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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Withdrawn Dart 34429 (KV53EZF) is one of the 3 darts at the back of the yard at Bedford depot being stripped for spares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: August 16, 2018, 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.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #318 on: August 18, 2018, 08:37:09 AM »
Leaving work on Thursday 27520 arrived on the 6 but at least I had winner 37435 home on the 1735 73. I had planned to do 19703 on the 1741 9 but it had been swapped for 27643 so was flagged. 53617 did an 81 arrival.

Friday was a day off in Essex but I did 19704 on the 9 into town for breakfast first. Objects viewed to cause indigestion yesterday were:
1 - 18423, 18424, 19703, 19893, 48033
2 - 34827, 36935, 36936
3/7 - 48024, 48025, 48031, 48035
4 - 48023, 48024
5-6 - 18336, 19890, 27521, 27523, 27644, 27647, 34830
8/10 - 47351, 47352, 47354
9 - 19701, 19704, 27522, 27645
41- 34425
42- 19705
50- 18403
51 - 37435
53 - 19702, 36042, 36043, 36044
71- 34428
72- 34422, 34831
73- 34831, 34833, 37433, 37434, 37435
81- 19892, 36045

River St idling 53703

On the same date Tuesday 17 August 2010 I did blue budgie 16229 to Oakley and back to Sainsburys to get to work on the same service I did the day before with 16228. There was to be no change the next day, 18 August 2010, as green budgie 16224 produced on the same 51 so another jaunt to Oakley before work.

Also on 18 August 2011 I went to Oakley and back on 16225 and then did an S1 to Luton on 16226. After an hour's fester 16230 returned me to Bedford on the S1.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #319 on: August 20, 2018, 01:40:51 PM »
Back at work this morning and route 9 was home to the same old nonsense 27520, 27521, 27647 with only 19699 providing any variety. It was no better on the 6 with the same old piffle 27644, 27645 and 27647 but at least I got 34422 to work. There was an orange thing on the 0932 50 but it was too far away to see if it was winner 15404. Other stuff roaming about were 18419 and 19704 on 2's, 18423 on a 1, 18424 on a 6, 19706 on a 51,, 19892 on a 72, 19700 on the 0915 53, 34831 on the 0915 81 and 19705 on the 0915 73.

Back on Thursday 19 August 2010, I had high hopes that the 51 service to Oakley before work would drop again, as budgies 16228, 16229 and 16224 had escaped the Biggleswade cage on the previous three days. Remarkably I was in luck as blue budgie 16227 produced for another spin to Oakley getting off at Sainsburys on the way back. Incredibly, Friday 20 August 2010 produced green budgie 16225 for another trip to Oakley and back to Sainsburys for work on the same duty. The fact that all five budgies produced on the same service all week must have been a fix and no accident as if they were testing each one before the schools went back.

20 August 2011 was a good day  for the 9 with olys on three of the four diagrams. I did 16581 into town on the 9 for 34428 on the 6 to work. On leaving the office 16230 took me to the bus station on the 6. 16581 was the 1805 9 but I flagged it as having had it in the morning I waited for 16232 on the 1817 which I did to Shortstown. A short wait then ensued for 16229 on the 1825 9 to arrive before doing that back to the bus station. Come to think of it another year later in 2013, on today's date, doing 16225 to Elms Farm on the 1810 5 and back at 1900 wasn't a bad move.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #320 on: August 21, 2018, 01:28:27 PM »
No let up in the same crates haunting me everyday with 27645 on the 9 and 27520 on the 9 home. 19701 did the 1735 73, 37434 was on a 53, 37435 did a 1 and 48033 was the best offer on a Stagsden 41.

This morning was a bit better with 19705 on my 9 into town but normal service was resumed with bones rattler, 27522, on the 6. Every day I am suffering a Sussex reject in both directions there is no escape from them. With all the E400's on the 2 and 9 routes at present I had the feeling they had stopped doing X5's but that thought was put right when 19891 departed at 0909 for Cambridge. I assume this was running 13 minutes late. 19702 was on a 2, 19698 on a 9, 19890 arrived on a 73,, 19706 did the 0845 73 and 19701 on the 0915 81. Possibly because 19891 did an X5, this meant the passengers for the 0915 73 were made to pay as all they was 48025. Absolutely rancid.

On this day in 2012 route 9 had two olys all day, following on from the three the previous day, in the shape of 16226 which I did to town and 16581. I had intended to do 16581 on the 1817 9 after work but that plan was scrapped when 16459 produced on the 1753 50 to Kettering so it would have been rude to turn it down. The same date but the following year of 2013, the 0845 51 to Oakley dropped 16221 so a return journey was made before doing 17692 to work on the 6.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #321 on: August 22, 2018, 01:34:15 PM »
Reliability of my buses had improved whilst the schools were off but just as I was thinking that, reminders have since returned as to what to expect next month when the kids return. My 1727 6 failed to show after work resulting in a rancid 20 minutes fester before 34827 came to my rescue. Just to aggravate me my nose was further rubbed in it having to do 48036 home on a 9.

Then this morning, the ever unreliable 0847 9 didn't bother to appear as we were down to three buses again. Not only did I have the inconvenience of another 20 minute fester for a bus, but to add insult to injury, the following 9 was 7 minutes late with a wedged out 48033. It always seems to be the way that when the 0847 fails to produce that the 0859 is a solo so it gets very overcrowded picking up two lots of passengers and gets delayed taking fares.

The other two crates on the 9 were the predictable 27520 and 27643 so no E400's today. 19700 arrived on an X5 and was ripped for 54304 to take over as the 0926 to Cambridge. 19703 was on a 51, 19698 and 19888 were both on 53's and 19084 did the 0932 50. 18336 did a 5 along with 48034, 18424 did a 1, 18419 was on a 2, 37439 did the 0935 71 and 53702 was cruising around looking to park up. Meanwhile my chariot to work on the 6 was 19889.

On this day in 2011 I went to Norse Road and back on the 5 and then to Woodlands via the station on route 6 all on 16231. Two years later on this date in 2013, green budgie 16224 did the 0930 52 to Cranfield so I had to do it. It started raining on the way and the old waterfall commenced upstairs, as this vehicle was prone to leaking, forcing me to sit downstairs for the return journey to Bedford.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #322 on: August 23, 2018, 01:20:42 PM »
After work yesterday my 6 into town was 48034 and the ever dull 27520 home on the 9. The missing bus on the 9 was filled in by 19701 which had been parked spare in the morning at the bus station. This makes me wonder if it should have been my missing 0847 yesterday but there was no driver for it. I think the drivers do two return trips before changing onto another route. 37434 and 37436 did the 1735 73 and 71 respectively.

This morning the 0847 9 did produce but I now appear to be stuck in solo mode with my fourth specimen in three days in the form of 48032. To add to that it looked like 48033 was also on the route along with 18336. Normal service was resumed on the 6 thanks to 27643 taking me to work. Other wonders of the Stagecoach world were 18423 on 1, 19702 on a 5, 34425 on a 53, 34827 on the 0905 72, 19704 on the 0915 51, 19891 on the 0915 73 and half a grasshopper 37439 on the 0915 81 owing to one side being Hopper branded and the other side scrubbed.

After the previous week dropping a budgie a day on the 51, this date in 2010 was a Monday, so the service was covered again before work and duly produced 16227 so an out and back trip was made to Oakley before doing 18111 on the 6 to work. After work 16231 produced on another 51 so again I went to Oakley and back. It didn't end there as back at the bus station I was forced to make a third return trip to Oakley for the day when 16496 appeared before finally going home on 18108 on the 9. The following day, 24 August 2010, the morning 51 dropped again with 16228 so another return trip to Oakley was in order getting off at Sainsburys on the way back for work. The buses home that day were 18111 on the 6 and 16671 on the 9 but only after going to Shortstown on it first. All good things have to end and after seven consecutive weekday budgie workings the next morning saw it cease.

The following year I had the afternoon of 23 August 2011 off work so I did 16209 to Biggleswade and back on the 1525 74 before heading to Flitwick and back with 16230 on the 1645 42.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #323 on: August 23, 2018, 08:25:14 PM »
27520 went wandering today, as I spotted it in Milton Keynes waiting to operate the 1300 departure on the 99 to Luton.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #324 on: August 25, 2018, 12:37:50 AM »
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.

You also choose to travel on the bus during Sidmouth Folk Week, I expect the loading were high coming out of Sidmouth, in addition to this you were in Devon in the Summer in the height of the school holidays, probably the busiest time you can go.

I was in Sidmouth myself and three lorry drivers decided to unload their goods in one road, causing complete bedlam in the towns narrow roads, you couldn't even get past in a car let along a double decker, and traffic just had to sit and wait.

Rather than criticise Stagecoach Devon for their poor level of service, or criticise the driver for getting of the vehicle to take his break that he has he was late for anyway, I suggest you should of travelled at a less busy time of the year.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #325 on: August 25, 2018, 09:26:10 PM »
27523 was visiting Luton this morning on the 99 - off the 0900 departure from MK.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #326 on: August 28, 2018, 12:56:02 PM »
You also choose to travel on the bus during Sidmouth Folk Week, I expect the loading were high coming out of Sidmouth, in addition to this you were in Devon in the Summer in the height of the school holidays, probably the busiest time you can go.

I was in Sidmouth myself and three lorry drivers decided to unload their goods in one road, causing complete bedlam in the towns narrow roads, you couldn't even get past in a car let along a double decker, and traffic just had to sit and wait.

Rather than criticise Stagecoach Devon for their poor level of service, or criticise the driver for getting of the vehicle to take his break that he has he was late for anyway, I suggest you should of travelled at a less busy time of the year.

I don't see that I criticised the driver for being late and your point about a break is irrelevant as the bus that was 50 minutes late changed drivers at Exeter bus station but for some reason they then swapped vehicles.

You may well have known the reason for the delays that particular Sunday but none of us in Exeter bus station were made aware of it and that lack of communication is what I was grumbling about. At least on railways, reasons are given for why a train is 50 minutes late whereas the bus industry thinks it's the secret service, accountable to no-one or sees why it should apologise for very late running. Unfortunately Sidmouth station closed decades ago so I had no choice but to use the bus service and my experience was not a good one.

I did not choose to go to Sidmouth in festival week, it just so happened that I was tipped off a pair of ex Lothian Olympians were in use on shuttles for the festival, so I had to go whilst they were running. That is the only reason for my presence. I had no interest in the festival itself and on that basis it would be no point going in September when the kids are back at school when no olys are in service. That is like telling me to not go to Tram Sunday up in Fleetwood because it's in the busy summer period. I don't choose the dates when these events take place.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #327 on: August 28, 2018, 02:08:42 PM »
Back to the subject matter of this thread, my journey home on Thursday produced 19892 on the 6 and 19699 on the 9 so much better fayre than the usual suspects. 15402 did the 1712 50 that evening.

I was on leave Friday so observed nothing but I did spend an hour Saturday morning in Bedford stuffing my face with a fry up whilst noting what was out, after the early poor half hourly services on the 1 and 9 increased in frequency:

1 - 18336, 18419, 18424, 19704
2 - 36935, 36937
3/7 - 48023, 48024, 48031, 48036
4 - 48032, 48036
5 - 27520, 27522, 27643, 27647
6 - 27645
8/10 - 47352
9 - 18423, 27520, 27522 (off the 5), 27645 (then onto the 5)
41 - 34428, 34831
42 - 34832
50 - 18107, 19087
51 - 37437
53 - 19699, 36043, 36044, 37433
71 - 19889
72 - 19888
73 - 19701, 19706, 34422
81 - 19701, 37437

As per usual, I didn't have enough money to buy a megarider so had to walk into town this morning, but the 0847 9 didn't pass me by the time I had reached the centre at 9am so I assume it was caped again. The three that did manage to put in an appearance on the 9 were 18419, 18423 and 48032. 19699 did a 42, 19705 a 53, 19701 a 73 and 37439 a 72 whilst I got saddled with 27644 on the 6 par for the course.

28 August 2012 was a good day for route 9 with three olys on the route but not so good for Shortstown mothers. 16581 was my bus into town with 16229 and 16230 also performing. Arguably the biggest working of 2012 in Bedford on the same day, was the vehicle on my 50 from work when Leamingto Spa oly 16619 duly produced on the 1611 from Kettering. Sadly it was not a winner having had it in the Spa town but certainly a turn up appearing in service in Bedford. Not that it was a stranger in Bedford having been painted in Uni livery here. I understand it was on hire to Kettering for a few days hence its appearance. My bus home on the 1845 9 that evening was 16230 which seemed rather mundare by comparison.

This date is also a landmark date for Bedford. In case any of you had forgotten, 28 August 2014 turned out to be the sad day when Stagecoach Bedford olys finished. After work, In a move very similar to 2 years earlier, I had 16755 on the 1611 50 from Kettering and did 16226 home on the 1825 9 which was the second day running 16226 had been on the 9's all day. What I didn't realise after getting off 16226 was that it was the last time I would step off an oly on my route... :'(
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #328 on: August 30, 2018, 01:16:21 PM »
My journey home on Tuesday was a bit different to the norm again with 37433 on the 6 and 48032 on the 9. Also about were 48035 on a 51 and froghopper 48036 on a 2. 18336 was out on the 1 but the biggest surprise was the River St EMT loafer being 15447 instead of the usual ex-Fife objects we have become accustomed too. First time I have seen a double deck on the Wellingborough rail work since this rancid timetable commenced.

However, normal service resumed yesterday evening as 53704 was parked up in River St. Route 9 consisted of 18336, 18419, 27520 and 27521. 19701 and 48032 were on 2's, 37433 was on a 6, 37437 a 72, 48025 did a Stagsden 41, 19698 a 53, 36042 the 1715 51, 36935 the 1730 81, 37434 the 1735 71 and 19706 the 1745 51.

My 9 into town this morning was 18423 working alongside 18419 and 34428. Froghopper 48036 arrived on a 3 and parked up at the bus station, 48033 did a 3, 34425 was the 0915 81, 19891 the 0915 73 and 15608 the 0932 50.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #329 on: August 31, 2018, 06:57:24 PM »
I had a ride into on Enviro 400 19703 (AE60JSX) on the 1. This one has had its Peterborough citi branding removed on the sides but still retains it on the front and rear.
Enviro 200MMC 37435 (SN16ORC) has become the first of the type to fail. It's sitting next to broken Enviro 300 27646 (GX10HCC) in the yard looking sorry for its self.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of 27642 (GX10HBU) did it actually come to Bedford? as I've never seen it about