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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #180 on: June 04, 2019, 02:13:06 PM »
The tracker showed up 28632 in Bromham Road yesterday evening on a 7 so I assume this meant a W7 and not the Brackmills route 7. If it was the latter then it was miles out. Viewed for myself in River St was 36163 on the W7 which I have not clapped eyes on before. My buses home from work were 18336 on a 6, we passed 18423 also on a 6, and 19701 on the 1810 9B. 18419 should have been the 1840 9B.

This morning I resurrected my 0839 move to get to work and I was not disappointed as the trio of buses arriving with the 9A running its customary 15 minutes late were still to the fore. Some things never change. I did 19699 on the 9B leading 34832 on the 9 and 19702 on the 81.

Noted on the X5 were 19700 on the 0900 to Cambridge with 19893 coming the other way. The tridents were back to dominating route 1 with 18336, 18419 and 18424 all out. 37435 did a 9B to Hitchin, 36301 was still on 2's and 36302 was on the 6 but I flagged it for winner 11126 on the 0932 50 to get to the office.

The gold bus may have arrived 3 minutes early but it left 5 minutes late. I do wish drivers would pull up to the stand five minutes before departure to load up and take fares and answer queries from the public instead of nonchantly sauntering up casually to their steed two minutes after departure time, pulling in to the stand and then looking aghast that people actually want to buy tickets rather than already having pre-paid tickets. It also doesn't help people asking them awkward questions like what time does the X46 leave Rushden for Raunds and stuff like that. More time lost trying to answer the question but all lateness could be avoided entering the bay with time to spare to deal with fares and queries prior to departure time. Drivers need to remember there is no enquiry office at the bus station so chances are they will be put on the spot by passengers with queries so it would stop delaying the bus further if they made themselves available before time of departure. That will teach me for not doing 36302 on the 0935 9 which left on time when I need to get to work.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #181 on: June 06, 2019, 01:40:06 PM »
18336 was again my bus from work on the 6 on Tuesday which made the minus onto 19704 on the 1810 9A as that did not leave until 1825. The inbound 9 to form the 1825 was down by 22 minutes so the traffic must have been rancid. Other stuff noted were 34428 on a 5, 18423 on an 81, 19888 on the Cambridge to MK station short X5 AND 19892 gracing the 1805 7.

This morning the 0839 9 into town was 37439 and I had 36302 on the 0911 6 to the office. Other observations were 18423 on a 9B, 36301 on a 2 arriving from Flitwick, 34428 arrived on a 73 and 48036, 18419 and 18424 were on 1's. I gather I missed winner 39687 on the 0932 50 which will teach me to get to work on time!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #182 on: June 07, 2019, 02:02:23 PM »
I was saying just the other day about the blandness of the bus workings but someone has livened up the radar today by getting 18416 on a 505 to appear in London Road this afternoon. I know 18416 used to be in Bedford but I can't believe the driver has lost his way that much so the gremlins must have returned to the system. However, my eyes were not deceiving me when I went home on Tuesday as there was a white single decker parked up at the garage.

I might have missed a winner yesterday on the 0932 50 but I had a winner after work when gold 11130 appeared on the 1625 50 from Kettering. 37431 was my bus home on the 3. 18336 did the 1555 and 1815 73's, 18423 was on the 1610 9A and 18419 on the 1630 73. 27684 was viewed on a W7.

Regrettably this morning I missed another winner on the 0832 50 as 39692 was out just as I was making my way to my stop for the 0839 convoy which didn't let me down as 19893 on the 81 led 34828 on a 9 and 19703 on the statutory 15 late 9A. I did the 81 into town for 36935 on the 0859 6.

Passengers on 48036 on the 1 route yesterday clearly had not suffered enough as it is back out on 1's today alongside 18336, 18423 and 18424. The 0845 73 was 18419 and 19706 arrived on a 5 and was then earmarked for the 0856 X5 to Cambridge according to the radar which also picked up 27522 on a 99. I had a quick look on the bus times site a few moments ago and 19892 appears to be on the 1310 X5 from Cambridge. Rather unusually the Grant Palmer trident LX04 FYN, which had gone missing recently, arrived on the 1305 74 from Biggleswade and is now on the 1345 24 to Carnoustie Drive. Wonders never cease...


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #183 on: June 07, 2019, 05:29:59 PM »
I was saying just the other day about the blandness of the bus workings but someone has livened up the radar today by getting 18416 on a 505 to appear in London Road this afternoon. I know 18416 used to be in Bedford but I can't believe the driver has lost his way that much so the gremlins must have returned to the system. However, my eyes were not deceiving me when I went home on Tuesday as there was a white single decker parked up at the garage.

I might have missed a winner yesterday on the 0932 50 but I had a winner after work when gold 11130 appeared on the 1625 50 from Kettering. 37431 was my bus home on the 3. 18336 did the 1555 and 1815 73's, 18423 was on the 1610 9A and 18419 on the 1630 73. 27684 was viewed on a W7.

Regrettably this morning I missed another winner on the 0832 50 as 39692 was out just as I was making my way to my stop for the 0839 convoy which didn't let me down as 19893 on the 81 led 34828 on a 9 and 19703 on the statutory 15 late 9A. I did the 81 into town for 36935 on the 0859 6.

Passengers on 48036 on the 1 route yesterday clearly had not suffered enough as it is back out on 1's today alongside 18336, 18423 and 18424. The 0845 73 was 18419 and 19706 arrived on a 5 and was then earmarked for the 0856 X5 to Cambridge according to the radar which also picked up 27522 on a 99. I had a quick look on the bus times site a few moments ago and 19892 appears to be on the 1310 X5 from Cambridge. Rather unusually the Grant Palmer trident LX04 FYN, which had gone missing recently, arrived on the 1305 74 from Biggleswade and is now on the 1345 24 to Carnoustie Drive. Wonders never cease...


Thanks to the gas works on Bedford road in Kempston. The timetable has gone out the window. It can take up to triple the usual time to get through. I was quite happy to sit on 48036 for my ride home. The seats on the 66 plate solo SR's and the MMC's are very comfortable

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #184 on: June 07, 2019, 06:23:20 PM »
Have seen 48035 and 48036 on the 1’s recently, have they put more buses on the route as a result of the roadworks? I figure they must’ve done something because the buses are leaving relatively on time (which is rare on town centre routes on a good day)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #185 on: June 08, 2019, 05:48:48 PM »
Withdrawn Optare Solo 47354 (AE06TWN) was collected by Ensignbus today. 47436 (YJ56AOL) has also now gone. The depot yard looks very empty now without all the withdrawn vehicles there. Next vehicles to get withdrawn are obviously going to be the Darts and possibly the four remaining Tridents. But that doesn't look like it will happen any time soon a there's nothing due to replace them

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #186 on: June 10, 2019, 01:46:28 PM »
I did 19699 on a 9 into town on Saturday and 18336 and 18423 were on 1's whilst 18419 did the 0710 9A. A visit to Peterborough revealed ex Bedford 34421 and 34422 on 37's. 19017 was viewed on a 1 and I am sure that has visited Bedford on a 50 unless my memory is playing tricks on me. Also on 1's was 18420, whilst ex Bedford 18418 was on a 50, 18344 on a 56 and 18421 on a 505 in the correct location and not wandering down London Road in Bedford! My bus home was 34832 on the 1950 73 and 48036 was still going strong on the 1's. Sorry, but whatever type of seating they have I simply do not like Solo's of any description.

This morning I did 18336 into town on the 81. 48031 was sitting on the garage with 1 on the blind so not sure whether it was about to go out or had been reeled in. 19702 arrived on a 53A, 18419 and 18423 arrived together on 1's before 18419 was swapped to a 53 alongside 34428.

My bus to work was 27523 which departed 7 minutes late to wind me up. It is irritating that the inbound working deposited the passengers outside Iceland and the driver then parked the bus up instead of disgorging in the vacant departure bay. This meant the driver taking over the bus, who appeared one minute after departure time, had to then walk around the bus station to 27523 and by the time seat/ticket machine adjustments were made and the bus dropped into the bay to load another 6 minutes had been lost.

Looking at the radar on route 50 it appears that the 1232 was 39682, 1332 is 15401 and 1432 will be 15402.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #187 on: June 11, 2019, 01:31:03 PM »
It was a return of the bad old days today as a scan of the radar showed all routes flushed with buses except my route 9. The only bus showing up was 19699 at the bus station on a 9 but the other 9 vehicle plus the four that should have been in action on the 9A/B were nowhere to be seen. As the rain teemed down I went for the ghost 0854 9B which was not showing hoping that it was simply a case of the route not being monitored. I had hoped my days of festering for 20 minutes at bus stops were over with radar assistance but this morning that is precisely what happened.

At 0909 18423, a ghost bus according to bus times, went past on a 9A to Hitchin. So perhaps it was the 0810 running nearly an hour late or the 0840 9B (with the wrong blind) running nearly 30 late as it was too early for the 0910. This gave me hope that either the 0854 9B and 0909 9 were coming the other way even though they were invisible. There was no sign of the 0909 9 but 19891 thankfully graced us with its presence on the 0854 9B at 0917 and took a couple of minutes to load up with very annoyed punters. Looking again at the radar it was taking the mick that every route appeared to have its normal quota of buses compared to our route. A quick check 10 minutes ago on the system now shows zero buses on the Bedford to Shortstown to Hitchin circuit as 19699 has appeared in Bedford garage so the one vehicle with a working tracker on the route is grounded.

By the time I got to town I had missed the 0923 6 so ensuring I was late for work. My mood was not assisted by the driver for the 0935 turning up at 0939 to takeover 27522 but then perhaps he could be forgiven if he was a victim of the route 9 invisible buses service waiting for something to turn up on the bridge to take the driver in from the garage. I have long felt that if Bedford is ever short of buses that it is my route that loses out from the many occasions in the old timetable when only two or three vehicles were out when four were required for the service.

Out of passing interest in the rain were 18336 and 18424 on 1's, 36301 on a 2, 36302 on a 51, 34428 arrived on a 73, 19703 was apparently on an X5 from Cambridge and 18104 had done the 0832 50. I do hope it won't take another hour to do 3 miles to get home like it did to get here!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #188 on: June 12, 2019, 04:04:03 PM »
This morning the radar suffered a complete meltdown on me so no buses to study at all but hundreds of bus stops which now appear to have been added to the bus times site. The trouble is I know where the bus stops are. What I want to know is where is my bus to get to work on time. I see we have only had the revised timetable 5 months before they have changed it again so I will have to adjust to the new timings.

On another soggy morning with traffic snailing along I decided I would cover the 0839 convoy as I had a one in three chance of a bus producing. This turned out to be a wise decision as the convoy only consisted of 19703 on the 81 but that would do me. 18336 and 18423 were noted on 1's but very little else but at least 27646 was in position for the 6 to work. However, that means very little as the driver appeared at departure time and after a period of fiddling about in the cab, boldly declared that it was the wrong bus and he was meant to be driving a 5 anyway and off he went!!! Great stuff so where was the driver for the 6 as it was now 4 minutes after departure time? Finally the driver showed up and we set off 7 minutes late (again) passing orange 15405 to form the 0932 50. I got to the office on a plus 5 to beat the clock when it should have been a more comfortable plus 12. The radar and the drivers seem to be on a mission this week to make me late for work.

The radar was still not working when I checked at lunchtime but a peek 10 minutes ago reveals the buses are back on the site to be monitored. Interestingly 27646 which was my 6 to work is now on the 99 along with 36937 but whether I believe the latter is another matter as the vehicle was in Bedford bus station!

19890 is on an X5 from Cambridge, 15402 was the 1432 50, 19083 the 1537 50, 18419 on a 6, 34428 on a 53 and 18423 on a 53A. We are not out of the woods yet as 19703 was showing being in Clapham on an 81 and 19892 in Oakley also on an 81 so maybe a pinch of salt is required at what I am viewing...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #189 on: June 12, 2019, 04:32:19 PM »
27645 is on 51 right now sporting a fresh lick of paint- shame they missed returning the seats, especially on the 2752X E300’s theyre looking extremely tatty now. Also saw 34428 on 53, 19893 on the 73 and also for the first time since the coasthopper bunch joined us it was the first time I’ve seen the bus station free from any E200mmc’s or soslows!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #190 on: June 14, 2019, 01:40:21 PM »
Owing to being in slow speed mode this morning I missed the 9B and 81 into town and a study of the radar showed a 30 minute gap until the next service as the 0839 9 from Shortstown was not showing up so they still can't manage to get two buses on the 9. I turned up to join the crowd for 19892 on the 9A which was showing two stops away at 0905 but it was another 10 minutes before it finally reached us packed to the rafters. Clearly the 9 had not produced 15 minutes in front of it so somehow they have made an already bad timetable worse this week. So yet again I was late for work as I found myself on the late 0935 6 with 36936 making it three late office arrivals in the first week of the re-shaped 9 timetable.

The only reason I wasn't late yesterday was due to working from home. I acknowledge the buses seem to be poorer when it is raining as more road rats seem to magically appear when it is wet adding to the congestion, and it has been extremely wet this week, so I can only hope next week in drier conditions the timekeeping might improve.

I have always marvelled at how some of Bedford's bus fleet protest at being reversed out of the bay and then stall which happens to me on a monthly basis. Thankfully I had got off 19892 when it set back on a 9A to Hitchin and promptly seized up about 10 yards from bay G blocking other vehicles like the 5 trying to squeeze past. All part of the great conspiracy to make me later for work by trying to prevent 36936 departing on the 6. Another driver had to act as a traffic cop to guide us out and carefully negotiate the stricken E400 whilst its driver got onto his mobile for help. I assume the bus was eventually swapped as I note it is now on route 5 as I type this.

Other stuff noted today were 19084 and 19087 on 50's, 18336 did the 0845 73 but is now on 41's, 34428 is also on 41's 18423 was on 5's but is now on an 81, 27646 is showing on 99's and 18419 has to make do with 48033, 37433 and 36937 for company on 1's.

I see Bedford is blessed with rail replacement buses all weekend for half a day each working to Luton so one wonders what piffle that will produce?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #191 on: June 14, 2019, 02:59:40 PM »
Despite today’s better weather, the 5 still manages to lose 2 buses with a 26 minute gap, and then to add insult to injury 36302 turns up having to carry 2 loads. Noticed 48033 on the 5’s as well yesterday so obviojsly Bedford are short on full size buses.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #192 on: June 18, 2019, 07:46:25 PM »
finally managed to get on one of the Ex London E200s on the 5 yesterday, it was chaos due to the presence of 5 shopping trollies and more passengers than seats, it seems to be less practical than a solo, and I found myself thinking only 2 years back I would try and get on a grant palmer bus because you never knew what would turn up but now the shocks come from stagecoach.
also I've been shocked that to date I have not seen them deploy a long E300 on the X5 a I remember when they used to use PSs and Wright Renown on the X5 occasionally (funnily enough it was a ride from St. Neots to oxford on a PS - with the door open for the whole journey, I miss them days - in the summer of '08 which first got me in to buses)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #193 on: June 18, 2019, 10:23:05 PM »
finally managed to get on one of the Ex London E200s on the 5 yesterday, it was chaos due to the presence of 5 shopping trollies and more passengers than seats, it seems to be less practical than a solo, and I found myself thinking only 2 years back I would try and get on a grant palmer bus because you never knew what would turn up but now the shocks come from stagecoach.
also I've been shocked that to date I have not seen them deploy a long E300 on the X5 a I remember when they used to use PSs and Wright Renown on the X5 occasionally (funnily enough it was a ride from St. Neots to oxford on a PS - with the door open for the whole journey, I miss them days - in the summer of '08 which first got me in to buses)

The ex London Enviro 200's are unsuitable for most of Bedford's routes. They're simply too small. I've said it before. They'd be better off sending them to Fenstanton in exchange for two Darts

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #194 on: June 19, 2019, 01:54:41 PM »
Yesterday I was treated to 27520 on the 5; like most of Bedford’s fleet it too isn’t running well-as I boarded a passenger was alighting and told the bus driver the seats at the back (above the engine) were boiling hot, so naturally I had to investigate and I could feel the heat before I had sat down-the engine was sounding particularly croaky too which is never a good sign.
48033 dragged me to Kempston on the 1 at peak which was very cosy.

In regards to the short E200’s, why can’t stagecoach put them on the solo routes so then the darts/E200/MMCs can spend less time on the solo routes? I agree though, the short E200’s are massively inappropriate for Bedford, the capacity is even less than the SR’s we have now!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #195 on: June 19, 2019, 02:03:30 PM »
The ex London Enviro 200's are unsuitable for most of Bedford's routes. They're simply too small. I've said it before. They'd be better off sending them to Fenstanton in exchange for two Darts
As the darts basically live on the 66/35 that would be a bit of a struggle as the 66 carries a large amount of passengers especially going to Hinchingbrooke from Brampton and Buckden and the one that leaves Huntingdon at about 4.30 is usually full with standing passengers.   

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #196 on: June 19, 2019, 02:54:14 PM »
I’m hoping the tracker is broken today as there are currently only two 5’s out and they’re both on Queen’s drive

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #197 on: June 19, 2019, 05:14:23 PM »
The tracker was certainly broken all day on Monday as I played guess when the bus will turn up just like in the old days. In the morning 19129 and 37048 enlivened the scene at the bus station by depositing a handful of passengers on the W7. I was always under the impression they were meant to unload at the railway station but when you think about it that is pretty pointless. Anyone who lives in Wellingborough will do the train to London so the only passengers to use the bus in the morning would be those who work in Bedford and therefore the bus station is more convenient then the railway station. On my way home 19893 was on the 1745 to MK on what was probably the MK short.

Tuesday I was off work so I deliberated whether to do the 0656 or 0726 X5 to Cambridge. I decided the night before to have an extra half hour in bed which turned out to be the right decision. Not only was I rewarded with 19888 on the 0726, I also took some satisfaction in arriving at St Neots where a big crowd were waiting for us. I found out why a bit further along the route where 54304 was dumped having burst on the 0656 so I would not have got to Cambridge earlier. After a day in Norfolk and Suffolk I returned home on 54315 on the 1945 through the monsoon for 36935 home on the 2115 9.

The timetable adjustment appears to have reduced the 0839 convoy to two buses as 18419 had already gone on the 9 by the time I turned up so I had 19699 on the 9B this morning as 19700 followed on the 81.  In the meantime 19701 had departed on the 0826 X5 to Cambridge and 39683 had done the 0832 50. 18336 and 48032 were both on 1's. 27523 took me top work on the 6 and left 5 minutes late again despite the bus being in position well before departure time. I have noticed in the last few weeks that I am constantly having 27xxx vehicles on the 6 now which was a pain when it happened previously and is starting to grate again.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #198 on: June 19, 2019, 10:25:19 PM »
Was that the failure that got left in St Neots, Cambridge Street? If so it was still there in the evening, causing mayhem with the traffic...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #199 on: June 20, 2019, 12:57:48 PM »
Was that the failure that got left in St Neots, Cambridge Street? If so it was still there in the evening, causing mayhem with the traffic...

Possibly not as 54304 was parked at the bus stop in the High St just before Church St which the X5 doesn't use. However, it would be getting in the way of other service buses so maybe someone moved it to Cambridge St later.

As I had 19699 on the 9B and 27523 on the 6 to get to work yesterday it was only fitting that I had 27523 on the 6 and 19699 on the 1800 9A to get home. 37059 was on the 9B and 19087 on the 1805 50.

19087 was back again this morning on the 0832 50 whilst 18336 and 34428 were on 53's, 18424 on 1's and 18419 on 9A's but no evidence of 18423 anywhere.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #200 on: June 20, 2019, 06:02:07 PM »
Interestingly, Ross Barton, Operations Director, Stagecoach East, chatting informally with attendees at last Saturday's Cambridge Area Bus Users Annual General Meeting agreed with what has been said on this thread about the unsuitability of the Elites for the X5 route.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #201 on: June 20, 2019, 07:27:57 PM »
Interestingly, Ross Barton, Operations Director, Stagecoach East, chatting informally with attendees at last Saturday's Cambridge Area Bus Users Annual General Meeting agreed with what has been said on this thread about the unsuitability of the Elites for the X5 route.

In my opinion they're the worst vehicles ever to operate the route. Very unreliable causing Bedford to use unsuitable vehicles on other routes whilst the E400's or B9R's are covering for a failed elite on the X5. An E300 is not the best vehicle for the 99 for example

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #202 on: June 21, 2019, 01:56:48 PM »
They have had a bad morning today on the X5 with 19703, 19704, 19706 and 19890 all performing to Cambridge which is probably why 37435 and 37439 are on the 1's with 18419. I wish the Elite's were around when the olys were here as I would be going to Cambridge every day to stack up the mileages. 18336, 34428 and 36301 were all viewed on 5's after I had done 19698 on the 9B and before doing 27521 to work on the 6. Now 18423 and 18424 can't be picked up on the radar.

My reward for a day at work yesterday was to be treated to 48033 on the 6 and 48034 on the 3 to get home albeit the latter was self-inflicted as it was one of the four vehicles in Bedford's allocation I had not ridden on this year. Both 37047 and 37071 were on W7's.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #203 on: June 24, 2019, 01:17:56 PM »
Last Friday my buses home were 34428 on the 6 and 34829 on the 9 whilst 37061 and 37062 were on W7's. On Saturday I spent another day in Norfolk and my chariot to Cambridge on the 0725 from MK was 19698. All vehicles that passed the other way were Elite's, so apart from 19890 that did one return trip, the X5's were by and large what they were meant to be.

However, this morning there were three E400's on the X5 around St Neots in close proximity as 19893 was on the 0725 from MK, with 19699 on the 0800 from Cambridge followed by 19705 on the 0815.

18108 did the 0832 50 but apart from 18419 which was on 5's, but now showing on 53's, there is no trace of the other three tridents. Route 1 that normally has one or two knocking about on them had none this morning as patrons were treated to 34830, 34831 and 27521 with two E400's. Other snippets show 27642 on the 99, 34428 on 73's and 48032 on 2's which is one of the three Bedford buses I need to be on to reel it in for the year. I had to make do with 19700 on the 9B and 27645 on the 6 today.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #204 on: June 25, 2019, 01:02:44 PM »
37439 was my 6 into town yesterday for 19700 home on the 9A with both 37050 and 37110 on W7's.

The MK to Cambridge X5 this morning was again an E400 with 19889 whilst 19699 was on the 0800 from Cambridge but this didn't prevent me from having 19890 on the 9 into town for the usual type of bus 27522 to work on the 6.  I have found 18424 today on the 5's whilst 18419 is on 1's with 27523 and 37435 but no trace of 18336 or 18423 on the system. 27643 is today's choice for the 99 following on from 27642 yesterday.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #205 on: June 25, 2019, 06:22:59 PM »
Peterborough's Enviro 200 37216 (SN64OKR) was in Bedford this morning being driven by a fitter. Does anyone know why it was in Bedford?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #206 on: June 25, 2019, 06:34:03 PM »
Peterborough's Enviro 200 37216 (SN64OKR) was in Bedford this morning being driven by a fitter. Does anyone know why it was in Bedford?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #207 on: June 27, 2019, 01:45:27 PM »
Yesterday I went to Cambridge and for the third time in a row it was on an E400, this time 19699 obliging on the 0656 X5. And like Saturday it took 2 hours to complete the journey. The first service bus I viewed at Parkside was 36043. Later in the day after getting back from Norwich, the first bus viewed at Parkside was 36043 and the 1810 X5 to Bedford was 19699. I seem to get a lot of deja vouz when I travel with Stagecoach. Had I got back earlier I could have had 19703 on the 1725 but a check on the radar suggested 19699 was the only E400 Left for me. Typically winner 11127 was on the 1810 50 whilst I was miles away.

I was not best pleased after Cambourne when 19888 passed heading for Cambridge presumably for the 1910 which I would have preferred in having a different bus home from the outward. It was still not showing on the radar but the Elite five minutes behind it was on the system. Before we got to Cambourne there was an errant trident looking sorry for itself with the driver standing on the roadside. It might have been 18414 but it was a bit too far away for my eyesight. I assume the two fire engines that stormed past us a few minutes later were not for the trident.

I had expected to be on the 1930 9 or 81 to get home as we arrived slightly early in Bedford but unless they had cloaking devices I did not see either service so had to settle for 37435 on the 1945 9. This little fester also allowed me the privilege of seeing the unfortunates commence their bus station takeover in terms of begging, swearing and shouting at each other and where they hope to doss for the night. At least at train stations there is a manned barrier so the passengers on the platform get to escape this sort of behaviour. So side-tracked by the racket being made I nearly missed seeing 18419 which appeared to be on 1's and 18424 that was on 2's.

There was to be no shaking off of 19699 as it was my 9B into town this morning to make 34828 on the 0859 6. 18419 and 18424 were both on 1's and I am assuming the worst for the other two that have eluded my eyes for over a fortnight.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #208 on: June 28, 2019, 02:59:02 PM »
Have just seen 48034 going down Norse Road towards go outdoors showing as 3 Fenlake on the tracker but NIS on the bus-I wonder if it’s heading off somewhere?
In other news, my chariot to town is 36045 on the 5, have also noticed repainted 27645 on the route. Yesterday evening was fun with 48025 on a peak time 5 to Elms farm.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #209 on: July 01, 2019, 01:45:08 PM »
18336 has reappeared on the scene and is today on 1's with 18424, 27520 and 27643. 18419 was out on 5's but I have not seen 18423 since 11 June so has it been binned?

My buses to work today were 19703 on the 9B and 19699 on the 6 which is starting to stalk me now.  Plenty of E400's to spare with 19700 and 19890 on 73's, 19698 on the 0730 MK to Cambridge X5 and 19889 is also on X5's to Cambridge.

I have managed to miss two winners whilst being inconvenienced by work as 11127 did the 0932 50 and 39692 the 1232 50. The 1332 50 appears to be 15402 as often the 0932 does the 1332 but not today.