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

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the March 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

Believe it or not, it is now 40 years since the RT Class AEC Regent III and RF Class AEC Regal IV buses left normal service in London. The RF’s last post was to the west – at Kingston, while the RTs were to the east – at Barking and in ‘Busmopolitan’ territory.
On 30/3/19, there was a special running/open day at Stagecaoch East London Barking garage to commemorate this event. Some pictures can be found in this edition.

RT LINE UP (BARKING RUNNING DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: It this 1979 ? No, 2019 – at Barking Stagecoach East London garage.
(Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
GN64DXS 4262 AR CR 8 (HIGHWOODS) 13-3-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: StreetLite 4262 at Derwent Road, Highwoods on 13/3/19. (Daniel Pretty).

From Southend are Wright StreetLites 4224 (GN62 HMY), 4261/62 (GN64 DXR/S).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urbans 3818/19/26 (GN07 AVE/F/P) have transferred to Southend. All of the B7RLEs will eventually move over.
As a result of the departure of most of the B7RLEs and the demise of the DAF SB120s, route 8 (Highwoods-Monkwick) is now normally worked by ADL/Enviro 200s and long Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers. More short Dart SLFs are now appearing on route 1 (Greenstead-Ambrose Avenue), while the remaining two B7TRLEs – 3817/25 (GN07 AVD/O) seem to usually appear on 133 (Braintree-Stansted) alongside the new StreetLites.
The ex Southend StreetLites can be found on 1, 2, 8 and the Braintree Freeport Shuttle.
Odd sightings:
2/3/19: B7RLE 3826 (GN07 AVP) – on transfer to Southend ? Seen Maldon Road Roundabout, Southway @ approx 1930. 20/3/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 8.

GN64DXS 4262 AR CR 900 (BE BUS PARK) 23-3-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 4262 on the Braintree Freeport Shuttle on 23/3/19. (Daniel Pretty).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
All of the StreetLites have transferred to Arriva Colchester.
A visit to Short Street depot on 2/3/19 found the following withdrawn vehicles visible: Ex Colchester DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3529/34 (LF02 PNJ/U); Ex Kent and Surrey Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3295 (Y295 TKJ); ex The Shires DAF DB250LF/ALX400 6001 (KL52 CWO), plus one other SLF/Pointer, 3 DB250LF/ALX400s and 2 DB250LF/Plaxton Presidents. Also there was ex The Shires VDL200/Wright Pulsar 3779 (KX09 KDU). TGM liveried Volvo Olympian/NC Palatine 5614 (R614 MNU) and Southend SOS Bus Dennis Dominator/EL G649 EKA additionally were still parked there.

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Above: DAF SB120s 3529/34 at Short Street on 2/3/19. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
TfL158 (Chingford Mount-Stratford) was gained from Stagecoach East London from 2/3/19. DWs and VLWs from Edmonton (EC) are used.
TfL393 (Clapton-Chalk Farm) was lost to Metroline from 23/3/19. Some of the buses were loaned to Metroline for the interim – retaining full Arriva branding.
The new style Arriva fleetnames and logos have appeared on a large numbers of buses, but there are still some with the old style fleetnames. Noted with the latter include Barking depot’s ADL/Enviro 40D T72 (LJ59 AEA); VDL DB300LF/Wright Geminis DW328/29 (LJ60 AXM/N). These have yet to be repainted/refurbished.

LJ07EEA 393 8-08
Above: ADL/Enviro 20D EN59 on TfL393, at Highbury Park, Canonbury in August 2008. This typifies the “back road” character of this route, which can only take smaller single deck buses. (John Podgorski).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
TfL396 (Ilford-Goodmayes) was gained from Stagecoach, from 30/3/19. SE Class ADL/Enviro 20Ds are allocated.
Dennis Dart SLF/Mrshall Capital LT52 WUM has gone to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap – via Ensign.

C2C.
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Above: One of the Class 357s modified to sub class 357/3 with revised seating. 357324 at Grays on 30/3/19. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
The second ex Go-Ahead London Scania N230UD/Olympus to be outshopped is 877.

COLAS.
The Network Rail Hoo Junct-Whitemoor ballast contract ceased after 29/3/19; hanving been lost to GBRf.
4/3/19: 37116 tnt 37219 on 1Q90 NR Test Train Ferme Park-Derby via liverpool Street.70817 on 6L37 Hoo Jct-Whitemoor.
12/3/19: 37521 on 3Q65 Derby RTC-Cambridge.
13/3/19: 37521 on 3Q72 Norwich-Colchester.
14/3/19: 37521 on 3Q71 Colchester-Norwich.
21/3/19: 66848 on 6L37.
25/3/19: 66850 with Freightliner 66524/616 in tow on 6L37. 70802 at Dagenham Dock.
29/3/19: 66849 on last 6L37 to be worked by Colas.

CT PLUS.
New are ADL/Enviro 40H City 2539-47. These were for TfL20 (Walthamstow-Debden), which was taken over from Go-Ahead from 23/3/19. Also on loan for this were Stagecoach London ADL/E40Ds 10113/14. This was for extra buses needed for this conversion; as the allocation for TfL388 (Stratford City-Elephant and Castle) needed to be maintained.

KV03ZFG DCS3 CT PLUS 393 ISLINGTON 9-05
Above: A nostalgic view of Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus DCT3 at Upper Street, Islington in September 2005. CT Plus still holds the contract for TfL394 (Islington-Homerton Hospital). (John Podgorski).

DBS.
08934 resident shunter at Dagenham Dock.
4/3/19: 66015 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton.
6/3/19: 66126 + UID at Bow Midland.
13/3/19: 66044 on 6V12 Marks Tey-Acton.
22/3/19: 66019 on 4L45 Wakefield-Felixstowe.
25/3/19: 66168 and 92042 at Dagenham Dock.
27/3/19: 66164 at Bow Olympic on Burngollow train.
29/3/19: 66105 on 4L45.

DRS.
6/3/19: 37716 on Brent-Stowmarket light loco.
22/3/19: 57303 on Willesden-Norwich light engine.
25/3/19: 37423 hauled 88003/7 on 0Z88 Willesden-Norwich.
26/3/19: 88003/7 visited Harwich and Clacton before returning to Willesden.

ENSIGNBUS.
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Above: BCI Excellence 140 (LX17 DZA)  in Grays on 30/3/19. (John Podgorski).

Some more BCIs are on order.
Into the operational fleet is ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 721 (YX11 HNT).
Into temporary stock for ‘Goblin’rail replacement are ex RATP London Scania Omnidekkas 920/21 (YN55 NKJ/P); Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 922-24 (YN07 EXH/K/M).
Acquired via Malcolm Harrison (dealer) is ex Confidence of Leicester Volvo B9TL/Optare Olympus FJ58 CON. It is fire damaged and for spare parts only.
From 11/3/19, route Z4 (Laindon-Amazon Tilbury) was diverted around Corringham, and from 23/3/19, it was further (temporarily) diverted at Chadwell St Mary, to avoid road widening works on the A13 between Orsett and Stanford Le Hope.

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Above: Sales stock ex RATP London United Scania Omnidekka 920 (YN55 NKJ) has been used by Ensignbus on rail replacement. Seen at Purfleet on 30/3/19. (John Podgorski).

FIRST ESSEX.
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Above: In its final weeks of working at First Essex; Scania Omnicity 65031 at Yorick Road, West Mersea on 6/3/19. (John Podgorski).

Scania Omnicities 65031/32 (TN06 TDX/Z) have transferred to First Potteries at Stoke on Trent.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 32672 (SN55 HEV) has a super rear advert for Hyde Hall RHS Gardens.
Essex CC routes 11 (Basildon-Aveley), 374 (Basildon-Grays) ceased after 30/3/19; having been lost to NIBS, Wickford.
More of the old Clacton depot yard has been occupied by Clacton Van and Truck Sales.
Odd sightings:
1/3/19: Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 174; Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 88A. 2/3/19: Volvo 7900H 69006 (BV13 ZBP) on 25. 3/3/19 – Sunday: Trident 33086 (LN51 GMG) on 65; B7TL/Gemini 37036 on 1A. 7/3/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 17.
8/3/19: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 61; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 104. 13/3/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 65. 14/3/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 67/C; Route 62 B9TL 37134 (SN57 HDJ) on 65; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 71. 17/3/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 75. 19/3/19: StreetLite 63340 (SM65 EEY) on 62. 22/3/19: Short ADL/E200 44900 (AY08 EKT) on 71; StreetLite 63342 (SM65 EFA) on 71. 26/3/19: Route 62 37133 on 61; SLF/MPD 43846 (SN55 CXF) on 71. 28/3/19: B9TL 37027 (YJ06 XKS) on 175 am.

SN62AHL 67735 FE 1A (THE COMMONS, CR) 24-3-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300 67735 at The Commons, Prettygate, Colchester, on Sunday town service on 24/3/19. (Daniel Pretty).

FLAGFINDERS.
YT09FLF FLAGFINDERS (GA RRP NP) 31-3-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Scania Omniexpress YT09 FLF now has Flagfinders fleetnames on its existing metallic grey livery. it was seen at Newbury Park on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Ingatestone on 31/3/19. (Alex Hazell).

FREIGHTLINER.
1/3/19: 70015 with 66552 dead in tow on 4L93 Lawley St-Felixstowe.
2/3/19: 66529/34 on 0L50 Ipswich-Whitemoor light engine.70010 on 4L97 Trafford Park-FLX.
4/3/19: 66606 on West Thurrock-Tunstead cement. 70005 on 4M81 FLX-Basford Hall.
6/3/19: 66615 at Bow Midland.
10/3/19: 66541 running light as Ely to Peterborough, en route from Ipswich to Leeds for repairs.
11/3/19: 66508 + 66562 dead in tow on FLX-Leeds ‘liner.
17/3/19: 66528 tnt 66536 on Shenfield-Whitemoor autoballasters.
22/3/19: 66602 on 6L44 Tunstead-West Thurrock. 66603 at Marks Tey yard on 6V80 to Acton.
25/3/19: 70005 on Trafford Park-FLX.

GBRf.
2/3/19: 66722 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66732 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Romford engineers. 66743 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-Felixstowe. 66756 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Romford engineers. 66759 on Masboro-FLX. 66787 on 6T65 Whitemoor-Romford engineers.
3/3/19: 66710/48 on 0L33 Peterborough-FLX light loco.
4/3/19: 66722 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66733/50/03 + UID on 4Z80 FLX-Masboro. 66751 on 6L06.
6/3/19: 66747 at Bow Midland. 66750 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
11/3/19: 66701 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX. 66703/20 on 4R26. 66703/77 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66710/32/48/50 on 0L33 PBO-IPS light engine, with 66710/32 onwards to FLX. 66722 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66748 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
12/3/19: 66751 on Barrington-Wembley.
13/3/19: 66748 on N Walsham-Harich light loco.
14/3/19: 66748 on Ipswich-N Walsham ligt loco. 66789 on Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
16/3/19: 66710/56 on 0E06 FLX-PBO light loco. 66716 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66727 on 6T64 Whitemoor-Romford. 66732 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66740/60 on 4L20 Hams Hall-Parkeston. 66748 on 0E04 Parkeston-Petrborough light loco. 66758 on 6T61 ManorPark-Whitemoor. 66759 on 4Z81 Masboro-Parkeston. 66778 on 6T66 Whitemoor-Romford.
18/3/19: 66701/48 on 0L33. 66722 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
20/3/19: 66727 on 4L22.
22/3/19: 66711 on 4L07. 66747/27 on 4L22.
25/3/19: 66724 hauled SET 466026 on 5X81 Tonbridge-Ilford depot. 66754 at Dagenham Dock.
26/3/19: 66702 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco. 66722 + 66720 dead in tow on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66731 on 6L61 Rylstone Ticon-Chesterton Junct. 66786 on 6M03 Foxton-Cricklewood spoil.
28/3/19: 66765 tnt 66715 at Romford Electrification depot, with new track machine DR79601.
29/3/19: 66777 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66715/65 still at Romford ETE Yard. 66771 on 5X81 Tonbridge-Ilford depot. 92020 with 66754 dead in tow on 6L48 Garston-Dagenham car carriers.
30/3/19: 66768 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX.
31/3/19: 66715 tnt 66765 on 6X01 B Stortford-March with railgrinder.66728 tnt 66701 on 6T64 Romford-Whitemoor engineers. 66732/70 on 0L33. 66737/27/63 on 4L22.

66715 VALOUR GBRF IL 2-05
Above: 66715 at Ilford depot in February 2005. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
317722 has gone to store at Ely.
4/3/19: 90013 towed DVT 82114 as 1445 Ilford-Norwich.
6/3/19: 153335 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, with duplicate road coach for peaks – (Klarners Setra S416 tri-axle T14 KCL). 317722 moved Ilford-Ely between 37884 and 57312.
7/3/19: 321331 on 1P04 Liverpool Street-Norwich and 1P23 return.
19-20/3/19: 755407 on Norwich to Stratford and return test run. With 37800 following.
21/3/19: 744405/8 on test down GEML from Norwich to Diss and back.
28/3/19: 745104 delivered by 37800.

321331 DOVERCOURT 10-10
Above: 321331 at Dovercourt in October 2010. The tracks are two parallel single lines at this point; the non electrified road on the left used to serve the Harwich train ferry. They run as two single lines from just east of Harwich International Port. The cranes in the distance are at the Port of Felixstowe, across the estuary of the Rivers Orwell and Stour. (John Podgorski).

GWR.
387130 towed from Reading to Ilford for mods by 37601.

HEDINGHAM.
MRJ8W L251 HO (CN) UNDATED (L KINSELLA ILOTT)
Above: March 1st saw the 7th anniversary of Hedingham being sold to Go-Ahead Group PLC. This nostalgic view shows Bristol VRT/ECW L251 (MRJ 8W) at Clacton depot, on an unknown date. One of a pair new to Mayne of Manchester, the VRs had been withdrawn before the change of ownership. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot collection).

EU56FLP 259 HO 352 (HD) 22-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
The Essex CC route 352 (Halstead-Braintree-Chelmsford) M-Sat evening contract ceased after 30/3/19, and passed to Stephensons from the following Monday. Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU56 FLP) was seen at High Street, Halstead on 22/3/19. (Simon Austin).

SF04SKD 910 (REAR) HO OLIVIA ADVERT 23-3-19 (A LAW)
SF04SKE 911 (REAR) HO CLACTON DAY TICKET ADVERT 23-3-19 (A LAW)

YN55PZX 816 HO REAR ADVERT (CN0 3-19 (A LAW)
(All: Alex Law).

Some buses at Clacton have received rear advertising for local services. They are Scania Omnidekka 816 (YN55 PZX) and Optare Solos 910/11 (SF04 HKD/E).
Tollesbury depot has been sold – for housing. It had closed in July/August 2016.
The location of the old head office, Dugard House in Colchester – has now been fully vacated for conversion to residential flats. Hedingham moved out in September 2018.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 520/23 appeared at Kelvedon in late March.
Scania Omnidekka swaps: 13/3/19: 803 from Chambers; 813 to Chambers. 14/3/19: 802 from Chambers; 812 to Chambers. 19/3/19: 809 to Chambers; 812 from Chambers. 20/3/19: 803 to Chambers; 813 from Chambers. 22/3/19: 820 – Clacton to Kelvedon. 28/3/19; 802 to Chambers; 810 from Chambers.
Volvo B7TL/President 573 (W491 WGH) went on loan to Chambers.
Odd sightings: 6/3/19: B7TL 576 on 19 + 63. 8/3/19; Dart SLF/MPDs 286 (HW54 BTY), 290 (EX02 RYR) on PL2 (am) following failure of B7TL/President 561 (V301 LGC). 11/3/19: 286 + 290 on PL2 am again. 13/3/19: B7TL 565 on 19 + 63; Omnidekka 809 on TLA A pm. 15/3/19: B7TL 573 on HN2 and ST4 pm. 22/3/19: 523 on PL3 pm; 576 on 19 + 63; 820 on TLA B pm. 25/3/19: 802 on TLA A pm. 27/3/19: 520 on TLA B (pm); 738 on ST3 pm; 812 on TLA A. 28/3/19: 520 on TLA B; 738 on ST3.

YN55PZM 809 CHAMBERS -HO 89X (HIGH ST HD) 15-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Chambers Scania Omnidekka 809 working for Hedingham and seen on the afternoon 89X at High Street, Halstead on 15/3/19. (Simon Austin)

IPSWICH BUSES.
Several vehicles have been offered for sale; including Leyland Atlantean/Roe open topper 9 (MRT 9P).
Odd sightings: 16/3/19: Dart SLF/Super Pointer 134 (SN53 AVG) on 93.

SN53AVG 134 IB 93 (CR B S) 16-3-19 (D PRETTY)
(Daniel Pretty).

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
TfL20 (Walthamstow-Debden) passed to CT Plus from 23/3/19.

LX05FBC WVL189 LGN 20 (NP) 25-10-18
Above; Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL189, blinded for TfL20, at Northumberland Park depot on 25/10/19. This was one of a batch of WVLs transferred from Putney for TfL257 (Walthamstow-Stratford), which later returned to Stagecoach on retender. It still carried its old AF garage code in this view. (John Podgorski).

METROLINE.
Further increased its presence in east London from 23/3/19, when it took over TfL393 (Clapton-Chalk Farm) from Arriva London North. The buses used are DEM Class 9.6m ADL/Enviro 200s latterly on TfL234 and ENS Class 9.3m ADL/E200s hired from Arriva. This was due to physical restrictions along route 393. Longer 10.1, 10.2m E200s had been approved, but in reality they were not suitable.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 OF61 OXF has been re-registered AB61 PAN and upseated from 44 to 49.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
A visit to the former Rochford outstation on 2/3/19 found the site being used to store cars and vans and also To Let by Ayers and Cruiks. The fencing had also been internally barriered to conceal the inside.

RYANAIR.
A number of Boeing 737-MAX8s are due later this year, but their arrival may be delayed following the fatal crash of the Ethiopian Airlines B737-MAX8 at Adis Abiba on 10/3/19. This has resulted in many countries grounding these aircraft, or banning them from their airspace.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
There was a clearout of withdrawn vehicles from Cambridge depot during March.
These included open top Trident/ALX400 17274 (ACZ 7494); MAN18.220/ALX300s 22058/59 (KV53 FAF/J) and Reserve Dart SLF/Pointer 34422 (KV53 EYY). Only remaining was partly dismantled Mb Sprinter van Y92 AET.
Trident/ALX400 open toppers ACZ 7489/92-94, TSU 639/40 – passed to Ensign.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 52440 (R539 GSF) was noted (on depot) minus various body panels on 23/3/19. (Pictured below).

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(John Podgorski).

Ex Cambridge vehicles sold for scrap to Shelton Motors of Ely (via Ensign) were: MAN18.20/ALX200 AE51 RZL; Trident/ALX400s Y452 NHK, LX51 FMC, FNG; AE55 DKA; Volvo B10M/Premiere R539 GSF. These basically were collected directly by Shelton, with Ensign being the intermediary “on paper”.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
ALM50B RM2050 ST EL (TOWER HILL) LAST WEEKDAY OF 15H 1-3-19 (N EADON CLARKE)
Above: RM2050 at Tower Hill on 1/3/19. (Nigel Eadon Clarke)

Regular heritage Routemaster operation on route 15H ceased after 2/3/19. It will continue on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays only from now on. RedRoutemaster.com of Brentford has applied to operate a partial replacement for the 15H.
TfL158 (Stratford-Chingford Mount) passed to Arriva London North from 2/3/19. This saw the end of more Tridents. This was the last regular Trident route with East London. 30 Tridents remain across Stagecoach London, and the last all Trident route is TfL472 (North Greenwich-Thamesmead), with Selkent.
Tridents LX03 OSJ, LX53 KBE/J have gone to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap – via Ensign.

LX06AFZ 18489 EX ST EL (ENSIGN) 2-19 (D ACOTT)
Above: Trident 18489 went before the end of TfL158, and was seen at Ensign’s Purfleet premises in February 2019. (Daniel Acott).

TfL262 (Beckton-Stratford) and TfL473 (North Woolwich-Stratford) passed to Tower Transit, and TfL396 (Ilford-Goodmayes) to Blue Triangle; all from 30/3/19.

LX09AAK 25311 ST EL 396 (NEWBURY PARK) 27-8-17
Above: TfL396 was one of the last bastions for Optare Versas at Stagecoach East London. 25311 was pictured at Newbury Park on 27/8/17. (John Podgorski).

LX03BZB 17848 ST LON 262 1-11
Above: Trident/ALX400 18848 calls at Beckton Bus Station on a northbound 262 in January 2011. (John Podgorski).

T692KPU N WOOLWICH 473 5-09
Above: Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17092 (T692 KPU) on the 473 at North Woolwich in June 2009. This was in the Maqurie ownership era. 17092 was one of the early spec Tridents which were withdrawn early, as they did not comply to later TfL standards, with regard to staircase and centre exit positioning. This bus later passed to Herberts of Shefford in Bedfordshire. In the background is the now lifted railway line between Silvertown and North Woolwich; which was replaced by a tunnel for CrossRail. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
Several buses have moved from the Suffolk fleet (at Haverhill) to the Essex fleet (at Boreham). They are Optare Solos 320 (YJ56 AUE), 322 (EU07 FVM), 327 (MX06 BPZ); Dart SLF/Pointers 456 (GU52 HJX), 460 (EU05 CZA).
ADL/Enviro 400 446 (YX10 FFC) came to grief on 23/3/19, when it sunk, while attempting to cross the creek at Wallasey Island at high tide. It was on a Southend bound route 60A. The driver and one passenger had to be rescued.
Odd sightings: 4/3/19: Dart SLF/MPD 412 (SK02 XGO) on 38A.

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Above; ADL/Enviro 200 467 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on 19/3/19. This was ex the now defunct Stephensons of Easingwold, North Yorkshire. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Dennis R410/Caetano FN02 RXS is now white, ex cream. Mb 0816D/Plaxton Panther2 KV09 GJK has received fleet livery/vinyls ex plain metallic grey. Temsa Safari YJ57 BSY is now in white based fleet livery.

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Above: KV09 GJK at Southway, Colchester on 7/3/19. (John Podgorski).

TOWER TRANSIT.
Deliveries of new Wright StreetDecks for TfL25 (City Thameslink-Ilford) continued during March. They replaced DM Class ADL/Enviro 40Ds and VNW Class Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s. The new StreetDecks are WH31105-14 (SK19 FDO/N/M/L/J/G/F/E/D/C), 31118-28 (SK19 FDA, FCZ/Y/X/V/U/O/N/M/L).
TfL262 (Beckton-Stratford) and TfL473 (North Woolwich-Stratford) were gained from Stagecoach from 30/3/19. VN Class Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s spare from TfL25 were used.
TfL308 (Clapton Pond-Wanstead), now see a mix of DN Class ADL/E40D, EH Class Volvo B5H/EvoSeti and VH Class Volvo B5H/Wrigt Gemini3, having previously been mostly EH.

WOW AIR.
TF-MOM WOW AIR (EXTRA.IE)
Above: Airbus A321-211 TF-MOM. (Extra.IE).

This low cost airline, which served Stansted – ceased trading on 28/3/19. It was founded in November 2011 and based in Iceland.

TF-SIS WOW AIR (FLUGZEUG. BILD.DE)
Above: Airbus A320-232 TF-SIS. (Flugzeug.Bild.de)

RT 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT.
To commemorate 40 years since the RT left normal passenger carrying service in London, a running day was held at Barking (BK) Garage of Stagecoach East London on Saturday 30th March 2019. The actual anniversary fell on April 7th, but in 2019, this coincides with the Spring Gathering at the London Bus Museum at Brooklands in Surrey.
This running day took RTs to various old haunts around Barking. BK garage was the very last to operate RTs on route 62 on 7th April 1979.

LYR672 RT2688 (BARKING RUNNING DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: RT2688 approaches Barking garage on a “62”.New in September 1951, she has been in preservation since 1980. RT2688 never actually worked from Barking, being delivered to Edgware. She entered service from Palmers Green in October 1951, and subsequently served at Holloway, Upton Park and then Edgware. RT2688 spent most of her LT career (9 years) at Upton Park – which was quite near to Barking. OPO conversion at Edgware in 1973, saw ‘1688 move Stonebridge Park, and then to south London – working at Catford and finally Bromley. She was withdrawn in 1976, and then sold to a school. (Simon Austin).

JXC149 RT786 (BARKING RUNNING DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: RT786 on the forecourt of Barking garage. It is showing the commemorative blind, which appeared on the actual final day of RT revenue operations.  (Simon Austin).

NXP997 RT4712 (REAR) (BARKING OPEN DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: London’s Transport Museum RT4712 inside Barking Garage. (Simon Austin).

LYR788 RTL1256 (BARKING RUNNING DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: RTL1256 was one of very few Leyland RTs to be in green livery. Route 23 in its original form, ran as far east as Becontree Heath, over what is now the TfL 5 service. (Simon Austin).

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Above: Ensign’s heritage fleet RT3232 participated in the running day. (John Podgorski).

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Above: And Ensign’s RT624 re-enacted the very last 62 journey of all. This was the actual bus to perform this honour in 1979. (John Podgorski).

The end of March did coincide with the 40th anniversary of the final London Transport RFs – on 31 st March 1979. This type did work all over London, but at the end were focused on Kingston upon Thames.

MLL936 RF518 (BARKING RUNNING DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: RF518 is blinded for an east end route -291 (Barking Blakes Corner-South Park-Ilford Broadway). This ran from Barking garage; being introduced on 4th October 1965, and was withdrawn on 22nd April 1978. RFs were used on it from inception until 10th March 1973. From 19th July 1969, 291 was extended south to Gascoigne Estate – running as a clockwise loop. From 10/3/73, 291 became double deck and was cut back to Barking Broadway.The service number 291 was subsequently reused in south east London, as Woolwich Queen Elizabeth Hospital to Plumstead Common, and currently operated by Go Ahead London Central. (Simon Austin).

NLE600 RF600 (BARKING RUNNING DAY) 30-3-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: The Green RFs lasted slightly longer than their red sisters – until 1980 (under London Country). RF600 shows a destination for one of the Green Line services that served Barking, the 723. There was a Green Line depot in Romford until 1977, and that building (on London Road), survives as a tyre depot. (Simon Austin).

AND FINALLY.
Well known preserved former Westcliff on Sea Motor Services Bristol K AJN 825, celebrated its 80th Birthday in March 2019.

AJN825 31-3-19 (D PRETTY)
(Daniel Pretty).

With thanks to: D Acott, Anglia gen, S Austin, N Eadon Clarke, EBN, Ensign, Essex Buses Yahoo, Extra.Ie, Flugzeug.Bild.de, A Hazell, Hedingham, L Kinsella Ilot, A Law, LOTS, D Pretty, PSVC, RM.

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

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the February 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

ACCESS ANYONE, LEIGH ON SEA.
Withdrawn is Renault Master LX08 HHD.

AH MINIBUSES, LITTLE CLACTON.
Sold is LDV Convoy HX54 DAA.

APT, RAYLEIGH.
Volvo B9R/Sunsundegui BX12 FVS has been offered for sale.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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Above: 4022 at St Johns Street on 19/2/19. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200s 4019/20/21/22 (GN58 BUF/H/J/O) have arrived from Guildford. 4021 has a super rear advert for “Travel by Bus”.
As a result, the DAF SB120/Wright Cadets are withdrawn. 3528 (LF02 PNE) has been stood down again after covering for Dart SLF/Pointer 3421 (AY54 FPZ). The SB120s have all gone. Those traced are 3520 (LJ03 MZL), 3521 (LJ03 MYJ) to Harlow (via brief store at Southend); 3527/29/34 (LF02 PMY, PNJ/U) to store at Arriva Southend.
Trainer DAF SB120/Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX) remained here in February.
A new bus wash has been brought into use here.

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Above: Several buses have received advertising for contactless ticketing. This is ADL/Enviro 200 4012 at Osborne Street on 12/2/19. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 5/2/19: B7RLE/Wright 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 2. 7/2/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 3420 (AY54 FRC) on 4; DAF SB120/Cadet 3527 (LF02 PMY) on 1. 8/2/19; DAF SB120 3534 (LF02 PNU) on 1. 15/2/19: DAF SB120/Cadet 3534 on 1; B7RLE/Wright 3818 (GN07 AVE) on 2. 25/2/19: 3818 on 2.

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Above: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet trainer 3524 at Southway on 5/2/19. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Arrivals are ex Colchester DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3520/21 (LJ03 MZL, MYJ); ex Hemel Hempstead SB120/Cadet 3536 (LJ03 MYM). On loan prior to arrival of the SB120s were Ware allocated Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 1594 (LF52 UOP) Optare Solo 2485 (YK07 BEU) and ADL/Enviro 200 3986.
Contactless ticketing was introduced from 10/2/19. Some buses carry external posters for this.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
From Arriva Medway Towns at Maidstone is former Arriva North West And Wales VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 low height ‘decker 4459 (MX61 AXW).
Odd sightings: 16/2/19: ADL/E400 MMC 6501 on 6.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Sold to Ensign are ADL/Enviro 200s SE42, 45 (LX10 AUW, AVC); Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 873 (PN09 EKV).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
From Eavesway is Van Hool TD YJ09 EYY.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President V499 MOA has been repainted white, ex NXWM red/white/grey. Withdrawn for disposal are sisters V42/43 MOA.
Sold for scrap to AP Commercials, Peterborough were Trident/ALX400 LX03 OPW; Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 ZSD; Volvo Olympian/NC Palatine R283 LGH.

BMI (FLY BMI).
This regional airline went into administration on 16/2/19.
The Stansted-Belfast service passed to Loganair.

G-DBCK FLYBMI AIRBUS A319-131 (DN280)
Above: FlyBMI Airbus A319-131 G-DBCK. (DN280).

Below: FlyBMI Embraer ERJ145 G-RJXD. (Wikiwand).
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BRENTWOOD COACHES.
Withdrwan is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 15 (LUI 4645 ex P329 VWR).

CHAMBERS.
Optare Solo 911 (SF04 SKE) was on loan from Hedingham, and was returned on 28/2/19.

CHELMSFORD TAXIBUS/EXCELLENT CONNECTIONS.
Sold are Ford Transits 7 9EX62 VNZ), 45 (EX07 RSZ), 46 (EK07 UYZ), 47 (EK07 VTY), 51 (EK07 VUX), 10 (EX56 MWY).
The parking area at the side of the Atholl Road HQ has been fenced off and gated.

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Acquired for spares only is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer RX51 FGM.

COLAS RAIL.
4/2/19: 37175 tnt 37610 on 1Q90 Ferme Park-Liverpool Street-Derby RTC NR test train. 70812 on 6L39 Bridgend-Dagenham. 70817 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
6/2/19: 37610 tnt 37175 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liverpool Street, Stanford Le Hope and Harwich Town. 70817 on Hoo-Whitemoor.
19/2/19: 66848 on 6L37.
22/2/19: 66848 + 70816/06 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
25/2/19: 66847 on 6L37.
26/2/19: 70817 on 0L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor light engine.

COOKS OF WESTCLIFF.
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Above: Bova Futura WA10 KNL at Norwich Castle on 2/2/19. (John Podgorski).

CT PLUS.
Optare MetroDecker demonstrator OM1 is on loan, for use on TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo) and TfL388 (Stratford City-Elephant and Castle).

DBS.
1/2/19: 66108 on Peak Forest-Ripple Lane boxes.
5/2/19: 66044 on 6L21 Whitley-Dagenham.
6/2/19: 66050 and 66164 both at Bow Olympic.
13/2/19: 66006 at Bow on Heck duty.
18/2/19: 66130 on 6L42 Mountsorrel-Barham at Stowmarket.
22/2/19: 66004 on Wakefield-Felixstowe, then on 4L45 FLX-Ely. 66041 on 6Z54 Toton-Chesterton Junct.
25/2/19: 66040 at Chesterton yard. 66221/012 on Whitemoor-Acton.
27/2/19: 66130 on Chesterton Junct-Mountsorrel stone boxes. 92042 + 66001 + GA 745004 EMU on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane ECS.

DOCKLANDS.
Sold to Ensign are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 959/63/7/8 (YT59 DYB/G/M/N).

DON’S OF DUNMOW.
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Above: Volvo B8R/Sunsundegui 72 seater DH17 DON on depot on 20/2/19. (John Podgorski).

Below: Leyland Olympian gathering at the depot. Also on 20/2/19. (John Podgorski).
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DRS.
26/2/19: 57303 on Norwich-Cardiff via GEML light engine.

EAST YORKSHIRE.
Three of the coaches used on NX work into Essex have passed to Ensign. Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes FN62 CEA/U, YY63 OEK.

ENSIGNBUS.
Ex Goodwins of Eccles is ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 132 (YX66 WLH). It has replaced accident loss BCI Enterprise 401.
Withdrawn are Volvo B7TL/ALX400s 906/7 9LJ54 BDZ, BFL), and B7TL/Plaxton President W473 WGH.
From 18/2/19, there were revisions to the Brentwood area services, and a new timetable booklet was issued. New route X90 (Lakeside-Brentwood) replaced X21, X31 and X81.
Amazon route Z3 (Tilbury-Southend) is now operated. Amazon Z1 (to Lakeside), Z2 (to Barking), Z4 (to Laindon) are already on the portfolio.

FIRST ESSEX.
SN62AHV 67736 FE 97A (PIER AVE CN) 9-2-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 67736 is one of the latest ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300s to arrive at First Essex. It was seen at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 9/2/19. (Daniel Pretty).

Wright StreetLite 63333 (SK65 PXP) has had its incomplete Contactless branding removed. 47521 (SN64 CMV), 47645 (SN15 AFE), 63166 (SN64 CJJ) have also been seen with (now) incomplete Contactless branding, consisting of the top half only – reading ‘Contactless Payment’.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65687 has been withdrawn due to accident damage which was considered uneconomic to repair.
Alpha Recovery has taken Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33189; Scania L94UB/Wrights 65672, 65687 – all after these buses had been “parted out”.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66816went to Volvo, Ipswich for a new engine. Sister 66719 is long term VOR at Chelmsford. Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 20514 is disused at Chelmsford and has lost its destination equipment.

Odd sightings: 1/2/19: Route 62 Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 64A; Dart SLF/Caetano 41522 (LK03 UEZ) on 71. 3/2/19: Dart SLF/Pointer SN05 DZP on 71C. 4/2/19; Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 75. 5/2/19: 37133 on 103; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 70. 6/2/19: Trident 33087 (LN51 GNJ) on 174/175. 7/2/19: Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 174/175; Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 65; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 75. 13/2/19: X30 ADL/E200MMC 67166 (YY66 PBU) on 71. 15/2/19: Trident 33078 (LN51 GNP) on 104. 18/2/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 19/2/19: B7TL/Geminis 37016 (WX55 VJD), 37036 (YJ06 XLC) on 103/4; Omnicity 37028 (YN06 TDO) on 62; Scania L94UB/Wright 65681 on 62. 27/2/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 28/2/19: B9TL/Gemini 37010 (WX55 VHV) on 174.

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Above: Ex First Leeds Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37027 at Headgate, Colchester on 25/2/19. (John Podgorski).

FLAGFINDERS.
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Above: Mercedes Sprinter GK03 JUC, in the new livery but with silver base, at the old Graham’s, Kelvedon depot on 13/2/19. (John Podgorski).

FLAVIN, STANFORD LE HOPE.
Withdrawn is Volv oB10M/VH T741 JHE.

FOURWAYS, HIGHWOOD.
Solsd is leyland Olympian/Alexander RH G937 FVX ex 90-D-1008.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/2/19: 70003 on 4L97 Trafford Park-Felixstowe.
8/2/19: 70020 on 4M81 Felixstowe-Basford Hall.
10/2/19; 66562 tnt 66515 with Sawbridgeworth-Parkeston HOBC.
13/2/19: 66601 at Bow on Tunstead duty. 86609/627 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.
16/2/19: 66951 tnt 66567 on Whitemoor-Harlow Town engineers.
18/2/19: 66618 on Thurrock-Tunstead hoppers. 70003 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
19/2/19: 70005 on 4L97 Trafford Park-FLX.
22/2/19; 66622 on 6M392 West Thurrock-Earles.
23/2/19: 70010 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
24/2/19: 66550 tnt 66620 on Bishops Stortford-Whitemoor engineers.
25/2/19: 66605 on 6M92 West Thurrock-Tunstead cement. 70003 on FLX-Crewe.
26/2/19: 66541 failed at Witham on “down” intermodal. Later recovered to Colchester with wheelskate.
27/2/19: 66607 on Bow-Tunstead.

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Above: 66541 heads an “up” intermodal past Long Green Level Crossing, Marks Tey in September 2012. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
2/2/19; 66759 on Birch Coppice-Felixstowe.
4/2/19: 66708 on 0H33 Parkeston-Whitemoor light engine. 66724 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks.
5/2/19: 66722 on Barrington spoil.
6/2/19: 66724 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
11/2/19: Maritime Blue 66727 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66754 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX.
12/2/19: 66722 on IPS-N Walsham light loco.
16/2/19: 66756 tnt 66777 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Haughley Junction. Cemex 66780 on 6T62 Beccles-Whitemoor via Ipswich.
17/2/19: 66780/22/63 on 0L33.
18/2/19: 66722 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66760 tnt 66702 on Whitemoor-Benfleet engineers. 66763 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. Cemex 66780 on FLX-Parkeston light engine, then on North Walsham tanks.
22/2/19: 66722 on 4M29. 66740 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. Crossrail 66744 on 4Z81 Doncaster-FLX. 66762 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
24/2/19: 66743/22 on 0L33.
25/2/19: 66732 on 4L22 Hams Hal-FLX.
26/2/19: 66773 towed SET 466022 as 5X81 Tonbridge Yard-Ilford depot ECS.
27/2/19: 66777 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
28/2/19: 66750 on 6L06 Cricklewood-Barrington. 66777 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.

66724 GBRF DBS (CR) 8-11
Above: Back in August 2011, 66724 heads an “up” intermodal through Colchester. At that time it was still in First livery. First was a previous owner to Europorte, who bought GBRf in 2010. The owner since 2016 has been EQT Partners/Hector Rail. (John Podgorski).

GO RIDE.
All Essex routes ceased w/e 23/2/19. They were 72, 73 (Brightlingsea-Colchester), 79 (Brightlingsea-Clacton). 79 was taken over by Hedingham as service 7.

WX05FZJ CCVS GO RIDE 73 (CR) 17-1-14
Above: CCVS Mercedes Sprinter WX05 FZJ – working for GoRide,  at High Street, Colchester on route 73 on 17/1/14. (John Podgorski).

GODWARD, BASILDON.
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Above: AV02 SNN ex K600 ACT is a DAF SB4000/VH, ex Jackson of Bicknacre. It was pictured at Wickford on 24/2/19, on a Greater Anglia Southend-Newbury Park RRP. Later that week, it was re-registered T99 PGC. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
1/2/19: 153335 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 755405 on test between Norwich and Colchester.
4/2/18: 755407 appeared at Cambridge; towed by ROG 37611 from Norwich and back.
6/2/19: 90009 dragged DRS 37425 as Norwich-Crewe 0Z06.
7/2/18: 90006 as Norwich-Crewe light engine for wheelset repairs.
10/2/19: 153309/322, 156417/407 and 321357/301 on Ipswich-Norwich football specials.
11/2/19; 317511 on 1Y34 Liverpool St-Ipswich – usually 2 x 317.
18/2/19: 755407 delivered to Norwich, towed behind 37800.
22/2/19: 90004 failed at Stowmarket on 1P51 Norwich-London, and rescued by 90013. 755407 on GEML test as 5Q52.
23/2/19: 90006 towed by DRS 37406 from Crew to Norwich via London and Cambridge, as 0Z90.
26/2/19: 321304/345 on 1400 Norwich-Liverpool Street. 321419/402 on 1300 Liverpool St-Norwich.
27/2/19: 745104 delivered. Towed to Norwich by 66001 as 5L99.

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Above: 153335 and 321436 at Norwich on 2/2/19. (John Podgorski).

Below: ROG 37611 at Norwich on 2/2/19. (John Podgorski).
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HEDINGHAM.
ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE) appeared at Kelvedon (KN) from 28/2/19.

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Above: Loaned Chambers Scania Omnidekka 804 at Kelvedon depot on 25/2/19. It currently retains Anglian livery. (John Podgorski).

Scania Omnidekka 812 (YN55 PZR) went to Chambers on 1/2/19 and returned on 5/2/19. Omnidekkas 812-14 are allocated to Kelvedon (KN); 815-20 are at Clacton (CN). Chambers batch of 801-811 is drawn from for engineering cover at KN. 813 was a Chambers during mid February and then returned. In late February, 803/9/11 came from Chambers, but 809 quickly went back. 803/10/12 went to Chambers. Yellow/blue 804 (YN55 PZF) came from Chambers by 22/2/19. 809 returned to KN on 26/2/19. 812 back to KN on 27/2/19.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 873 (PN09 EMK) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 517 went to Ensign on 1/2/19 for single door certification. 527 (LX06 EAK) is being converted to single door at Clacton 9CN), with 528 (LX06 EAM) the last to await conversion.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 581 (W956 WGH) is now disused – but not withdrawn.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 5 (N664 THO) has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap. It was collected by low loader from Clacton depot on 23/2/19. Sister 8 (R453 FWT) continues in use at CN on a school contract, but now has a fleetname on the front only.

N664THO 5 HO COLLECTED FROM CN BY ALPHA FOR SCRAP 23-2-19 (L KINSELLA ILOT)
(Laurence Kinsella Ilot).

Below: N664 THO as L295, at Clacton in independant Hedingham days. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot collection).
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Odd sightings: 1/2/19: Trident 737 (T107 DBW) on ST3 pm. 5/2/19: B7TL/President 576 (W517 WGH) on ST4 pm. 8/2/19:B7TL 579 on 82 pm; Omnidekka 803 on PL4 pm. 12/2/19: SLF/MPD 286 on D1/D2. 18/2/19: Omnidekka 803 on 92. 26/2/19: Omnidekka 809 on 82B.

OU57FGZ 294 HO Pier Ave Clacton 25.2.19 0915 7 Brightlingsea - Clacton (RC APPLETON)
Above: Hedingham took over ex Go Ride route 79 (Brightlingsea-Clacton) from 25/2/19. It is renumbered 7 with Hedingham, as there is already a 79 route elsewhere with Hedingham. ADL/Enviro 200 294 was pictured at Pier Avenue, Clacton, on the first day of operation. (Robert Appleton).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Buses not in the new livery: Trident/ALX400 8 (LX04 FYB) – Carters red/yellow; DAF DB250LF 50 (PN 52 XBK) old IB green/cream; Trident/President LR 52 KWH – red.
Volvo FL10 360 recovery truck P849 NDX now has old style Ipswich Buses fleetnames on its blue/red livery.
Odd sightings: 5/2/18: Carters liveried Trident/ALX400 8 on 94. 18/2/19: Red Trident 7 on 93.

JACKSON, BICKNACRE.
DAF SB4000/VH K600 ACT has been re-registered AV02 SNN and sold to Godward, Basildon.

JOHN JAMES LUXURY TRAVEL, DAGENHAM.
BX64 WHT is an acquired Mb Tourismo.

JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
The successor to the operator has been reported as now based at Sproughton.
The old Copdock site is up for sale by Fenn Wright.

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Above: Copdock depot on 21/2/19. (John Podgorski).

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
HX14 ESD is an acquired Mb Sprinter mini coach.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
Has been sold, but remains in the ownership of the same family.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Sold to Ensign are Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital DMN17 (LT52 WUM) and Scania Omnidekka 945 (YN56 FEF).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
18/2/19: 172005/8 on Willesden-Ilford ECS.

MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
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Above: Scania/Berkhof TUI 4741 has been re-registered M17 TVL. It was seen at Newbury Park on 3/2/19, on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Witham. (John Podgorski).

METROLINE.
LK55KKB TE660 METROLINE 84 (POTTERS BAR) 16-2-19
Above: The country services at Potters Bar have recently received some ADL/Enviro 400 double deckers. TE660 (LK55 KKB) was seen on 16/2/19. Note it’s London Buses roundels have been removed. One country route, the 242, runs to Waltham Cross, on the border of ‘Busmopolitan’ territory. Previously, the 242 had gone further east – across the border from Hertfordshire into Essex. (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
11/2/19; 345003 – IL-OC.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BF68LCM NX-GALLOWAY 481 (CR B S) 9-2-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Galloway of Mendlesham operated Scania/Caetano Levante III BF68 LCM at Colchester on 9/2/19. These mostly work on route 250, but also appear on the Galloway workings of 481, which is also operated by Chalfont of Uxbridge and East Yorkshire Motor Services. (Daniel Pretty).

NETWORK RAIL.
28/2/19: DR73111 + DR77903 on Peterborough-Romford.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 FLA at Parkeston depot on 17/2/19, with Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN. (John Podgorski).

Below: Great Dunmow on 20/2/19, with ADL/Enviro 200s YX10 BGO and AB62 PAN. The derelict coach on the far left is Leyland Leopard/Plaxton Supreme IV BEV 105X. ; new to Hedingham and acquired by Don’s Coaches for spares. (John Podgorski).
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Parked at Parkeston depot are dealer stock ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 FLA, and sold Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE, which has yet to be collected, but has been bought by a buyer in Africa. ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO is at Great Dunmow.

OF61OXF PANTHER (WITHAM) 3-2-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Ex City of Oxford Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 OF61 OXF at Witham outstation on 3/2/19. (Alex Hazell).

Below: Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN, Mb Sprinter AB03 PAN and ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN at Manningtree Rail Station on 16/2/19. They are working a GA RRP shuttle to/from Ipswich. (Alex Hazell).
SB07PAN, AB03PAN, DC61PAN PANTHER (GA RRP, MANNINGTREE) 16-2-19 (A HAZELL)

SAFFRON WALDEN PLAYBUS.
Ex Docklands Buses Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus PN09 EKR has been acquired via Ensign.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Ancillary additions are new Ford Transit Custom hi cube van MX68 ZLZ, and acquired Ford Transit MWB hi cube publicity van MT16 TZK. Ford Transit van YE63 KDF has been sold.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Trident/ALX400 18490 (LX06 AGO)has been resold by Ensign to Google, London W1.
17822 (LX03 BXU) is now with WB Chambers, Maidstone – also via Ensign.

STEPHENSONS.
Stored at Braintree depot are Dart SLF/Pointer 456 (GU52 HJX); Optare Solos 320 (YJ56 AUE), 328 (MX06 BPZ). The last ex UNO Dart SLF stored at Braintree has now gone.
Withdrawn are Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano 454 (HV52 WTE), Dart SLF/Pointer 455 (EG02 NZD ex 02-C-20217).
Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 412 (SK02 XGP0 and Dart SLF/Pointer 455 (EG02 NZD) have transferred to Galoway at Mendlesham.

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Above: 456, 320 and 328 at Braintree on 23/2/19. (John Podgorski).

SULLIVAN BUSES.
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Above: SN12 AVV is one of several ex Tower Transit ADL/Enviro 400s acquired through Ensign. Seen at Newbury Park on TfL Rail RRP to Shelfield on 10/2/19. (John Podgorski).

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
Vehicles still at the depot in February were: Leyland Tiger CAZ 2262; Leyland Olympian H48 MJN; Leyland Titan A620 THV; Setra S315; Setra S416 tri-axle; Van Hool Astromega FUH 933.
Departed were Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royales N119/20 UHP.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Ex Talisman Setra S315 W973 UAR ex LSU 788 is withdrawn. It has passed to a preservationist.

TONY GLEW/TG TRAVEL, COLCHESTER.
Sold is Mb 0814D/Robin Hood L111 ANT.

TOWER TRANSIT.
The first new Wright StreetDecks have entered service on TfL25 (Ilford-City Thameslink); WH31101-4 (SN68 AGD/C/B/A), 31115-17 (SN68 AFW/T/S).
ADL/Enviro 40D SN12 AVY is with Lloyd, Hixon (dealer) for resale.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Acquired via Ensign are ex Go South Coast Dart SLF/Pointer PE55 WPP and ex RATP Yellow Buses, Bournemouth Dart SLF/Pointer SN55 DVG.
Withdrwan is Dart SLF/MCV Evolution AE56 OUS.

UNO.
BD14KXR UNO TIGERMOTH (ST ALBANS) 16-2-19
Above: ‘Tigermoth’ BD14 KXR at work in St Albans on 16/2/19. (John Podgorski).

Route 653 (Welwyn Garden City-St Albans) has been relaunched as ‘Tigermoth’ and restocked with 8 ex Malta Volvo B7RLE/Wrights. They were launched at a ceremony at Hatfield on 4/2/19. They are named after female ATA pilots who ferried planes between factories and airfields during WW2. The B7RLEs entered service from 5th February and replaced various ADL/Enviro 200s.

UNO TIGERMOTH LAUNCH 4-2-19 (VIA T SMETHERS)

UNO TIGERMOTH BG14OPD 371 4-2-19 (VIA T SMETHERS)

(Pictures via Tony Smethers).

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, RC Appleton, DN280, Ensign, EBN, Essex Buses Yahoo, A Hazell, L Kinsella Ilott, Panther Travel, D Pretty, PSVC, J Sadd, T Smethers, Wikiwand.

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

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the January, 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.
Dons of Dunmow still runs some Leyland Olympians – and one has been named.
First Essex has imported more used buses – from Glasgow and Leeds.
Flagfinders has now repainted all bar one of the ex Graham’s coaches into their fleet livery.
Galloway has a fleet of brand new Scania/Levante IIIs to replace the original coaches ob the National Express Ipswich-Stansted-Heathrow 250 service.
Panther Travel has entered into an interesting partnership with one of the Stansted to London coach operators, and has vacated its original base.
On the rails, testing has begun of the new Class 755 Stadler Flirt bi mode trains on Greater Anglia.
In the air, Flybe has a new owner.

24/7, STANSTED.
Vauxhall Vivaro EY65 RKJ has passed to Copart, Rochford (dealer), following accident damage.

ANITAS COACHES, STANSTED.
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(John Podgorski).
VV15 ERN is an ex City Circle Irizar i6. It is currently plain white. It is pictured (above), on depot on 26/1/19.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3528 (LF02 PNE) was reinstated, to cover for Dart SLF 3421 (AY54 FPZ) – which was under repair. 3421 returned to service in late January. DAF SB120/Cadet trainer 3524 (LJ51 DDX) was at work here again, at the end of January.
Unusual sightings: 11/1/19: Volvo B7RLE 3819 (GN 07 AVF) on 2. 14/1/19: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3521 (LJ03 MYG) on 1. 17/1/19: DAF SB120/Cadet 3528 (LF02 PNE) on 1. 22/1/19: SB120/Cadet 3534 (LF02 PNU) on 1. 26/1/19: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3817 (GN07 AVD) on 133. 28/1/19: 3534 on 1.
Contactless fare payment was available from 27/1/19. Some buses received external posters to promote this.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
ADL/Enviro 200 3986 (GN07 DLO) was on loan from Ware from late January.

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Above: In the new driver training livery, DAF SB120/Wright Cadet T3530 at Forth Avenue depot, Harlow on 31/12/18. These trainers actually work right across the Arriva KT area. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
DAF DB250LF/EL 6260 (FD02 UKS) is reinstated. This type regularly appears on route 29 (Southend-Belfairs).
Contactless fare payment was available from 27/1/19. Some buses received external posters to publicise this.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Withdrawn are ADL/Enviro 200s SE38-46 (LX10 AUR/T-W/Y, AVB-D). They passed to Ensign. LX10 AUT/U/Y, AVB/D were resold to Sullivan Buses, South Mimms.
Dart SLF/Pointer DP205 (BT04 BUS), latterly with London General, has been resold via Ensign for scrap.

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Above: DP205 at Ensign on 19/1/19. (John Podgorski).

C2C.
It has been announced that the level crossing just east of Grays Rail Station is to be replaced by a pedestrian underpass. This crossing has suffered much misuse in the form of trespass, including being used for unauthorised access to the station. There is an existing subway around 200 yards further east.

CHAMBERS.
From Go-Ahead London are Scania N230UD/Optare Olympuses 870-878 (PN09 ELO/V, EMF/K/V, ENC/E/F/O). They has London fleet nos 877/78/82/83/84/86/87/88/93. They have/are been converted to single door, led destination fitted and repainted in fleet colours.
Scania Omnidekka 803 (YN55 PZE) went on loan to Hedingham at Kelvedon at the start of January, with Hedingham 812 (YN55 PZR) coming in exchange. They were swapped back on 11/1/19. Then on 18/1/19, Dart SLF/MPD 286 (HW54 BTY) came from Hedingham, while Omnidekka 805 (YN55 PZG) went in exchange for 810 (YN55 PZO). 801 (YN55 PZC) went to Hedingham on 31/1/19, with Hedingham 813 coming.

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Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus at Hedingham Omnibuses, Sible Hedingham on 3/1/19. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 878 at Ensign, Purfleet in late January 2019. (Ensignbus).

CHESTNUT FARM, SOUTH OCKENDON.
Has AEC PRV ‘RML’ Routemaster JJD 445D, ex Ensign.

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Sold for scrap are MCW Metrobus C374 BUV and Iveco 59-12/UVG N418 UWN.

COLAS RAIL.
2/1/19: 66846 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
3/1/19: 70805 + 66846/47 on 6L37. 70815 on 6O36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
9/1/19: 37099 tnt 37521 on Crewe-Colchester NR test train, with 977868, 5981, 977983, 6264.
11/1/19: 37099 tnt 37521 + NR test train visited Ipswich.
25/1/19: 66847 on 6L37.
29/1/19: 66848 on Hoo-Whitemoor.

COLCHESTER COACHES, CLACTON.
The O licence has been surrendered, although in practice this operator stopped in 2015.

DBS.
4/1/19: 66086 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton aggregates.
7/1/19: 66121 at Bow yard, with blue VTG hoppers.
8/1/19: 59202 on 1054 Chelmsford-Acton.
12/1/19: 90034 at GA Ilford depot.
21/1/19: 66162 tnt 66135 with VTG box wagons on Ipswich-Neasden.
22/1/19: 66015 at Bow Olympic with VTGs from Burngullow.
23/1/19; 66129 at Marks Tey sand yard, early morning.
30/1/19: 66079 at Bow Olympic.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL F602 MSL is now named ‘The Old Girl’.

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(Shaun Kinsella Ilot).

DRS.
1/1/19: 57303 hauling GA 90009 and MkIII set Norwich-Bounds Green, via Cambridge.
2/2/19: 57303 dragged 90015 + stock over same route as 5Z25.
3/1/19: 57303 towing GA 82102, 90009 and stock on 5Z25 Norwich-Bounds Green via West Anglia.
11/1/19: 37407 towed GA DVT 82115 Norwich to Willesden, then as 0Z12 light engine Willesden to Norwich.
14/1/19: 37403 on 5L37 Bounds Green-Norwich via NLL and ECML.
17/1/19: 37423 Norwich-Willesden light engine via GEML.
18/1/19: 88007/8 on Willesden-Ipswich and return.
21/1/19: 37424 as 0Z37 Willesden-Norwich.
22/1/19: 37716 on Ilford-Norwich light engine.
28/1/19: 37423 + 57303 hauled GA DVT 82102 on Bounds Green-Norwich ECS.
31/1/19: 37405 + 37716 as 0Z31 Norwich-Willesden light engine.

FIRST ESSEX.
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Above: Ex Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300 67750 at High Street, Kelvedon on 25/1/19. (John Podgorski).

From First Leeds are Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 37027 (YJ06 XKS), 37036/37 (YJ06 XLB/C), 37042 (YJ06 XLH). The latest ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300s are 67736 (SN62 AHV), 67750 (SN62 AOG). All of these are at Colchester.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37009 (WX55 VHU) suffered an engine fire at North Station, Colchester on 13/1/19. The cause was an electrical fault in the engine bay. It will be repaired.
The Chelmsford Park and Ride ADL/Enviro 200MMCs 67189-97) have received external advertising. It is exclusively for Kendrick’s Kingdom indoor soft play facility in Chelmsford and includes super rear adverts.
Ex Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65678 (YP02 ABN) has been withdrawn by First Eastern Counties. Sister 65675 has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.
Unusual sightings:
2/1/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 64. 4/1/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDO) on 75. 7/1/19: StreetLite 63337 (SM65 EEV) on 71. 10/1/19: Trident 33086 (LN51 GMG) on 174/175. 11/1/19: Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 174/175; Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 75. 12/1/19: Volvo B7RLE 66810 (MX05 CDF) on 62. 17/1/19; Trident 33196 (LT52 XAG) on 174/175. 25/1/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75.
Traffic:
24/1/19 for 1 week: Yorick Road, West Mersea, closed for electricity works.

FLAGFINDERS.
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Above: Ex Graham’s Mb 0814D/Euro AE54 FMG is now in blue/white fleet livery, ex silver. This is the first ex Graham’s vehicle to be so treated. It was seen at Norman Way, Colchester on 8/1/19. (Alex Hazell).

Also now in fleet livery is ex Graham’s Mb 0814D/Euro AE07 NZB.
Native Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas LV02 LLF has received the new fleet colours also.

FLYBE.
Has been been bought by a consortium of Stobart, Virgin and Cyrus Capital Partners – as Connect Airways.

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Above: Bombardier Q400 G-FLBE on finals to London City Airport on 5/4/16. (John Podgorski).

FREIGHTLINER.
11/1/19: 86608/13 stabled at Ipswich. 90016/041 on 4L41 to Ipswich.
13/1/19: 66957 tnt 66540 on autoballasters “down” through Ingatestone @ 2012.
14/1/19: 66614 on Dagenham-Hope cement.
15/1/19: 66542/418/501 on 4E23 Ipswich-Leeds.
18/1/19: 66604 at Marks Tey sand yard. 66606 on 6L34 Tunstead-Bow.
19/1/19: 66420 tnt 66414, 66418 tnt 66418 and 66955 on Broxbourne-Cheshunt engineers. 66531 with JNAs on Whitemoor-Ruckholt Road Junction engineers.
30/1/19: 66617 at Bow Olympic. 90043/47 on 4L41 Basford Hall-Ipswich.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
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Above: Brand new Scania/Levante III BF68 LCE at Colchester on 19/1/19. (Simon Austin).

New for National Express are Scania/Caetano Levante III tri-axles 101-108 (BF68 LCC/E//G/J-N). They have replaced 61 plate Volvo B9R/Levantes and are primarily used on 250 (Ipswich-Stansted-Heathrow), but will also appear on 481 9Felixstowe-London) and 484 (Walton-Clacton-London).

GBRf.
2/1/19: 66706 on 0P33 Ipswich-North Walsham light engine. 66757/61 on 0L33 Peterborough-Felixstowe light engine. 66758//73 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
3/1/19: 66771 on 4Z26 Felixstowe-Masborough.
4/1/19: 66706 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.
5/1/19: 66774 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Brimsdown engineers.
7/1/19: 66761 on 0Z41 FLX-Parkeston Quay light engine. Then on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
10/1/19: 66725 on Hams Hall-FLX. 66761 on N Walsham-Harwich Tanks.
13/1/19; 66712 on 6T62 Harlow-Whitemoor engineers. 66743 on 6T61 Harlow-Whitemoor engineers.
14/1/19: 66757 on 4L22. 66773/58 on 0L33.
16/1/19: 66760 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
17/1/19: 66760 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco.
18/1/19: 66743 on 4L02.
19/1/19: 66785 tnt 66728 with JNAs on 6T64 Whitemoor-Ruckholt Road Junction engineers.
21/1/19: 66738 on N Walsham-Ipswich light loco. 66758/43 on 0L33.
22/1/19: 66728 on 4E00 London Gateway-Maborough intermodal. 66738 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco. 66761 on 6L61 Thrislington-Chesterton Junction.
26/1/19: 66772 hauled South Eastern EMU 466005 on Slade Green-Ilford ECS.
27/1/19: 66753/59 on 0L33.
29/1/19: 66708 on Thrislington-Chesterton. 66709 on N Walsham-Ipswich light loco.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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Above: 90011 arrives at Colchester on the 1403 from Norwich to London Liverpool Street on 22/12/18. (John Podgorski).

In the first week on January, night time testing of the new Class 755s began; initially between Norwich and Diss. 755405 has been used regularly.
321327/28 are the latest Renatus conversions.
5/1/19: 90005 on 1G69 2015 Norwich-London Liverpool Street “footex” (football special); then returned as ECS to Norwich.
7/1/19: 90009 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.
12/1/19: 317338/653 on 0800 LST-Braintre and repeat. 317343/652 on 0900 LST-Braintree and repeat.
14/1/18: 317508/651 on 1Y34 Livepool St-Ipswich.
19/1/19: 317324/52, 317515/668, 317657/344 on Liverpool Street-Braintrees.
22/1/19: Newly converted Renatus 321322 on 5L21 Doncaster-Ilford ECS.
25/1/19; 153306 on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
30/1/19: 755405 on test to Ely and Thetford.

GWR.
5/1/19: 387140 visited Ilford depot for mods for Heathrow Airport services. Towed there by DRS 57305.

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Above: 387141 at Iver on 14/10/17, on a Maidenhead-London Paddington service. This is on part of the future CrossRail route. (John Podgorski).

HAILSTONE, WICKFORD.
New is Ford Tourneo HT68 BUS. It replaced Ford Transit EY62 VVA.

HEDINGHAM.
Transferred from Konect is former Anglian Bus Scania Omnitown 456 (AN61 BUS). It has replaced Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 5 (N664 THO) at Sible Hedinghsm, on a Hedingham School contract. 5 is now withdrawn.
Received on loan from Chambers at the start of January was Scania Omnidekka 803 (YN55 PZE), with Hedingham 812 (YN 55 PZR) being exchanged. They were swapped back on 11th January. Both are/were at Kelvedon. Then on 18/1/19, Dart SLF/MPD 286 (HW54 BTY) went to Chambers, while Omnidekka 810 (YN55 PZO) was swapped with 805 (YN55 PZG). 286 returned later in January. Omnidekka 801 (YN55 PZC) came from Chambers on 31/1/19, with 813 (YN55 PZU) going. 805 also went back to Chambers in this month, but then came back.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 573 (W491 WGH) has been re-engined.
Gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) and Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO). Both had been “parted out” at Sible Hedingham before disposal.

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Above: One of the latest single door conversions to enter service is Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 525. It was seen in Colchester on 29/12/18. Note is retains black and yellow relief in its livery – its sisters are plain red. (Daniel Pretty).

Vauxhall Combo vans FN54 SXC, W761 TRE have been numbered 9003, 9004 respectively.

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Above: 9003 at Sible Hedingham depot on 3/1/19. |John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 16/1/19: B7TL/President 571 on 63/19; 584 on 19. 17/1/19: Dart SLF/MPD 291 on 15 pm. 18/1/19: B7TL/President 561 on 19/63. 21/1/19: B7TL/Gemini 525 on 50. 25/1/19: SLF/MPD 290 on 15 pm. 30/1/19; short ADL/E200 292 (EU59 AFF) on 63. 31/1/19: ADL/E200 295 (SN10 CCX) on 82/83 and 15 pm.

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
New is Mb Tourismo BF68 ZFV.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
VDL SB4000/VH AL06 DGE has been re-registered back to YJ07 JFK. It was then sold to Lee, Langley Moor, Durham.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Scania Omnidekkas YN56 FDK, FEG have been resold via Ensign to York Pullman.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President Trainers W536/37 WGH went for scrap to Shelton Motors, Ely – also through Ensign.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
Electric working on the ‘Goblin’ Gospel Oak-Barking line, commenced on 28/1/19, with 378232 running the inaugural service. It has been temporarily shortened from 5 to 4 cars, and is a stopgap for delayed new Class 710s. Two more shortened ‘378s are due. As a result, the Class 172 DMUs have had a stay of execution, but are due to leave for Abellio West Midlands Trains by March 2019. So far, 172002/3/6 have been withdrawn for transfer.
Aventra 710263 reached Chingford overnight on 25-26/1/19, on a test run from Liverpool Street and return. The ‘710s entry into revenue service has been delayed by technical issues. Deliveries had reached 710115 in January.
Reinstated 315858 has been allocated here to replace 315813.
6/1/19: 172006 arrived at Ilford depot.
24/1/19: 710269 on Willesden-Broxbourne test run; returned as 5Q93 – in early hours of morning.
26/1/19: 172006 on 5Q66 Ilford-Rugby ECS.
29/1/19: 172003 to Ilford depot.

MARC1, BILLERICAY.
Scania K380EB4/Berkhof OW07 YVJ is now M15 TVL.

MTR TfL RAIL.
3/1/19: 345012 – IL-OC. 345016 – OC-IL.
14/1/19: 315858 hauled from Wolverton to Ilford by ROG 37884 as 5Q50. It is destined for London Overground (see above).
28/1/19: 345010 – OC-IL.

NEW HORIZON.
Volvo B10M/Jonckherre Mistral W864 AAY is now with Skelton Coaches of Guisborough.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
OF61 OXF is an ex City of Oxford Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 – supplied via Ensign.
Sold is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Panther Y5 TRU.

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Above: White Roding site on 26/1/19. The old A Barham and Sons/Panther premises are at the far end. (John Podgorski).

White Roding workshop has closed. Matching Airfield storage site has also been cleared. Operations are now focused in north east Essex, at Parkeston depot, Colchester outstation, Witham outstation and Weeley workshop (also Great Dunmow, again). White Roding was the original base of A Barham and Sons, from whom Panther Travel evolved. Some derelict buses that had lain at White Roding went to Takeley Metals for scrap; Leyland National Greenway GUW 452W, Leyland Olympian/ECW C73 CHM, Volvo B6BLE/Wright V259 HBH.
Great Dunmow outstation is in regular use again; Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DC53 PAN was there during January for rail on the B Stortford/Stansted-Cambridge line and a new contract providing duplicates for Airport Bus Express. A dealer stock ADL/Enviro 200 (YX10 BGO) is also parked there
Unusual sightings: 2/1/19: Dart SLF/MPD BIG 9856 on X15.

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Above; DC53 PAN on Airport Bus Express at Victoria Coach Station, London on 28/1/19. (Alex Hazell).

ROG.
14/1/19: 37884 light through Manor Park as Ilford to Wembley @ 1515.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Lothian Volvo B8L/ADL tri-axle “megadecker” SG68 LCA was borrowed at the end of January and road tested, including on the North Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.
Ford Transit MWB hi cube publicity van YE63 KDF has been debranded.
On hire from Enterprise is Ford Transit van WR68 UBL.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Trident/ALX400s resold through Ensign are:
LX53 KAE – to Crown Christian Heritage Centre, Droitwich; LX53 KBF – to Gloucester Minibus Ltd.

STANSTED CITYLINK.
The former depot at Taylors End, Stansted is now occupied by Ryanair.

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Above: The old Citylink, Stansted premises, on 26/1/19. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
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Above; The current Braintree depot, in the old First yard, on 26/1/19. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton pointer 459 and ADL/Enviro 200 465 are present, with Peugeot Bipper van WP59 LCZ. (John Podgorski).

SULLIVAN BUSES:
Ex Blue Triangle via Ensign are ADL/Enviro 200s AE6-10 (LX10 AUT/U/Y, AVB/D)

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
DAF MB/Plaxton Supreme YJN 455S is now with Youngs of Cambridge.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
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Above: X598 USC is an ex Tyrers of Adlington, Lancashire Dennis Trident/Plaxton President. It was new to Lothian in Edinburgh and is one of two bought. It was pictured at Walton on the Naze on Greater Anglia Rail replacement to/from Thorpe Le Soken on 6/1/19. The old railway station building (now flats) is in the background. (Alex Hazell).

YJ57 BSY is an acquired Temsa Safari.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH S678 PAG has been damaged in a collision with the low railway bridge at Kirby Cross.

THORNS OF RAYLEIGH.
Acquired for spares only is Iveco 50C FN55 EDO, ex Atherton, Sheerness.

TOWER TRANSIT.
New is Wright StreetLite DF WM46001 (SM68 ERZ), as an extra vehicle for TfL339 (Leytonstone-Shadwell).
On loan wad AD/Envioro 200 MMC demonstrator YX17 NKX – numbered SED1.
VDLSB200/Wright Pulsar2 hydrogen fuel cell bus WSH62994 (LK60 HPL) has moveD from route RV1 (Tower Gateway-Covent Garden)to TfL444 (Chingford-Turnpike Lane), with its sisters to follow.
Frequency reductions on TfL236 (Hackney Wick-Finsbury Park) and TfL444 meant some Wright StreetLites were surplus. These were transferred from Lea Interchange (LI) to Westbourne Park (X), for new TfL contract 228 (Central Middlesex Hospital-Maida Hill), gained from Metroline from 19/1/19.

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Above: StreetLite WV46103 on the 444 at Chingford Station on 15/12/18. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LK04 HXD has gone to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap – via Ensign.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Acquired via Ensign are ex Connexions Buses, Tockwith Scania Omnicity saloons YN04 GMV/X. GMV is in NBC poppy red livery with West Yorkshire fleetnames !

With thanks to:
Angliagen, S Austin, D Ayres, EBN, Ensignbus, A Hazell, Hedingham, JWF, S Kinsella Ilot, LOTS, D Osborne, D Pretty, PSVC.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail News Page. December 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

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(Simon Austin)
Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year. This is Trustybus Scania Omnicity YN53 RXY at Harlow on 31/12/18.

As we leave 2018, it has been another year of interest on the Essex and District public transport scene. Highlights included the closure of the First Clacton depot, and expansion by Hedingham and Panther on the “Essex Sunshine Coast” as a result.
Then there was the acquisition on NIBS by Stephensons, and Stephensons moving its Braintree base three times in 12 months.
On the railways; CrossRail’s full opening was delayed, but the new Class 345s are entering traffic, with the first ‘315s going to the scrap yard. The new Stadler ‘Flirt’ trains for Greater Anglia also started to arrive towards the end of 2018. There was also much engineering work at the London end of the Great Eastern Main Line, resulting in rail replacement buses and coaches over many weekends.
In the air, the collapse of Cobalt and Primera made the headlines, along with disruption at Stansted Airport caused by strikes on Ryanair.
And finally, on the water, it was farewell to the old Woolwich Free Ferries. But their successors will arrive early in 2019, to continue linking the opposite banks of the River Thames.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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Above: Brand new StreetLite 4324 (SK68 TWV) at Osborne Street, Colchester on 14/12/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: And 4323 at Braintree on 22/12/18, a few days after entering service. (Simon Austin).
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There are two new Wright StreetLite MAXs for route 133 (Braintree-Stansted Airport)- 4323/24 (SK68 TWU/V). They are to ‘Sapphire’ specification. The two displaced Volvo B7RLEs will now normally appear on route 8 (Highwoods-Monkwick). As a result, DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3528/29 (LF02 PNE/J) are withdrawn.
Dart SLF/Pointer 3419 (SN54 HXF) lost its poppy branding in early December.
The old tram shed on Magdalen Street was demolished at the start of December. The only part to be retained was the frontage of the old electricity station on Military Road.
Odd sightings: 3/12/18: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8. 4/12/18: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3529 (LF02 PNJ) on 4. 26/12/18: ADL/E200 4016 on 133; P and R ADL/E200 4071 (SK15 GXR) on 900. 28/12/18: Short SLF/Caetano 1564 (HX04 HUH) on 8; StreetLite 4324 (SK68 TWV) on Staff Shuttle in Colchester.

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Above and top: The tram shed being dismantled on 5/12/18. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
YJ06FXV 1456 AR KT HA 87 (LOUGHTON) 12-11-18 (D ACOTT)
Above: Optare Solo 1456 at Loughton Station on 12/11/18, on an ex EOS service. (Daniel Acott).

Below: Mb Sprinter 1010 at Harlow Bus Station on 31/12/18. This is ex Hemel Hemsptead. (Simon Austin).
BF67WGE 1010 AR HARLOW 31-12-18 (S AUSTIN)

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Withdrawn is DAF DB250LF/EL 6260 (FD02 UKS).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
LJ09SVA DW207 AR LON NORTH 370 (LAKESIDE) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Repainted and with the new Arriva logos, VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 DW207 at Lakeside Bus Station on 1/12/18. (Simon Austin).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
TfL104 (Manor Park-Stratford) was gained from Stagecoach East London from 8/12/18.
Transferred in for this were: ADL/Enviro 400s E127 (LX09 FCD) from London General at Morden Wharf; E130 (SN60 BZB) from London Central at Bexleyheath; E136 (SN60 BZH) from Metrobus at Orpington; E186 (LX61 BHZ) from London General at Morden Wharf; E187 (SN61 BJE) from London General at Sutton; E189-193 (SN61 BJJ/K/O/U/V) from London Central at Camberwell; E276 (SN13 CJE) from London General North at Northumberland Park; E277-280 (SN13 CJF/J/O/U) from London General at Stockwell; Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s WVL332 (LX59 DDJ) from London General at Stockwell; WVL333 (LX59 DDK) from London General at Morden Wharf; WVL446 (LJ61 GWE) from London General at Merton. WVL446 was initially loaned to Docklands.
Ex First ADL/E400s EN18-24 (LK08 FLH/J/L/M/N/P/R) have moved from London General North – mainly for schools services. They have replaced some of the ex Metrobus Scania N230UD/Olympuses.
Ex London Central at BX Volvo B9TL/Gemini WVL376 (LX60 DXG) has been refurbished and is here from London General North.
ADL/Enviro 200 SE106 is delicensed due to accident damage. It was in collision with a car in Barking and there were several slight injuries. It has gone for repairs.
The last Scanias are withdrawn. They have been replaced on schools by cascaded Enviro 400s.
TfL300 (East Ham-Canning Town) and TfL376 (Beckton-East Ham) were transferred to Docklands Buses from 8/12/18. These had been worked by Docklands before. This was to make space for the new TfL104 allocation.

PN09ELW 880 GA BT 498 (BD) 16-5-15
Above: The last Scanias at Blue Triangle were N230UD/Optare Olympuses. 880 was pictured at Brentwood on 16/5/15. They were transferred from Metrobus to replace early WVL Class Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis on TfL498 (Romford-Brentwood). When 498 was lost to Stagecoach in July 2015; some of the Scanias were retained for schools, but others returned to Metrobus or moved to London General at Sutton. (John Podgorski).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
Ex Airlynx Express, North Baddersley is VHTD921 YJ09 CYY.

BREXIT BUS.
FJ60EGD BREXIT BUS FRONT O-S (CR0 20-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
FJ60EGD BREXIT BUS REAR O-S (CR) 20-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Ex National Express Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante FJ60 EGD at Colchester Town Hall on 20/12/18. (Simon Austin).

CHAMBERS.
The legal entity has been changed to Konectbus. The legals and O discs have changed accordingly, but the Chambers identity and livery remains.

AJ58PZS 267 CHAMBERS 84 (NORTH STATION ROAD, CR) 1-12-18
Above: Ex Carousel Buses ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution 267 at North Station Road, Colchester on 1/12/18. 84 is a one time Norfolks of Nayland route. (John Podgorski).

YN55PZU 813 HO LOANED TO CHAMBERS 754 9CR B S) 1-12-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Hedingham Scania Omnidekka 813 on loan to Chambers, and seen at Colchester Bus Station on 1/12/18. There are a lot of exchanges between Chambers and Hedingham these days. Note that some of the ‘Seasiders’ branding has been removed. (Daniel Pretty).

COLAS RAIL.
4/12/18: 70811 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
5/12/18: 37175 tnt 37099 plus 9481, 72631, 975091 on 1Q18 NR test train “down” at Brentwood.
10/12/18: 70805 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct engineers’.
13/12/18: 70807 on 6L37. 70811 on 6L44.
17/12/18: 66849 on Hoo Junct-Whitemoor engineers’.
24/12/18: 66847 on 6L37.
27/12/18: 66849 on 6L37.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVL446 (LJ61 GWE) was borrowed from Blue Triangle (qv).
The last Scanias are withdrawn.
TfL300, TfL376 have been transferred from Blue Triangle (qv).

YT59DYB 959 DOCKLANDS D8 (CROSSHARBOUR) 6-5-17
Above: The last Scanias at Docklands Buses were ex Metrobus Omncities. No 959 was recorded at Crossharbour on 6/5/17. They were made redundant by the loss of TfL D8 on retender to Tower Transit. (John Podgorski).

DBS.
5/12/18: 66161 on 4O79 Marks Tey-Crawley RMC aggregates.
10/12/18: 66025 tnt 66053 on West Anglia RHTT. 66107 to new livery and on Wakefield-FLX.
11/12/18: 66107 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX.
21/12/18: 57303 towed GA 90009 from Norwich to Bound Green depot.
27/12/18: 66206/009/177/155 on 0B08 Whitemoor-Acton Yard light engine at Cambridge @ 0940.

DRS.
1/12/18; 57303 light engine through Shenfield.
3/12/18: 37405 + 37706 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML.
5/12/18: 37606 tnt 37605 on 3S60 RHTT at Wickford.
7/12/18: 57303 tnt 57002 on 3S60 at Wickford.
8/12/18: 37611 hauled newly relivered LOROL 378136 from Ilford to Silwood Sidings.
27/12/18: 57303 hauling GA DVT 82114 and loco 90001 (plus stock) through Cambridge on Norwich-Bounds Green 5Z25 move.

ENSIGNBUS.
LX17DZG 146 ENSIGNBUS X10 (SOUTHEND T C) 26-12-18 (D DISBURY).jpg
Above: BCI Excellence 146 at Southend Travel Centre on 26/12/18. (Daniel Disbury).

On Boxing Day, 26/12/18, two “one day only” commercial services were operated. One was the established X10 (Lakeside-Southend), while the other was a new venture – X1 (Upminster-Southend Airport).

CX65BUF 601 ENSIGNBUS 99 (TILBURY DOCKS) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 601 at Tilbury Docks on the Tilbury Town Circular on 1/12/18. (Simon Austin).

ENSIGN RUNNING DAY 2018 – 1st DECEMBER.
MLL738 ENSIGNBUS EX BEA (HIGH ST, BD) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ensign former BEA AEC Regal ‘RF’ MLL 738 on Brentwood High Street. (Simon Austin).

6332J ENSIGNBUS EX JMT (LAKESIDE) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ensign’s former JMT 1929 Leyland Titan TD2 6332 J at Lakeside. This was its debut appearance following restoration. (Simon Austin).

Below: Preserved ex London Country/London Transport Country District Daimler Fleetline/Park Royal XF1. At Lakeside. It is presented in early London Country livery. (Simon Austin).

CUV51C XF1 LCBS PRESERVED (LAKESIDE) 1-12-18

JOU160P STAGECOACH WEST PRESERVED (TILBURY) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved ex Stagecoach West, former Bristol Omnibus Bristol VRTSL/ECW JOU 160P at Tilbury. This bus was originally dual door for use in Bristol city. (Simon Austin).

FIRST ESSEX.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66804 (MX05 CCO) returned to service at Colchester (CR), following fitment of a new engine by Volvo at Bury St Edmunds. 66806 (MX05 CCV) is away at Volvo for mechanical works. 66812 (MX05 CDN) now has branding for ‘Be a Secret Santa’.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65690 (YS03 ZKK) was loaned from Colchester to Basildon in late November/early December to cover for a temporary shortage of hybrid buses for route 100. It returned to Colchester in the first week of December. 65679 (YR52 VEH) returned from First Eastern Counties at the end of December. 65688/90/92 (YS03 ZHK/K/L/M) have lost their old Route 74/76 branding from their rear engine covers. 65672/75 (SN51 UYE/J) are withdrawn.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30894 (X749 VUA) is transferred from First Manchester at Oldham. It’s now at Hadleigh (HH) and has replaced roof damaged Trident 33189.
33189 is withdrawn, having been deemed beyond economic repair; maybe a new life as an open topper beckons ?
The loan of various saloons to Basildon (BN), to cover for the Volvo 7900H hybrids, ended in early December.

YX13AHP 44540 FE ROUTE 37 BRANDED ON 352 (HD B S) 25-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Branded for Brentwood local route 37, ADL/Enviro 200 44540 was pictured at Halstead (Butler Road) Bus Station on Sunday 25/11/18, on Essex CC contracted service 352. The 37 does not operate on Sundays or bank holidays. Note the ‘Poppy 100’ emblem on the front. (Simon Austin).

YS03ZKK 65690 FE 100 BN loaned from CR (LAKESIDE) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65690 on loan from Colchester to Basildon and pictured at Lakeside Bus Station on 1/12/18. (Simon Austin).

Odd sightings: 1/12/18: StreetLite 63333 (SK65 PXP) on 62. 3/12/18: Vo B9TL/Gemini2 37009 (WX55 VHU) on 67/C; Wright StreetLite 63329 (SK65 PXJ) on 67. 4/12/18: B9TL;/Gemini 37140 (SN57 CHZ) on 64A; Wright StreetLite 63334 (SK65 PXR) on 75; Scania Omnicity 65030 (YN06 TDV) on 67. 5/12/18: StreetLite 63339 (SM65 EEX) on 71.
6/12/18: StreetLite 63331 (SK65 PXN) on 67/C. 8/12/18: Route 62 B9TL 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 75. 9/12/18; Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 2A. 12/12/18: Route 62 B9TL 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 1A; StreetLite 63330 (SK65 PXM) on 75; Omnicity 65031 (YN06 TDX) on 67. 14/12/18: Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 70. 17-18/12/18: Omnicity 65029 (YN06 TDU) on 67. 19/12/18: Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 174/175; Route 62 B9TL 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 75 but showing route 62. 23/12/18; Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 CHY) on 75. 28/12/18: ADL/E300 67756 (SN62 ASU) on 62. 30/12/18: Scania L94UB/Wright 62409 (YS03 ZKD) on 62A. 31/12/18: Green Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66810 (MX05 CDF) on 62.

FLAGFINDERS.
From 10/12/18, two Mersea-Thurstable school buses (Routes 7 and 9), were relocated from Tollesbury to Kelvedon depot. This reduces Tollesbury from 4 to 2 vehicles.

FREIGHTLINER.
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Above: “Low emission” 66951 at Kelvedon on 8/12/18; hauling a Felixstowe bound intermodal. (John Podgorski).

10/12/18: 66569 + 66539 dead in tow on Tees Dock-FLX.
12/12/18: 90042/43 on 4L97.
21/12/18: 90048/044 on Crewe-FLX.
23/12/18: 90044 at Ipswich for staff training.
23-31/12/18: Some Felixstowe ‘liners diverted “cross country”, due to south end of GEML being blocked for engineering.
28/12/18: 70008 on 4M81 Felixstowe-Basford Hall.
29/12/18: 90044 + 86608 + 86639 stabled in headshunt opposite Ipswich Goods Junction.

90042 FREIGHTLINER POWERHAUL (IP0 15-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ‘Powerhaul’ liveried 90042 at Ipswich on 15/12/18. (Simon Austin).

GBRf.
1/12/18: 66713 tnt 66732 on 3S60 RHTT “down” at Brentwood. 66727 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Felixstowe Beach engineers. 66759 4M23 on Felixstowe-Hams Hall. 66777 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-Felixstowe.
3/12/18: 66702 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66707 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66728/60 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-FLX light engine. 66739 ‘Bluebell Railway’ on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX. 66757 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks. 66779 on 4R03 Parkeston-FLX.
4/12/18: 66722 on Chesterton Junct-Bardon aggregates.
7/12/18: Belmond Pullman 66743 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66779 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
10/12/18: 66718 tnt 66725 on West Anglia RHTT. 66743 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66754 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
12/12/18: 66719 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks.
13/12/18: 66743 on 4M29. 66778 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster.
17/12/18: 66713 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66739 on Hams Hall-FLX. 66749/54 on 0L33. 66764 on FLX-Masboro.
18/12/18: 66709 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX.
19/12/18: 66725 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
24/12/18: 66739 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
28/12/18: 66736 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66747 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
29/12/18: 66747 on Birch Coppice-FLX.

66747 GBRf (IPSWICH NORTH CURVE) 29-12-18
Above: 66747 on Ipswich North Chord of East Suffolk Junction on 29/12/18. (John Podgorski).

GOLDEN BOY, HODDESDON.
New is XO68 BOY.
Offered for sale are Mb 0816D/Plaxton Cheetah 2 XO10 BOY; Mb 0818/Noone Turas WO13 BOY, XO63 BOY.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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Above: 321342 ‘R Barnes’ leads ‘Renatus’ 321306 and ex LM/GN 321419 into Colchester, on the 0826 Ipswich to London Liverpool Street, on 23/11/18. (John Podgorski).

2/12/18: 90004 light Norwich to Ilford then back with 5P98 ECS.
3/12/18: 90015 towed DRS 37602 Crewe-Norwich light engine.
8-9/12/18: 156412 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, instead of usual ‘153.
13/12/18: 755408 delivered.
17/12/18: 90001 on 5V91 Ilford-Norwich ECS; 90001 back in use ex several moths “stopped”. 317341 + 321427 on 5F98 at Witham.
19/12/18: 755406 delivered; hauled to Norwich by DBS 66001.
29/12/18: Inter City services affected by major signal failure at Trowse Junction, Norwich.

HEDINGHAM.
KONECTBUS LEGALS ON HEDINGHAM 19-12-18
(John Podgorski).

The legal entity has been changed to Konectbus. The Legals and O discs have been changed in accordance, but the Hedingham name and livery remain.
A third ex Go South Coast (Damory Coaches) Dart SLF/Mini Pointer is 287 (HW54 BUE).
285 (SN03 UBV) has moved to Konect.
Ex trainer Volvo B7TL/EL PL51 LGD has entered pcv use at HD as fleet no 505. It has replaced Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 517 (which has gone for single door conversion) and is confined to schools. Scania Omnilink trainer YN02 GHO has returned, off loan at Konect.
Volvo B7TL/Geminis 524/25 (LX05 EZG/H) have been converted to single door. They entered service in late December.
The only Tridents remaining at Clacton at December were 701/2/22/27 (T801/2 RFG, W822/27 NNJ).
Scania Omnidekka 803 (YN55 PZE) returned to Chambers at the start of December, with 813 (YN55 PZU) returning to Hedingham at Kelvedon, before being replaced by Chambers 809 (YN55 PZN). 809 was returned on 13/12/18. 801 (YN55 PZC) appeared at KN on 19/12/18, but was returned on the 20th.
Ford Transit BU14 YNT was again returned to Robertson Van Hire, off loan at the end of the Autumn school term.

HW54BTY 3317 SOUTHERN VECTIS (COWES) 3-13 (D ARNOLD)
Above: Providing a contrast to the picture in November 2018 Busmopolitan, this is Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 286 in a previous life as Southern Vectis 3317, pictured at Cowes, Isle of Wight in March 2013. (David Arnold).

LX05EZC 520 HO X76 (N-S) (CR B S) 1-12-18
Above: Seen after just having entered service following single door conversion; Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 520 turns from Osborne Street into Stanwell Street, Colchester on 1/12/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Service 87C (Weeley-Colne School, Brightlingsea) ceased after 21/12/18, and was formally deregistered on 31/12/18. A registered school service, it’s loadings were not commercially viable.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
On hire from Evobus was Mb Tourismo BF67 WLL.

BF67WLL KINGS (ON HIRE FROM EVOBUS) 11-12-18
Above: BF67 WLL at Stanway depot on 11/12/18. (John Podgorski).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: 378203 departs Stratford and heads onto the North London Line, on 10/11/18. (John Podgorski).

20/12/18: 172006 at Ilford depot.
22/12/18: 172006 as Ilford-Tyseley ECS.

M and M STAFFING, CHELMSFORD.
MM68BUS M&M STAFFING (COOKSMILL GREEN DEPOT) 6-12-18 (M HOUGH)
Above: New is Neoplan Tourliner tri-axle MM68 BUS. It was pictured at Cooksmill Green depot on 6/12/18. Note the new livery, which has also been applied to sister OU15 ZVX. (Mark Hough).

MARC1, BILLERICAY.
From Llew Jones of Llanwrst is Scania K380EB4/Berkhof OW07 YVJ.

MTR CROSSRAIL.
345016 TfL RAIL (WEST EALING) 1-12-18
Above: ‘Aventra’ 345016 departs West Ealing on 1/12/18, on a London Paddington to Hayes and Harlington service. Until the cross London tunnel opens at the end of 2019, CrossRail will operate as two separate shuttles (east and west). (John Podgorski).

Below: 345006 contrasts with Greater Anglia 321439 at London Liverpool Street on 8/12/18. (John Podgorski).
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NATIONAL EXPRESS.
On Christmas Day, 25/12/18 – special service 813 (Lowestoft-Gt Yarmouth-Norwich-Cambridge-London) replaced 010, 490, 491.
Odd sightings: 2/12/18: Galloway Setra S416 tri-axle 3379 PP on 250.

NEW HORIZON.
Service 177 (Colchester-West Mersea) ceased after 21/12/18, and was formally de-registered on 31/12/18. A registered scholars route, it had seen a sharp decline in patronage over the previous 12 months. First 67 provides an alternative.
As a result, Volvo B7RLE/Wrights HF54 HGY, HHD are surplus, but not withdrawn.

HF54HGY NHT 177 (SOUTHWAY, CR) 30-11-18
Above; Ex Go South Coast/Morebus Volvo B7RLE/Wright HF54 HGY was the regular bus on the 177. It was pictured here at Southway, Colchester – on an afternoon working on 30/11/18. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD.
MX11CZR 341 NIBS 269 (GRAYS) 1-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: With its new Stephensons series fleet number 341, Wright StreetLite MX11 CZR was at Grays Bus Station on 1/12/18. 269 is a former Harris Bus route. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
d511ppu panther (parkeston depot) 19-12-18 (c sampson)
Above: D511 PPU at Parkeston depot, Harwich on 19/12/18. (Chris Sampson).

Leyland Olympian/ECW coach D511 PPU is back in use, ex stored. It is semi preserved. Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN is also returned to service – ex engine repairs.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer KV51 KZK has been sold to A2B Buses, Cambridge. Previously sold Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE was still awaiting collection from Parkeston by its purchaser in late December.
Offered for sale are ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 FLA (dealer stock); Dennis Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN; Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DC02 PAN; Leyland Olympian BIG 9249. YX09 FLA has been repainted plain white, ex London red. Some more E200s have been acquired, including YX10 BFP/V and YX10 BGK.
Former DAF DB250LF/EL FD02 UKR ex AB02 PAN has been sold by Reading Buses to Abus, Bristol ex loan.

yx10bgk ensign-panther (purfleet) 27-12-18 (a hazell)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGK being collected from Ensign’s at Purfleet on 27/12/18. (Alex Hazell).

BIG9210 PANTHER (WEST STOW ANGLO SAXON VILLAGE) 11-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale BIG 9210 at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford, on 28/11/18. It was on a school trip. (Alex Hazell).

Unusual sightings:
19, 24/12/18: Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN on 80/81 rather than usual Dart SLF or Enviro 200.

SEE LONDON BY NIGHT, BARKING.
Has some ex Abellio ADL/Enviro 400s via Ensign. They have been re-registered AA51, 52, 53, 54 SEE, but there previous identities are yet unknown.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 T75 KLD has been sold, following accident damage.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
YS68 FHM is a new Irizar i6. It entered in plain white before being vinyled.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Transferred to Stagecoach North Scotland are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 18337/39/45/46 (AE55 DJX/Z, DKN/O).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Service and contract changes from 8/12/19 saw the withdrawal of most of the remaining Scania Omnicity double deckers, and more Dennis Tridents. Omnicities stood down were 15050-66/68-70/72/96, 15121-24.
Trident/ALX400s withdrawn were 17796, 17844/55/57/59/61, 17990/91/94/97, 18203/5/6, 18269/77, 18451/60/69/83.
Also withdrawn were ADL/Enviro 200s 36309/10/27-37.
TfL104 (Manor Park-Stratford) passed to Go-Ahead Blue Triangle from 8/12/18.

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Above: New Routemaster LT385 on Oxford Street, approaching Oxford Circus on 8/12/18. It is on a short working; 55 goes to Leyton Green in its entirety. (John Podgorski).

Trident/ALX400 LX03 ORG has gone to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap, via Ensign.

STEPHENSONS.
EU09AUK 502 STEPHENSONS 30 (MANOR ST, BE) 29-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 502 at Manor Street, Braintree on 29/11/18. It is working the 30 town service. (Simon Austin).

Unusual sightings: 15/12/18: Scania N230UD/Olympus 501 (EU58 BHX) at Start Hill Scania.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
YN08 NYB is an acquired Mb 0816D/Plaxton Panther2, in black and white livery.

TOWER TRANSIT.
BJ11DZZ VN36155 + BJ11DVC VN36118 TT 25 (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 VN36155 overtakes VN36118 on Ilford High Road on 8/9/18.
‘118 is on a short working of route 25, while ‘155 is bound for what was the ultimate western destination until the 1st December changes (see below). (John Podgorski).

From 1/12/18, TfL25 was shortened to run as City Thameslink-Ilford. Its western terminus had previously been at Tottenham Court Road. Some VN Class Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s made surplus by this, moved from Lea Interchange (LI) to Westbourne Park (X) for TfL452 (Kensal Rise-Vauxhall), gained from Abellio. Meanwhile, five VH Class Volvo B5Hs went from X to LI, to begin hybrid conversion of TfL25. These were spare after frequency reductions on TfL328 (Chelsea-Golders Green).
The DN Class ADL/E400s sold to Go-Ahead London via Ensign, have been posted to Metrobus, for TfL51 (Orpington-Woolwich), gained from Stagecoach from 8/12/18. They are the EN Class with Go-Ahead. All bar Orpington fire losses EN33 and EN37 entered service from 8th December. Those have been replaced by ex Abellio London E400s.

TRUSTYBUS.
SF05NXD TRUSTYBUS HAPPY XMAS NY (HARLOW BS) 31-12-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Stagecoach Scotland West Optare Solo SF05 NXD, with seasonal message – at Harlow Bus Station on 31/12/18. (Simon Austin).

UNO.
KE04UMC + KC03OSE UNO AT STEPHENSONS BE 15-12-18
Above: Dart SLF/Pointers 120/KE04 UMC and 113/KC03 OSE stored at the Braintree depot of Stephensons of Essex on 15/12/18. They are now Stephensons dealer stock. (John Podgorski).

WCR.
6/12/18: 47832 with stock 99304, 5032, 4984, 99311, 13320, 3136, 9935099712, 99351, 99122 on 5Z48 Norwich-Southall ECS.

With thanks to: D Acott, Anglia gen, D Arnold, S Austin, W Bell, D Disbury, D Edwards, A Hazell, M Hough, London Bus Routes Forum, LOTS, D Pretty, PSVC, M Toon.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. November 2018.

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

Welcome to the November, 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

The first of the new Stadler ‘Flirt’ trains are beginning to arrive at Greater Anglia. However, they will not start to enter service until May 2019. The remodelling works at Northumberland Park rail station were basically completed on 4/11/18. After this time, the cross station shutle bus service ceased, but there is still some trackside infrastructure to be completed.
Hedingham’s recently acquired ex London Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis are now coming on stream – following single door conversion, with the Dennis Tridents (and some non Hedingham liveries) being phased out.
Stephensons of Essex has moved its Braintree base for the third time in a year – this time to the old First yard at Springwood Drive.

24/7, STANSTED.
Some ex East of England Ambulance Service Renault Master ex PTS minibuses have been acquired – via Manheim Auctions at Frating.

ACME BUSES, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Resold via Ensign are Dennis Trident/Alexander AKLX400s T664 KPU – to North East Coaches, Jarrow and T685 KPU – to Axe Valley, Seaton, Devon.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
The old “no 2” garage at Magdalen Street, was demolished in late November. These premises were vacated by Arriva in March 2008, when the new depot at Old Heath opened. They were subsequently used on and off by First until August 2015, when their new Quayside facilty opened. Then there was use as in indoor skate park until it fell into dereliction. The land had always been owned by the local council.

ARRIVA CR OLD MAGDALEN STREET GARAGE DEMOLITION 25-11-18
Above: The old “no2” garage site on 25/11/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: The frontage at Magdalen Street, also seen on 25/11/18. (John Podgorski).
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Odd sightings: 1/11/18: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8; Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3826 (GN07 AVP) on 1. 5/11/18: B7RLE 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 1. 8/11/18: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3534 (LF02 PNU) on 1. 13/11/18; DAF SB120/Cadet 3529 (LF02 PNJ) on 1. 16/11/18: SB120s 3529, 3534 on 1. 21/11/18: B7RLE 3817 on 1. 22/11/18: B7RLE 3825 on 1. B7RLE 3817 on 2.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
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Above: Mb Citaro 3895 at St Albans on 17/11/18. This batch of vehicles was originally in Green Line livery, but they now carry more discreet branding. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 14/11/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3859 on 1.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer EJ52 WXF, latterly with Bear Buses of Feltham – has been scrapped.

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President V499 MOA has been repainted cream, ex NXWM red/white/grey.
EOZ E180Z J2 SUP has gone for scrap to AH Commercials, Peterborough.

BUS62.COM, WICKFORD.
Operated are Scania/Irizar E5 BST and Volvo B10M/VH XAZ 807.

XAZ807 WWW.BUS62.COM (GA RRP NEWBURY PARK) 18-11-18
Above: XAZ 807 on Greater Anglia RRP at Newbury Park on 18/11/18. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 570 (W487 WGH) was on loan to Hedingham at Clacton in early November. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 290 (EX02 RYR) was briefly borrowed from Hedingham at the start of November (qv).

COLAS RAIL.
6/11/18: 70816 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
8/11/18: 70816 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct engineers.
20/11/18: 70806 on 6L37.
21/11/18: 70816 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct autoballasters.
26/11/18: 70816 on 6L37.

DBS.
2/11/18: 66025 tnt 66207 on 3J33 WA RHTT.
5/11/18: 66114 on 6L76 Mountsorrel-Chesterton Junct.
7/11/18: 66182 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX.
11/11/18: 66011 at Gri9ffin Wharf, Ipswich with blue box wagons.
14/11/18: 66002 towed new GA 755405 “down” through Gidea Park @ 0642.
29/11/18: 66001 hauled new GA 755407 to Norwich, Crown Point depot.

DKV ENTERPRISES, COPDOCK.
MX55EUZ DKV ENTERPRISES (STUTTON) 6-11-18 (C BAINES)
Above: Mb Sprinter MX55 EUZ is another addition to this fleet, and was pictured at Stutton on 6/11/18.  It was working a contract to the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook. (Chris Baines).

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
Former Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini WVL413 (LX11 CWU), now with Metrobus, was damaged in a fire at Orpington depot on 22/11/18. WVL414/17/21 were transferred to Metrobus to cover for buses damaged or destroyed in the blaze, but also for the take up of new TfL contracts – gained from Stagecoach Selkent from 8/12/18.

LX11CWY WVL416 DOCKLANDS 474 BECKTON 4-11
Above: Volvo B9TL/Gemini WVL416, seen at Beckton when brand new in April 2011. (John Podgorski).

DRS.
1/11/18: 37423 towing GA DVT from Norwich to Cardiff Canton via GEML and NLL.
2/11/18: 37405 tnt 37606 on 3S60 GEML RHTT.
4/11/18: 37607 + DBSO 9708 and 96609, 977986, 977985, 999602 on 3Z26 Colchester-Derby test train.
5/11/18: 57003 tnt 37602 on 3S60 RHTT; later failed at Southend Victoria. 37607 + 6264, 977983, 5981, 977868 + 37610 on 1Q90 Derby RTC -Ferme Park test train via Liverpool Street.
6/11/18: 37405 tnt 37605 at Marks Tey on “up” 3S60 @ 1000.
7/11/18: 37607 tnt 37612 with 6264, 977983, 5981, 977868 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge NR test train via Stanford, Liverpool St, Harwich Town, Clacton. 57007 tnt 57012 at Marks Tey on “up” 3S60 @ 1000.
8/11/18: 57003 tnt 57301 on 3S60 RHTT.
9/11/18: 3702/12 and consist visited Felixstowe on the 1Q99 NR test train. 57002 tnt 57007 on 3S60.
10/11/18: 37407 tnt 37405 on 3S60.
13/11/18: 37605 light “down” through Chelmsford @ 1542.
16/11/18: 37605 tnt 37606 on 3S60 “up” through Marks Tey @ 1000. 37611 towing LOROL reliveried 378147 to New Cross Gate.
19/11/18: 57003 tnt 37301 on 3S60.
20/11/18: 57007 tnt 57301 on 3S60 “up” through Marks Tey @ 0955.
21/11/18: 57003 on Stowmarket-Ilford light engine.
23/11/18: 37605/6 on 3S60 RHTT.
24/11/18: 57003 tnt 57301 on 3S60.

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Above: 37405 leads 3S60 out of the loop at Marks Tey on 6/11/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: And 37605 brings up the rear. Greater Anglia Sprinter DMU 156418 ‘ESTA’ looks on from the Sudbury branch platform. (John Podgorski).
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ENSIGNBUS.
The last Dennis Dart SLF, MCV Evolution bodied 785 (AE55 EHM) – has passed to Hams of Flimwell.

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Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 127 at Witham on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Newbury Park on 4/11/18. (John Podgorski).

Metro Scania Metropolitan MD60 (KJD 260P) was used on TfL25 Aldgate-Ilford peak extras during the LUL Central Line strike on 7/11/18.

BIG9249 PANTHER, KJD260P ENSIGN, BUF272C, HCD347E SEAFORD & DISTRICT (ALDGATE0 (LUL RRP) 7-11-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: MD60 (far right), with Panther and Seaford and District buses at Aldgate on 7/11/18. Leyland Olympian BIG 9249, plus “Queen Mary” Leyland Titan PD3/4 – NCs BUF 272C, HCD 347E. (Alex Hazell).

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
M30 FXO is a Scania/Berkhof Axial. It’s in a base colour of white, rather than cream.

M30FXO FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 18-11-18
Above: M30 FXO on Greater Anglia RRP at Ingatestone on 18/11/18. (John Podgorski).

FIRST ESSEX.
Another ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300 at Colchester (CR) is 67805 (SN13 CPE).
From First Aberdeen is ADL/E300 67779 (SN62 AXZ). It’s also at CR and retains blue livery. Both carry ‘Contactless’ branding.

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‘Poppy 100’ transfers have appeared on the front of some buses. BMC 68520 was pictured at Colchester. (John Podgorski).

Another Scania L94UB/Wright Solar to go to First Eastern Counties is 65678 (YP02 ABN). It is at Norwich. 65677 (SN51 UYL) was returned however – in late November.
After being long term VOR, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 37017 (WX55 VJE)  is in use at Colchester (CR).

ADL/Enviro 200s 44539/40 (YX13 AHO/P) are branded for Brentwood town service 37 (Warley-Pilgrims Hatch).

A “second cycle” repaint into Refreshed livery is of Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66812.

SN62AXZ 67779 FE 97 9CR B S0 25-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/E300 67779 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on 25/11/18. (Simon Austin).

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Above: Ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300 67755 approaches Colchester along Lexden Road on 5/11/18. (John Podgorski).

On 29/11/18, Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33189 (LT52 WVE) collided with the low railway bridge at Hambro Hill, Rayleigh. Fortunately there were no injuries.
Yellow BMC 68510 is withdrawn again, folowing receipt of Volvo B12M 20514.

SN62ASU 67756 FE 64A (GREENSTEAD) 3-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300 65756 at Greenstead Library, Colchester on 3/11/18. (Simon Austin).

In late November, there was a temporary shortage of hybrid buses for route 100 out of Basildon. This resulted in an eclectic section of of other buses – some loaned from other depots.

BJ11ECW 69520 FE 100 (CF) 28-11-18 (JAKE PAUL GILL)
Above: Hadleigh based Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69520 on loan for the 100, in Chelmsford on 28/11/18. This was originally a Chelmsford Park and Ride bus. (Jake Paul Gill).

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Above: 37986 at Southway, Colchester on 1/11/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 1/11/18: X30 Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 37986 (BJ11 ECY) on Colchester schools. 2/11/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 61; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67165 (YY66 PBO) on 71. 3/11/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 75; Wright StreetLite 63342 (SM65 HFB) on 71. 4/11/18; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 1A. 6/11/18: Dart SLF/MPD 43846 (SN55 CXF) on 70; StreetLite 63333 (SK65 PXP) on 103; Scania Omnicity 65029 (YN06 TDU) on 174/175. 7/11/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37136 on 1A; StreetLite 63337 (SM65 EEV) on 67. 8/11/18: StreetLite 63337 on 71. 9/11/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 70. 11/11/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37136 on 1A. 13/11/18: Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 20514 (WV02 EUP) on Colchester Schools – subsequently quite regularly; StreetLite 63342 on 67. 14/11/18: B9TL/Gemini2 37016 (WX55 VJD) on 67/C. 18/11/18: Sunday Route 62 B9TL 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 75. 20/11/18: 20514 on Colchester Schools. 21/11/18: Route 62 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 75; Route 62 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 61; Scania Omnicity 65030 (YN06 TDV) on 103. 22/11/18; Dart SLF/Caetano 41521 (LK03 UEY) on 71; Omnicity 65028 (YN 06 TDO) on 174/175. 23/11/18: Omnicity 65031 (YN06 TDX) on 66. 29/11/18: StreetLite Trident 33087 (LN51 GMO) on 104; StreetLite 63333 on 103; Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 175.

YR52VFO 65685 FE 8 (CLACTON) 4-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Following the July changes at Clacton, the Sunday services remained basically unchanged, although of course now worked by Colchester vehicles. Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65685 on service 8 at Pier Avenue on 4/11/18. This is the eastern end of route 98 Mon to Sat. (Simon Austin).

Below: The only Sunday Clacton area change post July, was the introduction of service 99. Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62408 at Pier Avenue on 4/11/18. (Simon Austin).
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SN51UYL 65677 FEC 2 (GT YARMOUTH) 10-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65677, on loan First Eastern Counties; pictured in Great Yarmouth on 10/11/18. 2 is a former G Y Borough Transport route. Market Gates Bus Station is in the background. It returned to FE Colchester later in November. (Simon Austin).

FLAGFINDERS.
The “prefab” garage, at the old Graham’s, Kelvedon site was dismantled during November. This has increased space for parking.

FLAGFINDERS KELVEDON DEPOT ENLARGED 24-11-18
Above: The enlarged Kelvedon site on 24/11/18. The old garage stood where the double deckers are now parked. (John Podgorski).

FREIGHTLINER.
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Above: 66957 heads a Felixstowe bound intermodal through Kelvedon on 6/11/18. (John Podgorski).

1/11/18: 66597 on 4L30 Bristol-London Gateway.
3/11/18: 66620 tnt 66420 on Whitemoor-Harlow Mill engineers’.
5/11/18: 66420/620 + UID Colas 70 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct engineers’. 7002 on Trafford Park-FLX ‘liner.
8/11/18: 70002 on FLX-Lawley Street.
10/11/18; 66565 tnt 66513 on Parkeston-Manea HOBC.
21/11/18: 70007 on Trafford Park-FLX.
22/11/18: 70002 on Trafford Park-FLX.
27/11/18: 66419 on Ipswich-Lindsey tanks.
28/11/18: 90043/47 on 4M42 at Ipswich – unusual now.

GALLEON, ROYDON.
Bova Magique WA09 HTX is now with Auston, Earlston.

GBRf.
1/11/18: 66745 on North Walsham-Harwich tanks.
3/11/18: 66714 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-Felixstowe. 66754 on 6M76 Chesterton Junct-Mountsorrel aggregates. 66768 on 6T64 Whitemoor-Marks Tey engineers’, pulling MXAs.
4/11/18: 66702 tnt 66732 on Broxbourne-Whitemoor RHTT, returned with 66713 as 4H30. 66760 on 0P41 Ipswich-Parkeston light engine.
5/11/18: 66709/10 on 0L33 Peterborough/Ipswich-Felixstowe light loco. 66709 then on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66710 then on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66788 on 6E61 Chesterton Junct-Thrislington aggregates empties.
8/11/18: 66744 on 6H33 Whitemoor-Parkeston engineers. 66788 on 6L61 Thrislington-Chesterton Junct aggregates empties and on 6E61 return.
10/11/18: 66701 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Felixstowe Beach engineers. 66732 tnt 66713 on 3S70 RHTT on botton of GEML – Gas Factory Junction-Brentwood. 66773 tnt 66779 on 6T63 Whitemoor-broxbourne engineers.
11/11/18: 66769/57 on 0L33.
12/11/18: 66710 on 4E00 London Gateway-Rotherham intermodal.
17/11/17: 66708 tnt 66733 on 6T64 Whitemoor-B Stortford engineers. 66721 tnt 66725 “down” through Broxbourne on RHTT @ 1704. 66727 on 4M23. 66676 on 0E04 Parkeston-Peterborough light engine.
18/11/18: 66757/59/76 on 0L33 PBO-IPS. 66779 on 6T62 Shenfield-Whitemoor engineers.
19/11/18: 66757/59 on 0L33 IPS-FLX. Cemex 66780 on 4L22.
20/11/18: 66780 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX return.
21/11/18: 66738 on 6H33 Parkeston-Whitemoor. 66769 on 4L02. 66776 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
22/11/18: 66735 towing dead 66751 on OL36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
27/11/18: 66778 on OL36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
28/11/18: 66776 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
30/11/18: 66719 on 4E00 London Gateway-Msboro.

GREATER ANGLIA.
The first of the new Stadtler ‘Flirt’ trains is 755405. It had been exhibited at Innotrans, Berlin in September 2018. It arrived in the UK at Dollands Moor on 14/11/18 – via the Channel Tunnel. It was then moved to Ripple Lane by DBS 92042 + 66002, before onward transit to Norwich. 755407 followed later in November (see below).

The remodelling works at Northumberland Park rail station were completed on 4/11/18.

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Above: The new accessible footbridge and extra platform at Northumberland Park on 25/10/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: The new third track at Northumberland Park, looking towards Meridian Waters and Angel Road – seen on 25/10/18. Note that the extra OLE has yet to be installed. (John Podgorski).
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3-4/11/18: 156407 on Marks Tey-Sudbury (weekend).
7/11/18: 153314 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, due to failure of booked Class 156.
13/11/18: 90015 + DRS 37259/602/423 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.317515 + UID 317 on 1B07 Stansted Express.
19/11/18: 90004/8 at Ilford depot.
28/11/18: 755407 delivered to Norwich.
30/11/18: 90006 ran light as 0Z99 Norwich-Ilford for tyre turning, but failed south of Ipswich Tunnel, it was rescued by 90014.

HEDINGHAM.
Ex Go South Coast (Damory Caoches) are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers 285 (SN03 EBV), 286 (HW54 BTY). They were delivered to Sible Hedingham (HD). Both retain blue livery.

HW54BTY 286 HO 82B (LEXDEN ROAD, CR) 20-11-18
Above: 286 on Lexden Road, Colchester on 20/11/18 – its first day in service with its new operator. (John Podgorski).

SF04SKE 911 HO 137 (JACKSON RD, CN) 23-10-18 (ADAM HUGHES)
Above: One of the pair of ex Stagecoach Chesterfield Optare Solos at Clacton, 911 is seen at Jackson Road, on 23/10/18, a few days after entering traffic . It is on one of its regular workings – the 137 town service. In the background is the site of the former Eastern National bus station – which closed in 1989. (Adam Hughes).

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Above: Chambers 570 (right) at Clacton depot on 3/11/18, with ex London General Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 528. The latter is awaiting single door conversion. (John Podgorski).

Dennis Trident/ELs 712 (T812 RFG), 724 (W824 NNJ) were withdrawn at Clacton. They were collected by Ensign (for spares recovery) on 16th November. 725 (W825 NNJ) has transferred to Chambers. 734 (W834 NNJ) has passed to Mayflower School, Harwich – for static use.

Chambers Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 570 (W487 WGH) was at Clacton (CN) at the start of November but had gone by the middle of the month. B7TL/Gemini 520 (LX05 EZC) has been converted to single door and certified; entering service on 30/11/18. 523 (LX05 EZF) entered service on 29/11/18 after single door conversion. 524 (LX05 EZG) has returned off loan from Konect. 524/25 (LX05 EZG/H) are next in line for single dooring and certification, while 527 (LX06 EAK) is under conversion. Volvo B7TL/EL 9000 (PL51 LGD) has ceased to be a trainer and is to be returned to pcv use. It has moved from CN to HD. Scania Omnilink trainer YU02 GHO has gone on loan to Konect.

Scania Omnidekka movements have seen 803/11 (YN55 PZE/P) borrowed from Chambers, with 811 subsequently going back,  with Hedingham 812/13 (YN55 PZR/U).

Ford Transit 13 seater BU14 YNT was again hired from Robertson Van Hire, for the latter part of the Autumn school term. It is again used for Manningtree School.

Sible Hedingham ADL/Enviro 200 262 (EU58 JCJ) was at Kelvedon from 1st November. This was to do with the transfer of routes 82 and 83 (Colchester-Fordham/The Teys/Mount Bures/Colne Engaine) to KN from HD from 5/11/18. On that day, 262 operated the first KN 83 and Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 289 (EJ02 KYY) worked the inaugural KN 82. 262 was returned to HD on 9th November and replaced by SLF/MPD 290 (EX02 RYR). 262 returned to KN on 13th November and stayed until the 23rd, before coming back on the 29th. Dart SLF/MPD 290 (EX02 RYR) was briefly loaned to Chambers at the start of November. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) is withdrawn and cannibalised at HD. It was stood down due to structural failure.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coach 5 (N664 THO) has been repaired following engine failure. It continues at HD on Hedingham School contracts.

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Above: 262 on Lexden Road, Colchester on 5/11/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 2/11/18: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 254 (EU05 AUR) on 79. 13/11/18: Long ADL/E200 262 on TLA B (pm). 14/11/18: 262 on TLA B (am). 15-16/11/18: 262 on 92 – back to old haunts, and subsequently appearing regularly.

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Above: Refurbished Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 584 at Kelvedon depot on 3/11/18. (John Podgorski).

LX06EAJ 526 KONECT LOANED FROM HO 57A (NORWICH) 3-11-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: On loan to Konect, Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 526 (LX06 EAJ) at Castle Meadow, Norwich on 3/11/18. (Simon Austin).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Odd sightings: 2/11/18: Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) on 93.

KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
K800DYS KEVENDY'S (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 25-11-18
Above: Setra S250 R958 AEV is now K800 DYS. It had been K30 BYS when with Kirbys of Rayleigh, whose livery it retains. It was seen at Ingatestone on Greater Anglia RRP on 25/11/18. (John Podgorski).

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
LK59FEU WVN3 GAL 20 (LOUGHTON) 12-11-18 (D ACOTT)
Above: Ex First Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVN3 at Loughton Station on 12/11/18. When initially won by Go-Ahead, the 20 was worked by Blue Triangle. (Daniel Acott).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
A poppy transfer has appeared on the front offside of Class 315 EMUS – below the vestibule window.

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Above: 315805 at London Liverpool Street on 10/11/18. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
A poppy transfer appeared on the cab ends of trains, to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. However, all had been removed by the end of November.

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Above: 91219 at Liverpool Street on 10/11/18, forming the rear of a Hainault via Newbury Park service. (John Podgorski).

M and M STAFFING, CHELMSFORD.
Neoplan Tourliner tri-axle OU16 ZVX has lost its green relief and is now plain white.

MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
TUI4741 MARC1 TRAVEL NEW LIVERY (GA RRP INGATSTONE) 18-11-18
Above: Scania K340/Berkhof Axial TUI 4741 at Ingatestone on 18/11/18; on Greater Anglia RRP. (John Podgorski).

Below: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiee 350 NIL 3296 at the same location, on the same job – but on 25/11/18. (John Podgorski).
NIL3296 MARC1 TRAVEL NEW LIVERY (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 25-11-18

A new fleet livery has been introduced. It features large blue fleet names and blue dots (with the Marc 1 logo inside), on white base. The number of logos varies between vehicles.
M10 TVL is a Ford Transit 16 seater.

M10TVL MARC1 TRAVEL (INGATESTONE) 25-11-18
Above: M10 TVL on crew ferry duty at Ingatestone on 25/11/18. (John Podgorski).

METROLINE.
LK18AKN VMH2455 METROLINE 30 (EUSTON ROAD) 23-11-18
Above: Volvo B5H/EvoSeti VMH2455, on the ex Tower Transit TfL route 30, on Euston Road, London on 23/11/18. (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
A poppy transfer has appeared on Class 315 and 345 EMUs – below the drivers cab window. One ‘315 has poppys on both sides of the cab exterior. All had been removed by the end of November.

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Above: 345014 at London Liverpool Street on 10/11/18. (John Podgorski).

315845 TfL RAIL (LIVERPOOL ST) 15-6-16
Above: 315845 at London Liverpool Street on 15/6/16. (John Podgorski).

315846 TfL RAIL GOODMAYES 30-1-16
Above: 315846 departs Goodmayes on 30/1/16, heading a Liverpool Street to Shenfield service. On the left is the site of the old Goodmayes freight yard, with Ilford in the middle background. On the the track sides are works connected with CrossRail. (John Podgorski).

315828/41 have passed to Sims Metals, Newport (Gwent) for scrap.
315845/46 have gone to EMR, Kingsbury for scrap.
5/11/18: 315845/46 towed from Ilford to Kingsbury by ROG 37800.
6/11/18: 315828/41 towed from Ilford to Newport by 37800.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
A poppy transfer appeared on coaches – on the front panel at the bottom offside, to commemorate 100 years of the end of World War I. They had been removed by the end of November.
The site of the old Kings Hedges depot at Cambridge, which closed in 2005, is now a Travis Perkins builders yard. The land had lain vacant for several years.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OLD KINGS HEDGES CAMBRIDGE SITE 24-11-18
Above: Kings Hedges depot site as seen on 24/11/18. (John Podgorski).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
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Above: Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN at Marsh Road, Northumberland Park on 25/10/18. (John Podgorski).

The Northumberland Park Level Crossing Shuttle finished at 2200 on Sunday 4/11/18. Plaxton Mini Pointer Dennis Dart SLF  KV51 KZK worked the final journeys. The project (to modernise the railway station) had started in July 2017, and overrun by 4 months. The bus outstation at Meridian Waters has thus ceased, with KV51 KZK running light back to Matching Green. KV51 KZK is now surplus to requirements. The other Panther vehicles there at the end were Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN and Vauxhall Astra van AB56 PAN. These were moved before the final day. SB07 initially returned to Parkeston.
Engineering is being concentrated at Weeley, with Matching Green reduced in size. Dunmow outstation remains available for use, but no longer has a vehicle regularly kept there.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN is delicensed due to mechanical failure.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DC62 PAN at Braintree Road, Witham on 4/11/18, on Greater Anglia Witham-Braintree RRP. (John Podgorski).

BIG9249 PANTHER + BUF272C SEAFORD & DISTRICT (LUL DUPLICATES) (ALDGATE) 7-11-18 (A HAZELL)
Above; BIG 9249 with Seaford and District “Queen Mary” Leyland Titan PD3/4 – NC BUF 272C, at Aldgate on 7/11/18. (Alex Hazell).

On 7/11/18, there was strike action on the London Underground Central Line. Leyland Olympian BIG 9249 worked peak shorts on TfL25 between Ilford and Aldgate, while Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale BIG 9210 did the same on TfL158 between Stratford and Leyton. They operated 0603-0930 and 1630-1930.

Sold are Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Paramount 3200 BIG 8856 – to Dans Coach Travel of Needham Market, and Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE.

BX56VTE PANTHER (HARWICH DEPOT WITHDRAWN) 6-10-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Withdrawn Mb Sprinter LF/Koch BX56 VTE at Parkeston depot on 6/10/18. (Daniel Pretty).

DAF DB250LF/EL FD02 UKR ex AB02 PAN, now with Reading Buses, was loaned to ABus, Bristol to cover for vehicles lost in a fire at the latter.

ROG.
9/11/18: 37800 towed GTR 365505 from Crewe to Ilford as 5Q50.
16/11/18: 37884 on 0M87 Leicester-Ilford light engine, then towed 321418 to Kilmarnock.
27/11/18: 37884 towed 365507 on Crewe-Ilford.

STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
The Braintree base has moved from Skitts Hill, to the old First yard at Springwood Drive.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
YN08NYB TENDRING TRAVEL EX PHOTOFLASH CARLUKE (STUTTON) 8-11-18 (C BAINES)
Above: Ex Photoflash Travel of Carluke, Scotland is Mb 0815D/Plaxton Cheetah2 YN08 NYB. Pictured at Stutton on 8/11/18. (Chris Baines).

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Above: Mb 0815D/Rial C10 NGC, in the new livery, at Southway, Colchester on 2/11/18. (John Podgorski).

Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKJ has joined RY57 ZKK is receiving fleet names and vinyls of Hodges of Sandhurst base colours.

TOWER TRANSIT.
GAL ORPINGTON DEPOT FIRE EN33 SN11 BWU 22-11-18 (CROYDON ADVERTISER)
Above: One of the ADL/Enviro 400s recently sold via Ensign to Go-Ahead London, DN33625 (SN11 BNU) – was damaged beyond economic repair in a fire at Metrobus Orpington depot on 22/11/18. It became Go-Ahead EN33, but never entered service with its new operator. It was an unlucky bus, as when with Tower Transit it had been badly damaged in a road traffic accident. It was reacquired by Ensign, who broke it up. All the other fire write-offs were taken away by Ensign too. These included ex Tower Transit EN37 (SN11 BOJ), which had been completely destroyed.(Croydon Advertiser).

UNO.
Dart SLF/Pointers KL03 OSE and KE04 UMC have passed to Stephensons of Essex (in a dealer capacity). They are stored at Stephenson’s Braintree site. UMC had latterly been on loan to Little Jim’s Buses at Berkhamstead.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 504 at St Albans on a local service, on 17/11/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Mb Citaro MB321 at St Albans on 17/11/18. The class prefixes have actually now ceased. (John Podgorski).

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, C Baines, EBN, Ensignbus, Jake Paul Gill, A Hazell, Hedingham Buses, Londons Transport, LOTS, D Pretty, PSVC, RM, J Sadd.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage – October 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons. MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
The bus and coach company landscape continues to change. NIBS (Nelsons Independant Bus Service) of Wickford has been sold to Eastern Transport Holdings, the parent of Stephensons of Essex. NIBS was a family business, founded by Bill Nelson and latterly managed by his son, Steve. Originally it had run buses and coaches, but latterly focused on the former only. In 2016, NIBS acquired the business of Amber, which comprised a coach/school contract operation at Rayleigh and a local bus undertaking at Mountnessing. Based at The Coach Station on the industrial estate at Wickford, NIBS has additional parking in the vicinity, firstly at an aggregates depot and more recently a car spares yard. At the time of sale, some school buses were also outbased at Brentwood Coaches at Hutton. The fleet is largely Scania and the yellow and red buses will continue to be a feature of Wickford, Basildon, Billericay and Brentwood, (plus further afield on Sundays and holidays).
Meanwhile, Ensignbus has increased its presence in Brentwood with the launch of a new commercial bus route – the 31; serving the north of this town, from 1st October. On the debit side, JR Executive Travel of Copdock, near Ipswich, brought in the receivers at the start of October. JR was originally a taxi and phv operator, but in the past five years expanded into full size coaches. JR’s work was mostly rail, schools and private charters. A new company has been formed to continue operations.
Up in the skies, Primera Air has been grounded. This Scandinavian low cost carrier, with big aspirations, had been running transatlantic flights from Stansted since June 2018. On 2/10/18, it was announced Primera had ceased operations, leaving many customers either stranded abroad or out of pocket, as well as staff out of a job. Then on 18th October, Cypriut low cost carrier Cobalt Air suspended operations.
On the rails, the first ex MTR TfL Rail Class 315 EMUs have gone for scrap. Three different dealers are buying them.
We also salute the end of a significant type of water transport in this issue. Busmopolitan does not normally cover maritime topics, but the retirement of the three current Woolwich Free Ferry vessels could not go unacknowledged. They had plied between the north and south banks of the River Thames in east London for 55 years. Early in 2019, two new ferries will arrive as their replacements.
Finally, October 21st saw a major shake up of bus stopping arrangements around Colchester town centre. Virtually all services had their stops changed, and in some cases, their stopping points reduced. Leaflets were issued to advise of the alterations, and council staff were initially on hand to assist. However there was criticism that not enough had been done to advise of the changes, especially to occasional bus users and those unfamiliar with the area.

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Above: First Essex Wright StreetLite 63343 by numberless bus stops at Osborne Street, Colchester on 21/10/18. Destinations have replaced the numbers. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Additional CBUS information poster. Seen at St Johns Street on 22/10/18. (John Podgorski).

A2B BUSES, CAMBRIDGE.
Has ex Go-Ahead London Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital LT02 NVJ – via Ensign.

ADVANCE, SOUTHEND.
Ex Craig of Campbeltown is Scania K360EB6/Irizar YR61 RWF.
Sold is VoLVO b10m/bERKHOF aXIAL r915 ula.

APT COACHES, RAYLEIGH.
BMC850 BX08 EZR has been sold.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
SN54HXF 3419 AR CR POPPY 1 (CR B S) 27-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above; 3419 at Osborne Street, Colchester on 27/10/18. (Simon Austin).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3419 (SN54 HXF) has received a poppy themed livery, to commemorate 100 years of the end of Workd War 1.

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DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX) is on loan for driver training. It was pictured at Shrub End Road on 23/10/18. (John Podgorski).

RX07KPG 1562 AR NC 1 (THE COMMONS, COLCHESTER) 6-10-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Short Dennis Dart/Caetano Nimbus 1562 at The Commons, Prettygate on 6/10/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Odd sightings: P&R ADL/E200 4073 (SK15 GXT) on 900. 5/10/18: B7RLE/Wright 3825 (GN07 AVO) on 1. 6/10/18 (Saturday): SLF/MPD 1558 (KX56 HCP), short SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 1. 20/10/18: P&R ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on 900. 26/10/18: B7RLE 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 1. 30/10/18: 4072 on 900.

The latest crew ferry car is hired Vauxhall Mokka DV67 TVY.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
ADL/Enviro 200MMC 3106 (YX17 NME), moved onto Arriva Midlands without being used here.
Optare Versas 4199 (YJ58 PFZ), 4236 (KX13 DHF) have transferred to Ware depot.

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Above: Optare Solo M950 no 1453 at Harlow Bus Station on 20/10/18. This had been one of the last buses in Network Harlow (dark blue) livery. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 20/10/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3857 (KE54 LPC) on 59.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6500 9SN66 WHT0 has received poppy themed livery.

SN66WHT 6500 AR SD (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Prior to its poppy branding, ADL/Enviro 400MMC 6500 outside the Canvey Transport Museum on 14/10/18. It is on an open day shuttle between there, the seafront and Benfleet rail station. (Simon Austin).

Below: From the pre Arriva era is privately preserved AEC PRV Routemaster no 122. Seen at the seafront display of the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot).
VLT44 122 SOUTHEND TRANSPORT (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
The new style fleet name and logo is now appearing across this fleet. It has been particularly noted on DW Class VDL 300/Gemini2s, which are going through repaint.
Noted include DW206/7/26.

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
One of the Mb Sprinters was stolen and found, in a damaged condition, at Dagenham. It was subsequently recovered to Orwell Trucks, Ipswich.

BEESTONS.
YN54OCJ BEESTONS 971 (CR B S) 15-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnidekka YN54 OCJ at Osborne Street, Colchester on 15/10/18 – on the 971 registered schools service. (Simon Austin).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals LT02 NUM/O/V/U, NVE/H/J, WUO/P/R passed to Ensign after the loss of TfL 193 to Stagecoach. All were resold to Hardwick, Carlton (dealer) for scrap, except NVJ which went to A2B Buses at Cambridge. All remaining LDP Class Dart SLF/Pointers were also withdrawn, following the loss of TfL193.
The old Ferry Lane, Rainham site has been redeveloped as a warehouse building.

CHAMBERS.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was briefly borrowed from Hedingham in early October. Scania Omnidekka 808 (YN55 PZL) replaced 806 (YN55 PZH) at Hedingham, Kelvedon in mid October.

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Above: 808 at Hedingham’s Kelvedon depot on 20/10/18, with Hedingham Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 563. (John Podgorski).

Following the closure of the Dugard House office in Colchester, the legals have been changed to: HC Chambers and Son Limited, 5-7, John Goshawk Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1SY.

COBALT AIR.
Just after midnight on 18/10/18, all flights were suspended. The company subsequently ceased trading. A failure to gain extra finance was cited as the cause.

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Above: Airbus A319 5B-DCU at Stansted on 7/1/17. (John Podgorski).

COLAS RAIL.
15/10/18: 66848 towing FL 66515 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
23/10/18: 70817 on 6737 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
25/10/18: 70817 on 6L37.
29/10/18: 70817 on 6L37.

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere R10 ETS is withdrawn.

DBS.
2/10/18: 66176 tnt 66188 on 3J33 RHTT at Royston.
8/10/18: 66176 tnt 66188 on 3J33 – and continued on this during October.
17/10/18: 66030 on 0341 London Gateway-Wakefield. 66091 at Bow East on 0836 to Calvert.
19/10/18: 66025 tnt 66133 on 3J33.
31/10/18: 66182 on Bow-Heck Plasmor

DKV ENTERPRISES, COPDOCK.
This is the new incarnation of JR Executive Travel, (see below).

WA06NCC (REAR) DKV ENTERPISES (STUTTON) 10-10-18 (CHRIS BAINES)
Above: DKV is acquiring its own vehicles. This is ex Ingleby’s of York Mb 0816D WA06 NCC at Stutton on 10/10/18. (Chris Baines).

DRS.
1/10/18: 37605 tnt 37606 on 3S60 Stowmarket RTT via Clacton, Ingatestone.
3/10/18: 37259 tnt 37602 on 3S01 Stowmarket RHTT. 37612 on 0Z37 Norwich-Doncaster via Stowmarket and Cambridge. 57002/3 on Stowmarket RHTT.
4/10/18: 37259 tnt 37602 on 3S60 Stowmarket-Wickford RHTT.
5/10/18: 37605 tnt 37606 on 3S60 RHTT at Ipswich.
6/10/18: 57002/3 on 3S60 RHTT, continued on this during October.
12/10/18: 37607/12 on test train at Cambridge. 57002/3 on 3S60 at Ipswich.
17/10/18: 47812 towing 365527 to Ilford (seen Stratford) @ 1340.
18/10/18: 37407 added to rear of RHTT set with 57002/3.
20/10/18: 37038 tnt 57301 on 3S60. 37716 on 5V91 Norich-Ilford ECS and returned light engine.
22/10/18: 37038 tnt 57301 on 3S60. 57007 tnt 57002 on 6Z23 Stowmarket-Ilford.
23/10/18: 37423 tnt 37606 on 3S60.
25/10/18: 37602 tnt 37259 on 3S60 at Ipswich en route to Clacton.
26/10/18: 37606 tnt 37423 on 3S60.
29/10/18: 57007 tnt 57002 on RHTT “up” through Marks Tey @ 1000.
31/10/18: 37405 on Willesden Brent-Stowmarket light engine.

EASTERN NATIONAL.
UAR597W 3107 EN (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)
Above: Preserved Bristol VRTSL/ECW 3107 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot).

ENSIGNBUS.
New commercial service 31 started from 1/10/18. It is a Brentwood town route, running between the railway station, Bishops Hall Estate and Pilgrims Hatch. It runs M-Sat every 20 mins daytimes. There are also additional 31X early morning journeys M-F. The three short ADL/Enviro 200s mentioned in September 2018 Busmopolitan are used, along with some existing vehicles. It competes against First route 37.

DK09OBH 650 ENSIGNBUS 31 (HIGH ST BD) 4-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 650 (DK09 OBH) on a southbound 31 at High Street, Brentwood on 4/10/18. This bus had previously been branded for the 99 Tilbury Town Circular. (Simon Austin).

Below: ADL/E200 no 602 at Purfleet depot on 14/10/18. (John Podgorski).
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‘Contactless Payment’ branding is now appearing on ADL/E200s.

Short ADL/Enviro 200 602 has been re-registered CSK 282. ADL/E200 719 (SK15 HBB) has been VOR since June and will eventually re-enter traffic.
Scania Omnidekka 901 was on loan to First Bristol.

22/10/2018 saw the start of the UK Poppy Appeal, in advance of the centenary of the end of World War 1 on 11/11/2018. 26 Ensign buses were named in 2015 after fallen local troops.

ENSIGNBUS SIDNEY BILES PLAQUE 5-7-15
(John Podgorski).

ENSIGNBUS SIDNEY BILES MEMORIAL NOTICE 5-7-15
(John Podgorski).

Above: Sidney Biles was on of the fallen Purfleet soldiers commemorated by Ensignbus. He was not killed in action, but died from illness, caused by the unsanitary conditions in the trenches.

In the Heritage fleet, Leyland Tiger TS7/Harrington 1179 (DUF 179) has a replacement engine and is back in use.

Odd sightings: 4/10/18: BCI Excellence 146 (LX17 DZG) on 81.

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY.
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Above: RT1700 at Pilgrims Hatch on 20/10/18, on the 339 Ongar-Shenfield shuttle.
(John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
AU05MUW 32654 FEC (IPSWICH RRP) 21-10-18 (D PRETTY)

Above: Ex First Essex Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32654 at Ipswich on GA rail replacement to Felixstowe on 21/10/18. (Daniel pretty).

FIRST ESSEX.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65673/77 (SN51 UYG/L) have transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth, (on loan for a Bernard Matthews contract). Scanias at Colchester (CR) are being replaced by ex First Glasgow ADL/Enviro 300s; 67755/56 (SN62 ASO/U) being the first noted.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33178 (LR02 LYX) moved from Basildon (BN) to CR.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65672 (SN51 UYE) is delicensed at CR due to mechanical failure.
The remaining withdrawn yellow BMCs at Braintree have gone. 68508/9/32 passed to Truck and Plant (dealer). BMC 68551 was collected from CF by Alpha Recovery – for scrap. Dart SLF/Caetano 41520 also went from CF to Alpha for scrap, but 41521 remains active at CF.
Odd sightings: 4/10/18: X30 ADL/E200MMC 67168 on 42. 5/10/18: StreetLite 63341 on 67. 9/10/18: StreetLite 63343 on 67. 22/10/18: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 CHY) on 75. 26/10/18: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67169 (YY66 PBZ) on 70. 31/10/18:X30 ADL/E200 MMC 66171 (YY66 PCO) on 70.

FLAGFINDERS.
YN07EYP FLAGFINDERS (IPSWICH MUSEUM) 5-10-18 (TIM BARLTROP)
Above: YN07 EYP is one of the pair of recently acquired ex Nottingham City Transport Scania Omnidekkas. it was pictured at Ipswich Museum on 5/10/18. (Tim Barltrop).

Scania Omnidekka YN07 EYP is allocated to Braintree, while YN07 EYT is at Halstead.
Also now at Halstead is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R758 DRJ.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R141 EVX was at Tollesbury in early October, covering for a failed Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President. It moved to Kelvedon the following week.

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Above: R141 EVX at West Mersea, turning from Chapmans Lane into East Road, on a morning East Mersea-Thurstable School journey on 5/10/18. (John Podgorski).

FREIGHTLINER.
1/10/18: 66599 failed at Maryland at 1000 on 0750 FLX-Lawley Street. Rescued by 66539.
2/10/18: 70005 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe.
3/10/18: 70006 on 0L89 IPS-FLX light loco.
4/10/18: 70007 on Trafford Park-FLX.
7/10/18: 66587 tnt 66536 on Stansted-Parkeston HOBC via Cambridge.
10/10/18: 66622 on Tunstead-Bow.
16/10/18: 66554 on 1Z99 to recover failed 4L85 at Stowmarket.
18/10/18: 70020 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX.
19/10/18: 66616 at Marks Tey Sand Yard @ 0910.
23/10/18: 66536 on Ipswich-Lindsay fuel tanks with 2 TDAs and 3 TTAs; returned light as 0L49.
25/10/18: 66505 on Doncaster-Chesterton Junc aggregates.
27/10/18: 66551 tnt 66552 on Whitemoor-Harlow Town engineers.

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Above: 66616 at Marks Tey on 19/10/18. (John Podgorski).

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1/10/18: 66765 on 7P65 Harwich-N Walsham light loco.
2/10/18: 66765 on 6A32 N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66766 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
3/10/18: 66708 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66714 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66732 at Temple Mills on RHTT. 66765 on N Walsham-IPS light loco.
5/10/18: 66702 tnt 66732 on Cambridge RHTT. 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
6/10/18:66721/26 on 3S70 RHTT.
8/10/18: 66710/68 on 0l33 PBO-IPS-FLX light loco. 66721/26 on 3S81 RHTT.
10/10/18: 66701 on Hams Hall-FLX. 66721/26 on 3S81.
11/10/18: 66702/32 on 3S81 RHTT at Cambridge and continued on this during October. 66772 on IPSW-N Walsham light loco.
13/10/18: 66713/701 on 4L07 Hams Hall-Parkeston. 66721/26 on 3S70 RHTT at Wickford. 66773 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX.
14/10/18: 66752 on Ipswich-Parkeston tank.
15/10/18: 66768/59 on 0L33. 66777 on 6L36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
16/10/18: 66732 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
18/10/18: 66773 on Parkeston-N Walsham light loco.
19/10/18: 66789 on 6O35 Whitemoor-Hoo Jct.
21/10/18: 66713/59 on 0L33 PBO-IPS light engine.
22/10/18: 66713/59 in IPS-FLX light engine.
25/10/18: 66747 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66771 on 4Z26. 66789 on 4L22.
26/10/18: 66746 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66789 on 4L22 return to FLX.
28/10/18: 66759/37/14 on 0L33 PBO-FLX light engine.
29/10/18: 66705 failed on 4R03 Harwich-N Walsham tanks at Manningtree and rescued by FL 66533/60/54 and forwarded to IPS. 66714/37 on 0L33 IPS-FLX. 66759 on 0P41 Parkeston-Ipswich light engine, then light to N Walsham.
30/10/18: 66726 on 4L02. 66745 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66789 on 6Y34 Whitemoor-Parkeston.
31/10/18: 66702 on RHTT at Ilford. 66744 on 4Z80 FLX-Masboro.

GREATER ANGLIA.
321322/26-28 at Doncaster for Renatus conversion.
321403 has gone to Scotrail to become a Class 320/4 – see below.
1/10/18: 90002 on 0Z41 Norwich-Bounds Green light engine. 321325 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS. 321329 on Ilford-Doncaster ECS.
2/10/18: 321335/63 at Norwich.
3/10/18: 90003 on Norwich-Bounds Green light engine. 317885/6 on 1B07 Stansted Express.
6/10/18: 321435/442/436 stabled in Platform 5 at Shenfield, due to engineering work on the Southend Victoria line.
8/10/18: 317506 on 5N09 Ilford-Carlisle ECS and then hauled onwards to Kilmarnock. 321403 towed away to Kilmarnock behind ROG 37884.
15/10/18: 90012 + 37605 + 90008 on Norwich-Crewe light loco via GEML.
24/10/18: 90015 with 90003 dead in tow on 1P54 London-Norwich.
25/10/18: 90008 on 0Z90 Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML.
27-28/10/18: 156418 ‘ESTA’ on Marks Tey-Sudbury (weekend).
29/10/18: 321301/5 on 0900 NOR-LST.
30/10/18: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury (weekday).

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Above: 321403 will join “native” Class 320s in the Glasgow area once converted to 3 cars by Barclays at Kilmarnock. This is 320321 at Glasgow Queen Street Low Level in April 2001. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
Following the closure of Dugard House office in Colchester, the legals have been changed to: Hedingham Omnibuses Limited, 5-7 John Goshawk Road, Dereham Norfolk.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was briefly loaned to Chambers during the second week of October.
Scania Omnidekkas 802/6 (YN55 PZD/H) came from Chambers on 4/10/18, with 805/10 (YN55 PZG/O) returning. 808 came from Chambers on 19/10/18. These are/were at KN. 800 (YN53 RYP) continues on loan from Chambers and at HD. CN Volvo B7TL/President 584 (PJ02 REU) appeared at KN on 9/10/18, but went back to CN on 12/10/18. The same date saw Omnidekka 802 go back to Chambers in exchange for 810. On 19/10/18, 806 returned to Chambers in exchange for 808 (YN55 PZL). In the last week of October, 812/13 both briefly went to Chambers, before returning to KN.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 525 (LX05 EZH) has returned from Konect, off loan. 521 (LX05 EZD) entered service from CN on 25/10/18, its first duty being on the X76.
Ford Transit 16 seater BU14 ENT has returned to Robertson Van Hire – off loan.

Some views of the remodelling at Clacton depot.

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Above: The refurbished staff room.

Below: The new traffic office.
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Above: The cashing up area.
(All pictures taken by John Podgorski on 24/9/18).

Odd sightings: 4/10/18: B7TL/President 569 on 83.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Scania Omnicity ‘decker 46 (YR61 RPX) has been named ‘Kevin Beattie – ITFC No 6 1970-1982’, after a famous Ipswich Town football player.

JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
This operator has gone into administration. A new company, called DKV Enterprises has been set up to continue operations, but on a smaller scale. Some school contracts have passed to other operators.
Volvo B12M/Sunsundegui JR05 BUS was at HB Commercials, Ipswich as this time and remained there.

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Above: Setra S315 C3 PRP at Marks Tey, on Greater Anglia rail replacement on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
Setra S415 T50 KCL – the Essex Cricket team coach, has been re-registered ES53 XCC.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals LN51 DWO, LT02 ZDR passed to Ensign. They were resold to Hardwick, Carlton (dealer).

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Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL189 at Northumberland Park depot on 25/10/18. This was one of the ex Putney WVLs transferred for TfL257 (Walthamstow-Stratford). When 257 was lost to Stagecoach, WVL189 was one of a few retained, and now appears on TfL20 (Walthamstow-Debden) and TfL191 (Edmonton-Brimsdown). (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
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Above: 315860 forms the rear of a Shenfield to Liverpool Street service, as it departs Brentwood on 16/1/16. (John Podgorski).

315832/35 have gone to Sims Metals, Newport (Gwent) for scrap.
315850 has gone to Booth, Rotherham for scrap.
315860/61 have passed to EMR, Kingsbury for scrap.
3/10/18: 345005 failed at Liverpool Street on 0934 from Shenfield. Rescued by 345006 and recovered to Gidea Park.
4/10/18: 345017 on 5C91 Gidea Park-Gas Factory Junction ECS. Had been at OC until recently.
16/10/18: Severe disruption to west side services after 500m of OLE brought down by GWR IEP test train near Ealing Broadway. Problems continued into following day.
20/10/18: 315850 towed from Wolverton to Rotherham by ROG 37800.
29/10/18: 315860/61 towed from Wolverton to Kingsbury by 37800.
30/10/18: 315832/35 towed from Wolverton to Newport (Gwent) by 37800.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
New are Scania/Caetano Levante IIIs SH244 (BF68 LDA), BF68 LDC/K.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Volvo B10M/Jonckherre Mistral W864 AAY has passed to a dealer in Leicestershire.

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Above: Ex Morebus Volvo B7RLE/Wright HF54 HGY at West Mersea on 5/10/18, on the morning 177 service to Colchester. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Has been sold to Eastern Transport Holdings; also owners of Stephensons. The fleet has been renumbered into the Stephensons fleet number series.

LX08ECE NIBS 104 (BN B S) 14-7-16 (S AUSTIN)
Above: NIBS runs local bus routes and school contracts, mostly around Basildon and Brentwood. Ex Go-Ahead Docklands Buses Scania Omnicity LX08 ECE was at Basildon Bus Station on 14/7/16, on former District Bus route 104. (Simon Austin).

Below: The Wickford sub yard on 14/9/14; with then recently acquired Omnicity LX08 ECD and soon to be withdrawn Scania N113/Alexander RH G603 KTX. (John Podgorski).
LX08ECD & G603KTX NIBS 14-9-14

NORTHERN RAIL.
9/10/18: 322481 on Ilford-Doncaster ECS.

322485 ONE GE MANNINGTREE 6-04
Above: The Class 322s worked on West Anglia and Great Eastern earlier in their careers; then Scotrail before reaching Northern. Here is 322485 at Manningtree in June 2004, on a Harwich Town branch line service. (John Podgorski).

OLYMPUS, HARLOW.
The yard at Parkway remains the same with Dart SLF/Mini Pointer V196 ERG; SLF/Pointer Y161 NLK and Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther CN05 DZF still there in October.

OSBORNES OF TOLLESBURY.
LYR997 OSBORNES (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved RT LYR 997 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. (Simon Austin).

P and M COACHES, BASILDON.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere N46 MDW, is now with Graham of Orpington.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
db09pan panther (parkeston depot) 8-18 (c sampson)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DB09 PAN takes a break at Parkeston, Harwich depot in late October 2018. (Chris Sampson).

SB09PAN ex YX09FLE PANTHER 2 (MANNINGTREE) 23-10-18 (S BARHAM)
Above: SB09 PAN at Manningtree on 23/10/18. It is on the 2 Mistley-Clacton service, which is subcontracted from First Essex. (Steve Barham).

A third ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 now at work is SB09 PAN (ex YX09 FLE) – named ‘Stephen’.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer BIG 9248 has reverted to S303 JUA, and been sold to Hams of Flimwell, East Sussex. Hams has increased its local bus activities, by winning council tendered routes from Arriva and Renown. (Some years ago, Renown had an Essex outpost).
Leyland Olympian/ECW “Big Bertha” double deck coach BIG 4005 has reverted to its original B693 BPU identity and been sold to a preservationist.
The “spares only” ex Scraggs of Stoke Plaxton Primo L12 PPN has gone to Walton Salvage for scrap, while ex Jones of Braintree, (unused) Primo YX07 HNP went to Takeley Metals, also for scrap. Unused Primo YX55 DSE passed to M and D Travel, Stockton – for spares.

L12PPN PANTHER (SCRAP TAKELEY METALS) 5-10-18 (S BARHAM)
Above: L12 PPN at Walton on 5/10/18. (Steve Barham).

Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere 350 BIG 9895 was destroyed by fire after passing to Maya Travel, Wolverhampton. Its remains passed to Lloyd of Hixon for breaking.

PRIMERA AIR.
This Danish low cost airline, who ran a Stansted-New York and Stansted-Washington DC service, suddenly ceased trading on 2/10/18. Many customers were left stranded or out of pocket. Primera is the fifth airline to have attempted transatlantic services from Stansted in the past two decades. It blamed flight delays and late delivery of new Airbus aircraft as contributing to its failure.

OY-PSC B737 PRIMERA AIR (WORLD OF AVIATION BLOG.COM)
Above: Primera Boeing 737 OY-PSC. (World of Aviation Blog.com).

ROG.
1/10/18: 47848 at Ilford depot.
5/10/18: 37611 towed 345002 on 5Q50 OC-IL.
8/10/18: 37884 towed GA 321403 to Kilmarnock.

RONDA COACHES, SOUTHEND.
Ex Bovington of Cliftonville is Mb 614D/Crest S217 TKR.

RYANAIR.
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Above: Boeing 737-800AS EI-EBD at Stansted on 27/10/18, on FR6036 from Rimini. (John Podgorski).

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
On loan from Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire is MAN18.220/Alexander ALX300 trainer 22141 (S141 TRJ).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Rainham (RM) depot, no longer operates Tridents.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 36354 at ADL, Harlow on 20/10/18. This has finished its days in London, and awaits use elsewhere. (John Podgorski).

Below: ADL/Enviro 400 no 19782 at ADL, Harlow on 20/10/18, with Reading Buses ADL/Enviro 400 City no 717. (John Podgorski).
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STEPHENSONS.
YN08OAM 510 STEPHENSONS 702 (LEXDEN RD, CR) 15-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 510, working from Clacton outstation, at Lexden Road, Colchester on 15/10/18, on registered schools service 702. (Simon Austin).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
LJ03MDX SUFFOLK NORSE EX HOLMESWOOD (STUTTON) 15-10-18 (CHRIS BAINES)
Above: Some DAF DB250LF/Alexander ALX400s are on hire. Ex Holmeswood Coaches LJ03 MDX departs Stutton on 15/10/18. (Chris Baines).

The Ipswich depot is currently at Whitehouse. Consideration is being made to move it to Copdock.

SWALLOW, RAINHAM.
Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses LK53 FDC/F have passed to Ensign.

TALISMAN, GREAT BROMLEY.
A visit to the depot on 12/10/18, found the following vehicles present:
Leyland Titan A620 THV; Setra S315 VSU 803; Setra S416s BJ08 KNM, UL11 ULM, BU14 SYE; Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royales N119/20 UHP. Setra S416 BU13 ZUA was on loan to Angus, Needham Market. VH Astromega FUH 933 was at HB Commercials, Ipswich in October.

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Above: The Talisman yard on 12/10/18. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
KV09GJK TENDRING TRAVEL (GA RRP CR) 7-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: KV09 EJK is a Mb 0816D/Plaxton Cheetah. It was seen at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ingatestone, on 7/10/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: Ex Stagecoach Scotland West Volvo B12T/Plaxton Panther SF57 DPX on GA RRP to/from Ipswich, at Norwich on 13/10/18. (John Podgorski).
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THAMESWAY.
K909CVW 909 TWAY (CANVEY RALLY) 14-10-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Preserved Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer 909 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 14/10/18. This was new to Ponders End for LRT 214 (Parliament Hill Fields-Liverpool Street) and moved to Eastern National at Colchester in 1998. It was withdrawn from Clacton in 2009, and has been restored to original condition. (Simon Austin).

THOMAS COOK AIRLINES.
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Above: Airbus A321-211 G-TCDL arrives at Stansted on MT1957 from Fuerteventura on 27/10/18. (John Podgorski).

TOWER TRANSIT.
Sold to Ensign were ADL/Enviro 400s SN11 BML/U/V/Y, BNA/B/D/E/F/J/K/L/O/U/V/X/Y/Z, BOF/H/J/U/V, BPE/F.
Resold by Ensign to Go-Ahead London were SN11 BMY, BNB/F/K/O/U/Z, BOF/H/J/U/V, BPE, where they will join the EN Class of other former First London E400s.
SN11 BNF was exported to City Sightseeing, Malta and SN11 BNJ to Gozo Coaches on Malta. Sullivan Buses of South Mymms took SN11 BNV/X.

TRANSPORT for LONDON.
The Becontree Heath bus terminus is temporarily closed for building works.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
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Above: Ex Metrobus Scania Omnilink/EL Esteem YM55 SXB at Harlow Bus Station on 20/10/18. (John Podgorski).

VIRGIN TRAINS.
4/10/18: 221101 at Ilford, Bombardier.

WOOLWICH FREE FERRY.
The three 1963 built vessels were withdrawn after service on 5/10/18. The ferry was then suspended for 3 months, pending delivery of the two new ships. They were John Burns, Ernest Bevin and James Newman. They were built by the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Dundee. A French dealer purchased them for scrap.

WOOLWICH FREE FERRIES X 3 (NORTH WOOLWICH) 24-9-18 LAST DAY (A CHRISTY)
Above; All three of the old Woolwich Free ferries seen on 24/9/18. (A Christy/The Liquid Highway).

ERNEST BEVIN WOOLWICH FREE FERRY LAST DAY 5-10-18 (THE LIQUID HIGHWAY)
Above: On the car deck of Ernest Bevin, on the final day of operation, 5/10/18. (The Liquid Highway).

JOHN BURNS EX WOOLWICH FREE FERRY (STERN) ON TOW DOWN THAMES 7-10-18 (LUCAS B)
Above: John Burns being towed away from Woolwich on 7/10/18. (Lucas B/The Liquid Highway).

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, Lucas B, C Baines, A Barham, S Barham, T Bartrop, J Brown, EBN, Ensign, A Hazell, Hedingham, L Kinsella Ilot, LOTS, D Pretty, A Short, The Liquid Highway, World of Aviation Blog.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. September 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the September, 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

A once familiar bus type in Greater London has now virtually disappeared. The Marshall Capital Bodied Dennis Dart SLF, had TfL193 around Romford as one of its last bastions, but that passed from Go-Ahead to Stagecoach at the end of September.
Staying in the Go-Ahead group, another end of an era was the relocation of the Hedingham Omnibuses head office from Colchester to Clacton, also at the close of September.
Route 87 from Colchester to Brightlingsea ceased after 1st September, having latterly been run commercially by Hedingham. First still serves this coastal town, but there is no longer a late evening service. Another era ended on 28th September, when Hedingham vacated its Colchester office, after more than a decade. Administration has moved to Clacton depot.
Flagfinders has phased out the Graham’s name, and the Kelvedon site now has a mix of Flagfinders and ex Graham’s vehicles.
Transit Systems (owners of Tower Transit), have sold Whippet Coaches.

ACCESS ANYONE, LEIGH ON SEA.
Sold is Iveco 45C 20 (WF02 BKK).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
SK15GXS 4072 AR KT CR 900 (BE) 3-9-18
(John Podgorski).

Odd sightings:
3/9/18: Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 on 900. 17/9/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3826 (GN07 AVO) on 2. 20/9/18: ADL/E200 4018 (GN58 BUE) on 4.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Operation of ex EOS route 66 has moved to Ware. ADL/Enviro 400 MMCs are being used.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
ADL/Enviro 400 T12 (LJ08 CVG) plus Volvo B7TL/ALX400s VLA56/57 (LJ04 LFL/M) are ex Arriva London South, and allocated to Barking (DX).

LJ61CKN ENX5 AR LONDON N 313 (MUTTON LANE, PB) 15-9-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 ENX5 at Mutton Lane, Potters Bar on 15/9/18, at the start of its journey back to Chingford. (John Podgorski).

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Dart SLF/Mini Pointer SK02 XGP is on loan from Galloway.

BGB (BIG GREEN BUS), HORSEHEATH.
Ex Metroline is Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LR52 BNN, joining other buses of this type.

BLUE TRIANGLE:
TfL193 (Romford-County Park Estate) passed to Stagecoach from 29/9/18.

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Above: Ex London General Dart SLF/Pointer LDP191 at Mercury Gardens, Romford on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Dart SLF/Marshall DMN6 at Western Road, Romford on 1/9/18. These were inherited from First Capital, when First decided to exit London in September 2013. They are amongst the last of this type on TfL work. (John Podgorski).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
The application for the new O licence was ongoing in September.
The school contracts have been subbed to Coach Stop of Rettendon and Marc1 Travel at Billericay.

BOMBARDIER.
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At Ilford on 8/9/18 are resident shunters 08700 (nearest the camera) and 08871. Also note the match wagon. (John Podgorski).

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Above: GWR liveried Class 365 motor car at Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: MkIII buffet car at Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).
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9/9/18: Virgin 221101 at Ilford for repaint. Arrived from Euston as 5Z75.

CHAMBERS.
Scania Omnidekka 810 (YN55 PZO) went on loan to Hedingham at Kelvedon on 4/9/18.
805 (YN55 PZG) went on hire to Hedingham KN on 14/9/18. Hedingham 812 (YN55 PZR) was briefly here in late September.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) is also on hire to Hedingham, and returned on 17/9/18.

COLAS.
2/9/18: 67023 “up” through Ingatestone, light loco @ 1745.
3/9/18: 70801, 92011 at Dagenham Dock.
5/9/18: 70804 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
7/9/18: 37254 on 3Z66 Colchester-Derby RTC.
10/9/18: 37610/12 on 1Q90 Derby RTC-Ferme Park via WAML. 70803 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock. 70815 at Dagenham Dock.
12/9/18: 37610 tnt 37612 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liverpool Street. 70812 on 6L37.
16/9/18: 37219 on 6L39 Bridgend-Dagenham instead of usual ’70.
17/9/18: 37219 on 6V30 Dagenham-Bridgend.
25/9/18: 70807 on 6L37.

66849 COLAS (CAMBRIDGE) 15-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 66849 at Cambridge on 19/8/18. (Simon Austin).

CT PLUS.
TfL D6 was gained from Go-Ahead Docklands, from 15/9/18 – using new ADL/Enviro 20Ds 1283-1295 (YX68 UJA-H/J-N).
Dart SLF/Caetano DC53 (KV03 ZFG) has pased to Falcon, Byfleet.

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Above: CT Plus “classic” ADL/Enviro 20D no 1225 at Ley Street, Ilford on 8/9/18. (John  Podgorski).

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
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Above:  Irisbus Eurorider/Plaxton Panther YN07 KGZ on Greater Anglia rail replacement at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Dans Mercedes Tourismo BK11 CNX, meanwhile, required some assistance, (John Podgorski).
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DBS.
3/9/18: 66061 at Dagenham Dock. 66101 on Mountsorrel-Harlow.
6/9/18: 66030 on Chesterton-Mountsorrel.
10/9/18: 66061 at Dagenham Dock.
13/9/18: 66030 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill.
27/9/18: 66002 at Bow Plasmor.

DCR.
11/9/18: 56103 on 0Z29 Wembley-Foxton and returned on route learning.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
From 15/9/18, TfL D6 was lost to CT Plus; TfL D8 passed to Tower Transit. From the same date, south bound 276 (Stoke Newington-Newham Hospital) was re-routed in Stratford via Tramway Ave instead of West Ham Lane.

YX61BXD SE128 D8 CHRISP ST 2-1-16
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 SE128 (YX61 BXD) at Chrisp Street, Poplar on 2/1/16. (John Podgorski).

DRS:
3/9/18: 57007 towed GA DVT 82107 Cardiff-Norwich via GEML.
4/9/18: 37409 on Norwich-Ilford ECS with 1 MkIII.
5/9/18: 37419 on Willesden Brent-Norwich 1 coach ECS. 57007 Norwich-Willesden Brent light loco.
6/9/18: 37409 on Norwich-Ilford light loco.
14/9/18: 37419 on 5P98 Ilford-Norwich ECS.
18/9/18: 37038/259/423, 57007 on 0L21 Willesden Brent-Norwich light loco via GEML.
24/9/18: 37259/57007 on RHTT at Stowmarket.
25,26,27/9/18: 37259 tnt 57007 on 3S60 Stowmarket RHTT.
26/9/18: 37419 hauling GA DVT 82143 on Norwich-Cardiff ECS.
27/9/18: 37602/5/6/57003 + GA 90011 on 0Z37 Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML. 37419 with GA DVT 82105 on Cardiff-Norwich ECS.
28/9/18: 37611 on 5Q74 Ilford-Old Oak 345 ECS.

ENSIGNBUS.
8.9m ADL/Enviro 200s 602 (LK07 BEJ) – ex Metroline, 603 (MX59 AVN) – ex Powells, Hellaby, 604 (CN11 FBE) – ex New Adventure Travel, Cardiff; have joined the fleet for new Brentwood local route 31, which starts on 1/10/18.

FIRST ESSEX.
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Above: 32631 at Colchester on 14/8/18. This was the last of its batch to run from CR before transfer to CF – see below. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 32628/31/40-42 (KP54 KAU, KBF, AZB/C/D) have moved from Colchester (CR) to Chelmsford (CF) chiefly for schools; replacing some of the yellow BMCs. School routes 509, 525 are now double deck. However, the Geminis are also regular on route 70 (Chelmsford-Braintree-Colchester). They work alongside existing ALX400s on both, although seem to be used in preference to the ALX400s on the 70.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65748 (SN55 JVK) was repaired and returned to service at CR, but then returned to Scotland. 65688/90-92 (YS03 ZKH/K/L/M) have lost their 74/76 cove branding, but retain rear Clacton-Colchester branding. Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66804 (MX05 CCO) has gone to Volvo, Bury St Edmunds – for a new engine.
Optare Solos 53113 (EO02 NDX), 53126 (EO02 NFH) have gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.

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Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66794 at Mountnessing on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 14/9/18: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 on 70. 15/9/18: Route 100 69912 on X10. 17/9/18: B7L/ALX400s 32068/78, Trident 33087; Route 70 B9TL SN57 HDJ on 70; X30 ADL/E200MMC 67168 on 70. 18/9/18: X30 67165 on 70. 19/7/18: Route 62 B9TL 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 67/C; Streetlite 63330 (SK65 PXM) on 67; X30 67166 on 70. 24/9/18: 37136 being recovered on A133 east at Frating @ 1630. 30/9/18: Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 1A (Sunday). (NB: 62 branded B9TLs are being increasingly seen “off route”. Since the 29th July changes, their 62 branding has no longer been correct. On 62, they should normally by supported by the ex First Bristol B9TL/Geminis, but Tridents can appear, along with the odd B7TL/ALX400. Saloons on the 62 are rare, though).

FLAGFINDERS.
Ex Nottingham City Transport, via Ensign are Scania Omnidekkas YN07 EYP/T.
The first Flagfinders vehicles to appear at the old Graham’s, Kelvedon depot were Volvo B7TL/EL Vyking PG04 WHF and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 ZSD, plus Mini Pointer Dart SLF YN04 PZY. They are all for Thurstable School contracts.
Ex Graham’s vehicles retained are Mb 0814D/Euros AE54 FMG, AE07 KZB; Mb Sprinter VU53 FYR and Scania Omniexpress YT09 FLF. These are used on ex Graham’s private school contracts. They will receive blue/white fleet livery in due course.
Ex Graham’s Autosan A1012T BX56 XAD has been offered for sale, while other acquired Graham’s vehicles have been sold.

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Above: LF52 ZSD at Kelvedon on 3/9/18. It subsequently had its destination blacked out. (John Podgorski).

Below: Tollesbury based Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LK03 NHG at The Strood, West Mersea, on 14/9/18. It is on the contract to Thurstable School at Tiptree. (John Podgorski).
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Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LF52 USV was an addition at Tollesbury in late September.

FREIGHTLINER.
1/9/18: 66516 on 4L52 Garston-London Gateway.
3/9/18: 66520 on Tees Dock-FLX.
5/9/18: 70005 on 4M81 FLX-Basford.
7/9/18: 86628/10 on FLX-Trafford Park.70007 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
17/9/18: 66604 on Chesterton Junct-York aggregates empties.
21/9/18: 66520 + 86612/13 on FLX bound ‘liner.86610/607 on Trafford Park-FLX.
23/9/18: 66561 tnt 66604 on rail sleeper/autoballaster train, “down” through Colchester @ 2230.
24/9/18: 66513 with 86613/12 dead in tow at Shenfield on FLX-Trafford Park.
30/9/18: 66596 tnt 66953 on ballast “down” through Marks Tey @ 2235.

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Above: “Dead” (hence the handlamp in the windscreen) 66953 brings up the rear on a “down” ballast train at Marks Tey on 30/9/18. 66596 was powering at the front. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
The first ex Colas Class 60 to appear was 60095.

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Above: 66775 and 66708 at Bishop’s Stortford yard on 3/9/18. (John Podgorski).

1/9/18: 66705/6 on 4L07 Hams Hall- FLX. 66719 on 4L02 Hams Hall-Felixstowe.
3/9/18: 66702 on 6P41 Parkeston Quay-North Walsham. 66708 tnt 66775 on HSM train at Bishop’s Stortford. 66703 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX. 66725/65 on on 0L33 Peterbough-Felixstowe light loco. 66725 on 4L29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
5/9/18: 66750 on 6M76 Chesterton Junct-Bardon empties.
6/9/18: 66702 on North Walsham-Harwich tanks.
9/9/18: 66726 on ballast “down” through Marks Tey @ 1530. 66759/708 on 6T61 Derby Road-Whitemoor engineers.
10/9/18: 66703/767 on 0L33 PBO-FLX light engine. Maritime blue 66727 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX. 66783 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX.
11/9/18: 66783 ‘Biffa’ on 4Z81.
12/9/18: 66730 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66783 on 4Z81.
13/9/18: 66730 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco.
14/9/18: 66783 on 4Z81.
15/9/18: 66783 on 4Z81.
18/9/18: 66759 on Ipswich-N Walsham light loco.
21/9/18: 66737 on 4L02.
23/9/18: 66704 on 6T64 Marks Tey-Whitemoor engineers. 66750 on 6T60 Colchester-Whitemoor engineers.
24/9/18: 66711 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro. 66716 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66759 on 4R03 Parkeston-Felixstowe. 66767 on 4M23 Hams Hall-FLX.
25/9/18: 66716 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
27/9/18: 66721/26 on Broxbourne RHTT.
28/9/18: 66702/32 on Broxbourne RHTT.
29/9/18: 66765/13 on 4L07 Hams Hall-FLX.

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Above: 66726 at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
The first of the new ‘Aventra’ trains was unveiled to the media and stakeholders at Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane works in Derby on 13/9/18. 3 part completed cars from 5 car unit 720501 were present for inspection.

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Above: 153309 stabled in the Sudbury branch platform at Marks Tey, after close of service on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

6/9/18: 321448 on Norwich-Liverpool Street.
13/9/18: 321324 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS, then back to Doncaster with 321322 as 5E23.
15/9/18: 317501/660/883 on 2100 LST-Chelmsford.
18/9/18: 321324 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS.

HEDINGHAM.
AO57EZM 850 HO 87 (BRIGHTLINGSEA) 4-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnicity 850 on route 87 at Brightlingsea, Victoria Place on 4/8/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: Scania Omnidekka 814 at Colchester, on the final 87 working. (John Podgorski).
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Route 87 (Colchester-Brightlingsea) ceased after 1/9/18. But the 87C schools variant continues. Special fares were offered in the final weeks. Scania Omnidekka 814 (YN 55 PZV) worked the final journey – the 2301 Colchester North Station- Brightlingsea.
This commercial service was started in August 2012, to compete against the then incumbent New Horizon Travel (originally Cedric’s) 78X. This was achieved, with NHT ending the 78X (except school journeys) within 2 years. However, in 2017, First returned to Brightlingsea (after a ten year gap), by extending its 62 from Wivenhoe, taking significant custom from the 87. The final “nail in the coffin”, was the extension of First’s 62A from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea in July 2018; giving First a core frequency of 15 minutes on this corridor. There is now currently no late evening service to Brightlingsea, as First only runs to Wivenhoe after 1930.
The Thomas Lord Audley (TLA)-Mersea Island school runs have been gained from New Horizon.
There are two routes; A (West Mersea-TLA); B (East Mersea-West Mersea-Peldon-TLA).

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Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 575 at the Strood, West Mersea on 7/9/18. It is about to start the morning journey on TLA route A. (John Podgorski).

Ford Transit 16 seater BU14 YNT is on hire from Robertsons Van Hire. It is at Clacton (CN) for a Manningtree School run.
The Toppesfield School contract has passed to Star of Haverhill.
ADL/Enviro 200 265 (EU10 AOX) has returned from Konect, ex loan. Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 524 (LX05 EZG), 526 (LX06 EAJ) have gone on loan to Konect.
On 2/9/18, Omnidekka 817 (YN06 JYB) returned to CN from KN, while 812/13 (YN55 PZR/U) went from CN to KN. On 4/9/18, 810 (YN55 PZO) came from Chambers.  5/9/18 saw Chambers 806 come to KN from CN, but it returned the following day. 819 (YN06 JYD) was also at KN during the first week of September and then went back to CN. On 10/9/18, 814 (YN55 PZV) arrived at KN from CN. On 14/9/18, Chambers 805 (YN55 PZG) arrived at KN.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) was on loan from Chambers and was returned on 17/9/18. 576 (W517 WGH) was repaired and back in use at CN in late September. Volvo B7TL/Geminis 520/21/23 (LX05 EZC/D/F) have been converted to single door, while 527 (LX06 EAK) was under conversion in late September; with 528 (LX06 EAM) still waiting – all at CN. Withdrawn Dennis Trident/EL 723 (W823 NNJ) has gone from HD to Alpha Recovery for scrap. Sister 729 (W829 NNJ) passed to Ensign, and then onwards to Shelton Motors, Ely – for scrap.

LX05EZD 521 HO SINGLE DOOR CONVERTED (CN DEPOT) 24-9-18
Above: Single door converted Volvo B7TL/Gemini 521 at Clacton depot on 24/9/18. (John Podgorski).

On 28/9/18, the head office at Dugard House, Peartree Road, Colchester was closed.
It moved to Clacton depot, where the former traffic office has become the new office space. Remodelling of the Clacton depot building in general, has seen the staff room modernised, with the traffic office moved to the corner of the new set up. Next door to this is a cashing up area, with a training/meeting room beyond, converted from a cold store.

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Above: Building works at Clacton depot on 23/8/18. (John Podgorski).
Below: The new Clacton training/meeting  room; also on 23/8/18. This was converted from a former cold store. (Clacton depot had once been a dairy). (John Podgorski).
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Above: Dugard House, seen from the Moss Road side on 19/9/18. (John Podgorski).
Below: Inside Dugard House, looking from the meeting room into the Hedingham office; 19/9/18. (John Podgorski).
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(John Podgorski).

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT.
Has ceased trading. Based at Kingswood in Surrey, it had an Essex outstation at Rochford which has closed. However, operations continue under the umbrella of International Coachlines, Thornton Heath – but not in Essex.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN03 WMP is now with A2B, Cambridge.

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Above: Hire Your Transport ex RATP London United Trident/ALX400 NMC 795 orig SN03 DZR, at Bishopsgate, London on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Dart SLF/Pointer with A2B Bus and Coach, at Drummer Street Bus Station, Cambridge on 22/9/18. It is on ex Whippet Cambs CC route 75. (John Podgorski).
SN03WMP (REAR) A2B 75 (CAMBRIDGE B S) 22-9-18

IPSWICH BUSES.
Scania N280UD/ADL400CBG MMC biogas demonstrator DD16 GAS has been on loan – with temporary fleet no 500.
Withdrawn is Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 12 (LG02 FDC). Its last day was 28/9/18.
Gone for scrap to PSV Recycling, Hadleigh (Suffolk) are Dennis Dart SLF/EL Spryte 98 (X98 LBJ) and Dennis Trident/Plaxton president 22 (LR02 BBJ).

JET2.COM.
G-DRTN is a Boeing 737-86N.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
The Feering-Ipswich Schools “bus club” contract has been gained from Suffolk Norse.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Has AEC PRV Routemaster RML2722 (SMK 722F) – via Ensign. It is being converted into a mobile cream tea bar, on behalf of Wilkinsons Jam at Tiptree.
Volvo Olympian/NC P574 EFL has passed to an owner in Dorset, for conversion to a caravan.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Southend seafront route 68 ended on 1/9/18. London Central open top AEC PRV Routemaster RML2318 (CUV 318C), appeared on the final day for this season.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: 315815 at Emerson Park on 1/9/18, on a Romford to Upminster service. These are due for replacement shortly with new Class 710 stock. Use of these new trains on West Anglia began from the end of September. (John Podgorski).

A new livery (with black upper bodysides/window surrounds is appearing, with Electrostar 378185 being the first existing train to appear in it. The new CLass 710/711 EMUs are being delivered so liveried.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
The Victoria Line celebrated its 50th anniversary on 1/9/18, as on that date in 1968, trains began running between Walthamstow Central and Highbury & Islington. The line was then opened southwards, in stages; with services reaching Brixton on 23/7/1971.
On the Central Line, 1992 Tube Stock set 91177 has returned to service following heavy overhaul. It had been out of use for some time and become partially cannibalised.

M&M STAFFING, COOKSMILL GREEN.
Ancillary vehicles are Ford Transit Connect vans OU67 MDF, OU18 LRF.

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Above: OU18 LRF at Ingatestone on 15/9/18. (John Podgorski).

MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
A Grays-Shenfield School contract is being run for 2018/19.

MTR TfL RAIL.
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Above: ‘Aventra’ 345010 departs Romford for Shenfield on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 345012 at Ilford depot on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

w/e 8/9/18; 345002/15 – OC-IL. 345007 – IL-OC.
9/9/18: 345008 IL-WB as 5Q72.
12/9/18: 345002 on 5V51 Southend-Ilford.
19/9/18: 345002 – WB-IL.
20/9/18: 345001 – Ashfordby Old Dalby Test Track; 345002/3 – Ilford IL; 345004 -Derby DY;345005/6 – IL; 345007 – Old Oak OC; 345008-12 – IL; 345013 – OC; 345014/15 – IL; 345016/17 – OC; 34018 – Ashfordby; 345019-21 – OC; 345022 – IL; 345023 – Crewe CE; 345024 – Abbey Wood – AW; 345025 – OC; 345026 – Ashfordby;345027-31 – OC; 345022/33 – AW; 345034-44 – OC; 345045-48 – OC; 345049 – Ashfordby; 345050 – DY; 345051 – Ashfordby; 345052 – DY-Ashfordby behind 37611; 345053-56 – DY.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BX65WCU SH216 ENGLAND SUPER REAR ADVERT (START HILL SCANIA) 22-9-18
Above; Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante SH216 (BX65 WCU), with the modified England Football super rear advert, at Scania Start Hill on 22/9/18. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL.
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Above: Track tampers DR73114 and DR77904 await entry to Marks Tey pw depot on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Track maintenance at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).
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NEW HORIZON TRAVEL, FRATING.
Acquired is ex Go South Coast – Morebus Volvo B7RLE/Wright HF54 HGY. It is often used on schooldays route 177 (West Mersea-Colchester).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Further ex Metroline (via Ensign) ADL/Enviro 200s are YX09 AEZ, YX09 FLE – plus YX09 FLA for spares only.

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Above: The sun sets behind ADL/Enviro 200 AB62 PAN at Marks Tey on 9/9/18. (John Podgorski).

AB09PAN PANTHER (HARWICH B S - CRUISE STAFF SHUTTLE) 9-9-18 (A HAZELL)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AB09 PAN is named ‘Donald’. It entered service in early September and was pictured at Harwich, on a cruise ship staff shuttle from Parkeston. (Alex Hazell).

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Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer KV51 KZK and Plaxton Primo SB07 PAN at Northumberland Park (Meridian Way) outstation on 16/8/18. (John Podgorski).

The Northumberland Park station remodelling project was due to be completed in November. In late September, the extra track was being installed. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer BIG 9856 covered from Primo SB07 PAN here in late September.

PRIMERA.
New are Airbus A321-251n OY-PAE and Boeing 737-86N OY-PSJ.

ROG.
13/9/18: 47812 on Leicester-Foxton light engine.
14/9/18: 47812 on Foxton-Eastleigh spoil train.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
EU62AYB 10157 ST EL 179 (T) (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: In the final weeks of Leyton operation of TfL179; ADL/Enviro 40D 10157 was seen in Central Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

New ADL/Enviro 40D MMC Smart Hybrids at West Ham (WH), are 11017-11032 (YX68 UKA/B/D-H/K-S).
From 29/9/18, TfL193 (Romford Market-County Park Estate) was gained from Go-Ahead Blue Triangle. its frequency was reduced slightly to improve reliability. New for this were ADL/Enviro 20D MMCs 37513-37525 (YY18 TKA/C-F/J/K/N/O/T-V). Some entered traffic earlier on other routes from Romford North Street garage. TfL165 (Romford-Rainham) was retained by Stagecoach on retender from the same date, and also received new E200 MMCs – 37526-539 (YX68 UMA-H/J-M/O/R). TfL179 (Chingford-Ilford) was likewise retained on retender, but was moved operationally from Leyton (T) to Barking (BK); (existing buses were retained – new E40H MMCs had been planned, but these were diverted to Selkent for TfL136). TfL252 (Collier Row-Hornchurch) was likewise retained, and its timings also slightly revised on Saturday daytimes.
Route changes from 15/9/18; TfL86 (Romford-Stratford) re-routed westbound in Ilford via The Broadway (south) instead of The Grove (north). 104 (Manor Park-Stratford) and 238 (Barking-Stratford), plus 473 (N Woolwich-Stratford) re-routed in Stratford (eastbound) via Tramway Ave instead of West Ham Lane.
In from Selkent are ADL/Enviro 40Ds 10125/26/31/35 (LX12 DDZ, DEU, DFF/L). They are at Romford North Street (NS).
Internal transfers are of ADL/Enviro 40Ds 10172-3 to Barking; E40D MMCs 11017-32 to West Ham; ADL/E200s 37514-25 to North Street. E200s 37528/33/34/39 are delicensed.

LX11BJU 19807 ST EL 86 (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 40D 19807 departs Ilford, on a westbound 86 on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

SULLIVAN BUSES.
Has ex Tower Transit ADL/Enviro 400s SN11 BNV/X, via Ensign.

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
YJ12 GXS is a Mb 0816D.
Large coaches continue to be kept at Great Tey, but smaller vehicles can be found parked at Old Heath.

TOWER TRANSIT.
TfL D8 was gained from Go-Ahead Docklands, from 15/9/18. It uses VNs made spare by reductions on TfL25, and was also diverted in Stratford via Gt Eastern Street southbound, direct to High Street avoiding The Broadway. From the same date, TfL425 (Clapton-Stratford) was extended from Stratford to Ilford.

BJ11EBK VN36162 TT 25 (LEY ST, ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 VN36162 at Ley Street, Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, HARLOW.
SK68TNF STREETLITE DF TRUSTYBUS ON LOAN (GA RRP MARKS TEY) 30-9-18
Above: On loan from Wrightbus was StreetLite DF demonstrator SK68 TNF. It was seen at Marks Tey on 30/9/18, on a Colchester-Chelmsford Greater Anglia rail replacement. (John Podgorski).

YN56NNG TRUSTYBUS (GA RRP BRAINTREE) 1-9-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omnicity YN56 NNG in Braintree, on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Witham on 1/9/18. (Simon Austin).

TUI.
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Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZJ departs Stansted on BY5644 to Rhodes on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

UNO, HATFIELD.
Dart SLF/Pointer 120 (KE04 UMD) has been returned, off loan from Little Jim’s Buses at Berkhamsted.

WCR.
9/9/18: 47580 on 5Z28 Norwich-Acton ECS via Cambridge.

WHIPPET, SWAVESEY.
Has been sold by Tower Transit to Ascendal Group. Ascendal is a new company, founded by a Transit Systems director.
(Transit also recently sold Impact Coaches of Perivale to HCT Group).

With thanks to: M Allen, Anglia-Gen, T Barthrop, S Austin, Ensignbus, Flightradar24, A Hazell, Hedingham, P Layzell, London’s Transport Yahoo, LOTS, RM.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. August 2018.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.

A2B, CAMBRIDGE.
Is running ex Whippets Cambs CC routes 31 (Cambridge-Barley), 75 9Cambridge-Croydon).

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Above: Ex First Essex Optare Solo EO02 NFG on route 31 at Cambridge (Drummer Street) Bus Station on 25/8/18. (John Podgorski).

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
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Above: Scania K410/Caetano C650 BX65 WBN, at Start Hill Scania on 28/7/18. (John Podgorski).

AMBASSADOR TRAVEL.
It is reported that some of the 490 (London-Norwich/Cromer/Great Yarmouth) group NX contracts have passed to Whippet.
An outstation has been established by Whippet at Eye, Suffolk – on the old airfield industrial estate, by the A140.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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Above: Ex Arriva Guildford ADL/Enviro 200 4017 at North Station Road, Colchester – passing the junction with Causton Road on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 7/8/18: DAF SB120/Cadet 3527 (LF02 PMY) on 1. 17/8/18: DAF SB120/Cadet 3520 (LJ03 MZL) on 1. 30/8/18: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3819 (GN07 AVF) on 2.

Ancillary vehicles:
EG17 OMH is a Hyunda i20 5dr h/b ferry car.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Further arrivals are ex High Wycombe ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 3106 (YX17 NME); Mb Citaro 3909 (BD12 DHV) from Hemel Hempstead; Mb Sprinter 45 1010 (BF67 WGE) from Ware. On loan was Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 1615 (GN04 UDJ) from Gillingham.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
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Above: VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 DW547 at Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow on 4/8/18. For many years, TfL230 was worked by Stagecoach East London and its predecessors.

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Above: One of several ex Barking vehicles now working for Arriva London South around Croydon, ADL/Enviro 200 ENL57 on Addiscombe Road on 11/8/18. Note the new Arriva logos. (John Podgorski).

Below: Ex Barking ADL/Enviro 400 T24, now with Arriva London South at Thornton Heath, and seen at East Croydon rail station on 11/8/18. This was displaced from east London by the loss of TfL135 to Go-Ahead in 2015.
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CHAMBERS.
EU56FLN 258 HO LOANED TO CHAMBERS (ELMSETT) 29-8-18 (JACK LOMAS)
Above: 258 at Elmsett on 29/8/18. (Jack Lomas).

On loan from Hedingham are Dart SLF/Pointers 254 (EU05 AUR), 258 (EU56 FLN). This is connected with a diversion in Sudbury, caused by the temporary closure of Gainsborough Road.
Scania Omnidekkas 806, 811 were loaned to Hedingham for the Clacton Airshow.
Ex Carousel Buses ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267 (AJ58 PZS), 268 (AE59 AWM) – entered service at the start of August.

AE59AWM 268 CHAMBERS 754 (HEAD ST CR) 2-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: 268 at Head Street, Colchester on 2/8/18. Note how the Carousel livery is very similar to the current Hedingham and Chambers scheme. (Daniel Pretty).

CITYJET.
New are CRJ900LRs EI-GEC/D/F.

COLAS.
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Above: 37521 at Ipswich on 2/8/18. (John Podgorski) .

1/8/18: 70806 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
2/8/18: 37521 “up” through Ipswich with NR test train @ 2120.
7/8/18: 60002 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock. 70807 + 66846 ? on 6L37.
8/8/18: 70807 on 6L37 with just 2 JNAs.
9/8/18: 60002 on 6L44.
13/8/18: 60002 on 6L44.
14/8/18: 37099 tnt 37116 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Liverpool Street.
15/8/18: 37099 tnt 37116 on 1Q96 on Harwich branch.
20/8/18: 70816 on 6L44.
28/8/18: 66846 on 6L37.
31/8/18: 67023 with OHLE wagons at Chelmsford yard.

CT PLUS.
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Above: It’s a warm summer Saturday evening on Bishopsgate, as ADL/ Enviro 40H City 2535 mingles with the crowds heading for Shoreditch, as it runs to Stratford. 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Ash Grove based CT Plus buses now carry ‘HK’ (for Hackney) depot codes. This is to distinguish them from buses allocated to Walthamstow Avenue depot, which has code ‘WA’. ADL/Enviro 40H City 2520 (SN16 OJK) heads southbound along Bishopsgate on 4/8/18 – on a Waterloo bound 388. (John Podgorski).
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DANS COACH TRAVEL, STOWMARKET.
L872SGW DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (GA RRP CR) 25-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: L872 SGW at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement on 25/8/18. (Simon Austin).

Below: T361 JWA at Ipswich on 26/8/18; also on GA RRP. (Simon Austin).
T361JWA DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (GA RRP IPSWICH) 26-8-18 (S AUSTIN)

This new operator has Volvo B10M/VHs L872 SGW, P258 YGG and ex Graham’s of Kelvedon Scania/Irizar T361 JWA.
Also owned (as heritage vehicles), are one time Burtons of Haverhill Bedford YMT/Plaxton Supreme JDO 241W and ex Peelings of Tivetshall Volvo B58/Plaxton Supreme FAH 275Y (?).

JDO241W (CANVEY) 8-10-17
Above: JDO 241W at the Canvey Open Day on 8/10/17. (John Podgorski).

DBS.
3/8/18: 66075 at Bow Olympic.
4/8/18: 66147 tnt 66197 on Whitemoor-Trimley ballast.
7/8/18: 66160 on London Gateway-Wakefield intermodal.
8/8/18: 66095 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 66221 on 4M70 Chesterton-Junct-Mountsorrel.
10/8/18: 66002 on 4L48 Daventry-Purfleet.
15/8/18: 66025 on Marks Tey-Crawley.
17/8/18: 66135 on London Gateway-Wakefield.
19/8/18: 66128 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton.
21/8/18: 66192 on Mountsorrel-Harlow Mill.
30/8/18: 66089 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford stone.
31/8/18: 66089 on Chelmsford-Acton stone.

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Above: The entrance to Bow Midland is to the left, with access to Bow Olympic straight ahead. Seen on 11/8/18. (John Podgorski).

DE VERE, SIBLE HEDINGHAM.
New is Renault Trafic SJ18 ZNE.

DRS.
7/8/18: 37409 + GA DVT 82107 on 5Z56 Norwich-Cardiff Canton via GEML, NLL, GWML.
9/8/18: 37409 + GA DVT 82118 on 5Z82 Cardiff Canton-Norwich.
22/8/18: 37419 on Norwich-Willesden light engine via GEML.
28/8/18: 57007 on York-Stowmarket light engine.
30/8/18: 37407 + ‘Caroline’ at Ipswich.

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Above: 37419 at the front of other ’37s at Norwich on 18/8/18. At the rear of the consist are 37407 and 37409, while 37038 is to the right. (John Podgorski).

EAST YORKSHIRE.
The current fleet of NX coaches, which run into Essex on 481 (London-Felixstowe) are:
Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes 74-76 (FN62 CEA/U, CGX), 77 (EYC 73), 78-87 (YY63 OEJ-O, OJA-D). Very occasionally, a Hull Coaching vehicle may appear.

EASYJET.
New are Airbus A320-214 E-EZGY, A320-251n G-UZHJ-L, A321-251nx G-UZMB.

ENSIGNBUS.
Accident damaged BCI Enterprise 402 (LX66 DZC) was deemed to beyond economic repair. It was withdrawn and sold for scrap.
On 17/8/18, a formerly owned Dart SLF/ALX200, Y331 HJN – now with a local driving school, ran off the A12 west at Stanford Le Hope. Luckily there were no serious injuries, but there was much disruption to local traffic.

LX15GVE 131 ENSIGNBUS 73 (TILBURY CIVIC SQUARE) 28-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: At dusk on a sultry 28/6/18, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 131 awaits departure from Civic Square, Tilbury – on its final rounder of its 73 duty. (Daniel Disbury).

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Above: Two of the Ensign Heritage fleet, rest in the “barn” at Purfleet depot on 30/6/18. Left is Green line AEC Regal T223; right is JMT Leyland Titan TD1 6332J. (John Podgorski).

LX17DZF 145 ENSIGNBUS (GA RRP RAYLEIGH) 4-7-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: Another stunning twilight study. BCI Excellence 145 at Rayleigh on another balmy summer night; 4/7/18. (Daniel Disbury).

Below: ADL/Enviro 200 711 at Purley on 19/8/18. (Daniel Disbury).
SN11FFP 711 ENSIGNBUS (SOUTHERN RRP PURLEY) 19-8-18 (D DISBURY).

LX66GXD 402 ENSIGNBUS (SOUTHERN RRP GATWICK) 19-8-18 (D DISBURY)
Above: BCI Enterprise 402 at Gatwick Airport on 18/8/18. (Daniel Disbury).

EOS LONDON.
Continued trading until 3/8/18. After that, parent Swallow Coaches took over.

EUROWINGS.
New is Airbus A320-214 D-ABDT.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
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Above: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 350 P616 FTV on Greater Anglia rail standby, at Ipswich station on 2/8/18. This coach was previously with Soames. (John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Odd sightings: 1/8/18: ADL/E200 44518 (YX09 ACZ) on X7 pm – (usually B7RLE/Wright).

FIRST ESSEX.
SN55HFD 32676 FE 70 (CR B S) 30-8-18 (D PRETTY)
(Daniel Pretty).
Ex First Eastern Counties is former First Bristol Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 20514 (WV02 EUP). This is at Chelmsford (CF) for schools.
Also from First Eastern Counties are former First Scotland East Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 32672/76 (SN55 HEV, HFD), also allocated to CF. 32676 was seen (above) at Colchester on 30/8/18.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400s 32652/54 (AU05 MUP/W) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66822/24 (MX05 CEO/V) have transferred to First Eastern Counties. The B7TLs to Ipswich; the B7RLEs to Norwich.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32476 (AU53 HJK) has lost its super rear advert for CT Industrial Adhesive.
The Dart SLF/Caetanos at CF (41512-14 – LK03 NGE/F/G) were moved to BN by the end of August, where that type is now concentrated.
The Optare Solo is now extinct here; the last was 53209 (CN07 KZM) which passed to The Buses of Somerset at Yeovil. 53138 (EU54 BNK) went to First Manchester at Oldham, while 53139 (EU54 BNJ) went for scrap.
Gone to Alpha for scrap are accident damaged Optare Solo 53139 (EU54 BNJ); Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65680/83 (YR52 VEK/U) and fire damaged Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66809 (MX05 CDE); plus yellow BMC 68535 (EU05 DXR). 65680/83, 66809 had been cannibalised at CR before disposal.
Following closure, Braintree outstation was used to store the previously withdrawn yellow BMCs. The portakabin and fuel tank were however, removed.

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Above: Clacton depot post closure on 3/8/18, with just Dart SLF/Pointer 42557 (WX05 UAO) remaining. (John Podgorski).

Below: General view of a now deserted Clacton depot on the same date. Note all signs have been removed. (John Podgorski).
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LK03LLZ 41494 FE 71 (CR) 18-7-18
Above: The closure of Clacton and Braintree at the end of July, saw the Caetano bodied Dennis Dart SLFs being concentrated at Basildon (BN). Chelmsford (CF) had been the only other depot to have these, and 41494 was seen at Southway, Colchester on 18/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 4/8/18: Scania L94UB/Wright 62409 (YS03 ZKD) on 62. 6/8/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 66B; SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) on 71. 7/8/18: Tridents 33086/88 (LN51 GMG/U) – both on 67. 10/8/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini2 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 103. 11/8/18: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32068 (KP51 VZS) on 62. 13/8/18: SLF/Caetano 41514 (LK03 NGG) on 70. 14/8/18: Tridents 33044/78/196 (LN51 DVH, GNJ, LT52 XAG) on 62; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37134 (SN57 HDJ) on 103; Scania L94UB/Solar 65672 (SN51 UYE) on 62; Volvo B7RLE/Solar Eclipse 66807 (MX05 CCY) on 62. 17/8/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 1A; Route 62 37134 on 64; SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) on 71/X. 20/8/18: Route 62 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 75. 21/8/18: Route 62 37135 on 75; Route 62 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 175. 27/8/18: Volvo B7TL/Gemini 37010 (WX55 VHV) on 102. 28/8/18: Trident 33086 (LN51 GMG) on 62.

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Above: Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33078 on Military Road, Colchester on 9/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Ancillary vehicles: FP18 LCY is a new Vauxhall Movano minibus/crew ferry at Chelmsford.

FLAGFINDERS.
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The old Graham’s depot at Kelvedon has been closed and vacated for redevelopment. Four vehicles retained by Flagfinders are stored in the large garage.
It will reopen as a parking area for Flagfinders, with the smaller garages demolished.
The pictures were taken by John Podgorski on 25/8/18.

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FREIGHTLINER.
66413 is now in Genesee and Wyoming orange livery.
FL now serves Marks Tey Sand Yard.

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Above: 86613/637 left and GBRf 66784 at Ipswich on 1/8/18. (John Podgorski).

1/8/18: 70014 on 4S88 Felixstowe-Coatbridge. 86613/637 stabled at bottom of Ipswich upper yard/Field Sidings – pm.
2/8/18: 86614/604 at Field Sidings.
3/8/18: 86627/638 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
6/8/18; 66532 with 4 RHTT sets from Whitemoor to Parkeston.
10/8/18: 66955 on 6L46 Lawley Street-London Gateway.
11/8/18: 66515 + 66596 dead in tow on FLX-Basford Hall.
12/8/18: 66514 tnt 66561 on Whitemoor-Marks Tey engineers. 66953 tnt 66956 on Parkeston-Ely North with HOBC and 4 x RHTT tanks.
16/8/18: 65413 at Marks Tey yard.
17/8/18: 70005 on Coatbridge-FLX.
18/8/18: 66538 on Marks Tey sand. 70020 on 4L97 Coatbridge-FLX.
19/8/18: 66594 tnt 66420 on Parkeston-Manea HOBC.
20/8/18: 86608/37 + dead 66589 on Basford Hall-FLX.
21/8/18: 66593/501 + dead 66507/23 on 4E23 FLX-Leeds. 66610 on 6M65 at Harlow Mill. 70005 on Trafford Park-FLX.
23/8/18: Orange 66413 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX. 66429 on 4L48 Daventry-Purfleet. 86605/37 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX.
24/8/18: 66613 on 6L38 Brentford-Marks Tey sand. 66418 on 6V70 Mrks Tey-Wembley sand. (These digrams run light loco to/from Ipswich). Orange 66413 on 4M93.
25/8/18: 70005 on Trafford Park-FLX.
27/8/18: 66568 tnt 66572 on concrete rail sleeper train at Manningtree.
28/8/18: Orange 66413 on 4M93.
29/8/18: 70007 on Trafford Park-FLX.
30/8/18: 66605 on 6L38 Brentford-Marks Tey sand. 86614/13 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
31/8/18: Orange 66413 on 4L93 Lawley Street-Felixstowe. 66617 on Bow-Toton.

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Above: 66415 was still in DRS blue, when pictured at Ipswich on 5/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 66572 on a concrete rail sleeper train at Manningtree on 27/8/18, with 66568 on the rear. (John Podgorski).

GALLOWAY.
Temsa Safari HD12 YJ13 GUF is on hire.

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Above: VDL SB120/Wright Cadet 3367 PP at Ipswich rail station on 2/8/18. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
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Above: 66786, one of the ex DBS locos, enters Ipswich station with a “down” rake of JNA ballast wagons on 1/8/18. (John Podgorski).

1/8/18: 66726 on 4M02 Felixstowe-Hams Hall. 66784 at bottom of Ipswich upper yard/Field Sidings. 66786 “down” through Ipswich @ 1942 on JNAs.
2/8/18: 66726 on “up” intermodal through Ipswich @ 1830. 66784 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
3/8/18: 66707 on 4Z26 Felixstowe-Masborough. 66727 on 4L22 Hams Hall-FLX.
4/8/18: 66712 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66759 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
5/8/18: 66708 tnt 66777 on 6T63 Kensal Rise-Whitemoor autoballasters.
6/8/18: 66701 on 6T61 Woodbridge-Whitemoor engineers. 66706 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66712/42 on 0L33. 66774 on 6T64 Woodbridge-Whitemoor engineers.
7/8/18: 66730 at Bishops Stortford yard on 6X01 engineering train to Manea. 66732 on 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
8/8/18: 66742 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
9/8/18: 66703 on Whitemoor-Ipswich light engine.
12/8/18: 66701 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Witham engineeers.
13/8/18: 66727/42 on 0L33.
14/8/18: 66750 on Chesterton Junct-Bardon Hill.
15/8/18: 66777 on N Walsham-Ipswich light engine.
16/8/18: 66733 on 4L18 Traffod Park-FLX. 66777 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.
18/8/18: 66706 tnt 66739 on Whitemoor-Trimley engineers. 66727 on 4L29. 66742 on FLX-Hams Hall.
20/8/18: 66719/65 on 0L33. 66726 on N Walsham-IPS light engine. 66729 on 6P41 Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66758 on 4R03 Parkeston-FLX. 66765 on 4M23.
21/8/18: 66750 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton.
24/8/18: 66723 on 4Z27 Masboro-FLX.66758 at Colchester North station.
27/8/18: 66751 on ballast at Colchester.
28/8/18: 66744 on 6L36 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
29/8/18: 66758 on N Walsham-Ipswich light loco.
30/8/18: 66750 on 6M76 Chesterton-Wellingborough.
31/8/18: 66719 on 4L02.

60031 EWS ABP CONNECT B STORTFORD 1-03
Above: Bishops Stortford yard in January 2003, featuring EWS 60031 on a now ceased ABP aggregates flow. (John Podgorski).

GOLDLINE, LEYTONSTONE and MANOR PARK.
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Above: Manor Park depot, seen on 4/8/18. This is in the former coal yard opposite the railway station. It is the main base for Goldline coach operations. Stratford City Cars is an associated company. (John Podgorski).

GRAHAMS OF KELVEDON.
Mb 516/UNVI Voyager PO17 AUH is now with Lords Travel, Queen Adelaide, near Ely.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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Above: The site of the trackside fire, as described below. Seen on 8/8/18. (John Podgorski).

321448 is back. 321420 has gone to Doncaster.
During mid August, ‘360s were run as test trains to Wickford and Southend; another route on which they are not normally “passed” for.
2/8/18: 156416 on 2107 (at IPS) to Harwich International – usually ‘170. 170208 on 2117 IPS-LFT – had been ‘153 on previous day.
6/8/18: 90015 on Crewe-Norwich towed by 37423, via NLL and WAML. Trackside fire at St Dominic Road, St Johns Estate, 1 mile east of Colchester; trains suspended 1315-1500; then reduced service towards Norwich until close of service.
14/8/18: 321320/319 on Doncaster-Ilford ECS.
27/8/18: 317343/345/654 on 1602 Liverpool Street-Witham. 317663/884/885 on 1147 Witham-Liverpool Street.
30/8/18: 90014 plus full MkIII set Norwich to Bounds Green ECS,

321314 GA RENATUS (HYTHE) 19-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Renatus 321314 leads a London-Clacton service through Hythe on 19/8/18. (Simon Austin).

GREENS OF LONDON, WALTHAMSTOW.
On 13/8/18, Volvo B7R/Plaxton FJ09 XGL overturned on the M25 at Swanley. 41 people were injured.

HADLEIGH COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
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Above: Mb Sprinter CN12 EUX, at Cardinal Park, Ipswich – on a Sunday route 90 journey on 29/7/18. (John Podgorski)

HEDINGHAM.
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Above: On ex First route 6; Dart SLF/Pointer 256 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 3/8/18. (John Podgorksi).

Below: Ex Carousel ADL/Enviro 200 no 266, at Pier Avenue on 7/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).
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AO57HCD 852 HO 4 (CN) 7-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: There is now greater opportunity to travel around Clacton on a double decker. At its closure, First only had saloons there, but Hedingham has maintained ‘deckers from its outset. Scania Omnicity 852 was captured at Pier Avenue on 7/8/18.  The Pilgrim Foods Mercedes Atego to the left, has traveled all the way from Boston. Lincolnshire, to do local deliveries. (Daniel Pretty).

Below: The first of the “in house” single door conversions to enter service, was Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 584. It had been originally intended to become trainer no 9001. It was at Pier Avenue on 7/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).
PJ02REU 584 HO X76 (CN) 7-8-18 (D PRETTY)

PJ02RHE 251 HO 92 FROM HD (CR B S) 4-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: The changes at Clacton have resulted in a redistribution of duties across the company. Saturday 92s have moved from Clacton to Sible Hedingham. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 departs Colchester bus station on 4/8/18. Meal breaks are covered using a HD driver on a KN bus. (Simon Austin).

Below: Ex Chambers ADL/Enviro 200 no 261 at Head Street, Colchester, on 9/8/18. (John Podgorski).
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HO KN YARD AND CAR PARK 16-6-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)
Above: The Kelvedon depot yard seen on 16/6/18. (Laurence Kinsella Ilot).

The first Wright Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL to be used at KN is 510 (LB02 YWX). It was joined by 512 (LB02 YXA) on 31/8/18. 521 (LX06 EZD) has been converted to single door at CN, with 520 (LX05 EZC) noted being converted on a visit to CN on 22/8/18. This leaves 524 (LX05 EZG), 527/28 (LX06 EAK/M) still awaiting conversion at CN. 525 (LX05 EZH) was moved from HD to Konect at the end of August. Long term VOR B7TL/Plaxton President 569 (W484 WGH) was removed from Kelvedon at the end of August.
Scania Omnidekka 818 (YN06 JYC) at KN was swapped with 812 (YN55 PZR) from CN in early August. In mid August, 812 was exchanged with 814 (YN55 PZV). Then 814 swapped with 817 (YN06 JYB) on 25/8/18. 806 (YN55 PZH) ,811 (YN55 PZP) were on loan from Chambers (at CN) in mid August for the Clacton Airshow.

YN55PZH 806 CHAMBERS ON HO 87 (CR HIGH ST) 22-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: 806 on High Street, Colchester on 22/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Long Dart SLF/Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was also at KN again from HD in mid August. Sisters 254 (EU05 AUR), 258 (EU56 FLM) have gone on loan to Chambers. ADL/Enviro 200 265 (EU10 AOX) is on loan to Konect. Short ADL/Enviro 200 295 (SN10 CCX) has been outshopped in fleet livery, ex Thames Travel.
Withdrawn Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO), was removed from Kelvedon at the start of August, to store at HD – it subsequently lost its led destination equipment. Withdrawn Trident/EL 723 (W823 NNJ) has been cannibalised at HD. Sister 717 (T817 RFG) remains withdrawn/cannibalised at CN.
The Park and Ride for the Clacton Airshow was operated on 23 and 24/8/18. It linked Clacton Common Shopping Village with the seafront. This had previously been contracted to the now defunct Talisman Coachlines. Tridents 737/38 (T107/8 DBW) were loaned from KN for it, along with the Chambers Omnidekkas mentioned above. Several staff from Konect also assisted. Two routes were run; A (Clacton Common-Anglefield) and B (Holland Haven-Anglefield).
Odd sightings: 14/8/18: ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) on HD 63 duty instead of usual B7TL/Gemini. 21/8/18: Chambers Omnidekka 811 on X76/87.

W527WGH 580 HO (CN AIRSHOW P&R A) HIGH ST INTO CARNARVON RD, CN) 24-8-18 (S AUSTIN).
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 580, turns from High Street onto Carnarvon Road, Clacton on 24/8/18; on Airshow shuttle A. The Busmopolitan editor is driving. (Simon Austin).

HIRE YOUR TRANSPORT.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN03 WMP, has passed to Ensign (dealer).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Withdrawn is Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 12 (LG02 FDC).
Optare Solo 243 (YN04 LWJ) passed to Fairbrother, Warrington. Fairbrother has now been acquired by Warrington’s Own Buses.

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(John Podgorski).
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(John Podgorski).
Odd sightings: 1/8/18: Trident 8 (LX04 FYB) on 92; Trident 13 (LG02 FDF) on 15 – pm peak extra; Omnicity saloon 75 (YN56 WVG) on 15A. 2/8/18: DAF DB250LF/ELs 58 (PJ53 OLA), 59 (PJ53 OLB) on 15A; SLF/EL 88 (PJ53 OLK) on 97; Excel 171 (YG52 DHF) on 15A. 14/8/18: Omnicity ‘decker 39 (YR61 RUV) on 37; Optare Versa 148 (YK08 EPE) on 97.

JET2.COM.
New is Boeing 737-800 G-JZBO.

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Above: Airbus A320-211 G-POWN departs Stansted on 25/8/18, on flight LS1507 to Grand Canaria. (John Podgorski).

KEANE, ORSETT.
From Byans of Denny is Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 SJ02 ANH orig 02-D-10245.

KIRBY’S OF RAYLEIGH.
Has ex Talisman Setra S315 T250 GON.

L and R TRAVEL, BASILDON.
Has Volvo B10M/VH A19 LNR ex M662 BAF, new to Oates of St Ives, Cornwall, but ex York Pullman.

A19LNR L&R TRAVEL (GA RRP MANNINGTREE) 26-8-18 (CHRIS BAINES)
Above: A19 LNR at Manningtree on GA Rail Replacement on 26/8/18. (Chris Baines).

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
On hire Wwere Scania Touring K360EB6/Higers YN18 SSX, YN18 SWO.
Ex Reynolds of Caister is MAN/Beaulas Cygnus PN06 UBK.
From a private owner is Bedford OB/Duple Vista HTC 577.
Leyland Olympian/NC K738 ODL has been sold for preservation.
MAN18/Marcopolo MB04 MB04 TCY has passed to Acme Bus, Molehill Green – where it joins sister MB04 TCZ.

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Above: MAN18/Marcopolo MB04 TCY at Colchester on 6/8/18; on GA e-rail to Mannningtree and Ipswich. See Greater Anglia or Tending Travel for full details. (John Podgorski).

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
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Above: One of the very last Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs on TfL work in London is DMN2. It was seen at Northumberland Park on 16/8/18.
(John Podgorski).

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Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL224 arrives back at Northumberland Park depot, after a day at Southend; on seafront route 68; 16/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL83 at Southend on 17/8/18 (Simon Austin).
LF52ZNR WVL83 LG 0T 68 (SD SEAFRONT) 17-8-18 (S AUSTIN)

Odd sightings: 9/8/18: Ex Blue Triangle Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 WVL458 (LJ61 NUO) on 68 (Southend Seafront service) – due to heavy rain, usually open top worked. 31/8/18: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL392 (LX54 HAO) on 68.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: Turbostar Class 172/0 DMU 172001 enters Blackhorse Road on 4/8/18, en route from Barking to Gospel Oak. These will be replaced by new Class 710 EMUs from Autumn 2018, and the electric catenary is already in place. (John Podgorski).

16/8/18: 315809 + 317892 heading north through Chelmsford @ 1120, then back through Romford @ 1214.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
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Above: Victoria Line 2009 Tube Stock unit no 11011 at Blackhorse Road, on 4/8/18, just one stop from the northern terminus. (John Podgorski).

M and M STAFFING, COOKSMILL GREEN.
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Above: OU16 ZVX is a Neoplan Tourliner tri-axle, ex Hamilton of Uxbridge. It is pictured at Witham on 27/8/18. (John Podgorski).

MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere NIL 3296 is now sign written.

MILESTONE, CANVEY.
Scania K480EB6/Irizar YT59 NZX is ex Three Star, Luton.

MTR CROSSRAIL.
On 31/8/18, it was announce that the full service will be delayed by nearly a year. Originally planned for launch in December 2018, it will now be Autumn 2019, before the cross London tunnel is available for revenue traffic.

MTR TfL RAIL.
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Above: 315848 at Gidea Park on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 315833 at the top of Bethnal Green Bank on 4/8/18. Taken from a London-Norwich service, which was running parallel. (John Podgorski).

13/8/18: 345027 towed Gidea Park-Old Oak Common, behind ROG 37800.
24/8/18: 345007 towed WB-OC by 37800.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPS.
Scania K410/Caetano Levante tri-axle BV17 GPU has a super rear advert for ‘Your London Tour Starts Here’. Sister SH216 (BX65 WCU), retains is England Football super rear advert, but with the wording now removed.
After 11 months in store at Start Hill Scania; Scania K340EB4/Caetano Levante SH18 (MIG 9443), had been removed by the end of August.

NETWORK RAIL.
‘Sprinter’ 950001 was at Cambridge on 19/8/18.

NEW HORIZON.
From Plaxtons (dealer) have come ex Logan, Dunloy Volvo B11R/Plaxton Panthers MX15 KET, KLC. Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH N661 JNO went in part exchange. Volvo B12M/Berkhof S25 NHT is now FJ03 AAZ again, and has also gone to Plaxtons.

PANTHER.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 AEV has entered traffic, and was re-registered DB09 PAN within a few days. It is named ‘Eva’. Sister YX09 AFA is now AB09 PAN. Ford Fiesta van AB09 PAN is now HF09 RRO again.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN is now black/silver, ex plain white.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN on the Mistley route 2, at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 3/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DB09 PAN ex YX09 AEV, at Clacton Common on 23/8/18. (John Podgorski).

New commercial service 14 (Harwich-Clacton) began on 20/8/18. This has one return trip per day Harwich and Clacton. In between, the 14 runs between Pier Avenue and Clacton Common Shopping Village during the day.

DC02PAN PANTHER GA RRP (CR) 7-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DC02 PAN at Colchester North Station on e-rail on 7/8/18. This was ex Wheelers of North Baddersley as VU02 ZTZ.
See Greater Anglia or Tendring Travel for full details. (Daniel Pretty).

YX09AEV PANTHER (PARKESTON) 11-8-18 (M STOKES)
Above: Ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 AEV entered service from Parkeston depot on 11/8/18. (Mark Stokes).

Below: Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther ex DC04 PAN, now XEL 587 with Barratts of Middlewich. Seen at London Victoria on 18/8/18.(Simon Austin).
XEL587 BARRATTS EX PANTHER (VCS) 18-8-18 (S AUSTIN)

PRESERVATION.
UFM53F NEW FLEET NAMES 4-8-18 (C SAMPSON)
Above: Locally preserved former Crosville Bristol RELL6G/ECW has received some further touches, to its already excellent restoration. Pictured on 4/8/18. (Chris Sampson).

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Above: On 5/8/18, Ipswich Transport Museum held a ‘Commercial Open Day’, and Bristol FS GNG 125C was used on a shuttle to/from Ipswich rail station. (John Podgorski).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
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Above: The bridge over the River Orwell of the long closed Cliff Quay branch in Ipswich, on 5/8/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: The old Cliff Quay branch looking east; viewed from Ranalegh Road on 25/7/18. Note the semaphore signal. (John Podgorski).
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ROG:
23/8/18: 37884 towing 365503 on 5Q51 Northampton-Ilford. All of the stored GTR ‘365s have been moved from Ely to Northampton.

RYANAIR.
New is Boeing 737-800 EI-GSO.
There was much disruption during August, due to industrial action by Europe based flightdeck crew.

EI-ENK RYANAIR MOTHBALLED LSN 31-1-16
Above: Boeing 737-800 EI-ENK seen “mothballed” at Stansted on 31/1/16. (John Podgorski).

SEE LONDON BY NIGHT, RAINHAM.
From Go-Ahead london are ADL/Enviro 400s LX06 EYZ, EZA-C.

SOUTHEND TRANSPORT.
CJN436C 436 SOUTHEND TRANSPORT PRESERVED (SD SEAFRONT) 17-8-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Now preserved at the Canvey Museum, Leyland Titan PD2 436 on Southend seafront on 17/8/18, on a wedding private hire. Preserved Eastern National Bristol VRT 3000 (CPU 979G) is behind. (Simon Austin).

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander tri-axle “Megadekker” 14000 (F110 NES) was present at Cowley Road depot in late August.
ADL/Enviro 400 19047 (MX56 XRP) is long term VOR at Cowley Road. ADL/E400s 19586/602 (AE10 BWX, BXP) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 21224 (AE09 GYU) were also VOR there awaiting repairs; the latter two being accident damaged.
Open top Trident/ALX400 17274 (ACZ 7494) was still at Cowley Road in late August, but TSU 639 had gone. Likewise, ex Norfolk Optare Solo 47907 was still there, but its sisters had departed.
Ancillary vehicles:
On hire from Enterprise is Fiat Doblo van WX66 YJD.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
New ADL/Enviro 40D MMC smart hybrids 11001-16 (YY18 TKZ,TLF/J/K/N/U/V/X/Z, TMO/U/V/X/Z, TNE/F) have been transferred to Selkent at Catford for TfL136 (Grove Park-Elephant and Castle). Apart from 11001, they were not used in East London.
New ADL/Enviro 20Ds are 37514-22(YY18 TKA/C-F/J/K/N/O).

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Above: Dennis Tridents continue to decline, but pockets remain. Leyton (T) allocated 18488 was pictured at Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: The other ‘We are bananas’ ‘Borismaster. LT471 at Shoreditch High Street on 4/8/18. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
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Above: Scania Omnidekka 639 at Clacton outstation on 3/8/18. This is one of a large batch ex RATP London.

CY12EMS 609 STEPHENSONS (GA RRP CR) 12-8-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: One of the pair of ex Express Motors of Penygroes Scania N230UD/Enviro 400s, no 609 – arrives at Colchester on a Greater Anglia RRP from Chelmsford on 12/8/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 413 (EU03 CFX) was at Clacton in mid/late August. Scania N230UD/Olympus 512 (YN08 OAP) was at Braintree in late August.

SWALLOW COACHES, RAINHAM.
The remaining local bus routes were absorbed from EOS London from 4/8/18, under the new name of Swallowbus. They continue to work from North Weald, where withdrawn vehicles are also stored. The head office remains at Rainham, and there are also now bases at Brentwood and South Ockenden. The EOS orange/black livery is retained on the buses, but with no fleetnames.

TENDRING TRAVEL.
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Above: Temsa MD9/Opalin YJ08 EFT is now in fleet livery. It was seen at Manningtree rail station on 12/8/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Scania K/Berkhof Axial RY57 ZKJ, at Colchester on Greater Anglia e-rail to Manningtree/Ipswich on 6/8/18. Caused by a lineside fire and damage to signalling. (John Podgorski).

Setra S315 LSU 788 is now W973 UAR. It returned to service in August after 3 months VOR. Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKJ is VOR due to engine failure.
Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKK and VW Crafter CU07 HRW have been sign written.

TURNERS OF ESSEX, WICKHAM ST PAUL.
Setra S315 MY53 TRA has been traced to Nationwide Travel of Newcastle upon Tyne.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Electric Optare Metrodeker MD1 (YX17 FXX) is here for trials – on TfL23.

UNO, HATFIELD.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Pointers 114/15 (KC03 OSF, KE53 LMY); 116/17 (C16/17 UNO); Trident/Alexander ALX400s 281-83 (SN51 SYE/J/R); Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 277=79 (LF52 ZNW/X, ZPL). All of these were at the Northampton outpost.

WALTON PIER RAILWAY.
Walton toastrack-pier-train (TRIP ADVISOR.COM-FLICKR)
Above: The original toastrack electric train.
(Flickr.com).

WALTON PIER RAILWAY STEAM OUTLINE LOCO (PIER HEAD) (Flickr.com)
Above: The last traction used on the line was this steam outline diesel loco. It is pictured at the pier head, with the Naze in the background. (Flickr.com).

Walton Pier-railway-train-lr (PETE FROST FILES WORDPRESS.COM)
Above: The steam outline diesel loco heading the train shorebound. Loops were provided at the 2 stations.(Pete Frost/Wordpress.com).

WALTON PIER RAILWAY (LANDWARD STATION) (TRAIN-PHOTOS.COM-FLICKR)
Above: A view of the land end station, towards the end of the railway’s operation.  The loco is running around for another trip to the pier head. The sign on the end of the carriages warns passengers not to discard lit cigarettes or matches onto the wooden pier ! (Train-Photos.com/Flickr).

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, C Baines, T Barltrop, J Clayton, D Disbury, Ensign, Flickr, P Frost, A Hazell, S Kinsella-Ilot, J Lidstone, J Lomas, LOTS, D Pretty, C Sampson, M Stokes, M Toon, Train-Photos.com

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2018.

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

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of Busmopolitan.
The news this month is dominated by major changes at First Essex. Clacton depot and Braintree outstation closed at the end of July, with just four operating centres remaining, at Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Hadleigh. 40 years ago (in 1978), First’s predecessor, Eastern National Omnibus Company, had 16 garages. The bus industry now works in a very different world.

A2B BUS AND COACH, CAMBRIDGE.
From 28/7/18, Cambs CC routes 31 (Barley-Cambridge) and 75 (Wrestingworth-Cambridge) were taken over from Whippet. Ensignbus loaned ADL/E200 LJ56 ONS initially, while two ex Abellio London E200s (LJ56 VSY/Z) were supplied by Ensign. Ex First Essex are Optare Solos EO02 NFG/J.

AIR FORCE ONE.
Visited Stansted again on 12/7/18, to deliver US President and First Lady Trump for their official visit to the UK. The B747 has last been at the Essex airport in April 2016, when President Obama came over.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 3825 on North Station Road, Colchester, on 7/7/18. The B7RLEs are regular on routes 8 and 133. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
LTZ1001 LT1 AR LON N N38 (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: The original New Routemaster, LT1 – at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands, on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
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Above: New Routemaster LT402 at Blackwall station on 30/6/18. This is one of the batch transferred from Stagecoach East London with TfL route 15. (John Podgorski).

BLUELINE TRAVEL, ROCHFORD.
The O licence was revoked from 30/7/18, due to “loss of good repute”. However, operations continued on a new O licence and new TM, from 31/7/18.

V42MOA BLUELINE (GA RRP NEWBURY PARK) 27-8-17
Above: Blueline runs a small but varied fleet, although most vehicles are not blue ! V42 MOA is one of some ex NX West Midlands Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents operated, and was seen at Newbury Park on 27/8/17. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
From Carousel are ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267 (AY58 AZV), 268 (AE59 AWM).
Transferred to Hedingham are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 260 (EU56 FLR) and  ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE).
Scania Omnidekka 802 (YN55 PZD) was loaned to Hedingham at Sible Hedingham in early July, in exchange for 800 (YN53 RYP). 800 returned to Hedingham on loan on 12/7/18; but by the end of July, 800 and 801 had been swapped again. On 19/7/18, 809 (YN55 PZM) returned from Hedingham Kelvedon, in exchange for 811 (YN55 PZP).
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 568 (W458 WGH) was loaned to Hedingham at Kelvedon in mid July and was returned on the 23rd. Omnidekka 811 followed shortly afterwards.
From 23/7/18, route 89X (Sudbury-Halstead-Braintree) came back here for the school holidays.
Sold to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade for scrap are Volvo B10M/VH 3 (M656 KVU) and long term VOR Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 252 (EU03 BZK). The latter had been partially cannibalised following an engine failure.

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Mb 0404/Hispano W391 PRC is ex Freeway of Hook.

COLAS.
2/7/18: 70814 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
4/7/18: 70814 on 6L37.
5/7/18: 66846 on 6L37.
10/7/18: 60002 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement. GBRf 66785 on 6L36.
11/7/18: 37025 on NR test train at Colchester.
12/7/18: 60002 on 6L44.
16/7/18: 66846 on 6L37.
18/7/18: 37099 tnt 37254 on NR test train on Mannigtree-Harwich branch.
19/7/18: 60002 on 6L44. 66846 on 6L37.
20/7/18: 66849 on 6L37.
24/7/18; 70809 ‘Oakley’ on 6L44.
25/7/18: 66850 on Whitemoor-Hoo Junct light engine.
31/7/18: 60002 on 6L44.

CT PLUS.
The Yutong E10 electric demonstrator (YG18 CVS), has arrived here from Tower Transit. It will be used on TfL W13 (Leytonstone-Woodford Wells).

YG18CVS YUTONG ELECTRIC DEMO TOWER TRANSIT 26 (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: The Yutong E10 at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands, on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

DBS.
5/7/18: 66103 on Harlow Mill-Mountsorrel. 66182 on 4L08 Wakefield-London Gateway.
9/7/18: 66096 on 6K96 Acton-Dagenham.
11/7/18: 66106 at Marks Tey sand yard.
16/7/18: 59204 at Bow Midland.
23/7/18: 66192 on Trowse-Acton stone train via GEML.
24/7/18: 59102 on 6L21 Wheatley-Dagenham. 66152 on 6M67 Broxbourne-Mountsorrel.

DLR.
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Above: Unit 57 departs Stratford on 14/7/18. It is 31 years ago this month that the DLR was officially opened by HM The Queen.  (John Podgorski).

DRS.
5/7/18: 37601 + 345027 on Old Oak-Gidea Park ECS.
9/7/18: 37407 hauling GA DVT 82118 on 5Z37 Norwich-Cardiff via GEML and NLL.
17/7/18: 37409 hauled 3 MkIII carriages as 5V91 Norwich-Ilford ECS.
19/7/18: 37038 towed GA 90007 + MkIII carriage on 5Z07 Norwich-Bounds Green. 37409 on 5V91 Norwich-Ilford ECS with 5 MkIIIs.
24/7/18: 37405 dragging failed 90 + DVT set London-Norwich as 5P99.
25/7/18: 37038 on Norwich-Bounds Green through Ipswich @ 0949.

EASYJET.
New are Airbus A320-214s G-EZGX/Z, A320-251n G-UZHI, UZMA.

ENSIGNBUS.
Ex Metroline is ADL/Enviro 200 720 (YX09 FLD).
BCI Enterprise 402 (LX17 DZC) is delicensed due to serious accident damage. It was in collision with a DAF LF55 scaffolding lorry on the A120 near Elmstead Market, while on a Tottenham-Clacton private charter on 3/7/18. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

EU62BSY 502 ENSIGN 73A (TILBURY CIVIC SQUARE) 8-6-18 (D DISBURY)
Above; Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini2 502 at Tilbury Civic Square, during the late evening of 8/6/18. (Daniel Disbury).

Below: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 130 at Tower Hill on 1/7/18; on RRP service A for LUL District Line to Barking. (Simon Austin).
LX15GPY 130 ENSIGNBUS LUL DISTRICT LINE RRP (TOWER HILL) 1-7-18 (S AUSTIN)

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Above: Ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka YN53 RYB, is one of several put temporarily into the rail replacement fleet; mainly to cover e rail for GTR, after their timetable change problems. It was pictured at Purfleet depot on 30/6/18, with Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 131. (John Podgorski).

EOS LONDON, NORTH WEALD.
Withdrew its commercial bus routes 66 (Waltham Cross-Waltham Abbey-Loughton-Debden Circular), 86 (Harlow-Waltham Cross), 87 (Epping Forest-Loughton-Epping-Harlow) after 31/7/18. Arriva replaced these. S1 (Harlow-Stratford City) ceased without replacement. 13 (Waltham Cross-Upshire-Epping), 61 (Blackmore-Doddinghurst-Brentwood), 66A (Waltham Cross-Waltham Abbey-Loughton-Debden Circular – Suns/Hols only), 133 (Abridge-Chigwell Row-Debden Park High School – schooldays only) continued, under the Swallow Coach Company name.
Ensignbus open top Routemaster RM371 made a guest appearance on 31st July.

LX07BYN EOS LONDON 61 (BRENTWOOD HIGH ST) 21-7-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Go-Ahead Docklands Buses ADL/Enviro 200/MCV LX07 BYN, at High Street, Brentwood on 21/7/18. (Simon Austin).

WLT371 RM371 87 EOS LAST DAY (LOUGHTON) 31-7-18 (T SMETHERS)
Above: RM371 at Loughton rail station, on the final day of EOS operation. (Tony Smethers).

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
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Above: “Flagship” coach Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui M60 FXO, at Ipswich rail station on 24/7/18, on GA rail replacement. (John Podgorski).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 44928 at Ipswich rail station on Sunday, 15/7/18. It is on service 202 which serves the Shotley Peninsular. This route is Suffolk CC supported and had previously been operated by Ipswich Buses. (John Podgorski).

SHOTLEY OLD BUS GARAGE 8-03
Above; Eastern Counties Omnibus Company used to have a garage at Shotley, worked as an outstation of Ipswich. This post closure view dates from August 2003. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 24/7/18: B7TL/ALX400 32493 on 7X – pm. 26/7/18: Park and Ride ADL/E300 67760 (SN62 AUC) on X66 pm peak.

FIRST ESSEX.
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Above: Clacton depot yard on 5/5/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: A smart looking Scania L94UB/Wright Solar – no 62407, awaits departure from Colchester back to Clacton, on 7/7/18. (Simon Austin).
YS03ZKB 62407 REFRESHED 74 (CN DEPOT) SEEN CE B S 7-7-18 (S AUSTIN)

YR52VEY 65684 FE 98 (CR B S) 30-7-18 FIRST DAY (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65684 on the first day of route 98. At Colchester on 30/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

Clacton depot and Braintree outstation closed on 28th July 2018. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 42927 (SN05 EAF) was the last bus in, off route 17.
In the case of Clacton, services 3 (Clacton-Harwich), 4/A, 5/A, 6 passed to Hedingham Omnibuses. The other Clacton routes are now run from Colchester (CR), with 15 buses and 26 staff transferred over. The Scanias (65028-32, 62407-10, 65675/88-92) went to CR and the Dart SLFs (42555-59, 42918/22/23/27/28/37, 43845/46) to Chelmsford (CF). The CF transfers allowed all of the Caetano SLFs to be concentrated at Basildon (BN). Essex CC 2 (Clacton-Mistley) passed to Panther Travel on subcontract. New routes 97/A (Colchester-A133-Clacton) replaced 76/A; new service 98 (Colchester-B1027-Clacton) replaced 74. 97/A are extended from Clacton to Walton over the old 7, while 98 is similarly extended over the old 8. However, on Sundays and holidays, routes 74A and 76 continue unchanged, but there is a new 99 route between Holland band Clacton on those days. Also, 7, 8, 74B continue unchanged on M-Sat evenings. Meanwhile, route 62A was extended from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea, to give a combined 15 minute core frequency with 62.
Braintree’s share of 70 (Colchester-Braintree-Chelmsford) went to Chelmsford and 352 (M-Sat evenings only) (Chelmsford-Braintree-Halstead) passed to Hedingham Omnibuses; the Sun/hol 352s continue to be run by First from CF. The closing allocation at BE was B7TLs 32484/5 (AU53 HKB/C), 32654 (AU05 MUW) and B7RLE/Wright 66719 (WX54 XDC). 65654 was the last service bus into BE, off route 352. At the time of closure, BMC yellow school buses 68508/9/10 (KX54 AHU/Y, ANR), 68532 (LK54 FNE) were also parked up at BE – withdrawn.

AU05MUP 32652 FE 352 (BE BUS PARK) 1-7-17 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32652 at Braintree Bus Park on the 352, on 1/7/17. (Simon Austin).

Four 51 plate Scania L94UB/Wrights Solars remained active at the start of July; 65672/73/77 (SN51 UYE/G/L) – at Colchester (CR) and 65675 (SN51 UYJ) at CN. 65670 (SN51 UYC) has been donated to a local school for static use. 65748 (SN55 JVK) has been repaired and is to return to Scotland.
Hadleigh (HH) Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33133 (LT02 ZBZ) was running from Chelmsford (CF), on schools in mid/late July.
Now with Contactless branding are Wright Streetlite 63333 (SK65 PXO), Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66719 (WX54 XDC).
Optare Solos 53125/27 (EO02 NFG/J) have passed to A2B Bus & Coach, Cambridge.
Odd sightings: 2/7/18: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37134 (SN57 HCP) on 75; Streetlite 63335 (SK65 PXS) on 17 bus 2 pm. 18/7/18; SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) on 71. 19/7/18: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 (YY66 PBV) on 31X. 21/7/18: B7TL/ALX400 32481 (AU53 HJY) on 66. 24/7/18: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 26/7/18: Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 62B. 29/7/18: Trident 37088 on 1A (Sunday). 30/7/18: Streetlite 63335 (SK65 PXS) on 103.

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Above: The number of buses serving Brightlingsea was increased at the end of July, with the extension of 62A from Wivenhoe during the day and 62B on evenings/Sundays. Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 37134 was seen at the top of North Station Road, Colchester on the evening of 7/7/18. The destination has not been reset for the return trip, as it had finished its duty, and was running light back to Haven Road depot. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Scania Omnicity 65031 at Colchester bus station on the last day of Clacton depot operations – 28/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: Still showing the destination of its final journey for Clacton depot, Omnicity 65029 on transfer from CN to Colchester on 29/7/18, and approaching its new base along Haven Road. To the right is the old First depot; replaced by the current one at Quayside in 2015, (along with Queen Street and Magdalen Street). (Simon Austin).
YN06TDU 65029 FE CN-CR TRANSFER (HAVEN RD, CR) 29-7-18 (S AUSTIN)

YN06TDV 65030 (REAR) + OTHER EX CN BUSES AT CR DEPOT 29-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex Clacton buses congregate in Colchester depot on 29/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

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Above: Braintree outstation on 28/7/18, also it’s last day of operation. (John Podgorski).

YS03ZKG 65687 FE 97 (CR B S) FIRST DAY 30-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65687 on the first day of route 97. Osborne Street, Colchester on 30/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

FLAGFINDERS.
Graham’s Coaches of Kelvedon was acquired on 1/7/18.
Mercedes Sprinter GK03 JUC has received the new style of livery, while retaining its silver base colour.

S190SLL FLAGFINDER HALSTEAD DEPOT 4-7-18 (M TOON)
Above: Early in the morning on 3/7/18, Mb 0814D S190 SLL is at Halstead depot, getting ready for a school run. In the background is freshly repainted Mb Sprinter GK03 JUC. This site was acquired with the business of Florida Coaches. (Michelle Toon).

FREIGHTLINER:
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(John Podgorski).
14 of the Class 70s were stored unserviceable, by the start of July – out of a fleet of 20. 70014 is pictured (above) at Ipswich on 24/7/18.
5/7/18: 70014 – one of 6 currently serviceable – on GEML seen Chelmsford. 86639/07 on 4M87 Crewe-FLX.
7/7/18: 66528/97/99 on Ipswich-Toton light engine.
8/7/18: 66585 stabled at Parkeston Quay.
16/7/18: 66545 tnt 66957 on Parkeston-Brentwood engineers.
20/7/18: 86609/12 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX. 70008 on 4L97 Trafford Park-FLX.
22/7/18: 86607/13/14/37 stabled at Ipswich.
24/7/18: 66546 trailing UID ’66 on “up” intermodal through Ipswich (on centre road) @ 2005. 86608 and partner stabled at bottom of Ipswich Upper Yard, mid evening.
31/7/18: 66415 tnt 66553 on HOBC at Colchester.

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Above: 66585 at Parkeston Quay on 8/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Below: 86608 and friend at Ipswich on 24/7/18. (John Podgorski).
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GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
Accident damaged Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante FN62 CAA has been sold (by auction) via Malcolm Harrison, Market Drayton (dealer). It is repairable salvage.

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Above: More Galloway buses are receiving a simplified livery of blue/white, ex light blue/yellow/white. Optare Solo SR YJ65 EWF was at Ipswich rail station on 24/7/18. It is actually awaiting departure on service 114 to Diss. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
1/7/18: 66718 on 6T66, 66765 on 6T63, 66768 on 6T64, 66775 on 6T62 all Whitemoor-Barking engineers. 66762/68/75 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich light engine.
2/7/18: 66720 on 4L22 Hams Hall-Felixstowe. 66753 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66763 on 4Z81 Masboro-Felixstowe. Ex DBS 66789 on 6Y34 Whitemoor-Parkeston.
3/7/18: 66753 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. Large BR Logo 66789 on rear on 6H33 Parkeston Quay-Whitemoor.
4/7/18; 66720 on 4L22. 66753 light engine “up” trough Stowmarket @ 1529. 66789 on 6H33.
5/7/18: 66753 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66778 on 6M14 Chesterton Junct-Bardon Hill.
6/7/18: Ex DBS 66784 ‘Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’ tnt 66721 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Lea Bridge enginers.
7/7/18: 66706 tnt 66742 on 6T60. 66730 on 6T64. Both on engineers past Broxbourne.
8/7/18: 66707/62 on 0L33. 66718 ‘Sir Peter Hendy CBE’ stabled at Parkeston Quay.
10/7/18; 66753/83 on 6H33 Parkeston-Whitemoor.
12/7/18: 66775 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
14/7/18: 66778 tnt 66753 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Enfield Lock engineers.
16/7/18: 66761/62 on 0L33.
17/7/18: 66775 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine and returned on 6A32 N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
19/7/18: 66742 at Cambridge North.
20/7/18: 66761 on “up” intermodal through Kelvedon @ 1225. 66776 tnt 66778 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Tottenham Hale engineers.
21/7/18: 66775 on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.
23/7/18: 66720 on 4M29. 66779 on 0P41 Ipswich-Parkeston light engine. Ex DBS 66781 on 4R03 Parkeston-FLX; then on 4M02.
24/7/18: 66749/30 at Romford ETE on 6X01 electrification train to Liverpool Street. 66779 on IPS-N Walsham light engine. Ex DBS 66781 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX North and return on 4M02.
25/7/18: 66708 on 6O14 Harlow Mill-Tonbridge. 66714 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66779 on 6H33 Harwich-Whitemoor.
26/7/18: 66779 on IPS-N Walsham light engine.
28/7/18: 66708 at Bethnal Green. 66730 at Romford OHLM. 66762 tnt 66784 at Bethnal Green on engineers. 66779 at Liverpool Street on 6T60 engineers from Whitemoor.
30/7/18: 66730 still at Romford ETE. 66749/31/86 on 6L36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.
31/7/18: ‘Rainbow’ 66720 on 4L22. 66730 on 6U13 Romford ETE-Gidea Park. 66764 + ex DBS 66786 on 6L36. Ex DBS 66784 ‘Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’ on Ipswich-N Walsham light engine.

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Above: 66718 at Parkeston Quay on 8/7/18. (John Podgorski).

GODWARD.
New is Mb Tourismo BD18 TMZ. Currently in plain white. It was quickly re-registered CC18 PGC.
Scania K380EB6/Irizar YN07 LKD ex T123 PGC has passed to Evobus (dealer), Coventry.

GRAHAM’S OF KELVEDON.
Has been sold to Flagfinders.
Graham’s was founded by Gary Ellis in 1976. Since 2014 it had been run by his sons Graham Ellis and Michael Ellis, but Graham passed away in March 2018.
Graham’s and Flagfinders already had a cordial relationship, with work being subcontracted between the two.

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Above: Graham’s Irizar i6 YN66 VYG at Balkerne Hill, Colchester on 8/12/16, when still quite new. This was sold to Cooks of Westcliff prior to Graham’s selling out. Behind are Mb Sprinter VU53 FYR and Scania/Irizar T361 JWA. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
All Class 321/4s are here, except 321401 at Kilmarnock, 321404 at Doncaster, 321448 at Wabtec and the ones that were converted to Class 320s for use in Scotland.
153314 has gone to LORAM, Derby RTC for fitment of wheelslip protection. It’s sisters will be modified “in house” at GA.
On 19/7/18, it was announced that the industrial dispute about the future role of guards had been resolved. Since October 2017, there had been 10 one day strikes in connection with this. There had been concerns that the introduction of the new fleet of Stadtler trains from 2019 would dispense with the need for guards, but they will continue to be present, although there will be a greater element of customer service to their role. Most importantly, the guard role will continue to be classed as safety critical.

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Above: A smartly presented 90012 ‘Royal Anglian Regiment’ heads the Norwich-Liverpool Street into Colchester, at 1503 on 7/7/18. The pointwork sections are painted white to dissipate heat and reduce expansion. (John Podgorski).

6/7/18: 90015 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.
7/7/18: 156418 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, instead of the usual ‘153.
11/7/18: 90011 on 0Z90 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML.
12/7/18: 321402 + 348 on 1P24 1130 London-Norwich. 321311/54/15 on 1P48 1930 Norwich-London.
14/7/18; 153306 + 153322 on Norwich-Sheringhams.
15/7/18: 153306 + 153322 arrived at Ipswich, Platform 4C @ 1830 on an unknown working from the Cambridge direction.
18/7/18: 321360/430 on 1P04 London-Norwich due to stock shortage.
24/7/18: 90006 + 82132 arrived at Ipswich Platform 3 “wrong line” @ 2020 as ECS, and then departed as 2041 to Norwich. 90010 + 82102 working “wrong line” and calling at Ipswich Platform 3 @ 2143 on Norwich-Liverpool Street. 317514 + 317669 on 1950 Ipswich-Liverpool Street. 321434 + 321342 on Norwich-Liverpool Street calling at Ipswich @ 2015. There had been problems on the Diss-Norwich part of the GEML earlier that day.

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Above: 153306 leads 153322 into Ipswich on 15/7/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 90010 heads the 2143 Norwich-Liverpool Street “wrong line” into Ipswich, Platform 3 on 24/7/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: 321355 heads a London bound service into Chelmsford, on 1/7/18. (Simon Austin).

HADLEIGH COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
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Above: Fiat Ducato SF16 JCV enters Ranelagh Road, Ipswich on 24/7/18; on a 90 working, which operates on evenings and Suns/hols only. The rest of the time, Beestons serves this route, with its commercial 91 through to Sudbury. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.
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Above: On the recently introduced service 1 to St Osyth Beach; Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 253 at Pier Avenue, Clacton, on 7/7/18. (Simon Austin).

The closure of the First Essex Clacton depot on 28/7/18, has meant Hedingham is now the dominant operator in this seaside town.

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Above: A pre Go-Ahead (2007) view of Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer L348 (now 260) at Brook Retail Park. Route 136 was a predecessor of 130. (John Podgorski).

From 1/7/18, there were timing changes to the following services:
X76 (Clacton-Colchester), 87 (Brightlingsea-Colchester), 88 (Colchester-Halstead/Great Yeldham), 89 (Great Yeldham-Braintree), 137 (Clacton-Burrsville Circular). 130 (Jaywick-Clacton-Brook Retail Park) was withdrawn.
Operation of the Toppesfield School contract ceased after the end of term, 20/7/18, and the hired Ford Transit minibus was returned to Robertsons.
From 23/7/18, operation of route 89X (Braintree-Halstead-Sudbury) returned to Chambers and some route 63 duties moved from CN to HD. This brought the sight of B7TL/Geminis in West Mersea. From 30/7/18 – for 8 weeks, Inworth Road was closed to large vehicles, necessitating a lengthy diversion (via Marks Tey) to link opposite ends of route 91 (Witham-Tollesbury). A temporary revised timetable was introduced for the duration. Passengers for Inworth advised to pre book Arrow taxi, to feed into 91 at Feering or Tiptree, (2 hours minimum notice required). This was due to strengthening works on Hines Bridge.
From 29/7/18, the following Essex CC evening contracts were gained from First:
10A (Clacton-Kirby-Walton).
17/18 (Clacton-Point Clear).
352 (Chelmsford-Braintree-Halstead).
Also from 30/7/18, ex First 3 (Clacton-Harwich), 4/A (Jaywick-Clacton-Bockings Elm/Burrsville), 5/A (Clacton-Flatford Drive), 6 (Clacton-St Osyth/Point Clear). There have been minor adjustments to these routes. There were reductions to 4/A as some journeys were duplicated by X76. Some CN duties on 63, 82/83 and all of the remaining CN 15s moved to KN as a result.
Ex Carousel Buses classic ADL/Enviro 200 266 (OU57 FKB) has been acquired for this extra work. It joins the previously reported ex Stagecoach Solos.
Also from Carousel are ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions AJ58 PZS, AE59 AWM; but these are destined for Chambers. They were initially delivered to Clacton and Sible Hedingham respectively. Another ex London Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini is ex WVL193 (LX05 EZK) – but this is for spares recovery only. From Chambers are SLF/Pointer 260 (EU56 FLR) – now at CN, and ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE), now at HD. Transferred from Sible Hedingham to Clacton is SLF/Pointer 258 (EU56 FLN).

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Above: AE59 AWM at Sible Hedingham depot on 20/7/18. (John Podgorksi).

Short ADL/Enviro 200 295 (SN10 CCX) has received fleet livery.
Scania Omnidekka 802 (YN55 PZD) was on loan from Chambers (at HD) in early July, replacing 800 (YN53 RYP), which returned on 12/7/18. At KN, 809 (YN55 PZM) was exchanged with Chambers 811 (YN55 PZP) on 19/7/18, but 811 was returned w/c 22nd July. 818 returned to KN on 24/7/18, with 816 going back to CN.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 568 (W458 WGH) was borrowed from Chambers in mid July, for use at KN; it was returned on 23rd July. 576 (W517 WGH) suffered a major engine failure on 17/7/18 and parked up at KN; it was towed away for repair w/c 22/7/18. 584 (PJ02 REU) has entered traffic at CN following single door conversion.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO) is withdrawn. It was last used on ST4 on 20/7/18. Previously withdrawn Trident/EL 717 (T817 RFG) has been further cannibalised at CN. Trident/ALX400 739 (T117 DBW) has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.

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Above: Parts being recovered from withdrawn Trident/ALX400 739 (T117 DBW) at Sible Hedingham depot, on 12/7/18. (John Podgorski).

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Above: Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coach no 5 at Sible Hedingham depot on 12/6/18. They are proposed to be eventually replaced by ex Konect Scania Omnicities. (Laurence Kinsella-Ilot).

Below: Cab view of no 5, with the manual gear change taking centre stage. (Laurence Kinsella-Ilot).
N664THO 5 HO CAB (SIBLE HEDINGHAM) 15-6-18 (L KINSELLA ILOT)

SN10CCZ 297 KONECT (NORWICH B S) 16-6-18 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Although delivered to Hedingham in October 2017, ADL/Enviro 200 no 297 was not used there, and quickly moved on to Konect (on loan) – for use on ex Anglian services. Here it is at Norwich bus station on 16/6/18. The ex Anglian bases at Ellough and New Rackheath currently remain open. (Simon Austin).

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 251 (PJ02 RHE) was back at Kelvedon (KN) from 3/7/18, but departed again on 20/7/18, due to technical issues.
Odd sightings: 7/7/18: Short ADL/E200 293 on X76/87; Scania Omnicity 850 on X76/87.
9/7/18: Omnicity ‘decker 850 on 63. 10/7/18: Short ADL/E200 294 on X76/87. 16/7/18: 850 on 63. 19/7/18: Short ADL/E200 296 on 15 + 63; Trident 738 (T108 DBW) on PL3. 21/7/18: B7TL/President 577 on 50A/63 Saturday duty.

AO57EZM 850 HO 87 (CR HEAD ST) 7-7-18 (S AUSTIN)
(Simon Austin).

IPSWICH BUSES.
Ex Carters ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution 156 (AY60 BVD) is now in fleet colours.

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Above: 156 at Tower Ramparts Bus Station on 8/7/18. (John Podgorski).

Scania N280UG/Enviro 400 500 (DD16 GAS) was returned to Scania in mid July.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 13 (LG02 FDF) was withdrawn at the end of July, havivng latterly seen only limited use. Also withdrawn is Trident no 20.
Scania Omnicity ‘decker 46 (YR61 RPX) is now in fleet livery ex red and converted to single door.
Scania Omnidekka 60 (PJ54 YZT) has a super rear advert for Ipswich Buses Recruitment.
The remaining Optare Excels are to be usually found on routes 13 (Ipswich-Chantry) M-Sat.
Odd sightings: 24/7/18; Trident 13 (LG02 FDF) on 15. 25/7/18: Omnicity ‘decker 45 (YR61 RVE) on Ipswich Tour. 26/7/18: Omnicity ‘decker 42 (YR61 RVJ) on 97; SLF/EL 88 (PJ53 OLK) on 93.

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Above: Omnicity no 45 on the Ipswich Tour; seen at the rail station. (John Podgorski).

Below: And the usual tour traction; Leyland Atlantean/Roe no 9. Pictured on 27/7/18. (John Podgorski).
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KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
New is Mb Tourismo tri-axle BD18 TMU.

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
Temsa Safari YJ13 GWC returned to Arriva (dealer), Wellingborough, off loan after failing and was replaced on 10/7/18 by ex Bibbys Temsa Safari HD12 YJ15 ETL. Also on hire during July was ex BM Coaches, Hayes VH T915 Alicron AC10 BMC, from Arriva (dealer) at Cleckheaton. Both AC10 BMC and YJ15ETL were returned to Arriva at Wellingborough, later in July.
At the end of this month, Irizar i6 YJ18 CLN was borrowed from Irizar (dealer) at Worksop.

L&R TRANSPORT, BASILDON.
Withdrawn is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excalibur L975 OWY.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
E14BTS LODGE (BASILDON BUS RALLY) 22-7-18 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex Blackpool Transport originally Bus Vanin, Isle of Man Dennis Trident/EL E14 BTS, at the Basildon Bus Rally, Barleylands on 22/7/18. (Daniel Pretty).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
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Above: Electrostar 378209 calls at Shepherds Bush on 7/7/18, on the 1817 Clapham Junction-Stratford service. (John Podgorski).

315813 is withdrawn following a shunting accident.
18/7/18: 378135 visited Ilford depot.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
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Above: S7 Stock 20501 arrives at Latimer Road on 7/7/18, on a Hammersmith-Barking Hammermith and City Line service. This date was the 13th anniversary of the London suicide bombings; 3 of which were on the Underground. (John Podgorski).

M&M STAFFING.
The title MM Travel has been introduced.
Neoplan Tourliner MX10 DFK has been re-registered MM10 BUS.
Work other than rail replacement is also being done.

MM10BUS M&M STAFFING (DERBY) 4-7-18 (J SADD)
Above: MM10 BUS at Derby on 4/7/18. This was there for a staff training day, rather than rail replacement. (James Sadd).

MTR CROSSRAIL (TfL RAIL).