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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #300 on: September 26, 2019, 02:06:39 PM »
Back to work today and once again the traffic was snarled up down Elstow Road so 19892 on the 9B into town was being overtaken by various insects. Is it going to be like this for the foreseeable future where it is quicker to walk? I missed 34428 to work on the 6 again, just like I did on Monday, but in a strange way this worked in my favour as alternative Dart 35180 produced on the 0936 50 and was a winner. Tragically I also required 35176 on the 1036 50 but by then I was stuck in work with no escape. For good measure 39692 did the 1136 50 and 39682 should be on the 1436 50 as Kettering continue to mislay their double decks.

Meanwhile on the trident front, 18419 did the 0805 41 to Northampton and the other three were out on 1's.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #301 on: September 27, 2019, 04:21:47 PM »
I finally managed to get 34428 home yesterday on the 1815 9 so at some point it had swapped off the 6 in the day. 37074 was at the bus station off the W7 and 36045 and 37437 were both on 1's whilst 36301 was on a 10 and 36302 on a 4.

35180 returned to Bedford today on the 0936 50 again followed by 39687 (1036), 39680 (1136) and 39682 (1236). 18336 did an early return run to Hitchin before being stood down, 18419 and 18424 were out on 1's and 18423 on 53's. 34428 found itself on 2's whilst 27644 escaped to MK on a 99.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #302 on: September 30, 2019, 06:16:17 PM »
Enviro 400 10053 (SN12EHO) has arrived at Bedford after being transferred from Cambridge

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #303 on: October 04, 2019, 11:46:44 AM »
18336 has returned to service today freshly painted which I don't understand if it is about to be caped unless it will see service in another part of the Stagecoach empire. Currently on 54303 on the X5 and we passed 18408 at MK on a Brackley X91.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #304 on: October 05, 2019, 07:56:12 PM »
Enviro 400 10053 (SN12EHO) has arrived at Bedford after being transferred from Cambridge

Is that the former Norfolk Green enviro 400 with the blacked out windows

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #305 on: October 07, 2019, 08:17:45 AM »
Is that the former Norfolk Green enviro 400 with the blacked out windows

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #306 on: October 07, 2019, 01:28:16 PM »
My bus into town on the 9B this morning was 18336 with plenty of trident activity around the place. 18419 was on a 1, 18423 on a 5 and 18424 on a 9A. The 0836 50 was 18108 and 18104 is heading to Bedford to form the 1336 50 as I type this.

19698 is out on the X5's having started on the 0726 to Cambridge whilst 19701 was on a short working. 35177 did the 1136 and 39680 the 1236 50's. My 6 to work was 34830 on the usually late 0911 so no change in my absence by the looks of it. Last week I got on 27523 to the office with two bags and got off with one bag so the other bag had a trip to Brickhill and back without me. I must be going senile so I had to reclaim it from the lost property office the next morning. At least this allowed me access into where the drivers gather and to observe the vehicle workings on the display screen whilst waiting to be processed.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #307 on: October 08, 2019, 12:37:00 PM »
My buses home yesterday were 18104 on the 50 which made 18336 on the 1800 9A on a plus two so very well timed. Might as well make the most of the tridents whilst they are still here. Not so good this morning having 19893 on the 9B and 27522 on the 6 which could have been better with 19705 and 19892 on 6's too.

In other news 19889 is out on the X5 and 27646 on 99's. 18336 was on 1's but changed to a 9A, 18419 was on 73's but swapped to 1's with 18423 and 18424 doing the 9A/B circuit so Hitchin is the route to rake in those tridents. Once again 39680 fled Kettering to appear in Bedford on the 1136 50 so a second appearance in two days.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #308 on: October 10, 2019, 01:10:49 PM »
My buses home on Tuesday were 18108 on a 30 late 50 and 34833 on a 9. I missed the 1730 81 with 34428, no surprise, I always seem to miss that vehicle and 37047 was on the W7.

Yesterday the Elites appeared to be playing up as 19700 departed for Cambridge on an X5 whilst 19890 arrived on the 1210 and 19893 on the 1310 from Cambridge. I was bemused to find out I missed winner 39686 on the 1236 50 whilst 39685, 18104 and 18108 also appeared on the route. 34428 was on 53's of no particular use to me and tridents 18419 was on 81's and 18336 and 18424 on 9A/B's.

Naturally that feeling of deja vouz returned this morning as 18419 was on the 81 and 18336 and 18424 on 9A/B's so same as yesterday. Indeed, 18419 was my bus into town before it worked the 0900 81 back to Luton at the same time as 18423 departed for Hitchin on the 0900 9A. Once again I managed to miss 34428 on a 51 to get to work so I had to make do with 34825 on a 6. 37072 was squatting in the bus station off a W7. Today's single deck offering on the 50 is 39688 on the 1037. No issues with the Elites as out solid but supplemented by 53618 on one diagram so no deckers yet today.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #309 on: October 10, 2019, 04:27:40 PM »
My buses home on Tuesday were 18108 on a 30 late 50 and 34833 on a 9. I missed the 1730 81 with 34428, no surprise, I always seem to miss that vehicle and 37047 was on the W7.

Yesterday the Elites appeared to be playing up as 19700 departed for Cambridge on an X5 whilst 19890 arrived on the 1210 and 19893 on the 1310 from Cambridge. I was bemused to find out I missed winner 39686 on the 1236 50 whilst 39685, 18104 and 18108 also appeared on the route. 34428 was on 53's of no particular use to me and tridents 18419 was on 81's and 18336 and 18424 on 9A/B's.

Naturally that feeling of deja vouz returned this morning as 18419 was on the 81 and 18336 and 18424 on 9A/B's so same as yesterday. Indeed, 18419 was my bus into town before it worked the 0900 81 back to Luton at the same time as 18423 departed for Hitchin on the 0900 9A. Once again I managed to miss 34428 on a 51 to get to work so I had to make do with 34825 on a 6. 37072 was squatting in the bus station off a W7. Today's single deck offering on the 50 is 39688 on the 1037. No issues with the Elites as out solid but supplemented by 53618 on one diagram so no deckers yet today.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #310 on: October 12, 2019, 06:37:30 PM »
I don't have any details of the vehicle involved unfortunately, but a work colleague reported that an X5 branded coach actually did a run on the 99 this week.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #311 on: October 13, 2019, 12:14:44 AM »
I don't have any details of the vehicle involved unfortunately, but a work colleague reported that an X5 branded coach actually did a run on the 99 this week.

I have only known this to happen once before back in April 2017 when 54306 (YX64WCK) worked the 99

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #312 on: October 15, 2019, 03:15:11 PM »
My bus home last Thursday was 18423 on the 1800 9A and I see it has no allocations today but it was on public display this morning parked in the bus station.

Today my chariot on the 81 to town was 18419 which took a staggering 20 minutes to get from Elstow Road to the bus station. This daily ritual of snailing through traffic is extremely tiresome that I wish I could work from home every day but I'm not the boss so I can't. By the time 27643 got me to the office on the 6 it had taken 45 minutes to complete 3 miles.

It looks like Kettering have run out of single decks as normality resumed today with all 50's being double deck including 11127 on the 0936 and 11134 on the 1037. 37050 represented Northampton on the W7. 18336 and 18424 were out on the 9A/B circuit again but 18419 swapped from the 81 to 1's later.

The Elites were not living up to their title as 19698 was on the 0800 X5 from Cambridge, 19888 did the 0656 to Cambridge followed by 19892 on the 0726 to Cambridge.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #313 on: October 15, 2019, 05:11:51 PM »
In all the years I have lived in Bedford I have never seen a trident on the X5 so unless my eyes are deceiving me, the radar is showing 18423 in Cambridge after working the 1541 from Bedford so it should return 1725. Is this a last hurrah before the axe falls?
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #314 on: October 16, 2019, 01:50:29 PM »
I tried my luck on the 73 this morning with 18424 but it still took 15 minutes to crawl into town along London Road. The 0911 6 kept up its daily lateness with 27521 departing 9 minutes late. Still it could have been worse as 19891 on the 9A was running a ridiculous 46 minutes late from Hitchin which forced me to cover the 73 route. Retirement can't come soon enough as every year gets worse trying to get to and from work. It was the decision to move the office out of town so I have to suffer two buses to get to work that started the downward spiral. It might be easier for road rats to get to the office but not for those who use two buses and get bogged down on two routes.

The other tridents had 18336 on 1's and 18419 and 18423 on 9B's. No improvement on the Elites in service with 19889, 19890 and 19704 all performing on the X5. Today a single decker reappeared on the 1136 50 in the form of 39686.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #315 on: October 17, 2019, 12:54:46 PM »
My bus from work yesterday on the 6 was 18336 which does not appear to be out today. Both 37048 and 37050 were cheekily parked in the bus station on their W7 duties. It's a shame Bedford can't nick one to use in service as the 9 route was still a mess like it had been in the morning. Although the Shortstown 9 only requires two buses this proved beyond managing last night as I discovered the 1745 was fresh air as too had been the 1545 and 1645 departures according to the route allocations. The screen declared that the next 9A was 38 minutes away and a check of the radar showed this to be fairly accurate as the inbound services were still out in the wilds. I was not prepared to wait half an hour for the 1815 9 so for the second time in the day I found myself on the 73 with 34428 on the 1750 which I didn't miss for a change.

This morning I was back on my normal route with 19888 on a 9B for 27642 on the 0911 6 which surprised me in that it was only 2 minutes late even after the protracted driver swap. However, if I thought the Hitchin route was fairing better this morning than that was rectified by the radar claiming 18423 was running 63 minutes late on the 0800 but one wonders if it turned short of its destination as it arrived back in Bedford on time to form the 1100 or maybe the 63 late quote was fake news. Presumably if it really was an hour late then the one behind would have caught it up so a passenger swap could ensue but I had stopped looking by then. I did notice 35226 on the 0950 50 from Kettering before switching off.

18419 and 18424 were out on 1's and 34428 on 53's and 53618 was seen departing on the 0856 X5 to Cambridge. 19700 was coming the other way on the 0800 from Cambridge.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #316 on: October 17, 2019, 06:20:59 PM »
My bus from work yesterday on the 6 was 18336 which does not appear to be out today. Both 37048 and 37050 were cheekily parked in the bus station on their W7 duties. It's a shame Bedford can't nick one to use in service as the 9 route was still a mess like it had been in the morning. Although the Shortstown 9 only requires two buses this proved beyond managing last night as I discovered the 1745 was fresh air as too had been the 1545 and 1645 departures according to the route allocations. The screen declared that the next 9A was 38 minutes away and a check of the radar showed this to be fairly accurate as the inbound services were still out in the wilds. I was not prepared to wait half an hour for the 1815 9 so for the second time in the day I found myself on the 73 with 34428 on the 1750 which I didn't miss for a change.

This morning I was back on my normal route with 19888 on a 9B for 27642 on the 0911 6 which surprised me in that it was only 2 minutes late even after the protracted driver swap. However, if I thought the Hitchin route was fairing better this morning than that was rectified by the radar claiming 18423 was running 63 minutes late on the 0800 but one wonders if it turned short of its destination as it arrived back in Bedford on time to form the 1100 or maybe the 63 late quote was fake news. Presumably if it really was an hour late then the one behind would have caught it up so a passenger swap could ensue but I had stopped looking by then. I did notice 35226 on the 0950 50 from Kettering before switching off.

18419 and 18424 were out on 1's and 34428 on 53's and 53618 was seen departing on the 0856 X5 to Cambridge. 19700 was coming the other way on the 0800 from Cambridge.

Trident 18336 (AE55DJV) was out today on the 5.

The recently transferred Enviro 400's 10052-55 (SN12EHM/O/SN13EEA/B) are all being repainted and will be entering service shortly

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #317 on: October 18, 2019, 02:07:51 PM »
It looks like 18424 collapsed on the 1300 1 yesterday and went back to the depot replaced by 36937 and it has not been out this morning. My buses home were 19706 on the 6 and 19888 on the 9A whilst 19698 rolled in on an X5 from Cambridge. This morning I had 18423 on an 81 and 27521 on the 0859 6. 53615 and 10054 were on public display in the bus station and the radar was generating more fake news by suggesting the latter was on a 1 to Fulbourn.

18423 went back to Luton on the 0900 81 and 18419 did the 0915 73 with 18336 still stuck to the 5's after it came off the depot to form the 1210 5 yesterday. 19893 arrived on the 0800 X5 from Cambridge, a regular occurrence. The radar showed 27646 on 99's and 39684 on the 0950 50 from Kettering


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #318 on: October 18, 2019, 04:58:39 PM »
It appears 10054 has been despatched on the 1625 73 so it's entry into service might be seen as the end of 18424 as a straight swap. There seems little reason to fix the trident now... :-\

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #319 on: October 18, 2019, 06:03:05 PM »
Whilst on crush loaded Dart 34831 (KX06JYO) on the 53 this evening I saw that a start has finally been made on repainting the ex Peterborough Enviro 400's. 19706 passed by on the 9B sporting a fresh coat of paint. It carries Stagecoach fleet names with no local identifier. Have Stagecoach now stopped branding their vehicles according to the towns and cities they serve?
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #320 on: October 21, 2019, 08:46:03 AM »
It hasn't taken long for one the new arrivals to be used on the X5. 10054 (SN13EEA) is on the service this morning

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #321 on: October 21, 2019, 11:18:51 AM »
Indeed, saw it heading west out of Cambridge around 8am while I was on 19706 (which feels really jaded internally!). Do that batch have wi-fi? It's very frustrating that the 19xxx don't as that's one of the selling points of the X5!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #322 on: October 21, 2019, 01:27:55 PM »
It hasn't taken long for one the new arrivals to be used on the X5. 10054 (SN13EEA) is on the service this morning

Probably wants to go home and doesn't want to be in Bedford...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #323 on: October 21, 2019, 01:43:31 PM »
I see 11127 departed 38 minutes late on the 1716 50 last Friday but 18423 did leave on time with the 1739 2 to Flitwick.  I had to make do with 19704 on the 6 and 19888 on the 1800 9A for the second day running.

This morning I forgot that the kids were off and sauntered out late expecting the 81 and 19705 on the 9B to be late. They were not and I missed both which forced me to cover the 0735 73 from Biggleswade instead to intercept 19699. 34830 took me to work on the 0859 6. 18424 is still out of it but 18336 did do the 0845 73 and 18419 and 18423 are both on the 9A/B circuit. The 1136 50 has dropped 39688 which seems to be a fairly solid single deck turn these days. 10054 is still going strong on the 1251 X5 one of these rare occasions when I can actually say I have a winner on that route.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #324 on: October 22, 2019, 12:40:23 PM »
I went home yesterday on 18336 on the 6 and 37436 on the 9. 19889 appeared to be on the 1726 X5 to Cambridge and 34833 arrived on a 7.

This morning I was treated to 18336 on a 9B and 27521 on the 0859 6 which left 4 minutes late. Also on the Hitchin circuit was 18419 whilst 18423 was on 1's. 36045 was out on 3's and 37050 made itself comfortable in the bus station off a W7. 18336 was then turfed out on 1's so it didn't last long on the 9A/B.

10054 continues to find service on the X5 being assigned to the 0656 desperate to escape Bedford but no joy for it as last reported on the 1210 from Cambridge. 19891 did the 0726 to Cambridge and the trusted 0800 from Cambridge for a decker had 19701 on it.

The usual single decker on the 1136 50 is 39689 today but the 1236 has also 39682 performing.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #325 on: October 22, 2019, 10:51:52 PM »
18424 (AE06GZW) has become the first of the remaining Tridents to be stood down. Dart 34829 (KX06 JYL) is off the road with an engine problem and apparently is awaiting a decision on whether it's worth repairing it or not. Maybe another Dart will come to replace it from Peterborough when ex Bedford Enviro 200 36934 (SN63KFO) enters service there after its 2 years off the road impounded by the police at Buckdale

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #326 on: October 23, 2019, 01:16:37 PM »
Getting home from work yesterday utilised 18419 on a 51 and 34825 on a 9. 18101 was on the 1625 50 from Kettering to partially make up for the loss of 18424. 10054 was reeled in from the X5 and chucked out on the 1740 6 so had I left the office half an hour later I could have scratched it in. River Street was home to 28632 and 37111 waiting their next W7 trips.

The 0800 X5 from Cambridge dropped again this morning with 19890 but 10054 was booted out on the 0630 9A to Hitchin and was making its way back whilst I was on 19891 on a 9B into town. 37436 was my 0859 6 and its chum 37439 was viewed which is the first time I have seen it not in grasshopper livery and looking as bland as the rest of Bedford's allocation. 34428 was on 41's and the doomed trio of tridents had 18419 on 5's before doing the 1245 81 and 18336 and 18423 on 1's.

It looks like one trident is soon for the chop as 10055 has sneaked out on the 1000 81 this morning but the radar is starting to have a meltdown as it is listed as doing the 1300 99 according to the allocations but no sign of it on the map. 19699 has been split in two as the radar records it on the 1151 X5 towards St Neots and also doing the 1245 51. A collapse in the system must be imminent...

Meanwhile Kettering have sent us more single decks on the 50 with 39681 on the 1136 and 39685 on the 1236.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #327 on: October 24, 2019, 01:19:56 PM »
Both 37051 and 37112 were parked up in River St yesterday on my way home on the 9 with 34828.

This morning was good as 18423 produced on my 9B into town and 18336 took me to work on the 0915 51 to make the most of them whilst still here. 18419 is on the same diagram as yesterday of being on 5's all morning before doing the 1245 81 so in theory it should be the 1625 73 later.

Nice to see that Bedford has rejected 10055 as dross, as the radar is claiming it is back in Cambridge and its allocations show it to be out on the old Olympian route 18 currently showing as the 1245 to Cambourne. This after fleeing on the 81 and spending the afternoon on 99's if the allocation history for yesterday is true reality. Anywhere but Bedford seems to be the mantra for 10054/55 so hopefully this is a failed experiment and we can keep the tridents. Luck will probably dictate that 10055 has a manic ticket machine giving out duff info.

Today the 1300 99 from MK is reputedly 27643 whilst 10054 is somewhere in Hitchin to spend as little time in Bedford as it can.

39687 did the 1136 50 and 19705 did a short trip to Bedford on an X5 before getting pulled off to work 6's. 19704 was today's choice for the 0800 X5 from Cambridge and 19700 has just been sent out to Cambridge taken off the 1.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #328 on: October 25, 2019, 12:48:05 PM »
Having had 18423 and 18336 to work yesterday it was only fitting that the same two vehicles got me home on the 51 (18336) and 1800 9A (18423). 37111 was on a W7, 34828 on a 1 and 34428 on a 5.

Working from home today but I had the dubious pleasure of having root canal treatment at the dentist which meant going into town. I managed to rake in winner 10054 on a 9A and after my treatment a second winner produced for me as 39689 was on the 0950 50 so I went out to Sainsburys to intercept it to the bus station. 19700 took me home on the 1130 9B.

11127 and 11126 were back in Bedford again on the 0836 and 1036 50's, 34428 was out on 6's, 18336 did the 0900 81 and 18419 and 18423 both did 1's. 19892 did the 1010 X5 from Cambridge and just for a change the 0800 was an Elite.

10055 is still showing as being in Cambridge on citi routes 1 and 3.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #329 on: October 28, 2019, 12:34:06 PM »
10054 was back out this morning on the X5 performing on the trusted 0800 from Cambridge and 19704 was two hours behind it on the 1010. 10055 refuses to return to Bedford and is whiling away its day on the citi 4 route.

19706 was my 81 into town and the usual situation of the bus behind on the 9B not stopping as 19698 sailed past whilst we overloaded the 81. A constant irritant when this happens and I have to stand when the other bus could have stopped to take some of the dozen passengers on board who had to squeeze onto the 81. 27644 took me to the office on the 0911 6.

Some of the offerings on the 50 today have been 18104 on the 0836, 35222 on the 1136 and 11127 (a regular) on the 1236. As for Bedford's motley collection of the old guard, 34428 was on 9's, 18419 on 9A/B's and 18336 and 18423 on 1's.