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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #210 on: July 01, 2019, 05:59:00 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.

18336 (AE55DJV) has just had a new MOT. 18423 (AE06GZV )is currently broken at the depot

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #211 on: July 03, 2019, 01:36:17 PM »
After having 19699 to work on the 6 on Monday I was treated to 19702 on the 6 after work and then 18419 home on the 1830 81.

It is always the way that as soon as I observe that a bus is missing that it makes a Lazarus style comeback the next day and sure enough 18423 magically reappeared on the 1's yesterday alongside 18424. I was working from home yesterday but had to go into town for the last part of my trilogy with the dentist so I came to witness 18423. I did 19701 on the 9B into town and noted 18419 on 53's, 18336 on 9's, 19704 on 2's, 15403 on the 0832 50 and 19706 was showing on the radar on the 0850 X5 from Cambridge whilst 27644 was showing on a 99 in Clapham of all places. My bus home was 19699 on the 9A so still stalking me.

I am back in the office today and had 19705 on the 9B whilst 19699 was on the 0726 X5 to Cambridge so I should be free of it this time. 18423 did the 0900 81, 18336 was on 1's, 18419 on 9's and 39682 on the 0932 50 but I was saddled with 27520 on the 6 where these things have made their home.

I should mention that 37039, 37050 and 37051 have been observed on W7's so this type of product is taking over the rail replacements.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #212 on: July 04, 2019, 01:21:48 PM »
No surprises that 27521 was my 6 from work yesterday. A check of the radar showed 19888 on the 1810 X5 from Cambridge and 18423 seemingly 40 late on a 9B from Hitchin which then appeared to go straight into the garage as it stopped moving so maybe it had flaked out again. 19698 took me home on the 1830 81 whilst 18424 arrived on a 9B.

This morning the 9B into town was not being picked up on the system so I went for the 0909 9 with 19888. However, the 9B duly appeared first even though it was invisible on the radar running 15 minutes late as ever. I would have preferred the vehicle to be invisible again as it was my stalker 19699 which I can't seem to shake off.

If 18423 had a problem yesterday afternoon it was back on the road on a 1 but it wasn't long before it swapped to a 9B leaving 18419 and 18424 on the Kempston runs. For a change my bus to work on the 6 was 37434. I haven't seen much recently of old regulars 19083 and 19084 on the 50 but that was put right this morning as both were on the route. 34428 continues to operate on 73's or at least it appears that way.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #213 on: July 05, 2019, 01:17:08 PM »
As I had 19699 on the 9A and 37434 on the 6 to get to work yesterday it was only appropriate to have 37433 on the 6 and 19700 on the 1800 9A to get home for the symmetry effect.

This morning I can't explain the disappearance of my bus 18424 which had set sail from Shortstown running 30 late on the 0807 departure. Quite a feat to be that late on a journey that should only take 22 minutes. Whilst waiting at the stop 18424 just stopped in Mile Road on the radar  with no sign of movement. It was like Stan Butler was driving and it just stopped outside someone's house. In the meantime 37431 had set off on the 0837 9 and watching it on the radar it wasn't long before it overtook 18424 which had still not budged an inch so I had to do the single deck into town.

I had contacted the office to warn them I would be a little late as winner 11127 was on the 0932 50. Whilst waiting for the gold top, 18424 started moving on the radar and eventually arrived at the bus station a cool 50 minutes late, well after it should have done the 0845 9. Is 75 minutes Shortstown to the bus station a new record slow for route 9? There can't have been much wrong with 18424 as it then did the 0930 9B.

In other news 18336 and 18419 were on 1's and 18423 on 53's. A quick scan at lunchtime reveals I missed winner 39687 on the 1232 50, 19704 did the 1226 X5 to Cambridge whilst crossing 19705 at St Neots on the 1210 X5 from Cambridge.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #214 on: July 09, 2019, 03:40:40 PM »
The best bus by miles to appear in Bedford yesterday was "Lord Michael" K735 0DL on what appeared to be a school hire as I made my way to the bus station to do the 1126 X5 to Cambridge. I had to make do with 19704 which was also my chariot back later in the day on the 1610 from Cambridge passing 19890 on the 1541 X5 to Cambridge. The outward trip witnessed a forlorn 19889 sat demic outside Waitrose after conking out on a 5. I managed to view four 1's in the morning in the hands of 18419, 18423, 18424 and 48031. The other trident 18336 was on 73's. 19083, 15403, 39682 and 18108 were on the 50 route.

My bus to town today on the 9 was 18336 with the usual 27522 on my 6 to the office. I could have done 11138 on the 0932 50 but as it was dud I didn't bother. 18423 and 18424 were still going strong on 1's.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #215 on: July 09, 2019, 08:50:31 PM »
The best bus by miles to appear in Bedford yesterday was "Lord Michael" K735 0DL on what appeared to be a school hire as I made my way to the bus station to do the 1126 X5 to Cambridge. I had to make do with 19704 which was also my chariot back later in the day on the 1610 from Cambridge passing 19890 on the 1541 X5 to Cambridge. The outward trip witnessed a forlorn 19889 sat demic outside Waitrose after conking out on a 5. I managed to view four 1's in the morning in the hands of 18419, 18423, 18424 and 48031. The other trident 18336 was on 73's. 19083, 15403, 39682 and 18108 were on the 50 route.

My bus to town today on the 9 was 18336 with the usual 27522 on my 6 to the office. I could have done 11138 on the 0932 50 but as it was dud I didn't bother. 18423 and 18424 were still going strong on 1's.

Leyland Olympian K735ODL is owned by Diamond Coaches and is in the livery of its former owners Youngs coaches of Cambridge.

Solo SR 48033 (YJ66ASU) was on a crush loaded 81 today. A totally unsuitable vehicle for the route.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #216 on: July 10, 2019, 01:31:54 PM »
Leyland Olympian K735ODL is owned by Diamond Coaches and is in the livery of its former owners Youngs coaches of Cambridge.

Solo SR 48033 (YJ66ASU) was on a crush loaded 81 today. A totally unsuitable vehicle for the route.
And at this current second I behold a large dart working the route 7 another totally inappropriate bus for a route!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #217 on: July 10, 2019, 09:58:44 PM »
And at this current second I behold a large dart working the route 7 another totally inappropriate bus for a route!
Imo, the 7 is perfect for Darts- it’s more the 3/4/10 that needs the shorter buses. In the peaks the 7 can benefit from the extra space in the darts.

Today 19705 was my bus into town, 3743X was my bus on the 53 outbound, 36935 inbound on the 53 then 36301 on the 5 to Elms Farm.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #218 on: July 11, 2019, 12:52:46 PM »
Leyland Olympian K735ODL is owned by Diamond Coaches and is in the livery of its former owners Youngs coaches of Cambridge.

Solo SR 48033 (YJ66ASU) was on a crush loaded 81 today. A totally unsuitable vehicle for the route.

Indeed Lord Michael is a Diamond bus you may recall in one of my posts I had it at the Wellingborough running day a few months back after doing a Youngs bus from Bedford on a rail replacement.

I was in perfect symmetry again yesterday as my bus to Oxford was 54301 on the X5 for 165121 to Didcot Parkway and the return journey was on 165122 and 54302 up a digit. I seem to be able to do this with nonchalant ease and no pre-planning.  27643 was at MK station on a 99 on my outward journey. Meanwhile my stalker 19699 was on the X5 but going the other way to Cambridge. 19701 was on the Cambridge section as well. Before I went to Oxford I managed to reel in winner 39687 on the 0850 50 from Kettering by way of having 18423 on a 9 and 34830 on a 51.

There were seven tridents working in Bedford yesterday in my absence with 18101 and 18108 on 50's, the usual GP704 on the 1640 44, 18419 and 18424 on 1's and 18336 and 18423 on 9's. However, 18424 was put on the 1245 81 and later did 6's whilst 18336 was purloined for 73's.

This morning more trident activity with 18101 and 18108 again on 50's and 18336 on 1's whilst I had 18419 on a 9B into town for 37435 to work on the 6. The radar showed 19705 on the 0800 X5 from Cambridge. 37044 was squatting in the bus station.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #219 on: July 11, 2019, 02:54:00 PM »
Observed at Madingley Rd P&R around 1145 this morning: Enviro 400 19699 heading towards Cambridge on an X5. And 30 mins later, on the outskirts of St Neots, another eastbound X5 operated by yet another decker. Sorry, combined speeds of that bus and the Volvo Elite I was on made identification impossible!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #220 on: July 12, 2019, 02:00:50 PM »
Observed at Madingley Rd P&R around 1145 this morning: Enviro 400 19699 heading towards Cambridge on an X5. And 30 mins later, on the outskirts of St Neots, another eastbound X5 operated by yet another decker. Sorry, combined speeds of that bus and the Volvo Elite I was on made identification impossible!

I suspect it could have been 19705 as that worked in from Cambridge so chances are it was sent back to Cambridge in the morning. This morning 19889 did the 0731 MK to Cambridge X5. 18424 and 48034 were on 1's, 18336 on a 5 and 18419 on a 9B. I had to settle for 19892 on the 9A and 37432 on a 6 to the office. 18423 has vanished from the radar again and 18101 and 18108 continue to invade Bedford on consecutive 50's from Kettering (0950/1050).

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #221 on: July 12, 2019, 06:40:31 PM »
Cambridge Trident 18413 (AE06GZK) is at Bedford for repaint. This one has a short stint here in 2011 before the arrival of Enviro 400's 19888-93 (AE11FUD/F/G/H/J/M). According to Steven Knight Media this one and 18411/12/14/15 (AE06GZH/J//L/M) are due to be cascaded elsewhere within Stagecoach. Although they'd be useful at Bedford for the 9

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #222 on: July 16, 2019, 01:15:08 PM »
On my way to Bristol on Sunday I had 34827 on the 9 and winner 39685 on the 1300 50 to Sainsburys for the walk to the station. I was surprised the 1256 X5 to Cambridge was 19888 as I viewed all of the X5's to Cambridge up to 9am on Saturday and it was total Elites so had not expected a decker on Sunday especially as 19698, 19699, 19700, 19701, 19702, 19704, 19705 and 19706 were at Silverstone. I assume this is why 18419 was viewed arriving on a 53 and then worked a 1 as I rarely see tridents in service whenever I am about on a Sunday.

Normality returned for me today as 37438 took me to town on the 9 for the 0911 6 which failed to run despite the vehicle being parked up. As is customary the driver ambled up to the 0923 after departure time so we left late on 27521 and I was late into work. Unlike the railways there does not appear to be any onus on a bus company to explain why a service does not run. It just vanishes from the departure screen once the booked time passes and that is it. Presumably there was no driver but it would have been helpful if the service showed as cancelled, as with the railway, and then I could have done the 0915 51.

18336, 18419 and 18424 were all on 1's with 34829, 36301 and 36302 were both on 2's and 39680 did the 0932 50. 19892 was on the 0856 X5 to Cambridge  and 19698 has since joined it on the route. 34829 then got ripped from the 1 and 27520 and 27522 were unleashed on the route instead. I have still not re-established contact with 18423 which is still not being picked up on the monitor.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #223 on: July 16, 2019, 02:42:57 PM »
... Unlike the railways there does not appear to be any onus on a bus company to explain why a service does not run. It just vanishes from the departure screen once the booked time passes and that is it. Presumably there was no driver but it would have been helpful if the service showed as cancelled, as with the railway, and then I could have done the 0915 51.

My understanding is that the VIX system for the RTPI boards has been updated to allow for this. an Stagecoach have updated their interface to enable cancellations.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #224 on: July 17, 2019, 01:10:38 PM »
It was rather curious that after having 37438 into town yesterday morning that it then went onto 6's and even more curious after work when I had 37434 on a 6 it then did the 1730 9B to Hitchin so I stayed on board. The fact that we left 20 late on the 1730 reveals they must have been short of a bus or two whilst 48034 was on 5's. To annoy me 39685, which I scored on Sunday, was coming in to form the 1812 50. 15402 had done the 1705 50 and 19893 was on the 1610 Cambridge to MK X5. 37046 was out on W7's.

This morning I was back in deja vouz mode as I repeated the same mistakes of yesterday. Like yesterday I had 37438 on the 9, and like yesterday, the 0911 6 was fresh air. Once again the bus station screens counted down the time for the 0911 to arrive and then disappeared from the screen to be replaced by the 0923 countdown. Three vehicles had come in on 6's and all parked up and the drivers walked away but anyone's guess why the 0911 did not produce as it was not due to a vehicle shortage. If we have the technology to inform us mugs that a service is cancelled it is not being used. One irate lady rang her work to inform them that the 0859 had not produced as well as the 0911 despite the fact the allocation of three vehicles were all in the bus station. Why is that? Two vehicles should be out on the route at the same time, one heading to Brickhill and one coming from Brickhill, not all three sitting there as static exhibits. I am not aware of any work to rule blighting route 6...

To continue the feeling that I was back in time by 24 hours, 18424 departed on a 1 and 36301 and 36302 departed on 2's. Exactly the same sequence of departures I witnessed yesterday during the period 0909 to 0923. The only difference to yesterday was witnessing 18336 on a 9B and 18419 on the 0845 73. Thankfully I won't be attempting to do the 0911 6 tomorrow so merciful relief.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #225 on: July 17, 2019, 03:20:53 PM »
Interesting spottings today were: 18336 on the  9a, 18424 on route 1, 36301 working a very busy flitwick 2 and 53618 working on a day time 81.
Also noted YJ66ASX and ASO are still in costhopper livery on the roof, 52437 (buttercup) was on driver training duties in Gt Barford and I must share with you the craftsmanship of this stop sign on 37434 image attached

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #226 on: July 17, 2019, 05:06:50 PM »
Long Sutton's Enviro 400 19068 (MX56FSZ) is at Bedford for repaint.
Bedford need to concentrate on repainting their own Enviro 400's or at least getting round to removing the 'citi' branding from the ex Peterborough examples. Also the still 5 Enviro 200 MMC's that still remain in coast hopper livery

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #227 on: July 18, 2019, 02:30:40 PM »
That stop sign has been going almost since the MMC’s arrived in Bedford, makes me chuckle every time I see it! There’s another one of the MMC’s with that whole black bit missing and has been replaced with a rattly sheet of metal-that same bus also has one seat with the regular seat pattern on! Nice to see Bedford is taking care of the few newish vehicles we have!
Lots of the vehicles in the Bedford fleet are crying out for a repaint, in particular the E300’s.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #228 on: July 19, 2019, 01:40:19 PM »
On Wednesday when I went home on 19704 on the 6, the 1705 50 was 35219, whilst 37055 was on a W7. The X5 appears to have been an Elite mess all week and on Wednesday 19705 and 19698 headed off to Cambridge as 19892 came in from Cambridge. Thursday was little better as 19704 was on the 0800 from Cambridge, 19699 did the 1026 to Cambridge and 19892 was ripped off a 9B and sent packing to Cambridge too.

I had to visit my office yesterday but not for work purposes which resulted in doing 19893 on a 9A, dud 39684 on the 1032 50, winner 39692 on the 1050 from Kettering 50 and 19704 home on a 9B after coming in on an X5. In other news 15404 was 27 minutes late with the inbound working to form the 0932 50, 18424 and 37431 were viewed on 1's, 18336 was on a 53 but swapped to a 1 and 18419 changed from 73's to 5's. 36302 was still going strong on 2's.

This morning I had 19703 on a 9 and 19890 on the 0923 6 to work as I didn't trust the 0911 to produce. 15403 was on the 0932 50 and looking rather silly with an enlarged 3 dwarfing the other numerals on the front of the bus. Clearly a crisis at Kettering depot in wrong size 3's. 36301 was now on 1's alongside 18419, 18424 was on 9A's, 48032 on 2's and 18336 on 5's and still no trace of 18423.

The X5 is still inundated with double deckers as the 0800 from Cambridge completed a full week of not having an Elite on it with 19706 the chosen vehicle which turned straight back at 0926 for Cambridge. 19698 apparently did the 0656 to Cambridge and 19702 was on the 0731 from MK.

Former green Frog hopper buses abounded with 37431 on a 1, 37432 on a 51, 37437 on a 73 and 37439 on a 5.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #229 on: July 21, 2019, 04:25:09 PM »
As luck would have it, 37435 delivered me to town on a 7 today, complete with a regular seat covering and metal sheeted stop sign alternative!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #230 on: July 22, 2019, 12:57:07 PM »
The open top FLF (19952) was moved to Bedford (from storage at Ely) this morning. It is planned to use it on the shuttle services which will operate in connection with the depot Open Day on 10th August

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #231 on: July 22, 2019, 01:18:33 PM »
The open top FLF (19952) was moved to Bedford (from storage at Ely) this morning. It is planned to use it on the shuttle services which will operate in connection with the depot Open Day on 10th August

No 14000?

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #232 on: July 22, 2019, 02:05:26 PM »
On Saturday I was toying with the idea of going to Cambridge if a decker appeared and an early morning check on the radar was of no assistance at all as Leyland Olympians 14335, 14338 and 14350 were all on the X5 so no clue at all as to whether these were supposedly Elites or E400's as the numbers bore no similarity to the current fleet. So that was the fantasy world but in the real world, at the same time as the nonsense spouted on the X5, the radar showed winner 39689 was on the 0610 50 so I had missed that. The first 1's of the day were 18419 and 18424 but the strain was too much for the system and it blew up completely by 0630 so no gen at all.

Consequently I abandoned Cambridge as I had no desire to stand at the bus station for however long, viewing each half hourly departure, so I did 19888 on the first 73 of the day into town and spent the day at the Epping to Ongar beer festival spinning around on winner RMA11, ably supported by RF636, RML899, RT3238 and RTL1076. Sadly Toothill was out of bounds thanks to road works. Who would have thought a local authority can afford road works in a remote part of Essex to wipe out the 381 but there you go. I got back to Bedford in time for the last 9 of the day with 19704.

The schools may have finished but the black hole in services on route 9 is still unplugged. I wasn't ready to do 27642 on the 0839 9 which means a rancid 30 minutes gap to the 0909 9A which just happened to be 7 minutes late, despite no school traffic, with 19706 so 37 minutes without a bus for people trying to get to work. Are Stagecoach Bedford aware of flexible working hours in offices? Why is it when they make timetable amendments, spouting off that it will improve services, it somehow makes it even worse. In what way does reducing the frequency from 12 minutes to 15, and then making another change where there is a 30 minutes gap in the morning, constitute a claim that things are better? Let me guess that this alteration was drawn up by someone who drives everywhere, never uses a bus but just happens to work for a bus company and no doubt earns more than me for impeding my attempts to get to work.

Today the individual concerned can feel proud of their efforts in that by the time I reached town I had missed the 0923 6, the last service to get me to work on time, so I had to do 36935 on the 0935. So only 15 minutes late arriving at the office thanks to the 0854 being deferred to 0909 in the recent timetable adjustments at my local stop.

In other piffle, the 0800 from Cambridge X5 dropped again with 19702 where it was parked up on arrival and an Elite was sent back to Cambridge. Three 50's in a row were 15402, 15403 and 15404 as someone in allocations looking for a bit of symmetry, 18336 and 18419 were on 1's whilst 18424 worked a 51.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #233 on: July 23, 2019, 08:18:55 AM »
No 14000?

Yes, it will be moved over on the day but will be on static display.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #234 on: July 23, 2019, 12:45:58 PM »

Yes, it will be moved over on the day but will be on static display.

Thanks. I assume this means no step entrance uses will be used on the shuttles.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #235 on: July 23, 2019, 12:53:29 PM »
After having 36935 to work on the 6 yesterday my bus from the office was 36936. 36045 was my 9 home after noting 48025 working an 81 to Luton. For the first time I viewed a trident on the W7 with 18406 parked in River St.

The X5 is in a mess this morning with 19890 on the 1010 from Cambridge, 19700 on the 1110 from Cambridge, 19698 on the 1056 to Cambridge and 19699 on the 1126 to Cambridge.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #236 on: July 23, 2019, 02:25:12 PM »
Thanks. I assume this means no step entrance uses will be used on the shuttles.

The shuttle services should be worked by the open top FLF and the Cancer Research UK 'Race for Life' Scania/E400 from Cambridge. This will provide low floor departures on both shuttle routes

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #237 on: July 23, 2019, 05:43:42 PM »
I would think Stagecoach are finding it difficult to find drivers these days who can handle the manual crash gearbox on the FLF

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #238 on: July 24, 2019, 11:35:32 AM »
I would think Stagecoach are finding it difficult to find drivers these days who can handle the manual crash gearbox on the FLF

Spot on John. I gather an issue with crash box vehicles around the country.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #239 on: July 24, 2019, 12:07:24 PM »
I would think Stagecoach are finding it difficult to find drivers these days who can handle the manual crash gearbox on the FLF

Are they crash on all gears? I’d kind of assumed they would’ve been synchro on 3rd/4th at least.
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