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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #210 on: September 09, 2021, 08:09:59 PM »
Just to make my life more difficult it appears the tracker has now clumped all the East allocations together so now I can't see the wood from the trees. I just want to see Bedfords allocation at a glance not sift through rows of vehicles. I don't care what the oly imposters are doing, what is on the park and ride or on the Cambridge tour. It is so clogged up with vehicles that I failed to notice 1872 on the 905 and 10873 on the X5 purely because they were dismissed as non Bedford.

What I did notice were 10499, 10881, 11279, 11280 were on the X5 and 19890 on the 3 and 7 but I have had that on the 3 before. Nonetheless I came out on 15404 on the 50 before doing 36064 on the 9 to Shortstown and strolled over to Eastcotts for 10875 on a 72 to town. Next up was 36060 on a 6 to Brickhill returning on Dart 34834 before heading home on 11128 on the 1436 50.

As luck would have it work asked me to pop in to the office which turned out quite well as winner 36849 was on the 50 dropping me off just past the Manton Lane bomb site of chaos and confusion. I am now heading home again on 11128 on the 1814 50 running 20 late stuck in the Midland Road stalemate of nothing moving at the mini jamabout.

Reserve Dart 34834 (KX06JYS) was probably pressed into service as there's currently 11 buses and 7 Elite coaches off the road at Bedford.
18 vehicles off the road is a lot at one time.
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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #211 on: September 10, 2021, 05:41:28 PM »
Ex London E200 36308 (LX56EAE)  has finally entered service and was on the 8 and 51 today

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #212 on: September 15, 2021, 06:02:30 PM »
According to the twitter page, all the X5 coaches are to be replaced with distance liveried E400MMC’s

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #213 on: September 15, 2021, 06:16:20 PM »
According to the twitter page, all the X5 coaches are to be replaced with distance liveried E400MMC’s

The rest of Peterborough's E400 MMC's are moving to Bedford to work the X5 and the existing E400 MMC's will all be repainted except 11279

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #214 on: September 15, 2021, 06:19:46 PM »
According to the twitter page, all the X5 coaches are to be replaced with distance liveried E400MMC’s

Which? Twitter account, Tom?
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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #215 on: September 15, 2021, 06:28:16 PM »
The rest of Peterborough's E400 MMC's are moving to Bedford to work the X5 and the existing E400 MMC's will all be repainted except 11279

Let’s ask Darren, Ross and Ross if the X5 and 905 can be interlinked, as a through route.

What should be its service number?
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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #216 on: September 15, 2021, 08:10:31 PM »
The rest of Peterborough's E400 MMC's are moving to Bedford to work the X5 and the existing E400 MMC's will all be repainted except 11279

Any ideas what will replace them, we will have lost 8 x 400 MMC's plus 19580 and 19584, looking at the Bustimes the latter two have moved back to Cambridge. Only replacement I can see at present is 37232.

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #217 on: September 15, 2021, 08:31:27 PM »
Which? Twitter account, Tom?
It is on the Stagecoach East Twitter page. Second picture is from the Stagecoach website.

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #218 on: September 21, 2021, 08:14:05 PM »
Reserve Dart 34834 (KX06JYS) was probably pressed into service as there's currently 11 buses and 7 Elite coaches off the road at Bedford.
18 vehicles off the road is a lot at one time.

I gather while I was on Merseyside last week that 34834 has left us for Cambridge. I also spotted 37431 showing up on a 905 in my absence.

Today Stagecoach Kettering produced a non existent service for 4 hours thanks to three breakdowns, two services not picking anyone up at the bus station after setting down and total incompetency and silence and Bedford seemed to have no answers for what was going on. It will be interesting to see their response to the complaints put in today. I am not prepared to tolerate being fobbed off like they did when the driver failed to stop for me one Sunday morning on a 50.

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #219 on: September 27, 2021, 12:40:30 PM »
Still waiting for a full account of last week's debacle for a 4 hour wait for a bus home last week which will take some explaining by Stagecoach. It is a personal record that I will never better. Still no problems today as 35182 on the inbound 50 for 15606 on the return and the rare spectacle of both being on time. Looking at last Friday they were running anything between 20 to 40 minutes late departing from Kettering. Why so late from the start point?

Finally I got winner 36308 today on a 3 returning with 19581 on a 9a. It appeared that 10499 was on a 53 and 10876/27523 on 1's. I still have not seen 10872/73 to get a spin on them but I guess if it means not shelling out £8.20 and wondering if the 50 will actually turn up or even start in the bus station then perhaps I am better off at home as a scooter would be faster.


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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #220 on: September 27, 2021, 05:22:31 PM »

 Why so late from the start point?

Presumably buses being held up by queues of cars waiting to get petrol. Locally Stagecoach was having problems keeping to time on the City 7 at Stapleford for that reason.

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Reply #221 on: Yesterday at 05:31:26 PM »
Presumably buses being held up by queues of cars waiting to get petrol. Locally Stagecoach was having problems keeping to time on the City 7 at Stapleford for that reason.

That is a very late start from the starting point. My experience of Bedford is that when an inbound service is late they tell the driver to take one of the spare vehicles parked up in the bus station. If the vehicle for the 50 was that late then they should have given the driver another bus to minimise delay.

Anyway I was forced out today to get winner 10873 so I did musical 22835 on a 50 to town. I have heard passengers listening to music on buses without headphones so this was a new twist with the driver giving us the benefit of his musical tastes. I am beginning to think Kettering drivers are a law to themselves.

I had planned to do 19893 on the 1530 Flitwick 2 but it collapsed so they had to send for red van man to batter it. This forced me aboard 37231 on the 1545 9 just as 19888 was rustled up for the 15 minutes late 2. I bailed at Harrowden Road shops for my first sighting of 10873 on a 9a back to town. It would seem our feathered friends were not enamoured with it judging by the amount of slime coating the upstairs front window.

As I had time to kill I did 10873 back out on the 1630 9b. I had intended to go to Mile Road but a combination of the door refusing to close for a couple of minutes and the panic stricken road rats blocking the road outside the petrol station forced me to get off at Brackley Road but at least the rain now could help clean the window of 10873.

19698 had been on the Hitchin runs but got ripped to do the route 6 bratex which I suspect should have been 19888 but the failure of 19893 mucked things up. 36937 replaced 19698 on the Hitchin service off the 9's. Anyway 19698 produced on my 9 back to town before going onto a 53 which seems an odd diagram. I was left to do the 1716 50 home with 22832 on time again.

The tracker now informs me we have lost 27642 as it was showing up on Cambridge services today which is news to me.