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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #180 on: September 14, 2020, 06:15:14 PM »
On my return from the valleys it was back to doing my food shop. Bedford still a single deck town for me with 27644 on an 81 to town but at least I gleaned a winner as 22832 was on the 1136 50 leaving 5 late. 37235 on a 6 took me back for my stockpiling before heading home on 27855 on the 1215 81.

39683 was also on the 50 circuit whilst the X5 dropped 21363-365. 10676 was out on 9A/B but I am losing hope that 10880 and 10881 will ever darken our roads.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #181 on: September 14, 2020, 07:11:10 PM »
On my return from the valleys it was back to doing my food shop. Bedford still a single deck town for me with 27644 on an 81 to town but at least I gleaned a winner as 22832 was on the 1136 50 leaving 5 late. 37235 on a 6 took me back for my stockpiling before heading home on 27855 on the 1215 81.

39683 was also on the 50 circuit whilst the X5 dropped 21363-365. 10676 was out on 9A/B but I am losing hope that 10880 and 10881 will ever darken our roads.

Enviro 400 MMC 10881 (YX67VDV) finally entered service in Bedford today and has been on the 905 all day.
One of Cambridge's Scania Enviro 400's is in the yard at Bedford freshly repainted into the green 'specialist' livery. it was too far away to identify from the bridge. Does anyone know if these are staying at Cambridge or just on loan from Fenstanton?
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #182 on: September 15, 2020, 10:37:37 PM »
Today was not straight forward in getting my winners today once I knew 10881 was available. I assume 10880 has gone away to be battered or scrapped after it's disastrous debut run on the 2.

I did 19581 on a 9 into town and was greeted by the sight of 10881 parked up. 21307 was on the 1, 21363 on a 2 and 21364 on a 6. 37214 was on the 1245 6 and the tracker showed 37215 was on the 1300 6 so I got off 37214 at Tyne Crescent and waited for winner 37215 on the 1316 but it failed to show. So I ended up baking to death waiting for the 1331 6 with 19705. The tracker then revealed 37215 was switched to the 1304 2 so clearly that route is more important than the 6 as no bus was substituted albeit 19706 took on the missing diagram at some point.

My mood was not helped when winner 10881 sneaked out on the 1300 1 whilst I was stranded in Brickhill. I arrived back and four elites were parked up where there were none an hour earlier. The reason being that they played musical buses as 21307, 21363 and 21364 were removed from the town routes and put on the X5.

22832, 39688 and 11130 all appeared on the 50 but I was only interested in doing 10881 on the 1350 53. However the man in charge had other ideas and proclaimed that the bus was going to Sharnbrook for schools. There I was thinking Stagecoach dropped school work in Bedford so for the second time in 40 minutes I was bowled out with no vehicle. Unless they used one of the four elites parked up there were no alternative vehicles for the 1350. Cheers then. I went home on 19893 on the 1415 9b in a huff.

A little later the scene had changed with 10876 on 1's, 10881 had returned doing 5's and my chariot back into town on the 9 was 10875 as 19581 had been pinched for the 1. I finally caught up with winner 37215 on the 1644 2 to the hospital to intercept winner 37212 back on a 1.

The tracker showed 10881 was running 23 minutes late on its inbound 5 so I jumped on 37436 to intercept it. As fate would have it that old perennial problem of two buses in tandem blew me out. Unfortunately 27850 on a later 5 got in front of 10881 and pulled over as my winner sailed past. How many times has that happened to me in Bedford? So it was a case of follow that bus.

Fortunately we arrived at the bus station right behind 10881 so I was able to leg it around for it as it departed 13 late on the 1732 so third time lucky. I stayed on it to Goldington bailing at the stop nearest to where the 4 and 10 start from. I just made 37431 on the 1815 4 but even this didn't run smoothly. We entered St Peters Street at just the wrong moment as two road rats danced with each other blocking the whole width of the road. How two cars going in opposite directions could collide and finish at angles that nothing could get past was something to marvel at.

As I was the only one on board I bailed and walked to the bus station for 10875 home on the 1845 9. I didn't see 37431 arrive or the 7 and 905 behind us by the time the 9 departed. A farcical day for me had come to an end.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #183 on: September 20, 2020, 06:22:55 PM »
It would appear 21309 has fled Bedford as the tracker showed it earlier this week passing Eaton Socon with no route number. Curious to see 19704 allocated to Bedford as I thought it had gone.

On Saturday I did 10055 on a 9 into town to post a letter. On seeing 18108 on the 1136 50 I did that to Sainsburys and then walked back to intercept 21365 on the 1145 6 to Brickhill and back which made the minus onto 19705 on the 1215 9b. 18101 also appeared on 50's whilst 21307 and 21363 did 5's and 21364 was on 53's. Route 8 was treated to 37439.

I didn't bother going out today so missed out on 10877 on routes 2, 5, 6, 7 and 9. 19705 was on the 3, 4 and 10 circuits but as I had that months ago on all those routes I didn't bother. The gold 50 services were in the hands of 11130 and 11134.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #184 on: September 21, 2020, 10:09:46 PM »
Today I had 35181 on the 1136 50 which may have been a winner but until I return to the office I don't know. 37212 was my 6 back into town for 19698 on a 9b home. I then realised I had forgotten to do something so I used 10875 back to town and returned home on it on the 9a. Once again I was treated to another driver who seemed unsure how to drive it. We were 15 late by the time we left St Paul's, first by not being able to reverse out of the bus station and then not able to move away from the St Paul's stop.

In other news 18108 and 39692 appeared on 50's whilst 21363 and 21364 were seen on 2's and 21365 was on 5's.

It is noticeable now how busy the buses have got compared to two months ago. Perhaps people are getting out and about before Boris banishes us to stay indoors again...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #185 on: September 24, 2020, 08:57:06 PM »
There is an odd looking green decker sitting at the back of the garage.

Yesterday I had 10879 on a 9b into town and went home on 21364 on the 1315 81. Both 22832 and 39699 were on 50's. 21307 did the 1115 73 and 21363/365 were on 1/53 routes. Now these buses don't do the 99, 905 or X5, I don't understand why we still have them. Are Bedford holding them to ransom and why hasn't 19698, 705 and 706 cleared off?

Today my wheels into town was provided by 10876 on a 9. I had intended to do 35184 on the 1136 50 as I believe it to be a winner, but the tracker was lying to me as it was big numbered 35226. I did it anyway and regretted it at the Clapham Road bus stop as literally hundreds of daddy long legs swarmed around me like a plague of locusts. 37234 rescued me on a 6 picking up a fair few of the critters as the breeze wafted them on board. My bus home on the 2 was 21365.

21307 arrived on an 81, 21363 was out on the 1/53 with 21364 on 6's.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #186 on: September 24, 2020, 09:36:10 PM »
There is an odd looking green decker sitting at the back of the garage.

Yesterday I had 10879 on a 9b into town and went home on 21364 on the 1315 81. Both 22832 and 39699 were on 50's. 21307 did the 1115 73 and 21363/365 were on 1/53 routes. Now these buses don't do the 99, 905 or X5, I don't understand why we still have them. Are Bedford holding them to ransom and why hasn't 19698, 705 and 706 cleared off?

Today my wheels into town was provided by 10876 on a 9. I had intended to do 35184 on the 1136 50 as I believe it to be a winner, but the tracker was lying to me as it was big numbered 35226. I did it anyway and regretted it at the Clapham Road bus stop as literally hundreds of daddy long legs swarmed around me like a plague of locusts. 37234 rescued me on a 6 picking up a fair few of the critters as the breeze wafted them on board. My bus home on the 2 was 21365.

21307 arrived on an 81, 21363 was out on the 1/53 with 21364 on 6's.

Bedford are keeping 19698/705/06 for the time being. The Volvo's should be off back to Fenstanton very soon. The green decker is one of Cambridge's Scania's in for repaint. I don't know which one it is

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #187 on: September 25, 2020, 07:01:21 PM »
There’s an all over white E200MMC currently taking residence at the bus station, reg no starting with YX70

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #188 on: September 25, 2020, 07:31:09 PM »
There’s an all over white E200MMC currently taking residence at the bus station, reg no starting with YX70

Grant Palmer have YX70OKH

https://twitter.com/busnutolly/status/1304883922820632579/photo/1
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #189 on: September 26, 2020, 04:51:36 PM »
The green decker appears to be inside the garage now and the registration looks readable if you walk past the front.

My moves today involved 19581 on a 9b to town for a run on a 6 to Brickhill and back with 21363 before it goes. I did 19892 home on an 81. However, 19705 taken off 9's and sent to the garage so I did 10874 back to town as its replacement. This put me in position to do 21307 on a 1 to the hospital for 21365 back on a 2. My vehicle home came courtesy of 19888 on a 9b.

The unidentified bus way thing at the garage earlier has gone from view but as 21364 went to Flitwick on a 2 and all were accounted for I can only guess it was 21312 which is still showing at Bedford depot on the tracker.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Reply #190 on: Yesterday at 09:06:26 PM »
Today I did 10878 on a 9b this afternoon for 37212 on a 6 to intercept 35219 on the 1350 50 running 15 late which I have not had this year so could be a winner. Also on the 50 today were 18101, 39683 and 39684. Route 2 was treated to 21363-65.

My treat to get home came courtesy of 10876 on an 81 to Silsoe duplicating 27645 on the 1615 81. The issue was that the driver couldn't get Silsoe on the screen so had Luton showing. This caused the normals a fair bit of confusion as we left 3 minutes before the scheduled service which was late. People were perplexed to be rejected for shacks beyond Silsoe with Luton displayed.

I wish they did duplicates in the days of olys but I have to wonder how this new initiative will work in the coming months if we lose some deckers and the bus way greens. We surely won't have enough buses to duplicate some busy journeys.

I noticed 10876 has a poster advertising the X12 to Skegness with the bold claim 2020 is the year for staycations. Yeah right, more like the year for lock downs and restrictions on movement.