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Offline tomfrombedford

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #150 on: May 14, 2019, 11:17:23 PM »
I would say they're too old for any Stagecoach East depot and would've had a hard life in London making them potentially in worse condition than what they might replace

If only this was true - we’ve just been sent 2006 e200’s from London and have numerous 03/06 vehicles in regular service? 2009 buses would be quite new for us!

Al_557 - 36934 only had 4 years then, do we reckon it’s ever going to get out of Buckeale? I thought 48036 had disappeared, is strange they’re taking their time about it saying it’s just been painted into the new green smart travel livery

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #151 on: May 15, 2019, 12:08:58 AM »
If only this was true - we’ve just been sent 2006 e200’s from London and have numerous 03/06 vehicles in regular service? 2009 buses would be quite new for us!

Al_557 - 36934 only had 4 years then, do we reckon it’s ever going to get out of Buckeale? I thought 48036 had disappeared, is strange they’re taking their time about it saying it’s just been painted into the new green smart travel livery

36934 was involved in a fatal accident. It'll be released whenever the police are finished with it. It'll need major work before it can turn a wheel in service again after sitting for soo long.

The 2006 Tridents at Bedford are most probably in better condition than the 09 plate ex London Scania's. The two ex London Enviro 200's are only a temporary addition to help with the increased PVR Network rail's work on Bromham road bridge has caused. The remaining 53 and 06 plate Darts will not have longer than a couple of years service left with Stagecoach as the type are being gradually phased out nationally. 56 plate examples have already been sold on from other Stagecoach companies.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #152 on: May 15, 2019, 02:25:42 PM »
On Monday after doing 18423 on the 6 from work I viewed 19091 on the last W7 of the day. The radar has not picked up 34422 for some time so has it gone or been dumped in the garage?

Yesterday I had to go to MK for work so I did 18419 on a 9 for 37436 on the 6 for my lift. 36937 was still performing on the 99. My bus home on the 1710 9A was 18423 whilst 18108 did the 1712 50 and winner 36301 was the unsatisfactory choice for the 1705 Northampton 41 packed with school kids and workers. I did contemplate scratching it in to the station but the wedge factor put me off.

This morning I couldn't get up early enough for winner 11138 on the 0832 50 whilst 15402 was inbound on the 50 for the 0932. Sadly I missed 36301 on the 3 because it still can't be picked up on radar. Had I known I would have walked to London Road for it instead of doing 19888 on the 81 into town. Once again my bus to work on the 0859 6 was 36302. This afforded me the luxury of viewing 19699 departing on time with the 0856 X5 to Cambridge. 18424 was on a 53 whilst 18419 and 18423 were on 1's. Apparently 36937 is still going strong on 99's.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #153 on: May 15, 2019, 02:36:10 PM »
36301/02 are the same size as 34097/98 were. They're not much bigger than a Solo and not big enough for the busier town routes.

Of course, that is why I thought I had gone back in time and how could I forget 34102 another of those crates to grace our roads...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #154 on: May 15, 2019, 03:20:33 PM »
Of course, that is why I thought I had gone back in time and how could I forget 34102 another of those crates to grace our roads...
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You also forgot 34141/60 (V141/60MVX) which were the other ex London short Darts once at Bedford

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #155 on: May 15, 2019, 04:09:07 PM »
Looking at Stagecoach East vehicles and allocations May 2019, Uploaded by Steven Knight Media, I'm inclined to agree with Tom's earlier comment.

I don't recall seeing 34429 this year included in the bus fleet. Where is that hiding? In fact where are all the 27xxx fleet in our allocations?
« Last Edit: May 15, 2019, 04:26:05 PM by MIB »

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #156 on: May 15, 2019, 07:56:58 PM »
I don't recall seeing 34429 this year included in the bus fleet. Where is that hiding? In fact where are all the 27xxx fleet in our allocations?

They'll have trouble using 34429 (KV53EZF) in service as it was withdrawn in April 2018 and has now been scrapped

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #157 on: May 16, 2019, 02:18:37 PM »
36935 on the 99 this afternoon - on 1400 & 1710 departures from MK, and 1515 & 1820 departures from Luton Airport. Means passengers will be left behind in MK as even the coaches often don't have enough capacity on the 1710 departure.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #158 on: May 16, 2019, 04:02:59 PM »
36935 on the 99 this afternoon - on 1400 & 1710 departures from MK, and 1515 & 1820 departures from Luton Airport. Means passengers will be left behind in MK as even the coaches often don't have enough capacity on the 1710 departure.

Bring back the 'MegaDecker'!
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #159 on: May 16, 2019, 09:17:53 PM »
Bring back the 'MegaDecker'!

That would be great. But more deckers and less Darts would also be useful

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #160 on: May 17, 2019, 09:53:25 AM »
36935 on the 99 this afternoon - on 1400 & 1710 departures from MK, and 1515 & 1820 departures from Luton Airport. Means passengers will be left behind in MK as even the coaches often don't have enough capacity on the 1710 departure.

It completed the day on the 2010 (MK) and 2120 (Luton) departures as well. Spotted it going north on the M1 about 2145 last night. Same driver throughout.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #161 on: May 20, 2019, 02:22:11 PM »
Happily 36301 and 36302 are now with us on the radar. Winner 36301 is currently sitting at Tesco on a 4 whilst 36302 is out on a 5.

My buses to work today were 19705 on a 9B running 7 minutes late and 15402 on the 0932 50. Also on the 50 were 15401 and 15403 so if Kettering could send the other two 15404-405 today we may get all five visiting in a day which probably has never happened before.

Also viewed this morning were 19701 to Cambridge on an X5, 34428 on a 3, 18423 and 18424 on 1's, 18336 and 18419 on 53's but the latter is now doing 2's as I type this. 53613 is on an 81 as so often happens. No trace of any 99's on the system thereby hiding any evidence of the wrong type of bus that might be plying the route.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #162 on: May 20, 2019, 04:47:06 PM »
Don't know if it eventually ran or not, but the 1300 departure on the 99 from MK Station hadn't appeared as I passed through on foot at 1310. It's a duty & diagram that travels over dead from Bedford before spending the rest of the day on the 99.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #163 on: May 21, 2019, 04:50:38 PM »
As 36301 was on the 4 and 7 route yesterday I thought I  might get it going home on the 3 so after doing 34830 on the 6 it looked good as the 1815 3 was the correct type of vehicle. However, I was bowled as it was 36302 which had done the 5's all day. I didn't think that was meant to happen, as I can't recall seeing a bus off the 5 go onto a 3, so I went home on 19699 on the 1810 9A instead suitably unimpressed. 37049 was parked up cheekily in the bus station.

This morning the radar picked up winner 36301 on the 9 into town but there was a hitch. It was the rear vehicle in the 0839 convoy behind 19891 on the 81 and 19699 on the 9A which usually means the rear vehicle bypasses my stop if one of the two in front stops to pick up. However, my luck was in as unusually, all three buses had to stop as somebody was getting off each one so for once I was able to get the rear bus in so 36301 is now dud. 37438 produced for the 0859 6 to the office.

I missed out on 11126 which had done the 0832 50 but who knows when the 0932 deemed to show up. The inbound 50 from Kettering was showing up as being a staggering 48 minutes late on the radar with 19087. If you were unfortunate enough to be waiting at a stop with no screen gen as to the service timekeeping you would probably give up and go home. I know I would, as anything over half an hour late suggests the service isn't actually running. Thankfully this buses website is a godsend to actually see what is occurring out there.

As for our tridents, 18336, 18423 and 18424 were on 1's with 18419 on a 9B.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #164 on: May 23, 2019, 02:00:05 PM »
I mentioned on the tracking thread that 19699 was showing on Tuesday running 132 minutes late on a 51. I do not believe that to be true for one minute so the system must have gone wonky like it did this morning when all the buses vanished from my screen in another nuclear blast wipe out. At the same time I got an email from Stagecoach Bedford apologising for their phone lines being down so maybe there is a link? I did believe 37112 was on the W7 on Tuesday having viewed that for myself.

The gen is back up now and currently shows 53612 on a 99 heading up Ampthill Road towards Bedford making its escape leaving 27521 on the booked 99 route. 18104 is currently on the 1332 50.

Before the system crashed this morning I made a note of 15402 on the 0832 50 and that my treat into town on the 9 was again 36301. 36302 was on the 7, 19703 the 0810 X5 from Cambridge at a guess by its location, whilst 18336, 27522 and 34833 were on 1's. On 36301 we passed 18419 on the 0900 81 and then on board 27523 on the 6 to work 18101 went past for the 0932 50.

I have been unable to locate 18423 and 424 so far today.

« Last Edit: May 23, 2019, 02:01:55 PM by MIB »

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #165 on: May 23, 2019, 03:12:54 PM »
I mentioned on the tracking thread that 19699 was showing on Tuesday running 132 minutes late on a 51. I do not believe that to be true for one minute so the system must have gone wonky like it did this morning when all the buses vanished from my screen in another nuclear blast wipe out. At the same time I got an email from Stagecoach Bedford apologising for their phone lines being down so maybe there is a link? I did believe 37112 was on the W7 on Tuesday having viewed that for myself.

The gen is back up now and currently shows 53612 on a 99 heading up Ampthill Road towards Bedford making its escape leaving 27521 on the booked 99 route. 18104 is currently on the 1332 50.

Before the system crashed this morning I made a note of 15402 on the 0832 50 and that my treat into town on the 9 was again 36301. 36302 was on the 7, 19703 the 0810 X5 from Cambridge at a guess by its location, whilst 18336, 27522 and 34833 were on 1's. On 36301 we passed 18419 on the 0900 81 and then on board 27523 on the 6 to work 18101 went past for the 0932 50.

I have been unable to locate 18423 and 424 so far today.

Could have been phone lines and broadband together.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #166 on: May 23, 2019, 03:58:05 PM »
Am currently sat on 37432 as I type, is something going on with this bus as the noise coming from the engine is shocking!! People were coming to sit at the back of the bus then going back to the front as it’s so bad.

Today I’ve been presented with 36045 on the 5’s along with 37432 which is going to burst my eardrums in a minute.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #167 on: May 23, 2019, 04:08:43 PM »
Am currently sat on 37432 as I type, is something going on with this bus as the noise coming from the engine is shocking!! People were coming to sit at the back of the bus then going back to the front as it’s so bad.

Today I’ve been presented with 36045 on the 5’s along with 37432 which is going to burst my eardrums in a minute.

If you have a twitter account, I'd suggest you tweet the query to @Stagecoach_East for them to pass on to the engineers. Otherwise email bedford.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #168 on: May 23, 2019, 05:58:06 PM »
Am currently sat on 37432 as I type, is something going on with this bus as the noise coming from the engine is shocking!! People were coming to sit at the back of the bus then going back to the front as it’s so bad.

Today I’ve been presented with 36045 on the 5’s along with 37432 which is going to burst my eardrums in a minute.

I've been on 36045 (AE08NVV) today as well. It sounded ok this morning. It was always the worst of the E200's though. It spent a few months off the road last year with various issues.

Surprised one of the MMC's seems to be playing up. They've been very reliable since they came to Bedford. Normally it's the Darts that breakdown but that's because they're old and past their sell by date. The Volvo B6's they replaced were only in service 10 years. The newest Darts are now 13 years old

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #169 on: May 23, 2019, 07:39:23 PM »
I've been on 36045 (AE08NVV) today as well. It sounded ok this morning. It was always the worst of the E200's though. It spent a few months off the road last year with various issues.

Surprised one of the MMC's seems to be playing up. They've been very reliable since they came to Bedford. Normally it's the Darts that breakdown but that's because they're old and past their sell by date. The Volvo B6's they replaced were only in service 10 years. The newest Darts are now 13 years old

36045 is okay mostly apart from the rattling which is irritating more than anything- it seems to me like Stagecoach are completely neglecting Bedford- we literally get sent everybody else’s rejects! Apart from the x5 coaches we’ve had nothing new since 2013 and that was only 4. I’m hoping when the 2006 darts finally pack in maybe we’ll see something new!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #170 on: May 23, 2019, 10:23:20 PM »
36045 is okay mostly apart from the rattling which is irritating more than anything- it seems to me like Stagecoach are completely neglecting Bedford- we literally get sent everybody else’s rejects! Apart from the x5 coaches we’ve had nothing new since 2013 and that was only 4. I’m hoping when the 2006 darts finally pack in maybe we’ll see something new!

We can only hope that Stagecoach finally send some new vehicles to Bedford when the Darts finally get withdrawn. But that will not be until the 2020/21 orders at the earliest as the current orders only have batch of 12 MMC's for Fenstanton which will replace 09,10 and 12 plate Scania Enviro 400's for cascade elsewhere. Nothing else is on order for Stagecoach East this year.
Said Scania's will probably not be not be sent to Bedford as others have pointed out before. The fitters are not trained on Scania's

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #171 on: May 24, 2019, 02:07:54 PM »
My buses home yesterday were 18104 on the 50 and 36301 on the 1725 9. Whilst I couldn't detect 18423 on the radar it was viewed departing on a 5. Not a lot to report this morning. 15404, 15405 and 19084 were on 50's , 19890 did the 0826 X5 to Cambridge, 36301 was on 5's, 36302 on 2's and 18419 and 34827 on 1's. I had to make do with 19705 on the 9B and 27521 on the 0911 6. One of the 9's was missing so it could be one of the tridents not being picked up on the system.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #172 on: May 24, 2019, 02:44:48 PM »
Seems as if there’s a shortage of full size buses today- 48024 and 36301 are both on the 5’s which is slowing down the frequency

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #173 on: Yesterday at 04:46:47 PM »
Optare Solo SR 48036 (YJ66ASZ) is now back in service and was on the 4 and 10 this afternoon.
Steven Knight Media reported Dart 34424 (KV53EZA) being at Peterborough. Does anyone know if that has gone for there service or are Peterborough helping Bedford with maintenance?.

I know Steven Knight posts on here so I'd like to take the oppurtunity to thank him for his excellent site which provides enthusiasts with very useful information which might not have been as easily available without his efforts.