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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #60 on: September 29, 2017, 12:45:31 pm »
I haven't seen any sign of 19700 yet but a farce with 19701 ensured I was late for work this morning. It was poised to work the 0915 51 Oakley service but the driver advised that the bells weren't working so we should shout when we wanted to get off. Nice to know that we have received a defective bus. One minute before departure the inspector turned up and the driver mentioned the bell fault so he was ordered to park up 19701 and use 47438 instead ignoring 19889 parked up spare. So a great start for the new arrival. By the time this was sorted it was 0922 so I decided to do the 0923 6 as it stops outside my work entrance unlike the 51 which is a 5 minute uphill walk. This proved a big mistake as the 0923 was fresh air so I had to do the 0935 6 arriving at work 10 minutes late.

Meanwhile 19888 had done the 0845 73 and 19893 was in the bay for the 0944 42 continuing it's rural adventures.

Thursday evening produced a turn up for the books as 19891 was turfed out to do an 11 to Great Denham which is the first time I have witnessed a double deck on the route. I assume it was the 1740 running 26 minutes late as it departed at 1806. Incidentally 19087 was on the 1805 50 to Kettering.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #61 on: October 02, 2017, 02:20:55 pm »
Having waited ages to witness a DD on the 11 until last week I didn't have to wait long for a second sighting with 18419 doing the 0930 to Great Denham this morning.

The normal traffic congestion was further enhanced in Manton Lane with the traffic lights out of action and a broken down car on the school crossing making route 6 a bit of a lottery.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2017, 12:59:58 pm »
Bay L at Bedford bus station is still in high demand. Yesterday afternoon three solos on routes 2, 5 and 9 were all queued up waiting for the 1415 81 to depart as it is the only bay the solos can use because of the gate entrance which then makes each service late. I had this farce this morning as my 0911 6 to work was 47341 but it couldn't use the bay until the 0915 81 had departed so consequently we left 5 minutes late. One marvels at creating a refurbished bus station which does not allow solos to operate the sliding doors particularly when the solos are quite a big part of Bedford's fleet.

Meanwhile whilst solos prevailed on routes 2, 5 and 9 at 1415 yesterday, solo route 11 produced 18060 on the 1400. Also recent arrivals 19700 and 19701 sat side by side in bays C and D with 19700 doing the late 1435 41 to Stagsden (in the timetable) but Bromham on the blind and 19701 on the 1454 53. In fact 19700 was on the 0944 42 both Wednesday and Thursday.

18190 worked the 0932 50 to Kettering Thursday and this morning.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #63 on: October 06, 2017, 01:14:02 pm »
Are Stagecoach East losing their mojo?
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2017, 05:27:51 pm »
99 branded coach 53615 was on the X5 today, on the 1150 departure from MK towards Oxford.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #65 on: October 07, 2017, 01:28:03 pm »
19694 ex.peterborough  now  parked in Bedford depot.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #66 on: October 07, 2017, 02:14:35 pm »
19694 ex.peterborough  now  parked in Bedford depot.
I think 19694 is a King's Lynn vehicle now which is at Bedford for repaint

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #67 on: October 07, 2017, 05:15:48 pm »
does anybody how many deckers are coming from p/boro. to bedford

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #68 on: October 08, 2017, 01:23:53 pm »
does anybody how many deckers are coming from p/boro. to bedford
I believe it will be eight  - 19698-19705, 19693-97 will also visit Bedford in the near future for repaint

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #69 on: October 08, 2017, 05:19:50 pm »
I believe it will be eight  - 19698-19705, 19693-97 will also visit Bedford in the near future for repaint
What will will these replace?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #70 on: October 09, 2017, 12:44:42 pm »
I'm hoping the new arrivals are not replacing anything to stop the infestation of solos on all town routes.

19891 did the 0845 73 this morning whilst 19890 was out on the 9's. Kettering's 19087 did the 0932 50.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #71 on: October 17, 2017, 07:51:14 pm »
19704 (AE60 JSY) on the 1s tonight.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #72 on: October 18, 2017, 07:15:31 pm »
Another Enviro 400 in from Peterborough is 19702 (AE60JSV). It was on th 81 this evening

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #73 on: October 19, 2017, 12:49:11 pm »
19702 was on routes 5 and 6 this morning whilst 19701 was on the 1. The 0932 50 produced 19108 whilst I suffered 47440 to work on the 6.

Last week 19888 and 19893 were both viewed on route 11.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #74 on: October 23, 2017, 12:39:14 pm »
My first sighting this morning of 19698 on the 0915 73 to Biggleswade with 19702 out on the 1's. The customary trident on the 0915 81 produced 18419.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #75 on: October 24, 2017, 02:25:42 pm »
19703 seen heading west along A1139 in Peterborough towards A1. Bedford bound, didn't look like a Peterborough driver driving it.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #76 on: October 24, 2017, 11:12:53 pm »
The worst of the MAN's 22314 (AE51RYO) has been parked up at the back of the yard at Bedford depot looking to have been withdrawn.
This has been sounding awful for quite sometime so not a great surprise.
The question is how long have both Bedford and Peterborough's MAN's got left in service and what will replace them. At 16 years old they really are showing their age now



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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #77 on: October 25, 2017, 09:46:45 am »
Most of the Peterborough MANs have been through repaint this summer. I believe they will be around for at least another year and will then be 'upgraded' with cascaded MAN/Enviro 300s.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #78 on: October 25, 2017, 01:58:35 pm »
No sooner had I said that the 0915 81 always gets a trident when yesterday it was 19891 presumably because there was no trident spare at the bus station. 19893 and 47440 were out on the 9's with 18060 on the 5/6 circuit.

Happily this morning 18423 did do the 0915 81 so back on track. Shortstown was renamed Shortchanged this morning with only two vehicles noted instead of four on route 9. Normally only one bus goes awol but despite the lack of traffic with the schools being off Stagecoach managed to lose two. Hard to fathom when 18057 and 18058 have apparently gone into reserve sitting motionless on the depot whilst our 12 minute frequency became every 24 minutes! Presumably the thought process is that us passengers are dumb and won't notice missing vehicles. Which reminds me yesterday the 0911 6 to Brickhill was fresh air for the second time this month which was meant to be my chariot to work. Perhaps they nicked the bus to work the 9 route.

Luckily this morning Kettering remembered to send 19108 to Bedford for the 0932 50 otherwise a missing bus would leave a 2 hour gap...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #79 on: October 27, 2017, 10:02:15 am »
Enviro 400 19703 (AE60JSX) has now arrived from Peterborough and was on the 5 yesterday evening.
Just 19699 (AE60JRX) and 19705 (AE60JSZ) to come now.
Tridents 18057/58 (AE53TZJ/K) and 18109 (KX04RVL) are out of use at Bedford depot
18109 has probably done galactic mileage due it being new for Kettering's X4 before transfer here
I'd have kept all three in service and got rid of the knackered MAN's instead

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #80 on: October 27, 2017, 10:47:43 am »
Enviro 400 19703 (AE60JSX) has now arrived from Peterborough and was on the 5 yesterday evening.
Just 19699 (AE60JRX) and 19705 (AE60JSZ) to come now.
Tridents 18057/58 (AE53TZJ/K) and 18109 (KX04RVL) are out of use at Bedford depot
18109 has probably done galactic mileage due it being new for Kettering's X4 before transfer here
I'd have kept all three in service and got rid of the knackered MAN's instead

19705 still in service at Peterborough this morning (27-10-2017). I believe that 19699 is currently on MOT and will then be transferred to Bedford.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #81 on: October 27, 2017, 01:31:53 pm »
Yesterday at approximately 1330 during my lunch break 19890 appeared on an X5 destined for Cambridge presumably the 1100 from Oxford as it came in from Bromham Road. 19704 was parked up, 18418 was on an 11 and 18101 the 1332 50 whilst 18060 was on a 9. This morning 18418 was on the 9's and 18416 on the 0915 81 whilst 18423 was in another bay also blinded for the 81 so I assume that was an arrival.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #82 on: October 30, 2017, 01:21:38 pm »
I only required 2 minutes at the junction of Elstow and London Roads this morning to view all four vehicles on route 9 as the first day of schools brought back the static traffic syndrome. 34428 and 19701 were in tandem heading for the bus station whilst 19704 was followed by 18418 en route to Shortstown. As I just missed the two buses going into town I estimated it would be another 25 minutes before 19704 got back so opted to walk as once more the 12 minute intervals was the stuff of fantasy. Rather than go to work on the MAN on the 6 I did 18104 on the 50 as an alternative  to reaching the office.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #83 on: October 31, 2017, 12:55:12 pm »
Going home yesterday saw no improvement on the 9's. 18419 on the 6 deposited me in the bus station but all 12 bays were devoid of any buses at the busy time of 1730 once the trident left on the 5. The 1717 9 apparently didn't show and it was the same with the 1729 so it appeared the vehicles were still going around in pairs like in the morning. I thought at least I would score 19704 for a ride on the 1741 as that was the diagram it had been on but instead 18416 turned up. Presumably 19704 was running so late that a driver change prompted a vehicle swap earlier in the day. There is no point to a timetable in the busy periods but it will only get worse with a growing population so I don't know what the answer is to the traffic chaos.

This morning saw two Solos, a MAN and a Trident on the four 9 diagrams whereas yesterday morning we had three double decks out. It really is a pick and mix route you never know what will turn up from one day to the next as if the allocations are done using a lucky dip method. Like yesterday I just missed two vehicles heading into town and reasoned that I would have a long wait for 47440 and 18419 to return from Shortstown so I walked again. I then had to put up with 47441 on the 6 to work noting 19698 on the 0915 81 with 19890 also blinded for Luton presumably the 1015 vehicle.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #84 on: November 04, 2017, 04:28:42 pm »
ex.Peterborough Enviro 400 19698(AE60JRV) on the 1s this afternoon.
no sign of 19699 and 19705 yet.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #85 on: November 04, 2017, 04:57:36 pm »
ex.Peterborough Enviro 400 19698(AE60JRV) on the 1s this afternoon.
no sign of 19699 and 19705 yet.
Both still in Peterborough at the moment

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #86 on: November 13, 2017, 01:12:09 pm »
Wandering aimlessly through Bedford bus station on Saturday afternoon I did catch a glimpse of 19705 in service. I think it was on a 1 but didn't pay much attention to it. The arrival of these vehicles has seen them become more common on the 0915 81 now instead of tridents. Today 19703 worked this service whilst 19701 left before it on a 72. Unfortunately the new recruits have done nothing to ease the solo suffering on route 9 as I endured 47438 this morning on my way to work. Give me 18057 / 058 any day in preference...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #87 on: November 14, 2017, 01:00:17 pm »
19702 did the 0915 81 today whilst 19701 performed on the 0905 72 for the second day running. I think 19891 followed it on a 73 but only glanced at it as I was distracted by 35104 on the 0912 1 to Kempston instead of a dd.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #88 on: November 14, 2017, 06:53:48 pm »
I was one of the standing passengers on 35104 (AE06WXP) on the 1 this evening. This route is normally and should be run with Enviro 400's. Darts are too small in the peaks.

Still no sign of 19699 (AE60JRX). All the other expected transfers from Peterborough have now arrived and all still carry 'citi' branding inside and out

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2017
« Reply #89 on: November 14, 2017, 07:25:09 pm »
I was one of the standing passengers on 35104 (AE06WXP) on the 1 this evening. This route is normally and should be run with Enviro 400's. Darts are too small in the peaks.

Still no sign of 19699 (AE60JRX). All the other expected transfers from Peterborough have now arrived and all still carry 'citi' branding inside and out
Could possibly be an MOT candidate ??? If so, Stagecoach would require Peterborough to do it, before a transfer, as its the normal procedure