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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #300 on: October 07, 2019, 08:17:45 AM »
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #301 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 #302 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 #303 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 #304 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 #305 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 #306 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 #307 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 #308 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 #309 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 #310 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 #311 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 #312 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 #313 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 #314 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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