers. 23/1/20: 812 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. By 24/1/20: 800 – KN-Chambers. 30/1/20: 800 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers. By 31/1/20: 802 – KN-Chambers.
Odd sightings: 5/1/20: Solos 910/11 (SF04 SKD/E) on 74, 97/98 due to diversion via Pork Lane, Great Holland, due to closure of the main road, usually larger saloons would be used. From 7/1/20: B7TL/Gemini 520 on PL4. 7/1/20: B7TL/President 571 on 63. 8/1/20: Omnidekka 816 on 15 pm. 9/1/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 257 (EU56 FLM) on 74 + X76; B7TL/President 563 on 74 + X76; B7TL/President 565 (W425 WGH) on 19 + 63; B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on 74 + X76. 13/1/20: 819 on TLA B pm. 14/1/20: 574 on 19 + 63. 15/1/20: 521 on TLA B pm. 16/1/20: 816 on TLA A/B. 17/1/20: 565 on 19 + 63; 812 on TLA am; 814 on TLA B pm. 20/1/20: B7TL/Presidents 563, 572 on 74 + X76. 21/1/20: 579 on 19 + 63. 23/1/20: ADL/E200 262 on 74 + X76; Omnidekka 816 on 15 pm.
24/1/20; 565 on 19 + 63. 27/1/20: Dart SLF/MPD 291 on 903 am; B7TL/President 572 on 19 + 63; B7TL/President 574 (W506 WGH) on 63. 28/1/20: B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) on 19 + 63.
(Note that following the start of new route 74 and the gaining of 97, 98 – Volvo B7TL/Presidents are appearing more on stage work again).
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Combo van 9004 (W761 TRE) is withdrawn.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere M291 FAE is now with ACE Training, Sawbridgeworth.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
378323 to new livery.
The Romford-Upminster saw 315801/6/9 during January.
10/1/20: 315833/59 on 5Q21 Northampton-Ilford.
13/1/20: 315833/59 back to Northampton from Ilford.
29/1/20: 710103 on 5H72 East Ham-Willesden inter depot positioning move.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
7/1/20: 345056 working on GEML.
23/1/20; 345020 working on GEML.

NETWORK RAIL.
31/1/20: Plasser and Theurer ballast regulator DR77905 Stowmarket-West Ealing behind DRS 37401. Plasser and Theurer ballast regulator DR77907 on 6U47 Romford-Stowmarket.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
DK09OBH 417 NIBS 21 (BE BUS PARK) 5-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Ensignbus ADL/Enviro 200 417 at Braintree Bus Park on 5/1/20. NIBS only operates in Braintree on Sundays and public holidays. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
AB09PAN PANTHER 80A (NTH STN RD, CR) 4-1-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AB09 PAN at North Station Road, Colchester on 4/1/20. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200s AB09 PAN, DB09 PAN have reverted to their original registrations YX09 AFA, AEV and with sales stock ADL/E200 YX10 BCU, passed to Warrington’s Own Buses. This was top do with the sudden collapse of Halton Transport on 24/1/20.
The current OCs are: Depot and HO at Parkeston; sub depot at Colchester; outstation at Great Dunmow (not always used); workshop at Weeley.
The Greater Anglia rail replacement cross platform shuttle at Marks Tey, is now provided by on demand taxi.

DC56PAN PANTHER 80 (NORTHERN APPR, CR) 31-1-20
Above: Ex Stanleys of Durham Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN, turns from Northern Approach into Turner Road, Colchester on 31/1/20. Contributor A Hazell is drivivng. (John Podgorski).

ROG.
8/1/20: 37611 at Colchester.
21/1/20; 37800 at Cambridge on 0Q13 light loco from Norwich – returned as 5Q14 ECS.
23/1/20: 37800 dragged 755328 as Ipswich-Norwich ECS.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Green liveried BYD ADL/Enviro 400EV City electric buses LF69 UYV/Y have appeared at Cowley Road depot, Cambridge. They are on loan from Stagecoach Manchester and are for staff training.
Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 15463 (AE09 GYN) is now in fleet livery, ex green.

YN14OXK 15959 (REAR) ST CAMBUS GOLD (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 15959 at Haverhill Bus Station on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings:
25/1/20: Standard liveried ADL/E400 19588 (AE10 BWZ) on Gold 13A.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
BYD ADL Enviro 200EV battery electric demonstrator LJ68 CYO was on loan at West Ham in early January.
New TfL route 497 (Harold Hill-Harold Wood), began on 25/1/20.

STAR BUS, HAVERHILL.
LK54FLB, FLG STAR BUS, HAVERHILL 25-1-20
Above: Ex Whippet Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis LK54 FLB/G, on depot on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
YN55NKE 643 STEPHENSONS 14 (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Scania Omnidekka 643 in Haverhill on 25/1/20. It has arrived on route 14 from Bury St Edmunds and will return on route 15. (John Podgorski).

Took over operation of route 24 (Southend-Southchurch) from First Essex, from 6/1/20. Ex Yourbus ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs 435/36 (YY67 USC/D) are the usual vehicles.
Also from 6/1/20, there were changes to the registered Newport Academy routes. 418 no longer ran, while 419 was extended to/from Great Saling.
A reminder that the Suffolk fleet at Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds is segregated from the Essex fleet. Although vehicles tend to be constant at all of the depots and outstations, there is a “common user” approach with no set allocations as such. There are rotations between depots and outstations; eg Boreham to Braintree and Boreham to Clacton. Current OCs are: Depots at Boreham, Haverhill, Maldon, Rochford. Outstations at: Braintree, Bury St Edmunds, Clacton.
Odd sightings:
11/1/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 460 (EU05 CZA) on 30.

YX10FFK 449 STEPHENSONS WHITE (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Dealer white ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 449 in Haverhill on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

SULLIVAN BUSES.
The last two Plaxton Presidents in TfL service are Tridents TPL926/27. They are normally used on school routes. They were new to Blue Triangle.

TONY GLEW/A1 COACH CO, COLCHESTER.
The latest acquired minibus is Ford Transit hi cube 16 seater LC16 KZM.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Ex RATP London United are Optare Tempos YJ112 EHO/W.

UNO.
Mb Citaro MB304 suffered an engine fire in Cranfield on 24/1/20 and is withdrawn.

VOLKER.
7-8/1/20: Matisa B45 tamper DR75303 on driver training at Stratford.
10/1/20: Matisa R24S Ballast Regulator DR77802 on 1140 Romford-Manningtree.

YOUNGS OF CAMBRIDGE.
YN58BCV YOUNGS CB 9GA RRP INGATESTONE) 26-1-20 (A HAZELL)
Above; Scania Omnicity YN58 BCV at Ingatestone on GA RRP to/from Newbury Park on 26/1/20. (Alex Hazell).

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, D Bell, P Cackett, L Cornwell, D Disbury, A Hazell, A Law, S Milton, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. December 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the December, 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

YY66PBU 67166 FE X30 FATHER XMAS (CF) 21-12-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Father Christmas looks to have traded his reindeer and sleigh for an ADL/Enviro 200 MMC ! First Essex 67166 in fact. Spotted in Chelmsford on 21/12/19, he could at least have got hold of one in the proper route X30 colours ! (Daniel Pretty).

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
Services ran on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Routes 133 (Braintree-Stansted Airport), 900 (Braintree Freeport Shuttle) ran on Boxing Day.
At least one of the Park & Ride ADL/Enviro 200s received Xmas bodyside vinyls – of Santa and snowflakes.
Odd sightings:
10/12/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 8. 20/12/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 (EU56 GVG) on 8. 23/12/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1558 (KX56 HCP) on 1; 1565 on 8; StreetLite 4224 (GN62 HMY) on 2 + 11. 24/12/19: 1558 on 8. 27/12/19: 1559, 1562, 1564 on 1. 31/12/19: 1558 on 1; 1565 on 8; long Dart SLF/Pointer 3417 (SN54 HXC) on 4.
Ancillary vehicles:
The latest crew ferry is rented Ford Kuga DP18 RZK.

DP18RZK + GN07DLO AR CR 27-12-19
Above: At Osborne Street, Colchester on 27/12/19, Ford Kuga DP18 RZK collects crew to return to the depot at Old Heath, while ADL/Enviro 200 3986 passes on a northbound service 8. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW):
Ex Arriva Guildford and West Surrey ADL/Enviro 200MMC 4113 (SN67 WUA) is here.
Routes 309 (Bishop’s Stortford-Stansted Airport), 510 (Harlow-Stansted Airport) ran on Boxing Day.
Odd sightings:
13/12/19: Mb Sprinter 1010 on 10.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Ex Arriva Kent and Sussex Optare Versa 4240 (KX13 DHL) is now at work here.
Odd sightings:
9/12/19: Mb Sprinter 1007 on 29.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
A few VLA Class Volvo B7TL/ALX400s remain active. On 3/12/19, VLA57 was on TfL173 (Beckton-Goodmayes Hospital); VLA130/31 were on TfL368 (Chadwell Heath-Barking).
VLA133 (LJ05 GPY) passed to Ensign for scrap.
Odd sightings:
21/12/19: ADL/E400 T250 (LJ61 LLA) on 313 (Chingford-Potters Bar) – usually ENX Class ADL/E200.

LJ59AEW DW240 AR LON N 66 (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: The VLAs were largely replaced by DW Class VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemin2s, cascaded from within Arriva London. DW240 was at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. Now at Grays, it had previously been at Norwood. (John Podgorski).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
LX57CJE E65 BT 396 (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: E65 at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. Still in the old London General livery, it had latterly been with London Central at New Cross. (John Podgorski).

The ex London General E Class ADL/Enviro 400s continue to appear on TfL396 (Ilford-Little Heath). New SE Class ADL/Enviro 200s are due. On 29/12/19, E65, E69 were seen, still in “as acquired” condition.

LX57CJU E69 BT 396 (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: E69 at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. In the newer Go-Ahead London Buses livery, it retains its markings from its previous life at London General at Merton. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
Transferred to Hedingham at Sible Hedingham are Mb Touros 1, 2 (BX55 FYH/J); Scania Omnilink 457 (AU61 AVK).
Scania Omnidekka 800 (YN53 RYP) was at Hedingham, Clacton in early December. 803 (YN55 PZD) was at Clacton on 11th December.

COLAS.
10/12/19: 37254 with 37057 on 1Q95 NR test train at Grays.

DBS.
1/12/19: 66091 tnt 66126 on RHTT at Marks Tey.
5/12/19: 59005 on Chelmsford stone. 66136 on 4L40 Cowley-Purfleet. 66170 on 4L56 Trafford-London Gateway.
6/12/19: 66150 on 4L40.
9/12/19: 66106 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
16/12/19: 66108 light loco on 0Z66 Stowamarket-Ilford deopot – for wheel lathe.
18/12/19: 66091/122/126 moved as 0Z37 Stowmarket-Crewe. 66104 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
20/12/19: 66025 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
23/12/19: 66063 on 6L12 Wembley-Bow East. 66108 left Stowmarket for off region with DRS 37409 and RHTT set.

DRS.
2/12/19: 37608 towed 755419 Ipswich to Norwich after ‘755 failed on Bury branch.
10/12/19: 37611 on Norwich-Ipswich Class 745 move. 68004/33 on Southminster CEGB flask train.
20/12/19: 57002/3 on 0E37 Stowmarket-Bounds Green light loco.

ENSIGNBUS.
From 2/12/19, new schooldays only route 29 (Purfleet-Socketts Heath) began, and X1 (London-Southend Airport) additionally called at Lakeside.
The Heritage Running Day 7/12/19, saw St Helens RT BDJ 807 make its post restoration debut.
AEC PRV Routemaster RMC 1477 (477 CLT) is ex a preservationist.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 905 (LJ54 BFO) is now with Ashman, Great Addington, Northants.

LX15GOK 127 ENSIGNBUS X2 (UPMINSTER) 26-12-19 (D DISBURY)
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini 127 at Upminster Rail Station on X2 in the late evening of 26/12/19. (Daniel Disbury).
Below: 127 on the X10 at Southend Travel Centre on 26/12/19. (Daniel Disbury).
LX15GOK 127 ENSIGNBUS X10 (SD T C) 26-12-19 (D DISBURY)

On Boxing Day, route X1 (London Victoria-Southend Airport) operated, along with special 26th December only services X2 (Upminster-Southend Airport), X10 (Lakeside-Southend). Local routes 22, 44, 73A, X80 also ran to a special timeetable. The Amazon ‘Z’ routes ran to a Saturday timetable.

YY18THU 707 ENSIGNBUS 44 (PURFLEET) 19-12-19 (D DISBURY)
Above: One of the recent ex Yourbus ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs. 707 (YY18 THU) at Purfleet on 19/12/19. (Daniel Disbury).

ADL/Enviro 200 709 (SN11 FFM) has passed to Simonds, Diss. It was replaced at Ensign by ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 709 (YY18 THX).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32494 (AU53 HKM) collided with the canopy at Ipswich Hospital on 19/12/19. The same bus came to grief at the same spot back in 2012.
B7TL/ALX400 32481 (AU53 HJY) is now in Ipswich Reds livery.

FIRST ESSEX.
AU53HJK 32476 FE 61 (HAVEN RD CR) 15-12-19
Above: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32476 at Haven Road, The Hythe, Colchester on Sunday 15/12/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69434 (EU58 JWZ) was loaned from Chelmsford (CF) to Colchester (CR) in early December. 69518/19 (BJ11 ECT/V) were returned from Colchester (CR)to Hadleigh (HH), off loan.
Barbie2 liveried Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65681/82 (YR52 VEL/P) are withdrawn; leaving 65679 (YR52 VEH) at Colchester.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) is reinstated.
Registered school services 508 9Great Dunmow-Colchester), 509 (Little Dunmow-Colchester) ceased after 20/12/19. They will be replaced by a new, single route in January 2020.
Routes X10 (Basildon-Stansted Airport), X30 (Southend-Stansted Airport) operated on Boxing Day.
Odd sightings:
2/12/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 17 + 65 pm peak. 3/12/19: Trident 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 65 all day; StreetLite 63340 on 75. 4/12/19: B7RLE 66801 (MX05 CCJ) on 75. 5/12/19: B7TL 32087 (LN51 GMO) on 175; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 1A. 6/12/19: B7TL 32478 (AU53 HJO) on 174; Trident 33184 on 62; StreetLite 63331 on 62A. 7/12/19: B7TL/ALX400 32478 on 65; B7TL/Gemini 37020 on 66. 7/12/19: ADL/E300 67756 on 75. 11/12/19: StreetLite 63341 (SM65 EFA) on 1A. 13/12/19: Trident 33087 on 174; Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) on 62; StreetLite 63335 on 75 and 1A.
14/12/19: Trident 33196 (LT52 XAG) on 65; X10 ADL/E200 MMC 67164 on 100. 15/12/19: B7TL/ALX400 32478 on 62; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 75. 16/12/19: Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX0 on 64A; ADL/E300 67739 on 75 + 1A. 17/12/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 88. 20/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 32629 (KP54 KAX) on 174; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 88A. 21/12/19; StreetLite 63329 (SK65 PXL) on 70. 22/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 37042 (YJ06 XLH) on 65. 23/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 32629 (KP54 KAX) on 64; Trident 33087 (LN51 GMO) on 65; Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) on 62; StreetLite 63334 (SK65 PXR) on 71. Trident 33044 (LN51 DVH) on 65. 27/12/19: 33044 on 65 – later failed at Osborne Street, Colchester and towed back to CR depot; B7RLE/Wright 66848 on 100; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 71. 29/12/19 Sunday: B7TL/Gemini 37016 on 1A. 31/12/19: Trident 33088 on 64; Trident 33196 on 65; StreetLie 63333 on 62; 63337 on 75/A; X30 ADL/E200MMC 67170 on 71.

YY66PBF 67164 FE X10 ON 100 (LAKESIDE) 17-12-19 (D DISBURY)
MX05CGZ 66848 FE 100 (CF) 27-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Oddities on the 100. Top: ADL/Enviro 200MMC 66164 at Lakeside on 14/12/19. (Daniel Disbury). Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66848 at Chelmsford on 27/12/19. (Simon Austin). 100 is scheduled for Volvo 7900H hybrids.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/12/19: 86609/10/22/38 on 4L89.
3/12/19: 66413 on 4L36 Wentloog-Felixstowe. 66537 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 66550 on 4E24 London Gateway-Leeds. 70002 on 4M63 FLX-Trafford. 86604/37 on 4L91 Trafford-Felixstowe. 86613/12 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 86639/32 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX.
4/12/19: 66423 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 86607/8 on 4L97. 86639/32 on 4L75 Trafford-FLX.
5/12/19: 66415 on 4L46 Lawley-London Gateway. 66550 on 4M60 London Gatreway-Ditton. 86610/38 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX.
6/12/19: 66423 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 66526 on 4L46 Lawley-London Gateway. 70008 on 4M63 FLX-Trafford. 86622/09 on 4L97. 86639/32 on 4L75.
9/12/19: 70008/7 on 4L41 Crewe-Ipswich. 86609/22 on 4L89. 86610/38 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86612/13 on 4M53 FLX-Trafford.86632/39 on 4S88 FLX-Coatbridge.
11/12/19: 66513 on Chelmsford stone. 70015 + 66594 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
13/12/19: 66513 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 70015 on 4M63 FLX-Trafford.
16/12/19: 70003 on 4M63. 86614/04 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX.
17/12/19: 86608/10 on 4L89. 86638/05 on 4L91.
18/12/19: 66526 on Chelmsford stone. 86607/37 on 4L89. 86608/10 on 4L91.
19/12/19: 70015 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 86612/13 on 4L97.
20/12/19: 86605/38 on 4L91. 86608/10 on 4L89.
24/12/19: 86612/13 on 4L91. 86637/27 on 4L89.

GALLOWAY.
Ex National Express contract Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes FJ61 EVN/V, are now with Hornsby, Ashby, Lincs.

GBRf.
2/12/19: 66709 on 6L41 grain to Bow. 66753 on 4M23 Felixstowe-Hams Hall.
3/12/19: 66754 on 4M23.
7/12/19: 66703 tnt 66732 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT via Wickford.
9/12/19: 66777/47 on 6L37.
11/12/19; 66756 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
12/12/19: Tube Map 66721 tnt 66747 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT.
16/12/19: 66773 ‘Pride of GBRf’ on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
19/12/19: 66745 on 4E21 FLX-Doncaster. 66768 on 4M23. 66773 on 6P41 Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66787 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
23/12/19: 0L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor light engine.
27/12/19: 66766 on 4M23.
28/12/19: 66710 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Colchester engineers.

GREATER ANGLIA.
754327 GA IPS-FLX 19-12-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: 755327 at Ipswich on a Felixstowe service on 19/12/19. (Alex Hazell).

New are 745105/6.
There have been teething problems with the new Class 745/755s that are in use. ‘755s were temporarily suspended from the Cambridge routes following “an incident at a level crossing”.
The Class 153s have been transferred to Transport for Wales. These were 153309 ‘Gerard Fiennes’, 153314, 153322 ‘Benjamin Britten’, 153335 ‘Michael Palin’. Those with names were de-named before transfer.
The Class 156s are being withdrawn. 156409/12 are now with East Midlands Railway. 156422 had been de-branded by late December.
170271 is last Class 170 here.
Staff training on Class 745/755 has begun at Colchester.
MkIII coaches withdrawn are 11067, 12013, 12126.
1/12/19: 745336 on test at Harwich International. 755333 at Parkeston for Colchester crew training – Colchester to Clacton daytime trips.
2/12/19: 153309/14/22 transferred to Transport for Wales. 755422 on Ipswich-Felixstowes.
4/12/19: 90010 on Norwich-Crewe light loco.
5/12/19: 90011 on 0Z90 Crewe-Norwich light loco. 745105 delivered.
6/12/19: 317338 towed Kilmarnock to Ilford, by 47749.
8/12/19: 90002 on 1P16 Liverpool Street-Norwich on country end; back to London end by 10/12/19.
11/12/19: 317348/45 on 1Y34 Liverpool St-Ipswich – from w/c 15/12/19, the 1Y34 terminated at Colchester.
12/12/19: 755417 on 1258 IPS-FLX.
13/12/19: 745007 on 5Q91 Norwich-Liverpool Street test.
15/12/19: First day of new Norwich-Stansted Airport service, using Class 755/4s on both diesel and electric modes.
16/12/19: 90008/14 and DVT on 5M01 Norwich-Wembley ECS. 745006 on 5Q91 Norwich-LST test.
17/12/19: Class 755 testing began on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745106 delivered behind DBS 66002. 755327 to service.
18/12/19: 755327 on 0858 Ipswich-Felixstowe. 755337 replaced 755333 at Colchester staff trainer.
19/12/19; 90010 on 0Z19 Crewe-Norwich light loco via NLL and GEML.
21/12/19: 156402/17/19 on Ipswich-Cambridges.
23/12/19: 90008 towed to Crewe by 37423. 156412 to EMR.

90007 + 90002 GA (LST) 21-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 90007 and 90002 at London Liverpool Street on 21/12/19. (Simon Austin).

HCT GROUP (was CT PLUS).
Buses have now been rebranded to read ‘Part of HCT Group’.
BYD Enviro 400EV City demonstrator LF69 UXJ is on loan at Hackney (HK).

HEDINGHAM.
EU07GVY 615 HO 88 (CR) 20-12-19
Above: 615 at Southway, Colchester on 20/12/19. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 400 615 (EU07 GVY) is in the new livery.
Received from Chambers are Mb Touros 1, 2 (BX55 FYH/J), Scania Omnilink 457 (AU61 AVK). All are now at HD. The Touros have been offered for sale, but continue in use of schools – usually Hedingham School Bus 5.
Dart SLF/MPD 286 (HW54 BTY) was returned to CN from KN on 7/12/19, in exchange for 285 (SN03 EBV). ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) was at KN again from early December and was regularly used on the evening 15s. It returned to HD on 31/12/19.
285 returned to CN from KN on 21/12/19, in exchange for 286.
Volvo B7TL/Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) was at KN again from 11/12/19. On 16/12/19, sister 523 (LX05 EZF) arrived at KN also. 523 was returned to CN on 23/12/19.
Volvo B7TL/Presidents 563 (V307 LGC), 572 (W489 WGH) have been fitted for contactless OPO, leaving just 570 (W487 WGH) to be done. 570 was loaned from HD to KN on 20/12/19 – see below. It was returned on 23/12/19, but was back at KN on 24/12/19.
Omnidekka movements: By 6/12/19: 810 – KN-Chambers; 811 – Chambers-KN. 12/12/19: 808 – Chambers-KN; 817 – KN-CN. 13/12/19: 808 – KN-Chambers after failure. 17/12/19; 809 – Chambers-KN; 811 KN-Chambers after failure. 23/12/19: 809 – KN-Chambers. 31/12/19: Chambers 800 – HD-KN.

W526WGH 579 HO X76 (CR) 28-12-19 (S MILTON)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 579 on X76 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on 28/12/19. (Sonny Milton).

Odd sightings: 5/12/19: B7TL/President 575 (W516 WGH) on 19 + 63. 11/12/19: Omnidekka 817 (YN06 JYB) on TLA am, TLA B pm. 12/12/19: 817 on TLA A am. 13/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) on TLA B pm; Omnidekka 811 (YN55 PZP) on 903 pm. 16/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 524 on 903 pm; B7TL/President 584 (PJ02 REU) on 19 + 63. 17/12/19: 524 on 903. 18/12/19: ADL/E200 261 on PL4 am; B7TL/Gemini 523 (LX05 EZF) on TLA A am, PL4 pm; 524 on 903; Omnidekka 814 (YN55 PZV) on TLA B pm. 20/12/19: B7TL/President 570 (W487 WGH) on 19 pm – run by KN instead of CN due to TLA School finishing early for Xmas holidays. 23/12/19: B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on X76. 28/12/19: B7TL/Presidents 565, 575, 579 on X76.
Route 137 ran on Boxing Day.

SF04SKD 910 HO 4 (JAYWICK) 19-12-19 (S MILTON)
Above: Hedingham Optare Solo 910 (SF04 SKD) on the seafront in Jaywick on 19/12/19. To the left is the sea wall. Jaywick is below sea level, and was badly affected by the 1953 East Coast floods. (Sonny Milton).

IPSWICH BUSES.
On loan from Aleander Dennis was ADL/Enviro 20D demonstrator YX19 ONV.

YR61RUU IB IPS RLY STN GA RRP 2019 (N MILLS)
Above: Scania Omnidekka 38 at Ipswich Rail Station on GA RRP in November 2019. (Nathaniel Mills).

KENZIE, SHEPRETH.
Volvo B10M/VH K50 TER is sold.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright AE12 FGM has been resold by Enbsign to York Pullman.

KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
Setra S250 K800 DYS orig R958 AEV retains Kirbys livery and looks smart.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
Plain white Mb Tourismos BF67 WLL and BV19 YLU were on loan from Evobus at separate time in December.

KIRBYS, RAYLEIGH.
Mb Tourismo K800 BYS is running in plain white.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
315802/8/12/15 worked the Romford-Upminster at various times during December. Generally, a particular unit works on the branch each week. It stables at Ilford.
315825/31/36 are ex MTR. Moved from Northampton back to Ilford on 11-12/12/19.
315804 has gone for scrap.
378206/9 are now 5 cars again.
16/12/19: 315804 for scrap, behind 37800.

315801 ARL CHINGFORD 21-12-19
Above: 315801 at Chingford on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
91015 LUL CENTRAL LINE (EALING BROADWAY) 7-12-19
Above: At the far end of the Central Line, 1992 Tube Stock 9105 awaits departure back to Metropolitan Essex on 7/12/19. (John Podgorski).

91009 LUL CENTRAL LINE (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: And back in Metropolitan Essex, 91009 arrives at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. (John Podgorski).

MALCOLMS BUS SERVICE, CLACTON.
Withdrawn is Mb 709D/Beaver E343 TYD.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
7/12/19: 345052 on Liverpool Street-Shenfields.
8/12/19: 345009 back on GEML.
15/12/19: 345038 on GEML.

345051 MTR (LST) 14-12-19
Above: Bombardier Aventra 345051 at London Liverpool Street on 14/12/19. It is bound for Shenfield. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
New Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante III tri-axles are BV69 KSE/F/J/K/N/O/U/X-Z, KTD.
Initial driver training (for Start Hill depot), is now provided by RSM of Wickford. This had previously been done “in house”. Two coaches are retained for staff training – Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante FJ57 KHY and Scania K440EB6/Levante BV66 WRC.
On 22/12/19, ex Start Hill (now Gatwick) based Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante 203 (BG65 TGJ) was in collision with a Zipcar car rental VW Polo on Queesnstown Road, Battersea, London SW at approx 0430, while working the 0245 A3 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria service. A subsequent fire destroyed both vehicles. One person in the car was killed and two others injured – one seriously. All on the coach were evacuated safely although one coach passenger was treated for minor injuries. 203 is withdrawn.
On Christmas Day, some ‘A’ services operated from Stansted Airport to London. On Boxing Day, most services ran as normal.

BK14LFT SH179 NX A8 (LIVERPOOL ST) 29-12-19
Above: Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante SH179 at Bishopsgate, City of London on 29/12/19. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL.
10/12/19: 950001 on Ferme Park and return via London Gateway and Cambridge.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Has ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 470 (SN66 WLO). It was initially at Stephensons.

YX10FFL 450 NIBS 374 (BN) 27-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 450 (YX10 FFL) at Basildon on 27/12/19, on council contracted route 374 (Basildon-Corringham-Stanford-East Tilbury-Grays), which had previously been operated by GoRide, Imperial and originally Ensign. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
From 21/12/19, X15 (Harwich-Colchester) was withdrawn on Saturdays due to low custom. Mon to Fri ops continue as normal.

AB09PAN PANTHER 2A (WEELEY) 28-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above; Ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 AB09 PAN at Weeley on 28/12/19. It is on the Mistley-Clacton 2/A service which is operated on behalf of First Essex. (Simon Austin).

RICHMOND, BARLEY.
Mb Sprinter 516/EVM BU55 EVM was on loan from EVM, and used on the Royston town service.

SALWA TRAVEL, ABRIDGE.
The O licence has been revoked and the company closed.
Scania L94IB/Irizar X498 AHE has been sold.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, WICKFORD.
Ex Johnson, Worksop is Irizar i6 YN14 NPO.
Sold is Volvo B9R/Plaxton Elite RL62 RSL.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
New are Volvo B8L/Enviro500s 13901-12 (BU69 XYA-G/J-M). They are light green and for the North Cambs Guided Busway.
Trident/ALX400s 18349 (AE55 DKX), 18420/22 (AE06 GZS/U) have transferred to Stagecoach Cheltenham and Gloucester.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
The last Trident/ALX400s, 17836/43 (LX03 BYM/V) have passed to London Fire Brigade.

STEPHENSONS.
Ex Yourbus, Heanor are ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs 435/36 (YY67 USC/D).
Mb Sprinter/Strata 302 (KF19 LCV) is now in fleet livery. It is allocated to Haverhill and used on services 5/6 (Saffron Walden-B Stortford).
ADL/Enviro 200 449 (YX10 FFK) has come from NIBS. This and Optare Solo M880 YJ58 PHO are also both at Haverhill. They are white with Stephensons fleet names, having been acquired originally as sales stock.

EU12HXW 601 (REAR) HPV AWARE (INGATESTONE) 29-12-19
Above: 601 at Ingatestone on 29/12/19. On a Greater Anglia rail replacement shuttle to/from Shenfield. (John Podgorski).

Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 601 (EU12 HXW) has a super rear advert for HPV Aware.
Dart SLF/MPDs 413/14 (EU03 CFX/Y) are still going strong. 413 is at Braintree and often on 9/A. 414 is often at the Bury St Edmunds outstation of Haverhill. These two buses were new for the ‘Blackwater Link’ Witham-Maldon 90, when Stephensons won it from Hedingham in 2003.

SULLIVAN BUSES, SOUTH MIMMS.
Dart SLF/Pointer driver trainer LN51 DXG has fleet no TB1.

TOWER TRANSIT.
LK60HPN WSH62995 TT 444 (CHINGFORD) 21-12-19
Above: One of the hydrogen buses in suburban semi retirement. VDL SB200/Wright Pulsa WSH62995 at Chingford on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

BU16UXC VH38115 TT 212 (CHINGFORD) 21-12-19
Above: Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini3 VH38115 on ex CT Plus route TfL 212 at Chingford on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Ex RATP London United are Optare Tempos YJ11 EHG/H.
Sold are Dart SLF/Mini Pointers KC03 PGU, SN03 EBU, YBK/S; Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXG/J/M/O/U/V/Y/Z; Trident/ALX400 LX03 BVW ex PSU 316. YN53 RXO went for preservation.

UNO, HATFIELD.
Sold to Ripley, Carlton for scrap were Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 277 (LF52 ZNW) and Mb Citaro bendybus MBA323 (LK05 FCN).

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Ex Brighton and Hove are Scania Omnicity saloons YN58 BCO/U/V/Y.

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, L Cornwell, D Disbury, HarlowRide, A Hazell, N Mills, S Milton, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. November 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

It was announced on 8/11/19, that the CrossRail project has been delayed further, and will not now be completed until 2021. This has resulted in a stay of execution for the Class 315 EMUs, although they will continue to be replaced by new Class 345s during this time. Some 315s are now moving over to London Overground.

A2B, CAMBRIDGE.
ADL/Enviro 200 LJ56 VSX has passed to Ensign for scrap.

ANITAS, STANSTED.
Sold is Volvo 9700 RY08 ERN.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
GN07DLO 3986 AR CR 30-11-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Received from Arriva Ware is ADL/Enviro 200 3986 (GN07 DLO). Pictured at Osborne Street on 30/11/19. (Daniel Pretty).

DAF DB250LF/EL 6259 (FD02 UKO) was parked up at the back of the depot in mid November. It returned to Arriva Kent and Sussex at the end of November.
Odd sightings
9/11/19: VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini 4459 (MX61 AXW) on 8. 17/11/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 3413 (SN54 HWY) on 8 (Sunday). 18/11/19: 4459 on 1. 21/11/19:
StreetLite 4262 (GN64 DXS) on 1. 26/11/19: Short SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8. 29/11/19: 4459 on 1. 30/11/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetanos 1562, 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 1.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Now here is new liveried Volvo B7RLE/Wright Urban Eclipse 3889 (BG59 FWP). Similar, former Arriva Midlands 3863 (KE05 GOH) has also been noted; this was ex Arriva The Shires.

DK55FXL 3512 AR HA 59 (CF) 2-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3512 (DK55 FXL), unusually on route 59 and seen in Chelmsford on 2/11/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
GN07AVC 3816 AR SD HERITAGE 23-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3816 is now in 1990s heritage livery. Pictured on 23/11/19. (Simon Austin).

Ex Arriva Midlands Mb Sprinter 1007 (BF67 WGA) is now here.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
From 9/11/19, TfL34 (Walthamstow-Barnet) was gained from Metroline. Ex Stagecoach Selkent HVs were acquired for this. Arriva previously ran TfL34 in the ‘noughties’, using DLAs. TfL192 (Enfield-Tottenham Hale) was also taken over – from Go-Ahead London General North. Arriva had also run the 192 before, losing it to Go-Ahead in 2014.

LJ03MKF DLA361 34 5-03
Above: DAF DB250LF/ALX400 DLA361 in Barnet on the previous Arriva operation of TfL34, in May 2003. (John Podgorski).

New Routemaster LT351 didn’t stay long at Clapton (CT), and quickly relocated down the road to Ash Grove (AE).

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Mercedes 516/EVW RX16 XGN has passed to a dealer.

BARING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL.
Fiat Ducato AE16 (YX61 BHZ0 has been sold via CVA Auctions, Hemel Hempstead.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
New ADL/Enviro 200s SE304-319 are registered YX69 NNH/J-M/O/P/R/T-W/Y/Z, NOF/H. 304/6-9 arrived in October; the rest in November.
ADL/Enviro 200s SE306/7 have returned from Luton Airport off loan, for use on TfL364.

COLAS RAIL.
20/11/19: DR75008/9 on Paddock Wood-Marks Tey.

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
W283JBN DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (CR RRP) 3-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B10M/VH W283 JBN at Colchester on GA RRP to/from Marks Tey on 3/11/19. This was new to Shearings. (Simon Austin).

DBS.
66091 DBS (MARKS TEY) 24-11-19
Above: 66091 at Marks Tey on 24/11/19. (John Podgorski).

The Class 59/2s have been transferred to Freightliner, with the Mendip Rail contract.
1/11/19: 66108 tnt 66122 on RHTT “up” through Marks Tey @ 2044.
5/11/19: 66117 on Wakefield-Felixstowe. 66135 on Bow-Heck. 66155 on Mountsorrell-Kennet. 66197 on Chesterton-Mountsorrel.
8/11/19: 59101 on Dagenham Dock-Acton stone. 66135 on 6O60 Peterborouugh Bow, then Bow-Heck.
12/11/19: 66126 tnt 66091 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Wickford and Shenfield RHTT.
13/11/19: 59101 on Dagenham Dock-Acton stone.
21/11/19: 66091/126 to Ilford depot.
22/11/19: 66080 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich. 66091 at Ilford depot.
24/11/19: 66126 tnt 66091 on “up” RHTT through Marks Tey @ 2209.
25/11/19: 59002 on 6V28 Dagenham-Acton stone.
27/11/19: 59002 on 6V28 Dagenham-Acton. 66079 on 6O79 Marks Tey-Crawley. 66130 on 6V07 Ipswich Griffin Wharf-Neasden.
29/11/19: 59102 on 6V28 Dagenham-Acton. 66104 on 6L35 Mossend-Dagenham.

DRS.
2/11/19: 37401 + DBS 66091 at Marks Tey on 3S99 STP from Stowmarket.
5/11/19: 57003 tnt 68017 on 3S60 Stowmarket RHTT via Wickford.
12/11/19: 37409 + 4 x MkIII carriages on Norwich-Ilford ECS.
13/11/19: 37405 on Norwich-Willesden light loco.
17/11/19: 37402 tnt 37425 on RHTT stabled at Marks Tey Yard, returned to Stowmarket in evening.
20/11/19: 57305 towed GWR 387140 on 5Q50 0948 Reading-Ilford ECS. 37305 then ran light to Leicester.
29/11/19: 37402/5 on 0M37 Norwich-Wembley light loco.

ENSIGNBUS.
Withdrawn is ADL/Enviro 200 707 (SN11 FFL). It was replaced by ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 707 (YY18 THU).

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
M60FXO FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL SCANIA TOURING (CR RRP) 3-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: One of two Scania Tourings recently acquired. M60 FXO at Colchester on GA RRP to/from Marks Tey on 3/11/19. (Simon Austin).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Now in Ipswich Reds colours are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69007/8 (AU05 DMO/V).

FIRST ESSEX.
From First Potteries are ADL/Enviro 300s 67638 (VX54 MGO), 67640, 67641 (VX54 MRU/V). All are at Colchester (CR).

VX54MRU 67640 FE 75B (CR) 30-11-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 67640 in Colchester on 30/11/19. (Daniel Pretty).

SN53KJX 42488 FE CR 61 (U OF E) 6-11-19 (S MILTON)
Above: 42488 at The University of Essex on 6/11/19. (Sonny Milton).

Dart SLF/Pointers 42483/88 (SN03 WLK, SN53 KJX) were on loan at Colchester. 42483 came from CF and 42488 reinstated from HH. 32483 was then transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth.

SN03WME 42487 FE 26 (SD) 23-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 42487 at Southend Travel Centre of 23/11/19. (Simon Austin).

Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69518/19 (BJ11 ECT/V) are on loan to CR from HH. 66813 was transferred from BN to CR, but was only there briefly before going to CF. 66829 is long term VOR at CF and has been cannibalised.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32482 (AU53 HJZ) and B7TL/Wright Gemini 32628 (KP54 KAU) were returned to Chelmsford ex loan to Colchester on 3/11/19. B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) is withdrawn.
ADL/Enviro 300 67903 (SN13 CHX) is now in Refreshed livery.
Odd sightings:
2/11/19: Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 64A. 3/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 4/11/19; B7TL/Gemini 37037 (YJ06 XLC) on 64. 6/11/19: Trident 33196 on 175. 7/11/19: Trident 33196 on 62; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 65. 11/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 65; X30 ADL/E200 MMC YY66 PCO on 71. 13/11/19: B7TL/Gemini 37037 (YJ06 XLC) on 175; StreetLite 63333 (SK65 PXP) on 70; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67169 on 71A.
15/11/19: StreetLite 63334 on 75. 18/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 17 bus 2 + 65. 19/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 75. 20/11/19: B7TL/ALX400 32954 on 62; Trident 37087 on 174; X30 67170 on 71A. 22/11/19: B7TL/ALX400 32478 on 62. 23/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 1A. 25/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 70; Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 17 + 65.26/11/19: B7TL/ALX400 32476 on 174.

X749VUA 30894 FE (SD) 23-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Veteran Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30894 on Chichester Road, Southend, on 23/11/19. The oldest bus in regular service with First Essex at the time of this picture. (Simon Austin).

FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Withdrawn is minibus KE04 JVD.

FLAGFINDERS.
YL08 PZS is an acquired Mercedes Sprinter.
VDL Bova SO15 UBS has been re-registered Y2 FLG.
Irizar i6 YN15 YTP is now Y3 FLG.
Scania Omniexpress YT09 FLF is now Y4 FLG.

FLAVIN/CHARIOTS, STANFORD LE HOPE.
Dennis Javelin/Berkhof K12 KFC has passed to Davies, Abercynon.

FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
Ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 400 LK55 KKF is here – via Ensign.

FREIGHTLINER.
5/11/19: 66518 on London Gateway-Leeds. 66622 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
7/11/19: 66526 on Chelmsford-Acton stone. 86627/05 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86639/14 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
8/11/19: 66518 on 4E24 London Gateway-Leeds. 66526 on Chelmsford-Acton. 86639/14 on 4L91. 90045/16 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
12/11/19: 66593 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone.
13/11/19: 70010 on 4M94 FLX-Lawley Street. 70020 on London Gateway-Garston. 86607/32 on 4L91.
19/11/19: 86608/10/09/07 on intermodal arived at Ipswich, then detached and light engine to Claydon Loop.
20/11/19: 66604 on Tunstead-Marks Tey. 86627/39 on 4L91. 86637/05 on 4L92.
22/11/19: 66537 at Chelmsford @ 0824. 66621 at Bow Olympic @ 0857. Orange 66623 at Marks Tey Yard @ 0803 to later form aggregates service to Brentford.
25/11/19: 66554 on Willeden Brent-Ipswich VSTP. 86604/32/12/13 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX.
27/11/19: 66604 on 4M63 Bow-Tunstead. 66955 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 70008 on 4L38 Wentloog-FLX. 86638/10 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
29/11/19: 66423 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 66623 on 6V80 Marks Tey-Brentford.

GBRf.
5/11/19: 66710 on Felixstowe-Doncaster. 66755 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66764 on Felixstowe-Birch Coppice. 66785 on 4Z81 Masboro-Felixstowe.
7/11/19: 66721 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66771 on 6M03 Foxton-Ferme Park.
8/11/19: 66756 tnt 66719 on Broxbourne-Ilford via Dagenham RHTT.
9/11/19: 66721 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66752 on 4L43 Doncaster-Parkeston.
11/11/19: 66783 ‘Biffa’ on 0Z61 Peterborough-Broxbourne, replacing 66787 on RHTT.
12/11/19; 47815 replaced 47848 at Ilford for Riviera Trains; 47815 came from Eastleigh; 47848 to Leicester.
13/11/19: 66721 and 66770 on FLX to Hams Hall intermodals. 66777 on 6O60 Bow-Tonbridge West. 66783 tnt 66703 on RHTT at Ilford depot.
15/11/19. 66779 on 6L37.
20/11/19: 66732 on 4M23.
23/11/19: 66707 replaced 66756 on one of the Broxbourne RHTT sets. 66707 now tnt with 66719.
25/11/19: 66715 led FL 66511 on Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
28/11/19: 66760 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66768 on 4M23. 66773 on 6L37.
30/11/19: 66732 tnt 66703 on 3S70 on Broxbourne via Southend Vic RHTT.

GODWARD, BASILDON.
T88PGC GODWARD (GA RRP MT) 17-11-19
Above: T88 PGC is an ex Mc Gills, former Arriva London DAF DB250LF/Wright Pulsar Gemini. Pictured at Marks Tey on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Colchester on 17/11/19. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
755412 GA (THURSTON) 26-11-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Stadtler Flirt 755412 at Thurston on 26/11/19. (Alex Hazell).

321354 GA (CR TOWN) 22-11-19
Above: 321354 at Colchester Town on 22/11/19. (John Podgorski).

First Class accommodation will be phased out on all services except Inter-City as the new trains enter service over the next 18 months.
New are 745007/010.
The Class 153s have been withdrawn.
170202/3/4/6/273 have gone to Transport for Wales.
1/11/19: 153306 on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
‘156s appeared on the Sudbury branch again from 5/11/19.
7/11/19: 745005 on 5Q95 Norwich Liverpool Street test.
11/11/19: 170202/4 transferred to Transport for Wales.
14/11/19: 170206 transferred to Transport for Wales. 317337 returned to Ilford from Kilmarnock behind 47747. 745007 delivered.
15/11/19: 90004 on Crewe-Norwich light loco via Willesden Brent.
18/11/19: 170201/8 transferred to Transport for Wales. 321358/337 on 0908 Norwich-Liverpool Street.
20/11/19: 755412 on 0857 Ipswich-Felixstowe.
21/11/19: 745010 delivered.
24/11/19: 156412 on Marks Tey-Sudbury after booked ‘153 failed.
25/11/19: 170203 transferred to Transport for Wales.
28/11/19: 317668/64 on 1Y34 Liverpool Street-Ipswich.
30/11/19: Class 153s withdrawn. 75533 at Parkeston for Colchester crew training.

153322 GA (MT) 3-11-19
Above: 153322 at Marks Tey on 3/11/19, on a Sudbury service. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP.
Some renumbering of the London fleet is happening, to standardise on the four digit numerical system and phase out the alpha numeric class codes.

HEDINGHAM.
Dart SLF/Pointer 257 (EU57 FLM) appeared at Kelvedon (KN) on 1/11/19 and was returned to Clacton (CN) on 5/11/19. Dart SLF/MPD 286 (HW54 BTY) was unusually loaned by CN to KN from 6/11/19. Sible Hedingham (HD) ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE) was back at KN on 15/11/19 and stayed until 25/11/19. Withdrawn Dart SLF/MPD 290 (EX02 RYR) was towed from KN to CN on 6/11/19, for parts recovery. 289 (EJ02 KYY) was towed away from HD on 13/11/19 to CN for further parts recovery. Both then went to Alpha for scrap. The engine from 289 went into SLF/Pointer 257 (EU56 FLM). The engine from 290 went into SLF/Pointer 254 (EU 05 AUR).
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 8 (R453 FWT) passed to Alpha Recovery for scrap. It was collected from CN on 9/11/19. 8 was the last coach with Hedingham.

EJ02KYY 289 HEDINGHAM SCRAP (CN) 20-11019
Above: 289 at Clacton on 20/11/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Gemini 523 (LX05 EZF) returned to CN from KN on 25/11/19. HD allocated B7TL/President 569 (W484 WGH) appeared at KN from then.
Omnidekka movements:
1/11/19: 808 (YN55 PZL) – Chambers-KN. 7/11/19: 808 – KN-Chambers; 809 – Chambers-KN. 11/11/19: 815 – CN-KN. 15/11/19: 814 – KN-CN; 817 – CN-KN. 19/11/19: 813 – Chambers-KN. 22/11/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers.
Odd sightings:
1/11/19: B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on 82/83 – usually saloon. 2/11/19: B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) on 95 + D1/D2 – usually saloon. 4/11/19: B7TL/President 580 (W527 WGH) on 63 – CN duty. 6/11/19: Omnidekka 802 on 16 pm and 63 Duty 195 – KN bus on CN duty; Omnidekka 808 on TLA B pm. 9/11/19: B7TL/President 580 on X76. 11,12/11/19: Omnidekka 815 on 903 pm. 13/11/19: B7TL/President 563 (V307 LGC) on TLA B pm – usually only on PL4. 18/11/9: Long ADL/E200 261 (EY 57 FZE) on 15 pm; Volvo B7TL/Gemini 523 (LX05 EZF) on 903. w/c 18/11/19: Solo 911 (SF04 HKE) on 50, 69, 84B etc. 21/11/19: B7TL/President 584 (PJ02 REU) on 19 + 63.
Subsequent history:
Volvo B7TL/President 561 (V301 LGC), now in preservation has had its slack adjuster replaced and cured brake/gearbox problems. London spec destination equipment has also been sourced.

KENZIE, SHEPRETH.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright AE12 FGM has passed to Ensign for resale.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
GB15 KCL is an acquired Irizar i6 tri-axle.
Mercedes Tourismos T14 KCL, BV66 GVX have 10th anniversary branding.

LC TRANSPORT, WOODGORD GREEN.
Has moved to Edmonton.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
TfL192 (Tottenham Hale-Enfield) was lost to Arriva London North from 9/11/19. Arriva had run 192 in the past. 15 WS Class StreetLite WFs were made surplus by this loss. Some were retained for TfL357 (Chingford Hatch-Whipps Cross), TfL379 (Chingford-Yardley Lane), whilst others were redeployed in Go-Ahead.
New TfL contract gains will see Northumberland Park as a mostly electric bus depot from early 2020.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
315817 LO (LST) 22-11-19
Above: 315817 at London Liverpool Street on 22/11/19, on the 1600 to Enfield Town. (John Podgorski).

315805 has been repaired.
3158-08 has been regular on the Romford-Upminster.
315822/27 are ex MTR.
315814/858 have gone for scrap.
18/11/19: 315814/858 to Sims, Newport for scrap behind 37301. 315822/27 on 5Q22 Northampton-Ilford ECS.

315827 ARL (LST) 30-11-19
Above: Ex MTR 315827 at Liverpool Street on 30/11/19, on a Cheshunt service.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
315820 and 315853 MTR TfL RAIL (LST) 22-11-19
Above: 315820 and 315853 at London Liverpool Street on 22/11/19. (John Podgorski).

The full CrossRail project completion has been delayed again; until 2021.
7/11/19: 315831/36 Ilford-Northampton for temporary storage.
8/11/19: 315825 on 5Q19 Ilford-Northampton ECS for temporary storage.
11/11/19: 315827/22 on 5Q20 Ilford-Northampton ECS.
12/11/19; 315833/59 on 5Q21 Ilford-Northampton ECS.
14/11/19: 345040 OC-IL as 5Q50 behind 37601.
17/11/19: 345040 in service on GE.
28/11/19: 345051 on 2W42 Liverpool Street-Shenfield.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
From 11/11/19, there were adjustments to 350 (Stansted-Manchester-Liverpool).
From 23/11/19, certain journeys 777 (Stansted-Birmingham) served Cambridge and Northampton.
Woods of Leicester is the 350 contractor.
De Courcey of Coventry is the 777 contractor.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Now has ex Galloway Optare Solo MX59 AWF. It came, unused via Stephensons.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Witham outstation closed on 2/11/19; in practice buses/coaches had not been kept there since the end of September. Great Dunmow remains available for use if required. Colchester is now a sub depot with 6 vehicles. Parkeston is the main depot and Weeley the central workshop.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN has been re-registered back to YN54 WWT and sold to Hawkes Tours, Derby.

DC56PAN PANTHER STENA SHUTTLE (HIP) 26-11-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: In late November, a Stena Line foot passenger shuttle was again being operated at Harwich International Port. Dart SLF/MPD DC56 PAN was seen on 26/11/19. (Alex Hazell).

RICHMOND, BARLEY.
VH TX 153 WAR has received a revised livery. This is metallic light brown with white “wings” towards the rear. The traditional colours are brown/cream.

ROG.
4/11/19: 37608 towed GWR 378139 Reading to Ilford ECS.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Odd sightings:
23/11/19: Gold Scania N230UD/E400 15958 (YN14 OXJ) on Citi 1.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
ADL/Enviro 40D 12344 (SN64 OGT) is withdrawn due to fire damage.ADL/Enviro 200 36333 (LX58 CDF) has been scrapped.
Sold are: Trident/ALX400s 17364 (Y364 NHK), 17396 (LX51 FHO), 17810 (LX03 BXE), 17811 (LX03 BXF) – to Bromley Bus Preservation Group; 17395 (Y395 NHK) – to Lister, Bolton (dealer). 18270 (LX05 BWC) – donated to a charity in Basingstoke.
Dart SLF/Pointers 34353/55/57 (LV52 HKE/G/J) – to Bromley Bus Preservation Group. 34362 (LV52 HKO) – to GTG Training.
Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400s LX04 FWV to Shelton Motors, Ely – for scrap, while LX04 FWY has passed to the Leverton Primary School, Waltham Abbey.
Scania Omnicity ‘deckers LX58 CFL, LX09 ACJ, AFE are now with The Bus Business, Witney – also via Ensign.

STAGECOACH HUNTINGDONSHIRE.
Odd sightings:
23/11/19: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 21225 (AE09 GYV) on Busway A.

STEPHENSONS.
Acquired through Ensign is are ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200s SN66 WLL/O – fleet numbers 469/70.
In early November, the Bury outstation allocation was: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 406, ADL/Enviro 200s 431/33/34, 449, 467.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 423 (EU64 CVT) was badly damaged in a collision at Black Notley on 19/11/19. The driver and a passenger were injured; fortunately neither seriously. 423 was initially recovered to Boreham depot, and then moved to Rochford for storage.
Ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 YY67 USD was seen on route 9/A on 27/11/19, still in Yourbus maroon/white.

YX10FFG 448 STEPHENSONS NEW FN 30 (BE BP) 2-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: With the new style fleet names. Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 448 at Braintree Bus Park on 2/111/9. (Simon Austin).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
Optare Solo SR M960 YJ62 FZF is ex PK Travel, Bushmills, Northern Ireland.
Iveco 50C welfare bus LK08 EBM has passed Mc Govern, Butlersbridge, Eire.

TONY GLEW/A1 COACH CO, COLCHESTER.
AV12 ZJX is another Ford Transit 16 seater. It was ex London Borough of Merton.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Has ex RATP London United Optare Tempo YJ11 EHS.
ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution HSK 176 orig LX07 BYK has gone to a preservationist.

UNO.
TfL schools routes 692 and 699 were gained from Sullivan Buses from 23/11/19. The ex Metroline BYDs will appear on these, once ready.
Mercedes Citaro bendy bus MBA327 (MH06 YJF) was destroyed by fire on 21/11/19, while on the University of Herts inter campus shuttle. Also withdrawn are sisters MBA325/26. They have been replaced my dual door rigid Citaros 301-305.

VENTURA, CLOPTON.
Sold Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President X607 EGK, was seen stored at a farm at Chappel, Essex in late November.

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Volvo B12T/Berkhof K7 YCC has revered to R157 RJH. K7 YCC is now on Scania Omnidekka YN06 TGF.

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, J Clayton, HarlowRide, A Hazell, M Lloyd, LOTS, S Milton, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. October 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

Following the collapse of Wrightbus, intensive talks followed to find a buyer and basically save the business. By mid October, Jo Bamford, from the JCB dynasty, had made a firm offer “in principle”. This was confirmed in mid October. The new company is called Bamford Bus Company and has an ex JCB senior manager as its CEO. Initially, 60 ex Wrights staff were employed.

24/7, STANSTED.
Vauxhall Vivaro EN14 CGX is now with UK Private Hire, Blackburn.

A2B BUSES, CAMBRIDGE.
Via Ensign is ADL/Enviro 200 MX07 ZDZ.

AIR INDIA.
Began three flights a week to/from Stansted at the end of October.

AJK COACHES, ILFORD.
BU16OZR PREMIUM OF LONDON (CHS CR) 3-10-19
(John Podgorski).
Odd sightings:
2,3/10/19: Premium of London Volvo B11R/Jonckherre BU16 OZR on Colchester High School.

AMBASSADOR TRAVEL.
New for National Express is Scania K360EB4/Caetano Levante III 216 (BV69 KPT).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Park and Rode ADL/Enviro 200s 4071/72 (SK15 GXR/S) have super rear adverts for Jump Street Activity Centre.
Odd sightings: 3/10/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 on 1 – all day. 14/10/19: StreetLites 4224, 4261 on 1. 16/10/19: Sort Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 on 1; StreetLite 4262 on 1.

GN64DXR 4261 AR CR 900 (BE FREEPORT) 12-10-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: StreetLite 4261 at Braintree Freeport on 12/10/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3860 (KE54 HHF0 has returned from Stevenage and is now in the new livery. Optare Versea 4243 (KX13 DHN) has also appeared here.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
ADL/Enviro 400 6458 (SN58 ENX) has been branded for Remembrance Day 2019 and named ‘Charles Benford’. The other E400 MMCs have all received discreet poppy branding too.

SN58ENX 6458 AR SD (CANVEY OPEN DAY) 13-10-19
Above: 6458 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Received from Stagecoach Selkent are Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini hybrids HV161-192
(BU14 EFW-Y, BN14 VZH/J-M/O/P/R, WAA/E/J/O, BJ14 KSU/V/X/Y, BG14 ONR/T/S/V/U/X/W, OOA/D, ONZ, OOV/C. They are for the forthcoming gain of TfL34 (Walthamstow-Barnet) from Metroline. They are allocated to Palmers Green (AD).
From Arriva London South is New Routemaster LT351 – now at Clapton (CT).

LTZ1475 LT475 AR LONDON NTH 48 (LONDON BRIDGE) 31-8-19
Above: New Routemaster LT475 at London Bridge on 31/8/19. (John Podgorski).

From 12/10/19, TfL48 (Walthamstow-London Bridge) ceased. It was replaced by enhanced TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo) (HCT Group), TfL55 (Leyton Green-Oxford Circus) (Stagecoach), and extended TfL388 (Stratford City-London Bridge – extended from Liverpool Street) (HCT Group). The LTs displaced from 48 moved from Ash Grove to Tottenham for TfL19/N19 (Finsbury Park-Battersea Bridge/Clapham Junction). Also from 12/10/19, TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) passed to Stagecoach, which spelt the end for more of the VLA Class Volvo B7TL/ALX400s.
Withdrawn were VLA116/27/29/32-35/39/41-43.
VLA129 (LJ05 GLZ), VLA132-134 (LJ05 GPX/Y/Z), VLA135/37-40 (LJ05 GRF/U/X/Z, GSO) passed to Ensign. VLA138/LJ05 GRX was resold to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

LJ05GPX VLA132 AR LON NTH 128 (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: VLA132 in Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Ceased trading on 2/10/19. The company had been established for 32 years.
The closing Gatwick Flyer branded fleet was: Mb 516/EVW KXZ 2667; Mb 0815D/Ferqui MX56 ACO; Mb 516/EVMs RX16 AGM/O; Ford Transit 16 seater HV18 FHF.
Mb 614D/Onyx YX06 DNN was sold to SJ Coaches, Hornchurch.

HY13RHV GATWICK FLYER (GATWICK) (THURROCK GAZETTE)
Above: Gatwick Flyer Ford Transit HY13 RHV at Gatwick Airport. An undated picture. This vehicle is now sold. (Thurrock Gazette).

BARING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL.
Sold via CVA Auctions, Hemel Hempstead are Fiat Ducatos AE09/11/15 (YX61 BHN/P/Y).
Mercedes 513/Mellor DK13 BTX has been teturned to London Hire, off loan.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
New for TfL364 (Dagenham East-Becontree) are ADL/Enviro 20Ds SE304-319 (YX69 NNH/J/K/L/M/O/P/R/T/U/V/W/Y/Z, NOF/H). They are in the course of delivery. SE306/7 were initially used by Commercial Services at Luton Airport.

CHAMBERS.
Withdrawn Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premieres 9, 10 (S290/91 TVW) went to Alpha Recovery for scrap. Withdrawn Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 566 (W428 WGH) was still on site in October.

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE.
The RML has been restored by a local vehicle engineer.

DANS COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
Ex Philips of South Woodham Ferrers is Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA. Also acquitred is Mb 0814D/Plaxton Cheetah XIL 8515. Sold is Scania K114/Irizar YR02 ZYY.

DBS.
66091/108/122/126 all at Stowmarket for RHTT.
1/10/19: 66136 at Bow, Plasmor.
17/10/19: 59002 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton.
26/10/19: 66108 tnt 66122 on 3S60 RHTT.
28/10/19: 59102 on Chelmsford-Acton stone.
30/10/19: 66110 on 5V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 66175 on 6V07 Ipswich Griffin Wharf- Neasden sand.

DLR.
On 17/10/19, an Extinction Rebellion activist glued himself to a train at Shadwell. Four activists were subsequently arrested. The train involved was 94 + 146.

DLR 194 SHADWELL (EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTECT) 18-10-19 (EXTINCTION REBELLION)
(Extinction Rebellion).

DRS.
2/10/19: 37402 on 0Z37 Stowmarket-Cardiff light loco. 37401 tnt 37405 on 3S01 Stowmarket RHTT. 37403 tnt 37424 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Mistley RHTT.
3/10/19: 66427 tnt 66428 on 3660 Stowmarket via Shenfield RHTT.
5/10/19: 37403 tnt “37558” on RHTT reversing at Colchester @ 1355.
12/10/19: 37402 with DBS 66108 at Ipswich on Crewe-Stowmarket @ 1536. 66427 tnt 66428 on 3S60 RHTT at Ipswich.
17/10/19: 37403/402 on Stowmarket-Ilford RHTT.
24/10/19: 68033 + 37305 towed GA 90015 and DVT 82107 on 5Z68 Crewe to Norwich via GEML.
25/10/19: 37424 tnt 37401 on 3S60 Stowmarkey-Harwich International RHTT.
26/10/19; 57003 + 37038 on Willesden-Stowmarket light engine.

EAST YORKSHIRE.
The National Express contract for 090 (London-Southend) is now held.

ENSIGNBUS.
Some ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200s have been taken into stock, following the collapse of that company – 705-710 (YY18 THK/N/U/V/X/Z). They are replacing 2010/2011 vintage E200s. Indeed, 710/13 (SN11 FFO/T) have already passed to Faresaver of Chippenham.
Temporary Scania omnidekka 920 (YN55 NKP) is now with Dartline, Clyst St Mry, Devon.

LX19EAG 406 ENSIGN X1 RELAUNCH 5-10-19 2340 SD AIRPORT LONDON VIC (JAMES SADD)
Above: BCI Enterprise 406 at Southend Airport on 5/10/19, awaiting departure with the 2340 to London. The gentleman to the right is Busmopolitan contributor Daniel Disbury. (James Sadd).

From 5/10/19, the X1 overnight Southend Airport-London Victoria service was reinstated. This followed successful negotiations with the owners of Southend Airport for access.

LX19EAG 406 ENSIGNBUS X1 (LONDON VICTORIA) 6-10-19 (D DISBURY)
Above: 406 at London Victoria in the early hours of 6/10/19. (Daniel Disbury).

ADL/Enviro 200s 710/13 (SN11 FFO/T) have been sold to Faresaver of Chippenham.

FIRST ESSEX.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32064 (W224 XBD0 has been returned to First Eastern Counties.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42484-86 (SN03 WLW, WMM/X) have transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth. Sister 42488 (SN53 KJX) was withdrawn on 17/10/19, but was then reinstated at Basildon (BN). 42483 (SN03 WLK) moved from Basildon (BN) back to Chelmsford (CF).

SN03WLK 42483 FE CF 47 30-10-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 42483 in Chelmsford on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
Below: 42488 in Basildon on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
SN53KJX 42488 FE BN 10 (BN BS) 30-10-19 (D PRETTY)

BJ11ECV 69519 FE 64 (CR) 18-10-19
Above: 69519 in Colchester on 18/10/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69519 (BJ11 ECV) has moved from Hadleigh (HH) to Colchester (CR).
On loan from CF to CR in late October were Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32482 (AU53 HJZ) and B7TL/Gemini 32628 (KP54 KAU).
Long ADL/Enviro 200s 44596-99 (EU60 LFS, FJ58 YSL, KX57 BWF, YX08 HJF) have moved from CF to HH.

KX57BWF 44598 FE 28 (BN BS) 30-10-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 44598 at Basildon on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).

Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65677 (SN51 UYL) was withdrawn from pcv use and become a temporary driver trainer, before retirement upon MOT expiry. Also withdrawn is Dart SLF/Caetano 41523 (LK03 UFA); mechanically failed Trident/President 33195 (LT52 XAF) and Volvo B10BLE/Wright driver trainers 62139 (X618 NSS), 66179 (W379 EOW).
Odd sightings: 3/10/19: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 70. 13/10/19: Streetlite 47651 (SN15 AEO) on X10. 14/10/19: B7TL/Gemini 37027 (YJ06 XKS) on 64. 15/10/19: Route 62 37134 on 88; 65681 (YR52 VEL) on 67C. 17/10/19: Scania/Solar 65682 (YR52 VEP) on 75. 18/10/19: SLF/MPD 42847 on 71. 19/10/19: Trident 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 65; B7RLE 66798 (MX05 CCA) on 75. 20/10/19: B7RLE 66828 on 62. 21/10/19: 43845 (SN55 CXH) on 71. 26/10/19: Trident 33088 on 88. 27/10/19 – Sunday: Tridents 33078/178 on 65; Trident 33184 on 1A. 29/10/19: Tridents 33080/184/96 on 62.

YY66PCF 66170 X30 FE 70 (BE) 3-10-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 66170 at Braintree on 3/10/19. (Simon Austin).

FLAGFINDERS.
Irizar i6 tri-axle YN15 YTP is ex Galleon, Roydon.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/10/19: 86607/37 on 4L91 Trafford Park-Felixstowe.
4/10/19: 86604 failed at Ipswich and parked in station sidings.
16/10/19: 70002 towed failed 86604 on 8Q64 Ipswich-Felixstowe light engine; 86604 to be removed by road to Crewe for repair or withdrawal.
17/10/19: 86637/607 on 4L75 Trafford Park-FLX.
26/10/19: 66553/551 on FLX-Leeds. 66555 on 4L16 Ditton-London Gateway.
28/10/19: 70002 on 4L06 Lawley Street-London Gateway. 86609 + 632 at Ipswich Field sidings.
29/10/19: 66506 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
30/10/19: 66616 on Marks Tey sand yard-Brentford. 66617 at Bow. 86613 + 604 + 70008 DIT on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.

GALLEON, ROYDON.
Irizar i6 DK64 GAL has passed to Carolan, Nobber, Eire.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
After 19/10/19. Suffolk CC contracts 110/12/13/14 (Ipswich/Stowmarket/Eye/Diss) were retendered and passed to Simonds of Diss. 115/16 (Ipswich-Mendlesham) went to Ipswich Buses, also on retender. 384/385 (Stowupland/Stowmarket-Bury St Edmunds) had previously been transferred to Stephensons. 118/119 (Ipswich-Framlingham) remained with Galloway.

YJ65EWF 332 (REAR) GALLOWAY 118 (IPSWICH) 28-10-19
Above: Optare Solo SR 332 on a 118 at Old Cattle Market, Ipswich on 28/10/19. Note it now has a fleet number in the Stephensons series. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
4/10/19: 66787 tnt 66703 on 3S61 Broxbourne based RHTT.
5/10/19: 66759 on “down” intermodal at Colchester goods loop @ 1420. 66769 through Colchester @ 1420 on “up” intermodal.
6/10/19: 66709 on 4Y26 Peterborough-Felixstowe. 66749 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masborough.
7/10/19: 66729 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
12/10/19: Biffa livered 66788 at Ilford depot.
15/10/19: 66788 ‘Locomotion15’ on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX and 4M04 return.
16/10/19: 66724 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
21/10/19: 66706 on 4L81 Trafford Park-FLX. 66721 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66740 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66772 + FL 66604 on 6L37.
24/10/19: 66717 on 6L37.
26/10/19: 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66719 tnt 66715 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT at Gidea Park. 66783 4L43 Doncaster-Parkeston.
28/10/19: 66703 + 66787 at Broxbourne for RHTT. 66715 on 0Z82 Broxbourne-Peterborough light loco. 66756 on Peterborough-Broxbourne 0Z81 light loco.
29/10/19: 66721 on 4M29. 66760 on 6M76 Chesterton-Bardon Mill.

GODWARD, BASILDON.
Has ex Arriva london DAF DB250LF/Wright Pulsar Geminis LJ05 BHP/V – via Ensign.

GREATER ANGLIA.
170204 GA (CR DEPOT) 12-10-19
Above: 170204 at Colchester depot on 12/10/19. It had been parked there after a collision with a fallen tree. (John Podgorski).

New are 745008/9, 755327/7/38/421.
755411 is at Cambridge for staff training.
MkIII coaching stock is beginning to be stood down.
2/10/19: 755337, 755421 delivered.
7/10/19: 82107 + UID 82xx on Norwich-Crewe ECS – to Crewe for tyre turning – between 2 DRS ’37s.
10/10/19: 90004/15 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.
14/10/19: 317504 towed by ROG 37884 on 5Q50 Kilmarnock-Ilford. 755409 on West Anglia 5Q33 1247 B Stortford-Cambridge.
15/10/19: 317339/651 on 1812 LST-IPS. 321310/405/308, 321312/27, 321319/30 on Liverpool St-Norwichs (1930, 0625, 1030).
17/10/19: 745009 delivered. 755411 on 5Q30 Cambridge-B Stortford.
18/10/19: 745005 on 5Q92 Liverpool St-Norwich.
22/10/19: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. ‘153 unusual M-F.
24/10/19: 755327/338 delivered.
29/10/19: 153314 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. ‘153 unusual M-F.
30/10/19: 153306 on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
31/10/19: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745008 delivered by DBS 66002.

153306 GA (MT) 30-10-19
Above: 153306 at Marks Tey on 30/10/19. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP.
The first 69 plate buses to record on ‘Busmopolitan’ are ADL/Enviro 40Hs 2548/49. They are mainly for extras on TfL26, but will appear on all double deck work from Hackney (HK).

HEDINGHAM.
SN10CCV 616 HO 88 NEW LIVERY (CR0 11-10-19
Above: Freshly repainted 616 at Southway, Colchester on 11/10/19. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 400 616 (SN10 CCV) has received the new livery, ex Hedingham 50th Anniversary cream/chocolate/red. 615 (EU07 GVY) went for repaint in the same new scheme later in October.
The Optare Solos, 910/11 (SF04 SKD/E) are now appearing on more routes outside of Clacton, such as the 50 Colchester to Tollesburys.
ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) appeared at Kelvedon on 11/10/19. It was returned to HD on 15/10/19. 263 (EU59 AYL) and 292 (EU59 AFF) now have super rear advertising for Contactless Ticketing.

PL51LDJ 500 (REAR) HO KN STORAGE 14-10-19
Above: 500 at Kelvedon on 14/10/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President open topper 500 (PL51 LDJ) has gone to store in the old workshop at Kelvedon for the winter. Accident damaged B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) has been repaired using parts from withdrawn 578 (W519 WGH). 561 (V301 LGC) has been collected by its new preservationist owners – The Bromley Bus Preservation Group, while 582 (X508 EGK) went for scrap.
Withdrawn on 31/10/19 was Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 290 (EX02 RYR). It was last used on 30/10/19, on Duty 3003 – routes 91/92/95.

EX02RYR 290 HO BEING PARKED AFTER WITHDRAWAL AT KN 31-10-19
Above; 290 being parked up at Kelvedon after withdrawal on 31/10/19. (John Podgorski).

From 7/10/19, there were changes to the maintenance arrangements for buses at Kelvedon. Sible Hedingham now (usually) only looks after saloons, while Clacton does all Volvo B7TL/Presidents. Chambers still looks after Omnidekkas. However, Clacton may also now provide B7TL/Geminis and Omnidekkas. As a result, B7TL/President 563 was reallocated from HD to CN. B7TL/Presidents 569/70/73 now (usually) only work from Sible Hedingham, but 573 appeared at KN on 31/10/19 (ableit briefly). Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) appeared at KN from 21/10/19, and was returned to CN on 30/10/19, when 523 (LX05 EZF) arrived.
From 21/10/19, Honywood Schools services HN2 and HN3 were merged to form a new HN2.
The crew room at Sible Hedingham had been modernised.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 2/10/19: 818 – KN-CN. By 4/10/19: 802 – KN-Chambers. 10/10/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers. 16/10/19; 816 – CN-KN. 18/10/19: 802/6 – Chambers-KN; 810/12 – KN-Chambers. 23/10/19: 806 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. 24/10/19: 816 – KN-CN. 28/10/19: 814 – KN-Chambers. 30/10/19: 812 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN.
Odd sightings: 1/10/19: Omnidekka 818 on TLA A am. 4/10/19: Omnidekka 812 on 903 pm. 21/10/19: Omnidekka 816 on TLA B am. 22/10/19: 802 on TLA B am; 811 on TLA B pm. 24/10/19: Omnidekka 816 on TLA am.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Mb Citaro demonstrator BF68 ZHB was on loan from Evobus.
Dart SLF/Super Pointers 134/35 (SN53 AVG/K) have passed to Red Eagle, Haddenham, Bucks.
Subsequent history:
Trident/ALX400 13 (LG02 FDF) is now a catering vehicle in Rochdale.

KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
The depot on Robert Way is shared with L and R Transport. The site had been used by NIBS in the past.

KEVENDY'S WICKFORD DEPOT 13-10-19
Above: Kevendy’s Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

L and R TRANSPORT, WICKFORD.
At the depot in October were: Ex Ensignbus Trident/ALX400 V479 KJN; red Optare Solo SF05 DXE, along with UID Trustybus Scania L94UB/Wright Solar and Scania Omnicity ‘decker; a UID red/green Bristol VRT branded ‘BUZZ’ and a UID RML.
The depot is shared with Kevendy’s.

L&R WICKFORD DEPOT 13-10-19
Above: L&R Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

LONDON CENTRAL.
New for TfL100 are BYD/ADL/EV200EVs SEe99-109.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
New is BYD/ADL/E200EV SEe77 for TfL214.
Sold are Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals DMN1, 9 (LT02 NUK/P).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
6/10/19: 317732 + UID on 0830 Liverpool Street-Enfield Town.

378222 LOROL (KEW GARDENS) 12-10-19
Above: 378222 approaches Kew Gardens on 12/10/19; on a Richmond to Stratford service. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
On 17/10/19, two Extinction Rebellion activists climbed onto the top of a Jubilee Line 1996 Tube train at Canning Town, and unrolled a banner reading “Business as usual = death”. They were removed by LUL staff and passers by and 4 activists were arrested. There were also protests at Stratford Jubilee Line station.

LUL JUBILEE LINE (CANNING TOWN EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTECT) 18-10-19 (GRETCHEN RED)
(Gretchen Red).

METROLINE.
New for TfL393 (Clapton-Chalk Farm) are ADL/Enviro 20Ds DEM2681-96. They entered service from 17/10/19 and replaced the temporary borrowed buses.

MTR TfL RAIL.
Has been renamed TfL Elizabeth Line.
315821/23 withdrawn at Gidea Park. Then to Sims Metals, Newport (Wales) for scrap.
315822/59 withdrawn at Aldersbrook.
315831/42 to Sims Metals, Newport (Wales) for scrap.
1/10/19: 315825/59 went for scrap – Ilford to Wolverton. 345039 – OC-IL.
2/10/19: 315831/42 – Ilford to Wolverton for scrap.
10/10/19: 345044 towed OC-IL by ROG 37800 as 5Q50.
21/10/19: 325821/23 towed by ROG 37884 Ilford-Newport (Wales) for scrap.
28/10/19: 315831/42 towed by ROG 37800 on 5Q78 Ilford-Newport (Wales) for scrap.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
The standard single decker is now the ADL/Enviro 200, with the double deck fleet being all Scania. E200 449 (YX10 FFK) has been transfered to sister Eastern Transport Holdings company Stephensons.
In from other sister company, Galooway of Mendlesham is Optare Solo M880SL MX59 AWF.

DK09OBH 417 + CN11FBE 419 (REAR) NIBS WICKFORD DEPOT 13-10-19
Above: ADL/E200s 417, 419 at Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO is now AB10 PAN.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGK has been sold on without being used, to Southend Airport.
Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 TB61 OXF has been re-registered DB61 PAN. It entered service in plain white. It received Panther Travel vinyls in late October.
Ancillary vehicles:
Dennis Dart/Alexander Dash BIG 8843 has now had various parts removed; including several lights, the wipers, drivers seat and instrument panel. It continues in use as a static store at Parkeston depot.

BIG8843 PANTHER (PARKESTON DEPOT) 20-10-19
Above; BIG 8843 on 20/10/19. (John Podgorski).

A “new” ferry car is Seat Ibiza 5door h/b AB64 PAN. Ford Focus estate EU06 EUY has gone for scrap.

PHILIPS, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA has passed to Dan’s Coach Travel, Needham Market.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
Although this company closed in January 2018, its former fleet is still being traced. Short ADL/Enviro 200s 651/52 (SN10 CAU, MX10 DXO) are now with Summercourt Travel, Cornwall.

SILVERLINE, ABRIDGE.
Mb Tourismo SIL 474 has reverted to BF61 HBL and been sold.

STAR BUSES, HAVERHILL.
Ex Whippet Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis LK54 FLB/E/G, have replaced the Volvo Olympians.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Transferred out are Trident/ALX400s 18335/38/40/41/44/47/48 (AE55 DJU/Y, DKA/D/L/U/V), 184116/8 (AE06 GZN/P), ADL/Enviro 400s 19017 (MX06 XAS), 19047 (MX56 FRP) 129068 (MX56 SSZ); Dart SLF/Pointers 34426 (KV53 EZC), 34530 (GX04 EYC). This was in connection with the transfer of Long Sutton Outstation to Stagecoach Lincolnshire.
Mercedes Sprinters 44005/6 (BP16 UWH, BV66 GRZ) have gone to Stagecoach Cleveland Transit, following their temporary use on a diverted route in east Cambridge.
Newmarket outstation finally officially ceased use in October 2019. This ended many years of Stagecoach and its predecesors keeping vehicles in this Suffolk horse racing town. The allocation of Ely increased as a result.

YN14OXH 15957 CAMBUS GOLD 2 (PARKSIDE CB) 26-10-19
Above: 15957 at Parkside, Cambridge on 26/10/19. (John Podgorski).
Odd sightings:
26/10/19: Green Scania N230UD/E400 AE09 GYG on 13A; Gold Scania N230UD/E400 15957 on 2. 27/10/19: UID green Scania N230UD/E400 on 3.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
From 12/10/19, TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) was gained from Arriva London North.

YX19OMC 11076 ST EL 372 (LAKESIDE) 4-10-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: One of the recent ADL/Enviro 40D MMCs for TfL372. 11076 at Lakeside on 4/10/19. (Simon Austin).

Overall adverts: ADL/E40H 10347 (SN16 OLO), New Routemaster LT376 – Royal British Legion. LT258, LT313 – GoPro. LT375 – National Lottery.. Jedi – LT379. Back to red fleet livery – LT369/81.

Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400 17979 (LX53 KAJ) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

STAGECOACH HUNTINGDONSHIRE.
Amongst the first buses in the new livery are Volvo B8TL/Enviro 400 Citys for the North Cambridgeshire Busway.

STEPHENSONS.
ADL/Enviro 200s SN66 WLO, YY67 USC/D are ex Yourbus of Heanor, via Ensign.
ADL/Enviro 200s 144 (SK07 HLV), 449 (YX10 FFK) has transferred internally from NIBS at Wickford.
Allocation changes at Braintree have seen the arrival of ADL/Enviro 200s 414, 441 and 467. 414 and 441 have the new fleet names.
From Mellor, Rochdale (dealer) is Mb Sprinter 516 accessible minibus KF19 LCV. It had previously been on loan.
The allocation at Bury St Edmunds at the end of October was Dart SLF/MPDs 404, 406; ADL/E200s 442, 449; Dart SLF/Pointer 456; ADL/E200 462.

EU07FVN 323 STEPHENSONS 301 (LITTLEBURY) 26-10-19
Above: Optare Solo 323 at Littlebury on 26/10/19; on diversion due to the B1052 being closed between Saffron Walden and Wendens Ambo. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Scania Omnidekka YN03 PZV is ex Keane of Muckingford.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Received from Metroline are ADL/Enviro 200s DML44181-89 (YX11 AEV/W/Y/Z, AFA/F, CNK/U.

UNO.
ADL/Enviro 200s 601-5 are now branded for TfL route 383 (Barnet-Woodside Park). They have also had a light refurbishment.
ADL/Enviro 200 MCM 528 (YX67 UYB) has branding for ‘Poppy’ route 17.
From 28/10/19 ex Centrebus routes 59, 60 (Northampton-Market Harborough) were taken on, following the closure of Centrebus Corby depot.
Odd sightings: 19/10/19: Omnidekka 205 (UL55 UNO) on 601.

VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Ceased trading at the end of October. Its school swimming contracts passed to Don’s of Dunmow. Just prior to this, Neoplan Tourliner TUI 9840 was sold.

WHIPPET.
Acquisitions are of: Dart SLF/EL WS326 (PN06 UYO) – from Tyrer, Adlington; Volvo B7RLE/Wrights WS327/28 (YX59 BZF/K0 – from Alton Towers.
Withdrawn is ADL/E300 WS435 (SN04 EFS).
Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WD429/35 (LK54 FLG/E), LK54 FLB have passed to Star Cabs, Haverhill. WD440 (LK04 HZN) went to Stafford Bus Centre (dealer), while WD431 (LK54 FLA) was also sold.

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, T Bartrop, D Disbury, Extinction Rebellion, Greta Red, HarlowRide, A Hazell, L and S Kinsella Ilot, J Lidstone, LOTS, Route One, J Sadd, Thurrock Gazette, A Totman.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. September 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

This time of the year sees the new vehicle registration number; 69 in this case. The first buses to bear this are with TfL contractors.
And it’s the start of the new school year, which means changes to some contracts.
Double deckers have returned to Arriva Colchester, after some three years.

On the rails, the first stock to depart Greater Anglia as a result of the new Stadler ‘Flirt’ are the Class 170 Turbostar DMUs. They will all go to Transport for Wales.
Two well known names ceased trading in September. Wrightbus, the manufacturer of the “Borismaster”, StreetLite buses and the Gemini and Solar bus bodies; plus (in the air), the iconic travel agent Thomas Cook, who had a significant presence at Stansted.

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY RT/RF BUS RALLY ON 8th SEPTEMBER 2019.
(By LOUISE COCKER).

EYK396 RT1, FXT183 RT8, FXT288 RT113 EOR RALLY 8-9-19 (LOUISE COCKER)
Above: RT1, RT8 and RT113 at the rally. (Louise Cocker).

This year marks 80 years since RT1 first entered service and 40 years since the withdrawal of the RT and RF types from service with London Transport (LT). With these two significant anniversaries this year, an event which may never be repeated anywhere again because of the age of the buses was organised and very well attended.
The day started early with lots of activity getting the buses ready and into position to travel to North Weald Station. It was great to see so many lovely old buses and so many enthusiastic bus crews.
We had over 30 buses in attendance at North Weald Station and several stals selling books, model buses, bus photos and other bus related items.
There were bus rides around the local area to Chingford, High Beach, Loughton, Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey. There was also a special bus service to Lodge’s Coaches depot at High Easter for their Bus and Car show. Lodge’s has a fleet of preserved coaches. The regular 339 and 381 services were also operated with RT and RF vehicles.
I was lucky enough to drive Leyland RTL1076 in service to Waltham Abbey.
I parked up when we arrived at Waltham Abbey to allow for photos to be taken of RTL1076 with the Abbey Church in the background. I also drove RF401.

LUC523 RTL1076 (EOR RALLY WALTHAM ABBEY) 8-8-19 (LOUISE COCKER)
Above: RTL1076 at Waltham Abbey. (Louise Cocker).

Of the many buses attending today was RT1 which entered service in 1939, the first of nearly 7000 RT buses that London Transport operated. RT1 has been beautifully restored by the London Bus Museum in Surrey, where it is kept. RT8 and RT113, biult in 1940 were also in attendance, all in lovely condition and still running around as if they were new. You wouldn’t have thought they were all in their 8th decade. There were also many post war built RT and RF buses in attendance.
Production of the RT stopped during the War and resumed afterwards. Most London Transport RT buses were built by AEC, but there were also some built by Leyland. Today, there were examples of AEC and Leyland RT buses as well as RF buses, of which RF136 was “the star of the show”.
“Star of the show” RF136 entered Green Line service in 1952. The RF buses were so reliable that by the mid 1960’s LT decided to refurbish them rather than replace them. By 1966 RT136 had been refurbished to give it a more “modern” look, but what made RT136 a one off was that it was the only RF to have the pale pearlescent grey with a broad green stripe bearing the Green Line fleet name livery that you see it in today. The rest of the Green Line RF fleet was painted in the same green livery which RF180 wears today. Until today, only one colour photo taken in 1966 existed of RF136. We can now see RF136 in its full glory beautifully restored.
Towards the end of the day a road run took place from North Weald Station to the airfield where a cavalcade of RT and RF buses did several circuits so that people could ride on them and some people were at the roadside taking photos. We then all drove to Harlow Garden Centre and parked up for one last display of these wonderful buses. A fantastic day was had by all, visitors and bus crews alike.
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this another very successful Epping Ongar Bus Rally and to all the bus owners for bringing their wonderful buses to the rally.
The next bus rally is Sunday 23rd February 2020, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of London Country Buses. Don’t miss it !

MLL523 RF136 and MLL567 RF180 EOR RALLY 8-9-19 (LOUISE COCKER)
Above: RF136 and RF180. (Lousie Cocker).

A and U TRANSPORTS, ILFORD.
BV19YKM A&U TRANSPORTS ILFORD (CR) 4-9-19
Above: Has the contract for Colchester High School, previously held by AJK Travel of Ilford. Mb Sprinter Transfer 18 seater BV19 YKM is used. Pictured at Colchester on 4/9/19. (John Podgorski).

AJK TRAVEL, ILFORD.
BX15UOL AJK COACHES ILFORD (CR) 24-9-19
Above: Mb Tourismo BK15 UOL ex 151-D-350046 is used on a contract for Colchester High School. Seen at Colchester on 24/9/19. It was ex Eirebus, Dublin in August 2019. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
KX09KDU 3779 AR CR LOANED FROM SD ON 1 10-9-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 3779 at Osbourne Street, Colchester on 10/9/19. (Simon Austin).

Southend VDL200/Wright 3779 (KX09 KDU) was here in early September. it is on loan to cover vehicles undergoing Euro6 upgrade.
Also from Southend is VDL SB300/Wright Gemini2 4459 (MX61 AXW), reintroducing double deckers here. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3825 (GN07 AVO) went in exchange. Then DAF DB250LF/EL 6259 (FD02 UKO) arrived from Southend on 30th September.
Odd sightings: 5/9/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8; Route 133 StreetLite 4324 (SK68 TWV) on 1. 9/9/19: Short SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8; P and R ADL/E200 4073 (SK15 GXT) on 900. 16/9/19: Route 133 StreetLite 4324 on 1. 19/9/19: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3817 on 1. 24/9/19: StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
New liveried Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3824 (GN07 AVM) is from Stevenage. Ex Watford is Optare Versa 4191 (KX62 JPY).
Mb Sprinter 1010 (BF67 WGE) has returned to service, but 1015 is no longer used.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Further Volvo B7TL/ALX400s withdrawn are VLA137/38.

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Sold are Ford Transit 16 seaters BN64 HUZ, HX65 WGA.

BEESTONS.
Some Cornard Upper School runs have been gained from Chambers.
The Ipswich-Colchester Schools have been lost to Ipswich Buses and Panther Travel.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Commercial Southend Seafront service 68, finished for the season on 1/9/19.
Ex London Central New Routemaster LT452 is now here.
Odd sightings: 7/9/19: ADL/E400 E70 on 5.

BOB’S, GREAT OAKLEY.
Has ceased trading.

CHAMBERS.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 562 (V303 LGC), 564 (W409 WGH) are stored at Konect, New Rackheath depot, near Norwich. 566 (W428 WGH) is stored at Chambers Sudbury depot.

COLAS RAIL.
16/9/19: 37116 tnt 37057 on 1Q90 Derby-Ferme Park via Broxbourne and Liverpool Street.
Then:
17/9/19: 1Q95 Ferme Park-Ripple Lane. 1Q96 Ripple Lane-Ferme Park.
18/9/19: 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Harwich Town, Clacton, Southend Victoria.
19/9/19; 1Q98 Cambridge-Cambridge via Gt Yarmouth, Lowestoft.
20/9/19; 1Q99 Cambridge-March via Kings Lynn, Flelixstowe, Mistley.
21/9/19: 1Q86 March-Derby via Lincoln, Doncaster.

DBS.
1/9/19: 59101 at Harlow Mill.
2/9/19: Maritime 66047 on 4L45 Wakefield-Felixstowe.
24/9/19: 59205 on Acton-Chelmsford.
26-27/9/19: 59204 on Acton-Chelmsford.

DRAGOMAN, DEBENHAM.
This operator provides overseas “adventure exploration” tours.
Mercedes Axor 1824 WN60 AYG is a lorry chassis cab with an in house bus body fitted. It is named ‘Amelia’ and is for use in Africa. 329 AFK 93 is a French registered left hand drive Mercedes lorry chassis cab. It has been converted to a bus and is named ‘Eva’. It is for use in South America.

DRS.
2/9/19: 57306 hauled GWR 378134 on 5Q50 Reading-Ilford ECS.
3/9/19: 37402 on York-Stowmarket RHTT wagon move.
19/9/19: 37402 with inspection saloon ‘Caroline’ on 2Z03 route learning tour of East Anglia and North London, from/to Brent sidings.
20/9/19: 66427 + 37407/1 on 0Z37 Crewe-Stowmarket RHTT convoy.
27/9/19: 66427/28 on “up” RHTT at Brantham.
30/9/19: 37401/5 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Shenfield and Wickford RHTT.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
AU58FFL 69424 FEC IPSWICH REDS (CROWN ST IP) 15-9-19
Above: Ipswich Reds Felixstowe Flyers VolvoB7RLE/Wright Soalr Eclipse 69424 at Crown Street on 15/9/19. (John Podgorski).

AU53HKK 32492 FEC (WOODBRIDGE RD IPS) 15-9-19
Above: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32492 at Woodbridge Road, Rushmere on 15/9/19. (John Podgorski).

FELIX, LONG MELFORD.
Acquired from a preservationist, for heritage use, is 1950 vintage Bedford OB/Duople LJO 757.

FIRST ESSEX.
From First West of England are 8.9m ADL/Enviro 200s 44908-10/13-15 (YX09 AFV/Y/Z, AGV/Z, AHA). 44908-10 are at Basildon, and the rest are for Chelmsford. This will see the end of more Dart SLF/Caetanos.

W224XBD 32064 FE 65 (HIGHWOODS) 5-9-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 32064 at Derwent Road, Highwoods, Colchester on 3/9/19. It is on an afternoon peak double deck working of 65. (Daniel Pretty).

KP54KAX 32629 FE (MN RD CR) 3-9-19
Above: 32629 at Maldon Road, Colchester on 3/9/19. (John Podgorski).

From First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth are Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s 30954 (YJ51 RDO), 32064 (W224 XBD) and B7TL/Wright Gemini 32629 (KP 54 KAX) – all at Colchester. B7TL/ALX400 32480/81 (AU53 HJX/Y), 32651 (AU05 MUO) have gone to Eastern Counties at Ipswich. The swap was due to the need for more low height ‘deckers at Ipswich. Part of the depot at Ipswich is too low for full height ‘deckers. However, 32064 was taken out of use, later in September.
Trident/Presidents 33072/74/90 (LN51 GOC/H, GMX) have gone to First Bristol.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42483 (SN03 WLK) has moved from Hadleigh to Chelmsford and then to Basildon. 42485 (SN03 WMM) moved HH to CF. 42482/88 (SN03 WLD, SN53 KJX) are withdrawn.
Chelmsford to Colchester school services 524, 525 have had their “dead” runs registered as journeys on public bus service 71X.
Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69520 (BJ11 ECW) is now repainted into Thamesway pink and yellow heritage livery, ex Park and Ride black.

BJ11ECW 69520 FE TWAY HERITAGE (SHOWBUS) 29-9-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 69520 at Showbus on 29/9/19. (Daniel Pretty).

Dart SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) has gone to Alpha for scrap.

Odd sightings: 2/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 88/A. 10/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 70. 11/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 61. 12/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 75. 14/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 88A. 18/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 75; Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66816 on 75; X30 E200MMCs 67168/70 on 71. 19/9/19: X30 E200 MMC 67169 on 70. 23/9/19: Route 62 37133 on 65; Route 62 37136 on 75; Scania L94UB/Solar 65681 on 1A. 25/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 75B. 26/9/19: Scania L94UB/Solar 62408 on 75. 27/9/19: B7TL/ALX400 30954 on 62.
A double decker on the 174 (Colchester-Fingringhoe) in school terms in now more common.

FREIGHTLINER.
3/9/19: 66528 ‘Madge Elliot MBE’ on 4E24 London Gateway-Leeds.
7/9/19: 66522 with intermodal wagon rake stabled in goods loop in Colchester yard with loco at London end.
14-15/9/19: 66598 on Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers.
17/9/19: Pink 66587 on Whitemoor-Parkeston Quay light engine. 70005 on Felixstowe-Crewe.
24/9/19: 66552 on Ipswich-Lindsay oil tanks.
27/9/19: 70005 on FLX-Crewe.

GBRf:
2/9/19: 66761/31 on 0L33 Peterborough-Felixstowe light loco.
4/9/19: 66767 on North Walsham-Ipswich light loco.
5/9/19: Newell & Wright 66747 on 6L34 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
12/9/19: 66768 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
15-16/9/19: 66733 on 6T61 Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers. 66764 on 6T62 Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers.
16/9/19: 66708 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66721 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66768 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
17/9/19: 66708 on 6L37. 66767 on 4M07 FLX-Birch Coppice.
19/9/19: 6708 on 6O36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.66761 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
21/9/19: LUL white 66721 on 4M23.
23/7/19: 66708 on 6L37. 66735 on 6O36.
25/9/19; Maritime blue 66727 on 0L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66742 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX. 66782 on 4L14 Doncaster-FLX.
26/9/19: 66717 on 6L37.
27/9/19: 66727 on Chesterton-Wellingborough.
30/9/19: 66750/59 on 0L33. 66764 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66788/32 on 6O36.

GREATER ANGLIA.
New are Stansted Express 745103; GA 755334-36.
170207 has transferred to Transport for Wales, being towed to Cardiff by a DRS diesel.
2/9/19: 156422 failed at Colchester, so replacement buses on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
3/9/19: 755415 on Norwich-Liverpool St test.
5/9/19: 745103 delivered.
7/9/19: 156422 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, rather than the usual ‘153 on a weekend.
12/9/19: 755334-36 delivered.
18/9/19: 317501 returned to GA.
23/9/19: 170272 transferred to Transport for Wales.
26/9/19: 755424 on 5Q42 Ipswich-Felixstowe test and 5Q43 return.

90011 GA (IPS) 22-9-19
Above: Soon to be replaced 90011 at Ipswich on 22/9/19. (John Podgorski).

GREY GREEN.
D101NDW 101 GREY GREEN LYNX PRESERVED (HD) 10-9-19 (C BAINES)
Above: Preserved Leyland Lynx 801 seen in Halstead on 10/9/19. (Chris Baines).

HEDINGHAM.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 561 (V301 LGC) has been saved for preservation.
575 (W516 WGH) has been repaired and now has a new style wheelchair ramp – with string pull.

W516WGH 575 HO 902 (KN) 5-9-19
Above; Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 575 on 903 and 574 on 902 at Kelvedon depot on 5/9/19. (John Podgorski).

Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 286 (HW54 BTY) has transferred from Sible Hedingham to Clacton. ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE) went CN to HD in exchange.

The Stanway School services ST1-ST4 are now registered bus routes 901 to 904.
901 (Mount Bures), 902 (Little Horkesley), 903 (Kelvedon, Birch, Hardys Green, Easthorpe, Copford, Marks Tey), 904 (Layer).
There were changes to the Plume School, Maldon services from the start of the Autumn term. This involved duty changes to alleviate capacity problems on 95A.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 19/9/19: 818 – CN-KN. 20/9/19: 802 – Chambers-KN; 810 – KN-Chambers. 23/9/19: 810 – Chambers-KN. 26/9/19: 818 – CN-KN.
Odd sightings: 2/9/19: Solo 910 on 50A. 24/9/19: Solo 911 on 50B + 83. 30/9/19: Omnidekka 818 on TLA B am.
Subsequent history:
Ensign has resold Trident/EL 727 (W827 NNJ) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

IPSWICH BUSES.
The end of Dart operation wasn’t 31/8/19 after all, as 84 (PJ53 OLC), 86 (PJ53 OLG), 135 (SN53 AVG), 137 (SN53 AVK) , along with Trident/President 25 (SN51 AXV) were reinstated for new school contracts in September – see below.
Gained is an Ipswich School to Colchester contract from Beestons. It is numbered 2C and usually uses DAF DB250LF/EL or Trident double deckers and Dart SLF saloons.
Odd sightings:
24/9/19: Dart SLF/SPD 135 (SN53 AVG) on 93.
Subsequent history:
Scania Omnicity saloon 71 (YN56 NVC) is now with Al’s Coaches, Birkenhead, via Ensign.

SN53AVK 135 IB 93 (CR) 24-9-19
Above: 135 in Colchester on 24/9/19. (John Podgorski).

KENZIES, SHEPRETH.
Volvo B10M/VH VVE 885 is now with ingleby, Acomb.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
New is Scania Touring YN69 XNW.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Ford Model T SV 6936 has been named ‘Lucy’.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
The old pump house at Northumberland Park depot has been demolished to provide extra parking/charging space for forthcoming new electric buses.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
New Aventra 710510 has been on test.

MTR TfL RAIL.
315822/23 are withdrawn.
26/9/19: 345029 seen on Liverpool St-Shenfields, ex “west side”.
30/9/19: 315831/42 went for scrap. Ilford to Wolverton. (Planned).

345012 MTR TfL RAIL (HAYES AND HARLINGTON) 7-9-19
Above: 345012 at Hayes and Harlington on 7/9/19. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BV66WRC NX (MT) 9-9-19
Above: Not all it appears. Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levante BV66 WRC is actually a training vehicle, based at Start Hill. Seen at Marks Tey (at the route 250 coach stop) on 9/9/19. (John Podgorski).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Additions to the fleet are ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGK and Scania K360ERB4/Plaxton Panther2 TF61 OXF.

WV02EUP PANTHER FLEETNAMES (IPS RRP) 15-9-19
Above: WV02 EUP at Ipswich on 15/9/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP is now AB02 PAN.

DC56PAN PANTHER 14 (PER AVE CN) 27-7-19 (C BAINES)
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN on route 14 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 27/7/19. (Chris Baines).

Commercial service 14 (Harwich-Clacton/Clacton-Clacton Common), was deregistered from 1/9/19 – the last operational day was 31/8/19. However, 6 new school contracts have been gained, to compensate. These are Ipswich School to Colchester – ex Beestons and Harlequin, Manningtree School – ex Hedingham and Ward’s. The Colchester outstation VA has been increased to 6 as a result.
The duplicates for Airport Bus Express have ceased. Great Dunmow outstation (at Don’s Coaches) is still available, but is no longer regularly used for parking.

RYANAIR.
There was further industrial action by pilots in early September.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400 17982 (LX53 KAU) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

LX53KAJ 17979 (REAR) EX ST EL (ENSIGN) SCRAP 28-9-19
Above: Route 247 branded Trident/ALX400 17979 (LX53 FAJ) is being stripped at Ensign. Pictured on 28/9/19, between ex Metroline Volvo B7TL/President LK03 GKN and ex Arriva London South Volvo B7TL/ALX400 LJ53 BFO. (John Podgorski).

Below: 17979 when still in service, at Romford on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).
LX53KAJ 19797 ST EL 247 BRANDED (RM) 1-9-18

LX04FWV 18209 EX ST EL (ENSIGN) 28-9-19
Above: One of the last Tridents in normal service with Stagecoach East London was 18209 (LX04 FWV). Pictured at Ensign on 28/9/19. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
From 23/9/19, took over routes 59/590 (Audley End-Haverhill) from Viceroy of Saffron Walden.

X400MTT 200 STEPHENSONS (CR) 5-9-19
Above: Volvo B12M coach 200 at Southway, Colchester on 5/9/19. (John Podgorski).

Stephensons has gained the Colchester High School contract from First Essex, who had used yellow BMCs. Stephensons has received Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 200 (X400 MTT) back from Galloway of Mendlesham for this. It does home to school, with school activity runs in between.

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Ex EOS Scania Omnicity 700 (YR10 AZV) is now with Swissport, Dublin Airport. It has been disused since the closure of EOS.

THOMAS COOK.
Ceased trading at 0200 on 23/9/19. This travel agent was established in Leicester in 1841. The fleet of Airbus Aircraft A320 and A321 was grounded, with the last landing at Manchester. Stansted was a base for Thomas Cook and several planes are now grounded there, having been “seized” by the administrators. 150 000 UK holiday makers were left stranded abroad by the collapse of this company, and Stansted was one of the airport to which they were flown back using emergency hired aircraft. Titan Airways participated in flights to Stansted.

G-TCDA THOMAS COOK LSN 21-5-16
Above: Airbus A321-211 G-TCDA at Stansted on 21/5/16. (John Podgorski).

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
YN54NYH TONY GLEW (CR) 25-9-19
Above: YN54 NYH is an acquired Scania/Irizar. Pictured at Southway, Colchester on 25/9/19. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Another ex RATP London Scania Omnicity ‘decker is YP59 OEM. Sister YP59 OET is now in red.blue ‘Central Connect’ livery, ex plain red.

UGOBUS.
This is the new title for Community Link, the passenger transport section of Essex County Council. New vehicles in Ugo purple livery are Mb Sprinters KE19 ZTM, LN69 NYX/Z, at Harlow, Clacton and Tiptree respectively.

UNO.
ADL/Enviro 200 529 (YX67 UYC) is branded for new ‘Poppy’ route 17.
From 29/9/19, Herts CC Sunday/Holiday contracts on 304 (St Albans-Wheathampstead), 357 (St Albans-Rebourn), 404/5 (Welwyn Hatfield Circulars) were gained from Arriva.
Subsequent history:
Dart SLF/EL Esteems 510/12 (PE56 UFM/S) to MC Tractors, Ramsey for scrap, via Ensign.

VICEROY, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Ceased local bus operation after 21/9/19, with the cessetation of commercial services 59/590 (Audley End-Haverhill). They passed to Stephensons.

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Volvo B12T/Berkhof R157 RJH is now with GDS 2016, Long Sutton.

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, C Baines, L Cocker, Ensign, HarlowRide, LOTS, C Nixon, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. August 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the August 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.
Several types of bus/coach have been retired this month. Following the withdrawal of its last Trident, Go East Anglia has removed all but two coaches from its Chambers fleet, and has eliminated coaches from Hedingham completely. The Volvo B7TL has gone from Chambers and been depleted at Hedingham.
At Ipswich Buses, the remaining Dart SLFs and surviving Trident bowed out at the end of August.
And the last Tridents have been withdrawn from Stagecoach East London.
On the trains, the first Class 170 DMUs from Greater Anglia have been returned to their lessor. The entire two batches are to be relocated to Wales, and will be the first GA stock to be replaced by the new Class 755 ‘Flirt’ bi-modes.

A and U TRANSPORTS, ILFORD.
New is Mercedes Sprinter Transfer BV19 YKM. A contract for Colchester High School has been gained from September.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Southend ADL/Enviro 400 MMCs 6505/6/12/13 were borrowed over the August Bank Holiday Weekend for the Esd Sheeran concert at Ipswich.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet driver trainer 3524 (LJ51 DDX) was in use during August.
Odd sightings: 11/8/19: Park & Ride ADL/E200 4015 (SK15 GXV) on Freeport. 13/8/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 3413 (SN54 HWY) being recovered at Crouch Street by Hammonds @ 1630, after failing on an Ambrose Avenue bound 1. 14/8/19: StreetLite 4224 (GN62 HMY) on 1.
Ancillary vehicles:
DP18 RZK is a hired Ford Kuga, for crew ferry use.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
From Arriva Hemel Hempstead is slim Optare Solo 2482 (YJ07 VRF).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Received from Arriva Hemel Hempstead is Optare Versa 4186 (KX62 JKE)
The remaining DAF SB120/Wright Cadets have been withdrawn, along with most of the VDL SB200/Wright Commanders. SB120 3514 (LJ03 MZE) is confirmed.

YX17NFG 6529 AR SD SAPPHIRE 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Hemel Hempstead ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6529 at Southend Travel Centre on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 VLA140 is withdrawn.

ATS, ROMFORD.
FJ57KHM ATS (CN) 10-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania K340/Caetano Levante FJ57 KHM, new to National Express, on the seafront at Clacton on 10/8/19. (Simon Austin).

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Ford Transit 16 seater HY13 RHV has passed to BHX, Birmingham.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
From Akiens and Feeley of Leicester is Ayatsingle deck coach TIB 8569.

BEESTONS.
The Two Sisters Foods chicken factory at Witham, closed on 8/8/19.
Beestons was the staff bus provider; having taken over from Arriva Colchester in 2015. Fargo was the operator 1997 to 2008, and for the first three months (in 1997), Tony Glew was the contractor. Back then, Two Sisters was called Sovereign Chicken.
Services to the factory latterly ran in from Ipswich and Colchester. The original route started at Harwich. During the ensuing years, the works buses also served Braintree and Clacton. Panther Travel also briefly subcontracted during 2015.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Buses used on the the commercial 68 Southend Seafront service, have been ADL/Enviro 400s E14, 15 (SN06 BNZ, BOF); open top Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL224 (Y824 TGH); open top Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WVL83 (LF52 ZNR), WVL93 (LF52 ZNE).

CANVEY MUSEUM.
Daimler CVD open topper FOP 429 is now in pseudo Town and Country two tone blue, ex Southend Corporation cream/blue.

CARTERS HERITAGE, GREAT BROMLEY.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President W553 RSG has passed to the Bus Stop Diner, Crowland – for use as an eatery.

CHAMBERS.
YN55PZG 805 CHAMBERS CONTACTLESS (HO KN) 11-8-19
Above: Scania Omnidekka 805 (YN55 PZG) with contactless branding. (John Podgorski).

Contactless ticketing started on 11/8/19.
Optare Solo 911 (SF04 HKE) was briefly borrowed from Hedingham in late August. This was to do with a road closure near Bures. Volvo B7TL/President 570 (W487 WGH) went to Hedingham Clacton in exchange and then permanently moved to Sible Hedingham.
Withdrawn are Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 562, 564.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 562 (V303 LGC) was the last licensed example of this type here. The rest of the bus fleet is now all Scania.
B7TL/President 564 (W409 WGH) appeared at Konect, New Rackheath depot on 23/8/19. It had been at Hedingham Sible Hedingham, but not used, before briefly returning to Chambers.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coaches 9, 10 (S290/91 TVW) are withdrawn, leaving the Mb Touros 1, 2 (BX55 HYT/U) as the last coaches.

COLAS RAIL.
9/8/19: 37219 tnt 37116 on NR test train at Colchester Yard.
20/8/19:
70801 on 6L37 Oxwellmains-Thurrock cement.
20-21/8/19: 37099 tnt 37521 on 1Q95/1Q96 Ferme Park-Ripple Lane and return.
21/8/19: 37099 tnt 37521 on NR test train at Colchester Yard; 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Stanford, Liverpool Street, Harwich Town, Clacton. 37219 on Whitemoor-Whitemoor via Ipswich and Stowmarket.
22/8/19: 70807 N+ 66849 on 0Z70 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct light loco.
27/8/19: 70801 on 6L44.

CT PLUS.
From 19/8/19, the CT Plus title was replaced by HCT Group. Legals and fleet names have/will be changed.

DBS.
9/8/19: 66118 on Acton-Ipswich Griffin Wharf JNA empties – seen at Claydon.
13/8/19: 59002 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton yard.
15/8/19: ‘Maritime Four’ 66051 on 4L45 Wakefield-Felixstowe.
20/8/19: 66105 on 4E08 London Gatway-Wakefield.
23/8/19; 66092 on Bow-Heck Plasmor.

DRS.
7/8/19: 37608 towed MTR TfL Rail 345008 OC-IL.
20/8/19: 37402 towing GA DVT on Norwich-Cardiff.

ENSIGNBUS.
Temporary Scania Omnicity ‘decker YN07 EXM has passed to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
The Ipswich Reds identity is starting to appear more widely. As well as repaints, some buses have ‘Ipswich Reds’ fleet names on existing First livery.

AU58FFO 69427 FEC IP REDS FLX FLYER (CROWN ST) 10-8-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ipswich Reds Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66429, with ‘Felixstowe Flyers’ branding, at Crown Street, Ipswich on 10/8/19. The ‘Flyers’ are services 75, 76. (Daniel Pretty).

AU53HKH 32490 FEC IP REDS BRANDED 66 (CROWN ST) 10-8-19 (D PRETTY)
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32490, in First “charcoal” livery, with Ipswich Reds branding. Crown Street, Ipswich on 10/8/19. (Daniel Pretty).

MX05CEV 66825 FEC EX NOR (CROWN ST IPS) 10-8-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: First Eastern Counties Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66824, at Crown Street, Ipswich on 10/8/19. New to First Manchester, it then served with First Essex at Basildon. At FEC it was first posted to Norwich and then Ipswich. Service 89 is a descendant of the old ‘Superoute 88’ to Stowmarket. (Daniel Pretty).

FIRST ESSEX.
LK03UEY 41521 FE PUBLICITY (BN) 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Caetano 41521 is now publicity vehicle. Seen at Basildon on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

AU58FFW 69433 FE 70 (HIGH ST CR) 11-8-19
Above: Former First Eastern Counties Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 69433 on High Street, Colchester on a Sunday route 70 working on 11/8/19. Note that Mason Road is served on the Sabbath and that this bus has not had its destination changed back to “Chelmsford”. It is passing the ATIK Nightclub, previously Liquid, before that The Hippodrome and originally The Grand Theatre. Interestingly, the name of ATIK’S owner is The Deltic Group. They are a sort of nightclub equivalent to First (or Arriva, or Stagecoach). (John Podgorski).

More Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipses received are ex First Manchester 66846/48/60/61/63. All are at Basildon, except 66860 at Chelmsford.
Loaned Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainer 60651 (T833 MAK) has been returned to First Manchester at Bolton.
Futher Volvo B7RLE/Wrights repainted out of Park and Ride black into standard Interurban colours are 69516/17.
Trident/Presidents 33073, 33133/90 have returned to Hadleigh from Basildon.
Withdrawn due to engine failure and then cannibalised at Colchester was Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65684. Withdrawn for the same reason were Trident/Presidents 33081, 33229 which have been cannibalsied at Hadleigh and Basildon respectively. 33134 has been repaired with parts from 33080
Odd sightings: 1/8/19: Route 62 Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 1A. 15/8/19: Route 62 37134 (SN57 HDJ) on 70; Route 62 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 75; ADL/E300 67805 (SN13 CPE) on 67. 18/8/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42944 (WX56 OAU) on 71C (Sunday). 27/8/19: Scania L94UB/Solar 62408 (YS03 ZKE) on 62. 28/8/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 174; Dart SLF/Pointer WX05 RVF on 71A. 29/8/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61.

SN03WMX 42486 FE 26 (LEIGH RAIL STN) 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Pointer 42483 at Leigh on Sea Rail Station on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Withdrawn are minibuses ND03 WTM, DG53 BNX.

FLAGFINDERS.
Mb Sprinter GK03 JUC is now in the full fleet livery, ex a blue/silver interim scheme.

FREIGHTLINER.
66535 FREIGHTLINER CLAYDON 6-03
Above: 66535 at Claydon, heading towards Ipswich, in June 2003. It is passing the site of the long closed railway station. (John Podgorski).

2/8/19: 86628/08 on 4L41 Basford Hall-Felixstowe.
3/8/19: 86604/13 in Colchester yard “down” loop.
9/8/19: 66621 on Hope-Dagenham.
10/8/19: 86604/13 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe. 86610/22 on 4L91 Trafford Park-Ipswich – held at Colchester Yard loop for a while.
13/8/19: 86638/28 on 4L41.
15/8/19: 86604/13 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86612/37 on 4L41.
16/8/19: 86604/13 on 4L91.
17/8/19: 86627/28 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
21/8/19: 86610/37 on 4L41.
23/8/19: 86612/32 on 4L41. 86638/04 on 4L91.
24/8/19: 86610/37 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.86638/04 on 4L91.
31/8/19: 66556 on Whitemoor-Tilbury engineers.

86637 FREIGHTLINER (NEW) (KN) 10-11
Above: 86637 is the trailing loco on this “down” intermodal through Kelvedon in October 2011. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
3/8/19: 66702 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Bethnal Green engineers. 66729 on 4M23 Felixstowe-Hams Hall.
5/8/19: 66772/61 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-FLX light engine.
7/8/19: 66761 on 4M23. 66771 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks.
10/8/19: 66786 on 4L41 Doncaster-Felixstowe.
11/8/19: 66769/55 on 0L33.
13/8/19: 66705 on 4M21 FLX-Trafford Park. 66720 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
15/8/19: 66701/61 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66720 on 6L37.
19/8/19: 66706 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
20/8/19: 66741 on 4E14 FLX-Doncaster.
21/8/19: 66706 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
22/8/19: 66708 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66768 on 6M76 Chesterton Junct-Bardon Hill empties.
24/8/19: 66733 on 4M05 FLX-Hams Hall. 66765 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66780 on 5X92 Slade Green-Ilford EMU drag.
27/8/19: 66772/36 on 0L33.
28/8/19: 66726 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro.
30/8/19: 66708 on 6L37.
31/8/19: 66747 on 6T62 Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers. 66755 on 6T61 Whitemoor-East Tilbury. 66761 tnt 66764 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Tilbury.

GREATER ANGLIA.
It has been officially announced that a new station at Beaulieu Park, near Chelmsford is to be built, as a cost of £218m.
New are 755329/32/33, 755402/11/12.
The first 170 DMUs have been withdrawn; 170207/70.

153309 GA P6 SIDING CR 10-8-19
Above: 153309 stabled in the siding by Platform 6 at Colchester, on 10/8/19. (John Podgorski).

Stormy weather on 10/8/19, caused trees to fall across the track on the Marks Tey-Sudbury branch line. 153309 was slightly damaged by fallen debris. Buses replaced trains for the weekend.
10/8/19: 755410 on Norwich-Yarmouths.
13/8/19: 755330/31, 755415 delivered.
14/8/19: 90005 on 0Z05 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML and NLL. 379008/9 at Norwich.
15/8/19: 321336/445 on 1P24 LST-Norwich. 745006 delivered.
17/8/19: EMT 158770 on hire to GA and on Norwich-Cambridges. 321344/64 on 1P24 LST-Norwich instead of usual DVT + ’90. 755410 on 1357 Norwich-Yarmouth. 755418 on 0938 Norwich-Cambridge.
19/8/19: 317881/505 on 1Y34 1812 LST-Ipswich.
21/8/19: 317338/881 on 1Y34 1812 LST-Ipswich. 755413 ON 5Q26 Colchester-Norwich test train.
22/8/19: 317664 stabled at Clacton. 755402/11/12 delivered.
24/8/19: 755414 on Norwich-Ipswich test.
29/8/19: 755329/32/33 delivered. 755410 on Cambridge-Norwich.
30/8/19: 755413 on Cambridge-Norwich. 755422 on 5Q53 test.
31/8/19: 61306 ‘Mayflower’ passed Cambridge North with 47245 as 1Z60, to do with KingsCross-Norwich special. 317502 on 5N98 Ilford-Clacton for maintenance. 321361/436 on Norwich-Liverpool St 1503 dep from Colchester. 755418 on Cambridge-Norwich.

755410 (NORWICH RLY STN) 16-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Stadtler Flirt 755410 at Norwich Rail Station on 16/8/19. (Simon Austin).

HEDINGHAM.
LX05EZD 521 (REAR) VINEGAR SUPER REAR ADAVERT (CN DEPOT) 15-8-19 (A LAW)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 521 (LX05 EZD) now has a super rear advert for Sarson Malt Vinegar. It was pictured at Clacton depot on 15/8/19. (Alex Law).

W761TRE 9004 HO KN LAST DAY OF VIX TICKETING 11-8-19
Above: Old Vix ticket machines at Kelvedon on 11/8/19. Vauxhall Combo van W761 TRE has fleet no 9004.(John Podgorski).

Contactless ticketing began from 11/8/19. Not all vehicles are fitted, namely some of the Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents. 565/68/74/75/77/79/81 are equipped for contactless. But 581 was later withdrawn (on 23/8/19).
Scania Omnicity ‘decker 851 has transferred in from Konect.
Scania Omnilinks 458/60 entered service at Clacton in late August.
ADL/Enviro 200s 261 (EY57 FZE), 262 (EU58 JCJ) have transferred internally from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN). Short ADL/E200 292 (EU59 AFF) went the other way in exchange. Short E200 296 (SN10 CCY) has gone to Konect at Dereham.

EU58JCJ 262 HO 4 CN 22-8-19
Above: Newly transferred 262 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 22/8/19. (John Podgorski).

Optare Solo 911 (SF04 SKE) was briefly loaned to Chambers in late August.
Withdrawn are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 8 (R453 FWT) – the last coach; ex Plymouth/driver trainer Volvo B7TL/EL 505 (PL51 LGD) – following loss of the Samuel Ward School contract; Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 581 (W956 WGH) – 581 was last used on a Clacton Airshow Shuttle on 23/8/19.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 578 (W519 WGH) 581 and Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 737 (T107 DBW) have been cannibalised. 737 was taken away for scrap by Alpha Recovery on 29/8/19. Trident/EL 701 (T801 RFG) has been sold to Southern Transit for preservation via Ensign.
A new ‘Not in Service’ destination display has appeared, showing alternating sub titles.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 1/8/19: 805 – Chambers-KN; 812 – KN-Chambers. 8/8/19: 810 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. By 10/8/19: 812 – Chambers-KN. By 23/8/19: 808/10/11 – Chambers-KN; 805/12/14 – KN-Chambers.
Odd sightings: 1/8/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU56 FLP) on D1/D2; Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) – HD-KN – returned on 7/8/19; Scania Omnidekka 805 (YN55 PZG) on 15 pm (an Omnidekka has since been regular on this over the summer school holidays). 13/8/19: Volvo B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on 63 D3007. 15/8/19: Volvo B7TL/President 577 (W518 WGH) on 63 D3009. 16/8/19: ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) – HD-KN; 577 on 15 pm.

LX06EAK 527 HO CN AIRSHOW SHUTTLE B (HOLLAND HAVEN) 23-8-19
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 527 at Holland Haven on Clacton Airshow Shuttle B on 23/8/19. (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES.
On loan in late August was BYD E200EV Electric demonstrator LJ68 EYD. It entered service on 23/8/19 – exactly 56 years since trolleybus abandonment in Ipswich.
Normal operation of the Dart SLFs (nos 134/37) and the final Trident (no 25) was on 31/8/19. They were then withdrawn.
Trident/ALX400 7 (LX03 BTF) and Trident/President 26 (LR52 KWH) have been sold.

KENZIES OF SHEPRETH.
This well known south Cambs coach operator ceased trading on 31/8/19. The owner decided to retire.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Some TfL contracts were gained from Metroline in August. These were outside of the Busmopolitan area, but TfL214 (Moorgate-Highgate Village) is significant because it was once operated by Thamesway, prior to all of First’s London operations coming under First Capital. The other gain was TfL232 (Wood Green-Neasden St Raphaels). Buses from 232 (WS Class StreetLites WS131-148) may well appear on routes running into Metropolitan Essex in the future, while 214 is using dedicated electric SEe Class ADL/E20EVs numbers SEe77-98. TfL232 came on 3/8/19, while 214 was taken over from 17/8/19.

M and J MINIBUS HIRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Iveco 45C YJ16 XLF has been reregistered MJZ 5293. The previous bearer, a VW Crafter/Onyx, has reverted to its original MX12 CLV mark and been sold to Gwynne Price, Trimsaran, Wales.

MTR TfL RAIL.
7/8/19: 345008 – OC-IL, towed by DRS 37608.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Scania Omnidekka 644 9YN55 NKG) has come from sister company Stephensons to provide extra capcity on route 269 (Brentwood-Grays).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
YX10BGO PANTHER REPAINT (WEELEY) 1-8-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: YX10 BGO in the paint shop at Weeley on 1/8/19. (Alex Hazell).

YX10BGO PANTHER 14 (CLACTON COMMON) 23-6-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: YX10 BGO in its old colour scheme, at Clacton Common on 23/6/19. (Alex Hazell).

ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO has received fleet livery, ex white with front in blue/white. It has been named ‘Charlie’.
Also now named are Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 AB 61 PAN – ‘Caitlin’ and Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP – ‘Cadbury’ – after its purple and gold livery.

BIG9249 PANTHER ED SHEERAN (CR) 25-8-19
Above: Leyland Olympian BIG 9249, ready to depart from Colchester on 25/8/19, to take up a shuttle for the Ed Sheeran concert at Ipswich. (John Podgorski).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
WEST MERSEA MUSEUM MODEL TRAIN 28-8-19
(John Podgorski).

This picture was taken in the Mersea Museum on 28/8/19. The real railway never reached Mersea Island, although there were ideas to extend the Crab and Winkle Line from Tollesbury across the creek. If that had happened, the West Mersea Rail Station would have been at Fountain Square/Queens Corner, by the erstwhile Fountain Hotel (demolished 2000).
In August 2019, traces of the Kelvedon to Tollesbury railway still existed around Tolleshunt Darcy.

SOUTH EASTERN.
3/8/19: 466029/030 on 5X91 Slade Green-Ilford ECS hauled by GBRf.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
ADL/Enviro MMC YY67 VDF is here.
Ex London Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 15078/83 have entered service.
ADL/Enviro 400 19586 was on loan to Bedford.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
From 9/8/19, The LTs on TfL8 (Old Ford-Tottenham Court Road), N8 (Oxford Circus-Hainault) went over to boarding at the front door with exit at the centre and rear doors. Previously, boarding/alighting had been via any of the 3 doors, as fares are cashless and ticketing off-bus. Other LT worked routes will follow.
ADL/Enviro 200 36267 has transferred to Selkent at Bromley. ADL/Enviro 400s 10197, 19834 have transferred internally to Romford North Street as Trident replacements.
Trident operation has ceased. Leyton was the last garage – with routes TfL215 (Walthamstow-Lee Valley Camp Site), TfL275 (Walthamstow-Barkingside). 17811 (LX03 BXF) was the last in use – on 215, being withdrawn after use on 19/8/19, and ferried from Leyton to West Ham the following day. 17836 (LX03 BYM) was the penultimate one.
Operation of TfL499 (Romford-Harold Wood Circular) transferred from North Street to Rainham from 24/8/19.

LX04FYJ 18242 N55 10-05
Above: Trident 18242 from Leyton, at Hackney Central in October 2005. This was coincidentally, also the the last night of Routemaster operation on Arriva route 38. (John Podgorski).

STAN’S, GREAT TOTHAM.
Short Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Paramount MVF 812 is now with Fryer, Aberanan, Wales.

STEPHENSONS.
Acquired is ex demonstrator Mb Sprinter/Mellor Strata Ultra KF19 LCV.
Routes 384/5 (Bury St Edmunds-Stowmarket/Stowupland) are being operated on behalf of Galloway from Bury outstation. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 412 (SK02 XGP), Dart SLF/Pointer 455 (EG02 NZD) which had been on loan to Galloway, returned to Stephensons to initially operate these routes. The Bury outbase has increased from 4 to 6 buses.
The first internal transfer to NIBS is of Scania Omnidekka 644 (YN55 NKG).
Withdrawals are: Solo 325 (EU08 WND) – due to accident damage; Dart SLF/Caetano 454 (HV52 WTE); Dart SLF/Pointers 455 9EG02 NZD), 457/59 (GU52 HJY, HKD) – all for cannibalisation. The Dart SLF is now declining in this fleet.

YY15NJO 427 STEPHENSONS 352 (CF B S) 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above; ADL/Enviro 200 427 at Chelmsford on ex Hedingham Essex CC 352 on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
Has ex Arriva London Volvo B7TL/ALX400s LJ05 BKY/Z.

LJ05BKY SUFFOLK NORSE ED SHEERAN (SUFFOLK SHOWGROUND) 25-8-19
Above: LJ05 BKY at the Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Ipswich on 25/8/19, on Park and Ride for the Ed Sheeran concert at Chantry Park. (John Podgorski).

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
There is an additional base at the old Micraline premises on Osborne Street, Colchester. Ford Transit YP10 PHV normally parks there. Space means only minibuses and minicabs can use this site.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Acquisitions are Ex RATP London Scania Omnicity ‘decker YP59 OEM and ex Stagecoach East Optare Solo M850 AE06 TWN.

WALDEN TRAVEL, SAFFRON WALDEN.
GDZ571 FREESTONES (NOR RLY STN) 16-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7R/Jonckherre Modulo BU53 WTL is now GDZ 571 with Freestones of Beetley in Norfolk. It was at Norwich Rail Station on Greater Anglia standby on 16/8/19. (Simon Austin).

WARD’S, ALRESFORD.
The fleet looks to have been reduced to four. Scania K114/VH EX52 WSV, Scania K114/Irizar YN04 GGZ; Ford Transit 16 seaters AY59 XJE, MV59 YVT. Scania K114/Irizar YR02 ZYY has passed to Dans Coach Travel, Needham Market.

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, R Clinnick, Essex Buses Yahoo, HarlowRide, A Hazell, A Law, J Lidstone, LOTS, D Pretty, Rob2700, The Bus Forum.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

The first daytime run of a Stadtler Flirt train happened on 19/7/19; along the whole length of the Great Eastern Main Line. They will appear network wide during 2020.
Class 317 EMUs have begun to be stood down. Hoewver, a few refurbished examples will be retained. Other EMUs to remain on GA are the Renatus refubished Class 321s and the Class 379s. The latter will appear on all West Anglia Routes, havivng been originally for Stansted Express and selected London to Cambridges.

24 X 7, STANSTED.
Sold are Vaxhall Vivaros EJ14 AVR/Y, EY14 VEM.

A2B TRAVEL, BARBRAHAM.
Two new services from 8/7/19 were 114 (Cambridge Drummer Street-Coldhams Lane-Mill Road-Colebridge Road Addenbrookes M-F) and 117 Chesterton-Drummer Street M-F). These replaced withdrawn Big Green Bus facilities.

AMI, ILFORD.
BN17 JDZ is a Mercedes Tourismo, ex Viva Bonta, Boston.
VW Crafter S14 AVK has reverted to its original BK57 TFZ and been sold to Wilcoack, Athersley.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
Driver trainer DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX). was on loan at the end of July.
Odd sightings: 5/7/19: Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on 77/A. 10/7/19; StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1. 20/7/19; Dart SLF/Pointer 3418 (SN54 HXE) failed on Head Street (am). 22/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 (EU56 GVG) on 8; ADL/E200 4011 (GN58 BTO) on 4; Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on crew ferry. 26/7/19: Short Dart SLF/Cartano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8; Volvo B7RLE 3825 (GN07 AVO) on 1.

GN58BUH 4020 AR CR 77 CROUCH STREET 24-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4020 arrives at Crouch Street on the M-F afternoon short working from Tufnell Way, on 24/7/19. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Ex Arriva Merseyside are VDL SB120/Wright Cadets 3512/13 (DK55 FXL, FYV).
Mb Sprinters 1010/15 were parked up by late July.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
SN66WHS 6499 AR SD HERITAGE (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6499 has received Southend Transport heritage livery. Pictured at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

BALFOUR BEATTY.
DR73944 BB (LIVERPOOL ST) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

6-7/7/19: Tamper DR73944 at London Liverpool Street.
13-14/7/19: Tamper DR73945 at London Liverpool Street.

BEESTONS.
The Colchester-Ipswich School contracts ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel and Ipswich Buses will run them from September.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
The commercial 68 Southend seafront service began on 27/7/19, for the duration of the summer school holidays.

YX61FZR SEN32 LG 80 (SUTTON) 6-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 SEN32 was originally with First Capital. It came to Blue Triangle when First pulled out of London in September/October 2013. It is now one of several with London General at Sutton, and was seen there on 6/7/19. (John Podgorski).

C2C.
An unusual visitor to the network on 18/7/19 was ‘Mayflower’, on a steam special.
On 25/7/19, due to exceptionally hot weather, service reductions and speed restrictions were enforced.

CHAMBERS.
From Konect is Scania Omnilink 455 (AU61 AVK).
Withdrawn is Volvo B7TL/President 566 (W428 WGH). 562 (V303 LGC) is due for withdrawal. 564/70/72 (W409/87/89 WGH) have transferred to Hedingham.
Scania N230UD/Olympus 877 (PN09 ENO) is VOR due to accident damage.
Some school contracts have ceased. Nayland Primary School and Cornard Upper School. Some runs on the latter passed to Beestons. This means that Chambers coach operation has ceased.
Route 84 (Colchester-Nayland-Sudbury) was reduced from hourly to 2 hourly from 29/7/19.

COLAS.
2/7/19: 70802 on 6L44 on Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
7/7/19: 70805/16 at Ripple Lane – work site.
16/7/19: 70802 on 6L44.
23/7/19: 37219 tnt 37116 with NR test train on 1Q18 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Harwich Town.
24/7/19: 37219 tnt 3716 on 1Q18 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Blackhorse Road and Manningtree.
26/7/19: 37219 tnt 37116 on 1Q18 Cambridge-March via Felixstowe.

CT PLUS.
ADL/Enviro 200s DA8, 11, 12 (YX62 DMU, DTV/Y) have passed to Go North West.

SN16OHT 2504 CT PLUS 388 TO LST (BISHOPSGATE) 7-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H City 2504 at Bishopsgate on 7/7/19, on the shortened 388 service. (See June Busmopolitan). (John Podgorski).

DBS.
2/7/19: Maritime liveried 66005 on London Gateway-Wakefield.
4/7/19: 92015 + 66017 on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
7/7/19: 66017 at Dagenham Dock.
10/7/19: 66104 on Bow-Burngullow.
12/7/19: Blue 66005 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. Blue 66051 on 4E08 London Gateway-Wakefield and 4L08 return.
19/7/19: Blue 66005 on 4L45.
29/7/19: 59101 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone empties.
31/7/19: 66015 on Burngullow-Bow.

DRS.
37407 DRS-BR + DVT ON NR-CANTON (BRANTHAM) 19-7-19 (C BAINES)
Above: 37407 with 82112 at Brantham on 19/7/19. (Chris Baines).

5/7/19: Europhoenix 37608 on 0V91 Norwich-Ilford light engine.
15/7/19: 57306 hauling GWR 378133 on 5Q50 West Ealing-Ilford ECS.
16/7/19: 57003 on Norwich-Cardiff light engine; to return with GA DVT.
17/7/19: 37407 on Crewe-Norwich light engine.
19/7/19: 37407 towed GA DVT 82112 on 5Z37 Norwich-Cardiff move. 37608 on 0Z72 Colchester-Norwich light engine. 57003 + GA DVT 82133 on 5Z38 Cardiff-Norwich.
20/7/19; 37407 on 0Z38 Cardiff-Norwich light engine.
27/7/19: 37402 + 57002 on Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML.
29/7/19: 37402 + 57002 + GA 90013 dit on 0Z90 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML.
30/7/19: 37419 on Crewe-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.

EASTERN NATIONAL.
B459WHJ 1602 ENOC NAT HOLS (COVENTRY) 26-7-86 (R POPE)
Above: MCW Metroliner 1602 at Coventry on 26/7/1986. These coaches were short lived with ENOC. (Roger Pope).

ESSEX COUNTY COPUNCIL – UGOBUS.
Mb Sprinter 45/Mellor DK14 AGV was on loan at Harlow for route 381 to Toot Hill.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69425 9AU58 FFM0 is now in Ipswich Reds livery with Felixstowe Flyers branding.

FIRST ESSEX.
MX05CBU 66795 FE (PANTHER, WEELEY) 1-7-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Is Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66795 lost ? No it’s been to Panther Travel at Weeley for maintenance. Pictured about to return to Chelmsford on 1/7/19. (Alex Hazell).

SN62ASO 67755 FE (PANTHER, WEELEY) 1-7-19 (S BARHAM)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67755 at Panther’s Weeley workshop on 1/7/19. Panther now has a contract to do welding work for First Essex, after it ceased with the First Group company for “health and safety reasons” (!). This has been “rectified” by the end of July, however. (Steve Barham).

More Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses withdrawn are 41519/27/43. None are left in revenue use at Chelmsford, with the remainder left at Basildon.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainer 60651 (T833 MAK) is on loan from First Manchester.
Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69512-20 are being repainted out of their old Park and Ride black into standard Interurban livery. 69515 (BJ11 ECN) was the first. ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67166 is now in Interurban, ex X30 clours.
Trident 33195 has gained the engine from withdrawn 33189.
Accident Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62409 (YS03 ZKD) was withdrawn, and cannibalised. To Alpha for scrap are Dart SLF/Caetanos 41519/27.
The remaining Barbie2 liveried Scania L94UB/Wright Solars – 65677/79/81/82/84 (SN51 UYL, YR52 VEH/L/P/Y) – continue in use at Colchester. The only other buses left in Barbie2 are Dart SLF/Caetano 41541 and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66821.
The Colchester High School contract ceased at the end of the summer school term. Stephensons will take it over from September.

T833MAK 60651 FE DT (HALSTEAD) 31-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 60651 at Butler Road, Halstead on 31/7/19. (Simon Austin).

BJ11ECN 69515 FE REFRESHED 22 (BN) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Repainted 69515 in Basildon on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

Odd sightings:
2/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 88; Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 70 then 103/4. 4/7/19: B7TL 37017 on 65 all day; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 17 bus 2 + 65; StreetLite 63341 (SM65 EEZ) on 17 bus 1. 6/7/19; B7TL/Gemini 37017 (WX55 VJE). 7/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 8/7/19; B7TL/ALX400 32481 on 103/4; Trident/President 33044 on 103/4. 9/7/19: Trident/President 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 175. 11/7/19; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 65. 12/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 103/104 later 17 bus 1 + 65 pm peak. 13/7/19: Scania/Solar 62408 (YS03 ZKE) on 1A. 14/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 37015 on 1A (Sunday); Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 15/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 37042 (YJ06 XLH) on 65 all day. 17/7/19: Route 62 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 65 pm peak; StreetLite 63339 (SM65 EEX) on 71. 20/7/19: Trident 33196 (LT52 XAG) on 64. 21/7/19: Route 62 37135 on 88A; Route 62 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 75; Route 62 37139 on 66. 24/7/19: Route 62 37138 on 61; B7RLE 66816 (MX05 CDY) on 62; ADL/E300 67755 (SN62 ASD) on 62. 28/7/19: Route 62 37138 on 61. 30/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 1A.

FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
The first full size coach here is Volvo B10M/Jonckherre GDZ 481.
Sold is Iveco Euromidi/Indcar W30 BCL orig W654 SJF.

FORDS, ALTHORNE.
Dennis Javelin/Caetano A16 AWF has reverted to M486 HBC, and been withdrawn.

FREIGHTLINER.
66590 FL (CR) 22-7-19
Above: 66590 at Colchester on 22/7/19. (John Podgorski).

Now orange/yellow are 66413/15/19, 66623.
7/7/19: 66432 stabled at Dagenham on Tesco train.
9/7/19; Orange 66419 on 4E64 Felixstowe-Tees Dock. 86628/38 at Ipswich.
10/7/19: 66507 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX usually 2 x ’86s. 86608/27 on 4L91/4M87.
12/7/19: Orange 66419 on 4M63 FLX-Crewe as far as IPS.
19/7/19: Orange 66415 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX. Orange 66419 on 4E23 FLX-Leeds.
23/7/19: 66590 on Ipswich-Lindsey empty fuel tanks. 7003 through Upminster on diverted London Gateway-Garston (Liverpool). 70007 on 4L41, rather than usual pair of ’86s.
24/7/19: 66589 on revived London Gateway-Leeds intermodal. 86627/39 on 4L41.
29/7/19: Orange 66413 on 4L40 Doncaster-FLX. Orange 66415 on 4E64 FLX-Tees Dock. 86613/04 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
30/7/19: Orange 66413 on 4E64 FLX-Tees Dock. 86604/13 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86608/28 on 4L41.
31/7/19: 86604/13 on 4L91 Traford Park-FLX. 86607/37 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.

GBRf.
66775 is named ‘HMS Argyll’. The ships number of F231 is shown under the name plates.
2/7/19: Biffa 66783 + 66740 on 4Z27 Masboro-Felixstowe.
3/7/19: 66740 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro, then 0A33 back to Stowmarket. 66783 on 0P40 FLX-Harwich then North Walsham tanks. 66787 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX.

66721 GBRf (LIVERPOOL STREET) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

6/7/19: 66721, 66742 and 66750 on the engineering blockade between London Liverpool Street and Stratford on the “fast” lines.

66742 GBRf (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

66785 GBRf (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 7-7-19
Above: 66785 at the London end of a ballast train (6T64 from Whitemoor) on Bethnal Green Bank on 7/7/19. 66705 was on the country end. (John Podgorski).

7/7/19: 66721, 66742 (6T61), 66705 tnt 66785 on the Liverpool Street-Stratford engineering blockade. 66716 at Dagenham Dock.
8/7/19: 66702/51 with FL 66544 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66715/68 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-FLX light loco.
9/7/19: 66721 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66723/47 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masboro.
10/7/19: 66785 on Bow-Wellingborough.
11/7/19: 66713 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
12/7/19: 66775 on 4M02.
13/7/19: 66703, 66713 tnt 66719, 66761, 66778 at Bethnal Green on engineering works.
14/7/19: 66761 on 6T61 Bow-Whitemoor engineers.
15/7/19: 08757 transferred from FLX to Dagenham by road; replaced at FLX by 08939. 66761 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
16/7/19: 66761 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 92036 on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
19/7/19: 66747 on London Gateway-Masboro.
20/7/19: 66744 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers. 66765 on 4M23. 66775 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers. 66778 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers.
22/7/19: 66729/72 on 0L33. 66776 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
23/7/19: 50008 through Shelford @ 1424 en route to Willesden via Cheshunt. Maritime blue 66727 on Rylstone-Chesterton stone.
24/7/19: 66724 at Upminster on diverted 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
26/7/19: 60021 on 0Z60 Ely-Willesden via West Anglia Main Line. 66768 on 4M23.
27/7/19: 66787 on 0E04 Parkeston-Peterborough light engine.
28/7/19: 66703 on 0L33. 66787 with 66759 dead in tow on 4Z20 Peterborough-Parkeston.
29/7/19: 66754 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66781 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
31/7/19: 66730 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66747 on 4M02.

GREATER ANGLIA.
Withdrawal of the Class 317 EMUs has started.

317652 GA (AUDLEY END) 27-7-19
Above: On a rather cooler 27/7/19, 317652 arrives at Audley End, on a Cambridge to London stopping service. (John Podgorski).

The very hot weather of late July caused some service restrictions. On 25/7/19, there were speed and service restrictions.
3/7/19: 755328, 423/24 delivered.
4/7/19: B1 61306 ‘Mayflower’ tnt 33207 on Liverpool St-Norwich special.
5/7/19: 755410 on Norwich-Liverpool Street test on electric power.

379015 GA (STRATFORD) 6-7-19
Above: 379015 + 379025 at Stratford on 6/7/19, leading a Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport service. It will take the Lea Valley route from Stratford. This was due to the engineering blockade described below. ‘379s do appear at Stratford at other times, but usually as ECS to Orient Way sidings at Leyton. (John Podgorski).

Over the weekends of 6-7/7/19, 13-14/7/19, 20-21/7/19 – all services used the south side of London Liverpool Street only. This was due to engineering works.

90009 GA (LST SUB SURFACE LOCAL PLATFORMS) 6-7-19
Above: 90009 unusually in the subsurface local platforms at London Liverpool Street on 6/7/19. It is awaiting departure on the 1955 to Norwich. (John Podgorski).

9/7/19: 317501 towed Ilford-Kilmarnock by ROG 37800.
10/7/19: 317656/64 on 1Y34 Liverpool Street-Ipswich.
19/7/19: 745003 on Norwich-London Liverpool Street daytime test run.
21/7/19: 755417 in Norwich-Ipswich test run.
24/7/19: 745101 delivered.
27/7/19: 745003 on Norwich-Ipswich test run.
29/7/19: 755410 as first in revenue service; on 0747 Lowestoft-Norwich. 755416 on 5Q73 Norwich-Ipswich test run.
30/7/19: 755410 on same run as on 29/7; then on 1036 Norwich-Yarmouth.

GTR.
10/7/19: 365535/31 towed Ilford-Crewe by 37884.

HARLEQUIN TRAVEL, IPSWICH.
The Ipswich School-Coclhester (Tollgate) contract ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel will run it from September.

HEDINGHAM.
T107DBW 737 HO (CN AFTER LAST RUN) 24-7-19
Above: Trident LH737 at Clacton depot after its last run on 24/7/19. This was Hedingham’s final operational Trident. Parked behind is withdrawn Trident 727. (See below). (John Podgorski).

B10PUL ALPHA RECOVERY O-S + T108DBW LH738 HO CN 12-7-19 (LEON PARKER)
Above: Trident LH738 (T108 DBW) being collected for scrap from Clacton depot on 12/6/19, by Alpha Recovery Volvo FM 6X2 ‘wrecker B10 PUL – see below. (Leon Parker).

PL51LDJ 500 (REAR) HO OT (CN WORKSHOP) 24-7-19
Above: Open top Volvo B7TL/President 500 at Clacton workshop on 24/7/19. (John Podgorski).

School contract changes saw the end of operation of Manningtree School, Samuel Ward School, Haverhill at the end of the summer term. They have passed to 24/7, Stansted both from September. They will be subcontracted out.
From 1/7/19, there were changes to the Plume School, Maldon closed contracts. PL1 (Tollesbury, Tolleshunt Darcy, Goldhanger, Heybridge Basin) was replaced by existing and parallel registered service 95A (Tollesbury-Maldon). PL3 (Tolleshunt Darcy, Tolleshunt Major, The Tothams) was revised to take all students from Tolleshunt Darcy. 24 students at Great Totham were transferred from PL3 onto PL2 (Tiptree, Gt Totham, Wickham Bishops). PL2 additionally additionally called at The Bentalls Centre, Heybridge.
There were also revisions to bus routes around Clacton at the end of July. This included introduction of an open topper on service 134 – see below. The biggest changes were to service 137, which was rerouted via St Johns Road and Old Road, instead of London Road, thus service Great Clacton, and changing its town centre stop from Jackson Road to Pier Avenue.
A third ex Konect Dart SLF/Mini Pointer is 288 (HW54 BUF). Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 564 (W409 WGH), 570 (W487 WGH), 572 (W489 WGH) are now part of the Hedingham fleet – ex Chambers. Open top B7TL/President 500 (PL51 LDJ) is ex East Yorkshire. It entered public service on Clacton route 134 on 25/7/19. B7TL/Presidents 561 (V301 LGC), 578 (W519 WGH) are now withdrawn. 578 was last used on 18/7/19 on Clacton schools.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/ELs 725/27 (W825/27 NNJ), Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 737 (T107 DBW). Ford Transit BU14 YNT has returned to Robertsons – off loan, following the end of the Manningtree school contract. Coach and Trident operation has now ended. 737 was actually the last to hold a valid MOT – to 8/9/19. 725’s MOT was to expire on 3/8/19, while 727’s ran out on 15/7/19. In practice, 725 and 737 were not used after the schools broke up for the summer. 738 (T108 DBW) was collected from Clacton for scrap, by Alpha Recovery of Cramlington on 12/7/19. Tridents 701, 727 passed to Ensign. The Tridents were amongst the first buses acquired after Go-Ahead took over in 2012. They have been replaced by cascaded ex Chambers Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents. The coaches were replaced by upseated ex Konect former Anglian Scania Omnilinks.

TICKETEERS HO CN 18-7-19 (A LAW)
Above: Ticketeers for staff training at Clacton depot on 18/7/19. (Alex Law).

Buses have received wiring for the forthcoming contactless Ticketeer ticket machines. New CCTV is being installed across the fleet.
The staff room in Colchester town centre closed after 31/7/19.

Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU59 FLP) returned to HD from KN on 3/7/19. It was back at KN on 9/7/19. Withdrawn Dart SLF/MPD 289 (EJ02 KYY) is being cannibalised at HD. Volvo B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) made its first appearance at Kelvedon on 12/7/19 and returned to Clacton on 18/7/19. 575 is back in use ex accident repairs.
Omnidekka movements: 1/7/19: 815 – Chambers-KN. 5/7/19: 811 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. 10/7/19: 805 – KN-Chambers; 809 – Chambers-KN. 12/7/19: 815 – KN-CN.
17/7/19: 812 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers.

Odd sightings:
1/7/19: B7TL/President 574 on 19 + 63. 2/7/19: Short ADL/E200 293 on 15 pm. 5/7/19; B7TL/President 584 on 63. 6/7/19: B7TL/President 571 on X76. 8/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 15 am. 9/7/19: B7TL 571 on 19 + 63. 16/7/19; B7TL/President 565 on 19 + 63. 17/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) on 88 – usually on schools. 17-18/7/19: B7TL/President 575 on 19 + 63. 18/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 15 am. 23/7/19: Trident 737 on last revenue runs – HN1 am, ST3 pm. 24/7/19: 568 on X76 + 63; 737 ferried KN-CN by Busmopolitan editor.

Ancillary vehicles:
Ex Go-Ahead London General (Sutton) Ford Transit 100T280 van EJ13 UHR, has replaced mechanically challenged 9002 (EK56 MGE) at Sible Hedingham. Sister ex London General at Stockwell EA63 VUE, has been allocated to Clacton.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) has passed to the Ipswich Bus Preservation Group.
On 26/7/19, Scania N230UD/Olympus 69 (YJ60 KGY) was destroyed by fire on the A12 southbound at Sandon, near Chelmsford. It was on a private charter to Southend. All aboard were safely evacuated.

YJ60KGY 69 IB 93 9CR0 6-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 69 in Colchester on 6/7/19. 93/94 are on diversion, due to ongoing roadworks  at Ipswich Road/Cowdray Avenue/St Andrews Avenue in Colchester.
(Simon Austin).

Odd sightings:
6/7/19: Scania N230UD/Olympus 69 (YJ60 KGY) on 93. 8/7/19: Dart SLF/EL 84 (PJ53 OLC) on 93. 12/7/19: Dart SLF/Super Pointer 135 (SN53 AVK) on 93. 17/7/19: 84 on 93. 24/7/19: 84 on 93.

Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) has gone for preservation.

Subsequent history:
Scania Omnicity saloon 56 (YN56 NVD), now with Rumwood Green Farm, Maidstone – has been re-registered W20 RGF.

JET2.COM.
The 25 year old woman passenger, whose disruptive behaviour caused a Turkey bound flight to have to return to Stansted in June 2019, has been fined £85000 by the airline for lost revenue. She has also been criminally charged with assault and endangering an aircraft.

KEANE, STANFORD.
YJ52HEA KEANES (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini YJ52 HEA at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. Ex Reliance of Sutton in the Forest, N Yorks, but originally a demonstrator registered IKZ 8515. (Simon Austin).

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
Borrowed ex Goodwins VH TX tri-axle MJ13 VMC, was returned to its dealer – off loan, in early July. VH TX KC12 ABC finally wentr to Evobus at the end of July, having been actually sold to them in May, but remaining on hire to Kings.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
Scania K410EB6/Irizar YT15 AUO is now GB15 KCL.

LITTLE LEGS BUSES, THURROCK.
PF52WPZ LITTLELEGS BUSES PLAYBUS 9BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President soft playbus PF52 WPZ, at Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
G297UYK EX LODGE (FUN BUS, CAYTON BAY, SCARBOROUGH 2018) (MATT HILL)
Above: Sold Leyland Olympian G297 UYK at Cayton Bay, near Scarborough in 2018. (Matt Hill).

LOGANAIR.
A new Carlisle-Southend service began on 4/7/19.

M and J MINIBUS HIRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Iveco 45C YJ16 XLF is ex Graham, Appleby, Cumbria.

MAYMIST, BARKING.
A Volvo B7R/Plaxton coach was destroyed by fire on the A127 near Rayleigh on 1/7/19.

METROLINE.
Some of the borrowed Arriva ENS Class Enviro 200s on TfL393 (Clapton-Islington), have moved from Holloway to Potters Bar in exchange for native DEMs. The intended DELs – deemed too long, remain in store at West Perivale.

LK58KHR TE949 METROLINE 34 (PB DEPOT) 20-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 40D TE949 at Potter Bar garage on 20/7/19, starting a duty on TfL route 34 (Barnet-Walthamstow Central). (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
Over the weekends of 6-7/7/19, 13-14/7/19 – due to engineering works on the “fast” lines between Stratford and Liverpool Street, all TfL Rail services terminated/started at Stratford on the Saturday and some on the Sunday.
Class 315s tend not to operate on Sundays now.
Gidea Park now has more ‘345s than ‘315s allocated.
345026/45/46/48 reported stored at Maidenhead before move to Old Oak Common.
Class 345 locations at 16/7/19: 345001 – Old Dalby (OD); 345002 – Derby (DY); 345003 Old Oak (OC); 345005-11 – Ilford (IL); 345012/13 – OC; 345014-17 – IL; 345018 (OD); 345019-21 – OC; 345022 – IL; 345023 – Worksop (WP); 345024-55 – OC; 345056-58 – WP; 345059/60 – OC; 345061 – WP; 345062-64 – OD; 345065/66 – DY.
17/7/19: 345004 – DY-OD.
30/7/19: 345065 to OD.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BF68LDE SH247 NX A8 TO KX (BISHOPSGATE) 6-7-19
Above: Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante III SH237 (BF68 LDE) at Bishopsgate, on the first day of the new A8 extension. (John Podgorski).

From 6/7/19, route A8 from Stansted Airport was extended from/to London Liverpool Street to Kings Cross via Farringdon.
From the same date, new route A6N (London Victoria-Stansted) started. This operates as one journey towards Stansted, and follows the daytime A6 line of route from Marble Arch.

BK14LFR SH177 NX A7 (WATERLOO) 7-7-19
Above: Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante SH177 (BK14 LFR) at London Waterloo on 7/7/19, on a westbound A7 service. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD.
YX10FEV 444 NIBS 81 (BRENTWOOD) 20-7-19
Above: Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 444 at Brentwood Rail Station on ex Ensignbus route 81, on 20/7/19. (John Podgorski).

PN09EKT 516 NIBS (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Recently acquired ex Go-Ahead London Scania N230UD/Olympus 516 at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

OLD MAGDALEN STREET BUS DEPOT, COLCHESTER.
Construction of the new student flats, had commenced at the east end of the site during July. The old power station frontage on Military Road, has had a breezeblock boxroom structure erected behind it.

OLST.
T219XBV OLST (PICCADILLY) 17-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: DAF DB250LF/Plaxton President DLP219/T219 XBV at Piccadilly Circus on 17/7/19. Working from Rainham depot. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
AB61PAN PANTHER BRANDED (WEELEY) 3-7-19 (JOSH STEWARD)
Above: AB61 PAN at Weeley on 3/7/19. (Josh Steward).

Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 AB61 PAN now has Panther Travel fleet names on its white livery.
Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP has been retrimmed and upseated to 56. It retains its wheelchair lift.
The registered bus route serving Manningtree School ceased at the end of the summer term.
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Zafira LD02 NCC went for scrap following mechanical failure.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Neoplan Tourliner MJ11 DHM ex R500 ACL is ex Angela of Lowford, Hants.

SIMONDS, DISS.
Service 191 (Diss-Bury St Edmunds) was de-registered after 31/7/19. It was indirect, running via Roydon, South Lopham, Garboldisham and Thetford, and mainly carried students for West Suffolk College in Bury. It was replaced by parts of Simonds 304, 337/8 and Coach Services 84.

ST EDMUNDS TRAVEL, THURSTON.
From Eavesway, Ashton in Makerfield is VH TD921 YJ11 GKE.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
From 1/7/19, for 8 weeks, Mill Road railway bridge in Cambridge was closed for works; affecting route Citi2. To cover this, two shuttles were introduced; 2A (Emanuel Street-Mill Road north); 2B (Mill Road south-Sainbury’s at Coldhams Lane). 2 of the former East Kent ‘Little and Often’ Mb Sprinters are being used, with a third as spare. The main Citi2 is diverted via Newmarket Road, Coldhams Lane Sainsbury’s, Brookes Road.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LX56EAJ 19133 MEGA SIGHTSEEING (SOUTH BANK) 7-7-19
Above: Mega Sightseeing ex Selkent ADL/Enviro 400 19133 at The South Bank on 7/7/19. (John Podgorski).

S812BWC 17012 ST NL & CUMB 599 (WINDERMERE) 10-7-19 (M FLYNN)
Above: 17012, one of the original Tridents for Stagecoach East London, is these days with Stagecoach North Lancashire & Cumbria, and part open top. On 12/7/19, it was pictured departing from Windermere. (Malcolm Flynn).

STANSTED PRIVATE HIRE.
Iveco 45C/Elite CT57 BUS is now with Richards of Cardigan, Wales.

STEPHENSONS.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 509 (YN07 LHP) has the new style fleet names.

EU03CFX 413 STEPHENSONS 352 (HALSTEAD) 29-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 413 on Market Hill, Halstead on 29/7/19. It is on the evenings only Essex CC 352 service, previously contracted to Hedingham. The 352 is operated (all day) by First on Sundays and public holidays. To the right is the site of the old Eastern National bus depot – (closed and demolished in March/April 1984). (Simon Austin).

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Setra S416 EU06 JBV has passed to Jumbo of Newport (Wales). Also sold is Ford Transit 16 seater HK15 XHD.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYSDN.
Ex RATP London United are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers YP59 OEN/O/S/T/U/V/W/X.
Also now acquired is Optare Solo M950 YJ07 EGE.

WARD’S OF ALRESFORD.
G296UYK EX WARDS OF ALRESFORD 9HULL) 6-7-19 (CARL IRELAND)
Above: G296 UYK at Hull on 6/7/19. (Carl Ireland).

All Leyland Olympian G296 UYK has gone for preservation in Yorkshire. It will be restored to EYMS livery, as it used to work there.

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Volvo Olympian/NC R374 LGH is now with Saffords of Little Gransden.

With thanks to: M Allen, Angliagen, S Austin, C Baines, W Bell, Cambus, M Flynn, HarlowRide, A Hazell, Hedingham, M Hill, C Ireland, A Law, J Lomas, S Milton, L Parker, R Pope, J Steward, G Stewart.

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Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. June 2019.

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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.

24/7, STANSTED.
New are Renautl Trafics LJ18 DJV, DKK.

ACME TRANSPORT, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Has ex Go North East Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante FJ08 KLF – via Ensign.
Bova Futura VMH 561 has been re-registered T514 NAR and sold.
Sold is Dart SLF/UVG R558 UOT.

ADAMS COACHES, ABRIDGE.
This operator has moved from Lowestoft, along with Toyota Optima/Caetano midicaoch X4 DSB, which was ex Swallow of Rainham as EOS 711.

AIR INDIA.
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’).

PT-ALO AIR INDIA B777 (WIKIMEDIA)
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).
Received from AKT at Hemel Hempstead is Sapphire liveried ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6259 (YX17 NFG). 6516 (SN66 WJO) went in exchange. 6501 (SN66 WHS) has received blue/cream Southend Transport heritagel ivery, to celebrate 100 years of route 1. 6509 (SN6 WJE) has rainbow stripes for Southend Pride 2019.

MX61AXW 4459 AR SD (VICTORIA AVE) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
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).

SN58ENX 6458 AR SD (SD TRAVEL CENTRE) 29-6-19 (S 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).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
From Arriva London South are New Routemasters LT172/73/88, now at Stamford Hill.
LT230-233 have moved internally from Ash Grove to Stamford Hill.
Into Barking are DW332, ENL3.
Overall adverts: LT182 – Deliveroo, then Avocado; LT219 – JBO Pro Sound; LT534 – Ferry Tree; LT576 – Coors Light; LT592 – Avocado.

AVRO.
GNN186D Avro & Elm Park (LANGLEY VALE RD, EPSOM) 2-6-82 (DW RHODES)
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.
X612EGK BASILDON SOS BUS (SOUTHEND) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
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).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
Operations have restarted.
Sold are ex NX West Midlands Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents V42/45, 431/99 MOA and similar ex Arriva Yorkshire X675 YUG. All retained their previoous owners’ livery and some had not been used.

YJ09CYY BLUELINE 6-19 (BLUELINE)
Above: Van Hool T916 YJ09 CYY, new to Eavesway and ex Airlynx, Southampton. (Blueline).

PO51WNK BLUELINE 6-19 (BLUELINE)
Above: Dennis Trident/EL PO51 WNK is ex Isle Coaches, Owston Ferry, Lincolnshire. (Blueline).

BUS4U, BRAINTREE.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 YX15 XMO is now with Hughes, Llangefni, Wales.

CHAMBERS.
PN09ENC 874 ET AL CHAMBERS (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 874 (PN09 ENC) was still at Ensign at the end of June. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267/68 have gone to Hedingham.
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.

PN09ELO 870 CHAMBERS 753 (SUDBURY) 8-6-19
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.

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Mb 0404/Hispano Y368 UOM is ex Gainsbury of Upminster.

COLAS.
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. Although the blaze was contained to the engine bay, the bus was a write off.

CT PLUS.
From 15/6/19, TfL388 (Stratford City-Elephant and Castle) was cut back to Liverpool Street.
Borrowed ADL/Enviro 40Ds 10113.14 (LX12 DCZ, DDA) returned to Stagecoach East London, off loan.

DBS.
5/6/19: 66083 on Marks Tey-Crawley sand. 66127 on Bow Olympic-Burngullow.
10/6/19: 59102 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford stone.

DLR.
TfL has awarded CAF a contract to build 43 new trains, which will appear from 2023.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
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.

M63VJO DON'S OF DUNMOW 31-10-15
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.

M63VJO NHT 77 HEAD ST CR 4-11
Above: M63 VJO while with New Horizon of Frating. Pictured in Head Street, Colchester in April 2011. (John Podgorski).

M63VJO 32077 ST WORTHING 7-05
Above: And as Stagecoach South 32077. At Worthing depot in July 2005. (John Podgorski).

DRS.
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.

57002 + 57003 (BRANTHAM BANK) 13-6-19 (C BAINES)
Above: 57002 + 57003 climb Bentley Bank away from Brantham – heading for Ipswich on 13/6/19. (Chris Baines)

ENIGMA TRAVEL, COLCHESTER.
Has Mb 0814D/Aurobus B2 CBT, ex Bobs of Clacton.

ENSIGNBUS.
New are BCI Enterprises 405/6 (LX19 EAW/G).
Ex Tower Transit are Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s 133/34 (BJ11 EAA, EBN).
New night only service X1 began on 8/6/19. Branded ‘Jetlink’ is ran between London and Southend Airport via Lakeside. However, X1 subsequently had to be withdrawn, after the airport owners denied entry.

SK15HBB 719 ENSIGNBUS 31-X90 (BD RAIL STATION) LAST DAY 15-6-19
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 short ADL/Enviro 200s transferred with these routes – 602 (CSK 282), 603 (MX59 AVN), 604 (CN11 FBE) , 650 (DK09 OBH).
Temporary Scania Omnidekka 921 (YN55 NKJ) is now with Grayscroft, Mablethorpe.

EOS LONDON, NORTH WEALD.
A clearout has seen the disposal of Dart SLF/Pointers 740 (KM02 HGE), 741 (KP02 PUK), 742 (KP02 PWV), 743 (KU52 YKS), 744 (KU52 YKO); Dart SLF/Caetano 761 (LK03 NLE); Dart SLF/MCV Evolution LX07 BYN.

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL – UGOBUS.
Mb Sprinter/Mellor Strata LN19 TYA has been working at Harlow on route 381 to Toot Hill.
The new Ugobus brand has appeared.

FIRST ESSEX.
BJ12VXB 36218 FE 20 (SD) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
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 (BJ12 VWY, VXA-D) – allocated to Hadleigh (HH). As a result, Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30894 (X749 VUA) is now a Pool vehicle, but remains at Hadleigh. Some Trident/Presidents 33073, 33133, 33190, 33229 moved from HH to Basildon to replace Caetano Dart SLFs 41512/13/40/42, 519.
Also acquired from First West Yorkshire were Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66708/9 (YK53 GXT/U). These arrived with super rear adverts for YPP Lettings, Leeds. 66708 went to Basildon and 66709 to Colchester. 66709 lost is super rear advert on arrival.
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.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses 41512/13/25/39/40. 41521 (LK03 UEY) has become a mobile publicity vehicle, based at Chelmsford. 41522 (LK03 UEZ) is on long term loan from Basildon to Hadleigh, to cover for accident damaged Wright StreetLite 63165.
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.

WX56HXZ 42940 FE 36 (SOUTH WOODHAM) 20-6-19 (S MILTON)
Above: One of the recent ex First Manchester Dart SLF/Pointers. 42940 at South Woodham Ferrers on 20/6/19. (Sonny Milton).

FLAGFINDERS.
LV02LLF FLAGFINDERS NEW LIVERY (TOLLGATE) 19-6-19
Above: Former Redwing of Camberwell Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas LV02 LLF at Tollgate, Stanway, Colchester on 19/6/18. (John Podgorski)

FREIGHTLINER.
66587 FL ONE (MTE) 12-6-19 (C BAINES)
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.

GALLEON TRAVEL, ROYDON.
Ayat Bravo WX05 NFY ex PSU 316 has passed to Decker Bus, Peterborough.

GBRf.
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.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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.

82102 + 321421 (IPSWICH) 16-6-19
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.

170273 GA (CR-PBO) 23-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 170273 at Colchester on 23/6/19, on the service to Peterborough via Ipswich and Ely. (Simon Austin).

321322 GA RENATUS (WITHAM) 23-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Renatus 321322 at Witham on 23/6/19, on the rear of a London bound service. (Simon Austin).

HAILSTONE, WICKFORD.
Dart SLF/Caetano LT02 ZDE has been sold without being used.

HEDINGHAM.
SN03EBV 285 HO 7 (CN) 1-6-19 (S 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 200/MCV Evolutions 267/68 have arrived from Chambers, and are allocated to Clacton.
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. B7TL/Presidents are now scheduled for service Mon to Fri only.
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.

W826NNJ 726 EX HO (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
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.

YN55PZP 811 CHAMBERS ON HO 83 (CHAPPEL) 26-6-19
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.

T108 DBW, T107DBW LH738, 737 HO KN 26-4-19
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.

LX05EZF 523 HO 19 (ROWHEDGE) 4-6-19 (SONNY MILTON)
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).

IPSWICH BUSES.
The Scania Omnicity saloons have been resold via Ensign.
YN56 NVB/E/F/G – to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.
72 (YN56 NVD) to Rumwood Green Farm, Maidstone.

YJ12GWL 94 IB (DEPOT) 2-6-19
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).

JACKSON, BICKNACRE.
SL66 LKZ is a Volvo B8R/Sideral ex AAA, Kirknewton, Scotland.

JET2.COM.
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.

G-GDFF JET2 HOLIDAYS B737-800 (BING IMAGES)
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. Both were supplied by Moseley (dealer), South Elmsall.

MJ13WMC KINGS TOURS 7-6-19
Above: MJ13 VMC with resident Irizar and VH coaches at Kings depot on 7/6/19. (John Podgorski).

J333ABC KINGS TOURS (KELVEDON) 24-6-19
Above: Crew ferry Seat Alphambra J333 ABC at Kelvedon on 24/6/19. (John Podgorski).

KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
Setra S250 K30 BYS has reverted to R104 HEW. Mb Tourismo BX14 ONP is now K99 BYS. Mb Tourismo BX64 JZV is now K30 BYS.

L and R TRANSPORT, BASILDON.
Neoplan Skyliner N66 SUN is ex Collier of Earith, Cambs.

LCB TRAVEL HARLOW.
Ceased operating again after 6/6/19. This time it appeared to be for good.

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.

LK59FDN WVN20 LGN 476 (EUSTON) 23-11-19
Above: Ex First Capital Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVN20 on the 476 at Euston, on 23/11/18. (John Podgorski).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
710269 LOROL (GOSPEL OAK) 1-6-19
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).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
The S Stock modification programme is complete. This had been done by Bombardier at Derby.

MTR TfL RAIL.
345016 MTR TfL RAIL (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 1-6-19
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.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante SH209 (BX16 CMK) has a super rear advert for Boomtown.
Scania K440EB6/Levate 203 (BG65 TGJ) has transferred from Start Hill (SH) to Gatwick (GA).
Woods of Leicester has a new NX contract. 350 (Stansted-Manchester-Liverpool) – previously with Selwyns.

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.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
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.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
YX10BGO PANTHER (HARWICH B S) 19-6-19 (A HAZELL)
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.

WV02EUP PANTHER (PARKESTON DEPOT) 6-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex First Essex Volvo B12B/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP at Parkeston depot in June 2019. (Daniel Pretty).

DC56PAN PANTHER STENA FOOT PASSENGER SHUTTLE (ON SHIPS CAR DECK) 6-19 (A HAZELL)
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).

AB53PAN PANTHER (WALTON SEAFRONT BY COLUMBINE CENTRE) 10-6-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN on the seafront at Walton on the Naze on 10/6/19. (Alex Hazell).

RATP OLST.
RATP OLST RAINHAM DEPOT 29-6-19
Above: Rainham, Ferry Lane depot on 29/65/19, with VLEs and a DLP in evidence. (John Podgorski).

RELIANCE, BENFLEET.
Sold is MAN24.350/Jonckhere Monaco T100 REL – orig T48 BBW with Stagecoach Oxford.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Scania/Irizar V21 ROM has been re-registered back to YN51 MHO and sold. It was seen on tow behind a Crouch of Leicester ‘wrecker, and looks to have passed to Mosely (dealer), Loughborough.

SEE LONDON BY NIGHT,PURFLEET.
Has moved its depot from Rainham to Purfleet Industrial Park.

AA52SEE SEE LONDON BY NIGHT (PURFLEET) 29-6-19
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.
ADL/Enviro 200 36565 (LX13 CZJ0 is now a driver trainer.
Sold to Ensign are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers LX58 CGJ/L, LX09 AEA, ACJ, AEK/L, FZT,
LX09ACJ, AFO EX ST EL (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
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, following an engine fire. (qv).

STEPHENSONS.
Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 FFG is in service as fleet no 448.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 404 (EU03 CFY); Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus 452 (HV52 WTC).

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
New is Volvo B11R/MCV coach BV19 LSD.
Volvo B12B/Caetano BU08 CGG has been named ‘Zippy’.

KU52YKO 744 EX EOS SWALLOW (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
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).

TALISMAN.
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.

TALISMAN 2-6-19
Above: Great Bromley site on 2/6/19. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Has ex RATP London United Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 SN51 SYH, via Ensign. It retains red/grey London United Motorcoaxches livery.
From McMakin, High Wycombe is Temsa Safari YJ08 DKX.
Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKJ was repaired and back in use by mid June.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s BJ11 EAA/C, EBM/N, have been sold to Ensign.

LK60HPF WSH62992 TT RV1 (COVENT GARDEN) 5-11-16
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, to work alongside WV Class Wright StreetLite DFs. (John Podgorski).

BJ11EAC VN36157 EX TOWER TRANSIT (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Now sold to Ensign, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 VN36157 in the barn at Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS.
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/S/T/U/V/W/X.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Pointer SN03 EBU; Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXG/R. All of the Omnicity saloons are being repalced.

WOODHOUSE EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, SAWBRIDGEWORTH.
Has moved to White Roding. The fleet is Mb Sprinters W1 WET ex SN05 FCF, W2 WET ex MV53 GRZ.

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, HarlowRide, A Hazell, Hedingham and Chambers, S Kinsalla-Ilott, LOTS, S Milton, PSVC, DW Rhodes, Wikimedia Commons.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. May 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the May 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

YN07EXM 924 ENS, EU64CVR 608 STEPH, YN07EXH 922 ENS (GA RRP BARLEYLANDS) 28-5-19
Above; Ensign Omnidekkas 924/22 flank Stephensons Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 608 at Barleylands on 28/5/19. (John Podgorski).

Between 25th May and 2nd June, there was a major rail replacement, covering the Greater Anglia route between Wickford and Southend Victoria. This was due to OLE (Overhead live equipment) renewal. Some of this infrastructure still dated from the original electrification of 1957. A temporary base for the replacement buses and coaches was set up at Barleylands Farm Park, near Billericay. Several operators berthed their vehicles there for the duration.

AE05ZRN FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL (GA BARLEYLANDS RRP) 28-5-19
Above: Felixstowe Travel Javelin/Plaxton AE05 ZRN departs Barleylands for Wickford on 28/5/19. (John Podgorski).

National news of interest is that bus builder ADL – Alexander Dennis Ltd,  has sold out to USA giant NFI, while it has been announced that First Bus UK is to be put up for sale by First Group.

And closer to home, Eclipse Coaches of Royston, Herts has ceased trading. Their vehicles were familiar on rail replacements in Essex.

Meanwhile, Transport for London has introduced Low Emission Bus Zones – LEBZs, along several major routes .

A2B TRAVEL, BARBRAHAM.
From DawsonGroup is Optare Solo SR YJ10 MBF.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
GN07AVF 3819 AR CR 2 (EAST ST) 23-5-19
Above: 3819 at East Street on 23/5/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3819 (GN07 AVF) returned from Southend, but then went back in the last week of May.
Odd sightings: 1/5/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1564 (HX04 HUH) on 8. 17/5/19: B7RLE 3817 (GN07 AVD) on 1. 23/5/19: 3819 on 2.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
From Arriva North West are VDL120/Wright Cadets 3512/13 (DK55 FXL, FYV). They had been 2525/54 with ANW.

YJ06FXT 1454 (REAR) AR NETWORK HARLOW 18-5-19
Above: Optare Solo 1464 (YJ06 FXT) continues in Network Harlow blue. Pictured on 18/5/19. (John Podgorski).
Odd sightings:
16/5/19: B7RLE/Wright 3857 (KE54 LPC) on 59.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
LJ59ABK T74 AR LON NTH 128 (CRANBROOK RD, GANTS HILL) 11-5-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 T74 departs Gants Hill on 11/5/19. (John Podgorski).

TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) is now seeing mixed VLA and T operation, although VLAs are the official allocation.
Barking is the last bastion of VLAs with their routes being 128, 173 (Beckton-Goodmayes) and 368 (Goodmayes-Barking).
Meanwhile, TfL123 (Wood Green-Ilford) is seeing a mix of DWs from Tottenham (the allocated garage) and also Edmonton and Enfield. The latter are “floats” to do with DW refurbishment programme.
Into Barking is ENL67.
Odd sightings:
11/5/19: Volvo B5H/Gemini3 HV356 on 123.

LF67EVC HV356 AR LON NORTH 123 (IL) 11-5-19
Above: HV356 departs Ilford on 1/5/19. (John Podgorski).

BEESTONS.
On 22/5/19, it was announced that the Witham site of Two Sisters Foods was to close. Beestons is the staff bus contractor, having taken over from Arriva Colchester in 2015. Fargo had been the provider between 1997 and 2006, with Tony Glew being the original contractor, for 3 months in 1997. Back then, the factory was was known as Grampian Country Foods. Staff buses ran to Colchester, Clacton, Harwich and Ipswich originally, but latterly only to Colchester and Ipswich.

BLUE TRIANGLE:
ADL/Enviro 200s LX10 AUR/V are now with Faresaver, Chippenham, via Ensign.
LX10 AUW, AVC are now with Chalkwell, Sittingbourne, also through Ensign.

LX57CJY E71 BT 396 (CRANBROOK RD) 11-5-19
Above: Still with its London General fleetnames and Merton AL depot codes, ADL/Enviro 400 E71 is one of those transferred for TfL396 and other east London tender gains. It was pictured on 11/5/19, heading down Cranbrook Road, between Gants Hill and Ilford. These will eventually be replaced on the 396, with new SE Class ADL/Enviro 200s. (John Podgorski).

LX09LZD, LZG SOE21, 23 BT 364 (IL) 11-5-19
Above: SOE23, 27 at Ley Street, Ilford on 11/5/19. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 11/5/19: ADL/E200/EL Esteems SOE23/27 (LX09 EZG/O) on 364.

BRITISH RAILWAYS.
101 DMU AT CLACTON c1958 (G HARDWICK-CN & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY)
Above: Class 101 Metro Cammell DMU at Clacton circa 1958. Electric trains (AM8 later Class 308) came the following year. (G Hardwick – Clacton and District Local History Society).

BUCKLAND, WOODBRIDGE.
TE7870 BUCKLAND DENNIS (FLX RUNNING DAY) 5-5-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 1929 Dennis ES/Brush  TE 7870 proclaims to be “Britain’s oldest regular working bus”. Seen at the Felixstowe Running Day on 5/5/19. (Simon Austin).

CARTERS HERITAGE BUSES, GREAT BROMLEY.
Has ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 400 LK55 KKO, via Ensign.

CHAMBERS:
Scania N230UD/Olympuses 870, 872, 876 entered service in May.

PN09ENO 877 CHAMBERS (DEREHAM RALLY) 12-5-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 877 at the Dereham Rally on 12/5/19. (Daniel Pretty).

COLAS.
17/5/19: 56302 at Dagenham Dock.
29/5/19: 37219 tnt 37254 on 1Q97 NR test train Ferme Park-Cambridge through Kelvedon @ 1444.

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, GREAT FINBOROUGH.
G210UAS DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (DEREHAM RALLY) 12-5-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex Panther Travel Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Paramount 3200 G210 UAS at the Dereham Rally on 12/5/19. (Daniel Pretty).

DBS.
1/5/19: 66075/177 at Bow on Plasmor. 66086 at Marks Tey yard. 66169 on Bow-Burngullow.
3/5/19: 66047 on 4L45 Wakefield-Felixstowe.
4/5/19: 66075 on Doncaster-Felixstowe light loco.
7/5/19: 66047 on 4L45. 66117 on 4Z56 Chesterton Junct-Dowlow Briggs.
16/5/19: 66001 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone.
17/5/19: 66076 at Dagenham Dock.
20/5/19: 67023 tnt 67027 with 975091, 72631, 977997, 9481 on Heaton-Cambridge via Kings Cross NR test train.
30/5/19: 66041 on Ipswich Griffin Wharf-Neasden. 66170 on Bow Olympic-Burngullow.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
New is Irizar i6s DH19 DON.

DRS.
1/5/19: 37099 tnt 37057 on NR test train east through Stratford, later at Harwich Town. 37716 on Bounds Green-Ilford with MkIII carriage.
17/5/19: 37402 on 5Z37 Eastleigh-Norwich with 9525, 5810, 5937.
18/5/19: 37405/9 on 1G39 Kings Lynn-Liverpool Street, then 1G40 to Norwich.
22/5/19: 57305 towed GWR 387132 on Reading-Ilford ECS; returned with 387130/140.
28/5/19: 37409 light Norwich-Cardiff via GEML, NLL.
29/5/19; 37409 towed GA DVT 82139 on 5Z37 Cardiff-Norwich.
30/5/19: 37409 towed 90006 on Norwich-Crewe via GEML and NLL.

EAST ANGLIAN RAILWAY MUSEUM.
VV9146, GR9007 EARM 26-5-19
Above: An open day on 26-27/5/19, saw preserved Bristol K5G AJN 825 and Crossleys GR 9007, VV9146 visit. (John Podgorski).

Below: Ex London General MCW Metrobus OJD 823Y is a picnic bus at the EARM. (John Podgorski).
OJD823Y EARM 26-5-19

101069 EARM 26-5-19
Above: Preserved Class 101 DMU set no 069. (John Podgorski).

11 ANDREW BARCLAY (EARM) 26-5-19
Above: Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 saddle tank loco no 11. (John Podgorski).

EASTERN COUNTIES.
VPW85S VR190 EC PRESERVED 9FLX RUNNING DAY0 5-5-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above; Bristol VRT/ECW VR190 was one of a pair ordered by Waveney District Council – the old Lowestoft Corporation Transport, but diverted to Eastern Counties, upon their acquisition of the former undertaking in 1977. The other VRT was VR189 (RPW 189R), which worked at Felixstowe and Ipswich depot; however VR190 was based at Peterborough during its ECOC career, and is now preserved. It attended the Felixstowe Running Day on 5/5/19. VR190 was originally to have been registered RPW 190R, but was delayed into service as it was retained by Bristol Commercial Vehicles as a test rig. (Simon Austin).

SVF896G RE896 (FLX RUNNING DAY) 5-5-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved Bristol RELH/ECW coach RE896 at the Felixstowe Running Day. New in 1968, it has been preserved since 1981. In the background is Ipswich Corporation AEC Regal BPV 8 from the Ipswich Transport Museum. (Simon Austin).

EASTERN NATIONAL.
VNO859 1407 EATERN NATIONAL (FLX RUNNING DAY) 5-5-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved Bristol KSW5G/ECW 1407 on Felixstowe Seafront, during the Running Day on 5/5/19. New in 1953, this bus has been preserved since 1974. (Simon Austin).

LWC977J NATIONAL HOLIDAYS (FAIRBOURNE WELSH NAR GAUGE TOUR) 29-5-75 (R POPE)
Above: Bristol RELH/Plaxton Panorama Elite LWC 977J at Fairbourne, Gwynedd on 29/5/1975. By then operated by National Travel South East, it was on a National Holidays Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways Tour. (Roger Pope).

EMPRESS OF LONDON.
Volvo B8R/Plaxton YN16 NWP is ex Somerset Passenger Solutions, Bridgwater.
The base has moved from Bethnal Green to Silvertown.

ENSIGNBUS.
New are BCI Enterprises 405/6 (LX19 EAV/G).
ADL/Enviro 200 603 has passed to NIBS, Wickford.

YX66WLH 132 ENSIGNBUS (GA BARLEYLANDS RRP) 28-5-19
Above: Recently acquired ex Go Goodwins of Manchester ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 132, at Barleylands on GA Wickford-Southend RRP on 28/5/19. (John Podgorski).

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
Has two new Scania Touring/Higers M50 FXO and M60 FXO. The previous bearers of these registrations are sold.
One of the Volvo/Siderals – M60 FXO ? has been re-registered back to its original BX11 GWE mark.

BX11GWE FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL (IPS RRP) 27-5-19
Above: BX11 GWE at Ipswich on rail replacement on 27/5/19. (John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
YX09ACY 44517 FEC IPSWICH REDS (IPS DEPOT) 5-19 (FEC)
(First Eastern Counties).

A new identity has been launched – Ipswich Reds.

FIRST ESSEX.
From 1/5/19, only First Essex kept the legal address of Westway, Chelmsford. The other First companies which had used this, gained new local legal addresses. It is presumed these are in advance of these entities being offwered for sale.
Ex First Manchester are Dart SLF/Pointers 42940 (MX56 HXZ), 42941/44/45 (WA56 OAO/U/V). These have been allocated to Chelmsford, to replace the last Caetano Dart SLFs there.

VT59JPT FE 5 (BN) 5-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 33424 in its regular Basildon haunts in May 2019. This bus was new to JP Travel, Middleton, Greater Manchester. (Simon Austin).

During early May, ADL/Enviro 200s 33424 (VT59 JPT), 33573 (SN58EUR) were loaned by Basildon to Hadleigh for rail replacement, but also appeared in normal service.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66803 (MX05 CCN) has returned to Colchester, ex loan to Basildon. 66806 (MX05 CCV) has moved from Basildon to Chelmsford. 69533 was loned by Basildon to Colchester for one day only on 1/5/19. The B7RLE fleet is going through a re-engining programme -believed to do with Euro6 , and being done by the local Volvo agent. The Volvo B9TLs are having cooling system modifications for the same reason.

MX05CCV 66806 FE 71 (COPFORD) 16-5-19
Above: 66806 at Copford on 16/5/19. (John Podgorski).

SN51UYL 65677 FE 75B (HEAD ST, CR) 30-5-19
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65677 on 75B at Head Street, Colchester on 30/5/19. This is one of a decreasing number of buses still in the old “Barbie2” livery. (John Podgorski).

New route 75B has taken over the Colchester town centre-University of Essex section of 75.

From 26/5/19, route 100 was plit into two sections; Chelmsford-Bsildon and Basildon-Lakeside. The same number is retained for both and is to do with improving timings on this 2 hour long service.

Paper timetable issue has ceased.

Odd sightings: 1/5/19: B7TL/Gemini 37042 (YJ 06 XLH) on 174. 3/5/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 70. 8/5/19: Route 62 37134 on 64A. 9/5/19: B7TL/ALX400 32477 (AU53 HJN) on 175 am. 10/5/19: Scania L94UB/Solar 65690 (YS03 ZKK) on 75. 13/5/19: Route 62 37133 on 61. 14/5/19: BN Vo B7RLE/Solar Eclipse 66806 on 71. 15/5/19: Route 62 B9TL 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 75. 16/5/19: B7TL/Gemini 37017 (WX55 VJE) on 174 pm. 17/5/19: Scania L94UB/Wright 65690 on 62. 19/5/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 88A. 20/5/19: Trident 33044 on 174 pm. 23/5/19: StreetLite 63338 on 62. Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 75B; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 29/5/19; 69914 (BJ13 ZBW) on 16. 30/5/19: 65677 (SN51 UYL) on 75B.

KP54KBF 32631 FE 70 (BE BUS PARK) 28-4-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Since their transfer from Colchester to Chelmsford in August 2018, the former Leicester Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis have normally appeared on the long Chelmsford-Braintree-Colchester route 70, with occasional appearances on Colchester Schools also. 32631 (KP54 AZB) was heading eastbound at Braintree Bus Park on Sunday 28/4/19. Note the Colchester terminus on the Sabbath/public holidays is Mason Road, rather than Osborne Street. (Simon Austin).

FIRSTSTOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Withdrawn is Mb 0814D/Autobus N2 LCT.

FLAGFINDERS.
To the new livery are Mb Sprinter SG52 RZJ, Mb 0814D S190 SLL, while ex Graham’s Mb 0814D/Euro AE54 FMG now has fleetnames to complete its Flagfinders livery.

FREIGHTLINER.
66524 FL (CR) 11-5-19
Above: 66524 – with recruitment advertising, at Colchester on an “up” intermodal on 11/5/19. (John Podgorski).

17/5/19: 66617 at Dagenham Dock on cement.
22/5/19; 66605 at Bow Olympic arriving from Tunstead and returning to Burton.
25/5/19: 66551 on diverted 4L52 Garston-London Gateway via South Ockendon.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
Optare Spectra W231 CDN has passed to Ensign.

GBRf.
Has ex Cargonet, Sweden 66790-92.
3/5/19: 66754 on 6L37.
4/5/19: 66718 on 6V18 Tilbury-Trostre van and diverted via Grays-Upminster branch. 66761 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-Felixstowe. 66770 on 4L20 Hams Hall-Parkeston.
5/5/19: 66707 on 6T63 Bow Junct-Whitemoor. 6724 tnt 66750 on 6T62 Bow Junct-Whitemoor.
6/5/19: 66747/61 on 0L33 Ipswich-Felixstowe light loco. 66774 on 6L37.
7/5/19: 66721 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66747 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66759 on 6L61 Rylstone-Chesterton Junct. 66774 on 0L37.
13/5/19: 66707/21 on 0L33.
14-15/5/19: 66704 on 6L37.
16/5/19: 66764 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
17/5/19: 66747 on 6L37. 92041 at Dagenham Dock.
20/5/19: 66750 on 6L34 was 6L36.
22/5/19: 66721 on 4M29. 66727 on 6M14 Harlow Mill-Bardon Hill.
25/5/19: 66758 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Ipswich engineers.
27-28/5/19: 66774 on 6L37.
29/5/19: 66722 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
31/5/19: 66751 at Cambridge North on stones.

GODWARD, BASILDON.
New is Irizar i6 CC19 PGC.

GREATER ANGLIA.
New are 745002-4, 755326, 417/28.
321448 has been stored at Clacton depot.

NORWICH IN 90 POSTER GA 31-5-19
(John Podgorski).

On 20/5/19, “Norwich in 90” and “Ipswich in 60” were launched. These London Liverpool Street express services only call at Norwich or Ipswich. There are four trains a day, M-Sat. There is criticism that these do not serve stations in Essex, but it is understood that a “Colchester in 40” is planned when the new Class 755s enter traffic. The inaugural “Norwich in 90” actually reached Liverpool Street in 97 minutes – due to a signal check at Bethnal Green.

90001 + 12134 + 10144 (SHENFIELD) 4-5-19
(John Podgorski).

4/5/19: 90001 (above) hauling MkIII carriages 12134, 10144 “up” through Shenfield @ 1835.
317342/886 and 317508/668 on Liverpool Street-Braintrees.
6/5/19: 90001 on 1P12 at Norwich end.
10/5/19: 321322/58 on 1P04 Liverpool Street-Norwich, then ECS to Colchester.
11/5/19: 317651 + 886 on Livepool Street-Braintrees. 755409 on Kings Lynn-London via Cambridge.
16/5/19: 755326, 755417/28 delivered.
17/5/19: 745104 on 5Q52 Norwich-London test and 5Q48 return, with ROG 37800 following “up” as far as Colchester.
30/5/19: 745002 delivered.
31/5/19: 321444/301 on 1400 Norwich-Liverpool Street.

Ingatestone railway station celebrated its 175th birthday on 12/5/19. There was a special ceremony for this restored building, which is still very much in use.

GWR.
387140 GWR HEX (ILFORD) 11-5-19
(John Podgorski).

11/5/19: 387140 at Ilford depot and to Heathrow Express livery. GWR is to take over HEx from Heathrow Airport Ltd, and the current Class 332 EMUs will go for scrap, as they are now obsolete technology. This is due to happen in December 2019.

HASTINGS DIESELS LTD.
11/5/19: DEMU 1001 on Hastings-Norwich-Lowestoft railtour, ‘East Anglian Explorer’ – via GEML.

HEDINGHAM.
YN05HFH 458, HW54BUE 287 HO CN 21-5-19
(John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 568 (W458 WGH) has come from Chambers.
From Konect are Dart SLF/MPD 287 (HW54 BUE); Scania Omnilinks 458/60 (AU05 FHH/F). 458/60, 568 are at Clacton. 287 is at Sible Hedingham, but was intially delivered to Clacton. 458 AND 287 were pictured (above) on 21/5/19.
Dennis Trident/EL 702 (T802 RFG) was withdrawn on 1/5/19, upon MOT expiry. It was subsequently stripped for spares at Clacton. 722 (W822 NNJ) was withdrawn on 16/5/19 for the same reason. 702 has been collected by Ensign, by the end of May.

EU04BVF 253 HO 7 (ST OSYTH BEACH) 4-19 (HEDINGHAM)
Above: Dart SLF/Pointer 253 on route 7 at St Osyth Beach in April 2019. (Hedingham).

From 25/5/19, there were frequency increases to ex Go Ride route 7 (Brightlingsea-Clacton), for the summer season, including a new Saturday service. These effectively replace seasonal route 1 between Clacton and St Osyth Beach.
Volvo B7TL/Gemini 520 (LX05 EZC) moved CN-KN on 7/5/19 and returned to CN on 14/5/19. 527 (LX06 EAK) has been converted to single door and awaits service.
Volvo B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) was initially VOR at Clacton, while 581 (W956 WGH) is back in use ex long term VOR. Both 581 and 580 (W527 WGH) are restricted to local work around Clacton – mostly schools. But 581 was subsequently seen further afield – see below.
Omnidekka movements: 1/5/19: 802 – from Chambers; 810 to Chambers. 2/5/19: 810 from Chambers; 816/20 – CN-KN. 3/5/19; 816 – KN-CN. 3/5/19: 816 – KN-CN; 818 – CN-KN. 7/5/19: 811 – KN-Chambers. 9/5/19: 801 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers. 14/5/19: 810 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN. 15/5/19: 810 – Chambers-KN. 21/5/19: 820 – KN-CN. 23/5/19: 805 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers. 28/5/19: 818 – CN-KN. By 31/5/19: 801/2/5 – KN-Chambers; 812/13 – Chambers-KN.
Odd sightings: 2/5/19: 816 on TLA A pm; 820 on TLA B pm. 3/5/19: 814 on TLA A; 820 on TLA B. 7/5/19: ADL/E200 266 on 63; B7TL/President 574 (W506 WGH) on 137; B7TL/President 580 (W527 WGH) on 4; Omnidekka 813 (YN55 PZU) on TLA B pm. 8/5/19: B7TL/President 581 (W956 WGH) running light on A12S at Marks Tey – had been long term VOR; was available for service at CN the following week. 14/5/19: Chambers ADL/E200/MCV 267 and Scania N230UD/Olympus 873 at CN workshop. 20/5/19: 581 on 63. 21/5/19: 581 on 63; 820 on TLA A am; 873 still at CN. 22/5/19: 581 on 19/63. 25/5/19: 875 still at HD. 29/5/19: Omnidekka 801 on 92.
Ancillary vehicles: Ford Transit van 036 (EK56 MGE) has suffered major engine failure and been sidelined at HD. Accident damaged Mb Vito crew van RO06 TUU is stored at HD depot.

PN09EMV 873 EU56FLM 258 (REAR) HO CN WKS 14-5-19
Above: Clacton workshop on 14/5/19. (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES.
YJ12GWL 94 IB (WORKSHOP) 19-5-19
Above: Tempo 94 in the workshop on 19/5/19. (John Podgorski).

The rest of the ex Trent Barton Optare Tempos are now in service. Fleet numbers are 87 (YJ12 GWA), 88 (YJ12 GWC), 89 (YJ12 GWD), 90 (YJ12 GWE), 91 (YJ12 GWF), 92 (YJ12 GWG), 93 (YJ12 GWK), 94 (YJ12 GWL), 95 (YJ12 GWM), 96 (YJ12 GWN), 97 (YJ12 GWO). 90, 91, 93 have yellow branding for routes 9/10. 94, 95 have pink branding for service 13. As a result, the Optare Versas are now mainly used on country services, and other vehicles have been replaced – see below.
Dart SLF/EL 85 (PJ53 OLE) is now a driver trainer.
In withdrawn condition are Dart SLF/Super Pointer 134 (SN53 AVG), Optare Solo 244 (YN53 ELW) and some of the 56 reg Scania Omnicity saloons.
Omnicities YN56 NVB-G have passed to Ensign.
Odd sightings: 24/5/19: DAF DB250LF 57 (PN 52 XBJ) on 93.

YJ12GWK 93, YR61RPX 46 IB (DEPOT) 19-5-19
Above; Tempo 93 and Omnicity 46 ‘Kevin Beatty’ on depot on 19/5/19. Kevin Beatty was a famous footballer for Ipswich Town FC. (John Podgorski).

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
VH TX KC12 ABC has been sold to Evobus (dealer), Coventry. However it remains on hire to Kings for the time being.

CT14LCT KINGS TOURS CR 16-5-19
Above: CT14 LCT on depot on 16/5/19. (John Podgorski).

Ex Leons of Stafford black/red VH TX CT14 LCT, was on loan – pending delivery of the new Mb Tourismo KC19 ABC.

KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
Mb Tourismo BX64 WHN has been re-registered K100 BYS.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
FFS867 LODGE (FLX RUNNING DAY) 5-5-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Bedford OB/Baby Burlingham FFS 867 at the Felixstowe Running Day on 5/5/19. New in 1947 to SMT with a Duple Vista body, this vehicle was one of several rebodied in 1953. (Simon Austin).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
New Aventra EMUs are 710117/19/23, 710262. Class 710s entered revenue service from 23/5/19. The first two were 710261/69 – on the Gospel Oak-Braking route. This enabled the borrowed and shortened 378206/9/32, to revert to their usual duties and become 5 car units again. The ‘378s had been temporarily 4 car.
Withdrawn is 315813.

315808 LOROL (ROMFORD) 4-5-19
Above: 315808 departs Romford for Upminster on 4/5/19. (John Podgorski).

M and M STAFFING, CHELMSFORD.
MM18BUS, MM68BUS M&M STAFFING (CF DEPOT) 2-5-19 (M HOUGH)
Above: Neoplan Tourliners MM18 BUS and MM68 BUS on depot on 2/5/19. MM18 was initially exhibited at the Bus and Coach Show at the NEC, hence its livery. (Mark Hough).

MILESTONE, CANVEY.
Neoplan Skyliner N100 MSC is now with Davis, Mitcheldean, Gloucs.

MTR TfL RAIL.
New are 345061/62.
Withdrawn are 315828/32/35/40/41/45/46/55/60/61.
Some Class 345s have been securely stored at Worksop, as Old Oak Common is full. 345023/56 are at Worksop so far. The ‘345s are mothballed due to the overrun for the completion of Crossrail.

315857 MTR TfL RAIL (GIDEA PARK) 4-5-19
Above: 315857 arrives at Gidea Park, on a Shenfield-London working on 4/5/19. (John Podgorski).

GIDEA PARK RLY STN HISTORIC PICTURES 4-5-19
Above: A visit to the past. Gidea Park waiting room, 4/5/19. This station was opened in 1912, as ‘Gidea Park and Squirrels Heath’. (John Podgorski).

MYALLS, BASSINGBOURN/
New is Iveco 70C18/Noone Turas BX19 KGZ.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Four ADL/Enviro 200s have been acquired form Ensign. They are 417 (DK09 OBH), 418 (MX59 AVN), 449 (YX10 FFK0, 452 (YX10 FFN).

NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY.
101 E56062 NNR (MANNINGTREE DEST) WEYBOURNE 31-5-19
Above: Class 101 DMU with Essex destination. E56062 is the leading car. Pictured at Weybourne on 31/5/19. (John Podgorski).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE has finally gone for export, having been sold some months ago.

KV51KZK A2B (CAMBRIDGE) 25-5-19
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer KV51 KZK, is pictured with its new owner, A2B of Cambridge, on 25/5/19. (John Podgorski).

AB62PAN PANTHER (WOODBRIDGE GA RRP) 6-5-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AB62 PAN with Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DC53 PAN on rail replacement at Woodbridge on 6/5/19. The RRP was running to/from Ipswich. (Alex Hazell).

Below: And the buses were connecting with Greater Anglia 153306 at Woodbridge, for onward travel to Lowestoft. (Alex Hazell).
153306 GA (WOODBRIDGE) 6-5-19 (A HAZELL)

SB09PAN PANTHER (GA IPS-FLX E RAIL) 8-5-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: A very rainy night in Ipswich on 8/5/19, and ADL/Enviro 200 SB09 PAN is on a Greater Anglia emergency rail replacement to Felixstowe. (Alex Hazell).

PRESERVATION.
UFM53F CROSVILLE PRESERVED (DEREHAM RALLY) 12-5-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Essex preserved former Crosville Bristol RELL UFM 53F at the Dereham Rally on 12/5/19. (Alex Hazell).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
The old Cliff Quay branch in Ipswich has seen undergrowth clearance, between the vnorth side of the old Ranelagh Road level crossing and the bridge over the River orwell. Track remains on the bridge, while the old semaphore signal by the crossing has now gone.

SBC LEISURE, BASILDON.
New is Mb Tourismo KC19 SBC.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Three former East Kent Mb Sprinters have appeared. two are BV66 GRZ, BV66 GSU. They are for a shuttle caused by roadworks. Actually, 44005/6 were ex South Wales and 44009 from West Scotland.
Trident/ALX400 AY55 DKJ passed to Ensign and then to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.
Trident/ALX400 open toppers ACZ 7489/92-94, TSU 640 have been resold via Ensign, to First Group, for use on the new ‘BrightBus’ sightseeing tour in Edinburgh.

BV66GRZ, AE09GYJ ST CAMBUS (CB DEPOT) 25-5-19
Above: Mb Sprinters and Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 at Cowley Road depot on 25/5/19. (John Podgorski).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
X341NNO EAMONN ROONEY HILLTOWN CO DOWN (BELFAST) 5-19 (P SAVAGE)
Above: New to Selkent at Bromley, then with East London at West Ham, Dennis Tirdent/Alexander ALX400 17341 is now with Eamonn Rooney of Hilltown, County Down, Northern Ireland. It was pictured on a private charter in Belfast in May 2019. (Paul Savage).

New for TfL372 (Hornchurch-Lakeside) are ADL/E40D MMCs 11075-81 (YX19 OMA/C-H).
15 Tridents remain for revenue service across Stagecoach London. They are 17791 (NS), 17811(T), 17836 (PD), 17843 (PD), 18858 (NS), 17860 (PD), 17862 (PD), 17864 (TB), 17979 (NS), 17981 (PD), 18208 (PD), 18461 (WH), 18465 (PD), 18478 (NS), 18484(T), 18495 (TB). This includes those at Selkent. Romford North Street (on 247) and Plumstead (on 472) have the most, with less each at Bromley (on 664), Leyton (on 215) and West Ham.
Withdrawn are Tridents 18211/12, 18454/61/78; ADL/Enviro 200 34362.
ADL/Enviro 200s 36556/59/66 (LX13 CYV, CZB, CZJ) are now driver trainers and repainted purple. 36562 (LX13 CZE) was on loan to Cambus.
Sold to Ensign are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 15018/20/22 (LX58 CFJ/L/N), LX09 ABV/Z, ADZ, AEG, 15077 (AFE), (15095/96) AHE/F, FZU.
Trident 18479 (LX55 ESN) has been resold by Ensign to Wrope Maintenance Ltd, Rochford.Sold to Lister, Bolton (dealer) were Tridents 17999 (LX04 GCU), 18483 (LX55 BEO), 18498 (LX06 AHE).

SN16OLB 10341 ST EL 498 (MAIN RD, RM) 4-5-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC at Lodge Park, Romford on 4/5/19. (John Podgorski).

Overall adverts:
New Routemasters LT243, 376 have reverted to red fleet livery.
LT250, 365 – for EE 5G mobile phones; LT367 – for Riviera; LT386 – for Good Omens.

STAGECOACH HUNTINGDONSHIRE.
BF65WKZ 21308 ST HUNTS (CB) 25-5-19.
Above: 21308 in Cambridge on 25/5/19. A sister to the B8RLE which went up in smoke – see below. (John Podgorski).

On 20/5/19, there was a collision between Volvo B8RLE/Wright 21302 (BF65 WKR) and a Vauxhall Vectra car on the level crossing of the North Cambs Guided Busway over the B1050 at Longstanton. The car caught fire and the subsequent conflagration destroyed it and the bus. All in the car and on the bus were safely evacuated before the fire took hold. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 21228 (AE09 GYY) has returned from Cambridge as a replacement.

AE09GYV 21225 (CAMBRIDGE) 25-8-12
Above: 21225 in Cambridge on 25/8/12. One of the original Cambs Guided Busway vehicles. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
Ex Go Ahead London Scania N230UD/Olympus PN09 EKT, has been acquired through Ensign.
The Bury St Edmunds ‘Breeze’ fleet is now ADL/Enviro 200s 431-34 (EU 10 NVP/R/S/T); the former ‘Blackwater Link’ route 90 buses. 434 had spent some time back in its old haunts before returning to Suffolk. Also used here is ADL/Enviro 200 463 (YX11 CTU), which has a super rear advert for RWSfm 103.3 – Bury Local Radio.

SULLIVAN BUSES.
Ex Blue Triangle ADL/Enviro 200s AE6-9 (LX10 AUT/U/Y, AVB) are in London Country style green. They usually work on commercial 306 (Borehamwood-Watford).

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
The operations have moved from Rainham.
Volvo 9700 TRI-AXLE BX64 VRE is ex Cummer in Ireland, where it had been 151-G-1746.

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Ford Transit 16 seater RA03 ENN has passed to Midland Trade Centre, Tardley (Dealer). It was replaced on its school contract by Iveco Turbo Daily YX10 DJJ.
Following sale to a preservationist, Setra S315 W973 UAR was subsequently stored at Don’s of Dunmow and then Viceroy at Saffron Walden. It has now gone to Wigley, Carlton for scrap.

TOWER TRANSIT.
ADL/Enviro 400 SN12 AVK is now with RATP Yellow Buses, Bournemouth, via Ensign.

TRANSPORT for LONDON.
One of the road corridors to become a LEBZ – Low Emission Bus Zone is Mile End via Bow, Stratford, Forest Gate, Manor Park to just short of Ilford. So basically affecting TfL route 25 and sections of others.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
From Ensign are further ex RATP London Scania Omnicity ‘deckers – YP59 OES/T/U.
Sister YP59 OEE has returned to Ensign, ex loan.
Ex UNO, Hatfield Dart SLF/Mini Pointer KC03 PGU is now here.
A large number of redundant and withdrawn vehicles have passed to MC Tractors at Ramsey for scrap. They are: ADL/Enviro 200 SK07 HLR. ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutins AE56 OUP/S. ADL/Enviro 200/EL Esteems PE56 UFH/J/K. Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses HV52 WTJ, KN03 HZN. Dart SLF/Pointers SN03 EBP, KP54 BYY. Optare Solo M850 NM02 DNU. Ex Go North East Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renowns WNZ 1094/1102/1127/1196/1480/1490/2166/2249/2353/2410, X923 WGR. Ex Metrobus Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXH/T/W, YM55 SXB/H, YN06 JXR.

YOUNGS, CAMBRIDGE.
Via Ensign are ex Dublin Bus Volvo B9TL/Enviro 500s 05-D-70014/19 now LW55 CCO/N respectively.

With thanks to: D Acott, Angliagen, M Allen, S Austin, D Bell, W Bell, BusForum,  Clacton and District Local History Society, J Coward, First Eastern Counties, HarlowRide, A Hazell, Hedingham, M Hough, A Law, LOTS, R Pope, P Savage, Steven Knight Media.

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