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Offline David Goddard

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Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« on: June 21, 2011, 06:23:50 PM »
Silver OmniDekkas 819 and 820 were both out on 9s yesterday morning, while one of the red No9 branded Solars (think it was 1025) was on the 0710 service 19 to Foxhill Road.

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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 11:26:22 PM »
One of the new claret liveried E400s was out and about this lunchtime, seen turning out of Redlands Road.
Unfortunately I didnt see if it was in service or on a training run.
Will be in town again tomorrow so if any are seen in service will report here.

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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 04:07:51 PM »
A couple of shots from London Road this lunchtime, including Solo 123 (get them while you can) on the 19a, and Grey Solar 1028 working a 9.
See elsewhere for the new Claret Hybrid E400s in service.

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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2011, 10:45:23 PM »
A real mixed bag of vehicles in operation this evening, partly due to some of the OmniCity Double Decks from the 17 being away for repaint.  The following are worthy of note:

Scania Omnidekkas 801, 802 and 803 were all back to their roots working 17s.  Regular 17 branded vehicles 1103 and 1105 were also on the Cross town service, joined by brand new silver Enviro Hybrids 208 and 209.  Having also seen 207 on an early evening 26, I can happily tick off all of the E400Hs delivered so far!

Recently returned from repaint into silver, former route 17 OmniCity DD 1112 was working the 11 along with regular bronze Solar 1027, suggesting that 1006 was in the garage for work.

The 82a journey at 2145 was unusually operated by a Solo.  This was quite a surprise when 2000 vintage no 115 turned up for my trip home this evening.  I assume that it will also do the 2245, but I wont go back up the village to check!  The 1915 service had been operated as usual by a Solar (in this case 1026), so I am guessing that this may have had a problem at some point.
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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2011, 08:26:47 AM »
Another Solo on the late 82a last night (number unconfirmed), while the final run of the 6 (2300 out, 2320 back) was operated by Solar 1014.

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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2011, 10:18:09 PM »
Silver 1014 was out on the 21 this afternoon.

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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2011, 05:33:43 PM »
Repainting of the fourteen former Route 17 Scania OmniCity DoubleDecks continues, with only two (AFAIK) left to return in their new colours.
1105 (recently returned) and classmate 1107 were seen in Friar Street at 16:30 today resplendent in their new "Pink Routes" livery for the Caversham services.
Of note is that the style of destination displays in use.  Seen here are 1105 with black text on a pink background, while 1107 exhibits the more standard bold pink text on a black (blank) background.
I am supposing that the display on 1105 is experimental, and from these views appears not as good, so hopefully the latter style will become the norm.

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Re: Reading Buses SOTD summer 2011 (Jun/Jul/Aug)
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2011, 07:38:15 AM »
Saturday 01 October saw the launch of the latest batch of Electric Hybrid Enviro400s, this time in purple livery on the 24hour Cross Town service 17.  The batch comprises thirteen vehicles, numbered 219 - 231.  Will try and get some photos later.