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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #330 on: September 03, 2018, 01:33:14 PM »
I have not seen 27642 and I am sure if it did come to Bedford it would follow me everywhere like 27643-645/647. Indeed 27647 was my conveyer to work today on the 6.

When I went home last Thursday on 18419 on the 1741 9 there were two skivers in River St, 53704 and 53708, instead of the more normal one. With 53703 parked up in the bus station they were taking over.

I had the day off on Friday 31 August but before leaving town I noted the following:
1 - 18336, 18423, 19702, 19705, 34825
2 - 36935, 36936, 36937 (amazing, the right vehicles on all three diagrams)
3/7 - 48025, 48032, 48034, 48036
4 - 48031, 48035
5/6 - 18424, 19891, 19892, 27643
9 - 19701, 27520, 27522, 27645 (usual 27xxx delights for the route)
41 - 34833
42 - 19699
50 - 18190 (0832 Kettering)
53 - 19706, 36043, 36044, 37431
71 - 34428, 36042
73 - 34425, 34828, 36045
X5 - 19700 (0826 to Cambridge - was seen earlier by a colleague in Milton Keynes)

EMT layover vehicles were 53702 at the bus station and 53703 in River St.

Saturday 1 September morning piffle before I again left town with what appears to be a better service on the 53 than on the 1 and 9 judging by vehicles viewed before 0810am:
1 - 19701, 19889
2 - 36935, 36936
3/7 - 48024, 48032, 48034
4 - 48031, 48035
5/6 - 18336, 18419, 27643
8 - 47354
9 - 27520, 27521
41 - 36045
42 - 19700
50 - 18410
53 - 19892, 34830, 36042, 36043
71 - 34428, 37434
72 - 34831, 37439
73 - 34827, 37431, 37439
81 - 19702

This morning I was treated to part grasshopper 37439 on the 9 which makes a change from the usual 27xxx dirge I have been subjected too lately. Hopefully I can avoid 27644 going home on the 9 and get 19698 instead. 34428 did the 0905 72, 37431 the 0905 41, 19699 the 0915 73 and 19701 the 0915 81.



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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #331 on: September 04, 2018, 01:19:34 PM »
No let up in my 27xxx experiences as my bus from work on the 6 yesterday was 27521 but at least I had semi-grasshopper 37439 home on the 9. A not so common visitor this year on the 50, 19108, did the 1712 to Kettering. I am fairly certain I still need that to sit on. 19891 was on a 42 and 34830 on a 1. I was going to do the 1730 81 home but as that was 27644 that idea was abandoned swiftly for 37439. Again there were two EMT vehicles sunning themselves in River St in the shape of 53705 and 53708.

This morning route 9 was of no use with 18419 heading to Shortstown leaving me to choose either 27520 or 27522 which rolled up at the same time heading for town on the 9. It would have been futile flagging both for the next service as that was 27523 so absolutely no escape. For good measure 27645 finished me off on the 6 to work. I had my first sighting of Grant Palmer's BU51 WN today but rather wish I didn't.

On 3 September 2012 I did 16459 on the 1753 50 and the following day, 4 September, the same service produced 16755 for me to sample. As I am away for the rest of the week I will mention 8 September 2015 as on that day my bus home on the 9 was trident 18346 wherever that sprang from. It was the only time I had it so must have been a five minute wonder.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #332 on: September 04, 2018, 07:40:46 PM »
lot of confusion on 27642 (GX10HBU)
this bus as been parked at the back bedford garge
since the end april .

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #333 on: September 05, 2018, 05:25:11 PM »
Useless Elite 54302 (YX64WCE) failed on the X5 and was towed back to Bedford depot by a CMG wrecker.
These Volvo B11R's have been a disaster from day one. I'm sure drivers and passengers alike will be glad to see the back of them when the time comes for them to be replaced which probably won't be untill 2020 at the earliest.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #334 on: September 06, 2018, 05:46:41 PM »
Solo's on the wrong routes today were 48036 (YJ66ASZ) on the 81 and my ride home was 48023 (YJ15ANR) on the 1 which decided to breakdown at Sainsburys which was lucky for me as I needed to do some shopping.
These are too small for anything other than their usual 3,4,7,8 and 10 but they keep straying onto the 1 and 9 which are the busiest town services and both really need double deckers. The 1 is supposed to be run with 5 of Bedford's 15 Enviro 400's. Sadly the 9 isn't officially a double deck route but really should be. The same could be said of the 6 at times
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #335 on: September 07, 2018, 07:36:14 AM »
The 1 is supposed to be run with 5 of Bedford's 15 Enviro 400's...

Well, if they weren't all off running to Cambridge and back the 1 might be in a better state  ::)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #336 on: September 07, 2018, 04:10:58 PM »
Well, if they weren't all off running to Cambridge and back the 1 might be in a better state  ::)

Very true. The unreliability of the Elites is to blame for that. They're not fit for purpose and should be replaced as a priority next time Stagecoach East bid for new vehicles.
Although I would think the remaining Darts at Bedford, Fenstanton and Peterborough would probably be more on their minds to replace as they're the oldest vehicles in the fleet across all depots.
If Bedford's 06 plate Darts are anything to go by then they must all be pretty knackered although still better than the nasty Volvo B6's ever were
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #337 on: September 09, 2018, 04:24:42 PM »
I have just found a fleet card for United Counties for January 1970 which shows an allocation to Bedford (including outstations) of 78.

The latest fleetcard for Stagecoach East I can find (August) shows an allocation of 87 with no outstations quoted.

Thought this be of interest to somebody!

Further details of the 1970 allocation (fleet nos, chassis type) are available if anyone is interested.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #338 on: September 10, 2018, 07:04:03 PM »
It would be interesting to see what the fleet was like! Of course the local population was much smaller back then, which would account for the size of the fleet...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #339 on: September 12, 2018, 02:35:59 PM »
Now I am back from the Isle of Man I see the post by al-557 explains why 48023 is in the garage naughty corner. Perhaps that also explains why 34832 and 37431 were both on the 3 yesterday evening. The first time I have seen a former grasshopper on that route.

It appears not a lot has changed in my absence. My first day back in the office yesterday and I was treated to a choice of 27643, 27644 and 27646 on route 9 and the same trio were again on the 9 this morning so I walked. Other piffle noted yesterday morning were 48024 on a 2, 37432 on the 0905 72 and 37437 on a 51. I may have escaped 27643-646 on the 9 but I couldn't avoid 27647 on my 6 to work so if three don't get me another one will. The highlight of yesterday was the presence of Herberts oly P483 MBY parked up in Clapham Road.

Now the kids are back the roads are clogged up and I had to endure a rancid 22 minutes at the worst bus stop in Bedford, with no shelter in the rain, after work waiting for a number 6 to oblige. Naturally two came at once but at least 27520 didn't bother to stop so I got back into town on 19700 which was my choice of the two anyway. My mood was not helped by a rather heavy backsack sitting abandoned in a seat as if anyone could forget such an item that starts you wondering if it contained a deadly device. Fortunately we got to the bus station in one piece and I told the driver about it before disappearing into Iceland. 18419 was out on a 1 probably covering for escapee 19890 which arrived on an X5 from Cambridge. I was treated to 27643 home on the 1805 9 which left at 1815. Basically it took me 68 minutes from the time I left my office to reach my front door something which I can do in 40 minutes if I walk. By God bus travel when the schools are on can be a right miserable experience.

After walking into town this morning it looked like at least I would have 37433 into work but the driver had other ideas. The bus came in from round the corner where the X5 appears from the direction of Goldington Road as a 5 and then departed as a 5 to Elms Farm. I knew it would happen one day that a driver would forget the 6/5/6/5/6/5 diagramming. That was me stuffed for another 12 minutes waiting for the next 6 which, par for the course, was 27520. Of course it was. It seems I am on a diet of 27xxx vehicles. Other things noted were 18424 on a 6, 19699 on a 51, 37433 on the 0905 41, 18419 on the 0915 73 and 19891 on the 0915 81.

When I went to Luton last week to get to the airport, I was treated to 53613 on the 1115 81. These vehicles may be ok on the route in the early morning and late night turns to get them to and from the 99 but they are not suitable in busy periods when lots of people, like the senior citizens want to get on and off and they have a step to conquer. Not only did that make us late as the driver had to get out to help some of them off the bus at various points but there is also the slow motion door which takes about 30 seconds to open and then another 30 seconds to close. It is not possible to keep to time on a route, particularly approaching Luton where we seemed to stop at every stop for people heading into town, using this type of vehicle. Just to add to the late running the road to the Galaxy Centre was closed so we were diverted via the Interchange but as not part of the designated route, I was not allowed off even though my airport bus leaves from the Interchange. Maybe it is the fact route A is Arriva but Stagecoach made sure I had to walk back from the Galaxy Centre to get my airport bus from the Interchange. Don't you just love this country...

I see back on 11 September 2012 I went to Biggleswade with 16226 on the 1650 74. I must also mention, albeit not in Bedford, that on 11 September 2014 I did blue budgie 16227 on the 39 from Kings Lynn to Marham and back which was the last time I ever rode on it. Little did I know that the Hoppers would be Bedford bound 4 years later...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #340 on: September 13, 2018, 12:52:08 PM »
After work yesterday I noted miscreant 48023 back in traffic whilst 53703, 53704, 53705 and 53708 took it in turns to rest in River St. The following were out and about:
1 - 18336, 34425, 34830
2 - 37434
41 - 19888, 19891
42 - 19888
51 - 18423, 19892
71 - 18419, 37436
73 - 18423
81 - 34422, 34828

This morning I foolishly went for the 0847 9 which eventually arrived 15 minutes late with my old nemesis 36042. Apparently the late running was not down to the traffic but owing to the fact the bus was late leaving the garage. In the meantime 19888 and 19704 passed us heading for Shortstown either of which I would much rather have had. This meant I missed the 0911 6 but it was no loss as it was 27520. However, 27645 was waiting for me on the next 6 so once again I was delivered to the office by a 27xxx. 53708 was idle in River St whilst 18101 arrived on a 50 to form the 0932. 53616 also arrived on an X5 from Cambridge but was relieved of its duties by 54302.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #341 on: September 18, 2018, 01:07:29 PM »
Last Friday I had an appointment after work and was withered when winner 19108 did the 1712 50 but I had to let it go and had to make do with 37439 on the 1730 81. I had thought someone must have had a word as EMT appeared to have stopped using the bus station for parking their rail work vehicles but 53705 ignored this as it brazenly sat with the service vehicles parked up.

If 34422 has gone to Cambridge then I can't explain why it was on the 9 yesterday with the usual dull 36042, 27644 and 27647. 53703 was parked up in River St and not the bus station as is usually the way now. At least a bit of a change going home with 18419 on the 6 and 34425 on the 1730 81. 19087 was on the 1712 50 so when I could do 19108 it was not on it this time.

This morning my chariot into town on the 9 was 34422 and a bit more variety with 36041 and 48036 on two other 9 diagrams. The same couldn't be said with the 6 as the usual piffle 27645 was all that was on offer. Unfortunately I just missed 37436 on an earlier 6 and 37432 on the 0915 51. Also parked up was 37438 in its change of livery since I last viewed it. 34428 was on a 2 and 15606 on the 0932 50. I keep forgetting that 15606 has it's number on the orange bit on the side as it takes me sometime to spot it.

On this day in 2013, 16692 produced on the 1753 50 to Kettering so a one way journey was made all the way for the train back to Bedford. Whilst 14000 is malingering in Cambridge it reminds me that on 16 September 2012 it did a trip from Bedford Garage to Duxford and back for the bus show and to this day is still the only time I have ever walked through the garage which we had to do to board Nessie as it was at the back of the garage.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #342 on: September 20, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
Returning home on Tuesday after work I arrived at my stop on 37439 with 19891 right behind us at the same time as 48036 and 34422 arrived at the stop opposite heading for town. It is the first time in 29 years I have viewed all four 9 diagrams together in service in one place. Clearly the 12 minute gap had gone to pot yet again. Makes a change recently to have a bit of variety on the route. Also getting variety was the 1 with 18424, 37438 and 48031, not an E400 in sight.

Normal service was resumed today though, with 27520 and 27523 on the 9's. Unfortunately route 5 must have been in a mess as the world and it's wife take to the roads when it is raining making the traffic even worse than usual. The 0911, 0923 and 0935 6's had not arrived by the time winner 35226 appeared on the 0932 50 so a run to Sainsburys was in order. Also in order was another abject apology to the boss for the lousy bus service on the 6 making me late for work again. I don't know how many more times I can comment on making the 6 a stand alone route and to cease interworking with the 5 where they generally go missing. No service on the route for 40 minutes towards Brickhill is lamentable.

Still the very rancid 30 minute fester at the bus station in my delayed bid to get to the office allowed me to view the following:
18424 and 37433 on 71's, 37438 on a 72, 18423 on a 1, 19705 on a 53, 37434 on the 0910 41, 37437 on the 0915 51, 18336 the 0915 81, 19699 the 0915 73 and 19700 the 0945 42.

A better day for getting to work was on 20 September 2011 when 14000 dropped on the route 6 brat-ex and as I knew the driver I was allowed to board. It was so rammed I had to stand by the driver for a chat. More joy after work when the 1611 50 from Kettering produced 16492 landing me on 16216 home on the 81.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #343 on: September 20, 2018, 09:00:19 PM »
Dart 34422 (KV53EYY) is now parked with the withdrawn vehicles as it will soon be going back to Cambridge and finally become a driver trainer.
I have finally seen Enviro 300 27642 (GX10HBU) it's being worked on inside Bedford depot. I'm told there's a lot wrong with it which is why it's yet to enter service 5 months after transfer.
The latest repaint out of Coast hopper livery is Enviro 200 MMC 37438 (SN16ORH). I'm told 37433 (SN16OPX) has gone up to Chesterfield in its place.
Bedford could do a better and quicker job painting these, although it does make sure we can see the attractive coast hopper livery a little longer before it's consigned to the history books

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #344 on: September 21, 2018, 02:04:08 PM »
Fast work sending 37433 to Chesterfield as it was on a 71 yesterday morning. Winner 37435 is now in a new livery parked up at the bus station yesterday. 18423 was on my 6 from work and I was then promptly withered as winner 19108 passed me on the 1712 50 so I could have had two required buses on the 50 in one day had I known it was coming towards me. Can't remember when I last scored two in a day on the 50.

No complaints from me this morning as 48035 was on time with the 0847 9 and I made 19893 on the 0859 6 so it took only 25 minutes to get to the office as opposed to 65 minutes yesterday. What a difference it makes when not raining. It was such a quick journey I only got to view 18336 on a 1, 19889 on a 51 and 37436 on the 0905 72.

In September 2010 my buses on the 6 from the office were 16230 on the 21st, 16671 on the 22nd and 16681 on the 23rd. I clearly timed my departures to perfection that week to avoid all the Darts.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #345 on: September 24, 2018, 02:23:12 PM »
My journey home from work on Friday was made on 47435 on the 6 and then 37438 on the 1735 71 which I did to have it for new livery. Our journey was delayed thanks to 48023 which was blocking one of the lanes just beyond the Park Hotel after throwing a tantrum as a tow truck was backing down to it. Unusually the 1712 50 was dud 39682 instead of the more normal decker. My winner 37435 was on a 5, 37439 did a 51, 37437 a 53, 36041 the 1735 73 and 36937 the 1730 81.

Saturday the following were noted from the breakfast table whilst routes 1 and 9 have their limited service and the 53 enjoys a beanfeast of buses:
1 - 19698, 19700
2 - 19891, 36936
3/7 - 48033, 48035, 48036
4 - 48025
5/6 - 27644, 27645
8/10 - 47354, 47435
9 - 27642, 27647 (I might have been seeing things there as I thought 642 was mythological!)
41 - 37432
42 - 19890
51 - 34829
53 - 19699, 19703, 19706, 19889, 36043
71 - 34829, 37435
72 - 34825, 34828
73 - 34831, 37434
81 - 37431

There was an orange specimen on the 0832 50 but too far away to note the number so I hope it wasn't 15404.

This morning route 9 consisted of 27521, 27644, 37436 and 48036. Tridents 18336 and 18419 were on the 1, 34422 did the 0915 51, 19702 the 0915 73 and an economy measure of using 34825 on the 0915 81 instead of an E400. A trio of them 19701, 19704 and 19891 sat spare so looking at the 0915 81 and the tridents on the 1, does this suggest the E400's were being held back as problems expected with the X5?

Route 6 actually worked in my favour today as I had the choice of three buses in 5 minutes to get to work. I rejected 27523 and 27643 to board the third vehicle 19703. The most surprising element is that all three vehicles dropped in the bay to pick up as the previous practice has been for one of them to head straight for Brickhill on seeing a bus in the bay. Therefore I must give credit where it is due having been critical of having to get a later bus when the one I was waiting for didn't pick up due to late running.

On this date in the past, 24 September 2013, another one way journey to Kettering was required when 16162 produced for the 1753 50. The downside being the chingy rail journey back to Bedford. Just to throw me into confusion at Rushden, 16695 made an unexpected appearance on the 1720 Northampton to Raunds X47.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #346 on: September 24, 2018, 05:53:12 PM »
My journey home from work on Friday was made on 47435 on the 6 and then 37438 on the 1735 71 which I did to have it for new livery. Our journey was delayed thanks to 48023 which was blocking one of the lanes just beyond the Park Hotel after throwing a tantrum as a tow truck was backing down to it. Unusually the 1712 50 was dud 39682 instead of the more normal decker. My winner 37435 was on a 5, 37439 did a 51, 37437 a 53, 36041 the 1735 73 and 36937 the 1730 81.

Saturday the following were noted from the breakfast table whilst routes 1 and 9 have their limited service and the 53 enjoys a beanfeast of buses:
1 - 19698, 19700
2 - 19891, 36936
3/7 - 48033, 48035, 48036
4 - 48025
5/6 - 27644, 27645
8/10 - 47354, 47435
9 - 27642, 27647 (I might have been seeing things there as I thought 642 was mythological!)
41 - 37432
42 - 19890
51 - 34829
53 - 19699, 19703, 19706, 19889, 36043
71 - 34829, 37435
72 - 34825, 34828
73 - 34831, 37434
81 - 37431

There was an orange specimen on the 0832 50 but too far away to note the number so I hope it wasn't 15404.

This morning route 9 consisted of 27521, 27644, 37436 and 48036. Tridents 18336 and 18419 were on the 1, 34422 did the 0915 51, 19702 the 0915 73 and an economy measure of using 34825 on the 0915 81 instead of an E400. A trio of them 19701, 19704 and 19891 sat spare so looking at the 0915 81 and the tridents on the 1, does this suggest the E400's were being held back as problems expected with the X5?

Route 6 actually worked in my favour today as I had the choice of three buses in 5 minutes to get to work. I rejected 27523 and 27643 to board the third vehicle 19703. The most surprising element is that all three vehicles dropped in the bay to pick up as the previous practice has been for one of them to head straight for Brickhill on seeing a bus in the bay. Therefore I must give credit where it is due having been critical of having to get a later bus when the one I was waiting for didn't pick up due to late running.

On this date in the past, 24 September 2013, another one way journey to Kettering was required when 16162 produced for the 1753 50. The downside being the chingy rail journey back to Bedford. Just to throw me into confusion at Rushden, 16695 made an unexpected appearance on the 1720 Northampton to Raunds X47.

Do you think they might have finally fixed 27642 (GX10HBU)? It had a list of defects as long as your arm when it arrived from Kings Lynn hence why it hadn't entered service at Bedford.
36934 (SN63KFO) still hasn't re-entered service yet either after it sat impounded by the police in Buckdales yard for nearly a year.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #347 on: September 25, 2018, 12:58:19 PM »
On my way into town after work yesterday, taking in the delights of 48023 on a 6 fully recovered from its Friday ordeal, I was blown up for a third time in a short space of time as winner 19108 passed me on the 1712 50 yet again. I went home miffed on 36043 in charge of the 1730 81. 53705 was parked up in River St.

I decided to flag route 9 and walk into town this morning and got detonated again as winner 27642 passed me coming in from Shortstown so to answer the question, it appears to have been fixed, for now. I had hoped to nail 19108 on the 0932 50 but it wasn't to be as orange blob 15405 produced for that so I did it to Sainsburys and walked to work from there.

Other rascals viewed were 27522 and 48032 on the 9, 48024 on a 2, 19888 on a 53, 18424 on a 1, 18419 did the 0935 71 and 19889 the 0945 42. 53708 came in from Wellingborough and cheekily parked up with the spare buses in the bus station.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #348 on: September 26, 2018, 01:49:05 PM »
My buses home yesterday were 27644 on the 6 and 27645 on the 9 but I was robbed of 27642 as that old chestnut of not picking up at the bus station re-surfaced. The 1729 and 1741 9's arrived at the same time so 27645 went into the bay to pick up whilst my winner 27642 stormed off to pick up from St Pauls. It is something I am getting quite used to in this town, missing the bus I want to travel on, even though I am at the starting point for its journey. Nowadays I just get on the next bus, but when this happened in the past with olys or B10's, I had to wait 50 minutes for the bus to return to try again. The lesson to be learned from this nonsense, is that I need to stand in Union St or St Pauls for specific buses so I don't miss them when they decide not to pick up in the bays. 27642 should be the 1729 9 again today so lets see if I get it!

Other states in service after work were 37435 and 37439 on 1's, possibly because 19703 was on a 41 and 19706 on the 1735 71. 37431 did the 1735 73, 18336 arrived on a 51 and 48031 was on 9's having replaced one of the morning vehicles.

This morning, I didn't learn my lesson of yesterday, and walked to town and 27642 sailed past me on the 9 again heading for town on the same service so a case of deja vous. Absolutely typical that when I don't trust the 0847 to run and walk the damn thing is near to time. I bet if I stood at the bus stop waiting for it the service would vaporise. The supporting cast were 27644, 27647 and 36045, the same old boring stuff that like to infest the route.

Still, after the 9 debacle the previous evening, I did get a winner this morning as 37435 did the late 0915 51 so this was taken to Sainsburys for the walk to work. Certainly more preferable than 27646 lying in wait for me on the 0923 6. These 27xxx vehicles are like venus fly traps just waiting for me to appear to catch their prey. I find it so difficult to avoid them.

Part time grasshopper 37439 was also on the 51 coming in to Bedford followed by 18101 to form the 0932 50. 18336 was on the 1 and 19701 on the 2 for good measure.

An update from a Buzzard colleague and he informs me my winner 15404 did the 1332 50 whilst I am trapped at work. He also informs me that 18336, 18419, 18423 and 18424 are all on 1's so he is doing various leaps on the Kempston route reeling them in. Talk about making it easy for him to have all of them without changing routes... ::)

On my lunch break on this date in 2011, I stumbled across 16209 on an X5 to Cambridge, so I had just enough time to do it to St Neots for the more normal vehicle back to Bedford before returning to the office. For some reason 16210 was loitering in the square at St Neots. Sadly I had no camera with me to get a shot of 16209 and 16210 close to each other. Bet that didn't happen very often with both being based at different depots!
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #349 on: October 01, 2018, 12:12:34 PM »
Could anyone please advise details if they are aware of which vehicles are withdrawn, or parked up long term, at both Bedford depot and also the former Biggleswade outstation. Many Thanks

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #350 on: October 01, 2018, 05:47:13 PM »
Could anyone please advise details if they are aware of which vehicles are withdrawn, or parked up long term, at both Bedford depot and also the former Biggleswade outstation. Many Thanks

To the best of my knowledge

At Bedford the following withdrawn / long term repair vehicles are parked up

Tridents 18057/58/60 (AE53TZJ/K/M) 18109 (KX04RVL) 18417 (AE06GZO)
MAN 22316/18 (AE51RYR/U)
Dart 34427/9 (KV53EZD/F) 35103/06 (AE06WXO/S)
Optare Solo 47436 (YJ56AOL)

Withdrawn vehicles parked up at Biggleswade are

Optare Solo 47437-42 (YJ56AOM/N/O/P/R/S)



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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #351 on: October 02, 2018, 09:07:34 AM »
To the best of my knowledge

At Bedford the following withdrawn / long term repair vehicles are parked up

Tridents 18057/58/60 (AE53TZJ/K/M) 18109 (KX04RVL) 18417 (AE06GZO)
MAN 22316/18 (AE51RYR/U)
Dart 34427/9 (KV53EZD/F) 35103/06 (AE06WXO/S)
Optare Solo 47436 (YJ56AOL)

Withdrawn vehicles parked up at Biggleswade are

Optare Solo 47437-42 (YJ56AOM/N/O/P/R/S)

Very many thanks, Steve

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #352 on: October 05, 2018, 11:05:35 AM »
After being away over the border I need to catch up from where I left off last Wednesday. I had three buses in the day and all three were winners. 37435 on the 0915 51 to get to work and then 15404 from work on the 1510 50 from Kettering and 27642 home on the 9. Herberts oly P413 KSX passed me on a college run on the 9 home.

On Wednesday 3 October 27522, 27523 and 27647 were on the 9's so same as usual, nothing much changed since being away. The Bedford college students who frequent the 0730 81 from Luton failed to get there by 9am as 19705 was 33 minutes late. The traffic must have been dire all day as normally the four vehicles on the 9 stay on the route all day but it was a complete change going home. 27522 which had been on the 9 was my 6 from the office and 48031 took me home on the 9. 27523 and 27647 had also been ripped from the 9 replaced by 47351 and 19700 presumably meaning the vehicles were so late on the route that driver changes prompted the swapping of vehicles. The 0932 50 was not the usual double deck offering as dud 39684 produced. On my way home later in the day 19698 was viewed arriving from Cambridge on an X5.

Thursday morning produced 34428 on time with the 0847 9 into town and as I got off at the stop at the back of the Harpur Centre, Corby Star 15401 passed by from the direction of the garage. I assume it went empty to Kettering as it didn't appear in the bus station. 18423 did the 0845 42, 18419 the 0915 73, 34425 the 0915 81 and 37437 the 0915 51. On my way home after having the usual fare of 27647 on the 6, the bus station was dominated by one type of vehicle with 37436 on a 6, 37438 on the 1730 81, 37431 on the 1735 73 and 37432 on the 1745 42. However, I did get 34830 home on the 9.

This morning the 9 selection was comprised of 19704, 27522, 27642 and I had 34825 as the 0847 was on time for the second day running. 34424 did the 0845 73, 37439 the 0905 72, 37438 the 0905 41, 19706 the 0915 81 and 18336 the 0915 73. No escape for me on the 6 as the usual trap was in place with 27520.

On this date in 2013 I did 16593 to Elstow park and ride and back on the 1806 2. Also on this date in 2015, going home on 18424 on a 9, I experienced for the only time, doing a full 360 degrees move around Rope St roundabout before heading over the bridge past the garage. Quite why the driver turned right rather than head straight on was a mystery as I don't think Stagecoach have any routes that go over the bridge past St Johns station.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #353 on: October 08, 2018, 01:59:32 PM »
A short visit into town on my way to Leicester on Saturday morning saw the following:

1 - 19703, 19891
2 - 36935, 36936
3/7 - 47351, 48023, 48031, 48032
4 - 48025
5/6 - 27521, 36042
9 - 27643
41 - 34833
53 - 36043, 36044, 37431
71 - 34424
72 - 18423, 19893
73 - 34428

On 6 October 2010 I had 16232 on the 6 after work. I mention this because on Saturday 6 October this year, I had a spin on 16232 again around the Corby area on a bus trip with Lawsons. It was the first time I have ridden on this bus since having it Cowdenbeath to Kelty and back on a 17B in the snow on 5 February 2013. We also sampled ex Bedford 14054 and former Grant Palmer's P720 GND for the Bedford connection.

This morning didn't feel like a school day with 37436 on the 0915 81 and dud 39682 on the 0932 50 instead of deckers. In addition 48025 was on a 6, 27643 and 34424 on 9's but at least 19704 was on the 0923 2. My chariot to work was once only 27642 on the 6.

On this day in 2011 I did 16214 to Oakley and back on a 51 and later in the day did a return trip to Cranfield when 16217 produced on a 52 so I had to flag 16209 on the 1725 Cambridge X5.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #354 on: October 10, 2018, 01:44:12 PM »
Not a lot to report as have had to get to work earlier the last 2 days so no time to loiter.  All I saw yesterday was 18150 heading into town for the 0932 50, 19705 on the 0923 2 and 19888 on a 51. The line up on the 9 comprised of 19892, 27523, 27643 and 34833. Both 53702 and 53705 were in River St on my way home.

This morning I walked into town and was pleased I did as 27644, 27645 and 27647 all passed me in that order heading for Shortstown so a lack of variety and the 12 minute scheduling in a complete mess. I might have had a long wait for the fourth vehicle into town. 19704 took me to the office on the 6.

There appear to be two ex froghoppers in the naughty corner one of which looks like 48033 which may explain why 36937 appeared on a 7 yesterday morning.

On 8 October 2010 I did budgie 16225 to Oakley and back on the 51.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #355 on: October 10, 2018, 05:59:12 PM »

There appear to be two ex froghoppers in the naughty corner one of which looks like 48033 which may explain why 36937 appeared on a 7 yesterday morning.


I don't know why the 7 is operated with Solo's. It could easily be operated with Darts or Enviro 200's.

Enviro 200 MMC 37433 (SN16OPX) has not gone to Chesterfield for repaint as I saw it around town today but didn't catch what service it was on. No idea which one went up there instead. We'll find out when it comes back

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #356 on: October 15, 2018, 06:02:51 PM »
Enviro 200 36042 (AE08NVS) had a rare trip on the 3 today covering for the usual Solo.  There appears to be at least 3 Solo's currently out of use for repairs

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #357 on: October 18, 2018, 01:30:04 PM »
Catching up on myself the following were viewed at the bus station Friday 12 October:

1 - 18336, 19700, 19704, 19705, 19889
2 - 36935, 36936, 36937
3/7 - 48025, 48032, 48036
4 - 48034
5/6 - 19699, 19888, 27520, 27521, 27644, 27645, 27647, 34424
8/10 - 47351, 47354
9 - 27642, 27646, 36042, 36045, 37431
41 - 34830, 37437
42 - 19698, 37439
50 - 15455
51 - 19702, 34425, 34428
53 - 19890, 34833, 36041, 36044, 37435
71 - 19702, 37435, 37438
72 - 34827, 37438
73 - 18419, 19891, 34827, 34831, 37432, 37435
81 - 19698, 19893, 34428

Parked up 53704, 53705

I didn't see 18423 or 18424.

Five years earlier on 14 October 2013 I went to Flitwick and back on 16592 on a 42.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #358 on: October 18, 2018, 01:53:16 PM »
18424 was viewed on the 1 on Tuesday 16 October followed by 18336, but as yet, I haven't seen 18423 for over a week. 18107 did the 0932 50 on the same day. It would appear the 0915 81 is no longer an E400 as it has produced 37438 on Tuesday, 34428 on Wednesday and 37433 today. 19705 was very late on the 0730 81 from Luton on Wednesday whilst 48036 was on a 2.

Yesterday there was no bus to work the 1735 73 so folks had to fester until 1805 owing to a vehicle breakdown which might have been 18336 that limped in on a 51 and got parked up. They could have used 19892, except that found itself on the 1735 X5 to Milton Keynes. No doubt MK being deemed a city is more important than Biggleswade and Sandy. Meanwhile 37431 did the 1735 71, 37438 the 1745 51, 19891 the 1740 41 and 34827 the 1736 1.

Only three buses noted on the 9 this morning in the shape of 47351, 27523 and 27647. 37432 was on a 72, 37437 a 2 and 37436 the 0915 51. Tridents 18336 and 18419 were on the 1 but it appeared that 18336 got ripped as it parked up just like it did yesterday evening. The 0915 73 produced 18424 whilst I was lumbered with 27646 to work on the 6.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #359 on: Yesterday at 01:39:51 PM »
It is always the way that as soon as you report something like 34422 is back in Peterborough and then it is working in Bedford the next day on the 9 or 47435 is in storage and then it is on the 6 within 24 hours that you get your feet cut from under you. No sooner as I had concluded that E400's were no longer doing the 0915 81 when one is on it today, just a day after commenting on it. I didn't see which it was as I was heading out of the bus station as it dropped in the end bay. I also remarked I hadn't seen 18423 for a while and there it was this morning, poised to work the 0915 73. It's as if someone from the garage is reading this and then sets out to prove you wrong almost immediately... ::)

47351 which snared me on the 9 yesterday morning clearly wasn't finished with me as it again trapped me on the 6 after work instead of staying on the 9 all day. To make matters worse it was rammed with school kids so I had to cram myself on. I do hate it when these crates show up on my routes when people are heading home from work which they are wholly inadequate for with the loadings.

The 1735 73 which didn't run on Wednesday looked like it was going to run with 19698 yesterday as it was in the stand in good time to do it. Other than that I didn't note much else as I got home from the office in about 15 minutes yesterday which was rather astounding.

On this day in 2010 I went to Shortstown and back on 16013 on the 9. The following day my bus from work was 16680 on the 6 and the 21 October produced 16496 on the same 6 service into town. I imagine today it will be 27xxx as is the norm these days.
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