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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #240 on: June 12, 2018, 03:00:19 PM »
I guess the downside of E400s is the inability to carry bikes - there are a couple of people who commute into Cambridge on my regular journeys who take a bike (non-folding) - although the uncertainty with what's going to turn up is almost as bad a problem for them.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #241 on: June 12, 2018, 04:44:38 PM »
The most common fault with the Elites appears to be the doors. Also extra capacity is needed so with both of those in mind I would choose Gold spec Scania Enviro 400 MMC's as they offer more capacity and have doors designed for stop start services. The downside of these though would be the lack of luggage space compared to the Elites

Would it not be possible to modify a section of the lower deck to provide luggage racks?
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #242 on: June 12, 2018, 06:00:38 PM »
Would it not be possible to modify a section of the lower deck to provide luggage racks?

They removed the rear seats on the lower deck when they trialled Volvo Olympian 16209 (R34TAC) on the route a few years ago. But my point was seating capacity which will be reduced if this was done
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #243 on: June 12, 2018, 09:37:06 PM »
Do give them a hard time about the state of the Elites!

If I was to give them my full personal list, I suspect we'd still be in Central Library this time next year lol - but feel free to come and see them! You never know...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #244 on: June 13, 2018, 01:29:44 PM »
There was a 536xx on the X5 yesterday from Cambridge but I didn't see which one.

I had 18336 on the 6 after work expecting to do the 1741 9 home which had swapped vehicle as it was once only 19699 that arrived on it. However, the lady driving had other ideas as she then reversed the vehicle into the spare bus bays and flounced off to the office. Obviously someone decided the 1741 was caped but naturally nobody bothered to come over to us idiots wanting to go home as to why the service was pulled. 36042 arrived with the 1753 so we had to sit on it for 8 minutes waiting time for departure as if I have nothing better to do with my time. Communications are incredibly poor with all bus companies. They need the (sadly lacking) screens to report services cancelled with reasons why if the staff don't want to talk to us. At least railway screens tell you when services are not running and give tannoy announcements as to why. Is there actually anyone in charge overseeing any of this because they keep themselves very hidden from public view?

Junk noted whilst having an enforced sit in on 36042 yesterday were 19702 with 828 schools in the blind, 37432 on the 1745 51 to Rushden, 18419 on a 6, 27523 on a 1, 34425 on a 7, 19890 on a 41 and 37438 on the late 1730 81. I assume someone has had a word with the EMT driver as rather than park in the Greyfriars solo bays or the X5 bays, he was parked up River St so the message has sunk in about parking in spots used by buses in normal service.

This morning 27645 was lying in wait for me again on the 9 so I did 27643 instead with 34428 also out on the route. 52437 was parked in the bus station awaiting another driver to be processed presumably. 18057, once again, did the 0915 73 with 19888 on the 0915 81. 34829 was on the 53, 37428 arrived on a 72 and 18424 was on the 6 but I got 27522 to work.

On this date in 2012 I did 16217 on the return 73 off the 0650 from Bedford whilst 16230 did the 0835 74 before I went to work.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #245 on: June 13, 2018, 01:52:22 PM »
Communications are incredibly poor with all bus companies. They need the (sadly lacking) screens to report services cancelled with reasons why if the staff don't want to talk to us. At least railway screens tell you when services are not running and give tannoy announcements as to why. Is there actually anyone in charge overseeing any of this because they keep themselves very hidden from public view?

For two-and-a-half decades we have had an interesting experiment to show whether deregulated bus companies can provide innovative, reliable, modestly-priced services which meet public needs.

We now have the empirical evidence that they cannot.

Time to change the rules: time to take back control, in the public interest.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #246 on: June 13, 2018, 04:24:31 PM »
Ex Kings Lynn Optare Solo SR 48025 (YJ15ANV) has arrived from Peterborough and was on the 3 today, this means Bedford now has 9 of the 11 Solo Sr's from Kings Lynn. No sign of any more Coast Hopper liveried vehicles going for repaint. I thought that Stagecoach would want them painted in corporate livery fairly quickly but that doesn't seem to be the case
I'm yet to see Enviro 200MMC 37436 (SN16ORF) in service since its repaint

There are a couple of Darts at the back of the yard at Bedford depot that look to be being stripped for spares. I couldn't get close without asking to go in to ID them.

I'm told that training dart 34421 (KV53EYX) has now returned to Peterborough after long term loan to Bedford

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #247 on: June 13, 2018, 08:44:23 PM »
For two-and-a-half decades we have had an interesting experiment to show whether deregulated bus companies can provide innovative, reliable, modestly-priced services which meet public needs.

We now have the empirical evidence that they cannot.

Time to change the rules: time to take back control, in the public interest.

Does this all happen in London with its £600m subsidy? Can't say I've noticed it.....

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #248 on: June 14, 2018, 04:56:59 PM »
Ex Kings Lynn Optare Solo SR 48025 (YJ15ANV) has arrived from Peterborough and was on the 3 today, this means Bedford now has 9 of the 11 Solo Sr's from Kings Lynn. No sign of any more Coast Hopper liveried vehicles going for repaint. I thought that Stagecoach would want them painted in corporate livery fairly quickly but that doesn't seem to be the case
I'm yet to see Enviro 200MMC 37436 (SN16ORF) in service since its repaint

There are a couple of Darts at the back of the yard at Bedford depot that look to be being stripped for spares. I couldn't get close without asking to go in to ID them.

I'm told that training dart 34421 (KV53EYX) has now returned to Peterborough after long term loan to Bedford


The trouble is if they take all the Hoppers out of the equation at the same time Bedford will be running short of vehicles again and we will be back to the fiasco prior to their arrival, with insufficient buses to run the service, so on that basis I think it makes sense to do one vehicle at a time. Like you I still haven't seen 37436 since it's paint job. I assume there is a good reason sending it to Chesterfield to be painted as I thought Bedford could do paintwork isn't that why Leamington olys came here to be repainted and Kettering vehicles too? I haven't ridden on a grasshopper or froghopper since 22 May so I was under the impression that some had sneaked off for a repaint.

In fact I am stuck in a rut as the only vehicles I seem to be getting over the last few weeks are 18057, 18336, 27643, 27644, 27645 and 36042 to and from work. Variety is certainly not the spice of life for me as there isn't any! The only things that have broken the monotony for me are 15401 and 15405 in the last few weeks. It is getting so bad that I would welcome 36045 just for something different.

Today going to work I was treated to 27644 on the 9 and 18057 on the 6 so I am just trapped in this cycle of the same old, same old. 18423 and 18424 were on consecutive route 2 departures, 19704 arrived on a 42, 19703 left on a 53, 19888 and 27647 were on the 9. 18101 was the guest visitor on the 50.

In the days when I wasn't complaining about the lack of decent buses I was treated to 18106 on the M50 from work on 14 June 2011 and then a return run to Kempston when 16214 dropped on a 1. In addition 16175 was a surprise on the 1745 40 to Milton Keynes instead of a Dart. Also on this date in 2012 I did 16230 on the inbound 73 of the return working of the 0650, whilst 16221 did the 0835 74, and then I stepped onto 16217 on the 0845 51 to get to work.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #249 on: June 15, 2018, 01:03:49 PM »
No sooner had I typed out my last post about the same old buses yesterday, I stepped out of the office onto 36042 on the 6 into town. Having suffered it twice on the 9 the previous day it was not welcomed. I did omit one other vehicle that has been a constant and that is 27647 which duly obliged on the 9 this morning, making it the seventh trip on it this month.  Presumably that was why 19699, and this morning 19704, were ripped as I was about to have them because I am only allowed on the same seven buses in my sector. It won't get any better when I go home as 27644, 27645 and 27647 are all on the 9 today. As I seem to be restricted to the same un-magnificent 7 vehicles perhaps Stagecoach could do me the honour of painting them black with MIB branding.
 :P

It does appear that now the dust has settled a pattern is starting to emerge with the grasshoppers now on the rural routes, particularly the 71-73/81 and the 276xx vehicles dominating the 9. When the Hoppers first arrived they were everywhere and one produced daily on the 9 but not any more. Mind you with the grasshoppers on the rural routes it does seem to have done the trick of cleansing Bedford of its seagulls as I haven't seen one now for over a week.

Other route variety yesterday afternoon saw 19705, 18336 and 34425 on the 6, 19700 on a 41, 37433 and 34422 on 1's, 37431 arrived on a 73 and then did the 1745 51 to Rushden, 37434 and 37437 on 71's. 52437 was out and about training. I think if I want some variety I had better start flagging the 9's and going home on the 3, 71-73 or 81.

Back in time on 15 June 2011 I did another return run on the 1 to Kempston with 16209 after work.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #250 on: June 18, 2018, 01:50:12 PM »
As I was at a loose end on Saturday I thought I would go and view the 0932 50 just in case it might have been of interest (and a winner) but despite arriving at my stop for the 0859 9 I failed to make it courtesy of Stagecoach. Not only did the 0859 fail to show but also the 0911, and just for good measure both the 0853 and 0905 to Shortstown didn't go past so nought out of four is a pretty impressive 100% of non runners on the route. I had to check with my fellow sufferer if I had actually been comatose all day Saturday and in fact I was now in Sunday morning where the first bus to town isn't until 0930. Naturally with no screens at my stop we had to play guess where the bus is as there were no clues as to why all the route 9 buses were invisible. It occurred to me if there was traffic accident somewhere then that might be why there were zero buses so I gave up on the 9 and walked to London Road to intercept  34831 on a 71 but missed the 0932 50 by 8 minutes. There was no sign of the 0941 9 but 18336 arrived at the bus station with not in service ready to form the 0953 9. Surely this was not the first working of the day on the route?

Eventually they managed to rustle up three buses to do the 9 but we were down one bus and so too was the 1 where I only noted four buses on the route so it appeared us mugs were on rations again. I went home and returned later to view the 1332 50 as I reckoned this would be the same bus as the 0932 but even four hours later the 1 and 9 were still missing a vehicle. It was a futile gesture covering the 1332 50 as by 1345 it had still not arrived so I went home on 48023 on the 1345 3. I did do the 3 home earlier in the morning on what I hoped would be a winning Solo but all I got for my troubles was 34825.

Saturday's stuff and nonsense viewed:

1 - 19698, 19704, 19706, 19890
2 - 34425, 34428, 36936
3 / 4 / 7 - 34825, 48023, 48024, 48025, 48032, 48035
5 / 6 - 18057, 18419, 18424, 27523,  27643, 27644, 27647, 34827
8 / 10 - 47351, 47354, 47435
9 - 18336, 18423, 19889
41 - 34829, 37431, 37434
42 - 27522, 34832, 37432
50 - 15608
51 - 19701, 19892, 19893, 34424
53 - 19703, 27545, 36937, 37439
71 - 19888, 34831, 36044, 37438
72 - 19893, 34424, 37431
73 - 19701, 19891, 19892, 36042, 36045, 37438
81 - 34831, 34833, 36044

I didn't notice any deckers on the X5. 53617 did the 1030 X5 to Oxford having arrived in from Cambridge.

This morning the all too familiar 27643 and 27647 were back on the 9 so I walked into town. The 0911 6 was well late and 27645, as usual, appeared for the service but owing to late running it failed to pick up at the bay and left us to the clutches of 34825 on the 0923 which meant the punters had to spend five minutes twiddling their thumbs waiting for departure time. Nice to see that old trick is still being inflicted on us. Thankfully this bowl out worked in my favour as big orange Corby glow worm 15403 duly produced for the 0932 50 to make up for Saturday's farce so another winner in the book. It makes a change to have a Megarider with 15403 printed on it and it is a bigger piece than what Bedford issues. The only downside is I got charged the correct fare of £15. The last time I bought one on a Corby/Kettering bus it cost £14.50 as our fares increase hadn't reached their ticket machines.

Other crates noted this morning were 18419 on a 9, 19892 on a 53, 18423 on a 6, 37438 on a 71, 34425 on a 2, 37437 on a 42, 19701 on the 0905 72, 37434 on the 0910 41, 19699 on the 0915 81 and 18057, as ever, on the 0915 73.

On this day in 2011 it was a Saturday so I did green budgie 16225 to Luton on the S1 and returned to Bedford with 16175 also on the S1. I then went to Kempston with 18414 on a 1 returning to the bus station with 16214 on the V1 rocket. I also see that on 17 June 2014 I did the 1245 42 to Flitwick and back on 16226.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #251 on: June 20, 2018, 02:10:11 PM »
Something went wrong on Monday after work as I scored 37433 on the 6 from work and had 19893 home on the 9. No MIB sector buses at all on Monday. 53702 was cheekily parked up in the bus station. 18057 did the 1730 81 so that was flagged for the 1729 9 and the E400.

What I gained on Monday was all taken away on Tuesday as the un-magnificent 7 got me again with all four vehicles too and from work the same boring specimens that keep haunting me. 36042 on the 9 into town for 18057 on the 6 to work and after work 27647 on the 6 and 27644 on the 9 home. Just what I need dull, boring, repetitive junk to and from work either side of a boring day in the office. It really adds to the same old routine doing the same work and having the same buses every day. The uninvited guest at the bus station was again 53702 with 53613 also present. For a laugh the usual double deck in peak time on the 1 was 48025 which must have gone down well with the punters. 34425 is still super glued to the 2 and other boring stuff noted were 18423 and 18424 on the 9, 34428 on the 41 / 81, 37433 on a 53, 19701 on a 71 and 19891 on a 42.

This morning a bit of light relief when 19704 showed up on the 9 and thankfully MIB sector 18057 was going the other way so missed me. However, my luck didn't hold out as 27647 rolled in 5 minutes late for the 0911 6 so I still got done. Today's misfit in the bus station was Centrebus 748 which was soon joined by 53615. 19890 did the 0905 72, 37432 the 0910 41, 19702 the 0915 81, 34424 on a 51, 37433 on a 73, 18424 on a 1, 37434 on a 42, 34833 on a 73 and 34425 still locked into the 2. The 0915 73 hadn't produced by the time I left so presumably someone realised 18057 wasn't in position to do it being out on the 9.

On this day in 2011 16209 did the 1635 Oxford to Cambridge X5 when I had something to do after work bus wise.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #252 on: June 20, 2018, 04:19:35 PM »
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #253 on: June 21, 2018, 12:56:33 PM »
Going home yesterday was similar to the outward journey. A slight change to the usual with 18419 on my 6 from work but same as usual 36042 on the 9 home. It would have been futile to flag it as 18057 was on the 9 behind so no escape. Since 36042 lost its 53 branding it has become even more annoying than 36045 to the extent the pink thing should "Come Back" as performed by the Mighty Wah. Centrebus 748 was still cheekily parked in the middle of the bus station as if it owned the place.  36044 was on a 1, 34422 on a 71 and 34428 on the 1745 51.

This morning a real change from the norm with 48024 on the 9 so something different I guess but I see 27647 is lurking on the route waiting for me when I go home having snared me twice this week on the 6. The 6 to work was 27522 with it's silly bell, that sounds similar to Sweep, when Sooty prods him with his magic wand. I haven't seen 27520/27521 for a few weeks so assume they have gone home.

18057 was back on the 0915 73 today after yesterday's aberration with 19700 on the 0915 51 and 19890 on the 0915 81. Just for a change there was no grasshopper on the 0910 41 as 34424 did the honours. Centrebus 748 is still in the same place doing nothing taking up space at the bus station. Was it there all night?
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #254 on: June 21, 2018, 08:57:14 PM »
Enviro 200 37436 left Stagecoach Yorkshire's Chesterfield depot today after its repaint and has been replaced in the printshop there by 37435.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #255 on: June 21, 2018, 11:55:33 PM »
I was on Solo SR 48033 (YJ66ASU) on the 1 on the way home earlier today. It was standing room only, Presumably the usual Enviro 400 was covering for a useless Elite on the X5
48032 (YJ66ASO) has had its Coast Hopper branding removed and now has stagecoach fleetnames over its Coast Hopper livery.
They need to do that to all of them untill they're repainted and also remove the "Peterbrough Citi" branding from the ex Peterborough Enviro 400's
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #256 on: June 22, 2018, 01:01:27 PM »
As I was working from home in the afternoon yesterday I left work early only to be confronted by 27644 of the MIB sector so this was flagged so I walked to Clapham Road to have 34422 on a 51 into town instead. However, on arrival at the bus station winner 19083 appeared on the 1332 50 running 8 late so this was scratched in back to Clapham Road for 27523 back on the 6 where 48024 was waiting for me on the 1353 9 home. I thought I scored 15401 on the 50 last month but in fact I have had it before and 15402 which I have not seen this year. Therefore I only require 15404 to appear on the 50 and then they will all have been dealt with.

On my way home I did see previously reported 48033 on a 1, 36042 on a 53, thankfully, 37437 on a 73 and pinkie 36045 on a 9 but still it eludes me for the year. 19893 arrived from Cambridge with what was to be the 1400 X5 to Oxford but I don't know if it went there or not but there was no Elite joke to swap it with. Centre bus 748 was still going mouldy in the sun but the highlight was Herberts P344 ROO passing the bus station on a Spike Milligan Q83. Shame it didn't park up in the bus station like other specimens of other companies.

This morning I was bowled by the non-appearance of the 0847 9 despite the dearth of traffic. A rancid fester of 20 minutes basking in the warm sunshine facing the sun with no respite was then in order as the 0859 9 rolled in at 0907 with 27523. It appeared we only have three buses on the route today as the same old dross of 27647 and 36042 headed for Shortstown. So the upshot is I missed all the 0915 departures so I can't say if 18057 is still tied to the 73. It is my own fault I had symbolic warnings. The 0847 was an E400 Wednesday and a Solo on Thursday so it should have been obvious the bus would shrink even further today to become invisible. I should have seen it coming, or in this case, not coming.

If 27520/521 have scarpered and 37435/436 are absent one has to assume we are short of vehicles again so route 9 cops it as per usual when it comes to losing buses. It is a shame I can't be at the 7 July meeting because I would like to know why route 9 is often a vehicle short of a full house and it is usually the 0817 from the bus station that disappears? How did they manage to produce nought out of four last Saturday morning on the 9? How is it I miss buses at the bus station which are meant to start there with the practice of driving off to the first stop empty when running late leaving me to fester further for the next departure? Why buses run in convoy like the time three 9's followed each other to Shortstown in service against the flow of punters trying to get to work in the morning?, not to mention all the other lamentable incidents I have touched on in this thread.

Anyway stepping off my soap box, there was some good news this morning as Centre bus 748 had finally vacated the bus station. The bad news is it's place was taken by 702 and in addition 53702 was also there. Have we become a rest home for stray buses dossing around? Perhaps Stagecoach could have used 53702 on the 0817 9 this morning, if we are running short again, so I had a bus service into town but that would be too much to ask.

As I missed the 0911 6 I was forced to do the 0923 but at least 34425 rolled in on that for a change of bus, and also a change for it not being on the 2. For the record 18107 did the 0932 50 but as an ex Bedford crate I wasn't bothered about doing it.

On this date in 2010 my move home from work was 34102 on the 6, 16232 to Shortstown and back to the bus station on the 9 and then home on 34160 also on a 9. I did the same move on the following day 23 June, 34097 on the 6, 16674 to Shortstown and back to the bus station on the 9 for 18107 on the 9 home (told you it was ex Bedford!). And, believe it or not, I did the same move a third day running on 24 June, 18111 on the 6 for 14042 to Shortstown and back to the bus station on the 9 for 18110 home on the 9. A real case of deja vous and a lot more variety than I currently endure on the 6 and 9 routes.

Also on this day in 2011 I did 16496 on a 6 to Brickhill via the station after work and waited for the following 6 back to the bus station with 16230.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #257 on: June 24, 2018, 11:11:35 AM »
Enviro 200 37436 left Stagecoach Yorkshire's Chesterfield depot today after its repaint and has been replaced in the printshop there by 37435.

Why are they being repainted at Chesterfield? Has the paint shop at Bedford depot benn removed?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #258 on: June 25, 2018, 08:46:06 AM »
Why are they being repainted at Chesterfield? Has the paint shop at Bedford depot benn removed?

They are using Chesterfield to increase the repaint capacity. Buses are still being repainted at Bedford

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #259 on: June 25, 2018, 01:51:01 PM »
On my way home last Friday the bus station had turned into a resting post for squatters with Centrebus 702 joined by 53704 and 53705. Other piffle observed were 34832 on a 1, 19889 / 34426 on 2's, 37437 on a 81 and 18423 on the 1805 41. 27523 took me home again on the 9.

Thanks to the over generous timings of the X5, even when there is no road traffic, I have to get up half an hour earlier to get to the first northbound trains from MK. So it was I got up at the stupid time of 0450 on Saturday to do the 0530 X5 Oxford service which is given a staggering 55 minutes to get to MK station, the same timings as in the peak period when the roads are full of road rats. I might as well have got up at 0510 as 54307 turned up so late from the garage it didn't leave until 0550. Technically, by the timetable, this would mean my plus 16 onto my booked train at 0641, was now a minus 4. However, such are the timings with no traffic that the driver just stormed to MK and we arrived at the station 2 minutes early at 0623 so proving a journey of 55 minutes, off peak, can be done in 33 minutes so thankfully no 10 minutes wasting time at Coachway or 5 minutes staring at people in Ron's at the Point waiting time.

There is absolutely no justification for giving early morning and late night trips the same journey time as peak hours when the roads are empty it is just lazy diagramming. The current 55 minutes between Bedford and MK on the X5 is only three minutes faster than doing the branch train and changing at Bletchley which takes 58 minutes. On top of this a single on the X5 is £8 but on the branch train it is £5.40 using a Network Card on a Saturday for essentially the same journey time. In essence both modes of transport are in the snail category compared to using a road rat so no chance of persuading drivers to use public transport instead.

I returned to Bedford on the branch train as cheaper in the evening, and just as quick as the X5, and was treated to winner 37436 on the 1805 9 home. Other stuff viewed briefly were 37432 on a 51, 47351 on a 10, 18336 and 18424 on 5/6's, 18423 on a 9, 19699 on a 42 and 19705 and 34424 on 73's.

This morning I walked to town as 27643 and 27644 were poised to get me again on the 9 so I wasn't giving them the satisfaction. I may have to consider adding 34825 to the MIB sector as it was on the 9 three days last week and again today. 27523 appeared on the late 0911 6 and that is becoming a frequent occurrence too so is beginning to outstay it's welcome. Happily there were no waifs or strays parked up in the bus station today. Someone got the 0915 allocations mixed up as 18057 did the wrong one as it departed on the 81 instead of the 73 which was left to 19705. 37436 did the 0845 73 whilst 34832 was on the 0910 41. Other thrills were 18419 on a 1, 36045 on a 53, 34426 on the 5/6, 48023 on a 2 and 34829 parked up with schools 828 in the blind.

A few years ago over the same weekend as just gone, I went to Cambridge and scored 16212 to Eltisley and back on the 18 and then scooped 16049 , also to Eltisley and back, on another 18. Back in Bedford I went home on 16230 on an 81 but on hearing 14000 had gone to Cambridge dead as an X5 standby for some Fair, I returned to town on 16221 on a 9 and headed back to Cambridge on the X5. As it turned out 14000 was not required but the extremely kind and friendly driver took me back to Bedford on Nessie anyway. I don't get days like that anymore...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #260 on: June 26, 2018, 01:40:32 PM »
Just for a change after work 36935 was on the 6 but it wasn't long before I was blown out when winner 18157 passed on the 1712 50 which I can't remember seeing in Bedford before. My mood didn't improve when 27643 got me on the 9 home after viewing 37434 on a 71, 19892 on a 41, 37431 on a 2 and 37436 again on a 73. 36936 did the 1745 51 to Rushden.

I walked into town again this morning as I can't trust the 0847 9 and arrived at the bus station to witness dozens of school kids loitering which meant the 0859 6 hadn't left. In fact it didn't depart until 0917 with 27644, same old rubbish, so this was flagged for 19893 on the late 0911 6. This was foolish of me as I ought to know this vehicle is not in the MIB sector so I am not allowed on board as it was pulled out of service so there was no 0911. There was nothing for it but to do 34426 on the late 0915 51 but I only got as far as Clapham Road before bailing after 18403 went by to form the 0932 50 so a fast walk back to the bus station was in order for a spin out to Sainsburys and work.

18057 was back on the 73 this morning but the wrong service as it left earlier on the 0845. Other morsels out were 37433 on the 0905 41, 37434 on a Stagsden 41, 19699 on a 53, 34422 and 19702 on 9's, 19700 on the 0915 81, 19704 on the 0915 73 and 19888 on the 0945 42.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #261 on: June 27, 2018, 10:01:07 AM »
I notice from this & previous posts that are listing buses viewed, that there is still no mention of 48031 the one I was asking about earlier, has it moved or broken or away for painting, any idea's anybody?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #262 on: June 27, 2018, 12:30:19 PM »
I haven't seen 48031 or 27642 which I thought was at Bedford so have to assume neither are on the road. Both are required for riding on.

All I seem to get is the un-magnificent 7 like this morning enduring 36042 on the 9 yet again and 27643 on the 6 yet again. I was late this morning so wound up on the 0923 6 hoping to leap off in Clapham Road if the 0932 50 was a winner. However, the driver stitched me up as he went the wrong way and I found myself trundling down River St just as the E400 on the 50 was approaching the bus station. By the time the driver remembered he was on a 6 and not a 5 and turned us round the E400 was too far away for me to view. Not for the first time my driver lost track of the service he was driving which is an ailment brought on by the vehicles doing 5-6-5-6 all day!

I was working from home yesterday afternoon and was treated to 34825 on the 6 into town so I am hereby declaring that it is now a member of the band of 7 and 18057 is duly ditched as it seems to be doing rural runs now so I can't have it. As luck had it winner 19084 rolled in on the 1432 50 so had to be done back to Clapham Road. Naturally this meant I had to suffer one of the seven dwarfs 27647 back on the 6. Still I did get a third winner for the day as froghopper 48035 was on the 1453 9 home so not a bad tally for the day.

19704 disgraced itself on the 1415 51 when it reversed 10 yards and died on the spot and everyone on board were released onto the apron to walk back to the bay where 18057 rescued them departing at 1422. The 1415 81 had a 99 flake on it in the shape of 53613. Other stuff noted were 48032 on a 6, 18419 on a 1, 19890 on a Northampton 41, 19700 on a 72 and 37438 on a 73. 27643 was poised for me on the 9 until 19084 saved me but then again it only deposited me onto 27647 so I can't win...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #263 on: June 27, 2018, 12:44:56 PM »
I have been on 48031(YJ66ARZ)  a few weeks ago on the 81 of all services.
I haven't seen 27642 (GX10HBU) either. Last I heard about it was that it was still in Kings Lynn in bits.

Today I had a ride on Dart 34426 (KV53EZC) on the 53 which my friend at stagecoach in Bedford had told me was withdrawn

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #264 on: June 27, 2018, 04:08:03 PM »
27642 Parked at the  back of Bedford garage

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #265 on: June 28, 2018, 01:40:05 PM »
I have been on 48031(YJ66ARZ)  a few weeks ago on the 81 of all services.
I haven't seen 27642 (GX10HBU) either. Last I heard about it was that it was still in Kings Lynn in bits.

Today I had a ride on Dart 34426 (KV53EZC) on the 53 which my friend at stagecoach in Bedford had told me was withdrawn

I was under the impression 34426 had gone until I saw it last week. I reckon when I had it on the 51 Tuesday it was required for the year to ride on but I might be wrong as only a Dart.

After a barren period of not having any grasshoppers they seem to be returning to the 6 and 9 routes. I did 47435, now somewhat of a novelty on the 6, yesterday after work and had winner 37438 home on the 9 far more preferable than 27647 on the following 9. The one drawback was the leather seats which scorched my back when I sat down they were so hot from all this sun.

Other dross observed were 37439 on the 1745 51 to Rushden, 18424 on a 6, 34424 on a 71 and 18057 on a 1 so off the rurals.

This morning I looked at the static traffic so walked to town which seems to have been the right choice as the 0847 9 didn't overtake me. The 0911 6 rolled in with 34833 complete with a full set of numbers on the front but I was thwarted getting on as once more the door was shut in my face as this vehicle is not in my sector. Still, I should be thankful that the driver didn't try and bump me off like on the 6, the last time I had 18057, when the driver decided to close the door on me as I was getting off so I ended up half on the bus and half off it. Anyone old enough to remember Harry Worth by the shop window will get the idea of what I looked like.

So 34833 disappeared in the direction of the garage out of service as we waited 7 minutes, yes 7 minutes, for the driver to find another specimen to form the 0911 6 and he correctly chose grasshopper 37437 as I wanted that to ride on for the first time ever. Perhaps the delay in choosing the bus was brought about by Centrebus 721 parked there after an absence of two days away and he was deliberating whether he could use it. Who knows but I have now had 11 minutes and 7 minutes festers this year awaiting a change of vehicle which does beg the question does it really take that long to swap? I could have done the 0915 51 instead but 36042 really was no option at all.

Other vehicles roaming about unconfused by swapping were 48036 and 19703 on 2's, 19701 on the 0845 73, 37432 on a 53, same old rubbish 36045, 27523 and 34825 on the 9, 19892 on the 0915 81, 19698 on the 0915 73 and 18403 on the 0932 50 for the second time this week. I am not expecting much to get home looking at what is on the 9. It was better on this day in 2011 when I had 18102 on the M50 for 16232 on the 9.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #266 on: June 28, 2018, 04:20:33 PM »
My bus into town today was Solo SR 48023 (YJ15ANR) on the 1 instead of the usual Enviro 400. I was lucky enough to get a seat although it was standing room only by the time we got to the hospital.

Enviro 400 19700 (AE60JRZ) got me home on the 53

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« Reply #267 on: June 29, 2018, 01:50:11 PM »
My bus out of work on the 6 yesterday was again 36935 and I almost got withered by the 1712 50 but luckily it was 15403 and not winner 15404 when it went past. So both 15403 and 18403 appeared on the 50 in the same day. I did note 48023 on the 1 at 1730 so maybe it was out most of the day. As route 9 looked rubbish in the morning I went home on the 1735 73 with 19701 as 19702 arrived on a 73. 53708 was parked in River St so didn't join Centrebus 721 sunbathing in the bus station. The Centrebus junk was still in the same position this morning perhaps too sunburnt to move.

It has been noticeable that grasshoppers now seem to be roaming about on the 9 again which suits me if it keeps away the normal rabble. This morning I was treated to 37434 on the 0847 and 37432 went past heading to Shortstown and should be my 1729 9 home later. I notice that when you press their bicycle bells they just have STOP in red unlike the longer term stuff that has STOPPING. "Stop" reminds me of Trans-X and Living on Video in 1983 or, more to the point, Laurie-Ann Gill who enjoyed a few years of fame before she disappeared without trace never to be seen again.  :'(

Anyone who reads the local paper will have noticed a fellow sufferer of route 6 sounding off about the chronic service on the route in the letters page and had they been with me this morning they would have been apoplectic. The fiasco started when I went for the 0911 6 as usual and the ever dull 27645 appeared at the same time as 18419. Not wanting to do the single deck I had hoped I would get the trident but I'm afraid to say that the same old nonsense surfaced again. 18419 should have been the 0859 but because he was late he shot off empty to Brickhill leaving 27645 to pick up the disenfranchised. This is all fine and dandy but it increased the lateness of those wanting to get to work as 27645 couldn't leave until 0911 so more time lost sitting on the bus. What I would like to see happen is the late bus picking up the punters and leaving immediately to reduce lateness of those of us unfortunate enough to work at Manton Lane Industrial Estate and not constantly scarpering off empty.The other bus can recess with the Centrebus / EMT visitors and then nip into the bay as soon as the late 6 departs. The whole point of being at the bus station is to be at the start point to catch your bus, not for it to bypass the bays and pick up on route, leaving you standing there. It is as simple as that.

There was no way I was suffering 27645 so I opted to do the 0915 51 but when 34825 appeared, the latest recruit to my junk club, I nipped into town to run some errands returning for the 0923 6. A fatal mistake on my part as there was no 0923, neither was there a 0935, after I had flagged the 0932 50 for it. Just for once the 0932 was one of the boring un-fab 4 in the shape of 15608, which with 15455, 15606 and 15607 are the 50 regulars. It is more normally the service that gets something a bit more exotic. Fortunately the 0947 6 was on time with the acceptable 19705, but I wasn't on time, as this debacle resulted in a 25 minutes late arrival at work, much of it brought on myself by refusing to do the 0911 and 0915 relying on the 0923 to produce. In fact 18419 had returned from Brickhill and departed on a 5 before I even left the bus station. I don't know how they managed to lose the 0923 and 0935 perhaps there is a black hole somewhere on route 5 but having no service on the 6 between 0911 and 0947 is unacceptable. This dire situation will not change until Stagecoach get it into their heads that route 6 should just have the same vehicles going round and round all day without touching the 5. I totally empathise with the letter writer in the paper as I would agree Stagecoach don't give a stuff about us mugs who rely on them. The only answer is to give up the buses and get a car and join the road rats cluttering up the place to avoid 35 minute festers at bus stops...

Bus station viewing in my extended stay this morning were the usual 27644 and 27647 on the 9 with the afore-mentioned grasshoppers, 18057 still out on the 1, 19891 and 48025 on 2's, 37437 and 19889 53's, thankfully 36042 on the 0905 72, 19700 on the 0915 81, 18336 on the 0915 73, 37431 on a Stagsden 41 and 19701 on a 51.

In the days when I didn't fritter my life away waiting for no show buses, on 30 June 2010,  I had time to go to Oakley and back on the 0845 51 with 16226 before going to work on 34420 on a 6. My buses home that day were 16230 on a 6 and 34434 on a 9.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #268 on: July 02, 2018, 06:50:58 PM »
Whilst driving through Ampthill earlier I spotted Enviro 400 19891 (AE11FUH) being towed by a CMG wrecker. Not very often you see one of these break down. They seem to be Bedford's most reliable buses

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #269 on: July 02, 2018, 07:19:11 PM »
Whilst driving through Ampthill earlier I spotted Enviro 400 19891 (AE11FUH) being towed by a CMG wrecker. Not very often you see one of these break down. They seem to be Bedford's most reliable buses
There has been a couple of these break down on the Cambridge to Newmarket route recently, Mulleys 312 service has been taking some of their passengers from Newmarket to Bury