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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.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2019, 01:10:44 PM »
My buses home on Friday were 37433 on the 6 and 37436 on the 9. 37433 may not be a Coast Hopper vehicle but it still has a Coast Hopper pic inside it which appears to have been overlooked. Another alien being on the W7 was 37059.

Before I headed into London on Saturday I did 19892 into  town on the first 73 and observed the following over breakfast:
1 - 19698, 19704
2 - 19890
3/7 - 48024, 48031, 48036
4 - 34828, 48025
5 - 37437
8 - 48023
9 - 19699, 27645
9A - 19706
9B - 18419, 34428
50 - 18104
51 - 19699
53 - 34825, 34833, 36936, 37435
73 - 19892, 37433

This morning we had the unwelcome return of the school traffic and observing the bottleneck of road rats prompted me to walk into town. I was just entering the town centre when the 0839 trio of buses passed led by 19891 on the 15 late 9B, 19889 on the 81 and 36935 on the 0839 9. Definitely back to normal today.

I was then treated to a route 6 farce when it was decided 27523 was going nowhere occupying the 6 bay so there was no 0859. 34830 duly arrived on a 6 but was terminated and 34829 arrived on another 6 outside Iceland. One chap was duly obliged to park up 27523 and then do the same with 34830. Whilst the game of shunting buses ensued 27642 arrived on a 73 but was unusually diverted into the Brickhill bay to form a 6. In my view it would have made sense to send 34829 into the bay first to pick us pesky passengers up to get to work. But no, in time honoured tradition, 34829 headed off towards Union St as a 6 completely devoid of any patrons whilst we waited for them to sort themselves out as to exactly what bus would rescue us from our misery. At 0915 I had all I  could take and got on 18424 on the 0915 51 and walked to the office from Sainsburys. I can only conclude that 34829 was the 0859 and 27642 the 0911 both late and resulting in the usual one empty bus departure to put everyone on the second departure.

Other stuff noted were 37112 on the W7 which I last saw in Carlisle whilst bashing B10's and Oly's, 18419 did the 0840 9B, 18336 the 0848 1, 19705 the 0910 9A and 37433 the 0915 73. More odds and sods noted were 34828 on a 3, 27645 on a 41, 37432 on a 2 and 34424 on a 73.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2019, 04:18:03 PM »
27523 spotted in Milton Keynes about to depart from the station on the 1600 departure on the 99 to Luton. Obviously a lack of serviceable coaches available, which seems to have been common of late on the 99 again. Seeing more buses on the route than coaches (don't use it anymore - have been driving into MK for work for the past couple of years).

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2019, 06:09:40 PM »
The 1740 9B home on Monday was 34828 to annoy me but at least yesterday it was 19889 which was an improvement.

Working from home today but an hour in town earlier produced the following after I did 37437 on the 9:

1 - 18336, 18424, 19705, 19893, 37436
2 - 18419 (1539 to Flitwick), 27646, 37434
3 - 48034
4 - 34428
5/6 - 27520, 27523, 27647, 34828, 36045, 36936, 36937
7 - 48023
9 - 34830, 37437
9A - 18423, 19703, 19893
9B - 19706, 19889
10 - 48033, 48036
41 - 19890 (1605 to Northampton), 34829,  37432
50 - 19108 (1532)
51 - 19889, 37433
53 - 19699, 27521, 34825, 37439
73 - 19698, 19701
81 - 19700, 34832
X5 - 19891 (1541 to Cambridge)
School 6 (1545) - 19704
828 - 19892
830 - 19706

The best bus to be seen was P422 KSX on a school run but I had to make do with 19700 home on the 81.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #39 on: February 22, 2019, 02:16:00 PM »
18336 took me home yesterday first on the 51 and then on the 1810 9A but I had to get off in-between runs for the driver change. Today 18424 was on the 9B taking me into town on the 0854 and was only 3 minutes late. All the good work was undone by the 0923 6 failing to show and then when it finally appeared at 0937 it was alongside the 0935 6 so the 0923 was caped. 37432 departed 5 minutes late meaning I had spent 27 minutes watching lots of 6's arriving from Brickhill to form 5's but nothing appearing the other way. How often have I witnessed this garbage? It is high time route 6 stopped interworking with the 5 and became a self contained route like the 53. I was a whopping 17 minutes late for work today and it taught me a lesson for not doing the 0915 51 with 18424.

The time wasted allowed me to view the following buses in the salubrious bus station:
1- 18419 (0936), 27643
2 - 19700, 19890, 37434 (0939 to Flitwick)
5 - 37432, 37437
7 - 34829
9 - 34428
9A - 18423, 19699 (0910)
9B - 18336 (0940)
41 - 34828, 37433
50 - 15455 (0932)
51 - 18336, 18424 (0915), 19700
53 - 19703, 36937, 37435
73 - 37431 (0915)
X5 - 19701 (terminated in Luton bay at 0929 with X5 Bedford displayed so assume it was 0810 from Cambridge)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2019, 06:00:53 PM »
Optare Solo SR 48034 (YJ66ASV) is the latest repaint out of Coast hopper livery. All of the type have now been repainted.
Enviro 200 MMC's 37431/32/34/37/39 (SN16OPV/W/Z/RG/J) remain in coast hopper livery. Although one of the MMC's has gone to Chesterfield for repaint. I cant remember which one it was annoyingly.

I can confirm Steven knight Media's report that training Darts 34421/22 (KV53EYX/Y) have come to Bedford and are both in service whilst Network Rail demolish Bromham road bridge for the Midland Mainline electrification.
As a result of the road closure. The X5 is now using Ampthill Road towards Milton Keynes then joining the A421. The 41 is using Clapham road then the western bypass towards Northampton. Routes 6, 50 and 51 are delayed as a result of extra traffic on Clapham road

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #41 on: March 11, 2019, 07:50:45 PM »
Today was an utter shitshow on the X5. Usual 2h35 journey in in the morning, too much traffic. In the evening the 1740 from Parkside left 30 late after problems in Bicester; headlights were going on and off all the way down the A428 and the driver declared it a failure in the layby at Caxton Gibbet. The 1840 was next to turn up and pulled up behind us, but only had five free seats. While this was happening the 1810 sailed past. So we were eventually rescued by the late-running 1910, with luck we'll be in Eaton Socon around 20.10.

I quit my job today. Four years of this have finally broken me.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #42 on: March 11, 2019, 08:42:05 PM »
Today was an utter shitshow on the X5. Usual 2h35 journey in in the morning, too much traffic. In the evening the 1740 from Parkside left 30 late after problems in Bicester; headlights were going on and off all the way down the A428 and the driver declared it a failure in the layby at Caxton Gibbet. The 1840 was next to turn up and pulled up behind us, but only had five free seats. While this was happening the 1810 sailed past. So we were eventually rescued by the late-running 1910, with luck we'll be in Eaton Socon around 20.10.

I quit my job today. Four years of this have finally broken me.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Those Elites are the worst coaches Bedford have ever had! They don't need modifying. They need replacing.
Personally I think Stagecoach need to look at other options instead of going for tried and trusted Volvo next time the X5 gets new coaches.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #43 on: March 17, 2019, 03:05:16 PM »
On the A422 today, somewhere around Astwood, when I spotted a westbound X5. An unidentified coach in the colour-shade known s 'dealer white'.

Any info on this?

Later, at Eaton Socon, following the bog-standard 'decker replacement eastbound int5o St Neots.

Intriguingly, Stagecoach East tell us that they do not accept the Cambridgeshire County Council cross-operator 'Mulutibus' ticket on the X5 "because it is a 'premium' service."  ::)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2019, 03:22:16 PM »
On the A422 today, somewhere around Astwood, when I spotted a westbound X5. An unidentified coach in the colour-shade known s 'dealer white'.

Any info on this?

Later, at Eaton Socon, following the bog-standard 'decker replacement eastbound int5o St Neots.

Intriguingly, Stagecoach East tell us that they do not accept the Cambridgeshire County Council cross-operator 'Mulutibus' ticket on the X5 "because it is a 'premium' service."  ::)

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That'll be Volvo B9R SB12NMZ which has been given fleet number 80041 according to Steven Knight Media. This is on loan to cover for the useless B11R's that are going one by one to Volvo in Ely for 'modifications'.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #45 on: March 18, 2019, 08:32:18 AM »
I'm not sure if the X5 drivers are mistakenly trying to be eco-friendly, but this morning's one has been religiously turning the engine off when sat stationary. Fifteen times and counting, which is a measure of how bad the A428 is this morning. I'm sure that can't be good for a long-distance coach's engine? (Left Loves Farm 0707, just left Madingley at 0828, where - hurrah - we had door problems. I think he's overridden the interlock as we're driving along with a steady alarm going off. And the "bus stopping" light isn't working, so people are repeatedly working the buzzer!).

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #46 on: March 18, 2019, 09:39:10 AM »
Dont the engines in Euro6 engined buses shut off automatically if vehicle is stationary for more that a minute or so
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #47 on: March 18, 2019, 11:39:33 AM »
Dunno about the X5 coaches, but the latest P&R fleet all cut out automatically with stop-start technology.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2019, 02:27:34 PM »
The X5's don't, unless it's been introduced in the recent modifications - this is the first time it's happened that I'm aware of.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #49 on: March 19, 2019, 08:27:18 AM »
Dont the engines in Euro6 engined buses shut off automatically if vehicle is stationary for more that a minute or so
Most modern vehicles, and that goes back to Euro 5 & even earlier vehicles, have anti-idle systems that shut down the engine if it is sat idling for several minutes (I think around 5-minutes).  Differently ADL have developed a stop-start system that shuts the engine down when the handbrake is applied (and the door is open I think, assuming specific criteria have been met and it hasn't done it a set number of times in the last hour already), few manufacturers offer this as it puts greater pressure on certain systems and needs a beefed up starter motor (I know Optare for instance can't offer it at this time).  I don't think it is normal to have either on coaches, though the anti-idle may be on the newer models there is unlikely to be suitable starter motors available for coaches to have stop-start, so I suspect it would have been the driver on his own.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2019, 11:52:03 AM »
Does anyone know where E200 36934 is currently located?
Thanks,
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2019, 01:07:04 PM »
Does anyone know where E200 36934 is currently located?
Thanks,
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Last I saw of it it was at Buckdale. I don't know if it's still there

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #52 on: March 21, 2019, 01:14:06 PM »
36934 disappeared some time ago from St John's station.

According to the bus tracker I was gazing at yesterday it showed 19890 running 80 late on an 81 to Bedford which is some achievement for a 55 minute journey. However, the tracker also showed it going down Ampthill Road which is not the correct route so I can only conclude it was not actually in service irrespective of what the tracker was showing. Still, a 9A from Hitchin with 19892 was only 38 minutes late by comparison and was overtaken by the 9B supposedly 30 minutes behind it in the shape of 19702. All part of the wonderful service we now have inflicted on us since the turn of the year changes to extend our misery out to Hitchin. Oddly 18423 and 18419 were viewed running empty down London Road heading into town in the morning about 5 minutes apart. Presumably another farce somewhere...

Recent sightings on the 50 have produced 11128, 11134, 18101, 18104, 39681 and 39689. Since returning to Bedford 34421 has eluded me so I have had to make do with a few runs on 34422.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #53 on: March 21, 2019, 01:19:54 PM »
36934 disappeared some time ago from St John's station.

According to the bus tracker I was gazing at yesterday it showed 19890 running 80 late on an 81 to Bedford which is some achievement for a 55 minute journey. However, the tracker also showed it going down Ampthill Road which is not the correct route so I can only conclude it was not actually in service irrespective of what the tracker was showing. Still, a 9A from Hitchin with 19892 was only 38 minutes late by comparison and was overtaken by the 9B supposedly 30 minutes behind it in the shape of 19702. All part of the wonderful service we now have inflicted on us since the turn of the year changes to extend our misery out to Hitchin. Oddly 18423 and 18419 were viewed running empty down London Road heading into town in the morning about 5 minutes apart. Presumably another farce somewhere...

Recent sightings on the 50 have produced 11128, 11134, 18101, 18104, 39681 and 39689. Since returning to Bedford 34421 has eluded me so I have had to make do with a few runs on 34422.

Be quick 34421/22 are going back to Peterborough and Cambridge imminently

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #54 on: March 23, 2019, 10:58:28 AM »
Noted today enviro 400 15637/15641 parked at Bedford garage (ex stagecoach west)
Are these buses for Bedford?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2019, 05:34:25 PM »
Noted today enviro 400 15637/15641 parked at Bedford garage (ex stagecoach west)
Are these buses for Bedford?


There was a post on this cracking blog saying how many was due. https://www.stevenknightmedia.com/fleet-news-ramblings/march-18th-2019-1745-london-enviro-200s-for-stagecoach-in-bedford-and-former-norfolk-green-optare-tempos-sold
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #56 on: Yesterday at 01:51:45 PM »
I assume the six plastic, rattling Gloucester rejects arriving will see the end of our four tridents and therefore is nothing to celebrate?

My bus to Sandy on a 73 on Saturday was 34422 still with Bedford route maps inside it as if it never left. My bus home was 34831, and to annoy me, 34421 was going the other way to Biggleswade which I have still not had since its return. Spending two days on the 53 at the end of the last week, as 34421 did, is of no use to me. Also noted on Saturday was 18101 on the first 50 to Kettering and 18419 arrived on a 9 and went out as a 9B. Last Friday 18423 went to Northampton on a 41 which is the first trident I have seen go there for quite some time but being stuck at work it could happen every day for all I know. 18419 had the honour of doing the 1545 6 brat-ex also on Friday whilst 18336 and 18424 did 1's.

This morning 18424 was on the 0910 9A but for how much longer?

I was under the impression the X5 services were going down Ampthill Road to MK but apparently not. In the past week or so the 1740 X5 short to MK has passed me beavering down Clapham Road with the likes of 19888, 19701 and 19699 whilst I have been on the 6/51 from work.

In case anyone is remotely interested, I am advised 18449 did the 1120 28 Inverness to Dingwall this morning.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #57 on: Yesterday at 08:35:36 PM »
15641 (SF10CCY) is parked in the yard next to the Volvo B10M trainers at Bedford. These Scanias are supposed to be better for interurban work. Sorry MIB but they'd be ideal for the 9A/B. My friend at Bedford depot tells me the Tridents are staying and these Scanias will displace Darts
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