Stagecoach in Chesterfield staged a Trident Farewell day on Saturday 13th August 2016, when five of its fleet of six Dennis Tridents (17004/07/08/09/50), normally used on college services, were used on normal services 25 and 84. 17058 was the vehicle not in service on the day.
Although low floor buses, these were some of the earliest Tridents built by Dennis and bodied with the Alexander ALX400 body. After operation in London they were used in both Cambridge on Park & Ride services and then in Devon, before moving to Chesterfield. Although being low floor they are the remaining vehicles in the Stagecoach Yorkshire fleet that are not DDA compliant and will be taken out of use later this year.
Trident 17007 was also used on an evening return journey on the 77 service - 2005 from Chesterfield, returning at 2135 from Worksop.
Additionally, the Stagecoach East-owned Leyland Olympian Megadekka, 14000 which was restored to its original livery back in 2011 through a sponsorship deal with Steven Knight Media, was also in use operating daytime services on route 80, whilst Stagecoach in Chesterfield’s own open top Leyland Fleetline 15513 was put to work on service 39.
The event was masterminded by Stagecoach in Chesterfield’s acting Operations Manager Shayne Howarth who should be congratulated for organising and managing the event.
We present a small selection of images from the day.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.