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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #300 on: July 31, 2018, 01:09:29 PM »
Going home yesterday was better than I had expected as I got 18424 on the 6, first time I've had that for some time, and 19700 on the 1741 9 home, only the second or third time I have been on that so 27643-645 avoided.

53702 was laying over at the bus station, 48031 was on a 2, 19893 did the 1730 81, 36045 the 1735 71 and 19888 the 1735 73. Despite no schools the traffic was lousy taking me 17 minutes to get to my stop. The 1745 3 overtook 19700 in Rope Walk despite us having a 4 minutes head start on the solo. I just got indoors in time for Fifi on the Six news but it was tight.

I may have successfully avoided 27643-645 on the 9 yesterday but where some fail, others succeed, so this morning 27647 got me. The alternatives were not much better with 27522 and 27523 also on the route. This time 48035 was on a 2, 19889 the 0905 72 and 37432 on the 0915 81. The bus station was being used as a resting place again with 53708 and FLF453 present. I got lumbered with 27520 on the 6 to work. Couldn't I have had the shiny red bus instead?

On this day in 2010 I had 16677 on the S1 into town for 16674 to Brickhill and back on a 6. Also on 31 July 2012 I had 16232 on the 1815 41 to Northampton (16229 did the 1830 81) and straight back on the 1920 return which took a slightly different route through Olney. Then on this date in 2013 I did 16227 on the 1722 5 to Elms Farm and back. I was expecting to do it on the 6 when we got back but it got pulled. Fellow budgie 16224 did the 1745 51 the same evening.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #301 on: July 31, 2018, 01:37:53 PM »
My ride into town this morning on the 53 was unusually Solo SR 48031 (YJ66ARZ) instead of the usual Enviro 200. This will be interesting if it doesn't get swapped over for the evening peak. I may have to stand.

Despite being repainted recently Enviro 200 36041 (AE08NVR) has been parked up at Bedford depot for a while and has no MOT
Trident 18417 (AE06GZO) which is parked up in reserve also has no MOT

Withdrawn Dart 34429 (KV53EZF) is one of the 3 darts at the back of the yard at Bedford depot being stripped for spares


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #302 on: August 01, 2018, 12:42:51 PM »
My journey home yesterday was made on 18419 on the 6 and 34830 on the 9 so something a bit different. 53703 was enjoying the bus station's hospitality whilst other stuff noted were 18410 1712 50, 37439 1715 51, 36936 1730 81, 19888 1735 71, supported by 18423 on the 5/6, 37436 on a 72, 19705 on a 42 and 19701 on a 41.

This morning the same tired old buses nailed me with 27644 on the 9 and 27647 on the 6. The 0847 9 that for a period of time was turning up with solo's seems to have stopped now the kids are out of school. 48034 was noted on a 2, 37434 on a 53, 19892 on the 0845 42 and 37433 on the 0915 81. Two tridents 18419 and 18424 were on the 9 so just bad luck I got 27644 so hopefully a trident will take me home.

Not very much happening from what I can see but back on 1 August 2011 I did 16209 to Shortstown on the 9 after work and festered 10 minutes for 16218 back to the bus station as both required for the full route. I know this is not Stagecoach related, but interesting nonetheless, on this day in 2013 Grant Palmer's Routemaster RML2299 did the 0840 Toddington to Bedford 42. Fascinating as Mr Spock would have said... 8)
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #303 on: August 02, 2018, 10:30:40 AM »
Managed to get over to Bedford yesterday to try to get 48031, bagged it after 20mins on a 4.

Long way to travel for one bus, (I live near Melton Mowbray), but it had to be done!!!!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #304 on: August 02, 2018, 05:16:14 PM »
Enviro 200 MMC 37433 (SN16OPX) is the latest vehicle to lose its Coast Hopper branding. 37431/34/37/38 (SN16OPV/Z/RG/H) of the MMC's still carry full coast Hopper branding, 37439 (SN16ORJ) only has branding front and rear, the side branding has been removed.

All the Solo SR's except 48036 (YJ66ASZ) have had their Coast hopper branding removed

Four 53 reg darts still remain in service those being 34424/25/28 (KV53EZA/B/E) as well as 34422 (KV53EYY) which is still on loan from Cambridge where it's supposed to be a driver trainer

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #305 on: August 03, 2018, 04:56:24 PM »
My bus intp town on the 53 this morning was Enviro 200 MMC 37431 (SN16OPV) whichhas now had its Coast Hopper branding removed. Looks like it won't be long before they all get done.

Reserve Trident 18345 (AE55DKN) has had a repaint and is parked by doors at Bedford depot awaiting a trip back to Peterborough.
No sign of 37435 (SN16ORC) coming back from Chesterfield yet. They seem to take a very long time to paint a vehicle. They had 37436 (SN16ORF) for weeks
Perhaps Bedford can start to repaint their own vehicles over the school holidays as plenty need doing

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #306 on: August 06, 2018, 01:46:03 PM »
I happened to be in Exeter yesterday and had the misfortune of trying to get to Sidmouth with Stagecoach. It was the first time I have ever done a bus in Exeter and hopefully the last. I arrived at the bus station in time for the 1201 9A joining the queue and slowly getting cooked to death as the sun beat down on us through the glass in the roof. No sign of any gen, and the travel shop is closed on Sundays for timetables, as I felt like passing out in the heat. After half an hour of torture in the queue still no 1201 9A, or indeed, the 1231 9, and no staff to tell us clowns, in a queue now stretching beyond the café, waiting for a bus exactly where the buses were on the 9.

Eventually two buses produced 15783 and 15785 but then more delay as they were swapped over, not that I could see what was different about both buses as to why they had to swap from 9A to 9 and vice versa. This meant having to wait for the drivers to change vehicles, check upstairs, adjust their seating, programme their ticket machines etc. Both departed at 1250 running 50 and 20 late respectively and then proceeded to pass each other all the way to Sidmouth. How did they manage to make the 9A 50 minutes late mid day on a Sunday? No apologies, no explanations just silence something that the bus industry is good at compared to railways. So not just Bedford that has a problematic Stagecoach route 9. What was also laughable was the 1435 Sidmouth to Exeter with 37134 that goes via Honiton station is timed to arrive at 1505 whilst the train to Waterloo departs at 1457. Next train 1557. Any chance that the 1435 can be retimed to depart at 1425 to make the 1457 train? It seems rather pointless going via the station after the train to London has left.

Anyway just wanted to give you a flavour of Stagecoach Devon compared to Bedford. Back to the subject matter in hand I haven't much to say except 27645, 27647, 18419 and 19698 are on the 9's and I had the usual piffle 27644 to work on the 9. The longer it takes to paint our Hopper buses the better as it is still better than the boring corporate livery.

A better day was had on this date in 2013 when I had 16221 into town on the 81 heading to work. After work I did green budgie 16225 on the 1753 9 to Shortstown and back which landed just in time for fellow green budgie 16224 on the 1835 40 one way journey to Bromham. The downside was having to get back to Bedford on 34425 on a 41.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #307 on: August 07, 2018, 01:09:46 PM »
I finally got winner 48034 on the 6 after work and then did 34830 home yesterday on the 1730 81. Other dross noted were 53702 parked in River St, 18423 and 18424 on 1's, 48033 on a 2, 19701 on the 1715 51, 37431 on the 1735 73 and 37436 on the 1735 71. This morning 48033 was on the 9 along with 27647 but I got 34831 for 27645 on the 6 so no revelations there. There was a distinct lack of double deckers present other than 19699 on a 1 and 19700 arriving on a 73. All the vehicles parked up and occupying most of the bays were single decks including 36937 on a 72, 34833 on the 0905 72 and 37431 on a 53. By the time I departed at 0911 there were no clues as to what lucky buses would be on the 0915 73 and 81.

On this date in 2012 I was withered on my way to work by 16209 appearing on the 0935 71 but at least on 7 August 2013, I had budgie 16225 on the 1835 one way 40 to Bromham, just a day after having 16224 on the same service. This time I had to endure 34426 on the 41 back into town which had been 34425 the day before.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #308 on: August 08, 2018, 01:05:33 PM »
My bus from work yesterday on the 51 was 48023 which then went on to do the 1735 73 to Biggleswade as punishment for those foolish enough to live out that way. I had to settle for 27520 on the 9. 53703 was the River St dosser, 15608 did the 1712 50, 36936 1715 51, 34425 1745 Rushden 51, 19889 a Stagsden 41 and 37432 on a 2.

This morning route 9 reverted to school term mode when the 0847 9 failed to appear on an empty road presumably on the basis someone couldn't be bothered to run it and, just to improve my mood, the 0859 was 5 minutes late with a wedged 48024. So thanks for that. This meant I had 6 minutes to get to the bus station for the 0911 6 which I might make as the bays in the bus station for routes 6 and 9 are side by side. However, allocating a pesky solo to my service killed that hope as it would have to terminate outside Iceland so by the time I walked round to the bay the 0911 would have gone. In the end it didn't matter that I arrived at 0912 outside Iceland as the 0911 6 didn't run either according to the passengers waiting at the Brickhill bay. Brilliant stuff! Perhaps they are so busy scrubbing the branding off the Hoppers they haven't enough buses now to maintain the service.

Still look on the bright side. The 0911 6 this week has been 27644 and 27645 so the 0923 6 might provide something different. Enter 27644 stage left to kill that hope. Not that other rubbish on offer was much better with the likes of 48023 on a 2, 19889 on the 0915 73, 18424 on a 5 and 27521 and 27523 on 9's.

On this day 5 years ago I did a return journey to Brickhill and back on the 6 after work with 16593. I had expected to do 16224 to Shortstown the same evening as it had been on the 9's at lunchtime but alas it was ripped in the afternoon.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #309 on: August 08, 2018, 08:55:50 PM »
The latest repaint at Bedford is ALX 400 Trident 18335 (AE55DJV) this has now gained Stagecoach in Bedford fleet names after previously  running round in plain Stagecoach livery. The only Trident in need of a repaint now is 18419 (AE06GZR). All the ex Peterborough Enviro 400's except 19700 (AE60JRZ) are over due a repaint as they should've been done on transfer like the ones that went to Kings Lynn were. But they were urgently needed due to Bedford's vehicle shortage at the time so were pressed straight into service.

One of the Enviro 200MMC's which i think is 37431 (SN16OPV), (I couldn't see enough of it to be sure) is parked inside Bedford depot rubbed down ready for repaint. So it looks like Bedford will be painting some of these themselves now. Which would be a good thing as Chesterfield take far too long and these are needed back in service asap and Bedford do a very good job painting vehicles
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #310 on: August 09, 2018, 11:50:52 AM »
The Enviro 200 MMC rubbed down for repaint is not 37431 (SN16OPV) as I  travelled in to town on it this morning on the  53. I will see if I can find out which one it actually is

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #311 on: August 09, 2018, 01:12:19 PM »
The latest repaint at Bedford is ALX 400 Trident 18335 (AE55DJV) this has now gained Stagecoach in Bedford fleet names after previously  running round in plain Stagecoach livery. The only Trident in need of a repaint now is 18419 (AE06GZR). All the ex Peterborough Enviro 400's except 19700 (AE60JRZ) are over due a repaint as they should've been done on transfer like the ones that went to Kings Lynn were. But they were urgently needed due to Bedford's vehicle shortage at the time so were pressed straight into service. 


I assume you mean 18336 has been repainted.

My buses home yesterday were 27520 on the 6 and 19698 on the 9. Two EMT vehicles were not earning their keep with 53702 in River St and 53704 in the bus station. 37432 was on a 9, 48035 on a 6, 34428 on a 41, 19703 and 19888 on 53's and 19699 on the 1815 51.

This morning the 0847 9 ran to time with 19891 with 27521 on the 0911 6 so a sort of reverse move of my journey home the night before in vehicle types. Also viewed were 37432 on a 42, 37436 on the 0905 41, 37437 on the 0915 51 and 19889 on a 53. Again, no clues as to what was going to work the 0915 73 and 81.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #312 on: August 09, 2018, 07:00:48 PM »

I assume you mean 18336 has been repainted.


Yes I did mean 18336.

I had a choice of Solo 47354 (AE06TWN) on the 1 instead of the usual Enviro 400  or Solo SR 48034 (YJ66ASV) on the 53 instead of the usual Enviro 200 for my ride home this evening. I picked the Solo SR for the comfy seats.

It seems there may once again be issues with vehicles at Bedford with unsuitable vehicles working busy services. Solo's are far too small for the 1

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #313 on: August 10, 2018, 07:24:22 PM »
On my way home yesterday I was treated to 27522 on the 6 and 18419 on the 9. 53702 was gainfully unemployed at the bus station Other crates noted were 34827 on the 1730 81, 37437 and 19888 on the 5/6, 48031 on a 2, 18424 on a 1, 37434 on a 71 and 19698 on the 1745 Rushden 51. I think 37439 did the 1735 71 but the driver had the watering can out at the back of the bus.

I wasn't in the office today so only noted 34424 on a 73, 34425 on a 53, 34428 on a 72, 19891 on a 2 and 18336 and 27520 on 9's.

On 11 August 2011 I did blue budgie 16228 on the 0845 51 to Oakley and back to Sainsburys to walk to work. I had winner 15446 on the 50 after work that day and witnessed 13625 back in the bus station for a second time that summer.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #314 on: August 14, 2018, 04:27:04 PM »
On Saturday morning, 11 August, I had an hour before catching a train and noted the following:
1 - 19698, 19706
2 - 19889, 19890, 36935
3/7 - 48033, 48034, 48036
4 - 48024
5 - 27521, 27645 (both of which were my buses to work today)
6 - 27644, 27647
9 - 18336 (my bus into town), 27645 (before swapping to a 5)
41 - 19891, 34829
50 - 19084
53 - 19705, 36043, 36044, 37434
71 - 34825, 36937
72 - 36042
73 - 34425, 34428, 34828, 37437
81 - 19888

37431 ran empty from the garage to the bus station and back to the garage again. The scrubbed down sister vehicle has disappeared from the garage naughty corner so maybe they have started painting it. I guess it is either 37433 or 438 as not seen them in service in the last week or so.

On this day in 2010 it happened to be a Saturday and I indulged in blue budgie 16228 on a 168 and 16680 on a V1 for something to do. On this day in 2012 it appeared 16209 was on the X5 route all day as it did the 0945 to Oxford and finished on the 1630 Cambridge to Milton Keynes station. A further year on to 2013, and on 13 August I did 14000 on the 1753 9 to Shortstown and back and went home on Nessie on the 1845 9.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #315 on: August 14, 2018, 05:17:00 PM »
Enviro 200 MMC 37435 (SN16ORC) is finally back from repaint at Chesterfield and was on the 42 today.
I wonder when a start will be made on painting the Solo Sr's. Although i'd like to see a return of United Counties green instead of Stagecoach corperate livery.

Trident 18336 (AE55DJV) was on the 2 today instead of the usual Enviro 200. There seems to be an increasing use of double deckers on this route

Dart 34771 (KX55UDB) which had moved to Peterborough has turned up at Bedford and is parked just inside the doors of Bedford depot. I presume it's here for repaint

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #316 on: August 15, 2018, 12:43:09 PM »
My trip home from work yesterday involved 48034 on the 6 and 27521 on the 9. These ex Sussex vehicles are starting to dominate my journeys on the 6 and 9. Other stuff viewed were 37436 on the 1730 81, 19701 on the 1745 51, 37432 on a 72, 18419 on a 1 and 19891 on a 41. In fact 27520, 27521 and 27523 were all parked side by side in the departure bays for routes 5, 6 and 9 like I have some beacon fitted to attract them to me.

37431 took me into town today on the 9 but no let up on the 6 as 27520 produced. They are also lying in wait for me when I go home as route 9 is infested with 27521 and 27523. I had my first viewing of winner 37435 repainted parked up spare at the bus station as 18419 departed on a 5, 48034 left on a 2 and 48036 arrived on a 6.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #317 on: Yesterday at 12:53:16 PM »
As expected I was snared by 27523 on the 9 going home yesterday after arriving on the 6 with 19888. Two grasshoppers stood side by side at the bus station with 37437 on the 1735 73 and 37439 on the 1735 71. I think 37439 is only branded on the door side but the driver side has been scrubbed not that I went to take a closer look. Other foam performing were 18424 and 19699 on 6's, 19698 on a 9, 34425 on a 1, 19705 on a 2, 48036 on a Stagsden 41, 19700 on a 53 and 36042 on the 1745 Rushden 51. The River St loafer appeared to be 53706 but I only gave it a passing glance.

Just for a change 34422 took me into town this morning on the 9 and I might escape the former Sussex nonsense going home as 19703 and 19705 also on 9's. However, no escape from them on the 6 as 27521 took me to work whilst 27520 and 27523 were also on 6's just to ensure there was no hiding place. 37435 must have been the 0845 73 as 37436 was spare at the bus station so a process of elimination that the re-liveried Hopper I viewed in the distance had to be my winner. 34830 did the 0905 72 and 37437 was on the 0905 41 that seems to be a grasshopper or a molested (scrubbed) version most days. 37439 arrived on a 53 as we were departing on the 6.

16 August 2010 happened to be a Monday and before work I was treated to blue budgie 16228 which I did to Oakley and back on the 51. I didn't note the time but it would have had to be either the 0845 or 0915 so I suspect it was the former because I then did 18106 to work on the 6. Incidentally the buses I did to get home that day were 16496 on the 6 and 34580 on the 9.

On 15 August 2014 the 9 was home to 14000 for the third day running starting with the 0817 to Shortstown. After work I did 16226 to Shortstown on the 1605 9 the same day.