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SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« on: March 01, 2011, 05:34:05 PM »
SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 12:59:48 PM »
An unidentified Dart, in a predominently green livery and carrying branding for "Rugby-Southam-Leamington was in Northampton on the 11.45 Service 96 to Rugby today

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 05:21:39 PM »
 That will be one of the Enviro 300's branded for the 63/64, (27502-5), Although 27504 is off the road at the moment following a bad RTA last week.
 The only Dart in this Livery Warwickshire County Council Country Links) is unbranded Mini Pointer 34398 KN04XCT. currently operating out of Nuneaton.


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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 07:14:53 PM »
Thanks Mutly. Yes, thats the livery all right. I only had a glimpse of it as it passed the bus that I was on in Greyfriars. It definitely had route number 96 displayed at the rear

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 12:43:09 AM »
Appologies for reporting this late, a Very unusual vehicle working on the 1545 from Northampton on Friday was the last Leyland Olympian, 14034 F634MSP, the first time i've ever heard of a D/D onm the route.
 Coincidently, at the same time Rugby depot had an Enviro 400 on loan from Leamington to see if Double Deck vehicles would be suitable for a new route between Northampton & Birmingham.
 I don't know any details of this new route, as it may be a new version of the old X64, or possibly combining the 86 (rugby- Coventry) and 96 with an extension to Birmingham, if the latter is the case , could explain 14034's appearence

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 12:55:21 PM »
Appologies for reporting this late, a Very unusual vehicle working on the 1545 from Northampton on Friday was the last Leyland Olympian, 14034 F634MSP, the first time i've ever heard of a D/D onm the route.
 Coincidently, at the same time Rugby depot had an Enviro 400 on loan from Leamington to see if Double Deck vehicles would be suitable for a new route between Northampton & Birmingham.
 I don't know any details of this new route, as it may be a new version of the old X64, or possibly combining the 86 (rugby- Coventry) and 96 with an extension to Birmingham, if the latter is the case , could explain 14034's appearence

That really was an unusual sight Mutly.  A revived service to Birmingham may prove a good idea, as the frequent disruptions to the rail service from N'pton to Birmingham are becoming a farce. No service at all on this stretch of line today, apparently. (Drivers not willing to work overtime because their Sunday premium is to be cut from double time to time and a half.)

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011, 01:30:44 PM »
Put an X in front of the route number and run it through to Shrewsbury!

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011, 02:56:21 PM »
Now you are talking - just need some Midland Red saloons to make it a real X96!

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2011, 03:23:25 PM »
 It would be interesting to see which route it takes, if its the the "old" 586" route between Northampton - Coventry, as loadings on the 96 seem quite decent along the route, same as the 86 between Rugby & Coventry, however i believe both routes are subsidised, so this may be a way of running both routes as one commercially. however as the 86 has just recieved new Enviro 200's, i would be suprised if this was the case (although it wouldnt come as a shock if they did  ;D)
 However if it goes via Daventry, this may work as well, the original X64 was stopped as there wasn't much use between Daventry & Birmingham, but at the time loadings on the Daventry - Northampton section where quite light as well, hence it was cut back to form the X42, but there was still only an hourly link between the both towns, however the service is now half hourly (with the D3 Hourly in between) and regularly runs with heavy loads so a Double Deck service via Daventry could be a good idea. but it would be interesting to see what loading it would get between Daventry and Birmingham.
 In NBC days, United Counties used to also operate along the Route on Saturdays with the 345 (if i remember Correct), this wasn't a limited stop service but wasn't allowed to pick up beyond Coventry en route into Birmingham.

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2011, 09:01:02 PM »
Guys, how on earth did a d/d manage to operate on the 96 without losing its top deck under the railway bridge just after the Kilsby Lane turn. If memory serves me correctly isn't the headroom 12'6"

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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2011, 11:52:15 AM »
Oddly enough, I just purchased a set of 1991/1992 UCOC timetables on eBay - including the Brum run. I intend to scan them as and when I get the chance!
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Re: SiW SOTD Spring 2011 (Mar, Apr, May)
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2011, 01:36:06 PM »
Guys, how on earth did a d/d manage to operate on the 96 without losing its top deck under the railway bridge just after the Kilsby Lane turn. If memory serves me correctly isn't the headroom 12'6"


 Thats true, forgot about that one, I can't even think of away around it.  ???
 One of my mates reported 14034 arriving back in Rugby on Friday afternoon, i did not see it myself, i wonder if somebody had just been "Messing" with the display's and it was actually on its usual Megabus taxi