Fleet News

August 2004

Arriva Derby

Fri 27th
One of the Ex London type of Citybuses was on the 22/24/26 along with Volvo B10BLE 3604 (V604 DBC)

Fri 20th
DAF 4744 (PN52 XRU) was on the 60 route today accompanied by a Mini Pointer Dart - possibly 2224 (T54 JJF).
Chelleston Dart (W236 SNR) was on route 20.
Yellow liveried Scania 3401 (E23 ECH) was on driver training duties.

Thurs 19th
A number of Double Deckers are on loan to Tamworth to cover the V Festival bus requirements. Volvo Citybuses 4351 (E151 BTO) 4355 (F111 TML), 4383/4 (A133 DTO/B134 GAU) have been reported working in normal service this week. 4351 and 4355 are in school bus yellow livery.
An MPD was on the Oakwood routes 22/24/26 this morning, later being replaced by B10BLE 3606 (V606 DBC).
James reports Route 61 etc branded Dart SLF 2238 (W238 SNR) on the 109 to Ashbourne.

Tue 17th
DAF decker 4743 (PN52 XRU) was on the 68 (SLF Dart) service this morning. B10BLE 3606 (V606 DBC) was in it place on the Oakwood services 22/24/26. Thanks to James for this info.

Sun 15th
Two Citybuses are reported working from other depots.
Schholbus 4355 (F111 TML) has been noted working from Tamworth along with 4383 (A133 DTO).
This is probably temporary, to cover additional work such as the V Festival next weekend.

Thurs 12th
East Lancs Dart 2195 (L35 PNN) was on route 37 today.
Derwent Link branded Transbus MPD 2276 was on the 53 route yesterday.

Tue 10th
Citybuses 4379 (A129 DTO), 4381 (A131 DTO), 4383 (133 DTO) and 4384 (B134 GAU) are set to be withdrawn later this month. More ex London Citybuses may replace them here, arriving from Leicester after the service revisions there.


Sun 15th
The registration for the T reg Solo is confirmed as (T344 FWR).

Wed 11th
The T reg Solo is (T344 EWR) and is in service in the Lime green livery.
Optare Solo Demonstrator (YO53 OVD) is/was on loan here.

Tue 10th
A T reg Optare Solo is reported here. On route 331 on Monday.
Another Solo, in a silver and blue livery has been operating here, presumed to be on loan.

Trent Barton

Tue 31st
Langley Mill, Barton Dennis Dart 916 (P916 CTO) was working from Derby on The Allestree Blue route, with BBB on the blind.
Trent Barton Coach 63 (R63 RAU) was on an early morning V2 working before going onto the transpeak for the 10:25 departure from Derby.

Fri 27th
Trent buses Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) on the V2, Trent buses Dart 925 (R925 RAU) on Allestree RED, Trent Barton Excel 235 (X235 WRA) on the H1, and Trent Barton Coach 62 (R62 RAU) on the Red Arrow.
Strange reports from Thursday are of N+D Olympians on the Mickleover, the Rainbow 4 and duplicate Transpeak journies. Coach 56 (P56 ETO) was used on the Rainbow 5 on Thursday after an "incident" on one of the Rainbow 5 Scanias.

Tue 24th
The original Trent Barton Excel 235 (X235 WRA) was on the Black Cat.

Sun 22nd
Re-numbered buses:
670 (WYV 51T) now 770
671 (WYV 53T) now 771
672 (WYV 62T) now 772
673 (CUL 119V) now 773
684 (MNU 694W) now 774

Fri 20th
Trent Barton coaches 62/3 (R62/3 RAU) were both on the Red Arrow. 63 was running a duplicate mid morning run from Chesterfield to Nottingham (or just to Derby).
Scania 636 (FD53 WWH) was on the Rainbow 5.

Langley Mill

Training buses: Out on training was N+D Lance 357 (N357 VRC). Unibus Paladin 104 (L104 LRA), ex Rainbow 1 Excel 173 (S173 UAL) and Trent Excel 205 (V205 ENU) also had L plates displayed.

Unusuals at the Mill were: Derbys Trent buses B10M coach 56 (P56 ETO), Suttons Trent Merc 292 (S292 UAL), and Nottinghams Barton Dart 933 (R933 RAU) which has been here for a while (engine problem?).
Kinchbus Dart 894 (M406 HPF) and SLF Dart 899 (P411 BNR). Both are stored here with blinds removed. 899 may appear with Trent.
Kinchbus Atlantean 774 (MNU 694W) was also here. This has dual doors and still carries Nottingham City Transport livery.

Withdrawn/For Sale

Rainbow 1: both 178 (T178 LCH) and 182 (T182 LCH) are withdrawn. 173 (S173 UAL) is used as a trainer.
Rainbow 5 examples left are 156/7 (S156/7 UAL) and 168 (S168 UAL). Both have all branding removed.
Kinchbus Excel 202 (P202 BNR) remains here.

Trent buses 807 (M807 PRA) has returned from Doyles in Trent livery. Also present were Trent buses 806/9, Barton 805 and Kinchbus 808/10/1/3/5 (M*** PRA).

Stored are: 118/9 (L118/9 LRA), 122/3 (L122/3 LRA), 126-8 (L126-8 LRA), 129 (M129 PRA), 131 (M131 PRA), 134-6 (M134-6 PRA) and 138 (M138 PRA).

Other notes
Also on the depot were National Express Coaches 10 and 12 (V210/2 JAL), Trent Barton Merc 823 (R823 MJU) and scruffy Dart 907 (P907 CTO), which now seems to have some damage to the off side near the front wheel arch.
All three Trent Barton Scanias were in 637-9 (FD53 WWJ/K/L).
Barton Dart 916 (P916 CTO) was on the Black Cat, but was replaced by one of the branded Excels.

Thurs 19th
James reports Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) on the Transpeak (I also noted one of the TB coaches) and Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) on the Mickleover RED route.

Wed 18th
Trent Barton Scania 638 (FD53 WWK) was on the Black Cat.

Sun 15th
Optare Excel 204 (V204 ENU) joins 203 and other from the Trent fleet at Konectbus.
The last Leyland National 561 (NOE 555R) is also reported with Konectbus for spares.
Barton Dart 916 (P916 CTO) has been re-entered into service at Langley Mill.
The Kinchbus company is expected to be sold to Paul S Winson in September. A number of fleet changes may occur, ie X reg Excels back to Trent!!

Fri 13th
Trent buses Excel 198 (V198 DRC) on the Red Arrow again accompanied by a Trent buses Dart. Trent Barton Dart 932 (R932 RAU) on the 107 to Ashbourne again too.

Thurs 12th
N+D Lances 360 and 361 are reported to be sold to Hulleys of Baslow.
Unusual workings today were Trent buses Excel 198 (V198 DRC) on the Red Arrow and Trent Barton Dart 932 (R932 RAU) on the 107 to Ashbourne from Derby.

Tue 10th
N+D Merc 273 (M273 URC), still exists, not sold for scrap as reported earlier.
N+D B10B/Paladin 110 (L110 LRA) was on the Belper routes today.

Thurs 5th
Former R5 Excel 167 (S167 UAL) has been sold to Shaw and Duffelyn of Maxey.
B10B/Paladin 124 (L124 LRA) has entered service at Derby, being taken out of store at Langley Mill.
Trent buses Excel 198 (V198 DRC) was on the Ilkeston Flyer.
Derby Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) was on the Allestree and 448 (FE02 KDU) was on the V2.
Hucknall Merc 293 (S293 UAL) was working from Derby last week, reported on the Borrowash Flyer.

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