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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #30 on: February 05, 2019, 01:08:12 PM »
I did 19703 on the 6 after work for 19893 on the 1740 9B home which turned into snail mode as it took 20 minutes to reach my stop annoying me in the process as I missed the start of the news with Fifi. It should only take five minutes but our traffic is a joke.

I lost track of time this morning and didn't leave the house until 0838 and witnessed 19699 departing on the late 81 and on time 34832 sailing past the stop with the 9. It looked like I might be doomed and be stuck at the bus stop for half an hour but luckily 19702 on the 0824 9A was running 20 late instead of the obligatory 15 so I made that into town.

I just missed the late 0859 6 with 19701 and paid the price for that. The 0911 and 0923 6's turned up at 0918, and as customary in these situations, the 0911 being late scarpered empty towards Brickhill so once again the service I require to get me to work on time had ignored me. So it was 27522 dropped into the bay at 0919 to form the 0923 which meant I could only get to work on time if it left on time and we didn't stop. All hope was abandoned when the driver decided it was time to vaporise the bus station and sauntered back to his bus at 0926 so the 3 minutes late start ensured I would once more be late for work. As I am only in the office two days this week would it have been too much to ask to be on time both days? At least I don't have to face this rubbish the rest of this week.

Other bits and pieces noted were 36937 on the 0925 9, 19893 on the 0910 9A, 19888 on the 0915 51, 27643 on the 0915 73, 27647 on the 0905 41, 34424 on a 7, 37434 and 37437 on 2's, 37432 on a 5, 19702 on a 51 and 37436 on a 1. Once again 53708 opted to visit the outside of Iceland between W7 duties.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2019, 09:35:25 AM »
Not sure whether this is the right place, but since it involves an X5, I thought it the best thread to post to.

Observed at Milton Keynes Railway Station, around 1625 yesterday (7 Feb). An Oxford-bound X5 - all-white coach, the only markings being Cambus operator details by the passenger door. Handmade X5 label attached to the windscreen. Reg SB12 NMZ. No sign of a fleet number.

Still, better than the double decker running the 0910 ex-Cambridge on Monday morning. Of course, you change vehicles at Bedford.

And on both trips the doors were working fine, so that's one advantage over the Volvos ;-)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2019, 06:52:02 AM »
Not sure whether this is the right place, but since it involves an X5, I thought it the best thread to post to.

Observed at Milton Keynes Railway Station, around 1625 yesterday (7 Feb). An Oxford-bound X5 - all-white coach, the only markings being Cambus operator details by the passenger door. Handmade X5 label attached to the windscreen. Reg SB12 NMZ. No sign of a fleet number.

Still, better than the double decker running the 0910 ex-Cambridge on Monday morning. Of course, you change vehicles at Bedford.

And on both trips the doors were working fine, so that's one advantage over the Volvos ;-)

The all white over white coach in question is an on hire to Stagecoach Bedford while the X5 coaches are being improved and refurbished.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2019, 08:51:53 AM »
48035 (YJ66ASX) is the latest Solo SR to lose Coast Hopper livery in favour of Corporate livery. Just 48034 to be painted now.
Enviro 200 MMC'S 37431/32/34/37/39 (SN16OPV/W/Z/RG/J) still carry Coast Hopper livery
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2019, 01:55:56 PM »
I think 37439 still has the word Coast Hopper on one side of the bus whereas the others have had all the wording removed which is why it is still half a green grasshopper to me. This specimen was the inadequate choice foisted on me last Tuesday on my way home with a crushing load on the 1740 9B. There literally was only room for a grasshopper to squeeze on board.

Back in the office today and mercifully with the kids off some semblance to the printed timetable. No trio of buses this morning as just 27523 appeared on time with the 0839 9 so I assume the 81 and 9B had earlier passed through close to booked timings. At least I am safe in doing the 0859 6 this week which was 19893. Unfortunately it didn't arrive until 0858 on the 5 and the driver required the facilities so we departed 5 minutes late as a result. Some of these timings when swapping routes are so tight that there seems to be little consideration to the drivers needs as they can't spend a penny in Brickhill or Elms Farm so they have to make use of the bus station even if it means delaying services.

I didn't get to see much today with the traffic flowing and a short wait at the bus station so only a handful of buses were viewed. I didn't see the semi grasshopper but it's mates 37434 and 37436 were on 2's and 37435 was on a 53. 36937 was poised on a 7, 19892 did the 0900 81, 27644 the 0905 41 and 18424 the 0910 9A.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2019, 01:54:51 PM »
On Wednesday after working from home I did 37432 into town on the 9 and returned home with 37437 on the 1830 81. Buses noted from my vantage point were:

1 - 34830
2 - 18419, 19698, 37431 (to Flitwick)
4 - 34832, 36935
5 - 18423, 18424, 37437
9 - 27644, 36045, 37432
9A - 19892, 19893
9B - 18336, 19701, 19889, 27644
50 - 39684
51 - 37435
53 - 19698, 37434
81 - 19888, 34428, 34828, 37437
W7 - 28632, 53702, 53705, 53708

Thursday I left a bit later to cover the 0854 9B which was only 3 late with 19701 and 374333 did the 0911 6. Other stuff viewed were 37437 on a 73, 34828 on a 3, 18419 on a 53, 19699 on the 0900 81, 27642 on the 0905 41, 18424 on the 0910 9A and 27644 on the 0915 73. I left late from the office and covered the inbound 50 which produced winner 39681 which then went on to form the 1810 50 back whilst I did the 1810 9A with 34428.

This morning I covered the same two services as yesterday which yielded 19892 on the 9B and 37438 on the 0911 6. Others viewed were 18419 and 18424 on 1's, 37431 on a 2, 37437 on a 53, 27646 on the 0905 41, 19700 on the 0915 51 and 34424 on the 0915 73.