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Offline a.williams

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Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« on: January 28, 2020, 03:05:25 PM »
  Was most surprised & shocked to see ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen bus station last week

 It was18110 KX04 RVM  it was new to Kettering for X4, but the batch were very unreliable so were soon replaced by ex Manchester Scania's
                                 It left Bedford about 2014 for Manchester, then  to Inverness about June 2017 dont think 18110 was ever used at Inverness but 18111 was in 2017    18110 was at Stonehaven in 2018,its now allocated to Aberdeen
                 18111 is in reserve with Bluebird

Offline Leyland L60

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Re: Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2020, 10:05:31 PM »
The batch of eleven 04-plate ALX400- bodied Tridents numbered 18101-11 were thrown in at the deep end from day one on the Peterborough-Milton Keynes X4 route. It's a long and demanding route and the Trident chassis is never happy in this environment as it is basically much more suited to stop/start urban work. The Cummins C-series engine would overheat and cause the engine management system to interrupt the control systems, causing more often than not a failure in service. They lasted just under five years on the X4, clocking up a huge mileage in the process and, as mentioned above, becoming more and more problematic in service to the extent that at one stage at least one of them would arrive back at Kettering depot on the back of a tow-truck every day. Their place on the X4 was taken by ten-month-old Scania E400s transferred from Manchester.
Six of the eleven are still in service with Stagecoach Midlands, three each at Kettering and Northampton, with the others mostly now in the North and Scotland. The three we have at Northampton run all day on mainly town services and run very well. I gather they are due to be replaced later this year.

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Re: Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2020, 11:22:04 PM »
Bedford sent 18109 for scrap when the 60 plate Ex Peterborough Enviro 400's arrived to replace the older Tridents at the depot. I believe 18107 at Kettering is also going for scrap if it hasn't gone already

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Re: Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2020, 10:20:01 AM »
18107 is still stored at Corby Depot for the time being but guess its days are numbered

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Re: Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2020, 10:29:31 AM »
Thanks al_557. I should also have mentioned that 18105 was withdrawn several years ago following an engine compartment fire caused by a catastrophic engine failure while allocated to Northampton. It sat at Northampton's Main Road depot for several years being gradually stripped for spare parts, and was a sorry sight when it was finally towed away last year.

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Re: Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2020, 10:00:22 AM »
 Ex Bedford trident 18111 is now back at Inverness having been transffered from Aberdeen [reserve]

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Re: Ex Bedford Trident at Aberdeen
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2020, 08:23:54 PM »
 Trident 18111 was checked out at Inverness and deemed unfit for service so is on Disposal list

  perhaps it was the exertion of getting from Aberdeen to Inverness, that proved too much for it  !!!