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Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« on: March 01, 2011, 03:57:11 PM »
SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011, 12:04:34 AM »
Silver Volvo EAZ2576 sitting at Bishops Stortford all day 2/3/11.
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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 07:29:43 PM »
Ex-Norse Agoraline OY53RDU has been repainted into SM livery. It previously just had the old yellow Norse livery, with SM fleetnames on top.

Copyright 'AndrewHA':
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21611052@N02/5512229365/

On another note, here's a pic of the newly aquired Mercedes minibus on the 524 (Copyright 'AndrewHA'):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21611052@N02/5512230183/
« Last Edit: March 09, 2011, 07:56:52 PM by alex1234 »

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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 07:43:29 PM »
Alex,

Have another look at those links!
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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 07:57:16 PM »
Alex,

Have another look at those links!

Thanks for letting me know. Should be working fine now.  :D

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 08:51:38 PM »
They are slowly repainting the yellow Renualts, I noticed one the other week. Today however Dart P741RYL broke down in Bishop's Stortford.
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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011, 02:06:56 PM »
Dart N606KGF been sold for scrap. Dart N602KGF is still active. Darts N607KGF and M223AKB are withdrawn.
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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011, 09:23:03 PM »
Dart N607KGF has been seen stripped. However N602KGU continues in traffic. Couldn't see M223AKB though. Ex Olympian Scania Irizar L100SCS has been noted on Ebay by Geoff Ripleys. It left the fleet sometime ago.
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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 09:29:59 PM »
Just when you thought the SM Coaches fleet couldnt get even more varied. Along comes another vehicle in the form of a Mercedes Benz 0814 Plaxton Beaver. Its white/blue and has been given a LED board. Sorry couldnt get a reg!
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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 09:51:20 PM »
Just when you thought the SM Coaches fleet couldnt get even more varied. Along comes another vehicle in the form of a Mercedes Benz 0814 Plaxton Beaver. Its white/blue and has been given a LED board. Sorry couldnt get a reg!

Are you talking about the one they recieved a few weeks back, or is this a second Mercedes minibus now with SM?

Seems strange how minibuses are making a comeback after SM withdrew those Ivecos a couple of years back.

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2011, 10:06:11 PM »
Its a second one. Merc N632VSS is a 709d Alexander, this new one is an 0814 model!
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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 08:58:55 AM »
Incidentally when I travelled on the Mercedes Mini Bus  last week ( N632VSS ) . Inside were still two adverts from Stagecoach Western , advising passengers about the connections that can be made at Kilmarnock Bus Station with the Stagecoach  Express services to and from Glasgow !

This bus  seems to have found a home on Route 524  Harlow to Hertford .
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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2011, 04:38:59 PM »

This bus  seems to have found a home on Route 524  Harlow to Hertford .

I might try and get a ride on this route then. Haven't been on the old Merc minibuses before. Although, knowing my luck it won't be on the route!
I don't know the 524 that well, but both times I have been on it, it has been quite busy. Both times it was in the early evening towards Hertford. I would of thought they would of put the Merc on one of the Harlow town routes.

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2011, 10:54:16 AM »
It does look smart, but doesnt sound that great!
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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2011, 05:56:30 PM »
Today, Merc N632VSS was on the 20, and by the time it left Harlow Bus Station it was packed!
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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2011, 06:18:09 PM »
Today, Merc N632VSS was on the 20, and by the time it left Harlow Bus Station it was packed!

I wonder what made them put that on the 20!!

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2011, 12:59:13 AM »
No idea mate. Bigger vehicles in the depot mate. Sounded rough though
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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2011, 06:42:42 PM »
The newly aquired Plaxton Beaver 2 was on the 21 today (!!). Surprising to see this on the route! I tried to get the registration down, but I only got R---DNM....not completly sure.

I saw the Beaver 2 on the Harlow local route 14 on Friday.

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2011, 12:59:18 AM »
Does look smart. But I think it would be better on school routes than busy town routes
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Re: Olympian/SM/Roadrunner SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2011, 08:31:10 PM »
I've finally identified SM's newly aquired Plaxton Beaver 2, which is ex-Arriva Scotland West R112GNW, which I saw on route 21. They also have another Beaver 2 (!), this being ex-East Yorkshire R450PRH, which I saw on route 19. Not sure why these arn't appearing on local services, rather than the long distance services, which were packed by the way!

One of the ex-Abellio London MPDs was on Harlow local route. First time i've seen this type on a route other than Roadrunner's Essex CC contract route 7/7A.

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Re: excel coaches sotd
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2011, 09:33:02 PM »
The Mercs are good. But no match for the Darts!! Its weird that the Darts are on Harlow routes rather than the 7/7A. This would be the reason why MAN RX53LFH was on the 7/7A today.
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