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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #330 on: October 28, 2019, 09:38:37 PM »
Has anyone seen the ex Norfolk Green Enviro 400s in service here yet, nice buses to travel in with them being slightly different to the Stagecoach norm

Got grey plastic interior instead of the usual blue and still have the original non standard seat covers not forgetting the blacked out windows

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #331 on: October 28, 2019, 10:10:29 PM »
Has anyone seen the ex Norfolk Green Enviro 400s in service here yet, nice buses to travel in with them being slightly different to the Stagecoach norm

Got grey plastic interior instead of the usual blue and still have the original non standard seat covers not forgetting the blacked out windows

Not been on one of them yet since they've been at Bedford. 10054 has been in service regularly. If the tracker is to be believed 10055 has gone back on loan to Cambridge. 10052/53 haven't entered service yet.

All have had a much needed repaint. There was a rumour that they were getting refurbished with the seats retrimmed in Stagecoach standard moquette but I can't confirm that until I step on board one of them

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #332 on: October 29, 2019, 10:00:10 AM »
Not been on one of them yet since they've been at Bedford. 10054 has been in service regularly. If the tracker is to be believed 10055 has gone back on loan to Cambridge. 10052/53 haven't entered service yet.

All have had a much needed repaint. There was a rumour that they were getting refurbished with the seats retrimmed in Stagecoach standard moquette but I can't confirm that until I step on board one of them

Surprised they are changing the seat covers, the original ones are still in good condition unless they have deteriorated badly since leaving Kings Lynn unless its the back seats where people have put the feet up and it will look silly with 2 different trims in, these 4 buses were mostly used on the Hunstanton 10 service which didnt really carry anymore than 10 people and that was a good run, hence the seats werent used

Although the 4 buses were painted from the original Norfolk Green livery late 2017 they put Hunstanton route branding stickers on them and when they pulled out of Lynn the stickers never eeally peeled off, remember going to Cambridge and you could still see Hunstanton written on the bus in a dirty white colour

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #333 on: October 29, 2019, 02:30:28 PM »
10055 still refusing to return to Bedford out on the citi 8's. 10054 was taken off the X5 yesterday afternoon to work the 1630 81. Whilst 19698 couldn't be bothered to pick me up in the morning it had no choice but to cart me home on the 1800 9A. 18336 was taken off 1's and stuck on the 5 route.

This morning I did 19704 on the 9B into town, 37438 on the 6 to intercept 18101 on the 50 to form the 0936 and I headed back to the office on 36302 on the 6 because I felt like doing something a bit different. Sadly route 9 was rationed to one vehicle again with just the pink object as Stagecoach once again couldn't rustle up a second bus whilst 10052/10053 continue their inactivity. All part of the (non) service on the daily commute.

10054 was kicked out again on the X5 with the 0656 to Cambridge, 19888 did the 0726 and our old reliable 0800 from Cambridge produced 19892 which got peeled at Bedford and was stuck on 5's. 18336 did the 0845 73 and then switched to 6's, 18423 was on a 53A which is all it has done so far, 18419 made a late start on 5's and then changed to 1's and 34428 was on 2's. As well as 1810 on the 0936 50, 18104 has also visited on the 1337 50 and the single deck offering for the 1136 was again 39689.

10054 has now dropped onto the 1705 Northampton 41.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2019, 05:06:06 PM by MIB »

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #334 on: October 30, 2019, 04:25:08 PM »
We now have 10052 in service, whilst 10055 enjoys itself on route 11 to Newmarket, as it emerged to do the 0726 X5 to Cambridge. Later I got to view 10052 on the 1326 to Cambridge. 19698 did the 0656 X5 and 19705 was on the 1210 from Cambridge.

I did 10054 into town on a 9B for winner 35225 on the 1136 50 to Sainsburys. After my town appointment I went to Brickhill on the 1247 6 with 18419 and stayed on board for the return dropping me into 18336 on the 1330 9B home. 18423 was out on xx48 1's alongside 34825 and 34830.

34833 was let loose on 7's and 36302 was given a treat on the 1315 73 for a change of scenery. In addition to 35225 on the 50, 35180 also dropped on the 1350 from Kettering. 18101 had earlier done the 1037 50.

I assume another trident will be axed now 10052 is out and about.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #335 on: October 31, 2019, 02:13:43 PM »
The chariots to work today were 19706 on a 9B and 27522 on the 0911 6. The X5 exceeded itself with Elite replacements. 10052 was let loose on the route again this time on the reliable for a decker 0800 from Cambridge. 19704 did the 0656 to Cambridge, 19698 was on the 0726and 19890 was on the 1010 from Cambridge.

10054 was reduced to a bit part player only working the morning 53A to Wootton before calling it a day. 10055 is still enjoying its Newmarket holiday and with 10052 doing its best to go home to Cambridge on the X5 since entering service, it seems they really want nothing to do with Bedford.

Despite 10052 hitting the road we still have the three tridents out there. 18423 did the 0900 81, 18336 came out for the late 5 starter, the 0846 and 18419 is on 1's with 34428. Kettering must have run out of single deckers today as the 0950/1136 50 dropped 11130.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #336 on: November 01, 2019, 01:17:37 PM »
19889 has just departed MK Station on the 99 (1300 departure). So is also set to be on the 1415 departure from Luton Airport and 1600 departure from MK Station. First time I've seen a double decker on the 99.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #337 on: November 03, 2019, 10:27:41 AM »
I have seen some of the former Norfolk Green Enviro 400s on the X5 in recent days, is this a now a permanent diagram with the ongoing reliabilty issues with the correct coaches

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #338 on: November 03, 2019, 03:10:33 PM »
I have seen some of the former Norfolk Green Enviro 400s on the X5 in recent days, is this a now a permanent diagram with the ongoing reliabilty issues with the correct coaches

Bedford's Enviro 400's are regularly used on the X5 when the useless Volvo B11R's are not available

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #339 on: November 03, 2019, 04:40:22 PM »
Indeed, and while the peak diagrams that are simply Bedford - Cambridge and back used to be the best bet to find them, they now turn up on pretty much any diagram at the eastern end of the route, and get swapped with Volvos at Bedford bus station.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #340 on: November 04, 2019, 12:57:12 PM »
19889 has just departed MK Station on the 99 (1300 departure). So is also set to be on the 1415 departure from Luton Airport and 1600 departure from MK Station. First time I've seen a double decker on the 99.

The allocation history of 10055 claims it did 6 hours on the 99 on it's one and only day as a Bedford bus in late October but I am not aware of any witnesses to confirm this.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #341 on: November 04, 2019, 01:13:11 PM »
I was bowled for winner 10052 on the 9 this morning as 19891 muscled in front of it on a 9A to pick passengers up so that ended that hope especially as it has now been ripped and has done the 1110 X5 from Cambridge. Oddly, 10054 was on the 0800 from Cambridge but got ripped too and is now on the 9. 19706 did the 0656 X5 to Cambridge.

I flagged 19891 and walked to Mile Road for 18419 on a 9B into town which was about 10 minutes behind. I did 19702 on a 6 to work which left at 0913 but the allocation suggested it was the 0847 in which case it was 26 minutes late. Surely not? 18423 was out on 1's and 18336 did the 0915 73.

The 1136 50 reverted to a single decker with 39684 and the 1236 was 11126. I have yet to figure out with all those gold buses why it is, that 11126 and 11127 always seem to be the ones that wind up in Bedford. Those two always seem to be available for Kettering to bung out on a 50, rather than working the route they are meant to be on.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #342 on: November 05, 2019, 01:12:34 PM »
My buses to get home yesterday were 37439 on the 6 and 18419 on the 1800 9A. Fellow trident 18336 did the 1805 Northampton 41 whilst 34428 was knocking around on the 10 and 7 circuit.

Having had 18419 yesterday morning on the 9B it was only right that today it was the turn of 18423 to take me into town with 27523 on the ever late 0911 6 to work. Chances are my two rides on 18419 yesterday may have been for the last time as today it is unemployed, a situation not helped by the bad news that 10055 is on route 1 today as Cambridge finally let go of it. 18423 went onto 5's after arriving in Bedford whilst 18336 is on 53's.

Only 19891 appeared on the X5 this morning with the trusted 0800 from Cambridge as 10052 did the 0845 73 and 10054 was heading to Hitchin on a 9A. 34428 is on 9's and 27645 on 99's. Nobody will be surprised about 11126 doing the 1236 50 and the single deck offering on the 1136 producing 39692.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #343 on: November 05, 2019, 06:17:42 PM »
My buses to get home yesterday were 37439 on the 6 and 18419 on the 1800 9A. Fellow trident 18336 did the 1805 Northampton 41 whilst 34428 was knocking around on the 10 and 7 circuit.

Having had 18419 yesterday morning on the 9B it was only right that today it was the turn of 18423 to take me into town with 27523 on the ever late 0911 6 to work. Chances are my two rides on 18419 yesterday may have been for the last time as today it is unemployed, a situation not helped by the bad news that 10055 is on route 1 today as Cambridge finally let go of it. 18423 went onto 5's after arriving in Bedford whilst 18336 is on 53's.

Only 19891 appeared on the X5 this morning with the trusted 0800 from Cambridge as 10052 did the 0845 73 and 10054 was heading to Hitchin on a 9A. 34428 is on 9's and 27645 on 99's. Nobody will be surprised about 11126 doing the 1236 50 and the single deck offering on the 1136 producing 39692.

According my friend at Bedford depot Trident 18419 (AE06GZR) was stood down at the end of service yesterday. It's now parked tightly next to already withdrawn 18424 (AE06GZW) in the yard at Bedford depot. Both are easily viewable as they're right by the fence.

Cambridge's Enviro 400 19164 (MX07HNF) is at Bedford for repaint it will lose its pink cancer research livery in favour of corporate livery
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #344 on: November 06, 2019, 12:33:09 PM »
According my friend at Bedford depot Trident 18419 (AE06GZR) was stood down at the end of service yesterday. It's now parked tightly next to already withdrawn 18424 (AE06GZW) in the yard at Bedford depot. Both are easily viewable as they're right by the fence.

Cambridge's Enviro 400 19164 (MX07HNF) is at Bedford for repaint it will lose its pink cancer research livery in favour of corporate livery

It would appear that I had 18419 on it's last working on Monday evening. Didn't 19164 work services at Bedford's open day? Should have repainted it then if it was.

Having had 18423 on the 9B going to work yesterday it then produced on my 6 for getting home where 34428 did the honours on the 1815 9. 11126's partner in crime 11127 also appeared on the 1436 50 yesterday as if I would be surprised by this. 27645 and 34827 were both on 1's.

Today 18336 did the 0845 73 and 1105 41 to Northampton whilst 18423 is on 1's. One assumes one of these will be axed shortly as three of the new arrivals are now in service. 10055 did the 1000 9A, whilst 10052 and 10054 are back on the X5's. 10054 did the 0726 X5 and 10052 was on the 1010 from Cambridge. 19888 did the 0800 from Cambridge as reliable as ever for a decker.

As if by magic 11126 appeared in Bedford yet again on the 0936 50 whilst 39686 turned up on the usual 1136. 27647 is out on 99's and 34428 finds itself on 53's.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #345 on: November 07, 2019, 03:04:25 PM »
Working at home today but this did not prevent me bagging two winners. I did 53612 on an 81 for 11133 on the 1336 50 to Clapham and 10052 straight back on a 51 bagging two scratches in the one move. 18423 was my bus to get home on the 1400 1. The other trident 18336 was on the Hitchin circuit.

The other vehicle on the 51 is 34428 whilst 18101 did the 1036 50 and 39686 the 1136 50. 27645 escaped on the 99 route.

The X5 was in a state earlier today with lots of deckers out. 10054 was on the tried and trusted 0800 from Cambridge, 10055 did the 0656 to Cambridge, 19701 was on the 1026 to Cambridge, 19704 did the 0611 to Cambridge and 19705 worked the 0726 to Cambridge.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #346 on: November 08, 2019, 07:18:31 PM »
… plus one of the 198xx in the morning, one cancellation and coach off the 99 in the evening. The roadworks on Madingley Road are playing hell with the timetable.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #347 on: November 11, 2019, 02:19:31 PM »
Today I walked into town and did 34428 on the 0859 6. 18336 was on a 1 and 18423 did the 0845 73. The 0836 50 was 18104 after 18101 had done the 0650. Later in the day 11126 made its customary appearance on the 1036 whilst 39682 produced for the 1136 50. Over in MK world 27647 found itself on 99's.

The 0800 X5 from Cambridge dropped 10052, 10054 did the 0656 X5 and 10055 was out on Hitchin's. All rather samey really.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #348 on: November 13, 2019, 02:30:41 PM »
A day at the Mercure Hotel yesterday meant a shorter working day and I only had to do the 9A so I scooped in winner 10055 into town and 18423 on the 1600 to Hitchin after the event. 37058 and 37110 were on W7's and uniquely, 37110 appeared in River St on the radar which I have not seen before.

Back to the office today and it was 10054 on the 9A into town and returning to the sad times of a solo on the 6 as 48036 was all that could be mustered. It didn't help that neither 10052 and 10055 were yet in service. Perhaps Bedford can be good enough to return them to Cambridge as faulty goods and reinstate the tridents.

Miraculously as of 0830 this morning the Elites were in total control of the X5 and not a solitary decker to be seen on any service. 27645 and 27647 were on 99's, 18336 on 1's and 18423 on a 9A. It has been a good week so far for Kettering tridents on the 50 with several visits and this morning was no different with 18108 on the 0936 and 18104 on the 1237. Naturally 39681 appeared on the 1136 single deck turn.