Sunday 10th April 2005
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After the previous week, this last week has been somewhat quieter but still with lots of interest.
I recently invested in a telephoto lens for my EOS300D and am including a few early results taken on the nature reserve alongside the cutting on the M40 between junctions 5 and 6.
Having just left Lewknor, this Tube starts the long climb through the cutting on the M40 London bound on 10th April.
The climb will bring the Neoplan to some 800ft above sea level as it passes junction 5 at Stokenchurch.
Oxford's 62 follows the Neoplan, above, on an X70 working this evening, Sunday 10th April.
Having not had the stop at Lewknor, the Scania is making good time on the long climb.
By the way one solution I've found to those elusive electronic destination blinds, which on the one important shot show a blank screen. I now use another mode such as a sports mode and then use the multi shot capability and I find out of three or four shots one normally has the blind showing.
Reading to London with Thackray's Way with an interesting question.
I have been rereading the excellent history of Thackray's Way by Paul Lacey. This volume charts the history of this coach company and its Reading-London coach service which, it is believed, started on 25th September 1929. To begin there was an ambitious half hourly service starting at 7.00am until a final return from London at 11.30am. The adult return was 4s.0d equivalent to 20p in today's money. A fleet of six Gilford 166Sd coaches were used to launch the service and these were bodied by Duple of Hendon, a one time famous coach builder, doubtless familiar to older readers of this page.
The official title of the operator was The Ledbury Transport Company Limited whose offices and main garage were located at Crown Colonnade, Reading.
The company lasted until 1st February 1936 when Thackray's were taken over by Thames Valley with whom the had run in competition for the intervening six and half years. The final fleet at take over comprised 31 coaches of varying Gilford marks with Duple or Wycombe bodies. Expansion had included services from Newbury and Henley connecting to the main line from Reading to London.
During the intervening years other operators had also offered service on this route but non succeeded in the way that Thackray's did.
The routes offered were the prime service via Maidenhead, Slough and Colnbrook and a shorter lived service via Winnersh, Wokingham, Bracknell, Ascot, Egham, Staines and Hammersmith.
I do recommend the history by Paul Lacey which makes most interesting reading for comparison with today's coaching world in the 21st century.
Copies of this book should be available from all good transport book sellers and indeed from stalls at the Slough Running Day next weekend. It is well researched and good value for £10.
The question I do have to ask is how have developments resulted in their being no comparable service in 2005.
In recent years Reading Transport ran a London express service and Thames Valley and its successors also ran a parallel service.
Today, when recently visiting Reading I could not find any coach service to London. The only option appeared to be the train.
I am sure many of you will have the answers but one wonders why the citizens of Reading do not have services which even in small way approach that of the inhabitants of Oxford. Surely the good citizens go to London or maybe they only want to use the train? Certainly when I spent that happy hour in Reading I was asked not once but several times where people could get a bus to London.
I await your comments with interest.
More old Wycombe pictures by Gavin Francis
I am sure the Peter Cartwright, now the owner of RML2440 will enjoy this picture from Gavin Francis. taken at Penn on 21st May 1977.
Thames Valley Historical by Ed Maun
I was very interested to see the picture in Issue 122 of former Thames Valley 446 (DBL154) and 748 (JRX823), taken in Binders yard. I was somewhat taken aback by the appearance of 446 minus wing, lights and radiator! I sincerely hope it is under repair and is not being dismantled. Judging by the appearance of the engine in its silvered condition, the bus does look well cared for. It is a pity that the roof of 748 looks rather battered. These two veterans have been in preservation for a long time and must be preserved as few former Thames Valley vehicles survive today. 446 is a Bristol K6A with ECW body and was new in 1946. It has been out of Thames Valley service for 40 years having been withdrawn in 1965. It passed to Rossmore Bus Co., Sandbanks for further service which probably accounts for its survival as most of that batch went to breakers for scrapping. I am puzzled by its current appearance. It had a major rebuild in 1962 and I have a picture showing it without a cream band under the top deck windows as the beading for the band was omitted on rebuild. The picture in issue 122 clearly shows the beading back in place as it is lined-out in black. I can only assume that some work to restore it to original condition has been carried out during its preserved career – or has there been a body change at some time? – not all that batch were rebuilt. There is also a picture of it (coincidentally also alongside 748) on page 94 of the Thames Valley history published by The Transport Publishing Co in July 1984. This was taken at the Alder Valley, Aldershot open day in 1983 and shows it with an upper cream band. A check of body and chassis numbers would prove it one way or another – assuming they are still affixed. A picture of it in service with Rossmore might prove interesting! 748 is a Bristol KSW6B with ECW body and was new in 1955. It survived with Thames Valley to be transferred to Alder Valley in 1972 along with only two other KSW6Bs out of the once large fleet. These last 3 had been in use as driver trainers. 748 went straight into preservation when finally withdrawn by Alder Valley in December 1974. It had also escaped having its front destination screens rebuilt to “T” type.
748 has a staggered seating arrangement on the upper deck as seen in this picture taken by your Editor on 30th March this year.
A blast from the past - Crosville rides again
Whilst taking a scheduled break in Green Line during my tube duty last Saturday, I thought my ears were deceiving me when I heard the noise of an RE. It was however real and there was Crosville CRG106 proclaiming Liverpool on its destination blind passing my Neoplan 50123. As luck would have it I was not ready with my camera.
However Martyn Banham was on hand when it
passed through Gloucester Green in Oxford later that day and his result is shown
below. He says that he went out on a photo shoot on Saturday and "Two
'golden oldies' were about: firstly, the Nostalgia Travel Bristol FLF
(Lodekka)/ECW, also in Gloucester Green was restored Crosville CRG106, Bristol
RELH/ECW. It seemed to be carrying a fair few passengers."
the timetable booklets for Slough/Windsor Running Day on Sunday 17th April are now available price £5 inclusive of postage from
Cheques payable to Amersham & District Motorbus Society please.
For those in the Oxford area there is a special X20
Returning from Slough @ 13.25 & 17.25
There are 136 scheduled departures from Slough Bus Stn on the day
The timetable for the Thames Travel bus service from Oxford, for those wishing to attend, is as follows.
Now on to this week's News and photos. Thank you to everyone who has contributed this week. I have not received so much news this week and so the operator reports are predominantly photographic in nature. I do however realise that many of you enjoy the photos more than the text.
Malcolm Crowe - Sunday 10th April 2005
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News of the local companies – 10th April 2005
The Volvos launched on 4th April experienced problems that same evening with parked cars in Downley and I am lead to understand that they had to be withdrawn and replaced by smaller buses for the evening services. I do not have any formal confirmation of this fact.
News from bus Monkey relates to:-
3377 M267VPU on 280, an Aylesbury based bus.
Steve Warwick writes with a couple of pictures saying "We have a Optare Solo demonstrator being assessed on the Silver Rider for two weeks (photo attached)
Also a new addition to Aylesbury depot for schools is a Leyland Olympian 5836 (WLT916) ex London. (Arrived 080405 as seen on the M40 by your Editor.)
Martin Banham also sent this picture of another Arriva transfer to Aylesbury, 5121 showing a rather amusing super rear ad.
Oxford Bus continues to provide photographers with some unusual workings seemingly still quite prolific.
Even though there are three "extra" green Tridents, red buses are often appearing on the P&R routes.
Here we see Volvo 814 last Saturday morning.
Although originally purchased for the 500 route three of the dual door Citaros have been repainted red.
Here last of the batch 827 is back on its old route last Saturday and captured in the lens of Martyn Banham.
Understood to have been purchased for the 16 route, Dart 411 was working the 13A last Saturday morning
Having just re-entered service last week, Airline branded Volvo 67 is seen here on Saturday evening departing
Gloucester Green on another working to London, having spent its whole day on the X90s.
It has been retro fitted with big mirrors and electronic destination screen.
It appears that the screen is not working yet and a hand written paper sticker sufficed for destination details.
Bus Monkey writes
102 on 13/13A
407 on 4A
412 on 2
My own sightings were
52 and 60 on the X90s plus at least a further two X90 workings with other blue coaches.
67 and 70 on the X90s
Sadly 70 suffered mechanical problems later in the afternoon and was recovered to the depot.
Still in service
Following my picture of the ex Oxford Metroliner last week I notice another one still with Arriva London, being B240LRA.
M K Metro
writes "I hope
that you are well. Thought I'd keep you up to date on events here at MK Metro!
We have had a number of recent acquisitions in preparation for service changes
on April 17th. Of interest to the page would be ex Wevaway Optare Solos
(YN03NCF/NEF). Both were painted white when collected on 4th April and are of
B31F layout, each seat complete with its own seat belt. Both are currently away
being re-painted into a purple version of the fleet livery for use on a new
branded service in the City. Both the Solos were turned out very well indeed
and are a credit to their previous owner.
Another two Solos were acquired from Choice Travel, a fellow Status Group member based in Wolverhampton. We are also due another double deck vehicle next week, which will make the total 4 in the fleet (5 including the PD3)
I have attached a copy of our current fleet list compiled by myself. It was nice to see the web site attachment of 'Adams bus photos', good to see that there is still interest from the younger community to this hobby!
Many thanks to Matt for this input.
|MK METRO||FLEET LIST||8th APRIL||2005|
|F/No.||Reg. No.||Chassis Type||Chassis Number||Body Type||Seat Type||1st Registered||Notes & Comments|
|1||S401 ERP||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6083||Optare||B35F||07/01/1999|
|2||S402 ERP||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6084||Optare||B35F||07/01/1999|
|3||S403 ERP||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6085||Optare||B35F||07/01/1999|
|4||S404 ERP||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6086||Optare||B35F||07/01/1999|
|5||T405 ENV||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6107||Optare||B31F||01/03/1999|
|6||T406 ENV||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6108||Optare||B31F||01/03/1999|
|7||T407 ENV||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6109||Optare||B31F||01/03/1999|
|8||T408 ENV||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6110||Optare||B31F||08/03/1999|
|9||T409 ENV||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6111||Optare||B31F||08/03/1999|
|10||T410 ENV||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6112||Optare||B31F||01/03/1999|
|11||S903 DUB||Opatre Solo 9.2M||VN6002||Optare||B33F||21/09/1998||Tacho Fitted|
|12||V912 UNH||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6226||Optare||B31F||01/10/1999|
|13||V913 UNH||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6277||Optare||B31F||01/10/1999|
|14||W414 KNH||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6380||Optare||B31F||22/03/2000|
|15||W415 KNH||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6381||Optare||B31F||22/03/2000||MK Car Share o/a|
|16||W416 KNH||Optare Solo 8.5M||VN6382||Optare||B31F||22/03/2000|
|17||X417 BBD||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6495||Optare||B35F||24/09/2000|
|18||X418 BBD||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6496||Optare||B35F||24/09/2000|
|19||X419 BBD||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6497||Optare||B35F||24/09/2000|
|20||V82 EVU||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6320||Optare||B37F||11/11/1999|
|21||MK02 BUS||Optare Solo 9.2M||SAB19000000000847||Optare||B33F||22/05/2002||W/Chair Space, CCTV fitted|
|22||KU02 JXT||Optare Solo 9.2M||SAB19000000000848||Optare||B33F||01/06/2002||W/Chair Space, CCTV fitted|
|23||W681 DDN||Optare Solo 9.2M||VN6413||Optare||B33F||01/07/2000||CCTV fitted|
|24||YN53 SVG||Optare Solo 9.2M||SAB19000000001218||Optare||B33F||09/10/2003||W/Chair Space, CCTV fitted|
|25||YN04 LXM||Opatre Solo 9.2M||SAB19000000001179||Optare||B33F||11/03/2004||W/Chair Space, CCTV fitted|
|26||YJ05 JXU||Optare Solo 10.2M||Optare||B37F||01/03/2005||W/Chair Space, CCTV fitted|
|27||YJ05 JXV||Optare Solo 10.2M||Optare||B37F||01/03/2005||W/Chair Space, CCTV fitted|
|?||YN03 NCF||Optare Solo 8.5M||Optare||B31F||0/0/2003|
|?||YN03 NEF||Optare Solo 8.5M||Optare||B31F||0/0/2003|
|?||T45 KAW||Optare Solo 8.5M||Optare||B31F||0/0/1999|
|?||X349 AUX||Optare Solo 8.5M||Optare||B28F||0/0/2000|
|45||HDZ 2611||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1VGW11611||Plaxton Pointer||B43F||05/01/1998||Prev. Reg. R511 NJM|
|46||HDZ 2607||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1VGW11617||Plaxton Pointer||B43F||05/01/1998||Prev. Reg. R512 NJM|
|47||HDZ 2605||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1VGW11624||Plaxton Pointer||B43F||05/01/1998||Prev. Reg. R513 NJM|
|48||HDZ 2604||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1VGW11857||Plaxton Pointer||B43F||05/01/1998||Prev. Reg. R514 NJM|
|49||W986 WDS||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1XGW14306||Caetano||B44F||02/05/2000|
|50||HDZ 2606||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1VGW11160||UVG Urban Star||B38F||19/09/1997||Prev. Reg. R808 WJA|
|51||HX51 LSO||Dennis Dart SLF||SFO322BR1XGW14276||Caetano||B45F||01/10/2001|
|52||W3 CTS||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1XGW14449||Caetano||B44F||01/05/2000|
|53||NDZ 7935||Dennis Dart SLF||SFD322BR1XGW13178||Caetano||B42F||21/04/1999||CCTV fitted, P/reg.T410 LGP|
|54||NDZ 7933||Dennis Dart SLF||Caetano||B42F||01/04/1999||Prev. Reg. T406 LGP|
|55||NDZ 7919||Dennis Dart SLF||Caetano||B42F||22/04/1999||Prev. Reg. T409 LGP|
|56||NDZ 7926||Dennis Dart SLF||Caetano||B42F||13/07/1999||Prev. Reg T422 LGP|
|57||NDZ 7921||Dennis Dart SLF||Caetano||B42F||13/07/1999||Prev. Reg T423 LGP|
|58||NDZ 7918||Dennis Dart SLF||Caetano||B42F||25/03/1999||Prev. Reg T404 LGP|
|59||KX54 AVE||DAF SB120||XMGDE12BS0H011766||Wright Cadet||B39F||01/10/2004||CCTV fitted|
|60||KX54 AVD||DAF SB120||XMGDE12BS0H011767||Wright Cadet||B39F||01/10/2004||CCTV fitted|
|61||YG52 CMU||DAF SB120||Wright Cadet||B39F||0/10/2002||CCTV fitted|
|105||K949 OEM||Mercedes Benz 811D||6703032N008164||Marshall||B27F||17/03/1993|
|106||M70 TGM||Mercedes Benz 709D||6690032N029636||Plaxton Beaver||B23F||01/04/1995|
|107||R107 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N064651||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||18/09/1997||Green Travel|
|108||R108 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N064671||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||18/09/1997||Green Travel|
|109||R109 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N064637||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||18/09/1997||Seat belts fitted|
|110||R110 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N067387||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||18/09/1997|
|111||R825 MJU||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703742N067176||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/10/1997|
|112||R112 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N067422||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||29/09/1997|
|113||R113 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N067564||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||01/10/1997|
|114||R826 MJU||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703742N067173||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/10/1997|
|115||R949 AMB||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703742N063403||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||20/04/1998|
|116||R116 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703732N069167||Plaxton Beaver 2||B27F||01/05/1998|
|117||R117 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N066046||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/06/1998|
|118||R118 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N066053||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/06/1998|
|119||R119 DNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N069219||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/06/1998|
|120||R120 NVV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N069255||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/06/1998|
|121||R121 NVV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N071000||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/06/1998|
|122||S122 KBD||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N078014||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/01/1999|
|123||T93 JBA||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703642N078763||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/04/1999|
|124||S124 KBD||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N078028||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/01/1999|
|125||T125 LRP||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N085549||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||13/07/1999|
|126||T126 LRP||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N085506||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/08/1999|
|127||T127 LRP||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N085556||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||01/08/1999|
|128||V128 UNH||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N085520||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||20/08/1999|
|129||T587 HGB||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703732N07983||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||24/06/1999|
|130||R824 MJU||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703742N066063||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||15/08/1997||Green Travel|
|131||R827 WBC||Mercedes Benz 0814D||WDB6703742N068131||Plaxton Beaver 2||B31F||18/11/1997||Green Travel|
|140||S340 SET||Scania L94||1832738||Wright Renown||B45F||05/11/1998|
|202||K302 FYG||DAF DB250||XLVDEO2HSOH002505||Optare Spectra||H44/26F||18/09/1992||Tacho Fitted|
|224||F124 PHM||Volvo D10M||Alexander RV||H47/39F||01/10/1988|
|236||F136 PHM||Volvo D10M||YV31MGC14JA018293||Alexander RV||H47/39F||07/10/1988|
|266||PAX 466F||Leyland PD3||PD3/4703981||Massey||L35/33R||01/06/1968||Preserved|
|407||H137 MOB||Dennis Dart||85SDL3003/354||Carlyle||B28F||07/01/1991|
|416||L711 JUD||Dennis Dart||98SDL3035/1713||Plaxton Pointer||B37D||21/03/1994||Training Vehicle|
|418||L713 JUD||Dennis Dart||98SDL3035/1715||Plaxton Pointer||B37D||21/03/1994|
|419||L709 JUD||Dennis Dart||98SDL3035/1711||Plaxton Pointer||B37D||21/03/1994|
|420||M10CLA||Dennis Dart||98SDL3040/2013||Plaxton Pointer||B40F||01/01/1995||Woodfine o/a|
|421||J941 MFT||Dennis Dart||98SDL3017/847||Wright Handybus||B40F||01/07/1992||Work Personnel o/a|
|423||N133 XND||Dennis Dart||98SDL3054/2768||Plaxton Pointer||B40F||27/09/1995||Borneo Linnels o/a|
|424||N134 XND||Dennis Dart||98SDL3054/2769||Plaxton Pointer||B40F||27/09/1995||Metro Saver o/a|
|426||K379 RTY||Dennis Dart||98SDL3017/1245||Wright Handybus||B40F||28/01/1993||Green Travel|
|427||H858 NOC||Dennis Dart||98SDL3004/473||Carlyle||B37F||20/05/1991|
|428||M801 OJW||Dennis Dart||98SDL3040/2196||Plaxton Pointer||B40F||06/01/1995||MK College vehicle|
|601||T701 RBX||Renault Traffic 1.9D||VF1F8ALA518977479||Cymric||23/03/1999|
|602||T702 RBX||Renault Traffic 1.9D||VF1F8ALA519297473||Cymric||01/03/1999|
|603||T703 RBX||Renault Traffic 1.9D||VF1F8ALA519072416||Cymric||23/04/1999|
|604||T704 RBX||Renault Traffic 1.9D||VF1F8ALA519027809||Cymric||29/03/1999|
|605||T705 RBX||Renault Traffic 1.9D||VF1F8ALA519072417||Cymric||29/03/1999|
|606||K426 FAV||Mercedes Benz 709D||6690032N007412||Marshall||DP16FL||10/05/1993|
|607||T622 RBX||Renault Traffic 1.9D||VF1F8ALA518843245||Cymric||29/03/1999|
|608||K428 FAV||Mercedes Benz 709D||6690032N005834||Marshall||DP16FL||10/05/1993|
|609||K419 FAV||Mercedes Benz 709D||6690032N005680||Marshall||DP16FL||10/05/1993|
|610||T692 LNV||Mercedes Benz 0814D||6703742N085513||Plaxton Beaver 2||B18FL||13/07/1999|
|611||F393 DHL||Mercedes Benz 709D||Reeve Burgess||B18FL||09/11/1988||MK Metro livery|
|612||K616 HVV||Mercedes Benz 709D||6690032N003360||Alexander AM||B14FL||05/03/1993|
|614||T214 BBR||Renault Master||Master T35||B10FL||12/08/1999|
|617||R517 NTF||Ford Escort||Van||22/12/1997|
|653||RX53 RYW||Renault||VF10DCUG528967983||Rohill Harrier||B16FL||11/11/2003||Hanslope Harrier|
I had seen the coach pictured below several times on the M40 working the 420 service to Birmingham. A chance came to catch this coach in my lens last Thursday.
YN04GPF has had its normal NEx livery replaced this self explanatory livery as seen at VCS
writes with some links related to vehicles which operated in our area and have
now moved on. Suzy says "A
few of these are more for your own collection than publication, but you can use
any of these you like for the website."
Former Oxford Stuff
Motorvator tube 66 getting ready to leave Glasgow for Dundee & Aberdeen - Sunday 3 April 2005
(a little boxed in but my bus was leaving before this one was)
Tube 41 on the same day, M8 heading into Glasgow
Former Stagecoach Oxford J410 PRW ow XIL 6474 with JP Mini Coaches Ltd., Forfar. The bus is used on a school run from Forfar around the country to Froickheim School (Service 705) on schooldays, but now works Service 81 (Monifieth - Forfar) on Saturdays only. The vehicle is seen in Monifieth High Street on 13th March 2005.
The rear of former Tube 58 at Perth Park & Ride, on the early morning Perth Mill St - Edinburgh commuter Megabus. 8th March.
On 5th March, the 2nd last day of using the Yeaman Shore stop in Dundee. Taken from the footbridge above are these pics of former Tube coach 42.
At Buchanan Bus Station Glasgow, 28th February
Tuesday 8th March, Dundee Discovery Point. Very early morning Neoplan 50130 on the 0620 Dundee - London departure, vehicle worked by Perth depot.
Many thanks to Suzy for those interesting links.
Stagecoach also produced a number of interesting workings this last weekend and some pictures are shown below.
Saturday afternoon saw Olympian 16520, now with single door, working its old route 1 for which these buses were purchased.
Normally a Dart route for SC, M A N 22931 was working the 10 last Saturday around 1800hrs.
more surprisingly sister bus 22932 was working the X31 around the same time.
The oddities on the 1 were not confined to 16520 but 20694 also put in appearance at Carfax around the same time.
Martyn Banham writes "Went out for a quick photo-shoot.. and found many an oddity. Both 16520 and 20694 running on the 1, whilst Brookes 18199 had a go on 3-road. Finally secured a picture of a BrookesBus on the elusive U6 to Bicester - 18196 providing the service. (see below Ed.)
Bus Monkey writes "This
week's sightings from the jungle:
16523 on 1
22936 on X4 (partially route 3 branded - it's not had the side strips put back, contrary to what I suspected last week)
20228 on 7
22207 on X31
20822 claiming to be on the 5B this morning, suspect it was actually on the 1 as both 33821 and 33822 were covering the 5A/5B at the same time.
Finally a photo that I rather liked.
Dart 33654 working the branded 10 service, is seen crossing Magdalen Bridge last Saturday morning.
Neoplan Megabus 50136 LX05BWL is seen here operating into London last Thursday. It and sisters 50137 and 50138 have now been
delivered to Leyton Garage and work the Bristol and Birmingham services. 50138 was only collected from Mentor last Friday.
Another interesting vehicle on tonight's 17:30 M/cr to London Megabus 10th April)
, after being operated again last Sunday by Volvo Olympian 16002 (P802GMU),
tonight's was operated by Stagecoach London Dennis Trident 17781 (LX03BVT) as attached below.
Manchester to London really is an awfully long way on a Trident bus.
Whites of Abingdon
This "white" Solo was seen on the 108 last Saturday but earlier another unidentified bus was on this service.
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