Information uploaded on November 30th 2015 at 11:30
Regular correspondents Dave Russell & Deric Pemberton have confirmed that five Dart SLFs with Pointer-bodywork have arrived with Stagecoach West from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire. Whilst 34786/87/88 have transferred as expected, the other two vehicles received by Stagecoach West are 34680 and 34784 (and not 34789/90 as we predicted in an earlier Fleet Ramblings post.
We have received confirmation that further Volvo B8RLEs for Stagecoach East have arrived on the ferry at Heysham and will now go to Ely where branding will be applied and final inspections undertaken by Volvo. It is likely that 21303 will go to Fenstanton depot for driver and engineers’ training and we would suspect that the fleet of ten will enter service in January 2016.
News reaches us from Whippet Coaches that the four Caetano-bodied Dennis Darts received from Tower, ex-Tower 42515-8, (LK03NKH/J/L/M) have been given fleet numbers WS319-22. The Wright Gemini vehicle here, ex-Tower 32499, (LK54FLE) carries fleet number WD435.
We have had a couple of queries regarding use of vehicles from Stagecoach Midlands’ Corby depot on local services in Peterborough. Stagecoach Midlands operates the 23/24 services from Peterborough to Orton Waterville, Lynch Wood, Oundle and Thrapston. On Weekdays Stagecoach East from its Peterborough depot also works peak time services to/from Lynch Wood and on Saturdays it also works the Peterborough-Orton Waterville service. Corby has a small fleet of Tridents for the service but frequently Corby Star-liveried Scania/East Lancs OmniDekkas are used as well as the occasional appearance of a Volvo Olympian. The Peterborough services use a variety of vehicles including MAN/ALX300s, Dart SLFs, Enviro 300s, Tridents and Enviro 400s.
Information uploaded on November 27th 2015 at 12:00
It is reported on the Anglia & Thames Valley Bus Forum that the remaining former Norfolk Green Optare Spectras at Stagecoach East's King's Lynn depot will be stood down after service tomorrow. This comment ties in with the recent transfer of further Tridents from Cambridge to King's Lynn.
Information uploaded on November 26th 2015 at 09:15
At Stagecoach East it has been noted that Tridents 18335-38/40 remain in service from Cambridge/Ely with 18341/46-49 confirmed as being allocated to the former Norfolk Green base at King’s Lynn. It is understood that the remaining vehicles from the batch 18339/42-45 are also likely to be allocated to King’s Lynn with most currently regarded as part of the reserve Fleet. The first of the ten Wright-bodied Volvo B8RLEs for Cambridgeshire Busway use has arrived and is at Ely awaiting application of branding.
Information updated on November 26th 2015 at 11:55
Two of the four Dart SLFs expected at Stagecoach Midlands from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire, 34816/18, have been reported as having arrived and are currently at Leamington pending introduction into service at Rugby as Optare Solo replacements.
Information updated on November 26th 2015 at 14:30
The Volvo B8RLE which has been delivered to Stagecoach East is 21303 (BF65WKS) and has already been branded for Busway use.
Information updated on November 25th 2015 at 14:50
Five Dart SLFs are expected to transfer from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire to Stagecoach West. It is understood 34786 may have already moved so look out for 34787-90 to follow.
At East Yorkshire Motor Services 388/91 has received green-based Goole Town livery, which has resulted in 338/39 being repainted into fleet livery. Another recent arrival (on November 24th) is Enviro 200 389 (SN65ZGK) which is expected to be allocated to Scarborough depot.
Delaine Buses former Dublin ALX300 160 is currently being repainted and its’ return is expected imminently with branding likely to be applied next week.
News reached us that the Fire Brigade had to attend Stagecoach Midlands’ Kettering depot around 04:30 this morning to deal with a fire underneath Scania/Enviro 400 15749.
Stagecoach East Enviro 200 36011 is still operational from Peterborough and has not yet been prepared for repaint into pink Cancer Research UK livery.
Information updated on November 21st 2015 at 10:20
The five Optare Spectras in the Reserve Fleet with Stagecoach East, 13982/83/84/85/87 are now awaiting disposal. In the Reserve Fleet are Optare Tempo 25120 awaiting repaint and two of the three remaining ex Norfolk Green Optare Versas 25268 and 25270. Previously unreported by us is the allocation of MAN/ALX300 22319 to Bedford.
The entry into service of Enviro 200MMCs 37406-17 with Stagecoach South at Winchester has seen standard Enviro 200s 36015-19 and 36917 move from Winchester to Aldershot. Aldershot also has Optare Solo 47540 on its books following repairs. Other allocation changes see Volvo Olympians 16525 and 16799 at Andover, which also has Dart SLFs 34632 and 35254/55. Volvo Olympian 16523 is now at Winchester whilst in the reserve fleet from Winchester is Volvo B10M 20937. Dart SLFs now placed into the Reserve Fleet are 34414/15, 34446/4850/52/54 and 35258. Five Volvo Olympians are reported as sold - 16129 and 16293 to AH Hardwick, 16282 and 16629 to T Wigley and 16631 to Springfield Bus & Coach of Runcorn.
Stagecoach Bluebird has confirmed that of the coaches transferred from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, 53336 is allocated to Elgin whilst 53337-39 are in Reserve at Aberdeen (53337 has accident damage). For disposal here are 227097/09 whilst the latest Trident received from Stagecoach West 18446 is undergoing a repaint before allocation.
At Stagecoach Highlands, Optare Solo 47567 has transferred from Thurso to Aviemore and Volvo B10M 52229 is for disposal. Enviro 200 from Inverness is in the Reserve Fleet. Temporarily based at Inverness are 13636 and 18100.
Information uploaded on November 20th 2015 at 10:00
Stagecoach Manchester is to repaint Reserve Fleet Enviro 400s 19166 and 19167 into Magicbus livery.
Stagecoach East has returned Dart SLF 34538 to the Reserve Fleet at Fenstanton.
At Stagecoach East Scotland the last Volvo B7TL in the refurbishment programme, 16922, has returned to service at Arbroath allowing Volvo Olympian 16922 to return to the Reserve Fleet. MAN/ALX300 22169 has been transferred to Stagecoach West Scotland where it will be converted to a Community Bus display vehicle and is expected to replace Volvo B10M 20108 which currently performs that role. Now in service at Dundee are former Stagecoach North East Dart SLFs 34568/69 and 34606. ALX300-bodued MAN 22255 is to be donated to the Glasgow Bus Museum. New here are Plaxton elite-bodied Volvo B11Rs 53801-03 (YY65SXH/J/K) whilst currently there are five Optare Solos in the Reserve Fleet - 47004/51/52/53 and 47179.
At Stagecoach West Scotland a reallocation of Scania/Enviro 400s see 15631 and 15944 now allocated to Ardrossan with 15815-17 now based at Glasgow. ALX300-bodied MAN 22390moved to the Reserve Fleet whilst allocation changes to the MAN/Enviro 300 fleet sets 22526 at Ardrossan, 22528 at Ayr, 22584 at Kilmarnock and 22529 in the Reserve Fleet. Optare Solo 47981 is now allocated to Ayr with 57503 transferred from Stranraer to Glasgow, being replaced at Stranraer with 47434 from the Reserve Fleet. Transfers to the Reserve fleet are 27623, 47356/59, 47760 and 53237. ADL Enviro 300s 27626/27 are now allocated to Dumfries.
Information updated on November 20th 2015 at 12:30
At Stagecoach North East, Volvo B10M driver trainer 20121 has been transferred from Walkergate to Stockton, where it is a replacement for Volvo B10B driver trainer 21037 which is now awaiting disposal. Other fleet changes reported are to the MAN/ALX300 fleet with 22050 moving from the main fleet at South Shields to the Reserve Fleet at Slatyford. 22462 is no longer in the disposal fleet here and has been moved to the Reserve Fleet at Walkergate. 22675 moves from the Reserve Fleet at Slatyford and is now awaiting disposal.
@NorwichBusesBlog reports that a further Stagecoach East Enviro 300 to lose its Norfolk Green-Stagecoach livery in favour of standard corporate Stagecoach colours is 27643.
Stagecoach South West has transferred Open Top Trident 17701 (Exmouth) and Optare Solos 47084/86 (Plymouth) to the Reserve Fleet. In course of delivery are 11 Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 to ‘Stagecoach Gold’ Specification. 15250-53 have been delivered and are in Reserve pending service introduction, with 15254-60 in course of delivery. The batch is registered YN65XDO/P/R/S/T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z.
Information updated on November 20th 2015 at 15:00
Further news from @Norwich BusesBlog confirms details of an Optare Solo on hire to Stagecoach East at its King's Lynn depot. The vehicle is a M900 type and is registered KX14FJN. New in 2914 It is owned by Dawsonrentals and was previously operating for the Maltese Governments Malta Public Transport where it carried the registration BUS332.
Information uploaded on November 19th 2015 at 11:40
News reaches us that Stagecoach East has transferred MAN/ALX300 22335 from Peterborough to Stagecoach Manchester, where it has been put into service at Middleton. It appears to have been swapped for ADL Trident/Enviro 400 19082, which had been operating from Wigan.
Stagecoach West has scrapped Trident 18388, which caught fire earlier this year on its way to Stagecoach South. We have now had confirmation that 18377 has transferred to Stagecoach South and 18082 remains with Stagecoach West. Former Reserve Fleet Dart SLFs 33960/61/66/73 are now for disposal.
At Stagecoach Manchester Volvo B7TL 16971 is back in service at Middleton, whilst MAN/ALX300 22241 is back in service at Middleton and 22808 at Stockport. Similar 22231 from Stockport is now for disposal. Dart SLFs 33866/71 are back in service at Ashton and Optare Solo 47002 has returned to service at Wigan.
At Stagecoach South East MAN/ALX300 22057 is back in service at Thanet and 22009 which was awaiting disposal is now back in the Reserve Fleet at Eastbourne. Volvo B10M 20832 has returned to service at Dover, replacing 20654 which now awaits disposal. Also for disposal is 20638 from Thanet. Reported as sold are 20011, 20638/47/54/75/76, 20955/56, 22005, 22107/87.
At Stagecoach Yorkshire Scania/E400 15711 is now away for modifications at GKN Telford, which MAN/ALX300s 22083/84/85/88 are all now for conversion to driver training vehicles, whilst similar 22086 moves from Rawmarsh to Barnsley. Optare Excels 35000/-4/6 have been sold to PVS. Optare Solo 47465 has moved from Barnsley to Ecclesfield allowing 47756 to be taken out of service for disposal. MAN 39625 was not taken out of service last month and remains operational at Barnsley.
Information posted on November 18th 2015 at 09:40
East Yorkshire Motor Services Enviro 200 503 has received branding for the Beverley Shopper service.
At Stagecoach East Midlands Trident 17687 is in the Reserve Fleet at Worksop rather than the main operational fleet. Recent repaints reported are 52678 into Rail Replacement Unit colours with 18426, 19687 and 24193 also going through the paintshop and receiving corporate livery.
Information updated on November 18th 2015 at 11:30
Currently in the Reserve Fleet with Stagecoach London are Tridents 17789/98, 17810/19, 17922 and 18204. Dart SLF 34394 has been sold, 34389 is being help for possible conversion to a training vehicle and similar 34391 is currently used as a Refurbishment Float vehicle.
Stagecoach Midlands reports that A H Hardwick has bought Volvo Olympians 16615/19/93 and 16757 whilst 16683 is now awaiting disposal and 16685 will be a further donation to charity from this company. An interesting development is the planned transfer of Open Top Volvo Olympian 16527 to Stagecoach South. Delicenced for repaint are Scania/East Lancs 15401 and Trident 18102, they have been replaced by Volvo Olympians from the Reserve Fleet with 16174 going to Stratford and 16459 to Corby. The last two Tridents to receive open top conversion at Bus & Coach World, 17494 and 17527 are now allocated to Stratford, whilst Open Top Volvo Olympian 16538 has moved from Reserve Fleet.
Information uploaded on November 17th 2015 at 09:55
Stagecoach East’s ADL E40D/Enviro 400 19700 has been damaged following a rear end (engine ?) fire and is currently out of service.
The problem with Stagecoach Oxfordshire’s Optare Solo 47238 at Banbury appears to be terminal and the vehicle is now awaiting disposal, as is former Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 34470. Following the return to service of Dart SLF 34472 at Banbury, 34471 has now been allocated to the Reserve Fleet. Also now in Reserve are MAN/Enviro 300s 22761-64 at Oxford.
Information updated on November 16th 2015 at 11:15
The last month has seen the closure of Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire’s Chorley depot with the vehicles transferring to Preston. Also allocated to Preston are Trident 18156, Enviro 400 19070 and Enviro 300s 27770/73/74. Trident New ADL E30D/Enviro 300s 27255-72 have been allocated to Birkenhead. There has been a change in the vehicles nominated for transfer to Stagecoach Midlands with 34815-18 now due to transfer. Enviro 200s 36184/85 have moved from Birkenhead to Preston. Trident 17839 is now allocated to Chester with Enviro 400 19062 and Enviro 200 36808 moving from Chester to Birkenhead. Vehicles taken out of service at Birkenhead are Volvo B10BLEs 21120/21/23, which are now for disposal and Volvo B7RLEs 21249-54 and Scania L94s 28539/42/43 are now in the Reserve Fleet. Dart SLFs 34599, 34741/42 are now at Chester with 34781 at Gilmoss. MAN/Enviro 300 24125 has moved from Birkenhead to Gilmoss. Sold and no longer part of the fleet are Volvo Olympian 16233 and MAM/ALX300 22257. Volvo B10 training vehicle 20603 has returned to Stagecoach Manchester following the entry into training use at Gilmoss of Volvo B10M coach 52360.
Information uploaded on November 16th 2015 at 10:55
Dave Russell & Deric Pemberton report that Dart SLF 34617 has arrived with Stagecoach West and is being prepared for service. It came from Stagecoach South but is understood not to have been used whilst there. This last weekend was the second biggest meeting in the Cheltenham Races calendar, The Open, and as well as using five of its own Reserve Fleet Volvo Olympians, Stagecoach West borrowed a further eight from Stagecoach South, 16291/5, 16523/5/90, 16627, 16748/69. Other vehicles borrowed were Enviro 200 10070 and Enviro 200 6983 from Stagecoach Oxfordshire and Scania/Enviro 400 15561 along with Tridents 17057, 18064 from Stagecoach South West. In addition, Stagecoach West used its own Bristol VRT 19950, plus two privately owned ones VDV122/34S, which were in Southern National livery.
Information updated on November 16th 2015 at 14:20
News from Stagecoach South Wales is that the delivery of 15 new Enviro 300s to ‘Stagecoach Gold’ specification are imminent. The company reports that 27273-87 will carry registrations SN65ODP/R/S/T/U/V/W/X/Y, SN65OEA/B/C/D/E/F. Dart SLF 34746 used as cover for the paint programme has been transferred to Aberdare. Dart 34555 is now in the main fleet at Blackwood and similar 34622 on the allocation at Merthyr where it has replaced 34348 which has become the Merthyr Staff Shuttle vehicle. Former Merthyr Staff Shuttle 34195 is now for disposal along with MAN/MCV 39619 from the Reserve Fleet. Sold to Chepstow Classic Bus are MAN/East Lancs 39607-09.