Wednesday 13th July 2005
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What a tragic time it was last week. I was heading for London with the 0800hrs departure from Gloucester Green and after switching to our London radio control at Lewknor began to get snippets about it appearing that the London underground was having problems and their passengers were spilling on to the street at each of their station entrances which we pass.
Little could one appreciate what was actually happening and as I approached the Shepherd's Bush stop I could see enormous queues of people waiting for the local buses. Having dropped several people for that stop I found more than a dozen intending passengers who asked if we stopped at Marble Arch or Victoria. Of course I was only too prepared to help and as we do have single fares for this section of The Oxford Tube route boarded some very thankful people. Traffic was very heavy going up Bayswater but this was more due to two separate lorries unloading scaffolding, one in the bus lane just before Marble Arch than what was to come.
However when we got to the Marble Arch the Edgware Road was closed off by police and there were a great number of emergency vehicles and police cars and vans rushing in various directions. Having dropped the Marble Arch passengers I then made my way down to Victoria where things seemed a little quieter.
I dropped nearly all remaining passengers at our Victoria train station stop and then finalised my inbound journey at our stop in Buckingham Palace Road at just after 1000hrs. Here drivers normally slip coaches and pick up a later service. I was however scheduled to park up for the day at Notting Hill coach park but this was not to be. A colleague operated back to Oxford with my coach and this was to be the last but one service until around 1500hrs that afternoon.
I was then detailed to assist the controller as it gradually became clear that something very serious was going on in London. The first impact to us was to find that none of our mobile phones worked and whilst we had radio contact with inbound coaches our contact with Oxford control is normally by mobile phone. I was asked to go to a land line to call our headquarters in Oxford and advise the current situation.
The police is transpired had asked us not to load any coaches for the return services to Oxford until further notice. Thus all inbound services from 1000hrs until 1200hrs were held at Victoria and we ended up with 12 coaches ready to return to Oxford immediately we were cleared so to do by the police.
Part of the line up of Oxford Tube Neoplans held in London until services could resume in the afternoon of the 7th July.
As the picture shows there was little other traffic as all bus services had stopped and there were few taxis either.
There was an eerie silence about the area broken from time to time by police and emergency vehicles passing by, no London buses and after some little time no other traffic apart from the odd taxi and car. Quite a few people were making their way to various destinations on foot and we gradually gained quite a queue of intending passengers who besides wanting Oxford also wanted Swindon, Reading, Birmingham and even Manchester.
We kept them advised as best we could and most seemed understanding and in reasonable humour. Victoria Coach Station was eventually closed and Green Line Coach Station also had no operations. Most Green Line services from the north of London were stopping short at Baker Street and services to Southend were also absent from Victoria. At one point it seemed as if the Oxford Tube was the only bus or coach in sight.
There was a heightened sense of concern and any suspect packages were immediately brought to the attention of the police. Everyone met matters with a stoicism reminiscent of long off war time days in London.
The police attend an incident near the Tube coach stop in Buckingham Palace Road.
This an the picture above were kindly provided by Gwyn Gardiner.
The Oxford Mail on Monday reported that a fleet of coaches had been sent to London by Oxford Bus for their Oxford espress service when the restrictions were lifted by the police around 1400hrs on the Thursday afternoon. Those X90 coaches at Victoria in the morning had left VCS as the police seemed to intend to close the coach station.
The heightened state of security has brought several problems to bus and coach services, even in Oxford when the city centre was seemingly closed for a short period last night, 12th July and the rail station was closed for a period on Monday.
The picture above shows the Oxford Rail Station closed off by police on Monday.
Photo by Rob Williams
Rob writes "The X3 and 5 were terminating in Castle Street, whilst City Sightseeing were using their stop in Park End Street outside Staples. I didn't see what any of the others doing, apart from an X5 travelling along Park End Street towards GG."
Double Decker loses roof at Little Kimble.
Dennis Troughton was on hand to record a double deck bus which had unfortunately tried to get under the rail bridge at Little Kimble. The accident happened on 5th July and caused some traffic diversions whilst matters were resolved. One wonders if this bus will be repaired in view of its age.
The bus and the bridge involved. Picture by Dennis Troughton - 5th July 2005
Silverstone F1 and Stagecoach involvement.
Vince Dallimore took this picture on the A4260 to Banbury last Sunday morning when a convoy of Stagecoach in Oxford buses
were heading towards Hinton in the Hedges to take up Park & Ride duties for the F1 event at Silverstone.
Around 275 buses provided by Stagecoach last Sunday to handle the Park and Ride services for this year's Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Three specific service were run, these being from Hinton in the Hedges airfield near Brackley, Towcester Racecourse and Sixfields Stadium at Northampton. The buses carried an appropriate colour coded letter back and front and the fleet was spread between the three sites. Some race goers were around as early as 0400 and services ran until 1100 from each site to ensure those using the Park & ride services were fully catered for.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire provided buses from their operating area, with a large fleet of Tridents from Witney depot joined by nearly every decker from Oxford depot that could be mustered. Buses noted were Brookes Tridents 18051-4, 18195-9 and Olympians 16518-23, 25 and 26. All these buses were sued on the Hinton-Silverstone service.
Witney Trident 18128 is seen arriving at Silverstone and joining the Hinton queue of some 80 buses used on that service.
The H sign can be seen in the nearside lower front window.
The largest group of buses used were from Stagecoach East but there were also buses from as far away as Chesterfield and I also not "Nessy" F100NES now numbered 14000 in use. I have put a selection of photos below which give some idea of the size and scope of this event from a bus point of view.
A selection of pictures taken in the bus parking area at Silverstone.
A few pictures taken at Hinton in the Hedges on Sunday morning.
If you pass your cursor over each picture you will find its title on your bottom bar on your screen.
The day was a great success unless you were supporting Jensen Button whose 5th was not what had been hoped for. It must be said that this was a considerable undertaken for those who managed the supply of buses from Stagecoach and it also provided a unique opportunity for anyone especially interested in the Stagecoach fleet.
More on the Rail Replacement services following the tunnel collapse at Gerrards Cross on the Chiltern Line.
I have received a number of pictures from a readers showing various buses being used to ferry rail passengers from High Wycombe. Again if you put your cursor on the thumbnail you will get a title in the bottom bar on your screen. This will also reveal who provided each picture.
Seemingly it will be a number of weeks before normal services can be resumed.
Following a recent picture on this subject Andy Churchill writes "Malcolm, the Leyland Leopard that was taken by Gavin Francis actually belonged to Essex coach company Fargo of Braintree and is an ex-Associated Coachways 1980 vintage Plaxton Supreme1v C57F and it certainly looked in superb condition for a 25 year old !".
Accident closes the M40 yet again.
Tuesday 12th July saw yet another closure of the M40 due to an accident. In recent weeks there hardly seems to be a day goes by without another accident.
Last evening a car seemingly somersaulted along the M40 Oxford bound between junctions 5 and 6 and the M40 was closed for a couple of hours to resolve the situation. coaches from London heading towards Oxford who got caught up in the delays were running up to an hour late when leaving the M40 at junction 5. Those more lucky ones were able to leave the M40 at High Wycombe and I saw several X90s and Oxford Tubes coming through Stokenchurch. On one occasion an Oxford Tube leaving the motorway at junction 5 was faced with another which had come through West Wycombe on the "old road" and they both joined the A40 in convoy towards Lewknor. The light had almost gone by this time and sadly a picture was not practical.
Some idea of the congestion and delay can be seen in this picture where an X90 has just come through the village
turning right on to the A40 towards Lewknor followed by a long line of traffic which has come off the M40.
This picture shows traffic already past the junction 5 turn off being turned back up the on-slip road
to then turn left and join the long queue of traffic heading down the A40 towards Lewknor.
The railway carriage seen on the low loader was the second of the day for me as I had seen a similar coach
earlier in the day heading towards Oxford. However this earlier was partly burnt out.
Bus stop changes in our area
I note that the bus stop at Hillingdon - Oxford bound - has been resited nearer to the London end of the location. This has been need as the original stop was on a corner of a service road used as a rabbit run by motorists wishing to turn into Long Lane and avoid the traffic lights. Also the company style flags have been removed and a standard TfL style stop put up instead.
The only thing missing is somewhere for passengers to shelter in inclement weather.
Another interesting fact is that the bus stop for the Tube and X90 at Hillingdon station has been removed and so far not replaced.
Dutch buses in Cuba
Although outside our area, I did include a picture of a Dutch bus in Cuba a while ago (News Page 19th December 2004, and received a message from a Dutch reader this week. Edgar Kapp writes "I came across that bus in Cuba on your website and yes, it was a Dutch bus. There's loads of Dutch buses in Cuba, even with the Dutch registration still on them and stickers that say they're looking for drivers (in Dutch). It appears the Dutch government donates a lot of buses that are out of service in Holland."
Bus pollution causes concern in Oxford
Last week's Oxford times reports that bus companies operating in Oxford could face stringent controls after being held responsible for most of the city centre's traffic pollution. A report says that restricting access to bus priority routes such as High St and George St could cut nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by 58%.
Nigel Eggleton of Oxford Bus made a strong case for buses when he stated that "whilst buses may cause some pollution in the city centre, they cause much less pollution than the number of cars need to get the equivalent number of people into the city centre by car".
One waits with interest to see how this matter develops.
Now on to this week's News and photos. Thank you to everyone who has contributed this week. M6y apologies for the delay in publishing this week's page but I hope it will have been worth waiting for.
Malcolm Crowe - Wednesday 13th July 2005
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News of the local companies – 13th July 2005
Gavin Francis has been busy with his camera gain and Nigel Peach and Andy Millwood also supplied much of the information for this company.
Nigel Peach writes "...when I go park in Wycombe, my favourite car park is the surface one at the exit of the bus station. I have been puzzled that it has been closed for the last few weeks when there seems no sign of any of the Great British workmen anywhere nearby. Today (Sun 11th) I realised why - today the car park is full of Arriva buses! They are currently carrying out work in the bus station which has meant that some routes (including the cross-town 33) no longer go through it, but use the bay in the approach road. Obviously that work means that they cannot currently garage all the buses there, hence the need to use my car park!"
Andy Millwood writes "I was in High Wycombe yesterday,(7/06/05),ironically the day of the London Blasts, I noted a few different Arriva buses to normal, they were Olympian 5144,Lance/Wright Pathfinder 3378,Volvo/N counties Paladin 3118(from Aylesbury, I believe) and 3172,Dennis Dart/E.Lancs Flyte, again from Aylesbury.
Gavin Francis took the picture of loaned Olympian 5849.
Aylesbury depot's 3118 in Frogmoor, once a major bus terminus in High Wycombe.
Picture by Gavin Francis.
Volvo 3867 seen in Wycombe. These buses seemed to have settled in now.
Picture by Gavin Francis.
Nigel Peach writes "I notice that Carousel are now using more premises in George Street, adjoining (at the back of) that which they already had. I'd wondered what they were going to do as their fleet keeps expanding."
You write the story and I'll take the picture.
The new yard being used by Carousel now and per Nigel Peach.
When I visited Carousel last weekend on Saturday, Steve, the owner, was just leaving on a wedding.
£01has been mentioned in these pages as at one time it was thought that 310 had joined.
It is seen here in a picture taken Gavin Francis.
Nigel Eggleton, the Commercial Director has written to advise that following update.
8th July 2005
Following service changes, two buses have been withdrawn and sold:
602 (N602 FJO) to Wilts and Dorset. Last day of use 2nd July; left Oxford 6th July
644 (K118 BUD) to Bicester Youth Bus Project. Last day of use 8th July. Still on premises.
Wilts & Dorset are a sister company within the Go-Ahead Group, whilst OBC are sponsoring the Bicester Youth Bus Project by helping to convert 644 to a specification appropriate to the needs of the project.
Our fleet list (available at www.oxfordbus.co.uk/company4.shtml) has been updated.
Thanks to Nigel for this information which sees the first NCME Volvo sold. These buses joined OBC from London in 1997. They had been new in 1993 and used on The Clapham Omnibus route 88. I took the picture below when the were being prepared for service in September 1997 at the old Cowley Road garage. The Clapham Omnibus logos can be seen but by this time they had been re-registered with Oxford registrations.
They are K122BUD (K5KLL) to be 648, K119BUD (K2KLL) to be 645 and now training bus 962 and K121BUD (K4KLL) to be 647.
There were also to be changes in the destination layout on the nearside as can be seen ion the picture below taken on the 8th July 2005 in New Road.
In connection with the recent timetable changes, Oxford bus has replaced many bus stop flags in Oxford. In the pictures below by Gavin Francis, this is seen happening with the end result.
The company in pictures.
Ben Carter sent this busy picture of Trident 108 in Queen Street.
The loaned white Citaro has not been seen this week so it may have returned to Mercedes.
One problem with the very large mirrors in use today is their vulnerability in service conditions.
Here we see Scania nr 3 which has been in the wars with both mirrors having been replaced.
At least you can identify the coach from a long way off and impress your family and friends.
coach 26 shows how it should be and is indeed looking very smart in this picture.
The destination screen is also showing, how often the thing comes out blank.
The 8 is becoming more familiar now and here we have a selection of shots including which of course started life as an 88. The Chinese must love this route as they so favour the number 8.
I mentioned some weeks ago that the final coach to receive an electronic display was 68.
Here it is leaving Gloucester Green but that damned display beat my camera again.
The disadvantage of the old style displays is that when route changes occur the company
can end up with an expense in new blinds. Here 605 is on the 14 but seemingly is unable to display
the correct destination.
Once the pride of the Speedlink fleet D2, P222SAs is now on more humble duties, seen here
working on a 757 into Oxford last Friday.
Although the latest edition of The National Express handbook by British Bus Publishing states
that Volvo B12M 7087 is FCU 100, it is in fact or tin FCU 190.
It is seen here entering George Street, Oxford on a 304 service to Weymouth last Friday.
Pearces maintain a very smart fleet of coaches for work around Oxfordshire. Here we see one of their Plaxton Prismas OU04KMY, now only about a year old. It is passing Christ Church in St Aldates.
Banbury buses found in Carlisle
Last week we pictured a couple of Banbury buses in Carlisle. Their stay will be short lived as a brand new fleet of Darts is entering service. Ken MacKenzie, Oxfordshire Other Operators Sub Editor - for PSV Circle.sent this picture of 34717 prior to its entry in to service.
Ex "Oxford" Trident in Manchester
Last December, I think, we had several Manchester Tridents on loan prior to the 18195-99 batch of Brookes Bus Tridents. Chris Lowe sent this picture of one of those Tridents now firmly established in service in Manchester. It is seen on the high frequency 192 route.
18181 which first saw service in Oxford last December. Photo by Chris Lowe
Training bus Lynx 29108 with a trainee in New Road n the 8th July.
After a long wait the branding has been has now been applied to most of the Witney Tridents for route 100. The pictures below show this branding but ironically the picture of 18130 shows the bus on a 20 working.
Gavin Francis was out and about last Sunday with his camera to record unusual workings in view of the fact that most of the deckers were away at Silverstone. The X5 was being operated by an Olympian from Bedford, 14710, which was carrying a very heavy load when seen leaving Gloucester Green.
Gavin's other two shots are of M A N s on the U1, the first being 22934 in Castle Street and the second 22940 in Queen Street.
Did anyone get pictures of the 100 service on that day?
Since Oxford Bus split their Barton-Kidlington services in Oxford, the 15 minute frequency on the 7s operating through the city has seen increased loadings. The 7 pictured below, 22920, was carrying a full seated load when it turned out of Castle Street last Friday.
Olympians often fill in on city routes when there is a shortage of M A N s and here 16520 is seen on a 7 duty on Friday 8th July.
Olympian 16522 operated on route 3 on Monday and still had the H symbol in its upper deck window showing it had been to Formula 1 the previous day
Sometimes the X4 sees a different bus from its scheduled Dart and on Monday 20805 is seen turning at Carfax corner.
One to wet the appetite
Before Stagecoach took over Thames Transit there was on occasion an odd bus which turned up at Oxford. I happened to be on hand to catch this Leyland Atlantean from Plymouth.
I am sure someone is going to tell us all about this bus.
Last Saturday a Private hire was operated to Bath carrying 270 people. A Brookes Trident Brookes (probably 18052 as this has a tacho), M A N 50047 and 50058. Neoplan 50101 went to Bath to replace 50047 for the return journey.
Was there anyone in Bath who might have a picture of this event?
Chris Lowe writes ".another Megabus in Princess Road depot, Manchester where 50048 is seen."
Olympian 50048 seen in Princess road depot last week. Photo - Chris Lowe.
Chris Maxfield has kindly sent me a copy of the current Megabus allocation. you will notice how some Cwmbran coaches have moved north.
This list is prepared by the Megabus Yahoo Group who I am grateful to for the information.
|Company||Garage||Fleet||Reg||Orig Reg||Type||Chassis no||Body||Body no||Seats||New|
|West||Swindon||13601||135||BiW 4977||ER 9371 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11752||Alexander||RH82/1390/6||DPH53/39Ft||Nov-90|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13602||136||WLT 416||ER 9289 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11753||Alexander||RH82/1390/7||DPH53/29Ft||Nov-90|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||13604||138||331 HWD||ER 8635 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11755||Alexander||RH82/1390/9||DPH53/39Ft||Nov-90|
|North East||unallocated||13605||139||SJi 4558||ES 2467 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11756||Alexander||RH82/1390/10||DPH53/39Ft||Dec-90|
|London||Leyton||13606||163||J702 HMY||EW 3999 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11817||Alexander||RH82/1390/34||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|London||Leyton||13607||164||J703 HMY||EW 9215 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11829||Alexander||RH82/1390/35||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|London||Leyton||13608||165||J734 HMY||EX 441 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11830||Alexander||RH82/1390/36||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|North East||Walkergate||13609||166||J701 HMY||EW 8656 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11831||Alexander||RH82/1390/37||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|West||Swindon||13610||167||JSK 492||EW 9698 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11832||Alexander||RH82/1390/38||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|East Midland||Chesterfield||13611||170||OSK 784||EX 258 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11835||Alexander||RH82/1390/41||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|South||Worthing||13612||173||J938 MHC||EW 9757 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11838||Alexander||RH82/1390/44||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|South||Winchester||13613||174||J939 MHC||EW 8815 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11839||Alexander||RH82/1390/45||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|Warwickshire||Leamington||13614||175||J166 UNH||EW 8584 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11840||Alexander||RH82/1390/46||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13615||176||J167 UNH||EW 9231 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11841||Alexander||RH82/1390/47||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|Manchester||Princess Road||13616||123||G189 YRJ||EL 8119 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11513||Alexander||RH74/2489/6||DPH53/39Ft||May-90|
|East Midland||Chesterfield||13617||130||H445 EGU||ER 1374 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11747||Alexander||RH82/1390/1||DPH53/39Ft||Oct-90|
|East Scotland||unallocated||13618||131||H522 FRP||ER 9169 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11748||Alexander||RH82/1390/2||DPH53/39Ft||Nov-90|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||13619||132||511 OHU||ER 7389 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11749||Alexander||RH82/1390/3||DPH53/39Ft||Nov-90|
|South||Portsmouth||13620||134||H723 KDY||ER 6587 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11750||Alexander||RH82/1390/5||DPH53/39Ft||Nov-90|
|South||Portsmouth||13621||133||H724 KDY||ER 6824 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11751||Alexander||RH82/1390/4||DPH53/39Ft||Nov-90|
|South||Winchester||13622||140||H725 KDY||ES 3710 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11757||Alexander||RH82/1390/11||DPH53/39Ft||Dec-90|
|Manchester||Princess Road||13623||141||H494 LNA||ES 1962 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11758||Alexander||RH82/1390/12||DPH53/39Ft||Dec-90|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13624||143||TSU 638||ES 3771 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11770||Alexander||RH82/1390/14||DPH53/39Ft||Dec-90|
|Warwickshire||Nuneaton||13625||145||H511 FRP||ES 4877 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11772||Alexander||RH82/1390/16||DPH53/39Ft||Dec-90|
|Warwickshire||Nuneaton||13626||146||H 41 GBD||ES 5389 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11773||Alexander||RH82/1390/17||DPH53/39Ft||Dec-90|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||13627||156||HiL 8410||ET 623 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11804||Alexander||RH82/1390/27||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|Manchester||unallocated||13629||147||H495 LNA||ET 1848 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11774||Alexander||RH82/1390/18||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|North East||Walkergate||13630||144||H493 LNA||ES 7623 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11771||Alexander||RH82/1390/15||DPH53/39Ft||Jan-91|
|North East||unallocated||13631||151||H492 LNA||ET 1989 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11792||Alexander||RH82/1390/22||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|East Midland||Chesterfield||13632||158||H778 VHL||ET 160 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11806||Alexander||RH82/1390/29||DPH53/39Ft||Jan-91|
|North East||Walkergate||13633||150||G127 WGX||ES 8691 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11791||Alexander||RH82/1390/21||DPH53/39Ft||Jan-91|
|South||Winchester||13634||155||H764 KDY||ET 1163 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11803||Alexander||RH82/1390/26||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|South||Worthing||13635||142||H763 KDY||ET 1026 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11746||Alexander||RH82/1390/13||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|London||Leyton||13636||148||G128 WGX||ET 1613 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11789||Alexander||RH82/1390/19||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13638||111||F265 LSA||EF 1523 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ONCL10/5RZ||ON11058||Alexander||RH60/3788/6||DPH53/39Ft||Jul-89|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13640||113||G283 YRJ||EF 6118 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ONCL10/5RZ||ON11071||Alexander||RH60/3788/8||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-89|
|Manchester||unallocated||13643||117||G280 YRJ||EF 9412 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ONCL10/5RZ||ON11074||Alexander||RH60/3788/12||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-89|
|West||Cheltenham||13645||149||H 51 SKG||ET 550 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11790||Alexander||RH82/1390/20||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|East Midland||unallocated||13646||153||H463 EJR||ET 2205 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11794||Alexander||RH82/1390/24||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|West||Cheltenham||13648||157||J515 WAX||EW 3034 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11805||Alexander||RH82/1390/28||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13649||159||H607 LNA||ET 1023 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11807||Alexander||RH82/1390/30||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|East Midland||unallocated||13652||162||H462 EJR||ET 1746 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11816||Alexander||RH82/1390/33||DPH53/39Ft||Feb-91|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||13653||168||J925 FPS||EW 9357 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11833||Alexander||RH82/1390/39||DPH53/29Ft||Aug-91|
|Manchester||Princess Road||13654||169||J688 TNF||EX 166 (HK)||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4||ON11834||Alexander||RH82/1390/40||DPH53/39Ft||Aug-91|
|West Scotland||Glasgow||15249||E866 RCS||Volvo B10M-5000||014993||Alexander||RV26/3386/5||DPH45/35F||Dec-87|
|East Scotland||Perth||15250||126 ASV||E867 RCS||Volvo B10M-5000||014994||Alexander||RV26/3386/6||DPH43/33F||Dec-87|
|East Scotland||Perth||15259||128 ASV||E909 KSG||Volvo B10M-5000||014987||Alexander||RV26/3386/1||DPH45/35F||Oct-87|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||15260||127 ASV||E910 KSG||Volvo B10M-5000||014990||Alexander||RV26/3386/2||DPH45/35F||Oct-87|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50042||T 42 BBW||MAN 24.350||WMAA590062H000222||Jonckheere||24953||CH53/15Ft||May-99|
|Oxfordshire||Oxford||50046||T 46 BBW||MAN 24.350||WMAA590066H000227||Jonckheere||24957||CH53/15Ft||May-99|
|Oxfordshire||Oxford||50047||T 47 BBW||MAN 24.350||WMAA590067H000228||Jonckheere||24958||CH53/15Ft||May-99|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50048||T 48 BBW||MAN 24.350||WMAA590068H000229||Jonckheere||24959||CH53/15Ft||May-99|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50055||T617 DWL||T 55 UBE||MAN 24.350||WMAA590075H000236||Jonckheere||24966||CH53/15Ft||Jul-99|
|Oxfordshire||Oxford||50058||T 58 BBW||MAN 24.350||WMAA590078H000240||Jonckheere||24969||CH53/15Ft||Jul-99|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50126||SV54 ELC||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ943000224||Neoplan||PA8-0035||CH65/26Dt||Jan-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50127||SV54 ELH||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ043000225||Neoplan||PA8-0036||CH65/26Dt||Jan-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50128||SV54 ELJ||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ243000226||Neoplan||PA8-0037||CH65/26Dt||Jan-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50129||SV54 ELO||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ443000227||Neoplan||PA8-0038||CH65/26Dt||Jan-05|
|East Scotland||Perth||50130||SV54 ELU||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ643000228||Neoplan||PA8-0039||CH65/26Dt||Feb-05|
|East Scotland||Perth||50131||SV54 ELW||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ843000229||Neoplan||PA8-0040||CH65/26Dt||Feb-05|
|East Scotland||Perth||50132||SV54 ELX||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ443000230||Neoplan||PA8-0041||CH65/26Dt||Feb-05|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||50133||CN05 APV||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ643000231||Neoplan||PA8-0042||CH65/26Dt||Mar-05|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||50134||CN05 APX||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ843000232||Neoplan||PA8-0043||CH65/26Dt||Mar-05|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||50135||CN05 APY||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZX43000233||Neoplan||PA8-0044||CH65/26Dt||Mar-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50136||LX05 BWL||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ143000234||Neoplan||PA8-0045||CH65/26Dt||Mar-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50137||LX05 BWM||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ343000235||Neoplan||PA8-0046||CH65/26Dt||Mar-05|
|London||Leyton||50138||LX05 BWN||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ543000236||Neoplan||PA8-0047||CH65/26Dt||Apr-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50139||CN05 FVU||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ743000237||Neoplan||PA8-0048||CH65/26Dt||Apr-05|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||50140||CN05 FVV||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ943000238||Neoplan||PA8-0049||CH65/26Dt||Apr-05|
|Warwickshire||Leamington||50141||KX05 HVE||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ043000239||Neoplan||PA8-0050||CH65/26Dt||Apr-05|
|Warwickshire||Leamington||50142||KX05 HVF||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ743000240||Neoplan||PA8-0051||CH65/26Dt||Apr-05|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||50143||CN05 FVW||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ943000241||Neoplan||PA8-0052||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|South Wales||Cwmbran||50144||CN05 FVX||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ043000242||Neoplan||PA8-0053||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|East Midland||Chesterfield||50145||YN05 WEC||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ243000243||Neoplan||PA8-0054||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|East Midland||Chesterfield||50146||YN05 WEF||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ443000244||Neoplan||PA8-0055||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|East Scotland||Aberdeen||50147||MX05 BWP||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ643000245||Neoplan||PA8-0056||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|Manchester||Princess Road||50148||MX05 BWN||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ843000246||Neoplan||PA8-0057||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|Manchester||Princess Road||50149||MX05 BWO||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZX43000247||Neoplan||PA8-0058||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|East Midland||Chesterfield||50150||YN05 WEK||Neoplan N122/3L||WAGPA8ZZ143000248||Neoplan||PA8-0059||CH65/26Dt||May-05|
|East Scotland||Perth||52310||N619 USS||Volvo B10M-6200||043779||Plaxton||9512VUP3811||C44Ft||Sep-95|
|East Scotland||Inverness||52666||X676 NSE||Volvo B10M-6200||052499||Jonckheere||25717||C49Ft||Oct-00|
|East Scotland||Inverness||52668||X678 NSE||Volvo B10M-6200||052503||Jonckheere||25719||C49Ft||Oct-00|
|East Scotland||Inverness||52669||X679 NSE||Volvo B10M-6200||052505||Jonckheere||25720||C49Ft||Oct-00|
|50134 - Aberdeen ?|
Two M A N Jonckheere Monacos in X77 livery were seen last evening around 2000hrs heading along the M40 near Lewknor London bound. Anyone any idea what this was about?
Fred Spresser advises that they have a loan bus at present whilst the new Mercedes Sprinter receives attention.
The bus in question is:-
T546HNH - Dennis Dart/Plaxton MPD B29F
A more regular performer on Thames Travel services into Oxford is 313 which originated with Chiltern Queens.
I seem to remember this bus was one of two purchased for the evening 10 route in Oxford.
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