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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #360 on: October 22, 2018, 01:21:03 PM »
As predicted last Friday my buses home were 27643 on the 6 and 27423 on the 9. Route 2 had 48034, 18423 on a 51, 37436 an 81 whilst the 1712 50 was 19087 followed by 37439 on the 1715 51. River St provided sanctuary to 53702 and 53704.

This morning I did at least get 36041 on the 9 for a change and so much better when the schools are off to have buses running on time as was 27645 on the 0911 6. It appeared that 19703 was going to work the 0915 81 and 18424 the 0915 73  after I left. 18423 was on a 1 with 19698 and 19699 on the 5/6 circuit.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #361 on: October 23, 2018, 03:27:12 PM »
For a change I had 18336 on the 6 after work but any thoughts I could get home unscathed from having a 27xxx ended with 27646 on the 9. 18419 was on a 1 and 18424 on the 1735 71. 53702 and another classmate were parked up in River St.

This morning a rare bus for my  route 9 was 19700 to take me into town but the inevitable 27520 was lying in wait for me on the 6. 27523 was also out on the 9 whilst 37434 arrived on a 51. Four tridents produced in a short space of time. 18423 did the 0915 81, 18424 the 0924 1, 18419 the 0929 9 and 18107 the 0932 50.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #362 on: October 24, 2018, 01:05:25 PM »
At least I had 19703 on the 6 after work yesterday but once again I couldn't escape 27644 home on the 9 which was rather annoying as it appeared to have replaced 18419. I passed 18101 on the 1712 50 whilst on 19703.

This morning I kept up the record of having a different vehicle on one service with the usual 27xxx on the other route as 19892 on the 9 and 27520 on the 6 got me to the office. Other specimens noted were 19701 on a 2 along with an unidentified solo, 18423 and 18424 on 1's, 34425 on a 71, 18336 on 5/6's, 19706 on the 0900 71 and Corby Star 15403 on the 0932 50.

On this date in 2012 after work, I did 16231 on the 1730 52 to Kempston for 21163 back to the bus station also on a 52. Budgie 16229 produced for the one way 1835 40 to Bromham so this was done to the last stop for 34430 on a 41 back into town.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #363 on: October 25, 2018, 02:10:17 PM »
After work yesterday I just missed 18336 on the 6 so diverted to the 51 stop for 34827 into town to be rewarded with former grasshopper 37432 on the 9 to get home and we passed another green classmate on the route. This morning I had my third E400 on the 9 this week on the 0847 running to time when 19701 produced. This won't happen next week when the schools are back and on time buses of this week become a memory again. The other vehicles on the 9 produced no surprises comprising of 27520, 27642 and 27643. However, I wasn't expecting to see 19700 on the 7 as it pulled away at 0906 from Greyfriars. 19891 was on a 53, 18336 a 1, 37431 did a 73 and 19699 was lined up for the 0915 81. All I got was the same old on the 6 in the shape of 27523.

On this day in 2012 I did 16113 on the 1611 50 from Kettering after work.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #364 on: November 02, 2018, 01:13:52 PM »
One of the issues for me now is trying to identify vehicles that pass me after work in the dark and I failed to id the E400 on the 1712 50 on Wednesday when it passed me. Other services enjoyed the delights of 47352 on the 2, 48032 on a 6 and I endured 48023 on a 9. Very different to Halloween night in 2012 when I had blue budgie 16227 on the 1753 9 to Shortstown and back before going home with it on the 1845.

The 50% variety of half term week has been dimmed this week with the kids back at school as the usual suspects have carted me around Bedford since returning. Other than the solo, I have been lumbered with 34825, 27522, 27523, 27642, 27643, 27646 and 36045. I did at least think I would get 37434 home on the 1730 81 last night but that proved to be a false dawn as it bombed and had to be replaced by 36043 so I went home on 36041 on the 1735 73 whilst they were fiddling about. The 1712 50 was 19084.

By comparison on 1 November 2011 the 1611 50 from Kettering produced 16500 for me after work and two years later in 2013 I did 16593 on the 1736 1 to Kempston and back for 16592 on the one way 1835 40 to Bromham meaning I had no choice but to return to Bedford with 34428 on the 41.

This morning route 1 had to make do with 48025 let loose on it whilst 18423 at least provided some relief on the 9 as 27643 and 27645 were out looking for me again. The 0915 81 appears to be back to a single deck since the schools went back and today it was 37439. 19889 did the 0915 51, 18424 the 0915 73, 19705 the 0930 71, 18108 the 0932 50 and 19888 the 0945 42.

2 November 2013 was a Saturday so I stayed local for a change and did the following:

16226 Bus station to Brickhill and return (6)
16592 Bus station to Shortstown and back (9)
21166 Bus station to Kempston (53)
19890 Kempston to Bus station (1)
34771 Bus station to Biggleswade (74)
16224 Biggleswade to Bus station (73)
16224 Bus station to Flitwick and return (42)
16224 Bus station to Cranfield and return (52)
16593 Bus station to Brickhill and return (6)
16226 Bus station to Hitchin and return (71)

I managed to wither myself as I did the Kempston move as a fill in to get out of the cold and on turning into River St on the 1 on the way back, budgie 16224 passed on a 73. The only way I could then score it for the full 73 route was to jump on the 74 as the shorter route allowed me to get to Biggleswade first to be in position for its return journey.

Not much of interest happening at present by comparison.
 :o
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #365 on: November 05, 2018, 01:44:50 PM »
Saturday morning piffle before all the diagrams commenced:

1 - 18424, 19701 (viewed arriving on an X5 around 1850 from Cambridge the night before)
2 - 36935, 36936
3/7 - 48024, 48033, 48036
5/6 - 19700, 27521
8/10 - 47352, 47435
9 - 27522, 27645
41 - 37439
42 - 19702, 19706
50 - 18107 (0832) (coincidentally this vehicle was on the route 5 years ago to the day)
53 - 34425, 36043, 36044
71 - 34828, 37439
72 - 19705
73 - 18423, 19889, 37438
81 - 18419
X5 - 19890 (0856 to Cambridge)

This morning same old 36042 was on the 9 but the alternatives of 27522 and 27642 were no better but at least I had 18336 to work on the 6. Only other things noted were 18424 on a 1, 48035 on a 2, 37438 on the 0845 73 and 37433 on the 0905 41.

On this date in 2010 my bus from the office on the 6 was 16681 for 34430 home on the 9.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #366 on: November 06, 2018, 02:22:50 PM »
This mornings helpings to work were 27644 on the 9 and 27647 on the 6 so no respite from them although I did have 19703 on the 6 after work yesterday. The other three 9 diagrams were 34428, 36045 and 27523 for maximum boredom.

Other stuff noted were 19888 on a 53, 19699 on a 6, 19705 on  a 42, 37438 on a 41, 18423 on the 0915 73, 19893 on the 0930 71, 15606 on the 0932 50, 18336, 18419 and 18424 on the 0912, 0924 and 0936 1's respectively in that order, 19698 on the 0826 X5 to Cambridge and 19892 on the 0926 X5 to Cambridge after arriving from there.

I have heard that the new gold buses for route X4 have started appearing in Bedford on the 50 whilst I have either been away or stuck in the office. Route 5 appeared to be a farce this morning as I festered 25 minutes waiting for a 6 bus to work so consequently I was late. Unlike Fiona Bruce, I suspect that if I asked the police for a lift to work like she did so I wouldn't be late for work, that I would receive a caution for wasting police time

Five years ago on this very day, 16592 dropped for the 1835 71 so I went to Hitchin and back on it as the oly was required for that route. It was also on this date in 2015 when 47352 did an 81 after I had finished work and I did it home. I think it was the 1830 service but I would not have wished to suffer that mess to Luton at any price. By then Bedford had got rid of the olys so a solo was the best they could muster.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #367 on: November 09, 2018, 01:41:11 PM »
The little rascals are starting to spread their wings this week as on Wednesday morning 47352 and 48034 were on two of the three route 2 diagrams whilst 48032 was on the 5/6 circuit but just for a change I had 36044 on a 9. Thursday was similar with 48031 and 48033 both on the 9, the latter was my bus home. 19702 did the 1026 X5 to Cambridge so 27521 appeared on the 1's so that Kempston patrons could get a taste of what I have to "enjoy" every day on the 6 and 9 routes. Still no let up today as my 9 into town was 48031, along with 48025 behind it, the 2 had 48024 and 48035 is on the 5/6 routes.

The last three days has seen 18424, 18423 and 18419 perform on the 0915 73 but I was content by at last claiming winner 19108 on the 0932 50 today. In the meantime 48031 was declared a failure and 34827 took over its duties on the 9. 34833 did the 0915 81, 19890 did the 0915 51, 18336 was on the 0923 6 and 19699 and 19702 were on 53's. 18424 did the 0945 42, 53703 did a lap of the bus station and 52485 was out driver training in Clapham Road.

I had to return to town on 36041 on a 6 for an appointment and had time to note 19892 on the 1045 73, 19893 on a 71 whilst 18423 arrived on a 51. 19083 did the 1132 50, 37438 the 1130 81, 18424 the 1135 41 to Stagsden, 18419 the 1145 73 and 19703 worked the 1126 X5 to Cambridge. I believe the 1056 to Cambridge was also an E400 because the Elite that arrived from Oxford was turned round to return to Oxford so a clear signal an E400 was coming in from Cambridge to be turned. Unfortunately it had not appeared by 1055 and I had to be elsewhere at 1100 so missed viewing it.

7 November 2011 was the memorable day when I went home on 16231 on the 1830 81 and the driver lost his bearings and instead of going over the bridge from Rope Walk roundabout, he turned left into the garage with a bus load of passengers and we passed through the garage and out the back, past the washer, under the road on the exit route from the garage, back up to Rope Walk roundabout and then back on the proper route to Elstow Road. Absolutely hellfire getting the garage in on a normal service so new bits of road to travel on. The following day was good too with blue budgie 16227 producing on the 18xx one way 73 which I did to Sandy for 34830 back.

Going back 8 years now to 10 November 2010 when I had to ring the office suffering from budgieitus, a condition brought on by having to do blue budgie 16228 on a 0945 one way X5 extra direct to Milton Keynes station avoiding Coachway. I think I returned to Bedford on the branch cart from Bletchley to get to work. My bus from the office on the 6 later in the day was 16672.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #368 on: November 09, 2018, 04:09:05 PM »
On Thursday there was a broken down X5 Oxford bound Elite at St. Neots Market Sq at around 10:30. It was being jacked up by a recovery truck. The following X5 (also an Elite)was stopped in the middle of the road in order to pick up passengers etc. Not sure when the breakdown actually happened.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #369 on: November 10, 2018, 01:40:34 PM »
19698 on the x5
this photo is a 53 reg Trident what I'm on and its 18058 yes it is Chris johnson

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #370 on: November 10, 2018, 01:42:32 PM »
19698 on the x5
this photo is a 53 reg Trident what I'm on and its 18058 yes it is Chris johnson

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #371 on: November 14, 2018, 11:56:33 AM »
Enviro 200s 36041/42 transferred to Cambridge

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #372 on: November 16, 2018, 02:48:09 PM »
Good to see one of my thorns in the side 36042 has gone so 5 November on the 9 is hopefully the last ever time it will have haunted me. 36041 was done twice on 9 November on the 6.

I went to Norwich last Saturday 10 November and the 0826 X5 to take me to Cambridge was 19698. Unfortunately I made the mistake of sitting at the front of the huge windscreen with the sun straight in my eyes so I was blinded when another E400 passed me on the 0910 X5 from Cambridge but it might have been 19706. 54301 returned me to Bedford on the 2010 X5 just missing the 2115 9 so I had to walk home in the rain. Thanks again Stagecoach for re-timing the X5's to miss the last three 9's of the day by 4 minutes so you either fester 56 minutes for the next one or walk. It would have been helpful to re-time the hourly 9's to leave later to match the later arrivals of the X5 at the time of the timetable change. I wonder why people drive to Cambridge instead of using the X5?...

Other buses noted Saturday were:
1 - 19704, 19888
2 - 36935, 37436
3/7 - 48032, 48033, 48036
4 - 48023, 48036
5/6 - 19701, 27521, 27644, 27647
8/10 - 47351, 47354
41 - 34828, 37437
42 - 19702
50 - 15606, 15608
53 - 34428, 34829, 34831, 36044
71 - 19892
72 - 18424, 19890, 34827
73 - 18424, 19893, 36937
81 - 18336
X5 - 19698

Thankfully this week there has been a bit more variety for me then just the usual 27xxx as I had 19700 / 19706 on Monday on 6's, 18424 on the 9 Tuesday, 37437 on the 9 and 37435 on the 6 yesterday and 18423 on the 6 this morning.

The 0915 73 has appeared to be a solid trident for sometime and 18336 did it Monday and then 18423 on Tuesday but it seems to have now changed as yesterday it was 19706 and today 19703 produced. The 0915 81 meanwhile now seems to be dominated with single decks as it was 36937 on Monday, 37439 yesterday and 37431 today.

Delving into the past in this particular week things were a bit different.
15 November 2010 I did 16013 to Shortstown and back on a 9 before having 16010 via the station to Brickhill and back on a 6.
14 November 2011 I had 16755 on the 50 from work into town.
14 November 2012 I took 16230 to Bromham on the one way 1835 40 for 34426 back on a 41.
12 November 2013 I went to Kettering with 16460 on the 1753 50 which may have been a Corby bus at the time but my memory fails me before returning to Bedford on the train.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #373 on: November 17, 2018, 01:35:21 AM »
Enviro 200s 36041/42 transferred to Cambridge

It says on your site that these have gone to Cambridge to allow two B7RLE's to go to Fenstanton for an increased vehicle requirement on the Busway.
Is this a temporary move or will these be a permanent transfer?

I would've thought Cambridge would be better off pinching two of the Enviro 300's as they're similar size to the Volvo B7RLE's.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #374 on: November 18, 2018, 11:31:35 AM »

It says on your site that these have gone to Cambridge to allow two B7RLE's to go to Fenstanton for an increased vehicle requirement on the Busway.
Is this a temporary move or will these be a permanent transfer?

I would've thought Cambridge would be better off pinching two of the Enviro 300's as they're similar size to the Volvo B7RLE's.

Not sure yet whether temporary or permanent. With increase in Busway PVR I am expecting that Sc East will put in a bid for additional vehicles in the 2019/20 Order, for which Bids are currently being made

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #375 on: November 19, 2018, 12:43:59 PM »
I am trying to confirm the status of several Bedford vehicles if anyone is able to assist it would be most useful.

Although recorded by the company as awaiting disposal I believe 34425 and 47351/54 remain in use. (Are any other old Solos still seeing use?)

Is Cambridge Trainer 34422 still at Bedford?

Is Dart 34430 parked up at Bedford or Biggleswade? It was recorded by the company as being at Long Sutton but that is incorrect.

Finally, I believe 22333 was left at Bedford back in April when the Darts were collected for Peterborough. Is it still at Bedford or Biggleswade.


For information the latest Company Fleet Card shows 34428/29 and 34832/33 as being Spare (Reserve) at Bedford with 47435-42 all parked up for return to Bedfordshire County Council.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #376 on: November 19, 2018, 02:29:18 PM »
47352 was on the 8 on Saturday and 47435 was on 2's on 15 November. I haven't seen 34833 since it did the 0915 81 on 31 October. 34832 was on the 73 Saturday and 34428 on the 2 yesterday (Sunday). Noted this morning was 34424 on the 0911 6.

I did 37435 on the 9 into town on Saturday and fell straight onto gold winner 11131 on the 1332 50 so this was taken to Sainsburys. Later my bus home on the 9 was 19891 which had been ripped from the X5 after an Elite was found to take over.

Afternoon viewings:
1 - 18424, 19704, 19889, 19893 whilst the fifth diagram was fresh air
2 - 36935, 36936, 37438
3/7 - 48023, 48034
4 - 48023, 48033
5/6 - 27521, 27523, 27642, 27643, 27644, 27645
8 - 47351, 47352, 47354
9 - 27647, 34425, 34829, 37435. 19891 came onto the route from 1405.
41 - 19701, 34428, 37439
42 - 27646
50 - 11131, 19083
51 - 18336, 19890, 34827, 37434
53 - 34828, 36043, 36044, 37432
71 - 18336, 18423, 37434
72 - 19698, 34830, 37436
73 - 19699, 19703, 34831, 34832, 36045
81 - 19702, 19890
X5 - 19891 arrived on 1240 from Cambridge then went onto 1405 9.

I now await bleatings that Bedford are short of vehicles having lost 36041, 36042 and possibly, 18419, which I haven't seen for over a week and that is why they could only rustle up four buses for the 1 on Saturday.

I was withered on Sunday heading home on 36936 on the 1500 9 when winner 39688 appeared for the 1500 50 but as I was overburdened with Iceland products I couldn't defer going home for another hour. 37431 was on a 1, 34428 on a 2 and 19706 was in position for the 1512 7.

Going back a few years to 18 November 2011 I had 16232 on the 9 before work, and after work, 16209 was had to Milton Keynes station on the 1745 X5 short that had come in from Cambridge and terminates at MK. On this occasion it was 30 minutes late.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #377 on: November 19, 2018, 06:16:25 PM »


I now await bleatings that Bedford are short of vehicles having lost 36041, 36042 and possibly, 18419, which I haven't seen for over a week and that is why they could only rustle up four buses for the 1 on Saturday.



18419 was on the 42 this evening looking in need of a repaint

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #378 on: November 20, 2018, 01:33:14 PM »
Yes, as ever, as soon as I mention something has gone missing, it bounces back. I viewed 18419 arriving on a 51 this morning. I had 48036 home on the 9 yesterday and we passed the rather more interesting P422 KSX on its college run.

I assume with the return of 18419 that we are back to four tridents, but if we are, one still hasn't returned to the 0915 73 which had been solid before 419 vanished. This morning 19701 did the honours. 18424 was on the 2 route with 19699. Others observed were 37435 on a 53, 19703 on the 0845 42, 36937 on the 0905 41 and 37438 on the 0915 81.

Back on 21 November 2012, 16229 did the 1759 6 to Brickhill so an out and back run was done on it. This dropped me onto 16593 on the 1835 one way 40 to Bromham which meant having to return from the mobile homes site on 34425 on a 41. My 9 home that evening with 34479 was diverted via Prebend St and Cauldwell St.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #379 on: November 26, 2018, 01:16:03 PM »
There has been a bit more variety for me getting to work since Thursday with 34424 and 34831 on 9's and 19890 and 19705 on 6's providing a merciful relief to the 27xxx usual suspects albeit 27644 got me on the 6 today. A trident returned to the 0915 73 last Thursday with 18424 in charge. Friday produced 18419 on the 1735 71.

Saturday afternoon offerings:
1 - 18336, 19699, 19703, 19704, 19706
2 - 36936, 36937, 37435
3/7 - 36935, 47351
4 - 34829, 48023
5/6 - 18419, 27520, 27643, 27645, 34830
8/10 - 47352, 47354
9 - 27521, 27644, 27646, the fourth diagram was invisible
41 - 37436, 37438
42 - 19890, 27647
50 - 15606
51 - 19889
53 - 34828, 36043, 37437
71 - 18423
72 - 34832
73 - 18424, 19705, 37434
81 - 19888, 34428
X5 - 19701 (1526 to Cambridge)

53616 appeared to be the MK driver change vehicle which was 53617 the previous Saturday.

This morning still had a bit of variety on the 9 with 19699 and 37439 alongside the more normal 27646 and 27647. Other sightings were 34424 on a 53, 34425 on the 0845 42, 37433 on the 0845 73, 37438 on the 0915 81. It looked like 19703 may have been on the 0915 73 but I am not sure as didn't see the front of it as it disappeared. 18419 appeared to be doing the 0930 71 but 15606 definitely did the 0932 50. 18336 and 19704 were both on the 5/6 circuit as was 37432 until it was pulled and sent empty to the garage.

Back in time, over the same period of five days just gone, on 23 November 2010 I did a return trip to Oakley on the 51 with 16209 before returning to the office after an appointment and 16496 did my 6 into town later.
This day, 26 November, was a Saturday in 2011 where I did 16755 on the 0835 50 to Kettering, returning to Bedford with 16683 on the 1250 from Kettering. Before I went home there was time to do a return to Woodlands on a 6 with 16221 Sylvia.
A year later in 2012, on 24 November, I again found myself in Kettering to have 16459 on a 50 to Bedford before doing a return trip to Cranfield on the 52 with 16581 which then took me home on an 81.
24 November 2016 was to be my last ever public service journey in Bedford on an Olympian when Ensign liveried P429 UUG conveyed me to Flitwick on Grant Palmer's 0930 44 and 1039 return. I had to flag it on the 1130 44 back to Flitwick as I was due in the office at noon.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #380 on: November 27, 2018, 01:35:58 PM »
More variety for me since posting yesterday with 19704 on the 6 and 34828 on the 9 home and this morning 18419 on the 9 and 37431 on the 6 to work. In fact I had a choice of vehicles from home as 19888 arrived on the late 0730 81 from Luton, followed by 27521 which I flagged on a 9 as the trident was seen approaching on another 9. Neither of these 9's were the 0847 so clearly a shambles on the route something which I can look forward to in the new year when I return to work after Christmas with the timetable change on 30 December.

I see the Shortstown 9 will only be half hourly as we have a 9A and 9B to Hitchin, as the 71/72 via London Road is withered, in between the 9's for the 15 minute frequency to where I live. My 0847 9 to work will become an 0854 originating from Hitchin so chances are it will be quite late and so wedged that I won't be able to get on so I will either have to walk or do the 0839 that at least starts in Shortstown. The 1729 9 will leave earlier at 1725 so chances are that I will miss it and end up on the 1740 to Hitchin so I suspect this means that I will be doing a lot more standing from the new year at peak times with the amount of people who go to Elstow Road mixed in with Shortstown and beyond. I won't bet on getting any double deckers but I do hope this amalgamation of routes will end the inadequate Solos appearing.

I see also the 42 is wiped out with an hourly 2 extended to Flitwick with no change to the route number.

On this day in 2010 I went to Oakley and back on a 51 with 16672.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #381 on: November 27, 2018, 03:25:58 PM »
More variety for me since posting yesterday with 19704 on the 6 and 34828 on the 9 home and this morning 18419 on the 9 and 37431 on the 6 to work. In fact I had a choice of vehicles from home as 19888 arrived on the late 0730 81 from Luton, followed by 27521 which I flagged on a 9 as the trident was seen approaching on another 9. Neither of these 9's were the 0847 so clearly a shambles on the route something which I can look forward to in the new year when I return to work after Christmas with the timetable change on 30 December.

I see the Shortstown 9 will only be half hourly as we have a 9A and 9B to Hitchin, as the 71/72 via London Road is withered, in between the 9's for the 15 minute frequency to where I live. My 0847 9 to work will become an 0854 originating from Hitchin so chances are it will be quite late and so wedged that I won't be able to get on so I will either have to walk or do the 0839 that at least starts in Shortstown. The 1729 9 will leave earlier at 1725 so chances are that I will miss it and end up on the 1740 to Hitchin so I suspect this means that I will be doing a lot more standing from the new year at peak times with the amount of people who go to Elstow Road mixed in with Shortstown and beyond. I won't bet on getting any double deckers but I do hope this amalgamation of routes will end the inadequate Solos appearing.

I see also the 42 is wiped out with an hourly 2 extended to Flitwick with no change to the route number.

On this day in 2010 I went to Oakley and back on a 51 with 16672.
Bedford has too many Solo's and not enough Double deckers . Some fleet reorganisation is needed.  It doesn't help that Cambridge pinched 18416 and 18418 earlier in the year

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #382 on: November 29, 2018, 02:49:21 PM »
A foretaste to the despair I will encounter in the new year arrived this morning when I arrived at the bus stop at 0845 and was still standing in the rain at 0910. The service always collapses when it is raining with unerring regularity. I was finally rescued by 34832 but whether it was the 0847, 0859 or 0911 9 I couldn't possibly say. I can see my new year treat being lined up for me. I will get to the stop at 0835 for the 0839 9 which won't show up and the 0854 coming in from Hitchin won't produce until 0905 as it will be late. Then I probably won't be able to get on as it will be rammed with students heading for the college rather like the 0730 81 from Luton. If I think mornings are miserable now when rain produces I think it will only get worse in the new timetable.

Staying with the new 9 timetable inflicted on me, it is reassuring to know that my presence is not required on the X5. Having complained previously about the xx16 arrivals from Cambridge being a minus 1 onto the 2115 and 2215 9's, which was looked into and the remedy, apparently, was the re-time the X5's to arrive at xx19 putting me on a minus 4, rather misunderstanding my point that I wanted the X5 to connect into the last two 9's of the day, but clearly I am talking to myself. Now they have further re-timed the X5 to arrive at xx24 so a minus 9 so making absolutely certain I don't make the 2115 so I have to either fester 51 minutes at the bus station residence of a few homeless or walk home. Here was the perfect opportunity to revise the 9 timings but no, the 2115 and 2215 remain rigidly stuck at those times. What harm would it do to make them depart at 2130 or 2230? If they did that then people who arrive at 2109 and 2209 at the train station on the East Mids services that leave St Pancras at 2029 and 2130 could get the 9 home. It wasn't such a big problem when the 2135 73 ran but that was axed which only served to make the situation worse. What next? Axe the 2115 and 2215 because nobody uses them? Perhaps people would if they could make them off the X5 or trains from London.

Bedford seems to be a byword for not running a public transport service. We have East Mids trains not stopping here in peak hours and Stagecoach ensuring that late night bus services don't connect with their own services. On top of this nonsense, last Sunday, East Mids trains decided that all of their fast services from London were not stopping at Bedford and were running fast to Wellingborough contrary to their own timetables, despite all of their services calling at Bedford earlier in the day as booked!!!

Anyway, allowing myself to cool off, one bit of good fortune came about the 9 fiasco this morning. As I was late for work I opted to do the 0932 50 and this produced gold winner 11138 for a spin to Sainsbury's and a walk up the hill to the office. Other stuff noted were 37437 on a 9, 19891 on the 0930 71, 19699 on the 0945 42, 18423 on a 1 and 18424 on a 2.

On this day in 2011 my bus from the office on the 50 was 16755.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #383 on: November 29, 2018, 06:35:21 PM »
On the 5 this evening is freshly repainted Enviro 200MMC 37433 (SN16OPX)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #384 on: November 30, 2018, 11:22:54 AM »
37433 was my  9 into town this morning on the 7 late 0847 followed by 34428 on the 6.

Yesterday I did 19705 on the 6 and 37434 on the 1800 73 to get home as route 9 was still in a mess as no 1805 and I wasn't hanging around until 1817 waiting for 37436. It took me an hour to get to work and an hour to get home yesterday as the traffic was rancid in the wet weather. The sun was out this morning and no such problems.

15403 did the 1805 50 yesterday, 19700 did the 1805 73 and 19702 was on a 2.

On this day in 2011 I did 16216 on the 6 to Woodlands and back after work. Also on this day in 2016, the 0930 44 to Flitwick with P429 UUG was to be the last time I ever viewed an oly work a normal service in Bedford, one week after I had ridden on it on the same service.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #385 on: December 04, 2018, 02:49:16 PM »
So far this week I have only ridden on four buses on the 6 and 9 and they have been 27642, 27643, 27644 and 27647 so ending the variety of last week as normal service has resumed.

Vehicles noted yesterday morning were 34428 on a 72, 18423 on a 1, 18336 on the 0915 73, 34424 on the 0915 81, 37434 on the 0915 51, 19889 on the 0930 71 and 15606 on the 0932 50. After work produced 15403 on the 1712 50, 37439 on the 1730 81, 19698 on the 1735 71 and 34832 on a 1.

This morning 18336 and 18419 were on 1's, 18423 and 36045 on 9's, 37432 on a 53, 34832 on the 0915 81, 19705 on the 0915 73 and 15607 on the 0932 50.

On this date in 2010 it was a Saturday and I did 18109 into town on an S1. This dropped me straight onto winning Leyland oly 14029 which produced on the M50 so this was taken all the way to Kettering and when it returned to Bedford immediately it would have been rude to flag it so I stayed with it. I went home on 34832 on a 9 for lunch and returned to town on 16680 on an S1. 16671 rolled up on a P1 which was taken to Northampton for an hour's fester before 16677 took me back from Northampton on another P1. I didn't have long to wait before another oly, 16209, conveyed me home on an S1.

I wasn't so lucky on this date in 2013, however, when I was heading for work and 16224 dropped for the 0950 73 and I couldn't touch it.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #386 on: December 07, 2018, 01:24:39 PM »
Thursday on route 9 was of no interest as all that was available were 27520, 27523, 27642 and 27645 so I walked. At least I had 18419 on the 6 to work. 48025 overtook us on another late 6 passing 19706 on a 51. The 0915 81 reverted back to a decker when 19699 produced whilst 18336 and 18423 were on 1's. After work I had 34829 on the 6 and went home on 37437 on the 1730 81 to avoid the 9. I did notice an Enviro single deck bus on the W7 EMT job but too dark to see which one it was.

This morning I was nailed by the pink 36045 on the 9 but at least it was on time despite the downpour. 27522 was my 6 but annoyingly we were overtaken again by another 6 which was a trident but whether that picked up in the bus station is another matter if running late. 18424 had arrived on a 1 at the bus station but was deemed unfit for further human consumption and was parked up. In the meantime the 0915 73 was 19890 and the 0915 51 was 19892. As I was leaving 18336 dropped into the far bay so I assume it replaced 18424 on the 1 as it had been spare. If not, it could only be the 0915 81 running 8 minutes late.

On this date in 2010 my 9 into town was 16680, a world of difference from the pink crate I had today.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #387 on: December 10, 2018, 02:10:22 PM »
I had an appointment in town on Saturday afternoon so did 19888 on an 81 and viewed the following specimens:

1 - 18336, 18419, 18423, 19706
2 - 36935, 36937
3/7 - 34829, 48035
4 - 37438  (27643 arrived in the bus station with 4 on the blind but was on route 5)
5/6 - 27522, 27523, 27642, 27643, 27645, 34825, 36045
8 - 47351
9 - 19889, 27646, 27647, 37437
41 - 34828, 37439
42 - 19705
50 - 11136 (1432), 18410 (1532)
51 - 19702, 19893
53 - 36043, 37431
71 - 19893, 34425
72 - 19888
73 - 19702, 19891, 34827
81 - 18424, 19706, 19888

I went home on 37437 on the 9. I am told that 11 of the 13 X4 gold buses have now appeared on the 50 in Bedford with just 11132 and 11135 to appear which goes to show how many I have missed at work as I've only rode on two of them so far.

I was most distraught yesterday afternoon to learn that I had missed a big winner over the weekend in nearby Peterborough. Ex Stagecoach Barnstaple surfer bus 16017 was working shuttles to the model railway show at the East of England Arena and I would have been there had I known earlier.

This morning route 9 included 34825 and 37438 but I had to walk into town as lack of funds until a visit to the cash point. 18336 and 18424 did the 0900 and 0912 1's, 37431 the 0905 41, 34832 the 0915 81, 19704 the 0915 51 and 18423 the 0915 73. Also viewed were 19706 on a 42, 34425 on a 3, 19888 on a 51 and 37439 on a 72.

On this date in 2011 I had 16230 on the 2 to Elstow Park & Ride.

In comparison to Saturday just gone, back in 2012, 8 December was also a Saturday and turned out to be a decent day. I did 16593 to Oakley and back on the 51, I then did 16221 on the 74 to Biggleswade and back. 16221 then did the 42 so as it was also required for that route I stayed with Sylvia to Flitwick and back. 16593 was a winner for Luton so when it did an 81 I took it to Luton and back and remained on board as it then did a 74 to Biggleswade where I eventually got off it and dropped back an hour for the next 74 which yielded 16581 so this was taken back to Bedford ending another satisfying day.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #388 on: December 12, 2018, 03:23:27 PM »
Noted last week on the X5 in St. Neots was 53617. Made a change from the usual E400 replacement.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #389 on: Today at 11:33:38 AM »
Noted last week on the X5 in St. Neots was 53617. Made a change from the usual E400 replacement.

There was another 536xx leaving the bus station on the X5 heading for Cambridge yesterday but I didn't see which one.

Buses viewed were Tuesday 11 December were:
1 - 18336, 18424, 27645
9 - 19892, 27521
42 - 18423, 19700, 37436
51 - 19888 off the 822 schools, 37431
53 - 37434
71 - 34428
72 - 37438
73 - 18419
81 - 18423, 19699, 34425

53703 and 53704 were snoozing down River St.

I had Wednesday 12 December off work but on my way to the station I did note 48023 on a 2, 34425 on a 72, 19698 on the 1015 81, 19699 on the 1015 73 and 18104 on the 1032 50.

Yesterday morning 18424 did a 1, 34833 a 53, 48024 was on the 5/6 circuit, 19701 and 19891 were on 51's, 37439 did the 0900 72, 37433 the 0905 41, 37435 the 0915 51, 34827 the 0915 81, 18419 the 0915 73 and 19087 the 0932 50. Just for a change my buses home were 36044 on a 51 for 37437 on the 9.

This morning 37439 took me into town on the 9 whilst 27642, 27643 and 37438 were also marauding on the same route. 34424 caused a blockade in Cauldwell St and was in the process of being towed to the garage as 18423 passed me on a 1. Following behind us was solo 47352 on a 2. The 0915 selection today comprised of 19892 on the 51, 34828 on the 81 and 19888 on the 73. The old pantomime resurfaced today where 27645 and 27647 arrived on the respective 0911 and 0923 6's and as always happens, the 0911 headed off to Brickhill without picking up at the bay leaving us to wait for 27647 to depart on the 0923 so I just get later. We then passed 19705 on a 51 and 11131 which was inbound from Kettering to form the 0932 50. Fortunately it was one of the only two I have had.

Going back in time on 12 December 2012 on a snowy day I did 16593 to Oxford on the 0915 X5 and returned to Bedford with it on the 1140 return. Later in the day I had an appointment in town do did 16227 on an 830 into town.

The same date a year later in 2013, 16683 did the 1753 50 but as I had previously done this bus to Kettering, I only ventured as far as Rushden. The downside of this folly was I had to endure winner 47409 on a 50 back to Bedford. Far too many miles for my liking on a solo and just to finish me off, my 9 home was 47435.
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