It has emerged that both Stagecoach West and Stagecoach Oxfordshire have sent different vehicles to Stagecoach Yorkshire, for Supertram replacement work, from those that were expected. Stagecoach West has sent Trident 2/Enviro 400 19128 (not 19129) and Stagecoach Oxfordshire has sent Scania/Enviro 400 15438 (not 15435).
Back to Stagecoach West and Dave Russell & Deric Pemberton report that Dart SLF 33942 has continued to see service at Swindon despite it being regarded by the company as for disposal. As a result we are now showing it as a Reserve Fleet vehicle on our Allocation Supplement. A further trident in this fleet to lose its service 46/93 branding is 18321.
At Stagecoach South Wales five former Oxford Tube Van Hool Astromegas have arrived from Stagecoach West Scotland - 50204/21-24. MAN/Enviro 300s 22787/90/92-94 are additional vehicles to have left this fleet on transfer to Scotland. Optare Solo 47642 is out of service and at Smiles Engineering for engine upgrade.
At Stagecoach Oxfordshire Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 33651 is reported to have moved from Banbury to Oxford.
The Seasonal fleet at Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is now back in service. Former Stagecoach London Trident 17495 is back at Carlisle after open top conversion and single door conversion and is undergoing repaint. Open top Tridents 17012-16 have has additional bike racks installed which allows up to four bikes to be carried on each vehicle. MAN 22596 and Trident 18380 have transferred from West Cumbria to Morecambe. Repairs on Reserve Fleet Volvo B10M 20459 have been halted and the vehicle is now for disposal. Similar 20945 has returned to service at Kendal. Volvo Olympian 16339 is withdrawn from Barrow for disposal, but 16670 which had been for disposal is back at Barrow and in service. Olympian 16714 has been sold. Also withdrawn for disposal are MAN/ALX300s 22824/25 from Morecambe.
The three former Preston Bus Optare Solos that have transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands from Stagecoach Manchester are 47754/68/74 - all three have been allocated to Lincoln. Displaced from Lincoln to the Reserve Fleet are Gas-operated Optare Solos 47271 and 47396.
Staying with Stagecoach East Midlands, five MAN/ALX300s have transferred to the Reserve Fleet, 22278 and 22365 from Lincoln along with 22306/07/09 from Gainsborough, whilst 22360/79/82 from the Reserve Fleet are now allocated to Hull. It is understood that the MAN/ALX300 type here is to be concentrated at Hull. The replacement for the ALX300s are ADL Enviro 300s ousted from Hull with 27785/86 moving to Lincoln and 27787/88/89 moving to Gainsborough. ADL E20D/Enviro 200 37203 has returned to service at Grimsby following repairs. Former Megabus Plus coaches 52678 and 53021 are to join the Rail Replacement fleet at Lincoln. The former Stagecoach East Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther coaches 53601-05 are now at Hull for Megabus Plus duties. As a result of accident damage Trident 17679 is now for disposal.
We are advised that the three ex Stagecoach London Tridents that turned up at Hull recently, 17503/88/89, were purely for spares and are now listed as awaiting disposal.
East Yorkshire Motor Services Training unit has named its new double deck training vehicle 9915 'Hope', whilst the ADL Enviro 400 MMC demonstrator, YX64VOO, which was expected in Hull last week has now arrived and will stay here for two weeks. It has been given temporary fleet number 134. The last Optare Solo, and indeed the last minibus, in the fleet 423 has been withdrawn and sold.
Further information from Stagecoach East Midlands is that former Lincoln City Tour Volvo Olympian 16314 has gained a pink-based livery and the Hattie the Seasider name. It is currently in Skegness.
You wait for ages and then fleet information comes thick and fast…
By this weekend Stagecoach Yorkshire should have received all 17 vehicles it is taking on loan from regional fleets for Supertram replacement work. The vehicles we understand will be based in Sheffield for the next two months are:
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19652/53/56 from Stagecoach East Scotland (Arbroath)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19672 from Stagecoach North East (Walkergate)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19332, 19475 from Stagecoach Manchester (Hyde Road)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19619/20 from Stagecoach East (Cambridge)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19012 from Stagecoach Midlands (Northampton)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19051 from Stagecoach South East (Thanet)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19069 from Stagecoach South (Winchester)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19065 from Stagecoach South West (Exeter)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19692 from Stagecoach East Midlands (Hull)
Trident 2/Enviro 400: 19129 from Stagecoach West (Gloucester)
ADL E40D/Enviro 400: 10030 from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire (Morecambe)
Scania/Enviro 400: 15840 from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire (Chorley)
Scania/Enviro 400: 15435 from Stagecoach Oxfordshire (Oxford)
Look out for at least 16 buses making the trek east from Stagecoach Manchester to the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet. The transfer of 13 East Lancs-bodied Tridents is already underway with 17648-50, 18281-89/93 doe to transfer. All were previously operated on the Magicbus network in Manchester and carry Magicbus livery. None were new to Stagecoach and were acquired at various times with the businesses of Maynes, Bullocks and Dennis’. Also expected to transfer from Stagecoach Manchester to Stagecoach East Midlands are three ex Preston Bus Optare Solos - 47752/57/68/74/75 are currently in the Reserve Fleet in Manchester with 47751 expected to join them.
There is also a suggestion that Optare Solo 47068 in the Stagecoach East Scotland Reserve Fleet at Arbroath may also move south to Stagecoach East Midlands.
We have received reports that the ADL E400 MMC demonstrator YX64VOO, which East Yorkshire Motor Services were expecting in loan was operating with Cardiff Bus earlier this week.
Coachleasing of Nuneaton has reportedly taken six former East Yorkshire Motor Services vehicles. Now with the Warwickshire operator are Volvo Olympians 623/27/29/34 and Mercedes Varios 418 and 419.
Wheels/Midland Red Coaches has now sold its former Midland Red D9 5415 (EHA415D), which is apparently now based in Liverpool.
The refurbishment and repainting of Norfolk Green Optare Tempo 25125 is now complete and the vehicle has retained its Frederick savage name on repainting. The work has been undertaken at the workshops of Hants & Dorset Trim, who have now directed attention to 25121. A further Optare Solo refurbished is 47907.
A further Stagecoach North East MAN to lose X47 branding is 22408.
Further repaints reported at East Yorkshire Motor Services are 332 and 725.
East Yorkshire Motor Services has become the latest operator to take ADL E40D/ADL Enviro 400 MMC demonstrator YX64VOO on loan. It will be operated by EYMS until April 2nd 2015. It has been allocated EYMS fleet number 134 and is in silver livery with demonstrator lettering.
Stagecoach Yorkshire has re-registered a further ex Stagecoach London Trident. 17569 now carries registration RHE353, previously it was registered LV52HFA. Further vehicles in this fleet to lose route branding on repaint are 22431/35/36/41 and 47317.
Look out for Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire transferring Trident 18380 and MAN 22956 from West Cumbria to Morecambe in the next few weeks. A Volvo Olympian reinstated to service is 16118 which has been allocated to West Cumbria, whilst ADL E40D/Enviro 400 10030 is expected to be transferred to Stagecoach Manchester, but will then go on loan to Stagecoach Yorkshire for Supertram replacement works, which will require 17 buses and will start on March 28th.
Also look out for a large number of MAN/Enviro 300s being cascaded to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire to replace MAN/ALX300s. A large number of Optare Solos in this fleet are now in the later-style livery with the white front. These are: 47005-07/17/21/22/56/57/59-62, 47130-39/43/44/46/47/49, 47474, 47721/22/30/31/53/54, 47884, 47921.
A large number of vehicles have been sold by Stagecoach South in recent weeks with Dart SLFs 33002/16/17/25, 33119, 33375/76/78, 33818 and 34110 going to Trevor Wigley for scrap. Darts 34239/43/53 have been sold to Ensign Bus and 33027/28 to Chepstow Classic Buses. Mercedes 709D 40906 has been sold to Emsworth & District with Optare Solo 47419 being returned to Hampshire County Council.
Stagecoach London reports that Tridents 17503/88/89 are being transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands, whilst Trident 17427 and Dart SLFs 34353/55/57/58 are all earmarked for Training School use.
Stagecoach South West has transferred Trident 17003 from Torquay to the Reserve Fleet.
Bluebird has reported that 22793/94 have arrived from Stagecoach South Wales, whilst Stagecoach Highland has received 22779/83/84/86/87/88/90/92 from the same source with 22786 being allocated to Orkney.
Dave Russell and Deric Pemberton report that the two Oxford Scania/Enviro 400s in use on race specials with Stagecoach West at Cheltenham are 15964 and 15994, whilst 'heritage' fleet Bristol VRT has also bee in use.
Collected from Stagecoach East at Cambridge yesterday by Ensign Bus was Volvo Olympian 16224.
Courtesy of Andy's Bus Blog we can confirm that the Norfolk Green Optare Solos are being repainted, but still retaining Coasthopper livery, during their refurbishment. Seats are being trimmed in Stagecoach design moquette but with leather headrests
Stagecoach has today announced its new bus orders for 2015/16. The Enviro 400 and Enviro 200 orders includes both the existing and the new MMC model. Full details of the order are:
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Dave Russell and Deric Pemberton have advised the vehicles on loan to Stagecoach West for Cheltenham Gold Cup duties. These are:
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire: Olympians 16640/51/65/70 (Total 4)
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire: Scania E400 15839/40 (Total 2)
Stagecoach East Midlands: ADL E400 19689/691 (Total 2)
Stagecoach South West: Trident 17003/703 (Total 2)
Stagecoach South: Olympians 16262/304/502/631/798/9 (Total 6)
Stagecoach East: Megadecker Olympian 14000 (making its Cheltenham races debut!), FLF 19953 (Total 2)
Stagecoach Yorkshire: Scania E400 15718/829, ADL E400 19562 (Total 3)
Stagecoach Manchester: ADL E400 19116/335/461/475/515/520/628/639 (Total 8)
Stagecoach London: ADL E400 10196, 19807/866/871 (Total 4)
There are a further two buses due from Stagecoach Oxford