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Title: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 04, 2021, 08:00:59 PM
My first moves of the year were 2 January aboard 34536 on a 73, 21225 and 19704 both on 6's finishing on 10881 on the 1315 9b. 21225 then got swapped onto the X5 alongside 21224. The 2 had 34535 on it before it got swapped for 10876. Route 6 also was home to 11279.

Today 21223 is on 99's with 21221 and 21225 on X5's. 34536 is out on the 3, 4, 10 routes 10879 on the 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 circuits whilst both 10877 and 10881 are on 1's with the former also doing 53's. Gold 11131 is out on 50's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 04, 2021, 08:13:07 PM
Before Boris locks us all up except for food shopping and exercise I indulged in a few moves. I did 34535 on a 3 into town for 35177 on the 1336 50. I returned on 37438 on a 6 to have 34834 on the 1415 81. Back to town with 10880 on an 81 for what I reckon is a winner, 34835 on the 1541 50 which I took to Clapham for 37215 back on a 51. I went home on the 1604 2 with 34830.

The tracker was malfunctioning this morning as it had 19888 working solidly on 8's while at the same time working routes 41 and 81. What wasn't in doubt was 34536 on 2's and 34538 / 21221 on 5's. 21224 did the 1515 81 whilst 21223/21225 produced on the X5.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 07, 2021, 05:40:34 PM
Yesterday 6 January I did 34538 on a 3 for 10874 on a 53, 19698 on a 2 and went home on 37432 on a 9. It appears that this was the last day of 21224 as a Bedford bus on route 99 as today, 7 January, the tracker shows it shuttling back and forth between Cambridge and Trumpington on route A. Does this mean we are losing the greenfly with the 36xxx vehicles poised?

Today's exercise regime to a packed town centre involved indulging in 34536 on a 9b, 21225 on a 1, 34535 on a 2, 27521 on a 6 for 21221 on a 51, then 19893 out on a 6 for 18104 on a 50 and finally a move home with 34538 on a 3.

I haven't noticed this week but has the missing stop for Sainsburys for inbound 50/51 services been put back after completing the roadworks as it was missing last week? It is a bit off that the tracker and Stagecoach app still shows a bus stop there last week when there wasn't. There was never any sign their to say the stop was going to be closed even after the roadworks started. It is a bit of a hike carrying bags from Sainsburys to the stop in Clapham Road next to the school playing fields.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on January 07, 2021, 07:36:04 PM
Perhaps Bedford town centre wouldn’t be so packed if people weren’t using bus services to make unnecessary observations...
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: John Wakefield on January 07, 2021, 09:40:10 PM
Perhaps Bedford town centre wouldn’t be so packed if people weren’t using bus services to make unnecessary observations...
And unnecessary journeys, there is a Lockdown on in case some people have not heard.  Stay at home, Stay safe and Protect the NHS,
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 08, 2021, 05:59:10 PM
OK if that is how people feel then I will cease postings permanently. Even if I stay at home and don't exercise or go for a food shop there will still be plenty of folk out there carrying on their daily business.

Oh and for the record I have been mentally ill for 7 months and have a doctors note that I need to get out of the house and try to be as normal as possible for my state of mind. I don't take kindly to people ignoring mental health insisting everyone stay in. Absolutely impossible when you live on your own and have no family. Nobody is going to offer to do all my food shops or whatever I need to do so whether you like it or not I have to do it myself and getting to town is too far to walk.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 08, 2021, 06:38:23 PM
OK if that is how people feel then I will cease postings permanently. Even if I stay at home and don't exercise or go for a food shop there will still be plenty of folk out there carrying on their daily business.

Oh and for the record I have been mentally ill for 7 months and have a doctors note that I need to get out of the house and try to be as normal as possible for my state of mind. I don't take kindly to people ignoring mental health insisting everyone stay in. Absolutely impossible when you live on your own and have no family. Nobody is going to offer to do all my food shops or whatever I need to do so whether you like it or not I have to do it myself and getting to town is too far to walk.

Totally get what you're saying. People who live where route 9 goes and don't have a car need to use the buses to get to and from supermarkets.
Personally speaking I find your posts useful and entertaining

Hope you're well and staying safe
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on January 08, 2021, 08:35:41 PM
Didn’t once say don’t go out but it’s not necessary to food shop every day and it’s also not necessary to go to a supermarket which requires the use of multiple bus services... within walking distance of route 9 there is two Lidl’s, an Aldi, a large Tesco plus the amneties in the town centre and surroundings such as Home Bargains and B&M

The more disciplined people are in following harsher restrictions the less time we have to suffer harsher restrictions
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 09, 2021, 11:34:55 AM
During this morning's trip to and from Tesco in my car. I observed Dart 34537 (GX04EYL) and E200's 37231/34 (SN64OLK/P) which have moved from Fenstanton in exchange for Volvo B7RLE's 21223-25 (AE09GYT/U/V). All were on services 3,4 and 10 respectively.
37234 was previously in Bedford last year when it was transferred in to replace Dart 34428 (KV53EZE) which has now been scrapped
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 11, 2021, 06:07:36 PM
Spotted from my window whilst working from home was Dart 34827 (KX06JYJ) on the 53. This has returned from Fenstanton. Volvo B7RLE 21221 (AE09GYR) is now back at Fenstanton according to the tracker. So I presume they have been swapped for each other
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Steven Knight Media on January 15, 2021, 02:34:17 PM
Could any of our Bedford correspondents confirm if the Solos have returned from London to Bedford yet please?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Grahamk748 on January 15, 2021, 07:14:18 PM
Stagecoach have announced some changes to their services due to COVID, see attached picture for details
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on January 18, 2021, 11:28:44 AM
E200 36062 out on 5’s this morning, 36044 parked at the bus station
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 23, 2021, 05:36:38 PM
Could any of our Bedford correspondents confirm if the Solos have returned from London to Bedford yet please?

They're all still in London except 48036 (YJ66ASZ) which has been out of use at Bedford depot since the first lockdown
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Coast_Hopper on January 24, 2021, 10:17:27 PM
They're all still in London except 48036 (YJ66ASZ) which has been out of use at Bedford depot since the first lockdown

Any idea what is wrong with it to be out of use
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 24, 2021, 10:26:41 PM
Any idea what is wrong with it to be out of use

It broke down on its way to London and was towed back to Bedford in disgrace. It's engine related as far as I'm aware.
With the current service patterns, It's not required for service. All the routes that are usually allocated Solo SR's are now allocated Darts, E200's or E200 MMC's with the exception of the 8 which is the home of the ex London short E200's at the moment.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Coast_Hopper on January 24, 2021, 11:22:47 PM
It broke down on its way to London and was towed back to Bedford in disgrace. It's engine related as far as I'm aware.
With the current service patterns, It's not required for service. All the routes that are usually allocated Solo SR's are now allocated Darts, E200's or E200 MMC's with the exception of the 8 which is the home of the ex London short E200's at the moment.

Thought they could only use the Solo on certain routes as Darts and E200s too big
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 25, 2021, 12:01:36 AM
Thought they could only use the Solo on certain routes as Darts and E200s too big

Only the 8 is restricted to smaller vehicles. Darts and E200's are fine for the 3,4,7 and 10.
During the first lockdown, E400's were used on some workings of the 4 and 10
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 25, 2021, 08:33:35 PM
In the week before Christmas 36935 did the 8 on 21 December, 22nd was 34535 which I did, 23rd was 34830 and 24th started off with 37437 before 36302 replaced it and normal service resumed.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 25, 2021, 08:49:50 PM
Today there were three gold buses on the 50 with 11126, 11127 and 11132 producing. 10874 was on a MK X5, 10881 did 1/53 services, 10876 was on 1's before going onto a 51 and 73. 10877 later went onto the 9a/b circuit.

I did 27642 to town on an 81, 10878 on a 1 for 34537 on a 2, 11279 on a 9a and 36043 on the 1430 41 as far as the station in keep fit moves. I did have 36044 last week to the station on a 6 but missed out on 36062 which did the 1315 81 and mysteriously disappeared last Tuesday. I went to my stop to intercept it on the 1420 return but nothing at all appeared so after 20 minutes I went home. I haven't seen it since and none of the 360xx are appearing on the tracker.

Still I have scooped 34537, 37230, 37231 this year so patience required. I assume 19892 has been wrecked as it has not worked since pre Christmas.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 26, 2021, 06:19:33 PM
Both 11279 and 11280 escaped from the X5/905 circuit today as I spent my hour lunch break exercise outdoors before the snow finally melts. 11279 was on the 1 and 53 turns whilst 11280 did the 1215 81. Also on the 1/53 was 10881 and 10877/10878 on 1's. 36044 was observed on a 3 and 11127 and 11137 on 50's.

My moves to view the goings on involved 37234 on a 3 to town, 37431 on an 81, 36935 on a 3 and I went home on 37212 on a 2.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on January 27, 2021, 10:15:28 AM
Today there were three gold buses on the 50 with 11126, 11127 and 11132 producing. 10874 was on a MK X5, 10881 did 1/53 services, 10876 was on 1's before going onto a 51 and 73. 10877 later went onto the 9a/b circuit.

I did 27642 to town on an 81, 10878 on a 1 for 34537 on a 2, 11279 on a 9a and 36043 on the 1430 41 as far as the station in keep fit moves. I did have 36044 last week to the station on a 6 but missed out on 36062 which did the 1315 81 and mysteriously disappeared last Tuesday. I went to my stop to intercept it on the 1420 return but nothing at all appeared so after 20 minutes I went home. I haven't seen it since and none of the 360xx are appearing on the tracker.

Still I have scooped 34537, 37230, 37231 this year so patience required. I assume 19892 has been wrecked as it has not worked since pre Christmas.

19892 (AE11FUJ) was on the 53 this morning. Add this one to the growing list of vehicles that aren't tracking


Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 28, 2021, 07:14:49 PM
Yesterday Stagecoach was obliterated from the UK map with not a solitary vehicle to be found anywhere on the map.

Today normality returned as did 19892 as advised by Al which I viewed on a 1. I also viewed 36062 on a 41 but I have not yet had this winner. I did 36301 on a 3, 11280 on a 9b, 37439 on a 73 for winner 18400 on the 1628 W7 just for the novelty value of having a Northampton bus in Bedford and a good excuse to take a look at some properties in Wellingborough, and get a feel for the place after dark, before I get evicted from my current home as the landlord is selling.

The 50 service today had 11126, 11127 and 11129 according to the tracker. The former duo cannot keep away from Bedford. 10874 and 27523 did 5's, 10876 was on 1/53 routes and 11279 also on 9a/b turns. 36309 was out and about driver training.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on January 30, 2021, 05:39:20 PM
The weather was rancid today so all I did was 10880 on a 9a into town, went to the Post office and went home on 10875 on the 1615 81 departing late as usual. This was my last Bedford MMC to ride on for the year. I think the tracker was having a breakdown at one point as 10873 was showing in Hitchin on a citi 2.

11280 spent the day on 9a/b, 1 and 53 routes, 10879 did 9's all day, 10876 was out on 1's and 10877 on 1 and 53's. Also on the 1 were 27520, 37230 and 37436. Route 5 was home to 36043.

37231 has a defective display so was knocking about with a paper 6 in the window. The tracker reported 11129 and 39692 on 50's but I didn't see them in my quick visit.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 02, 2021, 05:29:46 PM
I am told that the bus station is closed after 8.30pm for the foreseeable owing to the dubious beings that congregate there in evenings. After witnessing this for myself two weeks ago I can understand this if this story is true.

Today in my hour lunch break within Bedford I did 19892 on a 9a, 37235 on the 10 late 1315 81 after it was disinfected, 27520 on a 9b, 27523 on a 2, 19581 on a 1 before going home with 10880 on a 9.

10878 and 10879 were both on 1's. 27522 was lined up for the 828 so I assume there are limited school classes to run it before it went onto 5's. According to the tracker 28621 and 37061 are on the W7.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 03, 2021, 05:33:00 PM
Today I did 10874 on a 9a for 27522 on a 1. I had intended to do 27523 on a 2 back but somehow it lost 30 minutes according to the tracker and went empty to the garage. This meant doing 27520 on the 2 behind. 27521 was also on 2's but 27523 was replaced by 36935. I then did 10878 on a 9 and finished on 10881 on a 9b home.

37235 became another casualty as it conked out on the apron of the bus station so when the breakdown truck arrived there was little space for buses to get past so some terminated in the X5 bays.

37231 is still without a working blind and went out on the school 828 with sticker in window as Bedford systematically break their buses. I haven't seen 34535, 34537, 34827 and 34830 for a while so whether they are broken or pulled from traffic I know not.

36044 arrived on a 3 and departed on a 7. I still haven't seen 36062 since viewing it about 9 days ago. The 50's had 18108 and 15405 on them whilst 37062, 37069, 28621 and 28625 showed up for W7's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 04, 2021, 08:09:57 PM
Early this morning 10878 did a 7, 4, 10, 3 and 7 before being ripped. I had intended doing a food shop on doing 34536 on an 81 but on making the minus 5 onto the 1315 81 which was winner 36062 so I went straight back home.

I went back out later on 10880 on a 9b but before I did the food shop I did 19893 on a 6 to intercept winner 22835 on an inbound 50 before doing 10879 home on a 9.

Later in the day 36937 did the school 828 and 27520 the 830. 18104 and 11129 appeared on 50's before a third winner appeared so I had to get 19889 on a 6 to bring back 34533 on a 50 before going home on a freezing 36937 on the 1815 9b which replaced 10880.

The W7 line up comprised 37045, 18322, 28625 and 37071.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 05, 2021, 05:23:27 PM
A much more ordinary day today as I went to the Ampthill Road/Kempston Road area looking at more properties which involved using 36044 on an 81, 19891 on a 53, 27521 on a 2, 37436 on an 81 before going home on 10881 on a 9.

22835 returned to Bedford again on the 1536 50 and 35177 is currently on the 1630 from Kettering. 10879 spent the day on 5's, 11279 on 9a/b and 11280 on 1's. The school turns produced 37235 on the 828, 19893 on the 830 and 10875 on the 53a.

Tonight's W7 selection comprises 37048, 37050, 37069 and 10731 in that order of departures.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 08, 2021, 07:16:07 PM
A trip to Sainsburys in the snow today involved ex Bedford 34424 on the 1136 50 returning with 37211 on a 51 before heading home on 10874 on a 9b. After lunch I did 10875 into town on a 9a for 36043 out on the 1604 2 to intercept 34536 on a 2 back for 11280 home on the 1615 73 in a 30 minutes exercise.

Also on the 50 today were 22835, 11137 and 35182. 36301 appeared to work the 1115 81, 19890 was on 9's, 36062 and 34828 on 5's whilst 10879 was on the 1615 81. The 828 produced 37210 with 37438 on the 830.

The W7 collection involved 37064, 37053, 37060 and 28625 in that order.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on February 09, 2021, 06:36:37 PM
Darts 34535/827/34 (GX04EYJ/KX06JYJ/S) have been stood down at Bedford. As AE56LUJ has already said on the Peterborough thread, 34535 has gone to Peterborough. 34834 is showing in Cambridge on the tracker
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 09, 2021, 07:52:30 PM
Al, that is interesting about 34834 on the tracker as the system was showing 37216 running dead from Bedford bus station to the garage so maybe a swap or another tracker meltdown.

Today's adventure into the cold took place on 10881 on a 9, 19587 on a 9a, 37214 on a 2, 10876 on an 81, 10874 on a 1 and 36062 home on a 3 all within the Bedford boundary. There was absolutely nothing of interest on the 50 today.

Other piffle saw 10880 on the 41, 51, 73, 81 with 10876 replacing 37438 to work the 1415 81. 10875 was on the 1/53 circuit, 27520 did 1's, 27521 on 5's alongside 11279 and 34536.

Somebody went for numerical consistency by churning out 37055, 37056 and 37057 for the W7 but spoilt it with 28627 on the other diagram.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on February 09, 2021, 11:45:47 PM
Al, that is interesting about 34834 on the tracker as the system was showing 37216 running dead from Bedford bus station to the garage so maybe a swap or another tracker meltdown.

Today's adventure into the cold took place on 10881 on a 9, 19587 on a 9a, 37214 on a 2, 10876 on an 81, 10874 on a 1 and 36062 home on a 3 all within the Bedford boundary. There was absolutely nothing of interest on the 50 today.

Other piffle saw 10880 on the 41, 51, 73, 81 with 10876 replacing 37438 to work the 1415 81. 10875 was on the 1/53 circuit, 27520 did 1's, 27521 on 5's alongside 11279 and 34536.

Somebody went for numerical consistency by churning out 37055, 37056 and 37057 for the W7 but spoilt it with 28627 on the other diagram.

Bedford do MOT's for Peterborough. It's not uncommon to see a Peterborough vehicle heading down Rope Walk occasionally.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 10, 2021, 05:54:26 PM
Fair enough as we have 37210-215 it would not surprise if we get 216 as well.

This weather is far too cold to stay outside for long. As I forgot to get bogroll the other day I did 36062 on a 73, 37439 on a 9 for 35179 on the 1541 50 to Sainsburys. After purchasing said item it was back into town on 19892 on a 51 for 10876 home on the 1615 9b. 19705 refuses to leave the garage in this cold so remains the only Bedford bus not had this year. I don't count Elites as I view them as coaches.

35177 and 39689 also showed up on 50's but the Dart was dud for the year so it was ignored. Route 1 was home to 37431 and 10881, 10875 was on Hitchin's and 10879 and 34536 on 5's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AD70DBL (Jonny) on February 11, 2021, 08:54:25 AM
Fair enough as we have 37210-215 it would not surprise if we get 216 as well.

This weather is far too cold to stay outside for long. As I forgot to get bogroll the other day I did 36062 on a 73, 37439 on a 9 for 35179 on the 1541 50 to Sainsburys. After purchasing said item it was back into town on 19892 on a 51 for 10876 home on the 1615 9b. 19705 refuses to leave the garage in this cold so remains the only Bedford bus not had this year. I don't count Elites as I view them as coaches.

35177 and 39689 also showed up on 50's but the Dart was dud for the year so it was ignored. Route 1 was home to 37431 and 10881, 10875 was on Hitchin's and 10879 and 34536 on 5's.

37216 could be going for repaint at Bedford that's why it going to the bus depot.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Coast_Hopper on February 12, 2021, 09:33:01 AM
Bedford do MOT's for Peterborough. It's not uncommon to see a Peterborough vehicle heading down Rope Walk occasionally.

Do they do them for Cambridge as well
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on February 12, 2021, 10:32:25 AM
Do they do them for Cambridge as well
Cowley road used to be a MOT testing station in the pre Stagecoach days.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Coast_Hopper on February 12, 2021, 01:05:28 PM
https://fleetreport.co.uk/latest-news/12th-february-2021

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Further Bedford allocated Dart SLFs have now been stood down. 34827 is now parked up at Bedford depot, whilst similar 34834 is on loan to Cambridge where it is acting as an overflow drivers break room.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Habbinman on February 15, 2021, 08:21:10 PM
Cowley road used to be a MOT testing station in the pre Stagecoach days.

Still IS. Testing Day is Fridays where at least 4 or 5 are tested including sometimes those of outsiders if required.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Habbinman on February 15, 2021, 08:26:08 PM
Not sure if the Solo SRs are to stay in London, but the latest Stagecoach London fleetlist says that their E200s 36306/7/8/20/1/2/3 are being transferred to Stagecoach East.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on February 15, 2021, 09:28:52 PM
Not sure if the Solo SRs are to stay in London, but the latest Stagecoach London fleetlist says that their E200s 36306/7/8/20/1/2/3 are being transferred to Stagecoach East.

Interesting. 36301/02 (LX56DZU/V) have been on the 8 in the absence of the Solo SR's and there are 9 Solo SR's. So 7 more short E200's would tally. The only thing is that they're between 8 and 10 years older than the Solo SR's. They would surely be only a stop gap measure given their age
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Grahamk748 on February 16, 2021, 07:48:49 PM
Not sure if the Solo SRs are to stay in London, but the latest Stagecoach London fleetlist says that their E200s 36306/7/8/20/1/2/3 are being transferred to Stagecoach East.
Where did you find this fleetlist please?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on February 17, 2021, 04:12:32 PM
Not sure if the Solo SRs are to stay in London, but the latest Stagecoach London fleetlist says that their E200s 36306/7/8/20/1/2/3 are being transferred to Stagecoach East.

Steven Knight Media tweeted that these E200's are initially extra vehicles for Stagecoach East
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 18, 2021, 10:24:31 PM
19705 still refuses to make an appearance for me so I had to make do with 10880 on a 9a. 34533 appeared for the 1436 50 so I did this to Sainsburys. My bus back was 19581 on a 51 for 10881 home on the 1515 9a.

I was going to do 19704 on a 6 to intercept 34533 inbound but the driver informed me the bus needed a drink as it was out of water so that idea fell apart.

Other stuff viewed in the hour were 34830 on an 81, 34536 on a 10, 27522 and 36044 on 2's, 27521 on a 5, 10879 on a 1, 10876 on a 53 and 11280 on a 9b.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Steven Knight Media on February 19, 2021, 09:38:00 AM
19705 still refuses to make an appearance for me so I had to make do with 10880 on a 9a. 34533 appeared for the 1436 50 so I did this to Sainsburys.

19705 is one of the vehicles that has been listed by the company as decommissioned and should be parked up as a result of reduced COVID service levels.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on February 19, 2021, 05:01:41 PM
Supposedly stood down Dart 34830 (KX06JYN) was on the 41 today
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 19, 2021, 05:39:02 PM
34830 passed me today on the 1215 73 as I was on 10879 on a 9 into town for 18108 on the 1236 50 to Sainsburys. I returned on 36044 on a 51 for 10878 home on the 1315 9a.

34536 was again on 10's, 36043 on the 1220 81 from Luton, 27521 on 2's and 27522 on 5's. 11280, 10875 and 10881 all visited Hitchin with 10880 on the 1/53 turns.

Other visitors to Bedford were 11133 on a 50 and 28626, 37069, 37058 and 37061 on W7's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 23, 2021, 07:55:00 PM
Yesterday the Sainsburys food shop came courtesy of 11280 on a 9, 11127 on a 50 to the store, 37214 back on a 6 for 19587 home on an 81.

A brief visit to town today on 11279 on a 9a, 34830 for 37215 on 2's and home on 10878 on a 9 and that was my exercise manoeuvres.

Alternative exercises were provided by 34828 and 36062 on the 4/10 diagrams, 36043 on a 3, 27522 on 6's, 10880 on 1/53 turns, 10875 and 10879 on Hitchin's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 24, 2021, 11:08:24 PM
Today it was time for me to start moving stuff into my new home in Milton Ernest as I will soon be reliant on route 50. It should be interesting using Midlands gold tickets on Bedford Town routes.

I did 10875 on a 9 for 35180 on the 1236 50. The return journey involved 11126 and 34538 home on a 3 although two of us missed our stop as the two bells we pressed were silent. A fine thing to bring that vehicle back into service with silent bells so the bus doesn't stop.

Other things noted were 11279, 10876 and 34830 on 81's, 11130 on a 50, 34536 on a 3 and 10874, 10877 and 10880 on Hitchin's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on February 26, 2021, 09:26:08 PM
A day of packing more boxes had to be alleviated with an hour outdoors. This involved doing 10879 on a 9b, 18104 on the 1716 50, 34536 on a 6 and 19706 home on a 9.

Also on the Hitchin circuit were 10876 and 10878, 10877on a 1, 10874 and 11279 on 1/53, 34830 and 27522 on 5's. The 828 dropped 34538 and the 830 had 36301. I only got to see three of the W7 buses which were 37074, 37048 and 28632.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 02, 2021, 12:31:54 PM
I tweeted Stagecoach East about the report on fleet report that Peterborough's E200's are being prioritised for repaint and got a very helpful reply saying that they're concentrating on one make and model at a time as it's more cost effective. So we can expect Bedford's E200's to be repainted fairly soon
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 02, 2021, 08:44:02 PM
Monday night I went home on 19704 on the 2244 2 which will probably be one of my last ever late night move on a Bedford town route.

Today was my final day living on route 9 before I officially get transferred to route 50 tomorrow. I had to allow the Internet engineer into my new abode which involved doing 11280 on a 9, 18108 on the 1336 50 up to Ernest. The return came courtesy of 15607 on the 50 for 37215 home on a 3.

Other stuff seen were 18104 and 35179 on 50's, 34536 on 4/10, 34538 on 7/3, 34830 on 2's, 34828 and 27521 on 5's, 10875 on 1's, 10880 on a 51, 10877, 10878 and 11279 on Hitchin's.

The W7 produced 37050, 37057, 37072 and 28626.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 05, 2021, 09:44:18 PM
The big move for me took place on 3 March so whilst the removals men were doing their stuff, I kept out of the way by doing 10875 into town on a 9a, 37432 on a 3, 10878 on a 9 for 11126 on the 1136 50 to be in position to greet the men as I was banned from travelling with them in the van. After the men had made two deliveries of my hoarding, I did 15455 on a 50 into town, 10874 on the 1815 9b to clear up the debris in my old home, 34830 on a 73 back to town for 11126 again on the 1924 50. Whilst on my travels I noted 28626 and 28628 on the W7. The tracker showed 37220 on Bedford garage all day.

Thursday I bought a Bedford Dayrider plus on 11127 on the 1644 50 into Bedford for a food shop. As the 50 is only hourly I had enough time to rake in 36043 out for 27521 back on 6's before doing the shopping. 11138 took me home on the 1812 50.

Stuff noticed in my hour or so in town were 34538 on a 5, 34536 on 2's, 34830 on the 1745 3 and 27522 on 1's. 35180 had earlier done the 1541 50.

Today I had to hand back my old keys so indulged in 18101 on a 50 for 10881 on a 9. I was given a lift home but the tracker showed 18108 and 34533 also on 50's, 34536 on an 81, 34538 on 2's, 34830 on the 4/10 circuit, 27521 and 27522 on 5's, 27523 on 6's, 10874, 10875, 10877 and 10878 on Hitchin runs.

I can't recall which day it was with all that has been going on this week with my move, but the bus station had two police cars and an ambulance in attendance in addition to all the buses.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 05, 2021, 09:58:51 PM
The big move for me took place on 3 March so whilst the removals men were doing their stuff, I kept out of the way by doing 10875 into town on a 9a, 37432 on a 3, 10878 on a 9 for 11126 on the 1136 50 to be in position to greet the men as I was banned from travelling with them in the van. After the men had made two deliveries of my hoarding, I did 15455 on a 50 into town, 10874 on the 1815 9b to clear up the debris in my old home, 34830 on a 73 back to town for 11126 again on the 1924 50. Whilst on my travels I noted 28626 and 28628 on the W7. The tracker showed 37220 on Bedford garage all day.

Thursday I bought a Bedford Dayrider plus on 11127 on the 1644 50 into Bedford for a food shop. As the 50 is only hourly I had enough time to rake in 36043 out for 27521 back on 6's before doing the shopping. 11138 took me home on the 1812 50.

Stuff noticed in my hour or so in town were 34538 on a 5, 34536 on 2's, 34830 on the 1745 3 and 27522 on 1's. 35180 had earlier done the 1541 50.



Today I had to hand back my old keys so indulged in 18101 on a 50 for 10881 on a 9. I was given a lift home but the tracker showed 18108 and 34533 also on 50's, 34536 on an 81, 34538 on 2's, 34830 on the 4/10 circuit, 27521 and 27522 on 5's, 27523 on 6's, 10874, 10875, 10877 and 10878 on Hitchin runs.

I can't recall which day it was with all that has been going on this week with my move, but the bus station had two police cars and an ambulance in attendance in addition to all the buses.

37220 (SN64OKV) is another Peterborough E200 in for repaint. Once all of Peterborough's E200's are done of which there are 11 more to do. Bedford's own E200's are next in line. So hopefully we'll be seeing less irrelevant 'Citi' branding soon. Bedford also has the largest allocation of E200's within Stagecoach East with 15 in service and another 9 currently in reserve making a total of 24. Then there's the 9 E200 MMC's as well
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AD70DBL (Jonny) on March 05, 2021, 10:18:35 PM
The big move for me took place on 3 March so whilst the removals men were doing their stuff, I kept out of the way by doing 10875 into town on a 9a, 37432 on a 3, 10878 on a 9 for 11126 on the 1136 50 to be in position to greet the men as I was banned from travelling with them in the van. After the men had made two deliveries of my hoarding, I did 15455 on a 50 into town, 10874 on the 1815 9b to clear up the debris in my old home, 34830 on a 73 back to town for 11126 again on the 1924 50. Whilst on my travels I noted 28626 and 28628 on the W7. The tracker showed 37220 on Bedford garage all day.

Thursday I bought a Bedford Dayrider plus on 11127 on the 1644 50 into Bedford for a food shop. As the 50 is only hourly I had enough time to rake in 36043 out for 27521 back on 6's before doing the shopping. 11138 took me home on the 1812 50.

Stuff noticed in my hour or so in town were 34538 on a 5, 34536 on 2's, 34830 on the 1745 3 and 27522 on 1's. 35180 had earlier done the 1541 50.

Today I had to hand back my old keys so indulged in 18101 on a 50 for 10881 on a 9. I was given a lift home but the tracker showed 18108 and 34533 also on 50's, 34536 on an 81, 34538 on 2's, 34830 on the 4/10 circuit, 27521 and 27522 on 5's, 27523 on 6's, 10874, 10875, 10877 and 10878 on Hitchin runs.

I can't recall which day it was with all that has been going on this week with my move, but the bus station had two police cars and an ambulance in attendance in addition to all the buses.

37220 will be at Bedford for repaint has 37216 is now back at Peterbrough after repaint in the new livery.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on March 09, 2021, 12:38:10 PM
quick observation today,London short E200s
have still got their roller blinds,
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 09, 2021, 04:33:26 PM
quick observation today,London short E200s
have still got their roller blinds,

The recently arrived ex London E200's will have hanover units installed soon. The old flip dot blinds taken from now scrapped darts in 36301 (LX56DZU) are starting to fail. The rear blind doesn't work at all and the side blind works when it wants to

I had a ride into town on enviro 200MMC 37432 (SN16 OPW) on the 1 today and noticed most vehicles have now had their blinds updated to show the route number on the left hand side of the blind instead of the right and in a different font. All town services now have the destination as bus station instead of Bedford town centre. They also have the via point at the top and the destination at the bottom like they used to have a few years ago when Bedford was transferred to Cambridge management instead of Northampton
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 10, 2021, 09:55:00 PM
37219 has been showing on the tracker at the garage all week in New livery.

Today I did 39689 on a 50 into town and because I have an hour to wait for a bus home then I use a Bedford dayrider plus. With all the places to sit in closed after finishing shopping zI have little choice but to ride around to fill the time as the bus station gets worse every week with the specimens loitering about.

I did 10874 on a 9, 36043 on a 2, 27523 and 37212 on 6's before heading home on 39686 on the 1541 50. I notice that the inbound 50 now has a diddy dolly type of bus stop at Sainsburys. I wonder how long it will take to put back a bus shelter. The only use of the current stop is you can play air guitar with it.

Other buses out were 18101 and 22832 on 50's, 34536 on 3/7, 10875 on Hitchin's, 34538 on 5's, 34830 on 2's and 10881 on the 1425 51. 36045 was parked at the bus station.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AD70DBL (Jonny) on March 11, 2021, 08:13:47 AM
37219 has been showing on the tracker at the garage all week in New livery.

Today I did 39689 on a 50 into town and because I have an hour to wait for a bus home then I use a Bedford dayrider plus. With all the places to sit in closed after finishing shopping zI have little choice but to ride around to fill the time as the bus station gets worse every week with the specimens loitering about.

I did 10874 on a 9, 36043 on a 2, 27523 and 37212 on 6's before heading home on 39686 on the 1541 50. I notice that the inbound 50 now has a diddy dolly type of bus stop at Sainsburys. I wonder how long it will take to put back a bus shelter. The only use of the current stop is you can play air guitar with it.

Other buses out were 18101 and 22832 on 50's, 34536 on 3/7, 10875 on Hitchin's, 34538 on 5's, 34830 on 2's and 10881 on the 1425 51. 36045 was parked at the bus station.

37219 could waiting to be picked up by Peterborough and another and a driver to take another one off for repaint.

Last I heard a few days ago it was only half way done but most likely someone has already updated the livery.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 14, 2021, 01:22:13 AM
One of the Ex London E200's listed as coming to Stagecoach East will now not be coming as 36320 (LX58CBY) is now with Moffat and Williamson
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 15, 2021, 08:53:59 PM
My food shop today proved very constructive as I picked up two winners in the process. First up I had 22833 very much required oddly running 15 late on a 50. This proved beneficial as the lateness dropped me onto winner two 36065 on the 1447 5 which I did to Putnoe for 27523 back. Then I went shopping and did 11126 home on the 1541 50.

Other stuff spotted were 10875 on the 830 and 10877 on the 53a. 11280 was on 9's, 34828 did 3, 4, 7 and 10's, 34536, 34538 and 34830 worked consecutive 81's and 10880, 10881 did Hitchin's.

When I was back home watching Fiona Bruce on her normal Monday 6pm news and suddenly I found myself looking at Bedford bus station with a reporter. I wonder if the gold bus was 11126 I was sitting on so missing my chance to be on the news. 37210 duly appeared in the bulletin and they did an on board shot of a bus turning from Midland Road into Ashburnham Road possibly the xx30 6 and 41's involved when you would have two buses going that way.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 16, 2021, 10:41:17 PM
Today I replicated yesterday's move on 39687 on a 50 to town, 36062 on the 1447 5 to Putn for 27523 back. 22833 took me home on the 1541 50.

Others noted out were 36041 on a 4, 34538 on 5's, 34536 and 34828 on 81's, 10878 on 9's, 10866 on the 1/53 turns, 10875 and 11280 on Hitchin services and 10879 on the 830. Now that 37210 has become a TV celebrity it was promoted to route 1 for the day.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 19, 2021, 11:15:34 AM
Thursday was my Manton Lane Covid vaccine day so to make my appointment I did 22832 on a 50 to Union St. This proved to be a good move as winner 36063 came round the corner on a 6. After I had been processed I had 36063 again back to town. To kill time I did 34536 6 on a 2 to the park and ride for 34538 back before going home on 22835 on a 50.

Observed floating around were 34828,  36041 and 36043 on 5's, 36062 on 7/3's, 27522 and 27523 on 6's, 10881 on 1/53's, 10877, 10875, 10878 on Hitchin's and yellow buses 36045 and 36309 parked at the bus station.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on March 19, 2021, 02:02:41 PM
Pleased that you’ve received your jab.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on March 19, 2021, 05:05:44 PM
Just come back from taking the dogs for their walk and blow me coming up King Hedges Road outbound MMC YX67 VDR running thru on a rail replacement service? Can't remember when the last train from Cambridge to Bedford ran (but I'm sure someone will tell me) But todays winner was Plaxton bodied Volvo YX64 WCD on a 905 back to Bedford!
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: John Wakefield on March 19, 2021, 05:31:38 PM
Can't remember when the last train from Cambridge to Bedford ran (but I'm sure someone will tell me)
Passenger services were withdrawn from most of the line on 1 January 1968, and only the Bletchley–Bedford section remained open for passenger traffic
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on March 19, 2021, 05:45:55 PM
YX67 VDR Stagecoach in Bedford n King hedges Road Cambridge 19/3 r
showing rail replacement. It was followed by YX64 WCD covering a 905 to Bedford
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 19, 2021, 06:30:00 PM
Just come back from taking the dogs for their walk and blow me coming up King Hedges Road outbound MMC YX67 VDR running thru on a rail replacement service? Can't remember when the last train from Cambridge to Bedford ran (but I'm sure someone will tell me) But todays winner was Plaxton bodied Volvo YX64 WCD on a 905 back to Bedford!

I wonder how long it'll be before these are repainted in the yellow 'distance' livery which will make them look like school buses
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 19, 2021, 06:38:35 PM
Passenger services were withdrawn from most of the line on 1 January 1968, and only the Bletchley–Bedford section remained open for passenger traffic
Bletchley to Oxford was open for freight until 1993 until the line from Bletchley to Bicester was 'mothballed'. Bicester to Oxford reopened for passenger trains in 1989. Bletchley flyover reopened in 2006 for freight to Newton Longville
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 19, 2021, 10:27:33 PM
Today I did 39681 on a 50 to town to visit the bank. Rather conveniently 36041 was on the 1432 5 which was required for the year. This was done to Woodside for 36043 on a 5 back to town to do my banking.

I went home on 34422 on the 1541 50 which was packed and had a standing passenger something I have not seen this year. I think the passengers that boarded at Sainsburys had been for their vaccination at Manton Lane so the vaccine uptake is boosting passenger numbers. I can understand allowing one standing passenger as the next service after the 1541 is not until 1712.

37219 is still showing at Bedford garage. 19587 did the 828 and 19581 the 830. Other buses seen were 36065 on 1's, 34538 on 2's, 34536 and 34828 on the 4/10 duties, 10874 and 10881 on 1/53, 10877 on 9's, 10875, 10876 and 10878 on Hitchin's and 39684 on a 50.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 20, 2021, 08:10:21 PM
Whilst visiting Halfords I found that ex London E200 36321 (LX58CCA) has now arrived at Bedford depot in local livery pending onward transfer to Cambridge. Also parked in the corner of the yard was Solo SR 48036 (YJ66ASZ) which has now been out of use for nearly a year after it broke down on its way to London. There must by something majorly mechanically wrong with it for it to be out of use for soo long. Although it did pass an MOT in July
Steven Knight Media tweeted that E400 MMC 11279 (SN69ZPF) has now been repainted into local livery and is expected to gain an updated tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on March 23, 2021, 04:57:24 PM
Out with the dogs again and noted on the 16.00 905 from Cambridge to Bedford was YX67 VDP & YX67 VDV . With YX67 VDV bringing up the rear.https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr-bg/50997332835/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr-bg/50997332835/in/dateposted-public/)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 23, 2021, 06:14:18 PM
I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be hit by a bus conking out on an hourly bus service. I was going to do 22833 into Bedford on the 50 but it burst at Rushden. Eventually 39692 rescued the passengers and departed 45 minutes late for Bedford.

I don't recall having 22834 before and never had it this year so I did that to Bedford on a later 50. If I had my wits about me if I did 39692 to town I would have had 20 minutes to do my food shop for the following 50 so I missed a trick there in reducing the hanging around in Bedford for the next 50. As it was I had to do 36043 and 36063 on 6's to kill before doing 15607 home.

Other stuff out were 34828 on 6's, 27522 on 5's, 34538 on 3/7's, 34830 on 1's, 34536 did the 1225 51, 10875 and 10876 on Hitchin's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on March 24, 2021, 03:56:13 PM
noticed today the vast majority of the E200 MMC are off the road
are these for m o ts or are they being moved form bedford to another depot?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 24, 2021, 07:06:03 PM
noticed today the vast majority of the E200 MMC are off the road
are these for m o ts or are they being moved form bedford to another depot?

The only one due an MOT was 37439 (SN16ORJ). It could just be the tracker being on the fritz as all the E200's that returned from London still don't track
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 26, 2021, 06:34:53 PM
It appears that 36041, 043, 063 and 065 are all in service but invisible to the tracker. I have not seen 044 and 062 for a few weeks since 041 and 063 appeared in service and the rest I have not seen. I wonder if they are just using 4 of them at any given time as the darts and 275xx cling on.

I was not planning to go into Bedford today but on discovering my last bus for the year was out I gave in to temptation. So I did 22835 on the 50 running 20 late and we dropped more time arriving at 1600, 19 minutes after it should have set off for Kettering.

I had hoped to do the 1615 1 to reel in 19705 but the inadequate 27523 was on it and with all the school bods that piled off 10875 on the 828 and 19889 on the 830, meant 27523 was overloaded and the bus full sign soon appeared. This meant I was forced to do 10878 on the 1615 9b to Elstow Road which oddly left 5 minutes late for no apparent reason. I had 10 minutes to get to the hospital from the former Angel site. Fortunately 19705 was 6 minutes late on the 1 so I made it on a plus 2 to finally mop up the fleet until the next new arrival appears.

A food shop was reeled in before going home on 15401 on the 1712 50. Other buses observed were 27522 on the 1, 36041 on a 2, 36065 on a 6, 34536 and 34830 on 5's, 10876 on a 9 and 10877 on a Hitchin.

I also viewed 27681 and 28622 on the W7 with the tracker indicating 37071 and 37061 on the other diagrams.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 27, 2021, 09:40:13 AM
Dart 34827 (KX06JYJ) has turned up at Cambridge depot
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on March 27, 2021, 08:40:07 PM
On my way home and as if by magic 36062 has appeared in the bus station which is what happens when you state it has disappeared. 11279 is now in the new livery heading off to the garage. My chariot home on the 2019 50 is required for the year 11136. As it is 15 minutes late it should be stripped of its gold status.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on March 29, 2021, 02:55:11 PM
From the 12th Bedford timetables largely reset to pre-pandemic service levels... any idea where the extra vehicles are going to come from
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on March 29, 2021, 04:01:26 PM
 11 Enviro 200s returned from stagecoach london before christmas
plus 6 short E200s transfered from stagecoach london
my guess is that they Will have a P,V.R about 62/63 buses?.
X5 will require just 5 coaches being hourly.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 29, 2021, 06:01:40 PM
11 Enviro 200s returned from stagecoach london before christmas
plus 6 short E200s transfered from stagecoach london
my guess is that they Will have a P,V.R about 62/63 buses?.
X5 will require just 5 coaches being hourly.

The ex London short E200's are for Cambridge reserve fleet according to Steven Knight Media on twitter
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on March 30, 2021, 10:54:34 AM
Bedford service 8 will need 2 shorts E 200s
bedford have just got two on the books so some back will be needed for this route.
anything larger than a solo or a short E200 are too big for queens park streets.


Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 30, 2021, 02:39:34 PM
Bedford service 8 will need 2 shorts E 200s
bedford have just got two on the books so some back will be needed for this route.
anything larger than a solo or a short E200 are too big for queens park streets.

Maybe they'll finally fix 48036
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on March 30, 2021, 05:49:43 PM
SN69 ZPF Stagecoach in Bedford Captin Tom Moore new livery 30-03-21
Bedford based MMC SN69 ZPF dedicated in memory of  the late captain Tom Moore last year. During March, 11279 entered the Bedford paintshop and outshopped in the new corporate livery, retaining it's Captian Tom Moore logos.I caught up with the MMC on March 30th as she made her way out of Cambridge on the 905 service. I also think this is the first sighting of this livery in Cambridge.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: chris johnson on March 30, 2021, 07:03:31 PM
al_557 heads up mate them e200 from london are going for bedford not cambridge they are up parked in bedford depot somewhere i got few people in cambridge said they not there they staying at bedford depot plus i know they might be in bedford yard as been there few times
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 30, 2021, 09:27:03 PM
al_557 heads up mate them e200 from london are going for bedford not cambridge they are up parked in bedford depot somewhere i got few people in cambridge said they not there they staying at bedford depot plus i know they might be in bedford yard as been there few times

Thanks for that. 36308/21/23 (LX56EAE/LX58CCA/E) are at Bedford depot in Local livery but still with their London roller blinds still in situ. I have contacts at Bedford depot who tell me when anything interesting arrives. 36322 (LX58CCD) is due imminently if not arrived already. No sign of 36306/07 (LX56EAA/C) yet. They're all being repainted at Eastbourne before transfer to Stagecoach East. They're apparently extra vehicles for Stagecoach East which is probably why they were down as Cambridge reserve. Although London still have Bedford's Solo SR's on loan except for 48036 (YJ66ASZ) which is still in the yard at Bedford in disgrace after it broke down on its way to London. It hasn't seen service in a year
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: chris johnson on March 30, 2021, 11:06:33 PM
Al_557 your welcome plus they will change it over from London roll blind to the blinds what use around here might start next few days or so maybe next few weeks plus not sure when they go into service when they do think they need few tests on the destination blinds before go on the road that my thoughts on it that’s why there few good people help one and over out things like this
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on March 30, 2021, 11:18:15 PM
Al_557 your welcome plus they will change it over from London roll blind to the blinds what use around here might start next few days or so maybe next few weeks plus not sure when they go into service when they do think they need few tests on the destination blinds before go on the road that my thoughts on it that’s why there few good people help one and over out things like this

When Bedford got 36301/02 (LX56DZU/V) from London, they used flip dot blinds from scrapped Darts. They don't have any to use this time unless the remaining Darts at Bedford and Peterborough are withdrawn which could be likely when all the E200's are repainted and if or when the Solo SR's return from London.
34537 (GX04 EYL) is the only one that's been stood down recently.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 02, 2021, 05:57:08 PM
E400 19888 (AE11FUD) was on the 3 this afternoon. That's the first time I've seen a decker on that service.
An E200 or Solo is adequate for that service normally.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 06, 2021, 08:30:44 PM
Ex London E200 36307 (LX56EAC) is now Bedford depot in local livery. That's 4 of 6 due for Stagecoach East now at Bedford depot. Just 36306 and 36322 to see now unless they're hiding them away somewhere.
Parked in the yard next to out of use Solo SR 48036 (YJ66ASZ) was Peterborough's E200 37233 (SN64OLO) which has now been repainted into local livery and will no doubt be replaced in the paintshop by another of Peterborough's E200's soon.
It looks like Dart 34536 (GX04 EYK) may have been stood down as it was parked with it's front facing the fence and the tell tale red cover was on the steering wheel.
E200 36064 (AJ58PZY) has now entered service and was on the 2 today.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on April 07, 2021, 02:44:35 PM
905 service is on diversion in Cambridge as a result of East Road being closed for road works. Its entering via Short Street and running around the town to get to the parkside bus stop.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 07, 2021, 10:04:46 PM
E400 19888 (AE11FUD) was on the 3 this afternoon. That's the first time I've seen a decker on that service.
An E200 or Solo is adequate for that service normally.

I had quite a few E400's on the 3, 4 and 10 last year including 19578 which was on all three routes again this Easter Sunday and Easter Monday just gone. Apart from having 11280 on those routes I have not had any of the other MMC's so I was not best pleased to be away over Easter as 10875 did the 3, 4 and 10 Sunday and 10879 was on them Monday both alongside 19578.

Normal service resumed Tuesday.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on April 08, 2021, 08:18:16 AM
905 service is on diversion in Cambridge as a result of East Road being closed for road works. Its entering via Short Street and running around the town to get to the parkside bus stop.

Did press them to use the bus station as a terminus but was told that they can’t at the moment because of social distancing.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 10, 2021, 08:16:32 PM
For the first time this week it was time to raid Bedford for food so I took 18101 on a 50 to Bedford and with the usual hour to take this meant I could do 34827 out on a 6 for 36937 back and returning home on 15404 on a 50.

Other vehicles observed in the rain were 11279 on a 41, 11280 and 10878 on Hitchin's, 34830 on an 81, 34828 on the 4/10 circuit, 36062 on 2's and 10879 on 1's. I didn't see winner 36064 so better luck next time.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 11, 2021, 04:26:15 PM
Dart 34834 (KX06JYS) has arrived back from Cambridge for service rather than to act as a restroom like it was there.
Peterborough E200 37217 (SN64OKS) is the latest one to enter the Bedford paintshop
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on April 11, 2021, 04:45:07 PM
How many of the 08/58 E200s will make it into service tomorrow ?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 11, 2021, 08:14:21 PM
How many of the 08/58 E200s will make it into service tomorrow ?

Out of the 11 that returned from London, only 36012 (AE07KYT and 36060 (AJ58PZU) haven't entered service yet.
The 6 recently transferred ex London short E200's are being prepared for service. 36308 (LX56EAE) was parked just inside the doors of Bedford depot this afternoon. We'll see if they make it into service tomorrow and how long they stay in Bedford for before being transferred to Cambridge for this mystery new contract if and when the Solo SR's return from their year long loan in London
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on April 13, 2021, 12:59:58 PM
36301 on 5’s today that’ll go down well at peak
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 13, 2021, 02:05:55 PM
With Monday coming into a bit of normality I ventured into Bedford on the 50 with 22832. As I had 90 minutes to kill before going home on 22834 it was hard to fathom the diagrams. Despite more services the 36xxx buses still are not tracked.

I did 10877 on a 9 for 19587 on a 9b. I then did 34538 on a 6 where normal service was resumed with heavy traffic down Midland Road after schools. I just made 19581 on a 6 back to town for my 50 home. I was withered as winner 36012 appeared on a 2 but it could not be done or I would miss the 50.

Other sightings were 34535 on 51's 36041 on an 81, 36044 on 2's, 34834 on 73's, 27522 and 27523 on Hitchin's, 27520 and 10876 on 1/53's, 36065 on a 6 and 3, 36043 on 5's and 36062 on 6's.

The tracker showed 34537, 34538, 34827 and 34830 doing a real mixture of routes comprising 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 during the day. Far too many turns to memorise. It was so much easier when they just did 41, 51, 73 and 81 in that order but jumping over routes in no particular order was difficult to work out.

I also viewed 37048 and 37069 on the W7.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 13, 2021, 10:38:07 PM
Another fine day, More packed roads and buses and the Stagecoach app still only showing the old times so making life rather difficult.

Having buses to myself has gone as I started off on 22833 into town. School buses 19587 on the 828 and 19578 on the 830 were both showing as serving my bus stop but surely I would not be allowed on those as the 50 arrives about the same time?

Next up I did 34538 on a 2 for 34537 back on another 2. I had to bail at the stop before the park and ride because of the delays with traffic in the town centre. I then did 10881 on a 6 to Union St via the station and walked back which proved to be a good move as winner 36064 was on the 1700 9a so this was done to my old stop for 37431 back on a 9.

Next up I did 37210 on a 51 to intercept 34535 on an inbound 51 which arrived on time to do 19890 on the 1745 3. I finished off with 27642 on a 9b back for 22832 home on the 1814 50. A pretty good few hours of moves.

I still can't get my head round the diagrams like how a bus on route 6 goes onto a 10 like 34827 did. The Hitchin routes had 27520, 27521, 27522, 27523 and 27642 as if deliberately done this morning.

I viewed 36065 on a 1, 36044 on a 6, 36041 on a 5, 36043 on a 2, 34828 and 34834 on 73's. 10878 and 10879 were on 1/53's before 10878 did 9's. 34830 was also on 1's, 36043 did a 3, 36062 was on 6's and 36063 on 2's.

The tracker showed 10881 had been on the 7 and 2 before I had it on a 6. 34827 showed up on routes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 so possibly 10881 did similar. What did amuse me this morning on the tracker was seeing 54312 on routes 2, 5, 6 and 7 up to lunchtime. I can't imagine an Elite on route 7 but there you go.

I viewed 37042 twice on the W7 an hour between each sighting and also 22840 was seen on one.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Barry on April 14, 2021, 03:00:29 AM
With the roads being busier I'm back to seeing 905s pass my window in Cambridge when they should be in Cambourne.

I feel tremendously sorry for people who, 40 mins after they were due to leave Parkside, are further away from their destination!
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on April 16, 2021, 12:21:09 AM
What diagrams are the routes following at the moment? I frequent route 5 and since Monday upon reaching the bus station it has morphed into a 2 or 6?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 16, 2021, 05:28:29 PM
Thankfully at least 36012 is playing ball and can now be tracked so I was able to go for it. It was shown as doing routes 4, 10, 6, 5, 7 then 5 again this morning in a sort of guess what route it will do next challenge.

I did 22832 on a 50 to Bedford for 19604 on 1 for 36041 back on a 9b as a filler waiting for 36012 before doing it on the 1511 6. Now normal bedlam has returned with the world and its wife clogging up the roads to collect their little darlings from school. It took an astonishing 13 minutes to reach Bedford Station so I abandoned going to Brickhill and bailed in Clapham Road to intercept 34828 on a 51 back to the bus station and to avoid Midland Road. Sending every 6 via the station now might work in lockdown but not now. Please can Stagecoach revert to only going via the station in peak times?

34827 sat on the 1550 10 so I did it to Goldington Tesco gambling that required for the year 36042 would be on the 1621 10 to town as it had done the 1515 3. This worked out just right so 36042 was taken back to town for my food shop at last and 22835 home on the 1714 50 running 20 late thanks to traffic. However we are still in Bedford at 1745 as now 22835 won't start. Apparently the engine has to be left running or it won't restart which has me questioning why such a vehicle is out in traffic. Not much use to anyone if it won't fire up other than the scrap man.

The tracker showed 10879 having worked routes 2, 10, 4, 3, 4, 10, 5 and 2 earlier in the day as if I could work out that pattern as to what it would do next. At least 27520-523 and 27642 keep sticking to Hitchin runs, 34828 to 51's, 34535, 34538 and 34834 to 73's so easy to follow.

34830 did a 6 then a 5 and then a 2 whilst 10876 did a 9, 53, 1, 53, 1 and 9. 34537 produced on 53 then went on a 3 before switching to a 6. 36062 and 36065 were viewed on 6's before I lost where they went.

19587 appears to be dedicated to the 830 school turn but the 828 could only rustle up 36302 so I hope the children were tiny tots.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 17, 2021, 08:28:23 PM
I was intrigued by the tracker showing 54312 on the 7 on Tuesday and when I saw it was meant to be on route 5 this morning I did 19108 on a 50 to town. I also wanted to get 34830 and 834 in this week to go with the others had except 34536 which is grounded. 34834 duly produced on a 73 so was taken to Harrowden Road for 27522 back on a 9b.

The moment of truth arrived as 54312 was showing on the 1124 6 from Burneside so I headed out on 37211 on the 1147 6 as we should pass in Midland Road. And I was not surprised that it was an imposter as new liveried 37437 was the offending vehicle masquerading as an Elite with delusions of grandeur. The tracker shows 37437 has not worked since 20 March but that is not true as I have seen it around. Therefore these dodgy 54312 workings have in fact been 37437 in disguise.

Today it took 11 minutes for my 6 to reach the station and it isn't even a peak hour or school time. Given that the 6 is given 16 minutes to get to Burneside then there are going to be a lot of late running on that route if they don't go directly to Union St. Anyway I bailed for 34830 coming in on a 51 at Clapham Road and headed home on 15607 on the 50 having reeled in the two Darts and solved the Elite mystery.

I still have not viewed 36060/061 but the other suspects were about. 36012 was seen on a 5/6, 36064 on a 2, 36065 on a 10, 36043 on a 9, 36041 and 36044 on 3/6's.

11279 stuck to route 53, 10879 was on a 1, 34538 did 6, 9 then 5, whilst 34535 and 34827 stayed on 73's. 34830 had been on an 81 and 41 before I caught up with it on a 51. According to the tracker 10874's first run of the day was the 1020 81 from Luton but surely it went out on the 0915?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on April 18, 2021, 06:13:40 PM
Could it be a ticket machine swapped between vehicles?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Palatine on April 18, 2021, 06:43:06 PM
Could it be a ticket machine swapped between vehicles?

It's a deinite. The ticket machine is what reports the tracking ID if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on April 21, 2021, 05:03:14 PM
Just looking at bustime.org and the Cowley road allocation and saw this!
13809 BV18 YBB 905 9 Dec 22:35    Volvo B5TL Wright Eclipse Gemini 3
Did the vehicle do that trip or did someone borrow the ticket machine?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on April 21, 2021, 05:19:00 PM
Bus times are not very reliable at the moment
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 22, 2021, 06:47:50 PM
Solo SR 48036 (YJ66ASZ) is the latest vehicle to be repainted into Local livery at Bedford and is now parked next to the recently arrived ex London E200's. It however remains out of use and hasn't been in service for over a year.
It would appear that the paint shop are not now focusing on one vehicle type at a time
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: busman on April 23, 2021, 03:04:18 PM
One of the X5 Elites passed me on the A10 lunchtime being dragged down to Volvo at Ely.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 23, 2021, 05:15:23 PM
One of the X5 Elites passed me on the A10 lunchtime being dragged down to Volvo at Ely.

The drivers at Bedford will probably have a party when those are replaced. They've been nothing but trouble since they were new.
They're by far the most unreliable coaches ever to work the route
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on April 23, 2021, 09:28:01 PM
Talking of Elites a new use has been found for them with 54315 seemingly arriving on the 830 school run this afternoon. To add to the novelty factor the 828 was 37214.

I ventured into town on Thursday as 39688 was required for the year on the 50. Despite the nice weather I had been grounded this week with a cold. I assume I picked it up amongst the hordes in town last Saturday. Now social distancing has turned into a free for all it is time for the common cold to return and other ailments from social mixing. I don't think I came across anyone with a cold in the past year.

Anyway I digress. After overtaking 34537 on a 51 I got off 39688 in Clapham Road to do the Dart into the bus station. Next up was 34538 on a 5 and I came back with 34834 also on a 5. My bus home on the 50 was 22833 and it doesn't like gradients. There is no doubt that 22832 to 22835 adequately fill the crates category and are becoming the norm with 11126 and 11127 on the 50. The latter two gold buses always do the route in the same day. They never seem to be 126 one day and 127 the next.

Today I did 39686 on a 50 into town and landed straight onto 11279 on the 1335 7 so I did this out to Woodside and back before it went onto routes 6, 10 and 4. 19890 arrived on a 3 and then formed the 1429 4 so I went to Goldington Tesco and back with it on the 1451 10. Next up was 34535 on a 9 for 36062 back on a 9b for trusty 11126 on the 1541 50 which was 20 minutes late after running into school traffic.

Assuming nobody was switching ticket machines for a laugh, the tracker this morning revealed that 34535 was on 8's until noon before going onto routes 1 and 9. After I got home the tracker aggravated me by showing that 34536 was back out and its first run was on the 1650 8. Now I assume it really was 34536 and not 36301 pretending to be a Dart.

Others noted today were 36012 on a 41, 36043 on 51's, 34828 and 36063 on 6's, 34830 on 6, 7, 5's, 34834 on 73's, 34537 on 10, 4, 3's, 27520, 27522, 27523 and 27642 still glued to Hitchin's. I have still to set eyes on 36060 and 36061 let alone ride on them.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: HughT on April 24, 2021, 12:58:25 PM
Talking of Elite 54315 (YX64 WCZ) - it was seen passing the American Cemetery on the way into Cambridge at 12.30 today. Looks as though it was operating a 905 service, 11.27 ex-Bedford. First one I've seen since the original lockdown! Although the 905 isn't routed via CRC and Science Park at the weekends, it doesn't serve its former stops on the way into Cambridge. No stopping between Cambourne and Fair St.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: HughT on April 24, 2021, 01:07:23 PM
Or perhaps it was out of service? It's already heading out of the city, well in advance of the 905's 13.05 departure time (and a double decker is showing up as having just arrived at Parkside - quite late). Could the Elite be on a route-training trip (prior to the return of the eastern section of the X5? OK, so that's just wishful thinking...)?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 24, 2021, 03:00:54 PM
Or perhaps it was out of service? It's already heading out of the city, well in advance of the 905's 13.05 departure time (and a double decker is showing up as having just arrived at Parkside - quite late). Could the Elite be on a route-training trip (prior to the return of the eastern section of the X5? OK, so that's just wishful thinking...)?

My friend drives the X5 and 905 and says the change is permanent.
The E400 MMC's are better suited to that part of the route as it's more a local bus service than an express service like the route is between Bedford and Oxford.
Although I agree it's a pain for through passengers, I can see why the change was done.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Palatine on April 26, 2021, 04:30:44 PM
I did hear something said that the E400 MMC's were temporary until something more suitable was sourced, but who knows how accurate that "rumour" was!

The only part of the Eastern X5 that really counted as a local service was as it passed through St Neots. Every other section between Cambridge and Bedford was fast dual carriageway running, sounds pretty express to me.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 26, 2021, 07:45:18 PM
I did hear something said that the E400 MMC's were temporary until something more suitable was sourced, but who knows how accurate that "rumour" was!

The only part of the Eastern X5 that really counted as a local service was as it passed through St Neots. Every other section between Cambridge and Bedford was fast dual carriageway running, sounds pretty express to me.

It was limited stop in Bedford then it becomes a local bus service from Great Barford to St Neots then limited stop again from St Neots onwards
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 28, 2021, 05:43:20 PM
Ex London E200's 36321/23 (LX58CCA/E) have now entered service and were on the 2 and 8 respectively today with white LED blinds. The 'local' livery seems to suit smaller vehicles quite well
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on April 28, 2021, 06:01:01 PM
When will all the buses track correctly
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on April 28, 2021, 06:04:00 PM
When will all the buses track correctly

That's a question for Stagecoach East as it works with ticket machines
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on April 29, 2021, 10:15:58 PM
Solo SR 48036 (YJ66ASZ) is the latest vehicle to be repainted into Local livery at Bedford and is now parked next to the recently arrived ex London E200's. It however remains out of use and hasn't been in service for over a year.
It would appear that the paint shop are not now focusing on one vehicle type at a time

Didnt last long in its greener smarter travel livery
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on May 03, 2021, 03:27:23 PM
The latest repaint at Bedford paint shop is Peterborough's E200 37222 (SN64OKX)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 03, 2021, 06:14:36 PM
I made an overdue visit into Bedford today as both 11135 and 11137 were on the 50 diagrams instead of 11126 and 11127. Both buses today were required for the year. This meant two hours to do a food shop so I reeled in 19706 on a 2, 10879 on a 9, 37234 on a 3 and 10878 on a 9 before getting home before the typhoon arrived.

It sounds like social distancing could be dropped in June which will be helpful if I am expected to travel on 36321 parked up at the bus station. Diddy buses are not suitable for the current distancing rules. Both 11279 and 10880 were on the 1/53 circuit and 36063 did the 3/4/10 diagrams with 37234. The 41's were in the hands of 37431.

I will return to Bedford tomorrow for some bus moves as my first haircut of the year is booked.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on May 03, 2021, 09:12:31 PM
I made an overdue visit into Bedford today as both 11135 and 11137 were on the 50 diagrams instead of 11126 and 11127. Both buses today were required for the year. This meant two hours to do a food shop so I reeled in 19706 on a 2, 10879 on a 9, 37234 on a 3 and 10878 on a 9 before getting home before the typhoon arrived.

It sounds like social distancing could be dropped in June which will be helpful if I am expected to travel on 36321 parked up at the bus station. Diddy buses are not suitable for the current distancing rules. Both 11279 and 10880 were on the 1/53 circuit and 36063 did the 3/4/10 diagrams with 37234. The 41's were in the hands of 37431.

I will return to Bedford tomorrow for some bus moves as my first haircut of the year is booked.

The ex London E200's are mainly covering routes that were run with Solo SR's before they were sent on loan to London. I wonder if they will ever return to Bedford when no longer needed for schools in London or be sent elsewhere. I know my friend has his fingers crossed that they don't come back as he hates driving them and much prefers Darts and E200's when he has to drive town services
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 05, 2021, 05:40:54 PM
I think my beef with the Diddy buses is that they are restricted to 10 passengers and it strikes me that they should start in service once social distancing ends should that be June. Today people were turned away from both the new arrivals. They don't seem to be a great deal of use until they can take a full load again. The other issue is that one of them was on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 routes today as there are several diagrams now where a single deck covers most town routes. There were a number of buses today displaying bus full on their screens as passenger numbers rise.

My moves today involved 35181 on a 50 into town which I have not done this year. I found winner 36323 on an 8 and was 9th to board before the driver rejected those behind me so a 30 minutes fester for the next one. I did it to Queens Park and walked back having missed 36301 coming the other way. I got back in time for second winner 36321 on a 2. Again people behind me were turned away for reaching the ten capacity so 20 more minutes for them. I bailed at Elstow and walked to Mile Road for 19705 on a 9 back to town.

By now 36321 was on a 6 so I did that via the station and returned with 37235 on another 6 which did the sensible thing and boycotted the station route going straight into Greyfriars from Union St presumably because it was 10 minutes late. Yet another year winner 39681 produced to take me home on the 1336 50. This was 15 minutes late as a trainee driver appeared to have issues with the ticket machine. In the end the mentor took over as they had a tight turn round at Kettering for their next duty. Not often I witness late running caused by the driver!

In addition to 36321 doing the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 routes you had 34535, 34536, 34538 and 34827 doing the same. Other stuff viewed on the 2/6 were 36062, 36065, 36042 and 34834. 36064 was on the Hitchin's with the usual 27520-523. 36012 did 73's whilst 10876 and 10880 were on the 1/53 turns.



Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on May 06, 2021, 04:32:05 PM
 i have never seen 36060 and 36061 in service around bedford
did they ever enter service.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 06, 2021, 05:23:56 PM
i have never seen 36060 and 36061 in service around bedford
did they ever enter service.

I have not seen them at all despite them showing on Bedford's allocation for months. I would have expected them to enter traffic now rather than the E200's. Today I viewed 36012 on an 81, 36062 on a 5, 36042 on a 51, 36063 on a 6 and 36065 also on a 6.

My wheels into town today were provided by 18104 on a 50. To use up time I did 34536 on a 7 for 36043 also on a 7 back to the bus station. There was no vehicle showing for my 50 home on the 1336 so 35176 was well received when it turned up as not been on it this year.

Others piffle out were 19893 on the Hitchin's making a change from the 27xxx stuff, 10877 on 1/53, 34535 on a 3, 34537 and 34538 on 5, 6, 7's, 34827 and 34834 on 73's. Both 11136 and 39687 also appeared on 50's. 36323 and 36301 were both still on the 8's and 36321 was also seen on an unidentified service which parked up at the bus station.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 07, 2021, 05:24:50 PM
Finally most of Bedford's fleet are now on the tracker as 36321, 36042 and 36043 seem to be the only three not on system.

Year winner 35175 took me into town on the 50 for 34535 on a 2 for 10881 on a 1 before heading home on 34422 on the 1436 50.

34827 and 19578 appeared on routes 3, 4, 10. 34538 did an 81, 41, 51 move. 11279 and 36062 were on 9a/b, 34537 did a 6 then a 2, 34535 came off a 73 to do a 2, 36012, 36065, 34834 each did routes 6, 7, 5. 36042 was on a 5, 36063 on a 51, 36064 on a 1 and 19587 on its usual 830.

19892 worked routes 9, 3, 4, 10, 2, 6, 4, 10, 5, 6, 5 in that order and 36323 did a 10, 4, 3, 7, 5, 6, 10, 4, 3, if anyone can fathom these diagrams.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on May 10, 2021, 02:58:05 PM
48036 back in service on a 7 this afternoon
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on May 10, 2021, 05:41:05 PM
48036 back in service on a 7 this afternoon

This had been off the road for 15 months! It was always the most unreliable of the Solo SR's. Hopefully London will give the other 8 back soon
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on May 21, 2021, 04:51:32 PM
latest repaint is fenstanton E200 (AJ58PZV).

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on May 21, 2021, 04:54:08 PM
missed fleet number 36061
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 26, 2021, 06:05:26 PM
missed fleet number 36061

Yes it never worked in Bedford and I noticed it was on route 66 St Neots to Huntingdon on 11 May. I still have not seen 36060.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 26, 2021, 06:21:48 PM
After 11 days enjoying the tropical wet weather of Wales I had to do a food shop in Bedford. Somehow the 1250 50 with 19083 was so late that 22832 on the 1436 50 made the minus 35 onto it. I don't understand how the 1250 could be so late it was hardly the busiest period of the day. Still it reduced the fester in town but meant there was no time to do any moves as I returned home on 19087 on the 1541 50.

Not much has changed I noticed in my absence. 19578 is still the go to decker for routes 10, 4 and 3 and 19587 on the 830. 34535 and 34537 were on 5's, 19698, 36041 and 36065 were on 2's, 36323 on 9's, 36064 and 34538 on 9a/b, 34536 and 34834 on 1's, 34830 on a 7 and 34828 on a 41.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on May 26, 2021, 07:03:12 PM
another repaint is 34827 (KX06JYJ)
but this one is completely all white.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 29, 2021, 11:10:09 AM
36321 didn't last long in Bedford as it has vanished from the allocations so that might be linked to 48036 coming back to haunt us albeit it has not worked since 24 May. 36042, 043, 060 are the only three not being tracked although I have doubts 060 is at Bedford.

I see 10874 is showing up on the 99 today, 10879 and 10881 on Hitchin's, 10880 on 53's, 10876 on 5's and 10878 on the 41 instead of being on 905's. I do hope that one of these will be on the 3, 4 and 10 tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 30, 2021, 04:39:59 PM
I did 22834 into town today on the 50 but my hopes of getting two MMC's on routes 3, 4 and 10 were dashed as I was served up with two E400's. However, as both 19890 and 19892 were required for the full 3, 4, 10 I did 19892 on the 4 and 10, then 19890 on the 4, 10 and 3 before doing 19892 on a 3. This took 4 hours to achieve before heading home on 19083 on the 1500 50.

I just made the 1500 with a minute to spare thanks to errant cars parked on a turning on route 3 as 19892 could not swing round them. A Stagecoach employee was called out to the scene to guide the driver to reverse the bus and squeeze through the tightest gap. Do people living in the area not realise they are parking on a bus route?

Other vehicles noted:
1 - 10874 / 11279
2,5,6,7,9 - 10879 / 10881 / 11280 / 19893
8 - 36302
41 - 10877
50 - 22835
53 - 10878 / 19587 / 19704
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on May 30, 2021, 06:14:00 PM
I did 22834 into town today on the 50 but my hopes of getting two MMC's on routes 3, 4 and 10 were dashed as I was served up with two E400's. However, as both 19890 and 19892 were required for the full 3, 4, 10 I did 19892 on the 4 and 10, then 19890 on the 4, 10 and 3 before doing 19892 on a 3. This took 4 hours to achieve before heading home on 19083 on the 1500 50.

I just made the 1500 with a minute to spare thanks to errant cars parked on a turning on route 3 as 19892 could not swing round them. A Stagecoach employee was called out to the scene to guide the driver to reverse the bus and squeeze through the tightest gap. Do people living in the area not realise they are parking on a bus route?

Other vehicles noted:
1 - 10874 / 11279
2,5,6,7,9 - 10879 / 10881 / 11280 / 19893
8 - 36302
41 - 10877
50 - 22835
53 - 10878 / 19587 / 19704

The roads on the route are why smaller vehicles were always used pre pandemic. It used to be rare to see a Dart or E200 used to cover an unavailable Solo let alone an E400.
I don't recall a Bristol VRT, Leyland/Volvo Olympian, Leyland National or Volvo B6 ever covering the routes under their previous service numbers and letters when the Ivecos and Mercedes 709D's were used.
I could be wrong
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on May 31, 2021, 04:02:40 PM
No I don't recall ever having a trident or olympian on routes 3, 4, 10. Getting an oly on route 7 was hard enough as Sunday was the one day in the week double decks would appear but olys didn't get used on Sundays. You had to wait every two years for River Festival Sunday to bag an oly on the 7. I recall an oly one normal Sunday on a 52 but otherwise they were rare in the last 5 years of their lives on the sabbath.

Anyway today's sermon meant I had to return to Bedford as 19705 and 10881 were on routes 3, 4, 10 so my call for an MMC was answered as I have only had 11280 on the three routes previously. 19705 was dud for each route so I didn't bother with it. Not that I would have got far with it as it got swapped for 36323.

So I did 22835 on a 50 to have 10881 on the 3, 4 and 10 in that order and time for a food shop as no daft car parking on turning corners on the 3 like yesterday when my plus 12 onto the 1500 became a plus 1. Once again the 1500 50 was 19083.

Other buses out alongside 10881 on the 3/4/10
1 - 10879 / 19893
1/53 - 10878
2/5/6/7/9 - 10874 / 19704 / 19890 / 19892
3/4/10 - 19705 later replaced by 36323 in afternoon
8 - 36301
41 - 10875


Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on June 01, 2021, 05:10:06 PM
Today was part 2 of my jabbing session so year winner 39692 dropped me into town on the 50 for 34536 on the 6 to the vac centre. My vehicles back were 37234 on the 6 and 22832 on the 1716 50.

No sign of anything to interest me on the Tesco and Fenlake routes. Buses observed were 10881 and 19705 on 9's after their ventures yesterday on 3, 4, 10: 34828 on a 51, 34535 on a 2, 34830 on a 73, 10874 on a 1, 10880 on a 53, 34834 on a 3, 34538 on a 6, 15401 and 39684 on 50's. Diddy buses 36301, 36302 and 36323 took turns on the 8.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on June 05, 2021, 08:35:20 PM
Dart 34537 (GX04EYL) is dumped at the corner of the yard at Bedford depot with the front facing towards the fence. It hasn't been in service for a week now.
Also in the yard at Bedford depot were ex London E200's 36306/08 (LX56EAA/E). They've not been used since they transferred to Stagecoach East and are officially in reserve at Cambridge. Although this may be just on paper until they're officially allocated to a depot.
Steven Knight Media reported on Twitter that Solo SR's 48023-25/31-35 (YJ15ANR/U/V/YJ66ARZ/SO/U/V/X) are to return next month after more than a year on loan to London for extra school services. Their return should oust the remaining 7 Darts according to my usual contact at Bedford depot.
I hope their reliability has improved in their time away from Bedford as more often then not there was a Dart or E200 covering for a broken Solo SR on services 3,4,7 and 10. Only a Solo SR or short E200 can be used on the 8 due to the narrow streets of Queens Park
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on June 08, 2021, 11:03:38 AM
Enviro 200 MMC 37434 (SN16OPZ) has been repainted in into local livery and was on the 41 this morning. This brings an end to coast hopper livery in Bedford
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on June 12, 2021, 02:44:38 PM
Extremely bad news getting those joke solos back compared to the spacious Darts. Personally I find that proposal a retrograde step as people still feel more assured spaced apart whether they have had two jabs or not with this Delta variant knocking around.

36321 which disappeared from Bedfords allocated vehicles has returned to the fold as has 34537 out on a 6, 9 then a 7 today. They have finally sorted out 37437 and 54312 so now both can be tracked. 37437 is on 51's today and no longer pretending to be an Elite.

I did 11135 this morning on a 50 and got off in Clapham Road for 34535 following on a 6. I then did 10875 on a 9a for 34538 back to town on a 9. Then I went to Shortstown on 10878 on a 9b returning with 10879 on a 9a before heading home on 15608 on a 50. Also on the Hitchin's were 10874, 10876 and 10880 making a total of six MMC's taking over the services. 34830, 34834, 36012 were seen on 9's and 34828 on a 6.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Palatine on June 15, 2021, 04:20:48 PM
Extremely bad news getting those joke solos back compared to the spacious Darts. Personally I find that proposal a retrograde step as people still feel more assured spaced apart whether they have had two jabs or not with this Delta variant knocking around.

36321 which disappeared from Bedfords allocated vehicles has returned to the fold as has 34537 out on a 6, 9 then a 7 today. They have finally sorted out 37437 and 54312 so now both can be tracked. 37437 is on 51's today and no longer pretending to be an Elite.

I did 11135 this morning on a 50 and got off in Clapham Road for 34535 following on a 6. I then did 10875 on a 9a for 34538 back to town on a 9. Then I went to Shortstown on 10878 on a 9b returning with 10879 on a 9a before heading home on 15608 on a 50. Also on the Hitchin's were 10874, 10876 and 10880 making a total of six MMC's taking over the services. 34830, 34834, 36012 were seen on 9's and 34828 on a 6.

With that lot out and about on other services it makes you wonder what was running the 905!
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on June 22, 2021, 07:28:00 PM
I let myself out this afternoon for good behaviour and did 39686 on the 50. Nobody had informed the driver that Clapham High Street was closed so we had to turn round and head back to the bypass to reach Bedford.

Still the delay did me a favour as it dropped me straight onto 48036 on the 1345 3 so as I wanted it for the year I took it to London Road and walked to Elstow Road to cover an inbound 9a which was not being tracked and it was just 19706.

Still this proved to be a good move as the elusive winner 36060 was on the 1430 2 also not tracked. It was my first sighting of it and was taken to the hospital for 19889 back on a 1. Another good move was supplied by the 1512 10 being 10874 so this was taken to Goldington and I stayed with it as it returned on the 1537 4.

As 36060 was on the 1615 81 I decided to have another run as I had an hour to kill. I had intended to do it for 36064 back on a 9 but a flaming roasted car apparently had other ideas. Our 81 was diverted down London Road and Mile Road with the police blocking off Elstow Road. I bailed off 36060 and walked to the park and ride as route 9 was closed. 10877 arrived from Flitwick to get me back for 39686 again on the 1716 50.

Other stuff poodling about were 10875 on Hitchin's, 34830 on 4/10, 34537 on 73's, 36321 on 51's, 34538 on 5/6, 27521-523 on 53's and 19587 on its regular 830 and 6 school runs before going onto a 2.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on June 23, 2021, 11:44:57 PM
Ex London short E200 36322 (LX58CCD) has now entered service and was on the 8 today.
36306-08 (LX56EAA/C/E) still haven't moved from the depot since they arrived from London
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on June 24, 2021, 05:50:10 PM
I did 18108 on a 50 into Bedford this morning for 34537 on a 6 and winner 36322 on a 51 before going home on 11127 on the 1236 50. I didn't actually realise 36322 was new until I got home and saw Al's post.

37060 is now on the tracker and it was interesting to see all of the MMC's showing on the 905 for a change this morning. Other buses seen were 36301 on a 51 before 36322 appeared, 48036 was on a 7, 34830 on 9's, 34536 on 73's and 34538 on the 5 and 6.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on June 28, 2021, 07:45:14 PM
I did 34422 on a 50 into Bedford and then foolishly did 34538 on the 1346 6 which took 20 minutes to reach Clapham Road. Looking at the tracker the other vehicles were also very late. I don't know how long they will persist going down Midland Road if the traffic is at a standstill off peak so the timetable goes out the window. Keen to avoid this nonsense I did 36301 on a 51 back. It appears the 8/51 now interwork so Diddy buses control these services.

I had planned to do 19706 on the 1415 3 as it had been on the 3 and 7 all morning but I was thwarted when 48036 replaced it on the 1325 7 so 19706 went out to do the 828. So I planned to head home on the 1436 50 but the inbound 1250 was not showing on the tracker at all. By 1500 there was still no sign of it so I jumped on 10879 on the 1 and returned with 19893 on another 1. Back at the bus station and the same faces were still there for the 1541 50 so clearly the 1436 failed to run. Very poor when it is an hourly service that Kettering could not spare a bus as I have to assume it never set off as nothing on the tracker. 19083 took me home 65 minutes later than expected.

Others noted were 19888 on the 830 as 19587 sneaked off to Hitchin, 34830 was on 41's, 27520 and 10881 on 53a's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Emms1 on June 28, 2021, 09:59:36 PM
.Others noted were 19888 on the 830

What is the 830 i am not aware of that one?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on June 28, 2021, 10:12:15 PM
What is the 830 i am not aware of that one?

It's a school service
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on June 29, 2021, 09:20:46 PM
Before the football I headed into town with 19087 on the 50. I did 36063 on a 9 to Mile Road for the short walk to Elstow returning with 36064 on an 81. Much to my annoyance back in town we passed 10877 on the 1327 4 so that would have returned with a 10 so I missed a new one for those routes. Still I can't complain as required for the year 34421 was my bus home on the 1336 50.

In addition to working routes 4 and 10, 10877 did routes 5 and 6 before heading off to work the 830, it then did the school 6 and finished on the 1725 X5 to MK so reports the tracker.

Others noted were 27523 on the 828, 11279 on 1's, 34536 on a 5, 34830 on 73's, 34538 on routes 2 and 81 and 10876 on a 41.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 02, 2021, 07:21:39 PM
Steven Knight Media has reported that all 7 of Bedford's remaining Darts have now been relegated to the reserve fleet. Although 34536-38/830/34 (GX04EYK/L/M/KX06/JYN/S) were all in service today.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 06, 2021, 10:31:00 AM
The first standard E200 at Bedford depot to receive local livery is 36044 (AE08NVU). Hopefully they'll start to paint the ones that still carry Citi branding soon
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 06, 2021, 05:20:51 PM
My first venture into town this week was made on 19084 on a 50 for 36065 on a 6 and 35221 took me home on the 1336 50 which I had not been on this year.

The 73 seems to be back to double decks with 11279, 19578 and 19890 all performing following on from 10877, 11279 and 19587 yesterday. Also yesterday 19891 appeared on the 4/10 but I didn't bother as dud for the routes.

39686 was also on the 50 today, 10876 on 9a, 48036 on 3/7, 34536 and 34537 on the 5/6, 34538 on 41's, 34830 on 2/81 and 34834 on 4/10/5/6.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 07, 2021, 01:19:27 PM
Another repaint into local livery is E200 MMC 37436 (SN16ORF)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 07, 2021, 05:27:27 PM
Today I did 35176 on a 50 into town for 34538 on a 3, 19578 back on a 9 before heading home on 19087 on a 50.

I was offered a third trip with 19890 over both routes 4/10 but declined as twice over the routes with it previously is more than enough. 39681 was also out on 50's, 10876 was on Hitchin's, 34536 and 34830 were also on 4, 10, 6 and 5's, 34537 was on a 5 and 34834 on 73's with 19889/19892.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 09, 2021, 06:08:59 PM
I had intended to go out on Thursday but unexpected meetings and late running buses from Kettering ended those hopes. Rather annoying as 19705 and 10875 did routes 4/10 the latter required for the routes. 18104, 39686, 39688 and 39692 were all on the 50.

Today I did 39684 on the 50 to Clapham Road and got off to have 36012 behind it on a 6. This gave me a little time to fester for 19893 on the 1412 10 so off to Tesco on it and back on the 1427 4 as new routes for me on this vehicle. I then did 19890 on a 9a to have 10881 back on an 81 before heading home on 22835 on the 1541 50 running 12 minutes late.

Others buses seen were 19888 and 34834 on routes 3/7, 34538 and 34830 on routes 4/10, 27642 on 1's, 34536 on routes 2/81, 34537 on 73's, 19587 on 9's and 10876 on 41's. 11279 had been on route 9 but was reeled in and sent empty to the garage.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on July 14, 2021, 02:07:32 PM
34535 has conked out in service on the 5 on Queen’s Drive
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 14, 2021, 05:57:58 PM
34535 has conked out in service on the 5 on Queen’s Drive

Those 04 plate Darts are knackered, They should all get withdrawn once the Solo SR's return from London in the next few weeks
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 16, 2021, 08:23:58 PM
My first venture into town this week was made today on 35175 on the 50 which I have not had previously this year. I then did 34834 on the 1200 9a to Mile Road for 19704 back on a 9. I made 34830 on the 1230 9b which departed late and took that to Harrowden Road for 19587 back on a 73. The driver did not like the look of my Bedford dayrider plus as not for the first time the fact it is issued by a Kettering driver and is cheaper than the Bedford version seems to perplex them. Anyway winner 22838 did the 1336 50 so I went home on that.

According to the tracker 34535 did the morning 828 and 6 school runs before going to the garage. 34536 - 38 were all on the 6, 5, 10, 4 duties. 48036 which had been shown missing since 6 July sadly returned today on the 3/7 routes. I don't know if Bedford are wrecking their buses but 6 MMC's were showing not in traffic this morning. Others buses spotted were 19706 on a 41, 19578 on a 9, 39681 on a 50, 19581 and 19889 on 73's before the latter went dead to Sharnbrook school.

19890 was on route 1 today after it had been allowed to do a return trip on the 905 to Cambridge on Wednesday morning. Also on Wednesday 19698 was out on routes 4, 10, 5 and 6.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 16, 2021, 10:03:29 PM
My first venture into town this week was made today on 35175 on the 50 which I have not had previously this year. I then did 34834 on the 1200 9a to Mile Road for 19704 back on a 9. I made 34830 on the 1230 9b which departed late and took that to Harrowden Road for 19587 back on a 73. The driver did not like the look of my Bedford dayrider plus as not for the first time the fact it is issued by a Kettering driver and is cheaper than the Bedford version seems to perplex them. Anyway winner 22838 did the 1336 50 so I went home on that.

According to the tracker 34535 did the morning 828 and 6 school runs before going to the garage. 34536 - 38 were all on the 6, 5, 10, 4 duties. 48036 which had been shown missing since 6 July sadly returned today on the 3/7 routes. I don't know if Bedford are wrecking their buses but 6 MMC's were showing not in traffic this morning. Others buses spotted were 19706 on a 41, 19578 on a 9, 39681 on a 50, 19581 and 19889 on 73's before the latter went dead to Sharnbrook school.

19890 was on route 1 today after it had been allowed to do a return trip on the 905 to Cambridge on Wednesday morning. Also on Wednesday 19698 was out on routes 4, 10, 5 and 6.

E400 MMC's 10878-81/11279/80 (YX67VDP/R/T/V/SN69ZPF/G) are on F1 park and ride duty at Silverstone this weekend
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 17, 2021, 05:40:20 PM
Thanks Al I had forgotten about Silverstone starting on Friday, rather than Saturday, that explains why 19581, 19587 and 19704 are on the 905's today (Saturday). I failed to appear on Look East yesterday as various bods were interviewed at Bedford bus station about face masks.

I did 18101 on a 50 into Bedford for 34535 out on a 5 and back in with 34536 on a 7. Dud for routes 4 and 10, 19891 was on the 1357 4 so was flagged. The 1412 10 was no better as that was dud 19892 for routes 4/10 but finally patience was rewarded when 19698 arrived for the 1427 4 so I did this to Goldington and back with it on the 1449 10 as required for both routes.

I then resorted to doing 34538 on the 1515 73 for the real 37437 back on a 9b not pretending to be an Elite. I went home on 22834 on the 1541 50 after making the minus 4 off 37437.

Not much else to report. 48036 still on the 3 and 7's, 34537 on 41's, 34830 on Hitchin's and 34834 on 53's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 19, 2021, 05:29:30 PM
The latest repaint into local livery is E200 MMC 37435 (SN16ORC)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 24, 2021, 03:07:54 PM
I returned last night after a week in tropical Liverpool to discover that we only have one Dart 34834 still in service today. I did 22835 on a 50 into town landing me straight onto 19587 on the 1242 10 so this was done to Tesco and back on the 1307 4 as new routes for it. Also performing on the 4/10 was 19704 but dud for the routes so flagged. I went home with 18108 on the 1336 50 after doing a quick food shop.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on July 26, 2021, 06:24:28 PM
I went to the excellent Whittlesey running day yesterday which involved doing 10879 out and back on the 905 to St Neots. Whilst away I missed out on 35222 on the 50 which I have not had this year. Still it was better to have 14054, 20202, 52442 and various other olympians than a Dart.

Today I had winner 22839 on the 50 to town and embarked on doing the diversions down Cardington Road as I last went that way on a oly on the 74. I did 11280 on the 1530 9a to Harrowden Lane and walked to Eastcotts St Martins Way for 37432 back on a 73.

I had to leave the 9 diversion for another day as winner 36307 did the 1632 51. I had planned to return on 36935 on the 6 but it simply vanished into thin air. The tracker showed it leaving Bourneside 10 minutes late and would be with me in Clapham Road at 1650. By 1700 it had still not reached me and disappeared from the radar. Its next duty on the 1655 5 didn't appear to run as nothing on the tracker for it so I had to do 22835 on the 50 into the bus station to go home with it on the 1714. There was still no sign of 36935...
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 27, 2021, 02:32:44 PM
The latest E200 to receive local livery is 36301 (LX56DZU)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 28, 2021, 03:59:31 PM
Ex London E200 36306 (LX56EAA) has now entered service and was on the 3 this afternoon. It's not yet on the bus times tracker. 36308 (LX56EAE) is still yet to enter service.
It remains to be seen what these short E200's will be used on once the Solo SR's return from London very shortly as they're too small for the busier town services
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on July 28, 2021, 04:48:52 PM
could the solos be moved on to another part of stagecoach.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 28, 2021, 05:02:09 PM
could the solos be moved on to another part of stagecoach.

The Solo SR's are coming back to Bedford very shortly. The ex London E200's are between 8 and 10 years older than them so would be very inferior replacements.
I have noticed that Stagecoach haven't bought any large batches of Solo SR's since 2016. Only a small batch of 3 for Wales in 2019 and just 2 for Scotland last year.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 29, 2021, 07:30:25 PM
could the solos be moved on to another part of stagecoach.

Steven Knight Media has reported on Twitter that Solo SR's 48023-25/31 (YJ15ANR/U/V/YJ66ARZ) will not be returning to Bedford and will now move to Stagecoach Manchester.
48032-35 (YJ66ASO/U/V/X) will be coming back to Bedford.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on July 29, 2021, 08:22:05 PM
Appears as though the main town services will be sticking with the 15 minute frequency post-pandemic judging by the timetables finally put in place in the bus station

It doesn’t seem as though the short e200’s will be going anywhere soon as they’re being repainted
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on July 31, 2021, 05:07:53 PM
The first Solo SR to arrive back at Bedford after long term loan to London is 48032 (YJ66ASO)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 02, 2021, 06:36:46 PM
On Sunday my hopes of having 11134 required for the year on the 50 into town ended when it failed to stop as workmen were packing up close to the bus stop and the driver gestured towards them that he could not pull over. My view is that the stop was not closed and he could have stopped further up the road as it was 2 hours until the next service. I have complained to SC but doubt it will do any good. A great example why people won't leave the car at home to use the bus.

Later in the day both the 1309 50 and 1509 with 35219 were running 25 minutes late from Kettering for whatever reason on a Sunday.

Today my 50 did stop for me and was winner 22837 into Bedford. I had hoped to have 36306 but no sign of it. There were no missing journeys showing on routes 8, 51 and 2 so I assumed it was not out. I did 19889 on a 1 to have 19581 back on a 1 as I didn't relish doing 37434 on 9's to get the diverted route in. I went home on 11128 on a 50 as not ridden it this year.

The tracker now shows 13812 allocated to Bedford which is a wild claim. I do like the new concept of looking at a route and seeing vehicles already allocated hours in advance. That won't last.

I came back out on 22837 back to town as 19706 was in line to give me a run from 19698 to 706 for having all of them on routes 4/10. So it was I did 19706 on the 1612 10 to Goldington returning on the 1637 4 with it. Job done so I went home on 39681 with the 1716 50.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AD70DBL (Jonny) on August 02, 2021, 06:52:19 PM
On Sunday my hopes of having 11134 required for the year on the 50 into town ended when it failed to stop as workmen were packing up close to the bus stop and the driver gestured towards them that he could not pull over. My view is that the stop was not closed and he could have stopped further up the road as it was 2 hours until the next service. I have complained to SC but doubt it will do any good. A great example why people won't leave the car at home to use the bus.

Later in the day both the 1309 50 and 1509 with 35219 were running 25 minutes late from Kettering for whatever reason on a Sunday.

Today my 50 did stop for me and was winner 22837 into Bedford. I had hoped to have 36306 but no sign of it. There were no missing journeys showing on routes 8, 51 and 2 so I assumed it was not out. I did 19889 on a 1 to have 19581 back on a 1 as I didn't relish doing 37434 on 9's to get the diverted route in. I went home on 11128 on a 50 as not ridden it this year.

The tracker now shows 13812 allocated to Bedford which is a wild claim. I do like the new concept of looking at a route and seeing vehicles already allocated hours in advance. That won't last.

I came back out on 22837 back to town as 19706 was in line to give me a run from 19698 to 706 for having all of them on routes 4/10. So it was I did 19706 on the 1612 10 to Goldington returning on the 1637 4 with it. Job done so I went home on 39681 with the 1716 50.

Someone has been playing around with the list and moving buses around on the tracking system.

13812 is back on the right list now same with the livery people like playing around with then so be very careful.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 04, 2021, 04:26:00 PM
Solo SR 48034 (YJ66ASV) has now arrived back at Bedford and has now been painted all over white with Stagecoach branding as has 48032(YJ66ASO).
Does anyone know why they've been painted white instead of local livery?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Steven Knight Media on August 05, 2021, 08:56:39 AM
There had been suggestions the Solos may be earmarked for a new contract, but not seen anything specific
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 05, 2021, 12:26:05 PM
There had been suggestions the Solos may be earmarked for a new contract, but not seen anything specific

That's what the ex London E200's had been rumoured to be for which was a mysterious contract in Cambridge that never materialised
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Steven Knight Media on August 06, 2021, 08:31:13 AM
That's what the ex London E200's had been rumoured to be for which was a mysterious contract in Cambridge that never materialised

I understand the contract was let but then 'handed back' and went up for re-tender.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 06, 2021, 10:25:35 AM
Volvo B11R's 54306-08 (YX64WCK/L/M) have been transferred to Stagecoach South West
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on August 06, 2021, 01:45:17 PM
That will only leave one working spare for the X5/99.
also noted today parked at the back of bedford garage
peterborugh E400 10053 (SN12EHO) also Trident18104 (KX04RFE)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 06, 2021, 02:33:25 PM
I gather there are roadworks in Finedon hence 22835 on my 50 into town was 25 minutes late. At least the tracker and app show this so I can stay indoors until it nears. Rather conveniently winner 36306 was following on the 51 so I got off for it. 11126 departed 32 minutes late on the 1236 50 taking me home. Bizarrely upstairs the floor was soaking wet with a strong smell of bleach. As it had departed over two hours previously from Kettering it seemed strange the whole floor was swimming in water and had not dried out.

There were four fire engines in Greyfriars when I departed so I missed out on what was occurring. Other stuff viewed were 10876 on Hitchin's, 10880 on 1's, 10881 on a Flitwick 2, 19578 on a 10/4 and 37231 on a 9.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 06, 2021, 05:17:25 PM
That will only leave one working spare for the X5/99.
also noted today parked at the back of bedford garage
peterborugh E400 10053 (SN12EHO) also Trident18104 (KX04RFE)

If they're short of coaches which will be more than likely with the useless B11R's, They'll use E200's or E300's on the 99, although the 06 plate E300's are becoming more and more unreliable with 27521 (GX06DZC) breaking down on the 41 a few days ago
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 07, 2021, 03:23:27 PM
I wasn't going to make any effort today until I saw 19889 on the 6/5/1074 circuit and as I wanted it for the 10/4 I decided to do 22835 on a 50. Trouble was it turned up 12 minutes late putting me on a minus 2 onto the 1142 10. I had hoped to intercept it at Union Street but the congestion at Clapham Road roundabout ended all hopes.

This meant I had over 2 hours to kill in Bedford so I decided to do 19892 on the 1200 9a to Shorts town for a walk to Cardington Gate to do 37439 on a 73 back to the bus station just so I could get Easycotts Road and Cardington Road again. I then did 36321 on a 2 and strolled over to Elstow Road to scratch in the diverted 9 via London Road on 37234.

This now put me in position for the 1412 10 and 1437 4 return with 19889. Typically the 1412 departed 7 minutes late which I wanted for the 1142 not the 1412 which would have avoided all the hanging about. Again 22835 was my 50 home at 1641.

Others noted were 19891 also on the 4/10/5/6 diagrams, 10880, 11280, 27520 on 1's, 27521, 27522, 27523 on 41's and 19587 on a 51 then 41.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on August 08, 2021, 10:48:34 AM
Stagecoach South West E400MMC 10499 spotted on the 1 today in Kempston- did the coaches go there in exchange for these?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 08, 2021, 11:37:08 AM
Stagecoach South West E400MMC 10499 spotted on the 1 today in Kempston- did the coaches go there in exchange for these?

That would appear to be the case as I've been told by my usual contact at Bedford depot that 10500/01 (SN65ZHR/T) are also due at Bedford.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on August 08, 2021, 12:04:37 PM
just a thought could these be replacements for the 06 E300s

 
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 08, 2021, 12:10:58 PM
just a thought could these be replacements for the 06 E300s

That's a good shout as they're very unreliable these days, But not as bad as the MAN's were before they were withdrawn.
They'll need another one to replace the 4 06 plate E300's though
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: katieloulou on August 10, 2021, 01:47:59 PM
That would appear to be the case as I've been told by my usual contact at Bedford depot that 10500/01 (SN65ZHR/T) are also due at Bedford.

It seems this week (well Monday and Tuesday anyway!) there are three MMCs on the X5. Just covering for the 3 coaches that have left, even though 3 coaches are still on the 99, or is the X5 migrating to these now too? Given different vehicles are reporting each day, then I assume it's not just the coaches in disguise.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 10, 2021, 03:18:26 PM
10499 is showing as at Bedford but it is not being tracked although I did notice yesterday that whatever was on route 9 was not tracked so I wondered if that was the new arrival.

All I did today was the the 50 with 11134 into town which I had not had this year and winner 36843 home on the 1336. I never knew they went that high numerically as never seen this vehicle before in Bedford. Far too many crates around these days...

The X5 appears to have dropped 10876, 10877, 10878 and 11280 today and I did see two of these heading off towards MK. 27520-522 all showing on the 41 with 27523 on 1's.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AD70DBL (Jonny) on August 10, 2021, 03:29:01 PM
10499 is showing as at Bedford but it is not being tracked although I did notice yesterday that whatever was on route 9 was not tracked so I wondered if that was the new arrival.

All I did today was the the 50 with 11134 into town which I had not had this year and winner 36843 home on the 1336. I never knew they went that high numerically as never seen this vehicle before in Bedford. Far too many crates around these days...

The X5 appears to have dropped 10876, 10877, 10878 and 11280 today and I did see two of these heading off towards MK. 27520-522 all showing on the 41 with 27523 on 1's.
10499 is a new bus replacement for the coaches that's gone to Stagecoach South West two more to arrive soon.

New buses don't track straight away I have I have noticed it on an few buses.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on August 10, 2021, 03:48:10 PM
Comfirmed 4 elites at the back of garage today
think this will a common sight most days ,
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 10, 2021, 10:28:45 PM
Comfirmed 4 elites at the back of garage today
think this will a common sight most days ,

The Elites have been very unreliable since they were new and really need replacing.
They're the worst coaches ever to work the X5 in my opinion
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: katieloulou on August 11, 2021, 10:21:55 AM
Some interesting changes to the 73 coming up at the end of August; some journeys renumbered 72 and go via Potton to and from Biggleswade, presumably as part replacement for the 188/190 which Centrebus are giving up on the 28th. Also a re-route in Sandy.

https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/East/SERVICE%20CHANGE%20NOTICES/2021/Aug%2030%20Service%20Change%20Booklet.pdf
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Julia_Hayward on August 12, 2021, 11:44:34 AM
Specifically a Bedford question - are the E40Ds that typically run the 905 (108xx, 11279-80, and now 10499-500) fitted with wi-fi? Had a really weird answer from Stagecoach's Twitter account:

> "The Wifi is a free service that we offer nationwide . It was removed during the pandemic and should be coming back soon".

(which also raises the question - they were, why was it removed?)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Steven Knight Media on August 12, 2021, 01:46:13 PM
Specifically a Bedford question - are the E40Ds that typically run the 905 (108xx, 11279-80, and now 10499-500) fitted with wi-fi? Had a really weird answer from Stagecoach's Twitter account:

> "The Wifi is a free service that we offer nationwide . It was removed during the pandemic and should be coming back soon".

(which also raises the question - they were, why was it removed?)

Julia.

As far as I am aware the 108xx vehicles have USB charging but I don't believe they had WiFi fitted as new. It was never used/marketed when they were at Peterborough and there is no sign of it being on 10499.

WiFi was switched off on most routes (with some exceptions) last year. The following was received on 22nd July 2021 following a media request to Stagecoach Group "as we are still receiving government support, we are being responsible over additional costs within the business. We are keeping the WiFi situation under review, but as yet, there are no plans to reintroduce it". 

I am not aware of any update to that statement.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 17, 2021, 11:23:21 AM
E300 27642 (GX10HBU) is back in service today in local livery.
Just 2 E400 MMC's on the X5 today 10876 (YX67VDN) and 11280 (SN69ZPG)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 17, 2021, 04:33:40 PM
Today I did 22832 into town on a 50 to have 19581 on the 1157 4 to Goldington and back on the 1219 10 which was my last E400 to have on the 4/10 bringing the total up to 16. By contrast I have only had three MMC's on them.

I then did 19893 on the 1315 81 to Elstow for 10874 back on a 9 from Mile Road before heading home on 15401 on the 1436 50 which somehow contrived to depart 10 minutes late despite arriving on time.

It appears that the people of Wootton have sinned as Stagecoach punished them by sticking 36302 and 36321 on 53's today straying from their more normal 8, 51, 2 diagrams. 27521-23 were all on the 41 but 27520 did 1's until it mysteriously headed off up Union St out of service. It reappeared on the 1 route about 60 minutes later but the tracker did not reveal what it was up in the gap.

The tracker suggests the nasty solo has not worked for a month which is something to rejoice about. I do hope the thing will never darken my travels again. I still have not clapped eyes on 10499 so it remains a myth like the Loch Ness Monster until I see it.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 17, 2021, 08:44:09 PM
Thanks to my usual contact at Bedford depot for the info that E400MMC's 10866-73 (YX67VDA/C/D/E/F/G/J/K) are expected to transfer to Bedford from Peterborough soon to replace Elites on the X5. 5 of Cambridge's 10 Plate E400's are replacing them at Peterborough
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: chris johnson on August 19, 2021, 12:12:27 PM
Dose anyone know about 10499 on the 904/x5 today please just give me heads up

Thanks
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: chris johnson on August 19, 2021, 01:52:12 PM
10499 is doing the 905 route today and he’s doing 13:43 (1:43pm) to Cambridge
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 21, 2021, 10:18:31 PM
The shortage of serviceable coaches causing E400MMC's to be used on the X5 is starting to show now as E400 19704 (AE60JSY) was covering for an MMC on the 905 today.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 30, 2021, 03:24:28 PM
Since scoring 36846 on the 50 on 18 August I have largely stayed away but today I did 11127 on a 50 to town to have 10877 on a 1 returning with 10879 on a 2. I stayed with 10879 on a 5 to Woodside and returned to town on winner 10499 on a 7. Not overly impressed with no leather seats and chargers but I did get that on 11135 home on the 1300 50.

10878 was doing routes 1/53 and 11279 was on the X5. I am relieved to see 48036 has vanished from Bedford's allocation on the tracker so hopefully it has gone for scrap.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 30, 2021, 04:04:33 PM
Since scoring 36846 on the 50 on 18 August I have largely stayed away but today I did 11127 on a 50 to town to have 10877 on a 1 returning with 10879 on a 2. I stayed with 10879 on a 5 to Woodside and returned to town on winner 10499 on a 7. Not overly impressed with no leather seats and chargers but I did get that on 11135 home on the 1300 50.

10878 was doing routes 1/53 and 11279 was on the X5. I am relieved to see 48036 has vanished from Bedford's allocation on the tracker so hopefully it has gone for scrap.

The Solo's are all going to Fenstanton to work a new on demand contract
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on August 30, 2021, 08:41:08 PM
The Solo's are all going to Fenstanton to work a new on demand contract

Any details?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on August 30, 2021, 09:39:13 PM
Any details?

Steven Knight Media reported it a couple of weeks ago. It's a 6 month contract to operate a demand responsive service around Huntingdonshire. Details are on his website.
https://stevenknightmedia.co.uk/news-and-views-1
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on August 31, 2021, 05:28:52 PM
The Solo's are all going to Fenstanton to work a new on demand contract

I do hope so but 48036 has reappeared today in Bedford's allocation.

I wasn't going to bother today until Kettering chucked out a winner on the 1350 50 so I had to do 36845 into town. As 10878 dropped onto the 1545 9 I did it to Shortstown and walked to Eastcotts for 36937 just so I could do a 72. 22839 was the 1716 50 home.

I noticed our fleet are all blinded with back to bus on display. Not sure why now and not July on the alleged freedom day.
,
10878 appears to have done 9a, 9b, 73, 72, 9, 6 and 5 during the day whilst 27520 made its first outing of the day on the 1645 9. Both 10874 and 10875 were on the X5.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on September 03, 2021, 05:47:15 PM
Winner 22836 arrived on a 50 to take me into town today. I did 19891 on a 72 to Harrowden Road shops for 36044 back on a 9. I then did 37230 on a 2 and returned with 11279 on the 1221 2 from the park and ride. Somehow it was running 18 minutes late with 19889 not far behind coming in from Flitwick.

Also running 22 minutes late was 15404 on the 1236 50 so I did this to Sainsburys and returned with 36306 on a 51. My second winner of the day 36850 took me home on the 1336 50.

The X5 had deckers 10874, 10877 and 11280.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on September 08, 2021, 10:45:52 AM
E400MMC's 10872/73 (YX67VDJ/K) have now transferred in from Peterborough and were on the 905 and X5 respectively this morning
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on September 08, 2021, 03:39:28 PM
Does this mean the X5 will be a mix of coaches and E400s.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on September 08, 2021, 04:41:51 PM
Does this mean the X5 will be a mix of coaches and E400s.

E400MMC's will gradually replace the coaches once enough are transferred in
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on September 09, 2021, 06:34:55 PM
Just to make my life more difficult it appears the tracker has now clumped all the East allocations together so now I can't see the wood from the trees. I just want to see Bedfords allocation at a glance not sift through rows of vehicles. I don't care what the oly imposters are doing, what is on the park and ride or on the Cambridge tour. It is so clogged up with vehicles that I failed to notice 1872 on the 905 and 10873 on the X5 purely because they were dismissed as non Bedford.

What I did notice were 10499, 10881, 11279, 11280 were on the X5 and 19890 on the 3 and 7 but I have had that on the 3 before. Nonetheless I came out on 15404 on the 50 before doing 36064 on the 9 to Shortstown and strolled over to Eastcotts for 10875 on a 72 to town. Next up was 36060 on a 6 to Brickhill returning on Dart 34834 before heading home on 11128 on the 1436 50.

As luck would have it work asked me to pop in to the office which turned out quite well as winner 36849 was on the 50 dropping me off just past the Manton Lane bomb site of chaos and confusion. I am now heading home again on 11128 on the 1814 50 running 20 late stuck in the Midland Road stalemate of nothing moving at the mini jamabout.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on September 09, 2021, 08:09:59 PM
Just to make my life more difficult it appears the tracker has now clumped all the East allocations together so now I can't see the wood from the trees. I just want to see Bedfords allocation at a glance not sift through rows of vehicles. I don't care what the oly imposters are doing, what is on the park and ride or on the Cambridge tour. It is so clogged up with vehicles that I failed to notice 1872 on the 905 and 10873 on the X5 purely because they were dismissed as non Bedford.

What I did notice were 10499, 10881, 11279, 11280 were on the X5 and 19890 on the 3 and 7 but I have had that on the 3 before. Nonetheless I came out on 15404 on the 50 before doing 36064 on the 9 to Shortstown and strolled over to Eastcotts for 10875 on a 72 to town. Next up was 36060 on a 6 to Brickhill returning on Dart 34834 before heading home on 11128 on the 1436 50.

As luck would have it work asked me to pop in to the office which turned out quite well as winner 36849 was on the 50 dropping me off just past the Manton Lane bomb site of chaos and confusion. I am now heading home again on 11128 on the 1814 50 running 20 late stuck in the Midland Road stalemate of nothing moving at the mini jamabout.

Reserve Dart 34834 (KX06JYS) was probably pressed into service as there's currently 11 buses and 7 Elite coaches off the road at Bedford.
18 vehicles off the road is a lot at one time.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on September 10, 2021, 05:41:28 PM
Ex London E200 36308 (LX56EAE)  has finally entered service and was on the 8 and 51 today
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on September 15, 2021, 06:02:30 PM
According to the twitter page, all the X5 coaches are to be replaced with distance liveried E400MMC’s
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on September 15, 2021, 06:16:20 PM
According to the twitter page, all the X5 coaches are to be replaced with distance liveried E400MMC’s

The rest of Peterborough's E400 MMC's are moving to Bedford to work the X5 and the existing E400 MMC's will all be repainted except 11279
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on September 15, 2021, 06:19:46 PM
According to the twitter page, all the X5 coaches are to be replaced with distance liveried E400MMC’s

Which? Twitter account, Tom?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on September 15, 2021, 06:28:16 PM
The rest of Peterborough's E400 MMC's are moving to Bedford to work the X5 and the existing E400 MMC's will all be repainted except 11279

Let’s ask Darren, Ross and Ross if the X5 and 905 can be interlinked, as a through route.

What should be its service number?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Wolsztyn on September 15, 2021, 08:10:31 PM
The rest of Peterborough's E400 MMC's are moving to Bedford to work the X5 and the existing E400 MMC's will all be repainted except 11279

Any ideas what will replace them, we will have lost 8 x 400 MMC's plus 19580 and 19584, looking at the Bustimes the latter two have moved back to Cambridge. Only replacement I can see at present is 37232.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Grahamk748 on September 15, 2021, 08:31:27 PM
Which? Twitter account, Tom?
It is on the Stagecoach East Twitter page. Second picture is from the Stagecoach website.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on September 21, 2021, 08:14:05 PM
Reserve Dart 34834 (KX06JYS) was probably pressed into service as there's currently 11 buses and 7 Elite coaches off the road at Bedford.
18 vehicles off the road is a lot at one time.

I gather while I was on Merseyside last week that 34834 has left us for Cambridge. I also spotted 37431 showing up on a 905 in my absence.

Today Stagecoach Kettering produced a non existent service for 4 hours thanks to three breakdowns, two services not picking anyone up at the bus station after setting down and total incompetency and silence and Bedford seemed to have no answers for what was going on. It will be interesting to see their response to the complaints put in today. I am not prepared to tolerate being fobbed off like they did when the driver failed to stop for me one Sunday morning on a 50.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on September 27, 2021, 12:40:30 PM
Still waiting for a full account of last week's debacle for a 4 hour wait for a bus home last week which will take some explaining by Stagecoach. It is a personal record that I will never better. Still no problems today as 35182 on the inbound 50 for 15606 on the return and the rare spectacle of both being on time. Looking at last Friday they were running anything between 20 to 40 minutes late departing from Kettering. Why so late from the start point?

Finally I got winner 36308 today on a 3 returning with 19581 on a 9a. It appeared that 10499 was on a 53 and 10876/27523 on 1's. I still have not seen 10872/73 to get a spin on them but I guess if it means not shelling out £8.20 and wondering if the 50 will actually turn up or even start in the bus station then perhaps I am better off at home as a scooter would be faster.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: John Wakefield on September 27, 2021, 05:22:31 PM

 Why so late from the start point?

Presumably buses being held up by queues of cars waiting to get petrol. Locally Stagecoach was having problems keeping to time on the City 7 at Stapleford for that reason.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on September 28, 2021, 05:31:26 PM
Presumably buses being held up by queues of cars waiting to get petrol. Locally Stagecoach was having problems keeping to time on the City 7 at Stapleford for that reason.

That is a very late start from the starting point. My experience of Bedford is that when an inbound service is late they tell the driver to take one of the spare vehicles parked up in the bus station. If the vehicle for the 50 was that late then they should have given the driver another bus to minimise delay.

Anyway I was forced out today to get winner 10873 so I did musical 22835 on a 50 to town. I have heard passengers listening to music on buses without headphones so this was a new twist with the driver giving us the benefit of his musical tastes. I am beginning to think Kettering drivers are a law to themselves.

I had planned to do 19893 on the 1530 Flitwick 2 but it collapsed so they had to send for red van man to batter it. This forced me aboard 37231 on the 1545 9 just as 19888 was rustled up for the 15 minutes late 2. I bailed at Harrowden Road shops for my first sighting of 10873 on a 9a back to town. It would seem our feathered friends were not enamoured with it judging by the amount of slime coating the upstairs front window.

As I had time to kill I did 10873 back out on the 1630 9b. I had intended to go to Mile Road but a combination of the door refusing to close for a couple of minutes and the panic stricken road rats blocking the road outside the petrol station forced me to get off at Brackley Road but at least the rain now could help clean the window of 10873.

19698 had been on the Hitchin runs but got ripped to do the route 6 bratex which I suspect should have been 19888 but the failure of 19893 mucked things up. 36937 replaced 19698 on the Hitchin service off the 9's. Anyway 19698 produced on my 9 back to town before going onto a 53 which seems an odd diagram. I was left to do the 1716 50 home with 22832 on time again.

The tracker now informs me we have lost 27642 as it was showing up on Cambridge services today which is news to me.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 01, 2021, 05:29:04 PM
The latest repaint into local livery at Bedford is E200 MMC 37431 (SN16OPV)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 01, 2021, 07:05:25 PM
Normality has returned to the 50 with my 1812 home 40minutes late on board 15607. It cut out the station stop going via Union St. Looking at the tracker it started at Kettering hospital at 1717. It was supposed to be 1630 from Kettering. I seem to have become the spokesperson for Stagecoach Bedford trying to explain to frustrated route 50 patrons why Bedford are not bothered about the whereabouts of a Kettering bus and why Bedford drivers don't know the route to provide cover.

After a barren spell decker have reappeared on the 4/10 routes with 19889 yesterday and 19891 today having a dabble.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 02, 2021, 04:43:54 PM
There's an E400MMC parked the yard at Bedford depot repainted into 'distance livery' I couldn't identify it as a passed by the depot on E400 19888 (AE11FUD) on the 9A. I presume it's one of the former Milton park & ride examples recently transferred in from Cambridge 10803/04 (SN66WAE/J)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Grahamk748 on October 02, 2021, 06:50:48 PM
According to Bustimes the are also some Scania/E400 from Cambridge now at Bedford  15456,15642,15814 and Gold 15948. Apparently they have been on the 5 today
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 02, 2021, 07:14:46 PM
According to Bustimes the are also some Scania/E400 from Cambridge now at Bedford  15456,15642,15814 and Gold 15948. Apparently they have been on the 5 today

Checking the map on bus times on Bedford route 5 shows 15814 in Bar Hill, so it looks like it's a glitch and those Scania E400's are actually on Cambridge route 5
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Grahamk748 on October 02, 2021, 09:44:06 PM
Checking the map on bus times on Bedford route 5 shows 15814 in Bar Hill, so it looks like it's a glitch and those Scania E400's are actually on Cambridge route 5
Thanks, didn’t think to check the map, though it was strange that Bedford had gained Scanias rather than ADLs
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Palatine on October 03, 2021, 07:52:56 PM
There's an E400MMC parked the yard at Bedford depot repainted into 'distance livery' I couldn't identify it as a passed by the depot on E400 19888 (AE11FUD) on the 9A. I presume it's one of the former Milton park & ride examples recently transferred in from Cambridge 10803/04 (SN66WAE/J)

Surprising that the Milton P&R fleet are being repainted, but I guess that explains the E200s that have been transferred in from Fenstanton which appear to be the new allocation for the route. I can only assume loadings on the service are rather poor compared to the other sites around the city which retain their branded fleets for now.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 04, 2021, 12:18:26 PM
E400 MMC 10803 (SN66WAE) has entered service at Bedford today on the X5 after repaint into distance livery.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on October 04, 2021, 02:56:02 PM
How many more E400s will join the X5/905 fleet
and where will they come from.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 04, 2021, 02:58:29 PM
How many more E400s will join the X5/905 fleet
and where will they come from.

There'll be at least 6 more as 10866-71 are due to transfer in from Peterborough
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 05, 2021, 04:35:06 PM
Yesterday 19578 was on the 4  and 10 and I thought my luck was in as 10876 was on the routes this morning. Sadly before I had even boarded 11127 on the 50 I noted 0876 had been pulled. 19704 was on the 1430 9C so I did it to Mile Road as not done a 9C before. 10876 just happened to be my 9 back before doing the route 6 bratex and 1600 1.

Before going home on 22838 I had my first siting of orange thing 10803 on an X5. According to the tracker 108 8 was on 1's alongside 27520, 521 and 523 and route 41 was host to 10878 and 10873 was on Hitchin turns.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Spoddendale on October 06, 2021, 09:29:49 AM
‘Coach and Bus Week’ magazine dated 5 October 2021 contains a piece entitled ‘Stagecoach East’s X5 coach service to go double deck’.

The item concludes ‘Ten ADL Enviro400MMCs (10872-81) from Peterborough have transferred to Bedford depot along with former Cambridge Park & Ride 10803 for the service’.

A link to the item: https://cbwmagazine.com/stagecoach-easts-x5-coach-service-to-go-double-deck/


David
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: linkyyork on October 06, 2021, 10:21:03 AM
Pity about the livery
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 06, 2021, 10:04:11 PM
‘Coach and Bus Week’ magazine dated 5 October 2021 contains a piece entitled ‘Stagecoach East’s X5 coach service to go double deck’.

The item concludes ‘Ten ADL Enviro400MMCs (10872-81) from Peterborough have transferred to Bedford depot along with former Cambridge Park & Ride 10803 for the service’.

A link to the item: https://cbwmagazine.com/stagecoach-easts-x5-coach-service-to-go-double-deck/


David

Bedford have had 10874-81(YX67VDL/M/N/O/P/R/T/V) for quite some time now and were transferred in for the 905 which also utilised 11279/80 (SN69ZPF/G)which were new to Bedford. 10872/73 (YX67VDJ/K) recently transferred a couple of weeks ago from Peterborough and 10803/04 (SN66WAE/J) have recently transferred in from Cambridge with 10803 now in service. 10499 (SN65ZHP) was transferred in from Exeter as well, but doesn't have the leather seats, wifi and usb sockets promised for the service.
To run the X5 and 905 with E400MMC's, they will need another few yet. 10866-71 (YX67VDA/C/D/E/F/G) are supposed to be due to transfer in from Peterborough to make up the numbers.
It's not known what will replace the Elite coaches on the 99. But longer E200MMC's would probably be ok for the service. These would probably have to be new as I don't think there's any spare within Stagecoach
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 14, 2021, 05:20:12 PM
A gold and orange day for me starting with year winner 11129 into town on the 50. I was rather taken aback to see RML2299 before it headed off empty from the bus station. As this vehicle is not tracked I don't know why it was there and if it had done a Grant Palmer service.

I did 36012 on the 9 and got withered when the orange thing 10803 passed on a 3. I tried to get back for it on 19889 on the 9 but missed it again on a 7. This meant waiting for 10803 to come back and I finally scored it to Fenlake and back on the 1345 3 and 1400 return.

I don't know what to make of the contraption above the stairs which nearly knocked my head off. If that came away from the ceiling and landed on my head I'd probably be dead. There was another glowing bus on the depot so assume it is 10804. I went home on gold 11126 on the 1436 50.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on October 14, 2021, 05:51:54 PM
I was rather taken aback to see RML2299 before it headed off empty from the bus station. As this vehicle is not tracked I don't know why it was there and if it had done a Grant Palmer service.

See response here (http://www.atvbf.co.uk/index.php?topic=9390.msg74314#msg74314), on Re: Grant Palmer happenings 2020-2021 (http://www.atvbf.co.uk/index.php?topic=9390.msg74314#msg74314).
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AD70DBL (Jonny) on October 14, 2021, 07:44:40 PM
A gold and orange day for me starting with year winner 11129 into town on the 50. I was rather taken aback to see RML2299 before it headed off empty from the bus station. As this vehicle is not tracked I don't know why it was there and if it had done a Grant Palmer service.

I did 36012 on the 9 and got withered when the orange thing 10803 passed on a 3. I tried to get back for it on 19889 on the 9 but missed it again on a 7. This meant waiting for 10803 to come back and I finally scored it to Fenlake and back on the 1345 3 and 1400 return.

I don't know what to make of the contraption above the stairs which nearly knocked my head off. If that came away from the ceiling and landed on my head I'd probably be dead. There was another glowing bus on the depot so assume it is 10804. I went home on gold 11126 on the 1436 50.

The one glowing in the bus depot could be 10873 has that's now orange will be interested to see which bus is next to get the orange treatment.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 15, 2021, 06:11:21 PM
I was prised out of my front door today as another year requirement 35222 was on a 50 into town  but I was deprived of winner 10872 which had done a 53 before being sent back to the garage presumably unfit for purpose. So to while away the time before going home on 15608, running 18 minutes late on the 1236 50, I did 19581 on a 72 to Harrowden Road for 37215 back on a 73.

I had wanted to do 27520 on the 1145 1 but the failure of 36064 on the 1130 1 meant it was rammed solid so it was flagged. 27521 was also out on the 1. There appears to be a shortage of decker on the route.

I am fairly confident that it is 10804 at the back of the garage as I viewed orange 10873 on the X5. The tracker suggests 10804 worked one journey on the X5 on 8 October but was aborted so I assume Bedford has broken it already.

No sooner had I got home when 10803 was taken off the X5 to illuminate routes 5, 4 and 10. No sign of the Routemaster today which I have had in Dunstable but could do with having it in Bedford.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: katieloulou on October 18, 2021, 10:54:20 AM
Some E400s appear to have migrated from Cambridge to Bedford over the weekend, including 19567, 19575 and 19577, if the tracker is to be believed. Perhaps to try and keep the 1 as double deck?

The 275xx E300s appear to have gone the other way for the Milton Park and Ride.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 18, 2021, 11:12:45 AM
Some E400s appear to have migrated from Cambridge to Bedford over the weekend, including 19567, 19575 and 19577, if the tracker is to be believed. Perhaps to try and keep the 1 as double deck?

The 275xx E300s appear to have gone the other way for the Milton Park and Ride.

I've just had a ride into town on 19575 (AE10BWH) on the 53
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on October 18, 2021, 11:51:26 AM
Major changes at Peterborugh next weekend,there will about 12 buses spare
Hope some will come to bedford . I think there will be changes at bedford as well
Possibly the X5 going hourly and services 1,5,6 being on a reduced frequency with double deckers
This my take on it.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Derbyshire Ninja on October 18, 2021, 09:43:56 PM
Major changes at Peterborugh next weekend,there will about 12 buses spare
Hope some will come to bedford . I think there will be changes at bedford as well
Possibly the X5 going hourly and services 1,5,6 being on a reduced frequency with double deckers
This my take on it.

Looking at the changes in Cambridge park and ride this will free up enough buses for the x5 and 905 service.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: tomfrombedford on October 18, 2021, 09:59:00 PM
Have all the 2752x E300’s left now then?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 18, 2021, 11:04:50 PM
Have all the 2752x E300’s left now then?

They've been swapped for 10 plate E400's from Cambridge which will be more useful for Bedford than the E300's were and also helps get the age profile of the fleet down a little
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 19, 2021, 03:55:13 PM
Today winner 36844 was a good excuse to do the 50 into town. Winner 19567 was conveniently on the 1200 9a so was taken to Harrowden Road for 36060 back on a 72. This gave time for a shop before doing winner 19577 on the 1310 53 to the hospital before returning on 36321 on a 2 for 22839 home on the 1336 50.

I left 19575 for another day which was also on the 9a/b circuit. 10872 and 10804 continue to hide from me so I can't get them.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 19, 2021, 09:02:46 PM
The latest repaint into local livery is E200 36935 (SN63KFP)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: HughT on October 21, 2021, 02:04:20 PM
At 1255 this lunchtime (21 Oct) I observed something yellow all over operating a Cambridge-bound 905 on Madingley Rd, just by the junction with Storey's Way. In other words, on the "old" X5 route. For a moment I thought my prayers had been answered, but I suspect it was being diverted for some reason and isn't a permanent change.

EDIT (1411): I see that there was a lorry fire on the A428 in the Girton area, which would explain the diversion.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 21, 2021, 03:57:46 PM
Yesterday I went to Chester for the day which involved 22833 on the 50, 11280 to MK Station on the X5, 10875 back on the X5 and 22839 home on the 50.

Today 15401 brought me into town on the 50 so I could do winner 19575 on a 1 to Kempston. 37435 took me back on a 53 and once again 22839 was my home move. Not a lot going on as the demic buses still showing as doing nothing on the tracker.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Leyland L60 on October 22, 2021, 12:46:40 PM
Now that Stagecoach in Bedford have finally given up on the X5 Volvo B11RT/Plaxton Elites, can anyone in the know tell us why they have been so unsuccessful in service? It's very odd really as the Volvo/Plaxton combination is usually good and has been for many years. Stagecoach as a group have a lot of B11R/Elites, though mainly in Scotland, so do they cause problems up there too? Are the issues caused mainly by the chassis or body components?
I gather that some or all Bedford's have been treated to modifications at Plaxtons and at Stagecoach's depot at Rugby, seemingly with little success.
I'm sure a lot of us would love to know what has gone wrong for these highly-specified and visually stunning coaches to have to be replaced with slightly-upmarket but much lower-specified double-deck buses.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on October 22, 2021, 07:20:30 PM
Now that Stagecoach in Bedford have finally given up on the X5 Volvo B11RT/Plaxton Elites, can anyone in the know tell us why they have been so unsuccessful in service? It's very odd really as the Volvo/Plaxton combination is usually good and has been for many years. Stagecoach as a group have a lot of B11R/Elites, though mainly in Scotland, so do they cause problems up there too? Are the issues caused mainly by the chassis or body components?
I gather that some or all Bedford's have been treated to modifications at Plaxtons and at Stagecoach's depot at Rugby, seemingly with little success.
I'm sure a lot of us would love to know what has gone wrong for these highly-specified and visually stunning coaches to have to be replaced with slightly-upmarket but much lower-specified double-deck buses.

Here's where the problem started...

One or two of the older coaches were seen today on the X5, possibly covering for NEW Elites with teething problems?

One problem I noticed yesterday with 54318 was as it sat at the Victoria Ave stop, it "developed" a problem with the front door as it tried to depart. The road there cambers quite a bit, so the body was leaning towards the kerb. Anyhow, the lady driver tried to close the door about a dozen times & every time as the door's rubber seal touched the door frame, it re-opened !! Now, this is a long-standing problem with these plug-doors....they need the body to be completely upright !! On some automatic gearbox coaches, without the door shutting completely, you cannot get the gears to move off ! So a gallant yours truly went to her aid, holding the door closed whilst the door securing mechanism worked & then she went merrily on her way, with a smile & a wave !

I have to say that, as stunning a design as the Elite is, and they will turn a lot of heads when they go into service, I feel that Stagecoach East is missing a trick here. The soon-to-be-replaced 58-plate B9Rs are 12.2 metres long and have 49 seats and the Elites are 14 metres and 57 seats. I thought the X5 has a problem with capacity, and yet we have new coaches that are considerably longer, and therefore more likely to suffer body damage, that have just eight more seats! If East had gone for the 14-metre Interdeck we would be looking at about 68 seats and a very considerably reduced loading time for wheelchairs as it has a low-floor entrance instead of having to deploy the expensive and time-consuming Magic Floor platform. All right, there are more internal steps in the Interdeck and I am aware that the X5 has frequent stops on some sections e.g. Eaton Socon, but overall I feel that the capacity problems of the route will not be solved with eight more seats per vehicle. As someone posted weeks ago on this subject, would we not have been better increasing the frequency (every 20 minutes?) and keep to the existing vehicle length?

It almost looks like the people in Stagecoach aren't talking to each other, from reading reports it appeared that Stagecoach East rejected the Elite I as at the time Plaxton were only building it as a 15-metre which was too long for a number of aspects of the route.  However since then Stagecoach have ordered some 14-metre versions for Scotland East which would have offered a possibly better alternative, it's surprising Stagecoach Head Office didn't merge the two orders.

It WAS the intention of Stagecoach Head Office to ORIGINALLY order 8 Interdecks for East Scotland & 18 for East (Total 26), but as you rightly say, somebody had other ideas !!
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 23, 2021, 03:41:10 PM
Once again 15401 took me into town on a 50 so I could have 10499 on the 1412 10 to Goldington and back with it on the 1437 4 before heading home on 19087 on the 50.

19567 did the 1515 81. After keeping me waiting I have now seen 10804 in service on an X5 and also 10872 on a 905 so they do now appear to work. 10873 was also seen on the 905 but recent arrivals 19575 and 19577 were shirking on the garage.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 24, 2021, 08:30:56 PM
Today Bedford's Town services changed colour confusing the normals to the extent people were questioning the drivers about it. I benefitted by getting the two winners I wanted.

After doing 11133 on the 50 into town, 10804 was on the 1312 7 so it had to be done to Woodside and back to town where I had to leg it to intercept 10876 on the 1350 4. This was taken to Goldington and back on the 1404 10 to have winner 10872 on the 1433 5. I only went as far as Goldington Road to get back to the St Michael's Road stop for 19705 back to town on a 7. This was necessary as year winner 11138 was on the 1500 50 to get home. I just want gold 11132 on the 50 for this year.

10803 performed on routes 1/53 alongside 10875, 10873 did 41's, 10876 did 3's as well as the 4/10, 10881 did the 2/5/6/7/9 routes with 10804 and 10872.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on October 26, 2021, 03:43:44 PM
In service today at Bedford E400s 19568/79/82/83 on the 9s and 905
also most of the elites have gone from the back of the garage with only one the X5 according the tracker
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 26, 2021, 07:37:32 PM
In service today at Bedford E400s 19568/79/82/83 on the 9s and 905
also most of the elites have gone from the back of the garage with only one the X5 according the tracker

Most of the Elites have now been stood down. 54302/10/11/16 (YX64WCE/CO/P/DA) remain in service for the 99 for the time being
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Derbyshire Ninja on October 26, 2021, 09:16:38 PM
Most of the Elites have now been stood down. 54302/10/11/16 (YX64WCE/CO/P/DA) remain in service for the 99 for the time being

Believe Ive seen a convoy of 3 of them on the m74 just pasted Annan yesterday heading north east Scotland at a guess.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AndrewHA on October 27, 2021, 06:46:07 AM
Latest Tuesday I photographed 54308 in Plymouth, Devon . Fully liveried and working on Stagecoach Devon’s Falcon Route to Bristol .
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 27, 2021, 11:44:49 AM
Believe Ive seen a convoy of 3 of them on the m74 just pasted Annan yesterday heading north east Scotland at a guess.

My usual contact at Bedford has confirmed most will be going to Scotland and that the 4 kept for the 99 will be going once suitable replacements for the service have been acquired
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on October 27, 2021, 05:10:25 PM
Volvo B11R Elites 54303/12-15/17 (YX64WCF/V/W/Y/Z/DC) have all now left Bedford for Scotland
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 27, 2021, 06:46:48 PM
Today I did 22838 on a 50 into town for winner 19579 on the 1342 10 to Goldington and back with it on the 1407 4 rattling most of the way upstairs. On arrival back at the bus station 19891 was waiting on the 1427 4 so I returned to Tesco on it and straight back on the 1449 10. I went home on 15401 on the 1541 50. I had intended to have winner 19568 on the 1 but the spoilsport thwarted me by swapping it onto the 905. 19577 had been on the 905 but changed over to a 9a.

Other piffle noted were 10879 and 11279 on the 72/73, 19575 on 1's, 11134 on the 50 and the 905 produced 19567, 19582, 19583, 19698 and 19893.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on October 28, 2021, 03:36:05 PM
I was going to have a lazy day indoors but that all changed when I saw winner 22840 was approaching on a 50 so I had to do it to town. My plan was to do 11279 on the 10/4 routes but alas 11279 didn't want to play anymore on the 1240 5 and burst in St Paul's and was sent to the back of the garage. 37433 took over its diagram.

Fortunately this blow out allowed me to do 19579 on the 1345 3 where the driver lost all sense of direction heading off down the Embankment giving us a bit of excitement. He went up Newnham Road and turned round at the church to get back to the Embankment and the town bridge. I think he had route 7 on his mind from the previous run.

I returned from Fenlake on 19579 to pick up up winner 19568 on the 1445 1 as I had it ripped from my grasp yesterday. This was taken to the Saxon Centre for 19567 back on a 1 to do 15607 home on the 1541 50.

19893 was also out on routes 4/10 and the 9 had 19581/19891 on it. The 905 was sanctuary for 19577, 19578, 19582, 19583 and 19889.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on October 28, 2021, 04:48:05 PM
Will Bedford get any of the surplus E200s/E400s from Peterbrough.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on November 01, 2021, 05:23:52 PM
Peterborough E400s 19594/19597 showing at Bedford
on service 1 and 905.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 02, 2021, 10:31:23 AM
Looks like I am going to be busy in the coming days as I have six winners to get. Today they are showing up on the following routes:
19573 - 41
19576 - 2/81
19582 - 1
19583 - 905
19594 - 53
19597 - 72
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 02, 2021, 12:08:32 PM
Looks like I am going to be busy in the coming days as I have six winners to get. Today they are showing up on the following routes:
19573 - 41
19576 - 2/81
19582 - 1
19583 - 905
19594 - 53
19597 - 72

I've been told these are on loan until enough E400 MMC's are available for transfer to Bedford for the X5/905. They need at least another 6
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: chris johnson on November 03, 2021, 01:20:15 AM
can they just order them as cambridge and peterborough needs them on there busy routes as they not got no busy to replace as bedford keep on nicking them from them 2 depots/yards it is nice to send replacements like send to cambridge ex london E200 and peterborough some of there 64 reg singles back
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 03, 2021, 12:05:20 PM
can they just order them as cambridge and peterborough needs them on there busy routes as they not got no busy to replace as bedford keep on nicking them from them 2 depots/yards it is nice to send replacements like send to cambridge ex london E200 and peterborough some of there 64 reg singles back

To be fair Cambridge pinched all of Bedford's E300's recently and Peterborough got 60 plate E400's back in exchange for 10874-81. Peterborough also pinched 2 63 plate E200's from Bedford over the first lockdown. The ex London E200's were originally supposed to go to Fenstanton for the 'ting' service but it was decided to use Bedford's much newer Solo SR's instead
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 03, 2021, 12:09:09 PM
Another E400 transferred to Bedford from Cambridge is 19574 (AE10BWG)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on November 03, 2021, 01:59:01 PM
Where do Cambridge keep finding them .
I think that makes 12 in total. is something moving out
6 E200s MMC off the road today .
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 03, 2021, 04:46:35 PM
I've been told these are on loan until enough E400 MMC's are available for transfer to Bedford for the X5/905. They need at least another 6

Today I managed to rake in four winners but still have four to get. I did 11126 on a 50 thinking I had missed 19573 on the 1200 9a as shown on the tracker. However, it hadn't done the 1200 as was sat spare when I arrived. It then got chucked out on the 1245 1 so this was taken to the hospital for 19597 back on a 2. This should have done the 1315 81 but a change of heart saw it parked up.

19582 had been on the 905 but then swapped to a 6 and on arrival it then formed the 10 late 1315 81 so this was taken to Elstow. By now it was raining as I walked up to the Windsor Road stop to have 19594 on a 9a into town. Satisfied with four winners I did 11127 home on the 1436 50.

I noted my other winners 19574 / 19583 were on Hitchin services and 19576 / 19579 were on the 905. Some of the vehicles have poppies in the display. I think it was 10878 on a 53 that had one and 36308 on an 8.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Barry on November 04, 2021, 02:22:10 PM
What's up with the plain yellow 905 buses?  I assume they're waiting for some kind of specialist livery?  Does Stagecoach use yellow buses elsewhere, or is it going to be route specific?

(As this route was subject to political interference from the last mayor and given the colour chosen, my mind is running away and I'm wondering if it's too soon for the new mayor's "Fen Tiger" idea to be becoming reality!)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on November 04, 2021, 04:24:28 PM
What's up with the plain yellow 905 buses?  I assume they're waiting for some kind of specialist livery?  Does Stagecoach use yellow buses elsewhere, or is it going to be route specific?

Maybe we need a new topic just to discuss liveries – good, bad, confusing, and ridiculous – not just on Stagecoach vehicles, of course.

Just in case anyone agrees, I've started this: Bus liveries – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (http://www.atvbf.co.uk/index.php?topic=9700.0) in General Bus Discussion, so that we don't get tempted off-topic here.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Barry on November 05, 2021, 02:58:28 AM
What's up with the plain yellow 905 buses?  I assume they're waiting for some kind of specialist livery?  Does Stagecoach use yellow buses elsewhere, or is it going to be route specific?

(As this route was subject to political interference from the last mayor and given the colour chosen, my mind is running away and I'm wondering if it's too soon for the new mayor's "Fen Tiger" idea to be becoming reality!)

I see that it's just a national long distance livery :)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: AndrewHA on November 05, 2021, 03:06:32 PM
In Torquay and Plymouth a few weeks ago , I was able to photograph “yellow” Enviro 400s , with a Gold “Beachball” superimposed there on , towards the back covering both decks .
They were working on an erstwhile “Gold Branded” Route .
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 09, 2021, 07:47:39 PM
The end is nigh for coaches at Bedford depot. The 99 is to join the X5 and 905 in being converted to double deck operation. Steven Knight Media has already reported Volvo B11R's 54311/16 (YX64WCP/DA) transferring to East Scotland, 54302 (YX64WCE) is also due to join them. The remaining 3 54304/09/10 (YX64WCG/N/O) will be joining them in Scotland very soon. 54309 is the only one left in service and was on the X5 today
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 10, 2021, 08:27:25 PM
I could only muster one winner today and that was 36847 on a 50 to town as my Bedford winners were on the expensive routes. So I had to make do with 19573 on a 53 to Kempston after it was removed from 9's and suffer the indignity of 36307 back on a 1. All these deckers to have and now the 1 was infested with things like this and 37215/37433. While stuck on this silly vehicle I missed out on 10873 which did a 5 from spare and then returned to doing nothing.

Still things improved at the bus station as 10880 was on the 1457 4 and 1519 10 so an out and back run was done to Tesco. I had to bail at Union St coming back on the 10 to intercept 36846 on the 1541 50 otherwise I would have had to wait until 1714 for the next one. Naturally 10873 popped out on the 1615 81 from spare after I had cleared off.

19704 did a 9c and 11129 was also on 50's. I notice route 99 was home to 11279, 19587, 19698 and 54309 so I guess I will have to do the route for deckers at some point.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 11, 2021, 02:45:33 PM
The tracker showed I had two winners out which could be scratched in during my lunch break so I did 15403 on a 50 to make 19583 on the 1245 1. However, this journey was caped as the bus was purloined for a mission of mercy and sent empty to St Neots to do a 905. The only thing I could do then was to do 36301 on the 1300 2 against my better judgement to intercept 19574 coming in on a 9a at Kingsway.

This proved to be futile as for the third time this year the driver kidnapped us by taking the wrong route only realising his mistake outside the garage just as winner 19574 passed. Cheers then! He obviously thought he was driving a 3 rather than a 2 but he didn't drive through the garage to turn the bus as famously happened on an oly one night on an 81.

So we continued up London Road before turning into Kathie Road to turn the bus round which I will now always refer to as a turning circle. Probably the first time in my life I have ever entered this road. Eventually we got back to the hospital where I bailed for 37435 on a 53 back to town to make 22835 home on the 1336 50. So a complete waste of eight quid much to my chagrin.

10877 was on 9's and 19575 on a 73. Some of the 50's this week have not been tracked so I have no idea what they are. As for the 99 this was coming up with 11279, 19578, 54304 and 54309.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 12, 2021, 05:29:41 PM
Latest E400MMC's repainted into incomplete distance livery are 10875/76 (YX67VDM/N)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 13, 2021, 04:52:00 PM
More ex Cambridge E400's have arrived in the shape of 19580/84 (AE10BWN/V) which were on the 905 and 1 respectively. I believe these will oust the last two Elite coaches. 54304 (YX64WCG) is now dumped at the back of the yard at Bedford depot after breaking down in service yesterday. I also saw an E400 freshly repainted into local livery that I couldn't identify. It definitely wasn't 19573 (AE10BWF) as that was my bus into town
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: Palatine on November 15, 2021, 05:46:05 PM
More ex Cambridge E400's have arrived in the shape of 19580/84 (AE10BWN/V) which were on the 905 and 1 respectively. I believe these will oust the last two Elite coaches. 54304 (YX64WCG) is now dumped at the back of the yard at Bedford depot after breaking down in service yesterday. I also saw an E400 freshly repainted into local livery that I couldn't identify. It definitely wasn't 19573 (AE10BWF) as that was my bus into town


Bustimes lists 19579 as also repainted into the new colours.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 15, 2021, 06:23:51 PM
The latest E400MMC repainted into the base colour of Stagecoach distance livery is 10881 (YX67VDV)
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 17, 2021, 05:03:43 PM
I made a visit up north over the weekend which meant going to St Neots utilising 19087 on the 50 and 19581 on the 0713 Cambridge on Saturday. I was most put out to have one of the old guard on the 905 when winner's 19574 and 19576 did the previous two services. Then the service behind got an orange specimen just to rub it in. It wasn't much better when I got back Monday as I just missed 10803 at MK on the X5 so I had to do 10499 on the next one. Typically 10873 was on the following service.

Today I had to do a food shop in town with 35181 doing the honours on the 50. I had to do winner 19584 on the 1300 9a to Brackley Road for 36043 on an 81 back to make 15608 home on the 1336 50.

Other things noted were 19582 on a 41, 34835 on a 50 with the tracker suggesting 10874, 10879 and 19568 on 99's.

Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 18, 2021, 01:48:33 PM
End of an era at Bedford depot with the news that the final coaches based at the depot 54304/09 (YX64WCG/N) have now been stood down and will be transferred to Stagecoach East Scotland. The X5, 99 and 905 are now fully double deck
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on November 18, 2021, 03:38:06 PM
Will we h
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: rm clippie on November 18, 2021, 03:39:04 PM
Sorry
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: TCD813 on November 18, 2021, 04:19:45 PM
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Sorry

Eh?
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 19, 2021, 06:00:26 PM
It appears that I have been lying to myself in my thoughts that 11132 is the only gold bus I have not had on the 50 this year. Looking back at my moves it came to light that I had not had 11130 either. As luck would have it Kettering swapped the gold bus on the 1350 50 chucking out 11130 albeit 20 late. So I was forced to do it losing another 5 minutes at the Sainsbury roadworks fiasco.

Still it did me a favour in greatly reducing my time spent at the rancid bus station. Winner 19580 was on the 1615 1 but the bay was blocked by 19893 which had still not departed on the 1600 1. It was clear I was in a bowl out situation with 19580 sitting outside Iceland and I played safe and legged it to the Square. Sure enough just as I reached the stop 19580 arrived empty to pick us up as the 1600 had still not left.

This was taken to the hospital for the walk over the railway to intercept the 9 at Elstow Road which had been decker 19567 and 19594 in the morning. Tragically for me the service rolled in with joke 36306 wedged. These are the new solos unsuitable for the evening crush. It was endured to Shorts town for second winner 19574 on the 1606 9a from Hitchin.

There was loads of time for a food shop as 22839 on the 1714 50 was showing as 45 late inbound from Rushden. How do they get so late? The 1630 50 following was also 20 down by the time it got to Rushden. 22839 has now arrived and will be over 40 late departing. Traffic currently at a standstill so I could yet be an hour late getting home.

Other piffle about were 19573 on 9's, 19567 on 72, 19594 on 53/ 9/6, 11126/11127/11128 on 50's.

Update: 25 minutes to get from the bus atation to Sainsbury a new personal record for the longest time it has taken me to do this section. 22839 now an hour late!
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on November 23, 2021, 05:34:56 PM
A meeting in the office today had me back on old route 6 with 37432 and 36041 after doing 18101 on a 50. As 19576 was on the 1240 53 and wanted for travelling on I had it to Kempston for 36065 back on a 1. 22835 was on the 1336 50 home.

Others viewed were 19704 on routes 4/10, 19594 on 53's, 19580 on a 72 and 11135 on a 50.
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: al_557 on November 28, 2021, 10:56:53 AM
The latest repaints at Bedford are E400MMC's 10499 (SN65ZHP) into local livery and 10874 (YX67VDL) into distance livery. 10803 (SN66WAE) and 10876 (YX67VDN) have now gained the gold swirls to complete the distance livery. Although I haven't seen 10803 with the swirls myself, my thanks go to "mkrail" on flickr for that info
Title: Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
Post by: MIB on December 01, 2021, 05:37:19 PM
I had a day in London on Saturday and got back to Bedford for the 2019 50 home and was rather jammy in that it was 11132 being my last gold bus for the year to travel on. Yesterday an appointment in town gave me 18108 on the 50.

Today was rooster booster day at the pure gym and rather fortuitously the 50 to make my appointment was 35224 which was also another year winner. After being jabbed 37435 got me into town on a 6. This conveniently dropped me onto 19567 on the 1412 10 and 1437 return 4 so Goldington once again on the agenda without getting off.

Next up was a return trip to Shortstown on 19890 on a 9. As it happens 19573 came in late on a 5  to form the 15 late 1657 4 so another jaunt to Goldington and back on the  late 1719 10 so I could view people's Christmas lights. The tracker informs me that 15608 is 30 late on my 1814 50 home so I had time to fit in 19597 on the 1815 9 to Elstow Road for 36937 on a 9a back.

To irritate me 19583 has not been out for a few days presumably ill or being redecorated. 19568 did the 1430 9c, 19574 drew the short straw on the 1546 route 6 bratex and 19597 did a 72 then 53. 19582 returned to action on the 1400 to Hitchin. The tracker records 10803 as doing the 1200 1 sandwiched between the X5 and 905.