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Welcome to the Fleet News page. The page has the latest fleet news for many bus operators in the Derby area. If you have any fleet news please email and I will add it to the page.

December 2004

Arriva Derby

Fri 31st
I forgot to mention the other day, that Fleetline 4301 (GTO 301V) has been repainted Yellow for school bus duties.

Thurs 23rd
The 2 Citybuses sold to Notts + Derby are 4338/9 (B138/9 GAU).
Leyland Olympian (B274 LPH ) is on loan here from Swadlincote. Volvo Olmpmpian 4630 is on loan there in its place. The newer Olympian is being used at Swad as it has CCTV fitted!!
MPD 2217 (T47 WUT) was on the 111 PP&R again today.

Wed 22nd
3 B reg Citybuses are to be withdrawn. 2 are sold to Notts + Derby!! More soon.
Leyland Titan? 4545 (B274 LPH) is on loan here. On the other loans, Olympian 4626 is expected back from Yorkshire soon, similar 4630 is still at Swadlincote and Citybus 4331 has been back for a while after a brief spell up in Yorkshire.
MPD 2217 (T47 WUT) was on the 111 PP&R.
Citybus 4342 (B142 GAU) was on the 44/45 Alvaston routes.

Mon 20th
MPD 2223 (T53 JJF) was on the 111 Pride Park & Ride.
MPD 2221 (T51 JJF) was on the 68.
One of the DAF East Lancs Lowlanders was on the Chellaston routes (60s). A Volvo B10BLE was in its place on routes 22/24/26.

Sat 18th
A surprise working on Saturday was MPD 2222 (T52 JJF) on the 22/24/26 (DAF Lowlander routes).

Fri 17th
Volvo B10BLE 3604 (V604 DBC) was on the 22/24/26 routes.

Thurs 16th
Another Olympian 4630 (R630 MNU) is on loan to Burton.
Dennis Dart SLF 2226 and Volvo B10BLE 3604 (V604 DBC) were on the 22/24/26 routes.
DAF East Lancs Lowlander 4737 (PN52 XRM) was on the 60 to Chellaston.

Wed 15th
A Chellaston Dart was in use on the 22/24/26 routes.

Fri 10th
Citybus 4381 (A131 DTO) is on loan in Yorkshire.
Three of the Marshall bodied B reg Volvo Citybuses are expected to be withdrawn in the new year due to a loss in school contracts.
Volvo B10BLE 3606 (V606 DBC) was on the 22/24/26 Oakwood routes today.

Thurs 9th
A DAF, fairly sure it was 4743 (PN52 XRU), was on route 60.
All three Volvo B10BLEs 3604-6 (V604-6 DBC) were on the oakwood routes 22/24/26.
An unidentified Chellaston Dart was on route 20.

Wed 8th
DAF 4737 (PN52 XRM) was on the 37/38 Sinfin routes.
B10BLE 3606 (V606 DBC) and an unbranded Dart SLF (either 2226/7) were on the 22/24/26 oakwood services.

Mon 6th
Sorry for lack of numbers, but a 44/45 branded Olympian and a B10BLE (3604!?) were on the 22/24/26. And there was an MPD pn the 111 PP&R, and another on the 38 to Sinfin.

Thurs 2nd
Darts SLFs 2226/7 (W226/7 SNR) and B10BLEs 3604/5 (V604/5 DBC) were on the 22/24/26 services today.
Fowlers of Lincolnshire have purchased Citybus (B134 GAU). It joins 4 others from Derby: (YAU 126/7/8Y), and (A129 DTO).

Littles Travel, Ilkeston

Thurs 23rd
Atlantean 774 (MNU 694W) is here from kinchbus/trent.

Wed 15th
Optare Excel (P201 BNR) is reported (but not confirmed) to be for sale for around 28 000!!

Fri 10th
Optare Excel (P201 BNR) was back on the road on route 9 today.

Thurs 9th
Atlantean (MNU 694W) is thought to be on loan here from Kinchbus. It still carries NCT livery.
National (TAE 638S) and the MetroRider were on route 9 today. The Excels back off the road after 3 days on!!

Mon 6th
Optare Excel (P201 BNR) is back in service, for the first time in a few monthes, due to engine trouble. It was in use on route 9 today.

T M Travel

Wed 29th
New Mercedes Vario/Plaxton Beaver minibuses here are (YN54 WWV/U).

Sun 12th
An Orbital Link branded Optare Solo was on the Black Cat route today.


Memorabilia FOR SALE: Bus Operator of the year badge, and a variety of Trent and Barton ties, from several eras available. Please Email for more details.

Fri 31st
Paladin 123 (L123 LRA) is out of storage at Langley Mill and has joined other with notts + derby, where it is in their fleet livery.
Frio Excel 199 (v199 ERA) was on the Borrowash Flyer and a Trent buses Excel (198 or 205!?) was on the Spondon Flyer.

Thurs 30th
Chris reports Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) on the Borrowash Flyer, later replaced by Excel 205 (V205 ENU) which was replaced by another bus (due to the top gear being broken!).
Trent Barton Coach 63 was on the Transpeak and I think similar 62 was on the Red Arrow?
Paul reports that the Spondon Flyer Scania 634 is at a Scania dealer in Nottingham awaiting repair after its accident with a ballard earlier this month!
Barton? Solo 418 broke down in Ruddington.
Scania 636 was on the R5 and a Trent barton Excel (234 or 236? Or both!) was on the R4.

Wed 29th
Trent Barton Excel 235 (X235 WRA) on the Black Cat.
Transpeak 59 was in for repairs. Trent Barton Coach 63 (R63 RAU) out in its place.
Meteor P&R Excel 202 was going through the wash - Unibus Lance 368 (N368 VRC) was out in its place.
N+D Lance 357 (N357 VRC) and a Kinchbus Dart were being used for driver training at Derby.
Trent Barton Dart 912 (P912 CTO) was on the Rainbow 4.

Fri 24th
N+D Dart 893 (L403 CJF) was once again on Kinchbus AL1 service.
The two Citybuses from Arriva were parked up at the back of Meadow Road garage.
Unibus Lances were out on Trent services again, 370 (N370 VRC) was back on the 107 and 367 (N367 VRC) was on the N+D route 10.
Coach 62 (R62 RAU) was on the Borrowash Flyer and 56 (P56 ETO) was on the Transpeak.
Dart 921 (R921 RAU) was on the Spondon Flyer and Scania 638 was on the Black cat.
transpeak coach 59 (R59 RAU) was used on the Villager yesterday evening!
An a few Nottingham sightings from Paul:
solo 442 (FE02 KCZ) was on the long eaton xprss.
Dart 933 (R933 RAU) was on the 45 in place of the usuall excels.
Excel 236 (X236 WRA) was on the cotgrave connection.
Dart 913 (P913 CTO) was on the keyworth connection.

Thurs 23rd
Notts + Derby have aquired two Marshall bodied Volvo Citybuses here from Arriva Derby. They are (B138/9 GAU), and are numbered 738/9. Neither have been repainted, and are expected to be pressed into service in January still carrying Arriva colours.
Atlantean 774 (MNU 694W) has been sold to Littles travel.
Notts + Derby Dart 893 (L403CJF) was put on the Kinchbus AL1 service - due to a breakdown.
Coach 56 (P56 ETO) was on the Borrowash Flyer yet again.
Unibus lance 370 (N370 VRC) was on the 107!
Trent Dart 937 (S937 UAL) was on the Mickleover.
Excel 235 (X235 WRA) was on the 21 and Coach 63 (R63 RAU) was on the Red Arrow.

Wed 22nd
Although it seemed unlikely, 2 B reg (B1** GAU), Marshall bodied Volvo Citybuses have been aquired here from Arriva Derby!! Both are due this week, ready for the extra school contracts being taken on from January (from Arriva also). More details soon.
Dart 934 (R934 RAU) was on the H1.
The Borrowash Flyer Merc 286 (S286 UAL) was up North working the short R61 workings today. This left 56 (P56 ETO) as a no doubt more comfortable replacement.
Solo 425 (W425 RTO) was on the RED Allestree.
Trent Barton Scania 636 (FD53 WWH) on the Rainbow 4, and 638 (FD53 WWK) was on the Black Cat.
Dart 921 (R921 RAU) on The Allestree Blue route, Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) on the Spondon Flyer, and Excel 198 was on the Mickleover.
A Unibus Lance (possibly 367 (N367 VRC)) was on the R64 to Belper.

Tue 21st
Unibus Paladins 105/7 (L105/7 LRA) were on the Allestree RED/BLU.
A Unibus Lance was also sighted heading to Ripley on the R63, and a Trent Barton Coach on the Transpeak.
Thanks to James for todays sightings.

Mon 20th
Spondon Flyer Scania 634 (FJ03 VXB) has Chassis damage received in an accident in Derby last week. It will need to be fixed either at Scania, Worksop, or possibly even back on the ferry to Ireland.
Excel 205 (V205 ENU) still on loan to Derby - on the Mickleover route today.
Other buses - well Optare Solos - have also been noted operating on Derby based routes. 423 (W423 RTO), 450 (FE02 KDX) and 466 (FG02 BGO) have all been noted.
Unusual workings in Derby today were:
Excel 205 (V205 ENU), and Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) on the Mickleover.
Solo 414 (W414 YAL), Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) and Dart 938 (S938 UAL) on the Allestree.
Coach 56 (P56 ETO) was on the Red Arrow, and Excel 236 (X236 WRA) was on the Rainbow 4.
Trent Barton Coaches 62/3 were also out and about. 1 was on the TP and the other on the RA.

Sun 19th
Duncan reports Trent buses coach 56 (P56 ETO) still in use, on the Transpeak, and Trent Excel 205 (V205 ENU) on the Spondon Flyer!!

Fri 17th
Trent buses Excel 205 (V205 ENU) is back in normal service. It has been operating from Derby, and was on the Mickleover today. Joining it on the Mickleover were Excels 198 (V198 DRC) and 199 (V199 ERA).
Trent Barton Solo 466 (FG02 BGO) (former "The Darley" Solo) was also working from Derby today, on The Allestree route.
Scania 639 (FD53 WWL) was on The Black cat and Scania 636 (FD53 WWH) was on Rainbow 5.

Thurs 16th
Volvo Coach 62 (R62 RAU) was on the R63 to Ripley. 63 (R63 RAU) was on the R61.
There was a Trent buses Excel on the R71. It wasnt 198, possibly 205!? It had Trent buses on the destination blind.
Dart 922 (R922 RAU) was on 107 in the morning and the RED Allestree route later in the day.
The first Trent Barton liveried bus - Excel 235 (X235 WRA) was on the Black Cat, Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) on the Spondon Flyer and Dart 925 (R925 RAU) on the Mickleover.

Wed 15th
Trent Barton Dart 913 (P913 CTO) was on the Long Eaton Xpress (LEX).
Excel 198 (V198 DRC) was on the Spondon Flyer.
The X38 branded Dart (929) was off the road again, with a Trent buses Dart on in its place.

Mon 13th
Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) was on the X38 to Burton today.
Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) was on the Red Allestree.

Sun 12th
In Nottingham Trent Barton Scania 636 (FD53 WWH) was on Rushcliffe Lines route L1 and Barton Excel 253 (Y253 DRC) was on the CC (Calverton or Cotgrave Connection!).

Fri 10th
Trent buses coach 56 (P56 ETO) was on the Transpeak route.
Solos 447/8 (FE02 KDO/U) were on The Allestree.

Thurs 9th
Atlantean 774 (MNU 694W) is thought to be on loan to Littles Travel, Ilkeston. Trent Barton Volvo B10M Coach 63 (R63 RAU) was on the Transpeak again.

Wed 8th
Transfers in, are B10B Paladins 127/8 (L127/8 LRA). 128 is reported in N+D livery.
2 secondhand Deckers are expected here for the new year, due to extra contract work. More details soon!!!
Unusual workings today were of Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) on the 107 and 448 (FE02 KDU) on the Mickleover. Coach 63 (R63 RAU) was on the Transpeak also.

Mon 6th
Trent buses Volvo B10M coach 56 (P56 ETO) was on the 107 to Ashbourne this morning.
63 (R63 RAU) was on the Transpeak, and Excel 198 (V198 DRC) was on the RED Mickleover.

Fri 3rd
Villager Dart 942 (S942 UAL) was on the "Belper" routes (seen on R62).
Coach 62 (R62 RAU) was on the Spondon Flyer and 63 (R63 RAU) was on the Transpeak.
Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) and Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) were on The Mickleover.

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